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Food Notes

Still want Ranch House sauces?

The Ranch House on Wilkinson Boulevard closed in 2011, but fans have never stopped asking for recipes. Now longtime manager Connie Dellinger and her husband, Aaron Grosdidier, are selling the cocktail and tartar sauce and the blue cheese, French, ranch and Thousand Island dressings from the original recipes. Each is $8 a pint, for sale at their Bessemer City flower shop, Peg’s Bouquets, 204 E. Virginia Ave. Grosdidier also plans a delivery at the still-empty building, 5614 Wilkinson Blvd. To order, call 704-629-3341, or email

Hummus among us

Hummus Plus is a high-protein meal on the go, available at Publix stores in Charlotte. The 6- to 8-ounce packages include diced chicken, hummus, a foldable spork and a napkin, and have up to 28 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber. After the company sent samples of the five flavors, including sun-dried tomato, chipotle and garlic, I asked co-workers to try it. The response: Pairing chicken with hummus instead of the usual vegetables or crackers is a little weird. The hummus got average marks, but the chicken fared better, especially heated. The one dieter loved the convenience, though. The price is about $4.50 to $5.

Belmont is sizzling

Caravan Coffee and Dessert Bar, 7 S. Main St., Belmont, hosts its ninth annual Summer Sizzlin’ Cookoff on Sept. 11-12, with local cooks competing with ribs, chicken and pulled pork. New this year: a sauce category. Cooking begins at 6 p.m. that Friday, with tasting and judging starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. Registration deadline is Sept. 8. Proceeds benefit Catherine’s House, transitional housing for homeless women and children. Details: Caravan Summer Sizzlin on Facebook.

NoDa’s new digs

NoDa Brewing, 2229 N. Davidson St., opens its new brewing facility and taproom, 2921 N. Tryon St., on Oct. 1 with a celebration from 4 to 8:30 p.m. that includes the fourth annual Pink Pint Night, a benefit for the Levine Cancer Institute’s Project Pink for breast cancer awareness. The new space includes a larger brewhouse and bigger canning line. The old space will remain open with a new schedule. Pink Pint Night is free and includes live music, food trucks and a special pink brew. Details: