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Wednesday 03/25/2015
Buchanan Library to host 'Understanding Gluten' program on April 10
Posted: March 25, 2015 - 6:00 am

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.

Thursday 03/19/2015
Good food and philosophy at Bent Mountain Bistro
Posted: March 19, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Wednesday 03/18/2015
Abingdon set to flaunt its food March 24
Posted: March 18, 2015 - 9:00 pm

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.

Out of the ice comes Burger of the Sea
Posted: March 18, 2015 - 1:00 am

Folks in my home state of South Dakota like to joke that at certain times of the year, you can walk on water.

Tuesday 03/17/2015
Tizzone's wood-fired pizza and dishes offers step up on Italian scene
Posted: March 17, 2015 - 11:00 am

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.

Monday 03/16/2015
Lynchburg cooking show to feature award-winning chef Brian Morris
Posted: March 16, 2015 - 1:00 pm

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.

Sunday 03/15/2015
Shrub cocktails help bartender build a niche
Posted: March 15, 2015 - 12:00 am

Roanoke bartender Danielle Gonzalez had been at her craft for a decade, but still felt a little lost.

Saturday 03/14/2015
Happy Pi Day
Posted: March 14, 2015 - 11:00 am

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.

Friday 03/13/2015
Rocky Mount's Bootleggers reaches the next round in culinary challenge
Posted: March 13, 2015 - 12:00 pm

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.

Thursday 03/12/2015
Veteran restaurateurs Jeff, Teal Batson to open 'The Green Goat' in Wasena Park building
Posted: March 12, 2015 - 2:40 pm

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.

Brew and Stew
Posted: March 12, 2015 - 5:15 am

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!

Tuesday 03/10/2015
Sips’n Sweets tasting event to benefit Virginia Museum of Transportation
Posted: March 10, 2015 - 11:30 am

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.

Friday 03/06/2015
Virginia Tech chefs offer summer culinary camps for youth, registration deadline is April 15
Posted: March 06, 2015 - 5:00 am

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.

Thursday 03/05/2015
Review: Stefano's on the Market
Posted: March 05, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Wednesday 03/04/2015
Voting now open in Virginia is for Lovers culinary challenge
Posted: March 04, 2015 - 5:00 am

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.

Tuesday 03/03/2015
Exciting changes ahead for Roanoke Times food coverage
Posted: March 03, 2015 - 3:28 pm

Hello, cherished readers.

Friday 02/27/2015
Fridge Magnet writer waves goodbye
Posted: February 27, 2015 - 5:30 am

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.

Thursday 02/26/2015
Restaurant Review: Blacksburg Bagels is worth the search
Posted: February 26, 2015 - 12:01 pm

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.

Botetourt mom wins place on Cheddar's menu (with recipe)
Posted: February 26, 2015 - 8:00 am

Good things come to those who wait ... in line for lunch at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen.

Wednesday 02/25/2015
Fridge Magnet: Delighting in doughnuts
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 12:00 am

It might be the smell that gets me. Doughy and sugary. Warm and thick.

Wednesday 02/18/2015
Fridge Magnet: Not cheesy to love pimiento cheese
Posted: February 18, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Tuesday 02/17/2015
Snow cream and hot chocolate
Posted: February 17, 2015 - 3:15 pm

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.

Monday 02/16/2015
King cake for Mardi Gras
Posted: February 16, 2015 - 10:15 pm

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.

Friday 02/13/2015
Sourdough bread, take 2 (with recipes)
Posted: February 13, 2015 - 5:30 am

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.

Tuesday 02/10/2015
Virginia Tech chef wins culinary prize (with recipe)
Posted: February 10, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Want to cook like a champ?

Friday 02/06/2015
A February filled with food
Posted: February 06, 2015 - 6:15 am

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.

Thursday 02/05/2015
A taste for turnips
Posted: February 05, 2015 - 5:30 am

What does a locavore eat in Southwest Virginia in February?

Wednesday 02/04/2015
Fridge Magnet: Healthy chocolates? Do sell!
Posted: February 04, 2015 - 12:00 am

Gayla D’Gaia stands at a makeshift counter in her tiny, tidy kitchen.

Friday 01/30/2015
Restaurant review: Al’s Metro Deli elevates Christiansburg's sandwich options
Posted: January 30, 2015 - 2:45 pm

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.

Thursday 01/29/2015
Pass the pimento cheese
Posted: January 29, 2015 - 5:30 am

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.

Wednesday 01/28/2015
Fridge Magnet: Sourdough starter
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Wednesday 01/21/2015
Fridge magnet: Indian food spices up cooking routine
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 12:00 am

It’s bleak out. Cold and bare, with virtually nothing growing in garden, orchard or trellis.

Tuesday 01/20/2015
Five favorite and least favorite grocery store finds
Posted: January 20, 2015 - 5:30 am

I feel like I’ve sampled a lot of new food items lately.

Friday 01/16/2015
It's Restaurant Week in Roanoke
Posted: January 16, 2015 - 8:15 am

The buzz is starting to build.

Restaurant review: The Black Hen
Posted: January 16, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Wednesday 01/14/2015
Don't be afraid of tofu
Posted: January 14, 2015 - 12:00 am

The season of indulgence is over. Now, we’re all about getting healthy, dropping pounds and eating right.

Tuesday 01/13/2015
Tofu tutorial
Posted: January 13, 2015 - 5:30 am

Nancy Maurelli knows her tofu.

Monday 01/12/2015
Five food trends of 2015
Posted: January 12, 2015 - 5:30 am

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.

Friday 01/09/2015
Cookbook giveaway, Day 5: Our final winner!
Posted: January 09, 2015 - 5:30 am

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.

How'd it go? My 12 days of GREAT eating.
Posted: January 09, 2015 - 5:30 am

Whew! Twelve new recipes in 12 days was intense. Even on winter break. Even during a holiday known for cooking and entertaining.

Thursday 01/08/2015
Cookbook giveaway, Day 4: Another winner!
Posted: January 08, 2015 - 5:30 am

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:

Restaurant review: Piety devoted to love of pastry
Posted: January 08, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Wednesday 01/07/2015
Cookbook giveaway, Day 3: Today's winner!
Posted: January 07, 2015 - 5:30 am

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:

Tuesday 01/06/2015
Cookbook givewaway, Day 2: Today's winner is ...
Posted: January 06, 2015 - 5:30 am

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:

Monday 01/05/2015
Cookbook giveaway, Day 1: We've got a winner!
Posted: January 05, 2015 - 9:30 am

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:

How to be gluten-free
Posted: January 05, 2015 - 5:30 am

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.

Wednesday 12/24/2014
Fridge Magnet: 12 days of good eating
Posted: December 24, 2014 - 12:00 am

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.

Monday 12/22/2014
A recipe for reindeer
Posted: December 22, 2014 - 9:30 am

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen.

Friday 12/19/2014
An entertaining appetizer
Posted: December 19, 2014 - 5:30 am

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.

Wednesday 12/17/2014
Cookie recipes? I got 'em!
Posted: December 17, 2014 - 9:30 am

With friends like these, who needs cook books?

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