Food & Drink

Food Notes

2 nationwide recalls hit stores

Two massive food recalls have been sweeping across the country in recent days. The biggest involves frozen fruits and vegetables from CRF Frozen Foods in Washington state that are potentially contaminated with listeria. Foods affected include more than 350 products under more than 40 brand names, including Harris Teeter, Publix, Costco and Trader Joe’s. For the full list, go to and search on “CRF.”

In the second recall, Pilgrim’s Pride, a Texas-based chicken processor, has recalled 10 million pounds of cooked chicken, used in commercial-size products, that may be contaminated with extraneous materials such as metal. The brand names involved are Green Dragon, Sweet Georgia, Gold Kist Farms and Pierce Chicken. For the full list of package codes, go to

Coming up: Yadkin Valley Wine Festival

The 15th annual Yadkin Valley Wine Festival is 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 21 in Elkin Municipal Park, 75 miles north of Charlotte on I-77. It features two dozen wineries and vineyards in the Yadkin Valley and Swan Creek wine-producing areas, along with music, food and crafts. Tickets are $22 in advance and $30 at the gate. Details:

Rural Hill dinner highlights Scotch

The annual Scotch Dinner Fundraiser for Rural Hill, a historic property in Huntersville, is 6 p.m. June 2 on the grounds at 4431 Neck Road. Tickets are $90 and include a four-course dinner paired with Scotch whiskies chosen by Mitch Bechard of the Glenfiddich Distillery. Tickets: or call 704-875-3113.

Tip for taking food along

If you’re transporting food in hot weather, try this trick for keeping it cool longer: Fold a paper towel into thirds, drench it in water, then place it in the bottom of a food storage container. Put the entire thing in the freezer. On the day you want to use it, take it out, place your transported food in a zip-top bag, and rest it on top of the frozen paper towel. It will help the food stay cold for a couple of hours. Michelle Stark, Tampa Bay Times