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.

RSVVP event raises record amount $26,004 for IFC food pantry


The totals are in — higher customer participation is to thank for the 2014 RSVVP Day reaching a record high in fundraising for the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service.

Bojangles' Inc. plans to announce public offering

As students enjoy flaky, delectable Bojangles’ Inc. southern biscuits in the Pit today, the fast-food chain continues to prepare for its initial public offering — after announcing Monday that it will go public.

Wednesdays at Carrboro Farmers’ Market open for summer


The Carrboro Farmers’ Market is gearing up to start its summer hours and expanded selection of produce in the coming week.

State of the Plate conference kicks off new theme


Vivian Howard was inspired to create a southern cooking show when she first moved to Jones County, North Carolina.

Food lab wins first ever Create-a-thon


Food takes over as campus research theme

Food brings people together — regardless of culture, language, age, race or religion.

Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market exploring alternative location

The Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market wants to keep its University Mall home — but its future at the location remains uncertain.

UNC dining halls seek food without factory


James West stands in the dark on a cold January morning. He has an old heater going as he smokes a cigarette. It is 7 a.m., and it’s time to feed the pigs that will one day feed thousands of students.

Community kitchen coming to Rosemary Street

Kathy Gunn knows better than most that no matter who someone is or where he or she comes from, everybody can agree on one thing: Food brings people together.

UNC, Duke join forces to push healthy eating

As millions of families on food stamps nationwide struggle to eat healthily, UNC and Duke University have launched a collaborative effort to educate these families about proper nutrition.

Skirting the health standard


Deems Wilson was surprised when, shortly after starting his job as manager of West End Wine Bar, he was told the business didn’t get inspected by the Orange County N.C. Health Department. 

Sweet and spicy peppers attract locals to Amazing Pepper Festival


The Seventh Annual Amazing Pepper Festival returned to Chapel Hill Sunday with local, organic, pepper-infused food and drinks.

Orange County proposes food council

As a county that prides itself on eating locally grown produce and foods, Orange County agreed this week to join the growing trend of municipalities with food councils.

Top of the Hill owner drafts bill to sell liquor after distillery tours


A Chapel Hill business owner is challenging the massive power of the N.C. Alcohol Beverage Control Commission — a group that marks up the cost of liquor by more than 80 percent. 

UNC's dining halls composted 539 tons of food waste in 2013-14 fiscal year


Every day in Top of Lenoir, hundreds of students line up at the conveyor belt to drop off plates piled high with unwanted pizza crusts, rejected pot roast and the last few bites of lima beans.

Q&A with "American Wasteland" author Jonathan Bloom

As part of The Daily Tar Heel's Projects and Investigations Team's Food Issue, Senior Writer Caroline Leland spoke to Jonathan Bloom, the award-winning author of "American Wasteland."

The book chronicles the ways in which Americans waste food between the farms it's raised on and the plates it's eaten off of. Bloom offered insight into the University's responsibility to prevent food waste and why it's important to conserve.

Orange County restaurant inspection ratings to appear on Yelp pages


Restaurant inspections have long revealed the dirtier side of the food industry, including the restaurants frequented by residents of Chapel Hill.

Local chefs try to support North Carolina fishermen


It’s about a three-hour drive to the nearest coastline from Chapel Hill — 162 miles to Wilmington, 178 miles to Atlantic Beach and longer to get to other seafood hotspots on the Outer Banks.

Carolina Dining Services debt burden to increase with upgrades


The debt Carolina Dining Services has sitting on its books is unusual for a University of its size, but that hasn’t stopped administrators from crafting plans to further renovate Lenoir Dining Hall.

Column: What do you mean, "toxic"?


If the intense competition for treadmills at the Student Recreation Center and the line for the salad bar at the Top of Lenoir have taught me anything, it’s that UNC students tend to lead relatively healthy lifestyles.

Meals on Wheels food truck rodeo coming to Carrboro

Meals on Wheels drives around Chapel Hill and Carrboro every weekday, delivering food to senior citizens and people with disabilities. It also raises money through the same medium — by hosting food truck rodeos.

Hungry students find help at TABLE


Hundreds of Chapel Hill-Carrboro elementary school students do not have to worry about going hungry on the weekends, thanks to the nonprofit organization TABLE.

Local restaurants celebrate veganism

A nonprofit is hoping a night out on the town will help educate people about the vegan diet.

All up in your business for Sept. 12, 2014

In celebration of its first anniversary, Al’s Burger Shack hosted a burger recipe contest and selected the cook-off winners on Wednesday. 

Co-op fair highlights community ownership


Weaver Street Market’s co-op structure can be a bit of a mystery to customers who aren’t sure exactly what a “co-op number” is.