Topics: Local food and agriculture

Orange County is home to many local food vendors. Farmers' markets showcase local agriculture frequently in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro area is also involved in crafting local beer.

Al takes a bite out of Chapel Hill business scene


From the moment he got behind a grill, Al Bowers knew he had a love for the food industry. Years after discovering his passion, Bowers is now the owner of Al's Burger Shack in two locations and Mel's Commissary in Carrboro.  

Maple View community unites to aid hurricane victims

Orange County residents stopped at Maple View Farm Ice Cream this weekend to drop off relief items, which were loaded into 26-foot U-Haul trucks and are heading to Florida and Texas next week.  

Chapel Hill holds watermelon eating contest


Richard Crump slogged through watermelon guts to find glory as the winner of this year's DSI Watermelon Eating Contest, held in Kenan Memorial Stadium as a part of the The Town of Chapel Hill’s Fourth of July Celebration.

Protest against Wendy's raises awareness for farmworker abuses


UNC students, members of Student Action with Farmworkers and other local residents joined the farmworker leaders of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in a Boot the Braids protest on Friday demanding the removal of Wendy's from UNC's campus.

Carolina Cupboard prepares to move into new pantry location in the fall

Carolina Cupboard has postponed its move into another room of Avery Hall’s basement until the Week of Welcome in fall 2017.

Cook-off immerses students in Arabic culture


The Arabic program hosted its first ever cooking competition Monday night..

Eats 101 continues barbecue event to fight food insecurity


One in four kids face food insecurity in North Carolina, according to No Kid Hungry North Carolina.

To educate and help solve this issue, the Eats 101 class, an honors seminar in food and culture, joined forces with No Kid Hungry North Carolina to raise money and awareness of this issue with their event, Q for the Kids, on Thursday.

Protesters march against Wendy's for fair food and farmworkers rights


Students, farmworkers and activists for workers’ rights marched through campus to the beat of guitar music and “boycott Wendy’s” chants Monday to protest the fast food restaurant’s refusal to join the Fair Food Program.

'Great Carolina Cook-Off' aims raise awareness for food insecurity


On March 30, Hope Gardens is hosting The Great Carolina Cook-Off, in which eight student organizations will showcase their culinary talents in the hopes of taking home the $200 grand prize and a trophy.

UNC focuses on 'food for all' for third year of campus-wide theme


For a third year, the UNC pan-university theme, “Food for All: Local and Global Perspectives,” will bring initiatives and activities to campus — including a possible new major.

Handling hunger in Chapel Hill-Carrboro: 'PORCH filled the gap for us so well'

Mai Mai was two months pregnant when she fled a military regime in Burma in 2008. writer's notes 

Winner, winner, chicken… festival?

A bill proposed Feb. 14 would make Fayetteville the host of North Carolina's official fried chicken festival — though the city has yet to hold a fried chicken festival.

Vimala's hosts community lunch for refugees and residents

The Refugee Community Partnership co-hosted a community lunch on Sunday to welcome refugees with Love Chapel Hill church at Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe on West Franklin Street.

New Target could change Chapel Hill's food desert classification


It only takes a quick stroll to Franklin Street for Chapel Hill residents and University students to find snacks at CVS or Walgreens to stock up on for the week.

Food insecurity challenges undergraduates at UNC, nationwide


A 2016 survey by the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness reports that 22 percent of around 3,800 undergraduate respondents experienced very low levels of food security in the previous 30 days, qualifying them as hungry.

Lotsa Stone Fired Pizza will fill Jasmin's old spot on Franklin Street


Franklin Street’s 10th pizza shop — Lotsa Stone Fired Pizza — will likely open this spring, replacing the Jasmin Mediterranean Bistro that closed in December.

Edible Campus initiative plans for more growth in spring


A demonstration garden, student internships and academic course collaborations are just a few of the Edible Campus plans for this spring semester.

New UNC club starts conversations with bacon

Junior Jack Joyce founded Bacon of the Month Club at UNC in the fall of 2016 in hopes of providing a space for other students passionate about bacon.

UNC MBA recipient's food app billed as positive alternative to Yelp

A passion for food and technology brought around 70 people together Friday to launch a new restaurant recommendation app, CurEat.

Med Deli, Vimala's help community come together for Syrian refugees this holiday season


The Chapel Hill community and Syrian refugees are coming together through fundraising events put on by local restaurants this holiday season.

Farmers' market celebrates Thanksgiving with tasty pie competition


On a crisp November morning, a procession of voters lined up to cast their ballot for the candidate they thought was best, only this was a short line and it involved tiny spoons.

Carolina Food Summit opens conversation on hunger, other issues

Calling all foodies — the first annual Carolina Food Summit begins on Wednesday.

Another season for Edible Campus means more food behind Davis Library


UNC’s Edible Campus initiative already has nine gardens scattered across campus and is planning on adding more this upcoming year. 

Some NC families struggle to fill the table, food insecurity persists


For the first time since it opened its doors in 2008, TABLE is out of room for some local children seeking food aid.

25,000: When craft brewery growth is punished by legislature


When Steel String Brewery opened in Carrboro in 2013, it was the 85th brewery in North Carolina.

Now, three years later, the list has almost doubled.