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N.C. food and beverage companies among Martha Stewart's American Made contest nominees

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Martha Stewart Living magazine has announced the nominees for its annual American Made contest and many North Carolina food and beverage companies are in the mix.

You can help their cause by voting for them up to six times a day between now and Sept. 22. Category winners in craft, food, garden, style design and technology will be announced Sept. 23 and a grand prize winner on Oct. 1. Winners could take home $10,000, win a trip to New York City and be featured on

Among the N.C. food nominees are French Broad Chocolates in Asheville, Race City Popcorn Co. in Mooresville, Salem Baking Co. in Winston-Salem, La Farm Bakery in Cary, Two Chicks Farm in Hillsborough, Huntington Kitchen in Raleigh, Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, Local Cookie in Carrboro, Nye’s Ice Cream Sandwiches in Wilmington, Nephew’s BBQ Sauce in Garner and Coco Rue Confections in Raleigh.

To see all the nominees, go to

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Andrea Weigl has been the food writer at The News & Observer since the summer of 2007. She has won a handful of awards from the Association of Food Journalists and the Society for Features Journalism. Her profile of chef Ashley Christensen titled "A Force of Nature" will be published in the sixth edition of "Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing." She is serving a three-year term on the James Beard Foundation book awards committee. Follow her on Twitter at @andreaweigl.