Vivian Howard (right), star and producer of A Chef's Life on PBS, speaks Saturday night during the keynote panel at the State of the Plate conference. The show chronicles Chef & The Farmer, a restaurant Howard and husband Ben Knight own in Kinston.

State of the Plate conference kicks off new theme

North Carolina chefs gave the keynote speech for the weekend conference

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

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.

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James West, a hog farmer who works just outside Kinston, N.C., is one of several local farmers who supplies food to UNC dining through FirstHand Foods. 

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.

Bars that apply to be private clubs do not have to get sanitation inspections. Zog's Art Bar and Pool Hall is a private club on Henderson Street.

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. 

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.

Clark Cunningham is a senior biochemistry and biology major from Chapel Hill.

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.