Food and Dining 

Queen of Oats is a ‘Martha Stewart American Made finalist’

Kelli Swick (Deborah Young Studio)

Kelli Swick (Deborah Young Studio photo)

Queen of Oats, a small artisan food business based in Cornelius and a vendor at the Davidson Farmers Market, is a finalist in an online competition hosted by style guru Martha Stewart, called Martha Stewart American Made Food. Continue Reading

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Chef Mardus brings Italian cuisine to dining hall

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Chef Randall Mardus talks with Charlotte Magazine publisher Rick Thurmond. (Amy Ellis/DavidsonNews.net)

Chef Randall Mardus talks with Charlotte Magazine publisher Rick Thurmond. (Amy Ellis/DavidsonNews.net)

Randall Mardus put his expertise in Italian cuisine to use  preparing a menu for Davidson College’s Vail Commons dining hall Wednesday evening. Mardus, a 1999 Davidson graduate, honed his cooking skills working in New York City with Michael White, the most decorated Italian chef in the country. Continue Reading

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Summer Corn Chowder

Corn chowder (Nikki Sawyer Moore photo)

Corn chowder (Nikki Sawyer Moore photo)

Nikki Sawyer Moore bug 2013For all the fuss that goes into preparing for summer, we certainly shut it down quickly. One minute you are at the beach with hardly a care in the world and then it’s Labor Day and white shoes are out and pumpkin is everywhere.

I always struggle this time of year with cooking. The past couple of months, I grilled my share of squash and zucchini and I’m dying to turn on the oven and roast, bake, and braise my way into fall. Yet my calendar tells me to slow down; that October is still far away despite the Halloween candy on display. Continue Reading

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Mardus kicks off college’s guest chef series Wed.

Randall Mardus

Randall Mardus

dining news bugRandall Mardus, a Davidson resident and 1999 Davidson College graduate, will be the first guest chef of the school year at Davidson’s Vail Commons Dining Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Mardus will prepare Italian dishes from his time spent cooking for New York City chef Michael White, the most decorated Italian chef in the country.

Mardus will be on hand to speak with dinners between 5 to 7:45pm. The event is open to the public, at a cost of $13.26 per person at the door. Continue Reading

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It’s Hat Day at the Davidson Farmer’s Market

DavidsonFarmersMarket2014The Davidson Farmer’s Market is back again Saturday morning at the market ground next to Davidson Town Hall, offering a variety of local produce, meats and other items. It’s “Hat Day” at the market – wear your favorite hat and you could win a prize. Continue Reading

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South Main Sweet Shop hits Davidson sweet spot

The owners of the Davidson Sweet Shop, sisters Caryl Leone (left) and Regina McGrath-Cantrell (Jonathan Cox/DavidsonNews.net)

The owners of the South Main Sweet Shop, sisters Caryl Leone (left) and Regina McGrath-Cantrell (Jonathan Cox/DavidsonNews.net)

small biz spotlightBy JONATHAN COX
DavidsonNews.net

It may not be Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, but it has more than enough varieties of candies, truffles, chocolates, and lollipops to satisfy any customer’s sweet tooth. The South Main Sweet Shop has opened – a “soft opening,” the owners say – in South Main Square in Davidson, with a grand opening planned later this month.

The store carries a variety of candies, ranging from chocolate-covered raisins to high-end truffles, and the owners hope to add cake pops and coffee to their menu. Along with selling sweets, the shop can provide candy buffets, and is also able to cater for weddings or other events. Continue Reading

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