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Pop’s BBQ coming to South Main – soon, he hopes

As the sign says, Richard Beal hopes to open Pop's BBQ Smokehouse soon on South Main Street. (David Boraks/CorneliusNews.net)

As the sign says, Richard Beal hopes to open Pop’s BBQ Smokehouse soon on South Main Street. (David Boraks/CorneliusNews.net)

dining news bugAfter a variety of delays this summer, Pop’s BBQ Smokehouse on South Main Street in Cornelius is preparing to open, as early as month’s end. We talk to owner Richard Beal about his plans. Meanwhile, the Charlotte Beerfest is Saturday in uptown Charlotte, showcasing local and international brews. In Davidson, Summit Coffee celebrates its 16th birthday with live music, food, and a new line-up of beers on tap. And Davidson Sweet Shop in South Main Square will celebrate its grand opening Sept. 25. Read on for details. Read the full story

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Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom Risotto tonight?

Mushroom Risotto tonight? (Nikki Sawyer Moore photo)

Nikki Sawyer Moore bug 2013Risotto is a meal meant to be made with a glass of wine in hand. I’ve done the research. White wine is best, after all it’s hot at the stove top, and the first sip should coincide with the first sizzle of vegetables being sautéed in butter. With ingredients ready, it’s just a matter of adding and stirring, adding and stirring, adding and…you get the point…until dinner is ready. From there, you need only refill your wine glass before heading to the table for one of the most comforting, yet still sophisticated meals you can make. Read the full story

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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. Read the full story

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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. Read the full story

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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. Read the full story

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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. Read the full story

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