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Food News: Peter Chang coming to Central Park; gerrymandering chickens

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 Virginia ABC store at Eagle Village will move directly next to the Giant grocery store at the Fredericksburg shopping center off U.S. 1 across from the University of Mary Washington. The move is expected around March 1. Details here.

Food entrepreneurship is on the rise, primarily due to the increased interest in locally grown or regionally identified foods. But with the rise of locally processed foods, consumers and producers alike need to pay attention to food safety. Read this column from last week’s House & Home section for more.

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A well-known Chinese chef with a loyal fan base will open a restaurant in Fredericksburg’s Central Park shopping center this spring. Peter Chang’s China Café will be in about a 4,000-square-foot space at 1771 Carl D. Silver Parkway in the Central Park Marketplace section of the shopping center. More details here.

Durango Grill at 4256 Plank Road in Spotsylvania has started serving breakfast, including yellow-cake donuts cooked-to-order in front of customers. It’s being co-branded as “Donut Hut.”

This week’s review: Mateo’s in Dumfries

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A Spotsylvania resident shares a favorite recipe for steamed crabs with Old Bay. Read it in a letter to the editor here.

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The man who has been overseeing the transformation of Spotsylvania County’s A. Smith Bowman Distillery over the past year and a half died suddenly Saturday night after a short illness. Read more here.

Raising chickens has been legalized in many Spotsylvania subdivisions, but not those in the Battlefield, Berkeley and Lee Hill voting districts. More here.

Happy Valentine’s Day! What a great excuse to make brownies.

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