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Food notes: August 14, 2013

Metro Valley pig roastThe annual Metro Valley Pig Roast will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 14 at its tent, located between Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral and Grade School.Each meal includes pulled pork BBQ with slaw on bun, a bag of chips, cookie or fruit, and beverage.Lunch will be delivered in the Charleston area, and will be available for five or more meals between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.Meals are $10 per person or 3 for $35. Tickets may be ordered online at or by calling 304-414-4666.Proceeds benefit the Metro Valley Gabriel Project to help families in need of baby items, mentoring and referrals.Wine samplingThe Wine Shop at Capitol Market will sample eight Austrian wines at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the shop.Klaus Wittauer of Select Wines will be at the tasting. Each wine will be paired with a small bite selection from Luisa DiTrapano of Cucina Luisa. Cost is $55 per person. Call The Wine Shop at 304-343-9463 to make reservations. Animal rights speakerGene Baur, founder and president of Farm Sanctuary will be in Charleston Aug. 21 for a book signing, lecture and public discussion on the American food system.He will sign copies of his book, "Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food," from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Mission Savvy Café and Juice Bar. He will speak at 6 p.m. at Haddad Park. Titanic-themed dinner MORGANTOWN -- Café Bacchus in Morgantown will host a Titanic-themed dinner on Friday and Saturday to honor a West Virginian who died when the ship hit an iceberg more than 100 years ago.
The family of Lucian Smith used to live in the High Street house that is now Café Bacchus. He was on his honeymoon when the Titanic sank April 1912.
Café Bacchus holds its Titanic-themed dinner in August because Smith's birthday was in August. Call the restaurant at 304-296-9234 for details and to make reservations. Pie making contestJACKSONS MILL -- The Pie Contest will again be featured at the Jackson's Mill Jubilee.Contestants should bring their pies between 2 and 3 p.m. Aug. 31 to the Southeast Learning Center. Judging begins at 3 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded at the following ceremony.According to contest rules, the pies must have a West Virginia product as the main ingredient, fillings must be made from fresh, home-preserved or home-frozen ingredients, crusts must be homemade, and custard pies or any pie requiring refrigeration will not be accepted.There will be three divisions: adult (18 and over) single crust pie; adult double crust pie; and youth, single or double crust pie. 
Individuals may submit up to two pies per category. One copy of the recipe must be submitted with each pie.For additional information, contact Linda Schmidt at or 304-269-5755.Wild foods weekendCAIRO -- "Remembering Our Roots" is the theme for the 46th Annual Nature Wonder Wild Foods Weekend that will be held Sept. 20-22 at North Bend State Park.The wild foods event includes speakers, presentations, nature walks, and collection and preparation of wild foods.           Deaonna Crowe of Stonewood, author of the cookbook "It's All Wild," is attending, as is Bill Beatty, the author of three books, who will speak on medicinal and edible plants.The weekend offers overnight packages, as well as day-only attendance options. To register, contact Wendy Greene at the state Division of Natural Resources at 304-558-2754 or email Reservation forms and additional information also are available online at options include lodge rooms, cabins, or camping sites. Please specify your preference during registration.
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