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Food News: New seafood source, local grains and more

Catching up on food news from the past week and food happenings around the region, with a sprinkling of other interesting tidbits from around the Web. Look for this every Thursday. Submit events to

- Dining out -

A carry-out seafood stand could open next to Paul’s bakery in Fredericksburg. Learn more about the plans here.

El Charro Mexican restaurant plans to open a location in King George County. Read here about the location in the Shops at King George shopping center.

A new food truck, “Beach Fries & Fun Food,” has started making the rounds in the Fredericksburg area. Read more in today’s business section, or track them on Facebook.

This week’s review: Lake Izac Tavern, Gordonsville

- Dining in -

Bad at making grocery lists? Nutrition columnist Jennifer Motl offers a new way of looking at your grocery cart that can help you make sure you come home with healthy foods for your family. Learn how to divide your cart into sixths here.

Food Network has added to the giant stack of cookbooks about making quick, easy meals. Beverly Meyer reviews the network’s “Great Easy Meals.” Selling points include a table of contents with pictures of every recipe and a chapter on 10-minute desserts.

Home bread bakers who are interested in using Virginia-milled flours, Miller Farms Market recently started selling flours from Big Spring Mill in Elliston, Va. More information here.

- World of food -

A Charlottesville organization has found success in connecting farmers and growers of all sizes with consumers, putting more local produce into institutions like hospitals, schools and senior meal providers. Read about that region’s Local Food Hub in Flavor magazine here.

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