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All West Virginia Hot Dog debuts at Huntington festival

WV Dog stand
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

Leavitt Farm puts moonshine on the breakfast table

Moonshine—it’s what’s for breakfast. Well it may be once you try some of Shari Leavitt’s moonshine jelly.

Shari Leavitt with her latest creation: Moonshine Jelly
Shari Leavitt with her latest creation: Moonshine Jelly. She produces and sells The Leavitt Farm brand of jellies, pickles, and relish from her Jackson County, WV, farm.

Shari has been making and selling small-batch gourmet jellies from her Jackson County, West Virginia, farm for years. But her moonshine jelly is a recent addition.

Leavitt - 1 (4)Shari originally achieved notice among  jelly aficionados with her Tea Jellies. Unusual flavors like Bengal Tea, Chocolate Tea, Lavender Tea, and Chai Tea stood out and gained a following.  She also makes traditional fruit jams and jelly styles. Her The Leavitt Farm brand products are popular at specialty/fancy food retailers around West Virginia. Continue reading Leavitt Farm puts moonshine on the breakfast table

Strawberry Day at Chesterhill

There is something so magically special about strawberry season in Appalachia. Rich, hill-country soils and micro-climates, the gardening savvy of accomplished growers, a sunny day in late May—all these combine to produce such a remarkable, ruby-red experience.

Appalachian strawberries, heaven on earth

If heaven were red, it would surely be flavored with Appalachian-grown strawberries. Continue reading Strawberry Day at Chesterhill

Appalachian chefs, restaurants compete for James Beard Awards

Appalachian chefs and restaurateurs are well represented among the list of James Beard Award semifinalists announced yesterday. Fifteen different Appalachian region chefs and restaurateurs made the cut.

Damian Heath of Lot 12
Damian Heath of Lot 12 Public House in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia is a James Beard Award semifinalist for the ninth year in a row. He is competing for Best Chef, Southeast region. He is one of 5 Appalachian region chefs named as semifinalists in the Southeast category. Photo: Facebook

The James Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in the United States.  Eight Appalachian chefs and restaurants became semifinalists in 7 of the 11 national categories. Seven more made the cut for Best Chef in their respective geographic regions.

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B&D Gastropub supports beer community

B&D GastropubWith so much focus on craft breweries and their latest and greatest brews, it is easy to overlook the important contribution to craft beer made by our restaurants and taverns. We owe buckets of appreciation to our favorite on-premise proprietors who help keep the masses up to date with the big bad world of craft beer. Continue reading B&D Gastropub supports beer community

2015 Cast Iron Cook-off features Appalachian cuisine

The annual Cast Iron Cook-Off® returns to the Charleston, WV Marriott January 30-31, 2015. By incorporating events for professional chefs, amateur cooks, culinary students, and the general public, the cook-off becomes a fun weekend focused on the best in contemporary Appalachian cuisine. Continue reading 2015 Cast Iron Cook-off features Appalachian cuisine