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Food Notes April 17, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Wine tasting

The Wine Shop at Capitol Market is hosting a "Staff Picks" wine tasting at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21. Weather permitting, the event will be held at the Capitol Garden's Potter Pavilion, but will move inside if not.

Cost is $12 and includes roughly 12 wine samples. Call 304-343-9463.

Specialty plants

In addition to the garden variety of bedding plants available from Capitol Market's outdoor vendors, executive director Tammy Borstnar said Bostic Greenhouses have two unusual plants -- Trinidad Moruga Scorpion peppers and seedless tomatoes.

Trinidad  Moruga Scorpion pepper plants are ranked as the hottest pepper in the world at 1.46 million Scoville units. The previous record holder, Ghost or Bhut Jolokia chili pepper, is ranked at 1 million units. In comparison, Tabasco red pepper sauce rates a reading of between 2,500 and 5,000.

The seedless tomato plants produce fruit that is ideal for people who have trouble digesting seeds. In case you're wondering how we'll have seedless tomatoes in the future if there are no seeds from which they can grow, the complicated answer involves cross-breeding, hybrids and other scientific processes. But Burpee promises a continuing supply of seeds.

Restaurant closing

Kawayan RestoBar restaurant owner Fritz DeVilla called to say that he has closed the Kanawha City restaurant he opened in 2011 on Chesterfield Road. The restaurant featured an Asian fusion menu that emphasized his Filipino roots. Although DeVilla said he greatly appreciated his loyal customers, he has no immediate plans to open another restaurant.

Cast-Off host markets sought

The Collaborative for a 21st Century Appalachia plans to expand the number of Country Roads Cook-Offs currently held in West Virginia. Organizers are looking for two farmers markets to serve as hosts.

The competitions bring together area cooks in a friendly, competitive environment to promote cooking with local foods and involves chefs, sponsors, judges and tasters.

Email dworkma1@ma.rr.com or call 304-669-4340.

Help wanted

The Covenant House Food Pantry, located in First Presbyterian Church, is expanding its hours. Additional volunteers are needed for Monday afternoon shifts from 1 to 3 p.m. and on the first and third Thursday afternoon shifts from 1 to 3 p.m. Volunteers for the second and four Monday morning shifts are also needed.

Email robinsnyder511@frontier.com.

Eat for a cause

Quaker Steak and Lube at Southridge hosts Dine to Donate fundraising events on Monday evenings. Charitable groups such as March of Dimes, Salvation Army and the Relay for Life, receive a percentage of the sales they bring into the restaurant on designated dates.

Thursday nights are Bike Nights welcoming motorcyclist guests. Special events include live bands and giveaways. Quaker Steak and Lube, 2931 Mountaineer Blvd. 304-746-9401.

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


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