April 26th, 2014
02:30 PM ET
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If the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival had a Mayor, Vance Vaucresson could be a serious contender.

Even when he's behind his family's sausage po-boy tent, tucked under a New Orleans Saints ball cap and wearing sunglasses, five minutes don't go by without someone stopping by to say hello to him.

"It's like a reunion around here," Vaucresson said between visits. "We're a family, all the vendors."

He shakes a lot of hands, and says a lot of hellos.

"He's just a super friendly, personable guy," festival food director Michelle Nugent said.

Besides Vaucresson's friendly disposition and sparkling blue eyes that make him political gold, he also has history on his side. His family has been a staple at the festival for 45 years.

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February 21st, 2013
10:30 AM ET
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A mid-winter swim into 51 degrees Fahrenheit water doesn’t sound like a smart idea - even if it is in the Charleston Harbor.

But, 48 bottles of Mira Winery’s 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon are taking a three-month long dip to find out if aging wine underwater can affect the wine’s chemistry and taste.

Jim Dyke Jr., President of Mira Winery and a Charleston native, said he’d heard of Europeans who had experimented with underwater aging and storing, but no American, to his knowledge, had ever done it.

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Rhode Island man gets sticky sentence for phony syrup
June 13th, 2012
03:00 PM ET
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Maple syrup is a messy business, especially when what you’re selling isn’t really maple syrup.

A Rhode Island man was sentenced Tuesday in Vermont to two years probation for misleading his customers about what kind of syrup he was actually selling.

Bernard Coleman pleaded guilty Tuesday to substituting cane sugar in a product he labeled as “maple syrup.”

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May 23rd, 2012
05:00 PM ET
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What happens when people stop being polite and start getting real?

According to the last few seasons of MTV's "The Real World," they get drunk, hook up and make innumerable questionable decisions.

What happens when strangers come to live on a family farm in rural Arkansas, grow their own food, give up modern-day conveniences and attempt zero waste?

While it may not sound like a compelling reality show by MTV's standards, that's exactly the premise of the independent film, "The Garden Summer," which debuted to a sold-out crowd in Charleston, South Carolina, on April 16. It also premiered in Conway, Arkansas, on May 18.

Inspired by the idea of social capital, then-Georgetown graduate student Hailey Wist came up with an idea for a social experiment that would challenge people like her to live off the land. The ultimate goal was "to inspire, not preach."

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