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

Big crowd for the Raleigh Greek Festival, held September 8-10, 2017, Raleigh NC. Photo: Kay Whatley Things We Did: Raleigh Greek Festival 2017 (9/10/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor On September 8, 2017, my sister, daughter, and I returned to the Raleigh Greek Festival for the second year in a row.  The festival was in its 36th year of bringing [...]
Varee restaurant in Wilson NC. Photo: Kay Whatley Things We Did: Restaurant Review of Varee in Wilson NC (9/2/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor A few weeks ago, I came across a Thai restaurant online. Varee Asian Cafe and Bakery was just a little ways up the road in Wilson, North Carolina, so I went [...]
Label for Great Value cherry product released with US FDA recall August 2017. Recall of Great Value Frozen Organic Dark Sweet Pitted Cherries (8/23/2017) - Recall Due to Possible Listeria Contamination On August 23, 2017, SunOpta Inc’s subsidiary, Sunrise Growers Inc., issued a voluntary recall of certain frozen organic dark sweet pitted cherry products due to the potential to be [...]
NC 2017 Food Safety Forum logo NC 2017 Food Safety Forum is Aug. 15 (7/30/2017) - By Brian Long, NCDA&CS Helping small farms prepare for new federal food safety rules will be among topics covered at the 13th-annual Commissioner’s Food Safety Forum on August 15, 2017, at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. [...]
One of several brands and products recalled. Source: USDA. Recall of Over 7 Million Pounds of Hot Dogs, Sausage for Bone Contamination (7/15/2017) - Marathon Enterprises Inc. Recalls Hot Dog Products Due to Possible Extraneous Material Contamination Class I Recall — This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will [...]
The Strange-ness -- The Grey Area newspaper -- The Strange-ness: Making a Meal of Road Kill (6/30/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor My afternoon started with a Tweet that sent me down a road of discovery and thought. The Tweet linked to an article by Jeremy Henderson, “Road to Table? Auburn University biology professor talks [...]
Stormberg Food, based in Africa, produces multiple brands, including snacks for humans, and treats for pets. Snack Foods Company Will Create 60 Jobs in Wayne County (6/22/2017) - Stormberg Foods will Invest $2.48 Million to Start Protein Snack Production Facility By Ford Porter, office of the Governor NC Stormberg Foods, LLC., a producer of meat protein snacks, will locate its first United States [...]
Blue Collie Coffee, Louisburg NC, business card. Photo: Kay Whatley. Louisburg NC’s Blue Collie Coffee Provides Community with Jobs, Java (6/16/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Drive into downtown Louisburg NC, and just past the courthouse you’ll find Blue Collie Coffee. This nonprofit coffee shop serves beverages and treats while providing jobs for area special needs students. [...]
Two of the Tyson chicken product labels released with the USDA recall. Labeling Omission Leads to Recall of over 2.4 Million Pounds of Chicken (6/10/2017) - Tyson Foods Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Breaded Chicken Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens Class I Recall — “This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the [...]
Cashew label released with Recall. Source: US FDA. Cashew Product Distributed through ALDI Recalled for Glass Bits (6/7/2017) - Star Snacks Co. is voluntarily recalling two lots of Southern Grove Cashew Halves and Pieces with Sea Salt due to the potential presence of glass pieces By Eddie Engelman for Star Snacks Co. Star Snacks [...]
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Increasing Food Production without Damaging the Environment is Key (5/30/2017) - United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Director-General Addresses European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development By Malene ArboeRasmussen, FAO-Brussels To achieve sustainable development we must transform current agriculture and food systems, [...]
Screenshot of Herbal Coffee Recalled Due to Pharmaceuticals, One Death (5/26/2017) - Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Caverflo Natural Herbal Coffee Due to Presence of Undeclared Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and Undeclared Milk By Brian Richardson, Caverflo Coffee Co. is voluntarily recalling all lots of Caverflo Natural Herbal Coffee, 25 [...]
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 [...]