It’s time for the latest roundup of food-related event information. Check out these ideas:
* Member One Federal Credit Union will be hosting a hot dog eating contest today at noon on the Roanoke City Market. The contest will raise money for the Wounded Warriors Program and donations will be exchanged for a raffle ticket with a chance to win New England Patriots memorabilia signed by Danny Aiken. The winner of the contest will be awarded with a $150 gift card. I don’t know if I could choke down one hot dog in 100-degree heat, so more power to the contestants.
* Also hot will be the Great Downtown Grill Out tomorrow (Saturday) on the Roanoke City Market. For Haley Toyota’s City Market Saturday, six downtown restaurants will serve a variety of grilled food, from seafood to barbeque to burgers. All food will be available for purchase at each restaurant’s tent either in Market Square or along Market Street, and some restaurateurs will be grilling up local meats from vendors on the market. Take advantage of the fact that YOU don’t have to stand over the grill yourself! In related news, Downtown Roanoke, Inc. has decided to extent the Market at the Y through July.
* The Chef’s Circle at the Salem Farmers Market kicked off on June 23 and continues this Saturday with chef John McCrady of the Salem Civic Center. Check out the entire summer line-up by clicking here. It runs through August 18.
* Star City Motor Madness is largely about classic cars, but if you saw the special insert in today’s Roanoke Times you may have noticed there are almost a dozen food vendors involved in the two-day event, as well. These vendors will be set up along “the strip” of Williamson Road where the cruise night will take place tomorrow evening from 6 to 10 p.m. If you don’t have anything to do tomorrow evening and you can get to the strip without too much hassle, I recommend it. It’s quite the interesting scene.
Angel and Teresa’s Shaved Ice
Big Squeeze Concessions (lemonade and kettle corn)
Blue Nile Halal Food’s Italian ice
Buffalo Mountain Concessions (lemonade and funnel cakes)
Grandma’s Lemonade (more lemonade and funnel cakes)
Homestead Creamery ice cream
Lunch Box, Inc. (variety)
Mark’s Very Good Candy Apples
Mom’s Fine Foods (chicken and BBQ)
Primo Wood Fired Pizza
Zach Swift Pizza and Calzones
* The new River and Rail restaurant in South Roanoke is taking advantage of its proximity to the July 4 Music for Americans celebration by offering boxed picnic meals for sale that day for $15 per person ($5 for each extra sandwich). Order by 5 p.m. Monday (July 2) and pick up between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. July 4. To order, call 400-6830 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The meals include a sandwich, side, drink and sweet. Here are the options:
Sandwiches: Shaved Benton’s Country Ham with homemade pimento cheese, Four Corners Farm Chicken Salad, Southern Egg Salad
Sides: Homemade Potato Chips, Summer Vegetable Salad, Chef’s favorite Deviled Eggs
Drinks: Mason Jar Punch, Bottled Water, Bottled Coca-Cola, Bottled Diet Coke
Desserts: Chocolate Pudding Pots, Homemade Almond Raisin Cookies
In related news, the River & Rail is slated to open for brunch sometime in July. I’ll keep you posted.
* The Landing/Bruno’s GastroPub at Smith Mountain Lake (the same folks who run Bruno’s food truck) is holding “Sunday School” this summer, which is a $25 per person event that includes beer tastings and snacks. This Sunday’s event features a “takeover” of the gastropub by Nelson County-based Blue Mountain Brewery, which will offer seven beer samples. The event, which runs from 1 to 3 p.m., is not yet full. If you are interested, contact the restaurant at 721-3028. You might also wish to keep an eye on the restaurant’s Facebook page under The Landing Restaurant for information about upcoming Sunday School events. They’re doing a good job of updating it with information.
* Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC reality show “Cake Boss,” will be at the Salem Civic Center December 9 at 7 p.m. Why am I telling you this now? Because tickets go on sale Monday (July 2) at 10 a.m. Tickets for this holiday-themed show will sell for $45.75 and $35.75 plus service charges. Some VIP tickets will be available for $85 – that will include a post-show meet and greet, Cake Boss tour laminate, and special holiday surprise.
Here’s the description of the event, in case you’re wondering what you’d pay $45.75 to see a baker do at the civic center: “Sharing the holiday traditions and stories from his family at Carlo’s Bakery, Buddy presents an all-new show full of holiday spirit and jingle bell rock. Demonstrating the techniques that have made him the most famous cake artist in the country, Buddy will share behind-the-scenes stories from his hit TV show, answer audience questions, and will bring several lucky members of the audience up on stage for cupcake and cake decorating.”