100 Foods You Must Eat in 100 Counties: In our search for foods worth seeking, we found throughout our state platefuls of goodness that deliver much more than sustenance.
Farming Roots by Jenny Tenney
Turn off the tractors. Hear the simplicity.
They faded away when the masses sought more comfortable confines inside air-conditioned movie theaters. But across North Carolina, six drive-in movie screens still hold on to the sentiment that outside is better.
In our search for foods worth seeking, we found throughout our state platefuls of goodness that deliver much more than sustenance.
- Web Exclusive: Download a checklist of all 100 Foods You Must Eat!
- Web Exclusive Video: The Port-a-Pit in Statesville is famous for its barbeque and we make a pit stop there for a little taste.
Welcome to Our State
The Best Sandwich by Elizabeth Hudson
Our State Quiz
North Carolina is blessed with an astonishing variety of foods that can be prepared any number of ways. Whet your appetite with this month’s quiz on tasty Tar Heel ingredients and recipes.
Tar Heel Books and Music
- Real NASCAR: White Lightening, Red Clay, and Big Bill France by Daniel S. Pierce
- Cow Across America by Dale Neal
- Shadow Box: Poems by Fred Chappell
- Carolina Chocolate Drops Songbook by Dom Flemmons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson
- The Lies We Told by Diane Chamberlain
- Moon Coastal Carolina by Jim Morekis
Fluent in Music by Wanda Duncan
Acclaimed composer and Winston-Salem native Margaret Vardell Sandresky continues to speak through her award-winning compositions.
Southern Historian at Heart by Arnold Wengrow
Professor and author Dan Pierce honors his own roots as he explores Southern history for his books and his classes at The University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Tar Heel Humor
Early Culinary Adventurers by Daniel Wallace
Tar Heel Towns
Kill Devil Hills by Molly Harrison
People come for the beach and great surfing. They stay for the relaxed lifestyle and a strong sense of community.
Tar Heel History
Princeton of the South by Elizabeth Leland
Rebelling against the king, the founders of Charlotte established Queen’s College. Had the college survived the Revolutionary War, Charlotte — not Chapel Hill — would have claimed the nation’s first public university.
Tar Heel People
Life by the Sea by Jeri Rowe
Like the oysters they sell at Eagle Island Fruit Stand and Seafood in Wilmington, Norris and Carolyn Flowers have always drawn their sustenance from the Carolina coast. It’s just who they are.
Strands of Tradition by Kent Priestley
The beautiful tradition of finger-weaving nearly slipped away from the Cherokee culture. Few are doing more to revive the craft than Karen George.
- Web Exclusive: See more from the story on Karen George who is keeping alive the centuries-old art of finger-weaving.
Tar Heel Gardening
Fashionably Great by L.A. Jackson
The trendiest new plants appear first at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh.
- Web Exclusive: Download additional gardening tips from L.A. Jackson
Tar Heel Tastes
Tomatopalooza by Debbie Moose
Seven years ago, a couple of backyard tomato growers discovered heirloom varieties. This month, connoisseurs will flock to their annual festival to taste more than 100 different kinds of tomatoes.
Fresh from the Farm by Charlotte Fekete
For crisp, seasonal side dishes, head to the farmers market for locally grown ingredients bursting with flavor.
- Web Exclusive Video: Come spend a day at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, where farm-fresh is the name of the game and eating local is a way of life.
Dates & Events
Let the Games Begin by Mandy Stovall
Drawing the largest gathering of Scot clans in the world, the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games celebrate Scottish traditions.
Tar Heel Images
‘The Pleasantest Place’ by David Windom of Fairmont.
An unnamed explorer’s 18th-century description of Lake Waccamaw still applies to the limpid expanse that anchors one of our state parks.