On April 10 at 11 a.m., the Buchanan Library will be hosting the program "Understand Gluten! Unraveling the Mystery." There will be discussions about what gluten is, what is does, and what can be done to help one cope with gluten issues. There will be food samples and a helpful list of resources on gluten-free products.
After a scenic climb up Bent Mountain and past a few farm stands, you’ll find the Bent Mountain Bistro, which promises farm-to-table food and a wood-fired bakery.
Tastes of the Town Tours is back from the winter and set to host a monthly food tour in Abingdon, with a special focus on celebrating the food of spring, on Tuesday, March 24. Participants will visit five stops for small tastes highlighting each establishment’s food and drink.
Folks in my home state of South Dakota like to joke that at certain times of the year, you can walk on water.
Tizzone was under construction for almost a year at Daleville Town Center. On March 4, the new restaurant featuring wood-fired cooking and a wine bar opened for business.
A chef who has offered culinary advice to the likes of Derek Jeter, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is heading to Lynchburg.
Roanoke bartender Danielle Gonzalez had been at her craft for a decade, but still felt a little lost.
How about a throwback to the 1970s? Here's a pie you mix in the blender. No rolling out a crust. It's easy as - well - you know, pie.
Bootleggers Cafe is the only restaurant in the Roanoke Valley region to reach Enticing Eight status in the 2015 Virginia is for Lovers Culinary Challenge.
A new restaurant operated by veteran Roanoke restaurateurs will be joining an outdoors outfitter as tenants in a long vacant museum building in Wasena Park.
I've been online buddies with Jeff Fitzgerald for many years, having "met" him when he was a reader of my food column and blog at The Roanoke Times. I have always appreciated both his food knowledge and his wit -- he truly has a delightful writing voice. Jeff has kindly written this guest blog entry, and I hope you all enjoy it. Cheers!
iHeartRadio Roanoke-Lynchburg announces a break from cabin fever with the Salem VA Credit Union Sips’n Sweets event at the Virginia Museum of Transportation on Saturday, March 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission benefits the museum.
Virginia Tech is offering three five-day culinary camps for youth this summer. The Basic Culinary Camp, from June 1 to June 5, is offered for students who are 10 to 14 years old. Virginia Tech chefs will teach the basics, including cooking techniques, nutrition, food safety and meal preparation.
To my knowledge, there is no Italian blood in my veins, but there really should be. I love the landscapes, the people and, of course, the food. After visiting Italy twice in the past few years, I was interested to hear that 202 Market in downtown Roanoke was recently turned into a fresh Italian kitchen.
A number of restaurants in our region - including The Palisades in Eggleston, Roanoke's Lucky, The Red Hen in Lexington and Rocky Mount's Bootleggers - are competing for votes in the Virginia is for Lovers Culinary Challenge.
Hello, cherished readers.
Roughly a year ago, I penned my first food piece for The Roanoke Times. Looking back, there was so much I didn’t know about the city’s food scene.
One of the perks of living in the New River Valley is the amount of support for home grown agriculture and cuisine. February not being part of the growing season around here, you might be avoiding the Blacksburg Farmers Market. If you are, then you are depriving yourself of many homegrown treats — not the least of which is Blacksburg Bagels.
Good things come to those who wait ... in line for lunch at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen.
It might be the smell that gets me. Doughy and sugary. Warm and thick.
Michelle Bennett moved to Roanoke in the late ’80s, when about the only place to get a decent scoop of pimiento cheese was Tinnell’s Finer Foods in South Roanoke.
I don’t know about you but this snow thing sorta snuck up on me. Up until Sunday evening I didn’t know any white stuff at all was supposed to fall. But now that it’s here, all 9 to 12 inches of it, there are certain foods that must be made. Namely, snow cream and hot chocolate.
When I lived in Durham, N.C., a co-worker and neighbor of mine hailed from New Orleans and, man, did he know how to throw a party.
Often when I write a story, I hear from readers all kinds of tips and resources, personal stories and recipes. But when I wrote about learning to bake with sourdough starter two weeks ago, the response was like a fast-rising dough spilling over the edges of its bowl. Dozens of you emailed and messaged.
Want to cook like a champ?
There’s so much great food going on these days. You've got Valentine’s Day and Mardis Gras. Later in the month, the Big Lick Cocktail Classic brings the talent and know-how of 10 local bartenders to Roanoke’s City Market. Plus cooking classes galore. Read on for details. And let me know if you know of a February food event that I missed.
What does a locavore eat in Southwest Virginia in February?
Gayla D’Gaia stands at a makeshift counter in her tiny, tidy kitchen.
The search for a good sandwich in Christiansburg got a little easier when Al’s Metro Deli opened. Located in a strip mall on Roanoke Street, the deli is a well-lit, clean, open space with not quite enough tables to fill the large dining area.
It’s on the menu at CUPS Coffee & Tea but also The River and Rail. At the newly opened Henry’s Public House and at the downtown stalwart, Billy’s. Grandin Road’s M & K Food Shop makes their’s in-house and so does Tinnell’s Finer Foods. It’s everywhere, for lunch and dinner, fine dining and take-out. You may even have a tub in your fridge right now. I'm talking pimento cheese.
When it’s time to make bread at my house these days, the first thing I do is open the fridge, reach way to the back, and grab my wide-mouth glass bowl and the gluey mess that it holds.
It’s bleak out. Cold and bare, with virtually nothing growing in garden, orchard or trellis.
I feel like I’ve sampled a lot of new food items lately.
The buzz is starting to build.
The Black Hen, tucked away in an intimate space on Jackson Street, brings fine dining to Blacksburg via chefs — and spouses — Linda and Cunninghame West. The Wests have redone the interior of their new space in a black-and-white modern rustic motif, featuring black hen tapestries on the walls. White curtains and tablecloths add to the sense of openness despite the small dimensions.
The season of indulgence is over. Now, we’re all about getting healthy, dropping pounds and eating right.
Nancy Maurelli knows her tofu.
People with their fingers much more on the pulse of the food/restaurant industry than I have complied pages upon pages of predictions for what we'll be eating this year.
Wow, this was tough. So many of you responded, some even making impassioned pleas for why you should win Sean Brock's new cookbook. And yet the outcome was entirely up to chance.
Whew! Twelve new recipes in 12 days was intense. Even on winter break. Even during a holiday known for cooking and entertaining.
Today's randomly chosen cookbook winner is ... M & K Food Shop co-owner and Fridge Magnet reader Karen Ayyildiz. Congrats! Karen, if you'll email me your street address, I'll put the cookbook in the mail. My email: email@example.com.
With another holiday season behind us, we think back wistfully on the roast turkeys and casseroles, the eggnog and Christmas cookies, and, of course, the pies. Piety bakeshop, located next to The Fresh Market at Towers Shopping Center in Roanoke, can help with that last longing.
Today's randomly chosen cookbook winner is ... Justin Miller! Congrats! Justin, if you'll email me your street address, I'll put the cookbook in the mail. My email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today's randomly chosen cookbook winner is ... Linda Maxey! Congrats! Linda, if you'll email me your street address, I'll put the cookbook in the mail. My email: email@example.com.
And the winner is ... Kelly McDaniel Whitney! Kelly, if you'll email me your street address, I'll put the cookbook in the mail. My email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I've heard from so many of you that moving to a gluten-free diet has been helpful, but hard. Today, guest blogger Laura Latham tells her story of learning to live without gluten.
By now, you’ve lived through Kroger’s 12 Days of Deals, Ellen Degeneres’ 12 Days of Giveaways and the Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies.
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen.
Today, I’m once again turning the Fridge Magnet over to a great foodie in our midst. Meet Rachel Chitwood, who, with her sister, Maddy Chitwood, lives in Blacksburg and blogs about craft beer at Barley Babes.
With friends like these, who needs cook books?
Virginia Walker Cooper, 77, of of Abingdon and formerly of Bedford, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2015. Arrangements by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford .
Deborah Kaye King, 57, of Petersburg, Va., died Saturday, June 26, 2015. Arrangements by Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, Va., 540-862-4157.
There was dancing, rejoicing, and shouting in Heaven on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, when Arnold Jay Quesenberry, 83, of Christiansburg, Va., moved into the mansion he's been so longing for. With his best friend and wife, Nancy, and special friends by his bedside, he passed away peacefully after a long and debilitating battle with Parkinson's. Arnold was a member of Harbor of Hope Church and was one of many dedicated servants who help build and begin Pilot Pentecostal Holiness Church, now known as Abundant Life Fellowship. He was always ready to give to meet the needs of the church, family, and friends. His closest friends joked about him "unknowingly" paying for people's lunches and the extra "unknown" offerings he'd put in the collection plate. Arnold enjoyed being around God's people and loved joking, laughing, telling stories and having a good time. He particularly enjoyed trips with Nancy and friends to the beach, the Gospel Quartet Convention and The Smokies.Until his health declined, he rarely missed a camp meeting service and when service was about to start at camp meeting, he'd be the first one waving his arms and praising the Lord. He was not ashamed of his Lord and wanted to tell the world what a Savior he had.Arnold worked most of his life at Corning Glass and in his later years at Federal Mogul. He leaves behind friends from all over the United States and abroad.Arnold was preceded in death by his mother and father, Tida Phillips Quesenberry and Charley Jay Quesenberry; a sister, Willodene Quesenberry Simpkins; and a brother, Robert Quesenberry.Surviving are his wife, caregiver and best friend, Nancy Horton Quesenberry; sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Bob Scaggs of Millington, Tenn.; brother and sister-in-law, Phil and Barbara Quesenberry of Elkin, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Cassie Quesenberry of Blacksburg, Va., and Sally Dennis and husband, Chuck, of Radford, Va.; aunt and uncle, Helen Cox and husband, Elza, of Lexington, N.C.; stepsons and their wives, Jeff Wimmer and wife, Beverly, of Christiansburg, Va., Scott Wimmer and wife, Lyn, of Riner, Va.; stepgrandchildren, Adam, Sarah, and Brian Wimmer, Taylor Radford, Aaron Altizer, Ashley Silva, and Chase Chamberlain; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; as well as his brothers and sisters in the Lord.Arnold was a father figure to some who did not have their biological father in their lives and took great care in ministering to their needs and showing compassion and love. He leaves behind his special daughter, Rhonda Whittaker, who loved and respected him with all her heart.The family wishes to thank Carilion Hospice, Dr. Badillio, his staff and all the people who gently cared for Arnold in the past few weeks. A special thanks to Norma Cole who helped in so many different ways. In addition to her helping care for Arnold, she was a strong foundation and support for Nancy.The family will receive friends on Friday, July 3, 2015, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Harbor of Hope Pentecostal Holiness Church, 2720 Roanoke Street, Christiansburg. The Funeral Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday with the Rev. Kenneth Kingrea, the Rev. Richard Kingrea, and the Rev. Leon Alley officiating. Interment will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Christiansburg. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Harbor of Hope Building Fund. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hornefuneralservice.com.
Douglas James Moats, 44, of Rocky Mount, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015. Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 3, 2015, at Flora Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Rocky Mount, Va., 540-483-3835.