North Carolina ranks high for states with best food, drink options

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North Carolina ranks 11th for states with best food, drink options.


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North Carolina ranks number 11 in the country for states with the best food and drink options, according to Thrillist.

Thrillist recommended the best “under the radar” restaurants in the United States. They recently released an article ranking every state in the country by its food and drink options.

Asheville was North Carolina’s lead point on the list. The mountain area has more breweries per capita than any city in the country, according to the site. Krispy Kreme, Texas Pete’s and Cheerwine were also created in North Carolina.

California landed the top spot, the state’s 80,000 farms produce half of all U.S.-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables.  

The site listed North and South Dakota as the bottom two states. Click here to see how each state ranked.

Sources: Thrillist, WSOC-TV

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Winners Announced for The Best of Winston-Salem 2014


Votes were compiled from a survey distributed to recipients of the Smitty’s Notes e-newsletter listserv, and it was also posted on the Web site from mid-May and during the month of June. Although not a scientific polling, it is a good sampling of the businesses, people and places that you like in Winston-Salem. The voting tabulation for each category had a Winner (clear choice); Runner Up (highest second choice); Honorable Mention (enough votes to get noticed) where applicable and Best Quote (a comment worth noting or one so hilarious that it deserved a mention). In compiling the list, some categories are intentionally not included. Simply, Smitty’s Notes doesn’t tailor or report on certain content and we are not a newsletter for everything in the city. There were also a couple of comments about the length of the survey. To those, I pose the question: Where would you cut categories that mean something to someone else? Trust me. This thing could have been WAY longer.

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House of Blues-affiliated music venue coming to downtown Greensboro

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House of Blues-affiliated music venue coming to downtown Greensboro! @LindseyEatoNews ✔ This will be the 3rd House of Blues in the Carolina’s.

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Greater Greensboro Entertainment Group announced Thursday that a House of Blues affiliated music venue will be coming to downtown Greensboro.

The entertainment venue is planned for 117/119 South Elm Street, where Allure is currently located. Wolf Construction is set to  begin construction on Monday.

The venue is affiliated with House of Blues Entertainment and Live Nation.

The name of the venue has not been officially announced, however it will not be named House of Blues.

House of Blues Entertainment will book acts for the venue.

Rocco Scarfone, president of the Greater Greensboro Entertainment Group, said the new venue that will bring a national presence to downtown Greensboro.

The venue will have two seating configurations: 525 fully reserved seats, or 350 reserved seats plus 500 general admission seats, according to the News & Record.

“We’ll never book a Paul McCartney,” Scarfone said. “We’ll fill a great…

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International Bike Show July 12th


Bike show registration is from 9-1, Judging at 1 and Trophies will be given our in their respective categories! See you there!

Our trophies for this weekends International Bike Show arrived today! All bikes of every type is welcomed! Sport Bikes, Cruisers, Custom, Choppers, you name it, bring it! 


Trophies awarded in all categories – Touring (Saddlebags & Windshield), Cruiser, Custom (Paint), Chopper, Sport Bike, and Peoples Choice.

Vendors to include Fox Paint Shop, Indian Larry Motorsports, Ducati of Greensboro, Garwood Custom Cycles, Kendall Johnson Customs, Fulmer Helmets, Superior Insurance and Jason E Taylor – The Litigator.

Entry cost for Bike Show is $5 & 1 Nonperishable Food Item.

All proceeds to go to 2nd Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC.

Pre-Register by phone @ 336-722-3106 or by E-Mailing Brother Bill @
Congratulations to all of our winners for 2nd International Bike Show:
Russell Zich – Touring – 1999 Goldwing
Sam Miller – Cruiser – 1981 Sturgis
kevin Baldwin – Sport – 2000 Hibusa
Mike Sirianni – Customized – St. Glide
Jake Kearnstock – Chopper – 1962 Sportster
Dustin Rogers – People’s Choice – 2013 Deluxe

Consumer Reports ranks best/worst fast food and fast casual restaurants

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Consumer Reports ranks best/worst fast food and fast casual restaurants


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When it comes to the “food” in “fast food,” quality is becoming increasingly important to consumers.

In the upcoming August 2014 issue, Consumer Reports surveyed 32,000 subscribers about their experiences at 65 “fast food” and “fast casual” restaurants. “Fast casual” restaurants include Panera, Jason’s Deli, Chipotle and others.

When it comes to hamburgers, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Fuddruckers and Steak ‘n Shake received the highest marks. McDonald’s ranked last on the list, with Jack in the Box and Burger King also in the bottom three.

When it comes to chicken, Chick-fil-A took top honors. Bojangles’ also made the list, ranking at #5. KFC ranked last in the chicken category.

In the sandwiches & subs category, Firehouse Subs, Jason’s Deli and McAllister’s received high grades. Subway ranked near the bottom of the list.

Burritos was given its own category. Chipotle took top honors with Qdoba not far behind. Moe’s Southwest…

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Smokin’ Harley-Davidson Wine & Swine Festival

Smokin’ Harley-Davidson Wine & Swine Festival to benefit Christy’s Courage Foundation.Image

Christy’s Courage Foundation is a 501C3 non profit helping children & adults born with Esophageal Atresia. EA a rare birth defect, which is being born without an esophagus. There are approximately 4000 to 5000 children born in the United States yearly and 10,000 worldwide who have Esophageal Atresia. I am an EA survivor, which is my inspiration to reach out to others like myself. I can offer other EA survivors my experience living with EA to help them and their families make their journey a little easier than mine. The nonprofit started as a book I was writing of my life and when I meet a little girl, with EA, who needed an adjustable bed to improve her health it became my mission to provide that much needed bed. After that accomplishment I was on my way to touching others with EA. My success is defined by the drive I have to find a cure for EA and the supportive people and organizations who partner with Christy’s Courage. When I meet the children living with EA daily, I have no doubt they are my reason to be successful. Our success is measured by improving one EA child’s life at a time.

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An Evening of Comedy with Bill Engvall-Winston-Salem Fairgrounds

Bill Engvall bringing his comedic styling to Winston-Salem

Country comedian Bill Engvall will bring his trademark blue collar comedy to the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex August 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale June 20 at 10 am. Fellow comedian Gary Brightwell will open the evening’s festivities.
Engvall is a member of the “Blue Collar” comedy troupe and has starred in “Blue Collar TV,” “Blue Collar Comedy Tour, The Movie,” “Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again” and “Blue Collar Comedy Tour – One for the Road” along with fellow comedians Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White.

Each Monday at 11 a.m. PST, Engvall and fellow comedian Gary Brightwell host “Off the Cuff with Bill Engvall” on Sirius/XM Blue Collar channel 97. Engvall also starred in and served as executive producer for “The Bill Engvall Show” on TBS.

In 1996, Engvall released his first album, “Here’s Your Sign,” featuring the hit title track that spent 15 straight weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

ADMISSION: Get Your Tickets Here:

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WHEN: Saturday August 2, 2014, 7:30 pm

WHERE: Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex
Parking in Gate 5 off of Deacon Blvd

WHO: Bill Engvall  w/ Gary Brightwell

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Paula Deen surprises NC shoppers with grocery store visit; donates $2.5k to charity

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BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. — Celebrity Chef Paula Deen paid a visit to the North Carolina mountains, to help out a charity in the area.

WLOS-TV reported that Deen surprised shoppers at the Ingles in Black Mountain and also presented a $2,500 donation to Manna Food Bank.

Deen signed autographs for shoppers and fans. She said fighting hunger is a battle we all need to get behind.

“As rich as this country is, there should never ever, there’s no excuse for a child or an older person going to bed in this country hungry,” she said.

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The WBFJ Local Flavors Summer Concert Series


The WBFJ Local Flavors Summer Concert Series – Giving You a Taste of the Best Local Music Talent in our Area. Thursday Evenings from 7 to 9 pm in the Hanes Mall Food Court. The event is free and is sponsored by Lewisville Drug Company,  Lewisville’s Hometown Pharmacy.




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FREE Summer Movie Mornings for Kids Wednesday and Thursday at Marketplace Cinemas


FREE ‘Summer Movie Mornings’ for Kids Wednesday & Thursday (Marketplace Cinemas)

The Marketplace Cinemas in Winston-Salem is offering FREE ‘Summer Movie Mornings’ for Kids (and parents)

June 18 & 19 (Wed + Thurs) The Lego Movie (PG) at 10am

June 25 & 26: Despicable Me One (PG) at 10am

July 2 & 3: Despicable Me Two (PG) in 3D for FREE at 10am

July 9 & 10: The Croods (PG) at 10am

July 16 & 17: Turbo at (PG) 10am

FREE SUMMERTIME KID SHOWS started Wednesday June 18. at 10:00am – NO ONE PAYS for admission- Admission is FREE to EVERYONE regardless of AGE. We will also have Kid Size Popcorns for $1.00 each and Kid Size soft Drinks for $1.00 each but ANY AGE can buy them.


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