More than one way to enter the drinks industry

Veronica Stover with her new Copperhead Bloody Mary Mix that won first place in the Recipe Challenge at the West Virginia State Fair.
Veronica Stover with her Copperhead Bloody Mary Mix that won first place in the Recipe Challenge at the 2013 West Virginia State Fair. It’s now making its way to liquor stores.

We sometimes forget that there is more than one way for a small, local business to enter the drinks industry. You don’t have to produce an alcoholic beverage; you don’t have to own a bar or liquor store. You can make something else the drinks industry needs.

That’s just what Appalachian Mountain Specialty Foods of Spencer, WV, did with its Copperhead Bloody Mary Mix. Continue reading “More than one way to enter the drinks industry”

All West Virginia Hot Dog debuts at Huntington festival

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The WV Dog stand at the West Virginia Hot Dog Festival received an enthusiastic response.

In the first ten years of the West Virginia Hot Dog Festival, they’d never seen anything like it. Imagine a hot dog for which every ingredient for all the components—meat, bun, chili sauce, and condiments—were sourced from West Virginia farmers and prepared by local food processors.

Well, in the 11th year, it arrived: the all-WV hot dog.

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A traditional WV hot dog with chili, slaw, mustard, and onion.

The all West Virginia hot dog

In southern West Virginia the well-known WV-style hot dog is one dressed with chili, slaw, mustard, and onion (as is well documented at the official West Virginia Hot Dog Blog website).

I’ve never had a better tasting West Virginia-style hot dog than the one I had Saturday at the festival from the The WV Dog stand. Continue reading “All West Virginia Hot Dog debuts at Huntington festival”