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.

Franklin Street breweries help craft NC state beer


Two Chapel Hill breweries teamed up with 20 other members of the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild this weekend to create North Carolina’s first state beer.

Students are venturing into the world of mixology


UNC students bring Chapel Hill bars and clubs to life. And many of them are doing so from behind the counter.

All up in your business, August 19, 2014


After almost 50 years in the University Square development, Chapel Hill Barber Shop has relocated to the Courtyard.

The Thrill is gone, The Heel is here

This Friday, students who want to celebrate making it through their first week of classes will have a new hangout to visit — The Heel Bar and Grill.

Lenoir open for weekend brunch

Students craving weekend brunch on North Campus now have an option that will save them the walk to Rams Head Dining Hall.

Chapel Hill celebrates local, organic food today on Food Day


Ten years ago, John Soehner quit his job as an occupational therapy assistant, bought a tractor and learned to grow organic food.

Q&A with UNC alumnus Jonathan Bloom

Jonathan Bloom is an alumnus of UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and author of American Wasteland.

Salmonella case causes Trader Joe's peanut butter recall


A North Carolina child is one of about 30 people nationwide who have been infected by salmonella in a recent outbreak linked to Trader Joe’s, a national chain of grocery stores.

Time-Out hopes to bring food truck to campus


UNC students have been snacking on chicken and cheddar biscuits for almost 35 years. Soon, those biscuits will come on wheels.
Eddie Williams, owner of both Time-Out Restaurant and Time-Out Sports Bar, said he plans to expand his Chapel Hill-based business to food trucks in coming months.

Chapel Hill-based take-out company Scoot Food to expand offerings


A fleet of scooters bearing bright pink flags will soon take to the streets of Chapel Hill and Carrboro to deliver food from local restaurants to residents.

Parts of Orange County qualify as 'food deserts'


March is national nutrition month, but for Orange County officials and organizations, making healthy food more affordable and accessible is a year-round project.

'Food Lover’s Guide to Orange County' profiles local offerings


Moreton Neal will publish the second edition of her “Food Lover’s Guide to Orange County” later this year.

The Lodge Bar and Grill updates menu to include tapas

In a hard economy, downtown restaurants face tough competition — and some are updating their menus to keep up.

UNC debates 'Meatless Mondays' plan

UNC students are trying to save some of the 83 to 100 animals most people consume each year. Eleni Vlachos, a local advocate for veganism who has been using that statistic to education people nationwide, is helping students expand vegan and vegetarian menu items at campus dining halls. If Carolina Dining Services approves a proposal drafted by students, all Mondays would be designated as “Meatless Mondays.” Biology major Brandon Hays presented the student proposal to dining services Monday. The proposal follows a recent national trend to promote veganism and vegetarianism on college campuses, including East Carolina University and Davidson College, said Vlachos, who is also a community relations contractor for Duke Medicine. Vlachos recently traveled to universities around the country to promote her documentary on the benefits of veganism. She said some schools went as far as to eliminate meat entirely from Monday menus. UNC’s proposal would not eliminate meat and animal products from the menu on Mondays, Vlachos said.

Chapel Hill Town Council will discuss food truck sanitation

Food trucks differ from brick-and-mortar restaurants in many ways, from target clientele to their lack of permanent address. But there is one standard food industry leaders say the two should be held equally accountable to: sanitation.

Hillsborough passes ordinance permitting food trucks

Chapel Hill now stands alone in the county in its strict regulation of food trucks.

Working to provide holiday meals for homeless


With Thanksgiving approaching fast, Juan Tuset wants to make sure all Hispanic residents in need receive enough information to register for a holiday meal. And because of his efforts to bring together the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service and the local Hispanic homeless community and in-need Spanish speakers, he might see that goal achieved.

UNC students gather food donations in ‘trick-or-feed’ event

Despite a cold rain, more than 50 UNC students went door-to-door in Meadowmont and Southern Village to collect food for local children Monday afternoon.

Homegrown Halloween has hurt the profits of Franklin Street bars


For local business owner Kyle Heath, Halloween used to be the most profitable night of the year — rivaled only by a national championship. But since Chapel Hill implemented Homegrown Halloween in 2008 as an effort to return the Franklin Street Halloween celebration to its community roots, he said profits have declined — and he is concerned this year will continue the trend.

Maple View Farm wins NC Grange award


Maple View won this year’s Farm of the Year award from the North Carolina State Grange, a nonprofit organization promoting the agricultural community, earlier this month.

Chapel Hill eateries debut various seasonal dishes


As the leaves begin to change color, so do the menus at some of Chapel Hill’s most famous restaurants and coffee shops. Local chefs are whipping up seasonal dishes, using various spices, fruits and vegetables characteristic of the season.

Chapel Hill will consider loosening its food truck regulations


The half-renovated 1976 Airstream trailer that sits in Steve and Nancy Williams’ driveway in Carrboro represents their plan to make some extra money in tough economic times.

Local food processing center to open in Hillsborough

Local food producers will soon have a more cost-efficient way to bring their products to consumers’ plates.

Hector's to reopen on East Rosemary Street

Pita double cheeseburgers are making a comeback in Chapel Hill. Hector’s, tentatively slated to open Labor Day weekend, will be a revival of the original Hector’s, which opened in 1969 in Chapel Hill and has closed and reopened three times since.