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Salem bar goes haute cuisine

The Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association, whose members normally dine on the banquet food at the Salem Civic Center, will aim its culinary standards a bit higher for a fundraiser in November .  Wade Anderson, gourmand, restaurant critic and appellate law clerk, is working with the chef at 202 Market, a Roanoke eatery, to prepare a dining experience for discriminating legal palates.

Anderson, who clerks for 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Steven Agee, said he and Chef Chad Scott hope to make the selection unique – "not something he has on the menu every day."

Anderson has been writing restaurant reviews for The Roanoke Times for two years.  "I’m just a hobbyist," he said.  "I like to cook, and Lord knows I like to eat."

Proceeds from the event will benefit the bar’s scholarship funds.

By Peter Vieth

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