Food & Drink

Food notes around the Charlotte region

Talking food and ethics at UNCC

It doesn’t have a catchy title – “Killing Life to Make Life: The Biopolitics of Fumigant Regulation in California’s Strawberry Industry.” But a lecture by University of California professor Julie Guthman should be thought-provoking. She specializes in the paradoxes of the food economy, and she’s famous for the line “Michael Pollan makes me want to eat Cheetos.” Guthman will give a talk from 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Bonnie E. Cone University Center at UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd.

BEAN Vegan adds a store

If you’re looking for vegan products from companies such as Vegenaise, Earth Balance and Tofurky, the restaurant BEAN Vegan, 3001 E. Independence Blvd., has added a new section, The Market @ BEAN Vegan Cuisine. The store will share the same hours as the restaurant, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday; closed Tuesday. Details: 980-939-1234 or

Sweet news, Cloister Honey

The Bourbon-Infused Honey from Charlotte’s Cloister Honey is on the list of 10 N.C. food products that have made the finals of the annual Good Food Awards, given for food products that are sustainable and contribute to local economies. The winners will be named Jan. 8 at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. The other N.C. companies with products on the list: Two Chicks Farm and Mystery Brewing Co., Hillsborough; Farmer’s Daughter, Carrboro; Looking Glass Creamery, Fairview; Black Mountain Chocolate, Swannanoa; Escazu Artisan Chocolates, Videri Chocolate Factory and Crude Bitters, Raleigh; and French Broad Chocolates, Asheville. Learn more at