by Andrea Weigl   I've written before about how I don't often judge cooking contests anymore. I could probably judge four to six contests a month if I accepted all the invitations I receive. But I have a preschooler and want to be home with her after work and on the weekends. (Well, most of the time anyway.) But when the Sons of It...

Though rich foods and sweets tend to dominate the holiday season, at least one segment of the population celebrates with a marginally lighter meal.   The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian tradition, brought here by Italian-Americans. As the name suggests, it's a seafood-heavy affair, one that pays homage to a Catholic custom of abstain...

by Greg Cox   Gocciolina – Italian for "droplet," the word is undeniably a quirky name for a restaurant. Ask owner/chef Aaron Benjamin if it refers to the restaurant's small but excellent selection of Italian wines, and he responds, "You could say that, but mainly I just like the sound of the word."   It does have a catchy musical sou...

Europeo, an Italian furniture manufacturer, has opened its North American headquarters at The Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship in Greensboro.Paolo Tomasi, the Europeo's vice president of North American operations, said the company plans to expand its market share in the Americas by "competing on style and quality" and the Nussbaum Center provid...

Cornerstone Therapeutics announced Monday that it is being bought by an Italian pharmaceutical company, ending the Cary drug marketing firm's five-year run as a publicly traded company. The acquisition values Cornerstone at nearly $300 million, double what the company was valued at 10 months ago.   Chiesi Farmaceutici, which already owns 58...

The Feast of the Seven Fishes will be served this Christmas Eve at Strada Italiano in downtown Asheville to celebrate the Italian-American tradition and the use of seafood in the family meal as a way of abstinence from meat, a long Roman Catholic tradition during various days of the week as well as during Lent. This year's feast menu is available o...