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Hospitality industry veterans, Max Trujillo and Matthew Weiss, get behind the scenes of North Carolina's burgeoning food and beverage culture. Hear from local chefs, sommelier's, distillers, farmers, brewers and the whole lot of them in the NC F&B podcast. 

"Our intention is to create a behind-the-scenes conversation between industry professionals. Whether we are speaking with an advanced level sommelier about their wine program or a chef about breaking down an entire pig, we just want the conversation to be real, unedited and honest. The food and beverage world is a unique industry, and North Carolina's food scene is growing everyday.

Take a listen. We hope to entertain, teach and inspire while offering some specific information about the NC food scene."

 -Max & Matt

Sep 29, 2022

Have you wondered how food competitions work? Max & Matt take you inside their judgement of the Our State Magazine Made In NC Food Awards. Understand how, what, where and why one food item is chosen over another?


Food Category WINNER!

Lamb Salami by Sun Raised Foods

Based in Cornelius, Sun Raised Foods was started in 2018 based on the belief that smart people care where their meat comes from and what’s in it. They produce delicious dry-cured salami that is made from lamb raised on the green pastures of North Carolina solar farms. The farmers Sun Raised Foods works with are required to be Animal Welfare Approved and cannot use antibiotics or artificial growth hormones on their lambs. The lambs are domestic breeds, which have more of a mild, less gamey flavor. Family-owned North Carolina companies process the lamb before the cuts are sent to one of the highest quality dry-curing facilities in the country. Sun Raised Foods has two flavors of lamb salami: The Finocchiona salami has a robust flavor with a hint of fennel to balance the pepper, and the Sweet Soppressata salami has a slight cherry note that is complemented by cracked red pepper, which creates a mildly sweet and spicy flavor.

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