2021 Eat Sweet Restaurant Week | Nik Snacks

This post is sponsored by Full Tilt Marketing in partnership with NC Sweet Potatoes Commission. 

2021 NC Sweet Potatoes’ Eat Sweet Restaurant Week begins October 29! Take a self-guided culinary tour around the state of North Carolina and delight your tastebuds with delicious sweetpotato treats at select restaurants! By dining at participating restaurants you're supporting local, eating local and showing your support for local businesses. It’s all happening from October 29th – November 7th, 2021.

Use the hashtag #MakeitNCsweet and be sure to tag @ncsweetpotatoes on your your restaurant visit posts on social media and you could win cool North Carolina sweet potato swag from the NC Sweet Potato Commission!

I *REALLY* like sweetpotatoes. There are more recipes made with sweetpotato on this blog than there are macaroni and cheese recipes and at last count, there were FOUR of those. This week is the reason why there's a sweet potato emoji. Partner restaurants are waiting to share their showcased cocktails and dishes featuring the beloved official state vegetable of North Carolina: the sweetpotato. The diversity and ways to use the amazing, versatile, delicious, nutritious superfood that is the sweetpotato is unmatched.  

For a peek at what awaits you at your favorite restaurant, click on the sweet potato icons on this page.

Since I live in the Piedmont Triad, I'm going to start here and work my way around to other regions of the state during my travels:

It wouldn't be a proper restaurant week without the mother of New South cuisine in the Piedmont: Sweet Potatoes (well shut my mouth!) in Winston-Salem.

Sweet Potatoes Restaurant serves unique, southern inspired, uptown, down-home cooking.

Crafted - the Art of the Taco in Greensboro creates affordable, creative tacos, entrees and sides from the freshest local ingredients available while challenging the culinary barometer and reimagining classic recipes.

Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Greensboro (and Cary, too) features exceptional renderings of classic Southern dishes made with local ingredients and NC-made products.

Make sure to visit them all during Eat Sweet Restaurant Week, happening Oct 29 – Nov 7. 🍠

For more information, visit: https://bit.ly/2YXQTsp


•North Carolina is the No. 1 sweetpotato-producing state in the country, averaging 60% of the nation’s supply.

Scientifically (and botanically) sweetpotato is actually spelled as one word and not two. So, the powers that be are working hard to update the common spelling in the US. 

The primary reason for this is that the sweetpotato and the white potato are two entirely different vegetables and are not related botanically. Therefore, when using it in a two-word spelling, it becomes an adjective describing a white potato!

•When eaten with the skin on, one medium sweet potato contains over 100% of the USDA recommended daily amount of vitamin A, which plays a role in vision, bone development and immune function.

•February is National Sweet Potato Month

Yam vs. Sweetpotato: A true yam is a starchy edible root that is generally imported to America from the Caribbean. It is rough, scaly and differs greatly from the sweet potato in taste, texture, appearance and genealogical family.

•Sweet potatoes originated in Central and South America. Native Americans were growing sweet potatoes long before colonizers invaded their lands, and by the 16th century, sweet potatoes were being cultivated in the southern states, where they became a staple in the traditional cuisine.

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Nikki Miller-Ka

Nikki Miller-Ka

Ms. Miller-Ka is a classically trained chef with a BA in English from East Carolina University and a Culinary Arts Associate Degree from Le Cordon Bleu-Miami.

Formerly, she’s worked as a researcher, an editorial assistant, reporter and guest blogger for various publications and outlets in the Southeast. She has also worked as a catering chef, a pastry chef, a butcher, a baker, and a biscuit-maker. Presently, she is a food editor, freelance food writer, and a tour guide for Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours.

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