Sheri Castle stars in new PBS North Carolina cooking show | Dining







Sheri Castle

“Because I’m a cooking teacher, this is a show for home cooks,” Sheri Castle said of the new show “The Key Ingredient,” premiering Sept. 23 on PBS North Carolina.




Sheri Castle of Pittsboro has done a lot of different jobs in her long career in the food business, including food writer, cookbook author, cooking teacher, recipe developer, company spokesperson and speaker.

Now, she can add a new job to that list: TV series host.

Castle is the host of “The Key Ingredient,” which will premiere at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 on PBS North Carolina.

“This was totally unexpected,” Castle said during a recent telephone interview. “PBS North Carolina called me out of the blue.”

The offer came at a good time last year. “A year ago March as the world shut down, so did almost everything I did — cooking classes, speaking engagements. My phone

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Mouthwatering food, Frida Kahlo look-alikes on tap for 10th Taco Truck Cook-off | News

After a year without a contest, the Lodi Arts Commission is hoping for one of its biggest turnouts at the Taco Truck Cook-off this weekend at Hale Park.

This will be the 10th year the commission has hosted the event, and entertainment chair Nancy Mellor said nine taco trucks will be competing for judges and attendees’ stomachs in the battle for number one.

Perennial winner La Picosita, which takes up its regular residency at Church Street and Turner Road, will not be attending this year due to a prior engagement, Mellor said.

That means a new champion will be crowned for 2021.

While a fan-favorite taco truck won’t be returning this year, the Frida Kahlo Look Alike contest will. During the 2019 cook-off, the look-alike contest featured nine contestants, which included four children.

“It really is an interesting event,” Mellor said. “The commission sort of suggested we try to get

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