If you’ve properly celebrated North Carolina Sweet Potato Month (aka February), your recipe box is likely brimming with preparation techniques for the beta-carotene-loaded taters. Fortunately for you, the NC SweetPotato cq Commission is soliciting entries for its first-ever recipe contest. First-place winners in the soup, salad, sides and sweets categories will each claim a $500 prize: A $3000 grand prize recipient will be selected from the winners. The contest deadline is Apr. 15, so you can take your recipe for Sweet Potato and Soy Sautee to the post office along with your tax return. For rules and more information, visit www.getfreshwithsweetpotatoes.com.
There’s a brand new menu at Burgermeister’s, which is very much like its old menus, but amalgamated into one convenient document. The West Asheville fixture has done away with its rotating selection of entrée specials and stand-alone beer lists, and created a new menu standardizing the substitutions most frequently requested by regular diners. The revised bill of fare features a few revamped sandwiches, new soups and dinner platters of chicken, fish and steak. Visit www.burgermeisters.com for more information.
Remember the claymation California Raisins? The farmers of Haywood County sure do. The latest Buy Haywood project from the Haywood County Economic Development Commission is an 80-second animated short chronicling the indignities suffered by tomatoes on their way from Arizona to Waynesville. The minds behind Buy Haywood believe the video, posted at www.youtube.com/BuyHaywood, will help put local eaters in the mood for maters that aren’t picked green or shipped cross-country. “What we need to make a difference in our sales and marketing might really be cartoon tomatoes and YouTube,” Buy Haywood coordinator George Ivey said in a release.