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Toast plots US expansion, rebranding as ‘Famous Toastery’

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By DAVID BORAKS
DavidsonNews.net/CorneliusNews.net

While we’ve all been enjoying quick and tasty breakfasts and lunches at Toast Cafe the past few years, its owners have been cooking up something bigger. The Davidson-based restaurant group is expanding its reach across the Southeast through franchising. And there’s a name change on the way: New restaurants are opening as Famous Toastery and existing stores will make the change in the next couple of months. Read the full story

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A simple salad and its complexities

A simple salad with lettuce, croutons, vinaigrette, and parmesan flakes in perfect harmony.

A simple salad with lettuce, croutons, vinaigrette, and parmesan flakes in perfect harmony.

When I started writing this post, I thought that there wouldn’t be much to say about this simple salad. After all, it’s lettuce, an easy vinaigrette, croutons and Parmesan shavings, but then I started jotting down what I wanted to share and I realized that even the most simple salad has a lot going on behind the scenes. Read the full story

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Help judge area’s best soups at Souper Bowl Sat.

Diners young and not so young tasted 13 soups. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)

Diners young and not so young tasted 13 soups at the 2014 Souper Bowl. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)

By DAVID BORAKS
DavidsonNews.net/CorneliusNews.net

fund raisers bugWho makes the best soup in Lake Norman? Nine area restaurants will put their creations to the test at the Davidson Housing Coalition’s 11th annual Souper Bowl cookoff this Saturday, Jan. 31, from 11am to 1:30pm in the Lilly Family Gallery at Davidson College’s Chambers Building. Read the full story

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Sweet Potato & Country Ham Ravioli

Sweet Potato & Country Ham Ravioli with a brown butter and sage sauce. (Nikki Sawyer Moore photo)

Sweet potato & country ham ravioli with a brown butter and sage sauce. (Nikki Sawyer Moore photo)

Nikki Sawyer Moore bug 2013Have you ever imagined something only to find that reality doesn’t add up? That’s how it has been with this sweet potato ravioli recipe. I’ve wanted to nail it for years. I’ve tested it with ricotta cheese, added cinnamon then omitted it, altered the amount of Parmesan, and tweaked the pasta recipe over and over and over again. Each time, before I begin to make it, my mouth is salivating over just how good it’s going to be, and that first bite, every time, is just OK. It’s terribly disappointing.

Yesterday, I decided that I was going to give sweet potato ravioli one last chance at being great before I devoted my energies to other pursuits. Read the full story

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Publix at Magnolia Plaza opening Feb. 4

The new Publix off West Catawba Avenue will open Feb. 4. (Jonathan Cox/CorneliusNews.net)

The new Publix off West Catawba Avenue will open Feb. 4. (Jonathan Cox/CorneliusNews.net)

publix logoPublix says it plans to open its new supermarket off West Catawba Avenue on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 7am.   The Florida-based supermarket chain is finishing construction and has been hiring for the new store, one of 15 it’s opening as it enters the Charlotte market and takes on local grocers including Harris Teeter and Food Lion. Read the full story

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125 eateries offer specials for Restaurant Week

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The Queens Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week returns this week for its winter engagement, with a record 125 restaurants across the Charlotte region offering $30 prix fixe dinner menus. The feasting runs Friday, Jan. 16, to Sunday, Jan. 25, and includes a long list of choices in the Lake Norman area, from Epic Chophouse and Jeffrey’s in Mooresville to North Harbor Club and Campania Cafe in Davidson to 131 Main and Alton’s Kitchen in Cornelius.

Here’s the deal: Your $30 gets you three or more courses at participating restaurants – a great chance to enjoy old favorites, or sample the fare at some place you haven’t been before. Read the full story

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