Watch as ‘Chopped Jr.’ chef from Wilmington cooks up signature Moroccan Chicken Wings [Video]

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WILMINGTON — One of the Port City’s youngest and most ambitious chefs will appear on the Food Network’s “Chopped Jr.” this week. Stefano Dongowski will appear in episode “Heads will roll,” but before he makes his television debut, he talked about New York City and the experience of cooking on live television. The young chef has […]


Giving students a second chance via second hand sales

"I think people will be pleasantly surprised at the quality they find here."

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LELAND – Despite years of modest success, the Communities in Schools thrift stores are still facing a major hurdle: many people have some serious negative preconceptions about discount and second-hand stores. The thrift stores fund Communities in Schools (CIS) efforts to provide counseling, tutoring and mentoring as part of its partnership with Brunswick County schools. The […]


Aspiring young Wilmington chef takes on NYC, ‘Chopped Jr.’ and his own small business

"It's real. Once the cooking starts, it’s a straight-up 30 minutes. It’s really serious."

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  WILMINGTON – The Food Network’s “Chopped” series presents contestants with difficult – and sometimes unappetizing – combinations of ingredients and challenges them to come up with gourmet meals. Thirteen-year-old Stefano Dongowski, who recently competed on the show, said he was up to the challenge. WATCH: Stefano Dongowski teamed up with Port City Daily to […]


An ‘under the radar’ revolution: Stalwart Front Street Brewery overhauling flagship beers

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  WILMINGTON – The Front Street Brewery is a downtown institution – for Head Brewer Christopher McGarvey, that’s a blessing and a curse. Despite seeing changes in management and ownership since opening in 1995, the Brewery has remained known as a place to get inexpensive food and beer brewed in-house. McGarvey said the Brewery’s status […]


Broke after Valentine’s Day? Here are 7 inexpensive (or free) things to do this weekend

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Valentine’s Day is the Super Bowl for romantics. It’s a day that gets planned for and looked forward to. And, when it’s over, it leaves a lot of people with considerably lighter wallets. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spent over $18 billion on the holiday, that’s almost $140 per person (if couples go […]


Wilmington’s food scene is no NYC, but that’s changing

"We're getting there. We're not there yet. It just means education and just having those conversations. We just have to keep leaning on it."

'Locavore' cuisine - championing local, sustainable food - has been at the heart of Wilmington's food revolution and at Craig Love's Surf House in Carolina Beach. (Photo Benjamin Schachtman)

WILMINGTON — Wilmington is on its way to becoming a “foodie city,” but it’s not there yet. At last week’s Feast Down East, Chef Craig Love hosted a panel on making Wilmington a “Foodie City.” His panelists included Keith Rhodes, who Love called “Wilmington’s first really recognizable chef, someone who wanted to get to the next […]


Vote now to help Hugh MacRae Park become a ‘Great Space’

"Letting people know what they have, right here in their community, would be the real benefit."

The new inclusive playground at Hugh MacRae Park, which was funded by a Trillium grant. (Photo by Hannah Leyva)

WILMINGTON – Voting is underway now for the sixth annual Great Places in NC Award; Hugh MacRae Park is one of five public spaces statewide nominated in this year’s award. Program Coordinator Jodi Rich, at the New Hanover County Parks and Gardens Executive Development Center, told Port City Daily she was excited when the idea […]


Heaven at Half Hell: Greenlands farm reopens store and reinvigorates family farming

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BOLIVIA – Local, seasonal and sustainable: customers are increasingly encouraged to seek out these things but often remain at the mercy of what grocery stores have in stock. Unless, of course, those customers know a farmer. Or where to find a farm store. The Greenlands farm store, located in the area of Bolivia known locally […]


County’s inaugural ‘free wedding’ event begins a new Valentine’s Day tradition

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WILMINGTON — Love was in the air at the New Hanover Country Register of Deeds office on Valentine’s Day. On the sixth floor of the county’s renovated building at 320 Chestnut St., Phillip Garwood and Claire Engelschjon sat nervously while another couple finished up their wedding ceremony. Garwood and Engelschjon were the 13th couple of the […]


Think North Carolina film is dead? These filmmakers just need 60 seconds of your time

"We’re all hanging on to Wilmington...I’d rather struggle in paradise than thrive in concrete.”

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WILMINGTON – When the North Carolina film tax credit program died at the end of 2014, the film industry left Wilmington, fleeing to chase better deals in Louisiana, Atlanta and elsewhere. At least, that is the popular story. But in some ways, it’s a myth – a myth that only takes a minute to dispel, […]


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