Food & Drink

Food Notes

Canned pumpkin: No shortage

Despite news reports of canned-pumpkin shortages, thanks to Midwest weather conditions, Charlotte-area supermarket chains expect plenty through the end of the year. According to representatives for Harris Teeter, Whole Foods and Publix, stores expect to have enough to get past December and the busy baking season.

Learn to sell at farmers markets

Detra Denay Davis of the Foodpreneur Institute and Central Piedmont Community College’s Small Business Center will teach the basics from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library North in Huntersville, 16500 Holly Crest Lane. Farmers Market Bootcamp is $39 and will cover things like customer relations, increasing revenue and social media. Register at or email Davis at

Meet Purvis, Pierce at tour

North Carolina authors Jay Pierce and Kathleen Purvis will sign books during Saturday’s Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour, a fundraiser for the Symphony Guild of Charlotte. The tour is $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and includes kitchens at eight homes in Myers Park. Pierce will have copies of “Shrimp” and Purvis will have “Bourbon” and “Pecans,” all part of the Savor the South series from UNC Press. Schedules and tickets:

New market for Plaza Midwood

Pure Pizza, 1911 Central Ave., has started hosting a weekly local-foods market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. It will feature local vendors and some produce. Coming Oct. 24: A fall festival with apples, pumpkins and family-friendly activities. Details:

Keep bread warm

Put about 2 cups of uncooked rice into a cloth sack – a kitchen towel, a pillow case, a clean sock – and microwave until it’s warm to the touch, about 2-3 minutes. Place the sack under a cloth napkin in a serving basket and place freshly baked rolls or bread on top. The rice should stay warm at least 20 minutes. Michelle Stark, Tampa Bay Times