The pepperoni roll has captured legislative attention this session, but the West Virginia Hot Dog was recently declared the winner in the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council's March Madness Bracket.
The fifth seed on the eight-team bracket, the West Virginia-style hot dog, topped as everyone knows with chili, mustard and coleslaw and placed in a steamed bun, pulled an upset in the final round, knocking out the Michigan Coney for the win.
Facebook fans voted for their favorites including dogs from New York, Seattle, Georgia, Kansas City and Chicago.
"The enthusiasm of West Virginia hot dog fans for their dogs is nothing short of amazing," NHDSC vice president Eric Mittenthal said in a press release.
"It was clear early on in the tournament that chili was a favorite topping amongst hot dog fans and once West Virginians started rallying to support their hot dog, the competition was over."
Carina Kwok, owner of Main Kwong, has opened a self-serve frozen yogurt bar called Sweet Spoon, in the space adjacent to Main Kwong on Washington Street East.
Patrons fill their serving cups with any combination of the 12 different yogurt flavors available, then top them with fresh fruit, nuts, candy and syrups. The cost of their concoctions is determined by weight.
Kwok will soon offer a variety of coffee drinks, including lattes, cappuccinos and espressos at Sweet Spoon, 1409 Washington St. E. Call 304-343-9950.
On the wild side
The Wild Edibles Festival begins at 9 p.m. April 20, at the Hillsboro Library in Pocahontas County. The event features hot herbal teas from Brightside Acres, a speech by Rebecca Linger from the University of Charleston and a nature walk on which edible green plants will be identified.
The daylong event also includes a "wild" lunch starting with dandelion fritters by Pretty Penny Café and a potluck meal. Participants should bring a dish to share.
The event is free and is sponsored by the Hillsboro Library Friends and the Pocahontas Nature Club. Email mdaw...@frontiernet.net or call 304-799-4766.
More than half of the restaurant booths for the June 23 Taste-of-All at the Charleston Civic Center have been reserved.
Eateries interested in taking part in the food sampling event must reserve a spot by Monday to ensure they are included in marketing materials. To reserve a spot, restaurants can download a brochure online at festivallcharleston.com or contact Emily Wall at Emily.W...@ticketmaster.com to request a copy.
Presented by Mardi Gras Casino and Resort, the event drew more that 5,000 people last year during the city's FestivALL. Ticket holders may taste the bites of the best dishes from more than 20 restaurants.
This year, participating restaurants will have a chance to be featured in new Taste-of-All materials, including a pepperoni roll recipe ebook in honor of the state's 150-year anniversary, and an annual eatery guide for the city.