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Food Notes: Aug. 22, 2012

Men Who Cook Aug. 31

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The date printed for the "Men Who Cook" in the Aug. 15 Food Notes was incorrect. The correct date is Aug. 31. The West Virginia Institute for Spirituality presents the event from 7 to 9 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, 305 E. St. in South Charleston. The event features tastes of food prepared by men, including Gazette reporter Rick Steelhammer. Tickets are $20 per person, or $35 per couple. All proceeds will go toward reducing the mortgage at the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality offices. Visit wvinstituteforspirituality.org or call 207-256-8624.

Food truck launch

Mission Savvy launches its juice bar and Organic-to-Go mobile food truck from 6 to 9 p.m. today with a block party  at 202 Hale St.  Fresh organic food and juices from the juice bar will be available. Live music by "Out in the Field" begins at 7 p.m.

The food truck will also be at Live On The Levee Friday. The current menu features vegetable and rice burgers, falafel sandwiches with tzatziki sauce, veggie dogs, marinated tofu, Thai spring rolls and tabouli, herbal waters, fresh juices and iced dandelion lattes.

Visit www.missionsavvy.com.

Tiny labels mean something

Price Look-Up codes (PLUs) are printed on the small stickers attached to fresh produce at the grocery store. These codes are used to make checkout and inventory control easier for the store. They also tell you key pieces of information about the produce, such as how it was grown.

Conventionally grown food can be identified by a four-digit number, such as 4011 for bananas.

Organic food is identified by a five-digit number that begins with a nine, such as 94011 for bananas.

Genetically modified food is indicated by a five-digit number that begins with an eight, such as 84805 for a vine ripe tomato.

Surce: www.usa.gov

RibFest

The Charleston RibFest will be held Sept. 6 to 9 on MacCorkle Avenue in South Charleston featuring nationally known rib vendors, live entertainment, arts and crafts and a carnival. Visit www.charlestonwvribfest.com for schedule and details.

More Mexican

Los Agaves has opened a second Mexican restaurant under the same name in Dunbar at the corner of Tenth Street and Dunbar Avenue.

Shellfish celebration

Tidewater Grill will serve a special al fresco meal featuring shellfish at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20. The dinner includes peel and eat jerk-spiced shrimp, salad, mussels, oysters, clams, Jonah crab claws, whole Maine lobster, potatoes, corn on the cob and summer berry shortcake for $69.95 per person, gratuity not included. Reservations required 888-456-3463.

Reach Julie Robinson at julier@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230 with information to be included in Food Notes.


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