Food & Drink

Food news from around the Charlotte region

Can we get a spoon of prevention?

Now that our phones are smart, our utensils are joining in. Stories in the Los Angeles Times have recently highlighted the invention of “smart” chopsticks and forks. The chopsticks detect whether the food you’re picking up was cooked with reprocessed cooking oil, called “gutter oil” in Japan. Meanwhile, in America, we have the Hapifork, which monitors how quickly you’re eating, and can light up and vibrate to remind you to slow down. The fork also can upload information online to track your eating habits. The Hapifork is $99 at; the chopsticks are still being tested.

Celebrate Italian wine in N.C.

Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery in Ronda will hold its annual Festa Italiana 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 20 at the winery, about 75 miles north of Charlotte off Interstate 77. Admission is $15 and includes a tasting of three wines, live music, a display of Italian cars, and food vendors selling Italian foods. Details:

He’s got soul

Adrian Miller, author of “Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine One Plate at a Time,” will give a talk at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. Ninth St. Miller’s book won a James Beard Award as the best food reference book in 2014. The lecture is free, but reservations are required. Email Jeffrey Leak,, or call 704-687-0025.