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Food News – Building a better grilled cheese?

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

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Would you like to see healthier stuff on restaurant kids’ menus? Do you think your kids would order or eat offerings that don’t include fries and chicken fingers? A local pediatrician has worked to make over the kids’ menus of two local restaurants, and hopes to do more. Read the story from Sunday’s Healthy Living section here.

Frozen yogurt options in our area are expanding. Check out Cathy Jett’s report here.

Downtown Fredericksburg’s Bistro Bethem has gotten press in two national magazines recently. The William Street restaurant was recognized with Wine Spectator Magazine’s 2011 Award of Excellence. Also, in next month’s issue of Garden & Gun magazine, the eatery gets a mention as a “must-visit place in Virginia,” as judged by chef Cathal Armstrong of Alexandria’s Restaurant Eve.

This week’s review: Bangkok Cafe in Fredericksburg

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If you’re still working your way through a pile of summer zucchini, don’t forget our tips here, here and here. And here’s another idea: Shred a few of them and keep it in the fridge to add to quesadillas, grilled cheese sandwiches, pancakes, oatmeal and whatever else you may be whipping up during the week. This could be a great way to get the kids to eat a little green.

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Ever eaten fox grapes? How about dewberries, huckleberries or chinquapins? Columnist Donnie Johnston reminisces about wild edibles he gathered in this area years ago. Read the column here.

“Wine and the Founding Fathers” will be the topic of a lecture Friday at 6 p.m. at the James Monroe Museum at 908 Charles St. in downtown Fredericksburg. The lecture will be given by James Gabler, author of “Passions: the Wines and Travels of Thomas Jefferson.” Wine tasting to follow lecture. $15; call 540/654-1123 for reservations.

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