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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chef Andrew Buffalino brings worldly experiences to Little Buffalo Pizza Shop in Wrightsboro

Pizza pie isn't the only thing on the menu at Little Buffalo Pizza Shop.

WRIGHTSBORO – Entrepreneurship is as thick as the blood that runs through the veins of the Buffalino family. One of three brothers who own local businesses in the area, Andrew Bufallino developed a love for shaping food in his teenage years, and from his experiences as a butcher and travelling throughout Europe. Now, two years […]

A top-secret piece of history is being brought back to light on the Battleship North Carolina

“You could see the big pieces, the loading mechanism and the gun itself. But this lets you see how the sailors actually used it. You’re that much closer to being there, the way it was in combat.”

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WILMINGTON – A group of volunteers working to restore the U.S.S. North Carolina came across a top-secret piece of technology that was nearly lost to history. Now they’re bringing it back to light. “We call ourselves the Wednesday Volunteers,” said Pete McWilliams, who helped organize the group. “We try to keep it simple. We’re all retired, […]

Johnny Luke’s Kitchen Bar is bucking a trend in Wilmington

“The way to win this game, have a passionate group of fans who love what you’re doing,”

Johnny Lukes Kitchen Bar is bucking a trend in its location.

WILMINGTON – It’s location along Old Eastwood Road, heading northbound on Market Street, hasn’t provided a great history of success. But Johnny Luke’s Kitchen Bar has started to buck a trend as it inches closer to its first birthday on Feb. 15. From upwards of 20 rotating craft brews from across the Port City and North […]

Hoggard’s Scott Braswell tapped as new football coach at successful private school in Virginia

Scott Braswell. Photo courtesy Rodney Williams.

WOODBERRY FOREST, Virginia – A local legend will be returning to the sidelines this fall as longtime Hoggard Football Coach Scott Braswell has been tabbed to lead the successful Woodberry Forest School program in central Virginia. After 18 years of building the tradition of Vikings’ football on Shipyard Boulevard as head coach and later as […]

ALDI openings will offer relief in Wilmington job market, but not yet

"I started at $7.75 and when I left four years later I was at $8.95. It's hard in Wilmington."


WILMINGTON – At the latest hiring event for ALDI, applicants were promised higher pay and medical benefits. But they were also told they might have to wait or travel for employment, at least for a while. The German-owned grocery store held its second hiring event in the Wilmington area on Tuesday, Jan 31. ALDI representatives […]

New vision test in Wilmington will spare many from ‘devastating diagnosis’

"It's devastating. A doctor would have to tell a patient, ‘you need to make plans, you need to prepare for blindness.”

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  WILMINGTON – By the time many of the 10 million people suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) get their diagnosis, they have already suffered irreversible vision loss. But a Wilmington doctor is trying to help change that. “It’s a devastating diagnosis,” said Dr. Edward Paul, a Wilmington doctor who treats the disorder. “You can […]

Don’t press send! Trae Bryant on lessons learned from harmless tweet gone viral (audio interview)

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WILMINGTON — Former NFL Head Coach and ESPN commentator Herm Edwards continuously warns athletes of all ages, using three simple words,  about posting thoughts on social media: Don’t Press Send! From President Trump taking to Twitter regularly, to Pittsburgh Steelers’ star wide-out Antonio Brown recently going on Facebook LIVE from inside the locker room following the […]

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