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Today's Features

  • Shopping local is a very popular trend these days, especially shopping at farmer’s markets or local roadside shops for fresh fruits and vegetables.

    Not only does it allow us to get the freshest possible produce, it helps the local economy. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and can help a family farm compete in the food marketplace. Buying local food also keeps dollars circulating in the community and increases local food security.

  •  The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce again sponsored the North Carolina Rice Festival at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Sept. 18 and 19.

    In addition to the rice cooking contest, of which I was privileged to be one of the judges, festivalgoers enjoyed live music both days, many displays and exhibitors, arts and craft vendors, food vendors, a children’s entertainment zone, a youth art contest and a beer garden just for the adults.

  • Wooden boats of all makes and sizes will be on display at the Old Yacht Basin in Southport during the seventh annual Southport Wooden Boat Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Admission is free.

    Visitors can meet and talk with the wooden boat makers and owners and vote for their favorite entrant for the People’s Choice Award.

    A team of judges will award six other prizes.

  • CALABASH — Town commissioners have agreed to have a special meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 for a developer of Devaun Park to present modified plans for the upscale community off Beach Drive.

    Vaughn Stanaland has presented plans to modify phase 6B in the community calling for lower-density development that would reduce the number units from 103 single- and multi-family units to 40 all single-family units.

    The town’s planning and zoning board recommended approval of the request following a presentation at its Sept. 6 meeting.

  • The General Federation of Women’s Clubs — South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club will host its seventh annual Quarter Auction to benefit local scholarships and education programs Saturday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. at West Brunswick High School.

    A Quarter Auction is one in which businesses and artisans from the community have donated items for bid with audience members being able to take the items home for as little as 25 cents. The emcee will describe the item up for bid and indicate how many tickets are needed to bid on it based on its retail price.

  • Sunset Beach’s first Paddle Fest was such a hit last year, it’s back this year.

    The autumn event to showcase activities that make Sunset Beach special launched for the first time last Halloween in Sunset Beach Town Park. This year’s Paddle Fest is scheduled a little earlier in the season, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

  • Greenlands Farm’s next farm-to-table Tapas & Tour promises an afternoon of good food, great conversation, and homestead living.

    The event from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, featuring Chef Melon Corsini begins with delicious tapas with ingredients grown right on the farm. It takes place as the only event ever planned in Greenlands’ farmhouse.

    Fine wine chosen by a local connoisseur will also be available for purchase by the glass or bottle.

  •  My first taste of Beef Wellington was at a fancy restaurant back in my younger days and I can still remember the elegant presentation and, of course, the fantastic taste. The dish is an English preparation of beef tenderloin coated with pâté (often pâté de foie gras) and duxelles (a mixture of onions and mushrooms), which is then wrapped in puff pastry and baked.

    I wrote about this dish last month, but wanted to revisit it with some additional recipes.

     

  •  In recognition of September as National Food Safety Month, I have two quick questions for you. What do you think — are these statements true or false?

    1.     Salmonella is the most common foodborne illness.

    2.     More people get sick from chicken than from any other food.