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Food News: New bakery open in Spotsy; at-home lattes

Catching up on food news from the past week and other tasty happenings from around the region. Look for this  every Thursday morning. Submit events and other suggestions to

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The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank wants to give away 3,400 turkeys to area residents who would otherwise go without a holiday meal this Thanksgiving. Find out how you can help them reach that goal here.

Blackstone Coffee Company and the Virginia Chocolate Company have collaborated to make a product that showcases both of their specialties. Read more here.

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The Virginia Deli, at 101 William St., is holding its second appetizing take on presidential elections with a sandwich contest. Read about it here.

Mason-Dixon Baking Co., a restaurant and bakery in Spotsylvania County’s Bowman Center, opened for business earlier this month. You can read about the eatery, and about owner and chef Kelly Hunt, in this post by Bill Freehling. One of Hunt’s former colleagues at Wegmans actually flagged me down in the store the other day to tell me how good Hunt’s food is.

The Cheesecake Factory‘s bakery will supply some of the items in the cafe at the new Barnes & Noble set to open in Central Park Nov. 7. The cafe will also serve Starbucks coffee. Details here.

This week’s review: Jay’s Restaurant in Fredericksburg

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Make your own pumpkin spice latte — with actual pumpkin in it. Nutrition columnist Jennifer Motl shares the recipe, along with a long list of reasons to add pumpkin to your diet, here.

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ABC7 news recently featured Spotsylvania farmer John Biscoe and Fredericksburg’s Bistro Bethem in a spot on the health benefits of microgreens. You can watch it here.

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