Food & Drink

Observer food writing takes 3 awards

Purvis’ story explored the differences between cultures on whether they sweeten cornbread.
Purvis’ story explored the differences between cultures on whether they sweeten cornbread. dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

Food coverage in The Charlotte Observer received several honors recently.

Food editor Kathleen Purvis received three awards in the annual competition from the Association of Food Journalists, given last week at the organization’s yearly conference in Philadelphia. Purvis won a first place for Best Newspaper Food Feature for the story “Why does sugar in cornbread divide races in the South?” Purvis also won second place in the same category for the story “Observer food editor’s take on Gwyneth Paltrow’s book: Pile of goop.” Finally, Purvis placed third in the category Best Food Business Story for “Can a S.C. barbecue family rise above their father’s history of racism?” All of the stories ran in 2016.

Other N.C. winners in the contest included Andrea Weigl, formerly with the Raleigh News & Observer, who placed third for Best Newspaper Food Feature for the story “The true story of a chef’s chef.”

In another honor, Purvis’ story on the family behind Maurice’s Piggy Park in Columbia, S.C., also will be included in the annual anthology, “Best Food Writing 2017,” edited by Holly Hughes and published by DeCapo Press. The book will be available for sale Oct. 17. Purvis’ story on Gwyneth Paltrow was included in the 2016 edition of the book.

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