Today’s Topic: Five NC restaurants named winners of ‘Dig Into Local’ contest

by | Sep 27, 2016


Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

Five North Carolina restaurants were recognized recently for featuring locally grown, raised, caught and made products during the second annual “Dig Into Local Best Menu NC” contest.

Menus were judged on a variety of criteria, including clear identification of North Carolina agricultural products, farms and manufacturers; highlighting seasonal produce; and identifying items with unique regional connections. Judges also looked at the offering of North Carolina wine, beer and spirit selections on the menu; the inclusion of multiple courses featuring North Carolina ingredients; and the balance of North Carolina products that were offered across protein, grain and produce categories.

Five restaurants were recognized for having outstanding menus based on those criteria. Each will receive an award to display. The winning restaurants were Bonterra and Heirloom in Charlotte, Graze in Winston-Salem, Off the Square in Albemarle and Sitti in Raleigh.

The “Dig Into Local Best Menu NC” contest is one of many promotional activities of the NCDA&CS Marketing Division. To learn more, visit

Click on the audio player below to listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda talk about the “Dig Into Local Best Menu NC” contest.

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