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‘The feeling, the meaning and the food’: Macon family’s Hanukkah centers on tradition

‘The feeling, the meaning and the food’: Macon family’s Hanukkah centers on tradition

Justin Baxley, Telegraph Reporter

December 6, 2018

Stories of the tradition of Hanukkah flow throughout the house while the menorah is lit. It is filled with people from different backgrounds, ethnicities, religions and cultures, who gather for a glimpse into a possibly unfamiliar holiday. Many may come to try the different types of food that line...

Holiday Foods from the Homeland: The sweeter side of Hanukkah

Holiday Foods from the Homeland: The sweeter side of Hanukkah

Amyre Makupson, CCJ Broadcast News Director

December 6, 2018

As part of the Macon Food Story, we’re taking a food tour every Thursday throughout the month of December and showcasing the holiday food traditions of different cultures and countries. Macon Telegraph reporter Jenna Eason has the first installment about the sweeter side of Hanukkah. She spoke to Dar...

An Explainer: Soul Food

An Explainer: Soul Food

Aliyah Dorsey, Contributing Writer

December 2, 2018

David Davis, Associate Director of the Spencer B. King, Jr., Center for Southern Studies at Mercer University talks about the ties between black culture and soul food. He discusses how it is a marker when looking at black identity and how soul food can be a controversial topic....

Holiday Foods From the Homeland: British Tea Room

Amyre Makupson, CCJ Broadcast News Director

December 1, 2018

Owner Jeannette Francis: "If the flag's not flying, we're like the queen -- she's not at Buckingham Palace, and we're not here either. My name is Jeannette Francis. What do I do? I cook. We have a little tea room, and I do all the cooking in the back. I've been here over 30 years rig...

Macon Students Offer Fine Dining at Low Cost

Macon Students Offer Fine Dining at Low Cost

Amyre Makupson, CCJ Broadcast News Director

November 29, 2018

The classroom is spilling over into the business world in one Macon school. It’s a great combination -- fine dining and low cost. For just a few dollars, you can get a four-course meal and help out some students at the same time. Those meals include things like: a lemon truffle vinaigrette salad,...

Enjoy ‘slow food,’ support local farmers at this Warner Robins empanada shop

Enjoy ‘slow food,’ support local farmers at this Warner Robins empanada shop

Sonya Green, Engagement Reporter

November 26, 2018

WARNER ROBINS, GA -- Rikki Waite, the owner of My Grandma’s Empanadas in Warner Robins, serves up more than her Panamanian grandmother’s prized recipe. Her restaurant offers support to local farmers, artisans, community members and organizations. “My mission here at My Grandma’s Empanadas is to...

Macon Thai Restaurant Owners Gives Thanks Everyday

Macon Thai Restaurant Owners Gives Thanks Everyday

Amyre Makupson, CCJ Broadcast News Director

November 22, 2018

“Thai food is my specialty, it’s what I grew up with," said Sang Bolton, owner of Sang’s Thai Restaurant in downtown Macon. “I learned how to cook when I was 7 because growing up with 8 of us, we came from a huge family, I had no choice but [to] learn.” A native of Thailand, she immigrated...

What does Thanksgiving dinner look like around the country?

What does Thanksgiving dinner look like around the country?

Camryn Jackson, Contributing Writer

November 21, 2018

When most people think of the traditional Thanksgiving meal they think of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and a side of yams. The traditional meal has been remixed by the influx of cultures that have been intertwined into American society. The variety of cultures has led to a new way of preparing Thank...

Central Georgia Corner Cafe Series Part 4 – Corner Cafe & Grocery

Central Georgia Corner Cafe Series Part 4 – Corner Cafe & Grocery

Amyre Makupson, CCJ Broadcast News Director

November 15, 2018

This week’s corner café has helped breathe new life into an otherwise sleepy town. “[Our] population is between 600 – maybe 700. There is not a lot in Cadwell for people to have as far as eating. You have to go to Dublin, or to the interstate, which are both 13 miles away,” said Mayor Larry...

The Bear’s Den: Putting the soul in soul food

The Bear’s Den: Putting the soul in soul food

K.J. Lemoine, Contributing Writer

November 13, 2018

The Bear’s Den is a restaurant located just steps away from Tattnall Square Park and Mercer University. It serves Southern soul food favorites such as fried chicken and mac and cheese. The diner is owned by Kevin and Kristi Lyles. Their goal is to make customers feel at home. “To me, soul food...

Local vegan restaurant expands its business

Local vegan restaurant expands its business

Camryn Jackson, Contributing Writer

November 12, 2018

The local vegan food truck known for their homemade cinnamon rolls and gluten-free cupcakes has been around for a while now, but only recently has the business opened a storefront. Gourmet Goody Box owners Jessica and John Mack opened their restaurant at 2055 Eisenhower Parkway in early May. The...

Central Georgia Corner Cafe Series Part 3 – Kountry Kitchen

Central Georgia Corner Cafe Series Part 3 – Kountry Kitchen

Amyre Makupson, CCJ Broadcast News Director

November 8, 2018

The Kountry Kitchen in Twiggs County is the kind of lunch place where everybody knows your name. “I see people I know all the time from up here. I meet people up here all the time that I already knew”, said longtime patron Cody Young. Maurice James, the owner of the Kountry Kitchen, is from...

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