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Great to see you here! It's been a minute since my last email and I didn't want you to miss one bite of all the fun, food and food-centric travel that's been going on.

In Case You Missed It - here's a recap of the past four blog posts at with recipes, a list of springtime ways to eat and drink locally and a fun plan for food-centric travel to Wilmington NC.

This week, stay tuned for a fun Wednesday Recipe Blog Post on "Eating Green", just in time for St. Patty's Day.

The focus here is on local greens and how to whip them up into good-for-you, delicious smoothies as well as a wonderful side dish you'll want to serve for all your Springtime meals.

The post will include photos, how to with two Master Recipes and a list of delicious variations you'll want to try out soon!

Want to watch how its done?

I'll be making the smoothies on Wednesday's Charlotte Today show sometime between 11-11:30 am. You can watch live or stream it from the stations website.

If you miss it, have no fear, sometime Wednesday evening I'll embed the video in the blog post, so everything will be there all together.

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Also in this March Newsletter, details and links to several sensational food-centric events happening in the next month or so, in Charlotte and across the state. And as, always, I've included Tom's schedule of musical performances.

Make plans and reservations ( where needed) now and don't miss a single thing!

In Case You Missed It, Last month, I was tickled pink to be a guest on a food-driven podcast in Charlotte, called Amused-Bouche. 

Hosts Jen & Abby and I chatted for nearly an hour about local foodways and products, chefs, restaurants, products, culinary events, and some of my most memorable interviews and funny culinary experiences.

Listen in on the conversation here !

How Overnight Oats Become High Protein Waffles

Often one favorite recipes leads to another. Such was the case with a recipe for overnight oats, that I originally crafted for my friends at The Dairy Alliance. I started with overnight oats; and then used that recipe as the basis for high protein smoothies, morning muffins and delicious, easy to make waffles, you and your family are going to love! Let me know what you think!

Get the Recipes Here

Shopping Local and Cooking with Mushrooms & More

How are you shopping local this week? In the winter months, on my list of go-tos are the season's assortment of root veggies and a slew of local mushrooms. Keep reading for all of my local sources - many available to order online; and for two fabulous recipes using all that is currently in season.

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Three Day Getaway: Wilmington NC

With Spring and Summer on the horizon, the Carolina Coast is calling. Tom and I have traveled to the coast many times before. From Beaufort and Southport to Down East and always have a great time! While we recently have headed out to the inner banks to discover New Bern and Washington NC ( more coming on that trip soon), and often go up to the Pamlico Sound, we'd never really been and stayed in Wilmington, NC before. We loved everything we saw, did and ate! Can't wait to go back soon!

Get All of Heidi's Where to Eat, What to See, Where to Stay Travel Tips for a Visit to Wilmington Here

Six Sensational Ways to Drink and Eat Locally for Spring

If you have followed this blog or my social media for very long, you will know that I love what I do. My jam is discovering all the local and sharing it with all of you. As I travel across the Carolinas, and beyond, I am always in search of great locally produced products to share on these digital pages. Check out this blog post for 6 sensational new finds that will soon become your favorites, too!

Get All the Details and the Where-To-Buy links here

Three Great Events Coming Your Way Soon - Make Plans & Get Tickets Now!

Cooking for the Kids is a fun competitive dinner series featuring Chefs from Raleigh, Durham and surrounding areas. Held and hosted by Ricky Top Catering in Raleigh, the final round of the 2023 series takes place on Wednesday March 15. The six course dinner this week will feature Chef Kyle Teears of Craften and Chef Josiah Halbohm of Young Hearts Distilling) and food lovers. A cash bar features beer, wine and cocktails. Doors open at 5:30pm for cocktails; dinner starts at 6:30pm. All event proceeds go to support Overflowing Hands’ children’s programs.

Click Here for Tickets

Free Range Brewing is hosting another of their wonderful Cultivating Community Dinner Series.

On Monday March 20, from 7-9pm, enjoy a collaborative dinner featuring Chris Coleman of NoDa's Goodyear House and Blair Machado of Hamfish BBQ, a Nomadic Supper Club.

You'll love this intimate, community seated dinner pairing at Free Range Brewing, located at 2320 N. Davidson Street in Charlotte NC.

At the dinner Free Range Brewing will thoughtfully pair each course with one of their featured beers; and there will be non-alcoholic offerings as well.

Doors open at 6:30pm.

Dinner starts promptly at 7pm.

Click Here for Tickets and more info, including the menu details

March 26, 2023 Fish Pickin’ on the farm at Old North Farm in Shelby NC

The chef lineup for this fun outdoor event includes

⭐️ Chef Keith Rhodes  of Catch Seafood in Wilmington, a 2023 James Beard Foundation semifinalist nominee for Outstanding Chef of the Southeast

⭐️Chef Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood Joint in Durham and the 2022 James Beard Outstanding Chef of the Southeast

⭐️ Chef Elliott Moss, 2013 and 2017 James Beard Nominee for Outstanding Chef of the Southeast; author and owner of the soon-to-open Reginas Westside in Asheville

⭐️ Chef Oscar Johnson  , 2022 NCRLA Chef Showdown Chef of the Year and co-owner of  Jimmy Pearls in Charlotte,

⭐️ The talented Chef Daryl “Coop” Cooper, co-owner of Jimmy Pearls in Charlotte.

⭐️ and the incredible Rodney Rodin of Charlotte Fish Co

⭐️ With beer from Free Range Brew

Plus your hosts,

⭐️ Chef Jamie Swofford, chef, farmer & creator of Old North Shrub , award-winning drinking vinegars.

⭐️ Chef & journalist Keia Mastriani of Milk Glass Pie

Click here for Arrival Times, Tickets and More Details

Join my talented husband, Tom Billotto, for an evening of music and fun at any of these open-to-the-public performances this month. Hope to see you there!

Wed. 3/15, 5:00-7:00 pm: Historic Dunhill Hotel Lobby Bar, corner Tryon St & 6th St, Uptown Charlotte NC

Fri. 3/17, 5:30-8:30 pm: Salmeri's Italian Kitchen, Springfield Town Center, Hwy. 21, Fort Mill SC

Thu. 3/23, 5:00-8:00 pm: Harris Teeter Cotswold Wine & Beer Bar,

corner Randolph Rd & Sharon Amity Rd, Charlotte NC

Wed. 3/29, 5:00-7:00 pm: Historic Dunhill Hotel Lobby Bar, corner Tryon St & 6th St, Uptown Charlotte NC

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