The Gatsby Gala at the Wilmington City Club

Posted by - August 15, 2017

If time would lend me only one enchanted evening, I would step back into the Roaring Twenties, the Jazz Age of flappers and speakeasies, back when the country looked forward with hope and giddy expectation. The Great War was finally over and we were getting our legs back. Oh boy, were we. The Charleston, the Black

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Fermental Beer & Wine: Converting the Blahs into Ahhhs

Posted by - June 16, 2017

  Written by: Kharin Gibson | Photography by: Arthur Green   If you’re looking for a hip, unassuming little haven to enjoy some local brews, sip a glass of wine or two, and just hang out with a laid-back, yet colorful crowd – Fermental Beer & Wine is the place to be.   This beloved,

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Liquid Pleasures: Four Fruit-Inspired Cocktails

Posted by - June 2, 2017

Written by: Kimberly Rhine | Photography by: Kimberly Dam | Location: Goodfella                            Blackberry Thyme Lemonade Ingredients: Distilled water Container of blackberries Fresh thyme Bag of lemons Mayhaw Jelly (Farmin’ On Front) Club soda or Sprite Tito’s Vodka Shaker Muddler Ice cube molds/tray Ice Cubes: -place

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Painting the Town Blue

Posted by - May 7, 2017

Written by: Michael Raab | Photos provided by: North Carolina Blueberry Festival Association Pleasant, bucolic Burgaw is the county seat of Pender County and for 364 days a year the population hovers around 4,000. For one day, however, Burgaw will increase in population by an additional 40,000 as the 14th Annual North Carolina Blueberry Festival

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Success is not a Destination, but a Journey

Posted by - April 1, 2017

Written By: Kharin Gibson  |  Photographed By: Kimberly Dam Aside from indisputable talent, it is truly perseverance and determination that have propelled Chef Sokun and her husband Guillaume Slama, to continue realizing their dreams. As owners of The Chef and The Frog, a restaurant in downtown Whiteville, their profound resilience keeps this couple steadfast on

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Brewing Success

Posted by - March 21, 2017

Written By: Heather Lee Gordy | Photographed By: Kimberly Dam Jud Watkins and his wife, Amber Watkins, opened Wrightsville Beach Brewery at the corner of Oleander Drive and Greenville Loop Road late January. Growing up in Wilmington, Jud spent many times oystering with his grandfather and father when he was young, which originally brought the

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Santa’s Sugar Cookies

Posted by - December 2, 2016

Sugar Cookies Ingredients 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 1½ cups granulated sugar 1 egg (room temperature, set out first) 2¼ cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon Kosher salt 1 teaspoon vanilla ¼ cup granulated sugar for rolling cookies Instructions Preheat oven to 350º F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or

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Competition Comes to Coastal North Carolina

Posted by - November 6, 2016

Written By: Kharin Gibson | Photographs Courtesy Of: Got to Be NC Competition Dining Competition is the American way. We thrive on competition, especially when it revolves around our favorite pastime—food. This certainly explains the success of cooking shows like Chopped, Iron Chef, and Cutthroat Kitchen. Nothing whets the critiquing appetite more than an event recognized

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Restaurant Style Thanksgiving

Posted by - October 27, 2016

Written By: Heather Lee Gordy | Photos By: Lisa Chambers Photography Meet Executive Chef, Jameson Chavez, and Executive Pastry Chef, Rebeca Edelmira Alvarado-Paredes—two talented chefs from the freshest restaurant in Wilmington, manna. Since opening November 3, 2010, manna has kept a positive reputation and held true to their commitment to “buy as local as possible”

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A Fall Favorite—The Healthier Way

Posted by - October 27, 2016

Written By: Dr. Jennifer Escarcega | Photo Courtesy of It’s fall y’all! That means it’s time for football, crunchy leaves, cooler temps, and one of fall’s favorite beverages: the Pumpkin Spice Latte. You can enjoy this popular beverage without artificial syrups, coloring, or preservatives, and for a fraction of the cost! This is my

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