Food events are part of the season at local stores

It’s the season for food events at area grocery stores.

Just in time for the holidays, area Lowes Foods stores have scheduled a free “delicious open house” with festive drinks and foods for customers to sample.

Highlights include wine and beer tasting, samples of holiday dinners with all the trimmings and snacks from a scrumptious array of party platters.

These open house events will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Lowes Foods stores at 5051 Main St. in Shallotte and 6278 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

Other scheduled open houses are from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at two other Brunswick County Lowes stores at 4961 Long Beach Road in Southport and 1152 E. Cutlar Drive next to Brunswick Forest in Leland.

One more delicious open house is scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Lowes store at 111 Pavilion Drive in Little River, S.C.

Lowes Foods’ annual food drive, Friends Feeding Friends, kicked off Nov. 1 and continues through Dec. 31.

Lowes Foods will be collecting food donations in all of its stores across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. These donations will be delivered to local food bank agencies in the areas in which they are collected. Since 1995, Lowes Foods has collected more than 18 million pounds of food.

Donation bins are located in each store for quick and easy drop-off.  In-store, customers may purchase pre-made bags of nonperishable items most needed in the food banks or can donate cash at the register in $1, $3 and $5 increments.


Free holiday dinner

Food Lion stores have launched their free holiday dinner program, which continues through Nov. 26.

Food Lion MVP customers can earn a free $20 coupon toward their holiday dinner as part of the stores’ “Shop, Collect and Earn” promotion.

To earn the $20 coupon, customers need to:

• Spend $40 or more in one shopping visit with their MVP Card for six of eight weeks.

• Collect six different weekly tickets.

• Redeem the six tickets for the $20 coupon by Dec. 10.


Harvest Feast

Harris Teeter has launched Harvest Feast, a food drive and donation card campaign to support its food bank partners in eight southeastern and mid-Atlantic states and Washington, D.C.

According to Feeding America, for one in six people in the United States, hunger is a reality. While many believe problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, for certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, the reality is much different.

Right now, millions of Americans are struggling with hunger. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days.

To raise awareness for hunger issues and support local community members-in-need, through Nov. 30, Harris Teeter customers will have the opportunity to make a $1, $5 or $20 donation to Harvest Feast at checkout.

Similar community-based donation card campaigns hosted by Harris Teeter have raised more than $600,000 in a given month. The 2012 Harvest Feast campaign raised over $550,000. Shoppers may also donate nonperishable food items in any Harris Teeter lobby.

In its 11th year hosting Harvest Feast, Harris Teeter is partnering with 21 agencies in its marketing areas. Harris Teeter’s food bank and food pantry partners are assigned to stores within their service areas. All food and monetary donations made at a particular Harris Teeter location are given to the assigned partner to help fight hunger in the local community. 


New Bojangles’ opens

As of Oct. 31, entrepreneur David Maisel has opened his newest Bojangles’ franchise in Supply.

This marks the 11th Bojangles’ restaurant Maisel has opened in eight years, which includes the location in Shallotte. Prior to becoming a Bojangles’ franchisee, Maisel spent 25 years working in Bojangles’ corporate office in both the company operations and franchising department.

Supply’s Bojangles’ features a drive-thru and in-store dining beginning with breakfast and continuing through dinner late into the evening. Spanning 3,800 square feet, the location carries on the Bojangles’ warm, family-friendly tradition in a spacious environment.

The restaurant can seat about 80 guests and employs about 50 local residents.

Hours there are 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends.


Diabetes Support Group

JDRF Type 1 Diabetes Support Group meets at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Camp United Methodist Church, 4807 Main St. in Shallotte.

Anna Maynard, former president of Coastal Carolina branch of JDRF and the mother of a child who has had type 1 diabetes for 15 years, will discuss “Food is Not the Enemy”: how to make food fun and read labels to find the healthiest, lowest carb, and highest fiber content in food.

She will also talk about the importance of having a healthy attitude toward food and making proper choices without making any foods off limits.

Ruth Petzinger, diabetes educator and the wife of a 55-year survivor of type 1diabetes, will also be available to answer questions.

Call Patricia Poulos at (910) 754-7493 to RSVP or for more information.


Do you know of news in the food or restaurant realm in the Brunswick County area? If so, send it to Food for Thought at llewis@brunswickbeacon.com or call Laura Lewis at The Brunswick Beacon at (910) 754-6890.