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Food notes July 17, 2013

W.Va.'s best ice cream treat Morgantown's Café Bacchus and its chef, Heath Finnell, have been recognized by Food Network Magazine for concocting one the nation's best ice cream desserts. The magazine's story -- "50 States 50 Ice Cream Treats" -- chose Finnell's Apple Butter Ice Cream as West Virginia's best.Old Time Bean Stringin' this weekendThe fourth annual Old Time Bean Stringin' at Capitol Market takes place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 20 under the center court roof with live music. The green beans prepared at this event go directly to the Manna Meal Soup Kitchen, where an afternoon crew will blanch and freeze them for the winter months ahead. All food donated at this event goes directly to feed the hungry through the Manna Meal Soup Kitchen at St John's Episcopal Church at the corner of Quarrier Street and Leon Sullivan Way. For more on the market, visit wine-worthy eateriesLast week, there was a note about Savannah's in Huntington receiving an award of excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. Eight other West Virginia restaurants also were also on the magazine's 2013 Restaurant wine List Awards.In Charleston, Bridge Road Bistro, The Chop House and Laury's Restaurant were recognized.Others were the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, Final Cut Steakhouse in Charles Town, Provence Market in Bridgeport, Sargasso in Morgantown and Spats in the Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg.Tropical foods 101
Plants that produce items used for food will be in the spotlight at 7 p.m. July 23 during the Tuesday Tour for adults at the Huntington Museum of Art. Admission for the conservatory tour is free. Refreshments will be served and will feature the types of foods that can be found growing on tropical plants in HMA's C. Fred Edwards Conservatory.MA is offering guided tours for adults with Tuesday Tours on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Tuesday is HMA's free admission day and HMA is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information on events at HMA, visit or call (304) 529-2701. HMA is fully accessible.The second Island Frolic for the season on Blennerhassett Island runs 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 27.The sternwheeler Island Belle departs for the island from Civitan Park, in Belpre, Ohio, at 6:30 p.m. The cost of the Island Frolic is $25 for adult tickets and $20 for children ages 3-12. The price of the ticket includes the round-trip sternwheeler ride to the island, a meal, a narrated wagon ride tour, and a guided tour of the Blennerhassett Mansion.The picnic-style meal begins around 7 p.m. and includes hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans, fresh fruit cup, and beverage. Bicycles will also be available (at no charge) for visitors to ride. The Island Belle returns attendees back to Civitan Park around 9:30 p.m.Tickets are sold at the Blennerhassett and must be reserved in advance. Call 304-420-4800 to order tickets. Visit the website,
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