Local man now leading food distribution at the N.C. Ag Department | News

Will Kreznick

KITTRELL — Walter Beal of Kittrell is the new director of the Food Distribution Division in the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Beal brings a wealth of experience to the position, having worked in the private sector before taking a state job. He told The Daily Dispatch he worked in the Roses warehouse “right out of high school” and stayed there 12 years. He was with Royal Home Fashions for 2½ years.

He also owned and operated J.M. Builders, a construction company, for 18 years. But in 2012, he began his career with the Department of Agriculture, serving

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It’s now legal in Texas for beer, wine and mixed drinks to be included in to-go food orders

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  • It’s now legal in Texas for beer, wine and mixed drinks to be included in to-go food orders.

One of the few silver linings to come out of a difficult year for Texas bars and restaurants — to-go cocktails — is now state law.

Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday signed a bill permanently allowing Texans to include alcohol in take-out food orders from restaurants. During the pandemic, Abbott introduced cocktails to-go as

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SoFi Stadium’s food options include four spots from Jon & Vinny

Will Kreznick

When we first visited SoFi Stadium last year (and even after our most recent visit), we left with one lingering question: But what about the food? Sure, the Inglewood NFL stadium had some generically-named concessions, but there was no word yet about any only-in-L.A. kind of culinary touches. Now though, the home of the Rams and Chargers is busting out the big (son of a) guns.

Last month, SoFi Stadium announced that Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo created a new food program for the venue. And now we know exactly what sort of meaty, bready, cheesy and saucy dishes to

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Maria’s Homestyle Mexican Food brings the tastes of California childhood to Fargo

Will Kreznick

Rodriguez, originally from California, is the self-described cook behind Maria’s Homestyle Mexican Food, a catering business she launched entirely by accident.

Rodriguez moved to Fargo 13 years ago and quickly found herself a crowd-favorite at potlucks with friends and co-workers. “I had started the business without knowing I started it by doing potlucks and bringing food,” she said. “I was just bringing food in whenever we did our potlucks and everyone kept raving about it.”

In a short time, Rodriguez began taking requests to cater large parties. Rodriguez was happy to oblige at no cost as long as her

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Nick & Moes food and gas stop now has 3 Bradenton locations

Will Kreznick

Your granddaddy probably called them filling stations or gas stations. A couple of pumps outside with an old soda machine, and just about enough room in the little office to swing a grease-stained rag.

Well, Nick & Moes is not like your filling station.

The newest food and gas stop in Bradenton opened in February in the Travelers Oasis at 575 66th Court East, near the intersection of State Road 64 and Interstate 75.

Inside, there’s more than 5,000 square feet of spotless space where hungry drivers can get a Quiznos sandwich, a Pizza Hut pie, or something out

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