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Center Stage Catering to open restaurant

Center Stage Catering, Inc. recently announced that it will be opening a new restaurant in Rocky Mount. It will be called The Porch. “We kind of feel like Robin Hood. We’re out there doing all this work, but the taxes come back to Rocky Mount, John Schopp, president and CEO of the business, said. “This is going to allow us to interact with Rocky Mount and stay a little closer to home. We’re excited.”
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First ever Market at the Museum event in Roanoke

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) -In Roanoke, people can learn about Virginia agriculture in a new, fun way!. Wednesday was the first Market at the Museum event at the Science Museum of Western Virginia. It’s a partnership between the museum and Virginia Cooperative Extension. Once a month, kids and adults can learn...
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Roanoke Times

Meatless by mandate

Rural Virginia locals traipsing outdoors may unwittingly encounter various crawling critters. The Lone Star Tick is one such bug. This pest is named after the large, white, often star-shaped spot on the female tick’s back. Commonly found in the southeastern United States, the Lone Star spreads a condition known as Alpha-Gal (short for galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose) Syndrome. At its core, patients develop an allergy to any meat from a hooved animal. However, the allergy has been known to extend to hooved animal byproducts and dairy. The allergy can cause a variety of reactions ranging from gastrointestinal distress to hives to anaphylactic shock.

Best Pumpkin Spice Products You Have to Try in Virginia's Blue Ridge

The fall season means the arrival of pumpkin spice flavors! From pumpkin spice lattes to butter and beer, people are constantly refining classic pumpkin foods and drinks, while also creating some fun new ways to feature pumpkin spice. In the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, you’ll have no trouble...

The Importance of a Meal

The Rescue Mission of Roanoke is helping serve the hungry by providing 600 meals a day. The Rescue Mission provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner to those looking for a hot meal. The food services manager at the mission, Sara Blankenship talks about how they are changing up the menu with different types of cuisines.
Roanoke Times

Business Intel: Zorba Restaurant closes as owner retires

Zorba Restaurant, known for its Greek and international cuisine, has closed with the retirement of owner Adel Eltawansy, better known as “the king.”. Eltawansy, who is originally from Egypt, launched Zorba in the Roanoke City Market Building in 1985. He moved the business to Salem in 2010 when the historic downtown structure closed for renovations. Zorba continued to operate there until Aug. 31, its last day in business.

Grape harvesting: the ‘super bowl’ of wine making

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - Hidden along the rolling hills overlooking the New River Valley, you’ll find the beautiful estate of Beliveau Farms. During the late summer days, Yvan Beliveau and his volunteers are hard at work harvesting this year’s crop. We took a visit to his tranquil winery near Blacksburg...
Roanoke Times

Squirrel hunting means stew, BBQ, gravy and casserole

As autumn approaches, many people anticipate the coveted taste of pumpkin spice, a staple this time of year. However, many local hunters are salivating for a different flavor — squirrel. Virginia’s squirrel hunting season began Sept. 4, but if you didn’t make it out during the first week, never fear!...

Tasty Tuesday: Halwa Bakery and Cafe combines Mediterranean, seasonal favorites

BLACKSBURG, Va. – It may not feel like it, but it is the season of pumpkin-spiced everything. That’s clear as day when you walk inside Halwa Bakery and Cafe in downtown Blacksburg. This inviting atmosphere is part of what keeps people like Clifton Davis, a senior at Virginia Tech, coming...

Eat, Sleep, Play – Franklin County, Virginia

Nestled in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, near the city of Roanoke, you’ll find a place with old-school charm, rich heritage, and boundless natural beauty. Franklin County, Virginia might not be on the top of your mind when it comes to outdoor recreation – but it should be.

Non-Dairy Ice Cream Shop Opens in Roanoke, Virginia

In a town filled with not many vegan options, Creme Fresh is a welcome addition. The non-dairy ice cream shop just opened in Roanoke, Virginia last month. Creme Fresh opened its doors on August 27 to a long line and a warm welcome. Started by the owners of two local businesses—Quincy Randolph of RND Coffee and Nate Sloan of Bloom—Creme Fresh has quickly established itself as a local favorite on Main Street. And, after selling out their first weekend, it looks like the shop is here to stay, which is great news for those looking for vegan options in Roanoke.

New restaurant in downtown Roanoke needs donations

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - A restaurant in downtown Roanoke has a new concept you may never have heard of. Ursula’s Café on Jefferson Street will use a ‘pay what you can’ system. That means there will be set prices, but you decide what to pay for your meal. The goal...

Hometown Eats: The Beat Bangkok in Blacksburg

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - A popular Thai restaurant in Blacksburg is under new management and with it comes a new name, new menu and new twists on traditional Thai dishes. Jay Peungarsai and his wife, New Tubpasuth, are the new owners of Café de Bangkok, now called The Beat Bangkok.
Smith Mountain Eagle

Homestead Creamery, a local dairy powerhouse

With temperatures reaching near 100 degrees with humidity during these hot summer days, a nice cold and tasty treat can always be counted on. When visiting Franklin County, one doesn’t have to look far to find the birthplace of Homestead Creamery, which creates some of the most popular ice cream and milk around.
Smith Mountain Eagle

Lake Thyme Eatery gets creative with its food service

(The following article is featured in the latest issue of Lake Life Magazine available this week.) For a growing number of people in and around the Smith Mountain Lake area of Franklin County, Tuesday nights have become no cooking nights. On Tuesdays, Lake Thyme Eatery, a food truck owned and operated by Stephanie Roberts, serves up preordered meals from a variety of weekly menus.

Sandro’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant opens at Christiansburg Marketplace

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - A little bit of Italy has arrived!. A family-owned pizzeria and Italian restaurant is making its debut. Sandro’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant is in Christiansburg—tucked in the corner of the new Marketplace shopping center. “Me, my brother and my sister grew up in the restaurant business....