Stamp out mystery meat
Clark Barlowe, a Johnson & Wales graduate and chef of Heirloom Restaurant, will lead “Fresh Look at School Food,” 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 26 at Johnson & Wales University, 801 W. Trade St. Designed to address childhood obesity in Mecklenburg County, it includes a screening of the documentary “Cafeteria Man,” a panel discussion, a food tasting and a chef competition. Free and open to the public. Details: www.afreshlook.org.
Latin flavor with Sabor
The Latin American Women’s Association hosts Sabor Latino at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Levine Museum of the New South. Tickets are $35 and include a cooking demonstration by Roberto Mendoza and food from the Caribbean, North, Central and South America and Spain. Details: www.lawanc.org or call 704-552-1003.
Almost Hunter’s Moon time
The Feast of the Hunter’s Moon, a period-style candlelight dinner that raises money for Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., is coming up Oct. 17. Tickets are $165 ($325 per couple) and have to be bought in advance. Details: www.historicrosedale.org or call 704-335-0325.
Shop in layers
From a Los Angeles Times interview with Amelia Saltsman, author of “The Santa Monica Farmers Market Cookbook,” on three tips for shopping at farmers markets: “Shop (and eat) in ‘layers’ to get the longest-lasting reward. Buy a mix of shelf-stable, medium-hold and perishable items, and use the most perishable items first. With items like tomatoes or stone fruit, buy a range of moderately ripe to dead-ripe, so you can pace your enjoyment throughout the week. Two, focus on whatever is at the peak of its season. Try to resist the urge to splurge on first-of-the-season appearances; a little patience rewards us with the greatest flavor. Three, engage all your senses, including common sense. Trust your inner smarts and you’ll be fine. It’s just food. But oh, what food.”