Food news roundup

The food section for the News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) highlights the culinary job training program operated by the InterFaith Food Shuttle. The organization, which picks up donated food and provides it to shelters and soup kitchens, started the training to help unemployed folks, who may have few skills, get the training they need to work in food service. The article reports that the program has a 70 percent employment rate for trainees. Read it here.

Concord, N.C.’s Avett Brothers are the hottest thing in songwriter-rockers, and the band’s cellist (yes, a cellist in a rock band) is hot in the kitchen, too. The Charlotte Observer features Joe Kwon, who talks about how food and music intersect (the article is in the N&O, too). Read about him and his recipes here.

Ever heard of Albanian food? Neither had I, until I read the article in the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal about a Southern Pines company that is finding success with it. Read more here.

There’s always a different perspective on food in the San Francisco Chronicle. This week, it’s debunking stereotypes about Indian food. Read more here.

I told y’all pies were the new thing. A total of 250 recipes were entered in the Memphis Commercial Appeal’s pie contest. The winner was a chocolate-macaroon pie with mascarpone topping. Find the recipe here.

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