| Sep 28, 2011
| 7:31 AM
Singer-songwriter Mike Aiken throws a music festival in Smithfield every year and -- as part of the fun -- he gives local tunesmiths the chance to showcase their craft. Through a contest that ran for weeks leading up to the festival, four local...
| Oct 3, 2011
On a September evening, in a large tent pitched outside his bank in downtown Lake Forest, Ed Wehmer took the microphone and addressed 350 people celebrating the 20th anniversary of what is now Wintrust Financial Corp.
The jocular 57-year-old is known...
| May 23, 2012
| 9:37 AM
Hampton Roads is known around the world for its people — as being from here, as a come-here, or for just passing through — as well as places and things.
It's known for its Bacon (as in Nathaniel), its ham (as in Smithfield), its presidents...
| Oct 21, 2008
Ten years ago, I received a brochure that included a picture of sows locked up in coffin-size crates. The brochure stated that the intelligent animals were confined that way for life. I remember my reaction: horror, then denial. That had to be illegal!...
| Sep 2, 2010
| 11:45 AM
From the Dining@Large blog:
The Baltimore Ravens have a new hot dog supplier -- from Philly.
That's right, Esskay is out, Dietz & Watson is in.
Esskay, founded in Baltimore in 1858, has been supplying Ravens concession stands with hot dogs since the...
| Mar 2, 2010
| 7:44 PM
Two credit cards, a Web site and a single product may not seem like the most promising way to start a business.
But when retired Navy chaplain Don Harris and his eldest son, Tim, began selling imported serrano ham via the Internet in late 1996, they...
| Dec 10, 2009
| 8:00 AM
Smithfield Foods Inc. today reported a second-quarter loss of $26.4 million, or 17 cents per share, compared with a year-earlier profit of $1.7 million, or 1 cent a share.
Continued sharp losses in the company's hog production business — Smithfield...
| Aug 7, 2009
| 1:21 PM
The town's ham history dates to the American Indians, who were credited for originating the salt- and hardwood-smoked dry-cured Smithfield ham.
Today, Smithfield is the home of Smithfield Foods, a Fortune 500 company.
To commemorate its ham heritage,...
| May 16, 2008
She's from here? That's right here? They make those here? Yes, yes and yes. From Ella Fitzgerald to Williamsburg to Peace Frogs, we've got people, places and things worth talking about.
Princess Pocahontas, Capt. John Smith and Chief Powhatan...
| May 20, 2010
Smithfield is almost synonymous with ham.
The town's ham history dates to the American Indians, who have been credited for originating the dry-curing process that incorporates salt and hardwood smoking.
Smithfield is home to Smithfield Foods — a...