I struggled with how to approach this dispatch, especially since I have a little friendly competition of sorts from my new friend Cole Dittmer of the Lumina News. While we are not being judged for our literary prowess – or … Continue reading Battle Sriracha Cha!: Kirsten’s Curry Steals the Show
As I was driving to work today, I felt all warm inside despite the frigid temperature outside. I love this time of year, when Wilmington is her most authentic self. In these months of cold air and short daylight hours, my beloved city is a true Southern town. The summer people are gone, the holidays are over, I have tied my last Christmas bow and counted the widgits in the store for the tax man who, like death, inevitably comes. The cooking class schedule for the next season is set, my menus are prepared, my recipes are being slowly tested … Continue reading The Chef, The Farmer, and You
Competition Dining is a cooking competition here in North Carolina that is the brainchild of Jimmy Crippens. It celebrates all things food in North Carolina, pitting chefs from five regions in the state against their neighbors in a cooking competition featuring North Carolina grown, raised, or manufactured products. As Jimmy likes to say to the diners, who are also judges in the competition, “This competition is about three things: The Farmer, The Chef, and You.” On any given evening, diners blindly taste their way through six dishes – three each from two competing chefs – voting as they go in … Continue reading Under Fire: In the Competition Dining Kitchen
I love my job. I didn’t always, but circumstances have led me full circle back to the place I once left because I was very unhappy – and it is completely different than it used to be. I consider myself very lucky to be able to do something to pay my bills that also brings me fulfillment on a more personal level. I am all too aware that not everyone has the opportunity to do what they love for a living; I feel blessed. Other people seem to notice, too, as they comment about how both I and my place … Continue reading Be a “Docker” – The Fire is Lit!