Food and restaurant news and happenings, including special announcements, recall notices, and events.

Hot dog packaging released by USDA with recall May 2017. Over 1.5 Million Hot Dogs Recalled for Possible Metal Bits (5/22/2017) - John Morrell and Co. Recalls Beef Frank Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination By Autumn Canaday, This is a Class II recall, which means, “This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote [...]
A box photo released by the US FDA with the Trident Seafoods Corporation recall notice May 11, 2017. Trident Seafoods Corporation’s Alaskan Cod Recall Due to Plastic Contamination (5/12/2017) - By Ms. Trev Foley, Trident Seafoods Corporation is issuing a voluntary recall of select lots of frozen Multi-Grain Alaskan Cod, Net Wt. 12, oz., because they may contain small pieces of plastic. Consumption of [...]
One of the Aunt Jemima product labels included with the US FDA recall May 5, 2017. Aunt Jemima Products Recalled, Hungry Man Waffle Meal Too (5/9/2017) - *Updated: on May 9, 2017, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a Public Health Alert, available here.* Below is the recall notice published May 6, 2017. Pinnacle Foods Inc. [...]
One of the labels for hash browns recalled for golf ball material contamination. Source: US FDA. Hash Browns Recalled for “Extraneous Golf Ball Materials” (4/27/2017) - *Updated April 27, 2017* McCain Foods USA, Inc. Expands Voluntary Recall of Frozen Hash Browns to include Wegman’s Retail Brand On April 26, 2017, McCain Foods USA, Inc. announced it was expanding the voluntary recall [...]
One of several labels issued with USDA recall April 24, 2017. Over 130,000 Pounds of Sausage Recalled, Inedible (4/24/2017) - Uncle John’s Pride, LLC Recalls Ready-To-Eat Sausage Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination By Kristen Booze, Uncle John’s Pride, LLC., a Tampa, Fla. establishment, is recalling approximately 139,909 pounds of ready-to-eat smoked meat and poultry [...]
Marketside pizza label released with USDA FSIS recall. Pizzas, Burritos Recalled Due to Contaminants (3/17/2017) - Two separate recalls this week affect processed foods with potential contamination. The first, included below, is for frozen pizza with potential Listeria contamination. The second, at the end, is for frozen burritos with potential hard [...]
One of the assorted cheese products affected by February 2017 recall. Cheese Spread, Slices, and Shreds Recalled for Listeria (3/3/2017) - Since February 1, 2017, multiple cheese recalls cautioned customers on possible Listeria contamination. These included a popular pimento spread, deli sliced cheese, and shredded cheese. As of February 11, multiple brands were affected by this [...]
One of the apple sauce labels released with the Manzana Products Co. / US FDA recall notice. Three Trader Joe’s Apple Sauce Varieties Recalled for Glass Bits (2/27/2017) - Manzana Products Co., Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Apple Sauces Due to Potential Presence of Foreign Material By Michael Calvo, Manzana Products Co On February 25, 2017, Manzana Products Co., Inc. issued a voluntarily recall for three [...]
During a recent Wounded Warrior Project(R) (WWP) connection event at Prime Barbecue, a specialty catering service that also offers barbecue preparation classes, injured veterans talked grilling and received trade secrets from an expert. Source: WWP. With Wounded Warrior Project, Veterans Fired Up a Knightdale NC BBQ Grill (1/5/2017) - By Rob Louis, PR, During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connection event at Prime Barbecue, a specialty catering service that also offers barbecue preparation classes, injured veterans talked grilling and received trade secrets from an expert. [...]
Ellerbee Creek Watershed Association logo. Durham Food & Beer Event Raising Funds for Watershed Association (11/6/2016) - Fifth Annual “Bull City Food & Beer Experience” to Benefit the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association By Suzanne Golden, Golden Relations The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) is partnering again with Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom and Sam’s [...]
NC Chef Showdown, part of the NCRLA Expo 2016. Showdown in Raleigh Gathered Chefs from Across NC (8/31/2016) - Second Annual Expo Combined the Best of NC Restaurant, Foodservice, Lodging, and Hospitality Industries The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA) held its annual North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Expo August 29-30, 2016, in Raleigh [...]
International Food and Music Festival 2016, Wendell NC. Enjoy International Food and Music in Wendell NC (8/20/2016) - Originally published August 1, 2016; new poster added (below) on August 20, 2016. The 2016 International Food and Music Festival planning is underway. Shirts have been designed, raffle tickets printed, and entertainment and vendors are [...]
Town of Enfield, North Carolina logo Enfield Peanut Festival is Sept 30 & Oct 1, Seeking Vendors (8/16/2016) - The Town of Enfield celebrates the peanut with a community festival the first Saturday of every October.  The 2016 Enfield Peanut Festival is September 30, 2016, 6-9pm, with a block party, followed on October 1, 2016, noon-8pm, with [...]
Oxford NC Hot Sauce Contest 2016 logo Oxford NC Hot Sauce Contest is Sept. 10 (8/16/2016) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Get your taste buds to Oxford, North Carolina, for the annual Hot Sauce Contest! Check out some of the fiery foods NC has to offer, and enjoy all the music, entertainment, [...]
Chive photo by Two Frog, Columbia Falls MT. Get a Little Herbal Education in Your Kitchen (8/10/2016) - Growing fresh herbs is becoming more popular, as is learning survivalist-type skills for gleaning food from nature. A new online training option gives people across the US insights into preparing herbs and weeds for consumption. A Montana [...]
Poster for 2016 Organicfest, Asheville NC. Asheville NC’s 2016 Organicfest is August 28 (8/9/2016) - Released by Debi Athos, Everyone is invited to attend the 15th Organicfest celebration on Sunday, August 28, 2016, 10am-6pm, for a festive day filled with live music by local entertainers such as Kendra Warren, Sheri [...]
Herbs shown growing in a garden (Country Doctor Museum herb garden in Bailey NC). Photo: Nadia Ethier. Symposium Covers Growing, Using, and Cooking with Herbs (8/3/2016) - Herbs serve many uses, from remedies to flavoring. An upcoming Master Gardener event in Clinton NC offers attendees a chance to learn about growing herbs and using them. The Sampson County Herb Symposium is Saturday, September 10, [...]
Winterville Watermelon Fest logo Winterville Watermelon Festival is August 25-27 (7/31/2016) - Join the fun at the 31st annual Winterville Watermelon Festival! This family-oriented event runs August 25-27, 2016, with a schedule that includes watermelon eating, music, vendors, all types of fun foods, and cool things to watch on-stage and [...]
Artist Clina Polloni. Source: Franklin County Arts Council, Franklinton NC. Franklinton NC Afternoon Tea with Artist Clina Polloni (7/7/2016) - Contributed by Donna Campbell Smith, FCAC Assistant Coordinator Franklin County Arts Council’s Afternoon Tea with the Artist will feature their third artist of this summer series. They invite the public visit with artist Clina Polloni at [...]
Source: Zebulon Farm Fresh Market, Zebulon NC. Zebulon Farm Fresh Market Giving Kids Free Meals (6/17/2016) - Zebulon NC is an area with a high number of students in free/reduced school lunch programs. During summer break, the Zebulon Farm Fresh Market is working with the “Kids Summer Meals” program to provide free nutritious meals to area [...]
Gold Medal Flours recalled, General Mills working with the FDA, possible e. coli contamination. Source: Possible E. coli Contamination in Flour (5/31/2016) - Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra, and Signature Kitchens Flour Recalled General Mills is collaborating with health officials to investigate an ongoing, multistate outbreak of E. coli O121 that may be potentially linked to Gold Medal [...]
Taste of the NFL logo, copyrights, and trademarks of the National Football League / Taste of the NFL. Did You Know NFL Teams Are Kicking Hunger, and Have Been for 25 Years? (5/24/2016) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Since 1992, National Football League (NFL) teams have held events, teamed with local food banks and top chefs, to raise funds to feed hungry families in their cities. Taste of the NFL [...]
Fresh-picked Strawberries. Photo: Vollmer Farm, Bunn NC. Eastern NC Farmers Need Your Support (5/17/2016) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Local farmers need support from their communities to survive, or thrive. Shopping at a farmers market near you helps to get money into the hands of farmers — helping them each take care [...]
Seafood Festival flyer. Source: Crystal Richardson, Wilson NC. Wilson NC Seafood Festival Planned (5/11/2016) - Contributed by Crystal Richardson, with Kay Whatley (Editor) A Seafood Festival fundraiser is planned in Wilson NC, with a goal is to raise enough funds for a back-to-school Carnival for the children of Wilson and surrounding [...]
Source: Zebulon United Methodist Church, Zebulon NC. Fish Fry in Zebulon on May 14th (5/3/2016) - Released by Cindy Privette The United Methodist Men of Zebulon United Methodist Church are holding a fish fry to raise monies for use in many needy areas: Christmas for needy youth, church missions, local ministries, and their Community Thanksgiving Meal. [...]
The outdoor cooking workshop is a hands-on class where participants will prepare and eat their outdoor meals. Photo: BB Gillen/N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. NC Wildlife Outdoor Cooking Workshop is June 4 (4/29/2016) - Wildlife Commission Offers Free Outdoor Cooking Workshop in Fayetteville Released by Jodie B. Owen, The NC Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a free Outdoor Cooking workshop on June 4, 2016, from 9am to 2pm, at [...]
Smithfield NC Ham And Yam Festival flyer. Ham and Yam Festival Back for 32nd Year (4/24/2016) - Smithfield’s 32nd annual Ham and Yam Festival is scheduled for May 7, 2016, in Downtown Smithfield NC. The event includes a cook-off, pig and rubber duck races, entertainment, kids’ play area, vendors, and ham and yam foods. A concert by [...]
Gold Kist Nuggets Label. Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. Chicken Nuggets Recall for Possible Plastic (4/8/2016) - Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. Recalls Poultry Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination Released by Benjamin Bell, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a Waco TX establishment, is recalling approximately 40,780 pounds of fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be contaminated [...]