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A Tale of Two Kitchens | By Allison Williams

No one leaves Liz Varnedoe’s kitchen without being fed.  It’s a good thing she has two.  For the past 23 years, Varnedoe has whipped up Italian comfort food just the way her husband Vinny taught her. Their cozy, one-room restaurant quickly became a Fayetteville staple and Varnedoe’s own personal mainstay. When was widowed – twice […]

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Plan a Cheese Party | By Allison Williams

Want to throw a low-prep, no-cook party? Yes, it really is that simple. Nicholas Parrous of Luigi’s Italian Restaurant and Matthew Fink of Country Vintner Wine Distributors are co-founders of the Fayetteville Wine Society, a group dedicated to the promotion of wine through education. They show us how it’s done. Books, magazines, television shows and […]

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Eat, Stay, Learn | By Allison Williams

LATTA, S.C. – If Interstate 95 is our Main Street then four-diamond dining is closer than you may think. Exit 1A to be exact. No map necessary – the first stop over the South Carolina state line dumps travelers smack in the middle of South of the Border, which means it’s possible to pass Pedro’s […]

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The Art of Wine | By Allison Williams

WAGRAM – Jim McClanathan is part science geek, part artist. A single drop, actually a drop of a drop, will be the secret ingredient to the newest wine at Cypress Bend Vineyards. For the past few months, McClanathan (pictured top right) has been measuring, testing, tasting and sniffing small batches of wine flavored with chocolate, […]

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Just Pickin’ | By Nomee Landis

In back rooms and pickin’ parlors of rural North Carolina, a flourishing underground musical culture thrives. With its roots set in the hardships of the Great Depression and the traditional harmonies of front-porch strummers, bluegrass music is still growing strong. You just need to know where to look – and listen. If you’ve never experienced […]

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Come Hungry | By Allison Williams

Festival fun is all in the food. Three days, one giant taste-a-thon. But some cravings cannot wait. We bring you a sneak peek at the food behind the festival with a look at two hometown teams of cooks: Dogwood veterans Scott Adams and Angel Li of All in My Grill and new kids on the […]

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No Masquerade | By Diane Silcox-Jarrett

This time last year, Fayetteville filmmaker Jeremiah McLamb stood on a country road in the middle of the night with a camera crew, about 50 off-duty firefighters and cops and less than 12 hours to stage and shoot a fiery car wreck. What a year it has been. It led to a red-carpet premiere and […]

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On the Sweet Side | By Starr Oldorff

There’s a dessert frenzy downtown. As if chocolates on the corner and cupcakes aplenty weren’t enough, Just Desserts café on Hay Street is a sweets lover’s siren sign. Reminiscent of a Parisian patisserie, the Hay Street bakery is full of charm with black lampposts and red brick sidewalk leading up to a double storefront painted […]

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Writing on the Wall | By Melissa Goslin Collins

Ashley Wilson is something of a throwback, and not the kind who dons bell-bottom pants or listens to hits from the ‘80s. She is an artistic throwback, the sort who paints Tuscan  landscapes and aspires to the skill level of the old masters. Fresh and energetic at barely 20 years old, she admires Botticelli and […]

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Tea for Two, Afternoon Tea on ‘Combat Alley’ | By Margaret Fisher

Soldiers once dubbed this stretch of Gillespie Street “Combat Alley.” And not even 10 years ago, folks laughed when John and Renate Jenkins dared to dream of a downtown tea room. If they could only see it now – McDuff’s Tea Room & Emporium flourishes as a full restaurant and gift shop. Browsers who stroll […]

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Lodge Life – History And Home Cooking at McKellar’s Lodge

President John F. Kennedy asked, “How do you like the green beret?” And Gen. William Yarborough, with all eyes watching, replied, “Fine, sir. We’ve wanted them for a long time.” This defining moment in the history of the Special Forces was made at McKellar’s Pond in 1961. Almost 50 years later, the pond and lodge […]

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Singing For Uncle Sam

When one conjures images of a U.S. Army soldier these days, it rarely includes spotlights, choreography and a performance stage. Yet, for two women stationed at Fort Bragg, that’s just what being a U.S. Army soldier has been all about for the past year. Spc. Kathrine Schaefer and Sgt. Amber Jones have just completed duty […]

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Real Bellwether – What’s Old is New Again at Belmont Village Tea Room

Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “What is history but fable agreed upon?” History is the one word that perpetually presents itself at Belmont Village. Throughout the years, the rich history of this gracious Victorian home has been connected to Scottish immigrants, the military, business and industry. Today, the genteel 160-year-old homestead still greets visitors with its […]

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The Many Faces of Shane Booth

In the past two years, life has tested Shane Booth. His grandmother died, cancer attacked his father, a tumor burrowed into a friend’s brain, and HIV invaded yet another. These are the things which inspire Booth’s photographic works. Booth is a professor of visual arts at Fayetteville State University where he teaches art history and […]

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Home Brew

HOPE MILLS – Donnie Spell doesn’t buy his wine from the store. He makes his own – the old-fashioned way. Just around the corner, Charlie Moreton is brewing up a batch of homemade beer in his garage. These backyard brewmasters call it a craft. There’s personality in these pints of beer and barrels of wine […]

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Raise A Glass – Fayetteville Wine Society is Toast of The Town

In a back room at Chris’s Steakhouse, the wine flowed. And food – pasta, warm spinach dip and bread, cubes of cheese and chocolate. Forget weekends, fourth Monday nights might be Fayetteville’s best-kept secret. When Kristine Miller arrived in town nearly three years ago, she brought with her a passion for wine and the desire […]

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Food For Thought

Somewhere between the wine and warm flapjacks, sensuous chocolates and crisp green pears, Kedryn Evans had a problem on her hands. “Should I vote by what I like,” she wondered aloud, “or what I like to eat?” If an art exhibit ever worked up an appetite, this was it. On a recent Fourth Friday, the […]

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Pour Me A Peach – Juiced About Carrots, a Haven for Healthy Eats and Drinks

As part of an establishment that focuses on fitness and wellness, Carrots Juice Bar and Café offers a menu that one would expect: a tempting variety of salads, light fruit and veggie plates, and no-fat fruit smoothies, to name a few. There are also a few surprises on occasion, such as meatball subs (albeit served […]

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Heavy metal

Delicate silver balls dangle on the slimmest of chains. A fine pendant seems to be carved, not forged. But there is heat, strength and sheer force behind these intricate pieces of jewelry. And the artist, like her work, is a study in contrasts. One of her most well-known pieces is the beautiful but prickly necklace […]

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Tonia’s Blue Mood Café Is Unique And Appealing

Anyone traveling through the heart of Fayetteville will notice one appealing little bistro among the small shops and businesses. With its patio, evening tapas and organic offerings, you might even say Tonia’s Blue Moon Café has a European flair. Pretty mothers with babies alongside in strollers, busy professionals meeting for a quick bite and office […]

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