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Food Notes

2 Paula Deen shows

If you’re going to “Paula Deen Live!” at the Belk Theater on Wednesday night, you’ll get two shows: Deen will use her Charlotte appearance as a kickoff for the new Paula Deen Network, a subscription website that features Deen’s videos and recipes.

A Deen spokesman said the Charlotte launch is timing. Her live show here was scheduled on the day the network debuts. The network and a documentary on Deen are part of her comeback attempt after events that stopped her career in 2013, including a legal case when she admitted using racist language.

Martha Stewart contest includes N.C. companies

Seventeen N.C. food companies are in the running for Martha Stewart Living’s American Made contest. Until Oct. 13, you can vote up to six times a day. Prizes for the companies include a trip to New York, $10,000 in cash and marketing opportunities. To vote, go to

N.C. food finalists are: Queen of Oats, Cornelius; Muddy River Distiller, Belmont; Elizabeth’s Pecan Products, Turkey; Smoke Signals, Marshall; Mae’d Bakery, Carrboro; La Farm Bakery, Cary; Raleigh Cake Pops, Creedmoor; Sugar Island Bakery and Supplies, Surf City; Videri Chocolate Factory, Raleigh; Little Black Dressing Co., High Point; Carolina Wild, Pink Hill; White Whale Bold Mixers, Durham; Blue Kudzu Sake, Asheville; No Evil Foods, Asheville; Goat Lady Dairy, Climax; Heirloom Provisions in Durham; and Piemonte Farm, Burlington.

7th Street celebrates fall

The 7th Street Public Market, 224 E. 7th St., celebrates fall with two Harvest Fest events Saturday. From noon to 3 p.m., free activities include hay rides, pumpkin painting and a corn shucking. Then from 4 to 7 p.m. there’s a ticketed event that includes food and a performance by the WBT Briarhoppers. That’s $25 and tickets are at (search for “Harvest Fest Taste of the Market”).