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The Summer Culinary Collective

Gnocchi Caprese (pictured pervious page) David Voelz, Executive Chef at Highland Country Club Set your table with country club class and place this charming, Italian dish as the centerpiece. Begin by making your own homemade gnocchi and finish by completing the Caprese salad. Cool off with the refreshing taste of the salad with origins from […]

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Dirtbag Ales

By Miriam Landru Our first subject for The Buzz garnered a “beer buzz.” And that feeling is exactly what has made friendship last for U.S. Army veterans Gerald Montero, Eric Whealton and Tito Valenzuela. These gentlemen are enjoying their post-military careers brewing original beer and bringing that quality craft ale taste to the Carolinas and […]

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Tacos on the Town

A favorite menu staple in many homes, but we found five local restaurants with a gourmet twist on their version of this traditional Mexican favorite. The consummate wordsmith in me prompted me to look into the entomology behind the food. Simply put, the word taco describes a maize tortilla folded around food. Off the Hook […]

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Meals on Wheels

By Kelly Twedell While food trucks might seem like a new concept notoriously popular in larger cities across the U.S., you might be surprised to hear that the origin dates back to 1866 during the post-Civil War days affiliated with the Western Movement.  Charles Goodnight, the “father of the Texas panhandle,” up fitted an old […]

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Be a Chef at Sherefé

By Sara Cooke Self-described “old-school and opinionated” chef and business owner Mustafa Somar recalled answering questions on his restaurant’s Facebook page back in December when, on a whim, he inquired via post if patrons would have any interest in attending classes focused on cooking Mediterranean food. Within 24 hours, the post had received over 1600 […]

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CEED is serving up new dishes

By Sara Cooke They’ve been popping up around the country and now Fayetteville is preparing to welcome one of its own.  The Center for Economic Empowerment and Development (CEED) has plans to turn a 14,000 square foot warehouse on Russell Street into a 24-hour facility with six kitchens, to be rented with time-shared access to […]

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Ice Cream Making Commences at Gillis Hill Farm

Gillis Hill farm just made their first batch of ice cream this weekend – that must mean that Spring is officially here. Gillis Hill Farm is a main summer and fall attraction in southwest Fayetteville. The best place to share homemade ice cream in flavors like banana, pecan, strawberry, vanilla, mint chocolate chip,  or butter pecan cream served up […]

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Let Them Eat Cake!

Hilltop House was abuzz with supporters bidding on decadent cakes for a good cause. The first annual cake auction and luncheon benefitting the Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity for a sold out crowd of around 150 people on Wednesday, March 12 was a huge success.  The highlight of my afternoon, besides getting the winning bid for the Chocolate Lover’s […]

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Business After Hours

Were you seen at the scene?

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CityEats: Bonefish Grill Makes a Big Splash

The anticipated opening of Fayetteville’s Bonefish Grill has already been a win in their first few days of business, setting a national opening record. The award-winning restaurant’s “Fresh Fish Experts” bring wood-grilled fish, seafood and a selection of chicken and steak options, innovative sauces and indulgent desserts to the Fayetteville community. Coupling great-tasting food with […]

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Last Minute Christmas Decorations

Haven’t put up the Christmas tree yet? Are your stockings not hanging by the chimney with care?   Do you even own an elf on the shelf?   It’s not too late to put up your Christmas décor and hang your stockings. And if you’re on a budget, I can give you even better advice. […]

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CityEats: Introducing Newk’s Eatery

Newk’s Eatery is one of the latest eateries to hit Fayetteville, and their business is already off the charts. They are located on the outside of Cross Creek Mall, near Belk and LOFT, and the latest renovations are beautiful. Newk’s Eatery is a fast, casual dining experience with many choices, all made with the freshest ingredients, daily. You might […]

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What’s going on around town this week?

It is Thanksgiving week and if you have a house full of guests, don’t hide out in a book, relaxing on your days off from work. That could serve as fodder for your mother-in-law, who never liked you anyway. Be social and get the consensus on a plan of action to make some memories. Here […]

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Food: The Perfect Pairing

By: Katie Gard A tiny bead of sweat trickled down my temple as we entered the foreboding stone walls of the towering castle. This place has an actual drawbridge, I mused to myself. I stared in awe at the buttresses and towers that surrounded the 121,000 square feet of vintner Dario Sattui’s Castello diAmorosa winery […]

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From the Courtroom to the Kitchen

Deno Frangakis is kind of like Superman. As an attorney, he will rescue you from a minor traffic violation. And when hunger strikes, he’ll save those tastebuds at his family’s Raeford Road eatery, Zorbas. Deno has been working at Zorbas “since he can remember,” managing every task from baking his favorite dish Patstisio (Greek lasagna) […]

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Dining al Fresco

By Katie Gard The flowers have bloomed and the foliage is lush and green. Along with baseball games and weekend trips to the beach, the official arrival of summer has brought with it a favorite fair weather pastime all over the world, dining al fresco. While outdoor dining is a fantastic way to connect with […]

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The Pharmacy Soda Fountain

By Courtney Phillips Long before drive-thru food chains and online prescription refill, independently-owned pharmacies with soda fountains were cornerstones of small town America. In the 1800s, naturally carbonated water became popular for medicinal uses as well as the chief ingredient in the newly-invented soda beverage. Difficult and expensive to transport, this precious commodity could only […]

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Steak Out

By Katie Gard     The warm Carolina weather is upon us once again, and you know what that means — it’s grillin’ time! From burgers to brats and grilled veggies and shrimp, locals are pulling out the charcoal and the propane, wood chips and barbecue sauce, and gearing up for a summer spent outdoors […]

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Kiss My Grits

Local chefs know the Southern staple isn’t just for breakfast By Kelly Twedell From hoity-toity and down-home versions of Shrimp and Grits, to various interpretations of grits as a side dish, this long-time favorite on Southern tables has become a hot trend (no pun intended) that is cropping up on menus all over town. Traditionally […]

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Ham & Lamb

By Kelly Twedell An Easter feast, be it with family or friends, is often an annual tradition. After turkey for the winter holiday staple, many people enjoy serving lamb or ham as the main dish for Easter. But even serving something more exotic like lamb, does not mean your meal has to be pretentious and […]

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