Friday Fun Food Facts – August 26, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

Featured Restaurant News

  • The Raleigh Agenda was the first to report this week that Standard Foods will (finally) re-open in mid-September with a mostly new staff – including director of operations Fred Dexheimer (the only certified master sommelier in North and South Carolina), and chef Eric Montagne (former chef at Vivian Howard’s Boiler Room in Kinston). Congrats to John Holmes for assembling this team and the relaunch. Standard Foods is located at 205 E. Franklin Street in downtown Raleigh. Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Also in downtown Raleigh, the Raleigh Agenda reported that Brewerks Cafe, a new neighborhood bakery, opened this past Wednesday in the former Quality Grocery spot in Raleigh’s Oakwood neighborhood. Bill Bieterman is at the helm. Check out Brewerks here.
  • Saw on a Yelp message board that San Marcos, a concept out of Danville, Va., opened this past week on Homewood Banks Drive behind Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh. The decor looks amazing. Let’s hope the food matches – looks delicious! Check them out on Facebook here.
  • The News & Observer reported this week that franchise owner Wayne Byers has signed a lease to open another Toppers Pizza location at 300 Creedmoor Rd in Raleigh. Byers owns the Toppers’ location in Chapel Hill. Check out Toppers here.
  • Over in Cary, we learned from reader Jeffrey Brown that Maru Cary/Sushi has closed and has been replaced by Szechuan Taste at 6404 Tryon Road. I was unable to locate a presence online, but found their listing on Yelp here.
  • Also in Cary, the News & Observer reported that Paula Higdon has brought a taste of Rhode Island to the Triangle: Del’s Frozen Lemonade. Higdon has three push carts serving these frozen treats that originated in Naples, Italy in 1840 and has been a popular treat in Rhode Island since the 1950s. Her carts will be serving at Cary Lazy Days this weekend. Keep up with the cart locations on her Facebook page here.
  • In Morrisville, reader Rob Swaringen sent us a note that there is signage for G.58 Cuisine on the new building at the intersection of Carrington Mill Blvd. and Highway 54/Chapel Hill Road. No other information is available at this time, but back in December we were told that the activity at that site was from the folks behind 35 Chinese Restaurant that used to be on Kildaire Farm Road. We will keep an eye on it. Thanks Rob!
  • Up in Wake Forest, WRAL reported this week that a Panera Bread is being built in the parking lot at the Carolina Ale House facing Capital Blvd. No word yet on an open date, but we’ll keep an eye on it.
  • Down in Smithfield, WRAL reported this week that Sodosopa opened this past Tuesday in downtown. The menu features variations of smoked meats along with sandwiches and a wide selection of appetizers. Check them out on Facebook here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Word spread quickly across social media this week that the good folks behind Cocoa Cinnamon are in the process of opening their third location – this one a micro-roastery (imagine a Fullsteam model, but with coffee) at 2013 Chapel Hill Road across from Lakewood Shopping Center. Check out Cocoa Cinnamon here.

Closings

  • Got word from my friends over at Ninth Street Watch that Epa Chamo, a Venezuelan arepa place, has closed.

Food Trucks

Events

  • You have read here before about a “pay-what-you-can” concept called A Place at the Table in the works for Raleigh near NCSU. Well, that is still alive and raising funds to become a reality. To that end, they will have a breakfast this Saturday (August 27) at Raleigh’s Relish Cafe & Bar from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at its restaurant at 5625 Creedmoor Road. Check them out here.
  • Got word from Felicia Perry-Trujillo that the 2016 North Carolina Chef Showdown, featuring some of the most creative chefs from around North Carolina, will take place on Aug. 29. It will be held in conjunction with the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Expo taking place in Raleigh. The event will feature 12 savory chefs and four pastry chefs from across the state who will compete for the titles NCRLA Chef and Pastry Chef of the Year. Tickets are on sale now through August 15 for $125. Get more information and tickets here.
  • Feed the Force is an event started by Yaniv Sharir, owner of O’Malley’s Pub and Restaurant in Raleigh, to provide free meals and thank the men and women police officers that protect our communities. The event will take place on September 4th & 5th, so if your restaurant would like to join the growing list of participating restaurants, or if you would like to support the effort, please visit the site here.
  • Black Twig Cider House in Durham will host their inaugural TxotxFest (pronounced “choach”) on Saturday, September 10 from noon to 4 p.m. This event will bring regional and national cider producers and chefs together. It will feature tastings from the top cider houses on the east coast as well as food from chefs at Bona Fide, Durham Catering, Mateo, Oval Park Grille, PICNIC and Rise. They will also serve a whole deboned, sausage – stuffed local pig from Firsthand Foods. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • Not to be outdone by Durham, Raleigh is going to have their very own vegan cookoff between September 12th and October 1st. The Oak City Vegan Challenge will feature 6 restaurants offering special vegan dishes that diners can cast votes for their favorites. The event is modeled after the Bull City Vegan Challenge, which has been extremely successful over in Durham. Get all the details and a list of restaurants here.
  • Hibernian Hospitality Group and Ed Mitchell are proud to announce Ed Mitchell’s Brews & ‘Cue event featuring Ed’s foodtruck “Q On Wheels” to be held at the Raleigh Beer Garden in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, September 17th from 5pm until the food runs out. The renown pitmaster’s truck will feature his highly sought after signature barbecue offering a wide array of platters and sides. Get all the details here.
  • The third Annual Triangle Oktoberfest will take place at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre on September 23rd and 24th. Enjoy family-friendly activities such as music from the Little German Band, dancing, traditional Bavarian food and fare, wiener dog races, “Rock-toberfest” concerts by Four Founders and West Street Band, children’s play area, and prizes for German attire. Children 16 and younger are free. Friday tickets: $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Saturday tickets: $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Purchase tickets here.
  • Tickets to TerraVita are now on sale. And you better jump fast, as many of these events will sell out soon. Trust me. If you aren’t familiar with TerraVita, it is arguably the premier “foodie event” in the southeast and it will take place September 28th through October 1 right here in Chapel Hill. In a nutshell, it is a multi-day celebration that brings together top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and industry luminaries from across the Southeast to celebrate culinary excellence and sustainability in food and drink. Get tickets (NOW!) here. And get additional details on TerraVita here.
  • Felicia Perry-Trujillo reminded me this week about the upcoming 9th Annual Pepperfest taking place Sunday, October 2nd from 2-7 p.m. at Brier Chapel in Chatham County. The event features super delicious pepper-themed dishes and beverages, live music and children’s activities. A great outdoor event for this time of the year. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • The Root Cellar Cafe & Catering in Chapel Hill is holding its fifth annual Porkapalooza on Friday, October 14th at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature twelve small plate courses celebrating local pork, including roasted suckling pigs; beer cheese fondue with local sausages; fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese, beer-braised crispy pork belly and tomato jam; poutine with sweet potato fries, Seven Springs country gravy and Ashe County cheese; and bacon marshmallow s’mores. The dinner also includes Fullsteam beer pairings. Save $10 by ordering tickets by Aug. 31. Get all the information and tickets here.
  • Jennifer Noble Kelly sent me information this week about PICNIC, North Carolina’s newest whole hog barbecue joint, and its’ farm partner, Green Button Farm, hosting their inaugural NC Barbecue Revival at the farm this fall, October 28th – 30th. The three-day weekend will be chock full of classes, discussions, feasts and pig pickins’. Get a listing of all the events, ticket information and every last detail on the their website here.

Food Bank Corner

  • Hunger Action Month is your opportunity to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our effort to feed more North Carolinians than ever before. Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or volunteering, you can find the way that’s right for you to make a difference during Hunger Action Month. Together, we can solve hunger. Each voice counts. Every action matters. And with nearly 650,000 food insecure individuals in our 34 county service area alone, it matters more than ever before. Get involved here!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – August 19, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

Featured Restaurant News

  • Feed the Force is an event started by Yaniv Sharir, owner of O’Malley’s Pub and Restaurant in Raleigh, to provide free meals and thank the men and women police officers that protect our communities. The event will take place on September 4th & 5th, so if your restaurant would like to join the growing list of participating restaurants, or if you would like to support the effort with a contribution, please visit the site here.
  • Another great effort by local restaurant owners is being led by RallyPoint Sport Grill in Cary and Dram & Draught in Raleigh. They are teaming up to bring much-needed supplies to those affected by the flooding in Louisiana. RallyPoint Sport Grill will be collecting items up until Friday, Aug. 19. Dram and Draught will be collecting items up until 11 a.m. on Saturday, prior to the 1 p.m. truck departure. Kudos to Chad Michael McIntyre. For more information and to see a list of supplies needed, visit their Facebook event site here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Got word from WRAL that The Mac House will “open soon” in the former Baba Ghannouj Mediterranean Bistro space at 14460 New Falls of Neuse Road in north Raleigh. They are described as a family owned and operated “casual gourmet” mac and cheese restaurant. They are looking to open sometime in October – perfect timing/menu for the fall weather! Check them out here.
  • And over at North Hills, got word this week that Crêpe Traditions is now serving its full menu of artisan crêpes, coffee, smoothies, and bubble tea in its new cafe in the Park District of North Hills near Harris Teeter. Founded in Chapel Hill, Crêpe Traditions has made its third location in North Hills. Visit them here.
  • And out at RDU International Airport, Triangle Business Journal reported this week that they announced 5 new dining concepts that will soon occupy Terminal 2. Two are temporary concepts (Starbucks and Tap Room) slated to open this fall; and three signed 10-year leases, including Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Whisky River concept, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, and a permanent Starbuck’s, to replace the temporary one going in this fall. Check out Whiskey River here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Thanks to my wife, the beautiful and talented Lori Bowers-Lennard, I learned that East 54 in Chapel Hill will soon become home to CocoBean Coffee & Tea slated to open “Summer 2016” next door to Tobacco Road Sports Cafe. Check them out here.
  • And across the street in Meadowmont, I heard from Sean O’Neill this week that they have set the date for the grand opening celebration of Chronic Tacos as Sunday, September 18th. Special guests will be on hand, including Jason Acuna, aka Wee Man, as well as music and lots of giveaways. Check out Chronic Tacos (which opened back in June) here.
  • Saw on a Yelp message board that downtown Durham is getting a new wine bar called Bar Brunello looking to open late August at 117 East Main Street. Look for the wine to be complemented by charcuterie and cheeses. Keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here.
  • Also in downtown Durham, The Bagel Bar announced this week that next Monday, August 22, they will open their second location at 104 City Hall Plaza, across from City Hall. Check them out here.
  • I heard from the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau that Jamba Juice is coming to Durham’s Ninth Street area. Liz and Eric Hales expect to open their Jamba Juice by early October. While the chain has 800+ locations, this will be the first in the Triangle. Visit them here.
  • There is a new coffee shop in Durham’s Northgate Mall. Esmeralda’s Cafe opened near the Centre Court featuring Carrboro Coffee Roasters and offering coffee, espresso, cappuccino, tea selections, bagels, pastries, and juices. Visit Northgate Mall here.

Closings

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • Piedmont’s new executive chef John May will welcome chef Jay Pierce of The Marshall Free House in Greensboro for a 7-course celebration of sustainably raised NC shrimp on Wednesday, August 24th at 6:30pm. The $65/ person, 7-course menu is also available for $85, with beer pairings. Contact 919-683-1213 for reservations.
  • Got word from Felicia Perry-Trujillo that the 2016 North Carolina Chef Showdown, featuring some of the most creative chefs from around North Carolina, will take place on Aug. 29. It will be held in conjunction with the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Expo taking place in Raleigh. The event will feature 12 savory chefs and four pastry chefs from across the state who will compete for the titles NCRLA Chef and Pastry Chef of the Year. Tickets are on sale now through August 15 for $125. Get more information and tickets here.
  • Black Twig Cider House in Durham will host their inaugural TxotxFest (pronounced “choach”) on Saturday, September 10 from noon to 4 p.m. This event will bring regional and national cider producers and chefs together. It will feature tastings from the top cider houses on the east coast as well as food from chefs at Bona Fide, Durham Catering, Mateo, Oval Park Grille, PICNIC and Rise. They will also serve a whole deboned, sausage – stuffed local pig from Firsthand Foods. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • Not to be outdone by Durham, Raleigh is going to have their very own vegan cookoff between September 12th and October 1st. The Oak City Vegan Challenge will feature 6 restaurants offering special vegan dishes where diners can cast votes for their favorites. The event is modeled after the Bull City Vegan Challenge, which has been extremely successful over in Durham. Get all the details and the soon to be released list of restaurants here.
  • Hibernian Hospitality Group and Ed Mitchell are proud to announce Ed Mitchell’s Brews & ‘Cue event featuring Ed’s foodtruck “Q On Wheels” to be held at the Raleigh Beer Garden in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, September 17th from 5pm until the food runs out. The renown pitmaster’s truck will feature his highly sought after signature barbecue offering a wide array of platters and sides. Get all the details here.
  • The Third Annual Triangle Oktoberfest will take place at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre on September 23rd and 24th. Enjoy family-friendly activities such as music from the Little German Band, dancing, traditional Bavarian food and fare, wiener dog races, “Rock-toberfest” concerts by Four Founders and West Street Band, children’s play area, and prizes for German attire. Children 16 and younger are free. Friday tickets: $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Saturday tickets: $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Purchase tickets here.
  • Tickets to TerraVita are now on sale. And you better jump fast, as many of these events will sell out soon. Trust me. If you aren’t familiar with TerraVita, it is arguably the premier “foodie event” in the southeast and it will take place September 28th through October 1 right here in Chapel Hill. In a nutshell, it is a multi-day celebration that brings together top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and industry luminaries from across the Southeast to celebrate culinary excellence and sustainability in food and drink. Get tickets (NOW!) here. And get additional details on TerraVita here.
  • Felicia Perry-Trujillo reminded me this week about the upcoming 9th Annual Pepperfest taking place Sunday, October 2nd from 2-7 p.m. at Brier Chapel in Chatham County. The event features super delicious pepper-themed dishes and beverages, live music and children’s activities. A great outdoor event for this time of the year. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Jennifer Noble Kelly sent me information this week about PICNIC, North Carolina’s newest whole hog barbecue joint, and its’ farm partner, Green Button Farm, hosting their inaugural NC Barbecue Revival at the farm this fall, October 28th – 30th. The three-day weekend will be chock full of classes, discussions, feasts and pig pickins’. Get a listing of all the events, ticket information and every last detail on the their website here. 

Food Bank Corner

  • Hunger Action Month is your opportunity to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our effort to feed more North Carolinians than ever before. Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or volunteering, you can find the way that’s right for you to make a difference during Hunger Action Month. Together, we can solve hunger. Each voice counts. Every action matters. And with nearly 650,000 food insecure individuals in our 34 county service area alone, it matters more than ever before. Find out how you can make a difference here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – August 12, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

Featured Restaurant News

  • With all the new activity in downtown Raleigh, this year’s Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week could not be better timed. What a great week to try out all the new joints as well as visit your old favorites. The week-long fun kicks off next Monday and runs through August 21st. Get all the details here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Downtown Raleigh’s newest watering hole and restaurant, Whiskey Kitchen, opened this past week. It is described as a chef’s barroom serving Southern food, as well as more than 200 whiskeys, wine and beer. Check them out on their Facebook page here.
  • WRAL reported this week that The District will take over the space formerly occupied by The Borough and Hadley’s Cafe at 317 W. Morgan Street. The District plans to serve up Asian fusion cuisine, according to their Facebook page, while the bar will offer cocktails, wine and local draft beer. Look for them to open this fall. Keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here.
  • And a couple of quick downtown Raleigh updates. The first is that it now appears as if Finch’s will stay through the end of the year in its current location. But after that, they plan to reopen Finch’s in January on Chapel Hill Road in Durham. Keep up with everything on their Facebook page here.
  • The second update is that it could be “any day now” that Brewerks Cafe will open in the former Quality Grocery spot in Raleigh’s Oakwood neighborhood. Keep up with the announcement here.
  • Saw in James Borden’s Development Beat that Chopt, a salad chain concept, is making renovations at 420 Daniels Street in Cameron Village, either next to or in a portion of the space previously used by the Village Draft House before it was downsized two years ago. Chopt is also in the process of opening a location Chapel Hill’s Eastgate Crossing shopping center. Check out Chopt here.
  • Although a little short on details, New Raleigh reported this week that a fried chicken restaurant is coming to former McDaids Irish Pub spot on Hillsborough Street (2412 Hillsborough Street), just two doors down from the recently opened H-Street Kitchen. We will keep an eye on this for you.
  • Also on Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street, got word from reader Anne Puryear that Cary’s Pho Vietnam (Buck Jones Road) is opening a second location in the 2811 Building at the corner of Hillsborough Street and Dan Allen Drive. No word on the opening date yet. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported that La Madeleine, the country French-inspired café and restaurant that opened its first North Carolina location at Cary Towne Center in July, will open a second Triangle-area location in the former Mimi’s Café building at the Plantation Point shopping center on Old Wake Forest Road and Capital Boulevard in north Raleigh. Check them out here.
  • Over in Cary, got word that Zach and Amber Faulisi are bringing Neapolitan style pizza to downtown Cary this fall/winter (215 E Chatham Street) when they open Pizzeria Faulisi. Zach, who is currently chef de cuisine at The Durham Hotel, and Amber met in culinary school in Pittsburgh and have worked in many fine establishments in New York and Miami before settling here in North Carolina. This is going to be good! Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • We first got word from Rick and Sandy Fore, but was confirmed this week by the Herald-Sun, that Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill is coming to Chapel Hill’s University Place at 201 S. Estes Drive. This will be their 12th location, but first in North Carolina. They are targeting a 4th quarter opening. Get familiar with them here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Chapel Hill’s Beer Study bottle shop will team up with Carrboro’s StarPoint Brewing Company to open a new shop inside the Rockwood Shopping Center off University Drive in Durham. Check out Beer Study here and StarPoint Brewing Company here.
  • This is the week (Wednesday, August 17 to be exact) that Charlie Farris and Clint Winslow open their third Jersey Mike’s location – this one near the intersection of Hwy. 54 and Interstate 40 in the Falconbridge shopping center just down from Mardi Gras bowling. Congrats to Charlie & Clint. Check out Jersey Mike’s Here.

Closings

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  • WRAL reported this week that just a week after announcing a fifth Triangle location (in Cary’s Waverly Place), Gonza Tacos y Tequila is expanding again with the addition of a food truck this fall! Check out Gonza here.
  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • Got word that Panciuto is hosting an outdoor cookout on August 16th to benefit Girls Rock NC! Noodles, pork tacos, beer and rock ‘n’ roll – all for a good cause. What more do you want? The event will be help from 6-9 at the Eno River Farmers’ Market Pavilion and tickets are $50. Reserve tickets by calling Panciuto at 919-732-6261. Get more information on Girls Rock NC here.
  • Piedmont’s new executive chef John May will welcome chef Jay Pierce of The Marshall Free House in Greensboro for a 7-course celebration of sustainably raised NC shrimp on Wednesday, August 24th at 6:30pm. The $65/ person, 7-course menu is also available for $85, with beer pairings. Contact 919-683-1213 for reservations.
  • Got word from Felicia Perry-Trujillo that the 2016 North Carolina Chef Showdown, featuring some of the most creative chefs from around North Carolina, will take place on Aug. 29. It will be held in conjunction with the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Expo taking place in Raleigh. The event will feature 12 savory chefs and four pastry chefs from across the state who will compete for the titles NCRLA Chef and Pastry Chef of the Year. Tickets are on sale now through August 15 for $125. Get more information and tickets here.
  • Black Twig Cider House in Durham will host their inaugural TxotxFest (pronounced “choach”) on Saturday, September 10 from noon to 4 p.m. This event will bring regional and national cider producers and chefs together. It will feature tastings from the top cider houses on the east coast as well as food from chefs at Bona Fide, Durham Catering, Mateo, Oval Park Grille, PICNIC and Rise. They will also serve a whole deboned, sausage – stuffed local pig from Firsthand Foods. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • The third Annual Triangle Oktoberfest will take place at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre on September 23rd and 24th. Enjoy family-friendly activities such as music from the Little German Band, dancing, traditional Bavarian food and fare, wiener dog races, “Rock-toberfest” concerts by Four Founders and West Street Band, children’s play area, and prizes for German attire. Children 16 and younger are free. Friday tickets: $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Saturday tickets: $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Purchase tickets here.
  • Tickets to TerraVita are now on sale. And you better jump fast, as many of these events will sell out soon. Trust me. If you aren’t familiar with TerraVita, it is arguably the premier “foodie event” in the southeast and it will take place September 28th through October 1 right here in Chapel Hill. In a nutshell, it is a multi-day celebration that brings together top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and industry luminaries from across the Southeast to celebrate culinary excellence and sustainability in food and drink. Get tickets (NOW!) here. And get additional details on TerraVita here.
  • Felicia Perry-Trujillo reminded me this week about the upcoming 9th Annual Pepperfest taking place Sunday, October 2nd from 2-7 p.m. at Brier Chapel in Chatham County. The event features super delicious pepper-themed dishes and beverages, live music and children’s activities. A great outdoor event for this time of the year. Get tickets and all the details here.

Food Bank Corner 

  • Kroger stores in the Triangle are hosting a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina this Saturday (8/13) from 10:00 am -2:00 pm. A Durham City Transit Bus will be parked at Kroger store 3457 Hillsborough Road in Durham for Kroger customers to load their donations into. Durham City Transit provides volunteers at this location to assist with the drive. Check out our most needed items list for ideas on what to donate.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – August 5, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

Featured Restaurant News

  • Big things continue to happen in downtown Raleigh. I know my buddy Gordon Brown is excited to see that Parkside Restaurant is now open adjacent to Nash Square at 301 W. Martin Street. Executive chef Matt Scofield, formerly of Sitti and Neomonde, has crafted an ode to comfort food with some twists, according to WRAL. Congrats to Scofield and Todd Henderson. Check them out here.
  • And on the other corner of Nash Square, the News & Observer reported this week that August 8 is the date the garage doors will be rolled up at downtown Raleigh’s newest watering hole and restaurant, Whiskey Kitchen. It is described as a chef’s barroom serving Southern food, as well as more than 200 whiskeys, wine and beer. Keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • And if that is not enough downtown Raleigh food news for you, thanks to a tip from Matthew Andrako, we learned that Living Kitchen is now open at 555 Fayetteville St., in the Charter Square building. Living Kitchen is described as an organic, plant-based, and mostly raw restaurant that first opened in Charlotte, NC. Check them out here.
  • In North Raleigh, got word from James Borden’s Development Beat that permits were issued for a new location of the Metro Diner, once featured on the Guy Fieri show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” The Metro will soon be opening in the Fresh Market-anchored Sutton Square shopping center on Falls of Neuse Road. The chain has 12 locations in Florida, and a handful more across east coast states. Get more information on Metro here.
  • Over in Cary, Gonza Tacos Y Tequila announced via their Facebook page that they are opening their 5th location – this one in Cary’s Waverly Place. Look for them to open in the Spring of 2017. Keep up with all their progress on their Cary Facebook page here.
  • And down in Garner, the police chief himself, Chief Zuidema, shared via Twitter that both a Chipotle and Famous Toastery are coming to the White Oak shopping center near the intersection of Highway 70 and Interstate 40. Check out Chipotle here and Famous Toastery here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • We got word from Charlie Farris and Clint Winslow that they have set a date of Wednesday, August 17 for the opening of their third Jersey Mike’s location – this one near the intersection of Hwy. 54 and Interstate 40 in the Falconbridge shopping center just down from Mardi Gras bowling. Congrats to Charlie & Clint. Check out Jersey Mike’s here.

Closings

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  • The next edition of the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo (evening edition) is this Sunday, August 7th  from 4 to 9pm. Over 50 trucks from across NC. Please note the evening hours. Get all the details and information here.
  • And a couple of new food trucks have hit the streets of the Triangle. The first is Spanglish which features Puerto Rican food with southern charm. Find out more about Spanglish and where they will be here.
  • The other new food truck is called Las Gringas and features authentic Mexican food. Find out more about Las Gringas and where they will be here.
  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • The 10th anniversary edition of Beer, Bourbon and BBQ returns returns to the Triangle August 5th & 6th to Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Tim CoyneSmith are you listening? 60 beers, 40 bourbons and all the barbecue you can eat! All the details and ticket options can be found here.
  • On August 8th, both locations of Sassool Mediterranean Cafe will celebrate the birthday of their namesake, Cecilia “Sassool” Saleh. The day will feature lots of activities and special menu items, with a percentage of sales being donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation for cancer. Get all the details on the Raleigh store here and the Cary store here.
  • The good folks over at the Downtown Raleigh Alliance recently announced the dates for the Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week – it will be held this year August 15-21. Go ahead and mark your calendar. Get all the details here.
  • Got word that Panciuto is hosting an outdoor cookout on August 16th to benefit Girls Rock NC! Noodles, pork tacos, beer and rock ‘n’ roll – all for a good cause. What more do you want? The event will be help from 6-9 at the Eno River Farmers’ Market Pavilion and tickets are $50. Reserve tickets by calling Panciuto at 919-732-6261. Get more information on Girls Rock NC here.
  • Piedmont’s new executive chef John May will welcome chef Jay Pierce of The Marshall Free House in Greensboro for a 7-course celebration of sustainably raised NC shrimp on Wednesday, August 24th at 6:30pm. The $65/ person, 7-course menu is also available for $85, with beer pairings. Contact 919-683-1213 for reservations.
  • Got word from Felicia Perry-Trujillo that the 2016 North Carolina Chef Showdown, featuring some of the most creative chefs from around North Carolina, will take place on Aug. 29. It will be held in conjunction with the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Expo taking place in Raleigh. The event will feature 12 savory chefs and four pastry chefs from across the state who will compete for the titles NCRLA Chef and Pastry Chef of the Year. Tickets are on sale now through August 15 for $125. Get more information and tickets here.
  • The third annual Triangle Oktoberfest will take place at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre on September 23rd and 24th. Enjoy family-friendly activities such as music from the Little German Band, dancing, traditional Bavarian food and fare, wiener dog races, “Rock-toberfest” concerts by Four Founders and West Street Band, children’s play area, and prizes for German attire. Children 16 and younger are free. Friday tickets: $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Saturday tickets: $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Get details and purchase tickets here.
  • Tickets to TerraVita are now on sale. And you better jump fast, as many of these events will sell out soon. Trust me. If you aren’t familiar with TerraVita, it is arguably the premier “foodie event” in the southeast and it will take place September 28th through October 1 right here in Chapel Hill. In a nutshell, it is a multi-day celebration that brings together top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and industry luminaries from across the Southeast to celebrate culinary excellence and sustainability in food and drink. Get tickets (NOW!). And get additional details on TerraVita here.

Food Bank Corner 

  • We are delighted to share that the final results are in and, thanks to you, we’ve met the goal of providing 3.3 million meals through our Stop Summer Hunger food and funds drive! Your generosity, along with an outpouring of support from compassionate folks just like you, ensured that children had meals and families had groceries for the past several weeks and will continue to receive the support they need until school resumes again. Thank you for helping to provide relief to those we serve, thank you for your partnership, and thank you for your kind support. We are truly grateful! See the results here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – July 29, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

Featured Restaurant News

  • We got the news last week about an hour after we “went to press” that Cary’s La Farm Bakery is expanding their operations with plans to open a new production bakery in downtown Cary in the Sorrell Building at 220 West Chatham Street. The timeline only indicates “this holiday season,” but they also announced that after opening, they will turn their attention to opening a retail bakery and cafe adjacent to the new production bakery. No changes are planned for their current location. Get all the details here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Two highly anticipated additions to Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street will come “on-line” over the next few days. The first happens tonight, Friday, July 29th, as Dram & Draught will open its doors to the public beginning at 5 p.m. As part of their opening celebration, look for food trucks on both Friday and Saturday nights. Get more information on Dram & Draught here.
  • And it looks like August 2nd (next Tuesday) is still the target open date for H Street Kitchen in the former Varsity Theater also on Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street. A huge congratulations to Gary Bryant and Adam Rose as this project, which will be a huge boost to the revitalization of Hillsborough Street, has been a long-time coming….but it will be well worth the wait. Look for the official announcement and learn more about the restaurant’s history, vision, menu and more on their Facebook page here.
  • The News & Observer reported this week that Cafe Lucarne, a new restaurant in the former Benelux spot in Raleigh’s City Market, opened this past Tuesday. The casual, counter-service restaurant is the work of Andrew Shepherd and Will Jeffers, two of the partners in Raleigh’s popular Stanbury restaurant. Cafe Lucarne will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and will be open 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Check them out here.
  • In related news, it was also reported by the News & Observer that Shepherd and Jeffers are taking over the former Battistella’s space off Moore Square and hope to open that restaurant later this year. We will keep an eye on that.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Jeff Mickel and Michael Thor are targeting the 2nd week in August to roll up the garage door at downtown Raleigh’s newest watering hole and restaurant, Whiskey Kitchen. This place looks so cool. Not much on the website, so keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here.
  • WRAL reported last week that El Taco Cartel, Raleigh’s first taco delivery bike, hit the streets for the first time last Sunday. The bike will be serving up authentic street tacos. You can follow them on Twitter here.
  • Got word this week that Raleigh’s North Hills will be home to the newest location of a fast-casual, health food concept called Grabbagreen. The Arizona-based concept will be located near the Sur La Table store in the Lassiter District and is aiming for a September opening. They also have plans to open a Cary location, but no word yet on an exact location. Get to know Grabbagreen here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • The News & Observer reported that chefs James Clark and Bill Hartley have left The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill to open Postal Fish Company restaurant in Pittsboro (you guessed it, in the old post office building). Look for them to open in late 2017. They are participating in a Kickstarter campaign to fund this endeavor, and they have already exceeded their $7k goal! Check it out here.
  • A quick update on the opening of the second location of The Bagel Bar in Durham. Got word this week on Facebook that Jonathan Collins and Karra Pate are very close to opening their second location (they are now hiring) at 104 City Hall Plaza in downtown Durham. The original location is in Chapel Hill on Weaver Dairy Road. Check them out here.
  • And we got word from Charlie Farris and Clint Winslow that they have set a date of Wednesday, August 17 for the opening of their third Jersey Mike’s – this one near the intersection of Hwy. 54 and Interstate 40 in the Falconbridge shopping center just down from Mardi Gras bowling. Congrats to Charlie & Clint. Check out Jersey Mike’s here.
  • The News & Observer reported this week that Ali Rudel, owner of the popular East Durham Pie Company, launched a Kickstarter campaign last week to raise funds towards opening a brick and mortar store in the Old East Durham neighborhood. Currently the Kickstarter campaign has nearly 200 backers and is ¾ of the way to their goal, and there are still 17 days left to help them reach their goal. Check it out here.
  • A quick reminder that next Monday, August 1, chef John May (formerly with Chef & The Farmer and The Boot) takes over the reigns at downtown Durham’s Piedmont. He will introduce “a new ingredient-driven tasting menu” beginning August 10th. Check out Piedmont here.
  • And down in Smithfield, WRAL reported that there will be a new restaurant opening called SoDoSoPa. The owner is Mike O’Dowd, who has been the general manager for Outback in Smithfield and Logan’s in Garner. Look for them to open in mid-August. Keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here.

Closings

  • Got word from a reader that the Cary location of Red Hot & Blue Barbecue in Waverly Place has closed. The Facebook page is down and the RH&B website no longer lists the Cary location (just the Raleigh location).

Food Trucks

  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Shepard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • If you want to quickly check out some of the coolest spots to eat on Durham’s Ninth Street, you’ll want to mark your calendar for Saturday, August 6th. From 1 – 4 p.m. the folks over at Bites of Bull City will start you out at Happy & Hale and take you on a tasting frenzy to include 3 other stops. All within easy walking distance. Tickets are $30. Get tickets and all the details here (you even get a car magnet!).
  • On August 8th, both locations of Sassool Mediterranean Cafe will celebrate the birthday of their namesake, Cecilia “Sassool” Saleh. The day will feature lots of activities and special menu items, with a percentage of sales being donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation for cancer. Get all the details on the Raleigh store here and the Cary store here.
  • The 10th anniversary edition of Beer, Bourbon and BBQ returns returns to the Triangle August 5th & 6th to Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheater. Tim CoyneSmith are you listening? 60 beers, 40 bourbons and all the barbecue you can eat! All the details and ticket options can be found here.
  • The good folks over at the Downtown Raleigh Alliance recently announced the dates for the Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week – it will be held this year August 15-21. Go ahead and mark your calendar. Get all the details here.
  • Got word that Panciuto is hosting an outdoor cookout on August 16th to benefit Girls Rock NC! Noodles, pork tacos, beer and rock ‘n’ roll – all for a good cause. What more do you want? The event will be help from 6-9 at the Eno River Farmers’ Market Pavilion and tickets are $50. Reserve tickets by calling Panciuto at 919-732-6261. Get more information on Girls Rock NC here.
  • Piedmont’s new executive chef John May will welcome chef Jay Pierce of The Marshall Free House in Greensboro for a 7-course celebration of sustainably raised NC shrimp on Wednesday, August 24th at 6:30pm. The $65/ person, 7-course menu is also available for $85, with beer pairings. Contact 919-683-1213 for reservations.
  • Tickets to TerraVita are now on sale. And you better jump fast, as many of these events will sell out soon. Trust me. If you aren’t familiar with TerraVita, it is arguably the premier “foodie event” in the southeast and it will take place September 28th through October 1 right here in Chapel Hill. In a nutshell, it is a multi-day celebration that brings together top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and industry luminaries from across the Southeast to celebrate culinary excellence and sustainability in food and drink. Get tickets and all the details on TerraVita here.

Food Bank Corner

  • One final push to reach our 3.3 million meals goal before July 31. Nearly 300,000 children in our 34 counties rely on the free and reduced-cost meals at school to get them through the day. For them, summertime doesn’t mean a fun-filled vacation. For them, no school means no meals. Stop Summer Hunger is our annual food and funds drive that provides additional food to feed these children and their families during this season of increased need. Find out more and how to donate here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – July 22, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

Featured Restaurant News

  • The News & Observer reported this week that the much-anticipated H Street Kitchen is aiming to open by Aug. 2 in the former Varsity Theater on Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street. A huge congratulations to Gary Bryant and Adam Rose as this project, which will be a huge boost to the revitalization of Hillsborough Street, has been a long-time coming….but it will be well worth the wait. Learn more about the restaurant’s history, vision, menu and more on their Facebook page here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • The Triangle Business Journal reported that Raleigh chef and restaurant owner Jason Smith has confirmed plans to open a second iteration of Cantina 18 – the contemporary, Tex-Mex-style restaurant he owns at Cameron Village in Raleigh, with plans to open the new location in Morrisville’s Park West Village in early 2017. Get familiar with all of Jason’s concepts here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Jeff Mickel and Michael Thor are targeting the 2nd week in August to roll up the garage doors at downtown Raleigh’s newest watering hole and restaurant, Whiskey Kitchen. This place looks so cool. Not much on the website, so keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here.
  • New Raleigh reported this week that Brewerks Bakery and Cafe in Oakwood (formerly Quality Grocery) plans to open by the end of the month at 701 E. Lane Street. Look for fresh brewed coffee, in-house baked pastries and breads as well as breakfast and lunch dishes. Keep up with them here.
  • WRAL reported that Chihua Grill will be opening “any day now” in Raleigh’s Villa Latina Plaza just outside of downtown Raleigh next to Renaissance Park. Learn more about Chihua Grill here.
  • Got word a little earlier this month that the newest Five Guys is now open on Capital Boulevard (5501 Capital Blvd. to be exact) in Raleigh. This looks like the 11th Triangle area location, with another in the works for 64 West in Apex. Check out Five Guys here.
  • Also on Capital Boulevard, WRAL reported this week that McAlister’s Deli will open their second Raleigh location at the Shoppes on Capital (in the same shopping center as Five Guys) on Monday, July 25th. Check out McAlister’s here.
  • Over in Cary, got word this week that Giardino Gourmet Salads, a new concept out of Florida, will be coming to the Bass Pro shopping center on Harrison Avenue next to the former Firewurst spot (where Dame’s Chicken and Waffles is going). Get familiar with Giardino’s here.
  • Got a tip from David McCreary (aka Lunch Boy Says) that Blaze Pizza is coming to Holly Springs and will be located at Holly Springs Towne Center. Blaze also has another location heading to Durham. Check out Blaze here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • The News & Observer reported this past week that chef Matt Kelly, who is building a restaurant empire in downtown Durham, has signed a lease for the former Fishmonger’s restaurant. Kelly, who owns Mateo, Mothers & Sons and Lucky’s Deli and is still a partner in Vin Rouge, hopes to open the new seafood restaurant by Christmas. We will keep an eye on it.
  • And speaking of fish, the Durham Convention and Visitor’s Bureau announced this week that Durham’s popular Ninth Street area will soon be home to Zen Fish, a new Poké style restaurant slated to debut this fall. So what is poké? It is a Hawaiian dish with marinated raw fish and a variety of toppings, including a greens, rice, edamame and scallions. The new venue will be located in the Solis Ninth Street mixed-use community.
  • Last edition we told you that Urban Food Group’s Durham venture, Lucia, was closed for “big changes.” Well, they weren’t kidding. They have completely converted Lucia in Durham’s West Village to a new concept called Motto, which will be run by chef James Huff and manager Brandon Carr and will serve New American cuisine. They are also bringing over a lot of the staff from the recently closed Four Square. Expect Motto to open later this month. Check out Urban Food Group here.
  • And finally over in Durham, we got word this week that a location of Built Custom Burgers is on the way to the food court at the Streets at Southpoint mall. If you aren’t familiar with Built, check them out here.
  • Over in Chapel Hill, got word that there are two additional restaurants coming to Eastgate Crossing as part of their renovations (Zoe’s has already been announced). Joining them will be Babalu Tacos & Tapas (serving up chef-inspired gourmet tacos and Spanish-style tapas with a Southern twist) and Chopt (self-described as salad specialists, looking for ways to push the boundaries of what a salad can be). Both are targeting a spring 2017 opening. Check out Babalu here and Chopt here.

Closings

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!
Food Trucks

Events

  • If you want to quickly check out some of the coolest spots to eat on Durham’s Ninth Street, you’ll want to mark your calendar for Saturday, August 6th. From 1 – 4 p.m. the folks over at Bites of Bull City will start you out at Happy & Hale and take you on a tasting frenzy to include 3 other stops. All within easy walking distance. Tickets are $30. Get tickets and all the details here (you even get a car magnet!).
  • The good folks over at the Downtown Raleigh Alliance recently announced the dates for the Downtown Raleigh Restaurant week – it will be held this year August 15-21. Go ahead and mark your calendar. Get all the details here.
  • Got word that Panciuto is hosting an outdoor cookout on August 16th to benefit Girls Rock NC! Noodles, pork tacos, beer and rock ‘n’ roll – all for a good cause. What more do you want? The event will be help from 6-9 at the Eno River Farmers’ Market Pavilion and tickets are $50. Reserve tickets by calling Panciuto at 919-732-6261. Get more information on Girls Rock NC here.
  • Piedmont’s new executive chef John May will welcome chef Jay Pierce of The Marshall Free House in Greensboro for a 7-course celebration of sustainably raised NC shrimp on Wednesday, August 24th at 6:30pm. The $65/ person, 7-course menu is also available for $85, with beer pairings. Contact 919-683-1213 for reservations.
  • Tickets to TerraVita are now on sale. And you better jump fast, as many of these events will (and are already) sell out soon. Trust me. If you aren’t familiar with TerraVita, it is arguably the premier “foodie event” in the southeast and it will take place September 28th through October 1 right here in Chapel Hill. In a nutshell, it is a multi-day celebration that brings together top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and industry luminaries from across the Southeast to celebrate culinary excellence and sustainability in food and drink. Get all the details on TerraVita here.

Food Bank Corner 

  • We have only one week left to reach our 3.3 million meals goal before July 31. Nearly 300,000 children in our 34 counties rely on the free and reduced-cost meals at school to get them through the day. For them, summertime doesn’t mean a fun-filled vacation. For them, no school means no meals. Stop Summer Hunger is our annual food and funds drive that provides additional food to feed these children and their families during this season of increased need. Find out more and how to donate here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – July 8, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

Featured Restaurant News

  • Tickets to TerraVita are now on sale. And you better jump fast, as many of these events will sell out soon. Trust me. If you aren’t familiar with TerraVita, it is arguably the premier “foodie event” in the southeast and it will take place September 28th through October 1 right here in Chapel Hill. In a nutshell, it is a multi-day celebration that brings together top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and industry luminaries from across the Southeast to celebrate culinary excellence and sustainability in food and drink. Get tickets (NOW!) here. And get additional details on TerraVita here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • We need to let everyone know that Gumby’s on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh is still open. We got several tips last week that they were closed – they are not. Turns out they scale back their hours (they open at 4 p.m.) in the summer. Please stop by and/or order a pie! Our apologies.
  • The News & Observer reported this week that a longtime Sullivan’s Steakhouse general manager, Todd Henderson, plans to open Parkside Restaurant in the downtown Raleigh spot that used to be home to Brewmaster’s Bar & Grill and Joe’s Place (301 W. Martin St.). Henderson has hired chef Matt Scofield, who worked for six years as the executive chef at Sitti. Look for them to open in 4-6 weeks. Keep up with their progress on Facebook here.
  • A quick update. Downtown Raleigh’s newest coffee shop, 42 & Lawrence, opened this past week on the ground floor of SkyHouse (308 S. Blount Street). The endeavor is brought to us by Larry Larson (think Larry’s Beans and Larry’s Coffee). Check them out on Facebook here.
  • The News & Observer’s Andrea Weigl reported this week that Matt Fern, the longtime beverage director of Raleigh’s AC Restaurant Group, is leaving to open a deli in Raleigh. That is the great news. The “bad” news is we will have to wait two years! Fern plans to open a Raleigh restaurant that takes from the Jewish and Italian deli traditions. The location hasn’t been disclosed at this point. Stay tuned!
  • It is official, Raleigh has earned its wings. Well, at least the newest location of Wings Over in the form of Wings Over Raleigh. It opened yesterday at 2900 Hillsborough Street. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Over in Chapel Hill, the town announced that Pieology and b.good would both open on downtown Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street in the newest development, Carolina Square, when it opens in the summer of 2017. Pieology has one location in Raleigh with a second on the way. And b.good has two Raleigh locations, one in North Hills and one in downtown Raleigh. Check out Pieology here and b.good here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Urban Food Group’s Durham venture, Lucia, is closed just this week with big changes on the way. We will keep an eye on this. Check out their website for the latest.
  • Durham’s Boheme Restaurant will hold its grand opening this Sunday, July 10th for its Bohemian Garden with a Luau BBQ featuring traditional Caribbean dishes, drink specials and live music from 5pm onwards. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

Closings

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks.

Food Trucks

  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • Voting for the WRAL Out and About 2016 Voters’ Choice Awards is open through this Sunday, July 10. This is your chance to vote for your favorites in categories ranging from food, nightlife and lifestyle.
  • Ray Price Harley-Davidson in Raleigh is hosting its annual Buffalo Chicken Wing Cook-off this Saturday (July 9) from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Teams compete to see who can make the best wings; judges and the public decide the winners. The cost is $5. Get all the details here.
  • What if you could have free pizza AND help a good cause? Well, that is exactly what is happening on Sunday, July 17th at the newest location of Pieology at North Hills (in the former Sam’s spot next to Starbucks) from 11:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. While the pizza is free, donations to Carroll’s Kitchen are welcome! Get more information on Pieology here and Carroll’s Kitchen here.
  • The good folks over at the Downtown Raleigh Alliance announced the dates for the Downtown Raleigh Restaurant week – it will be held this year August 15-21. Go ahead and mark your calendar. Get all the details here.
  • Piedmont’s new executive chef John May will welcome chef Jay Pierce of The Marshall Free House in Greensboro for a 7-course celebration of sustainably raised NC shrimp on Wednesday, August 24th at 6:30pm. The $65/ person, 7-course menu is also available for $85, with beer pairings. Contact 919-683-1213 for reservations.

Food Bank Corner 

  • West 94th St. Pub celebrates 22 years of doing business with their 4th Annual Grill Master Cook Off Competition. They are calling all local “Grill Masters” to show off their grillin’ skills to help raise funds to benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. This family friendly competition will be held Sunday, July 17 from 9am-1pm with live entertainment, family games, food tasting and more. The “grill master” winner will receive a special package valued at $250. Interested contestants must register via email to Kerry Bryant at  by July 11th. Get more information on their website here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – July 1, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

Featured Restaurant News

  • This week tickets to TerraVita went on sale. And you better jump fast, as many of these events will sell out soon. Trust me. If you aren’t familiar with TerraVita, it is arguably the premier “foodie event” in the southeast and it will take place September 28th through October 1 right here in Chapel Hill. In a nutshell, it is a multi-day celebration that brings together top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and industry luminaries from across the Southeast to celebrate culinary excellence and sustainability in food and drink. Get tickets (NOW!) here. And get additional details on TerraVita here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Got word from Vinty Judge herself that she is bringing the European gelato cafe Amorino to downtown Raleigh – more specifically to the street level of the Edison Lofts at 109 Davie St. If you are not familiar with Amorino, check them out here. They have US locations in New York, Boston, Beverly Hills, Chicago…and soon, Raleigh!
  • Raleigh & Company writer Jen Baker gave an update this week on the newest coffee joint opening soon in Raleigh. 42 & Lawrence will open in the “next 2 weeks” on the ground floor of SkyHouse (308 S. Blount Street) in downtown Raleigh. The endeavor is brought to us by Larry Larson (think Larry’s Beans and Larry’s Coffee). Not much up yet on their Facebook page, but check them out here.
  • And speaking of coffee, New Raleigh noted this week that Sir Walter Coffee is coming soon to Raleigh. That is it. That is all we know. No date. No location (other than Raleigh). So, stay tuned. Here is the website.
  • We are getting closer and closer to the opening of Fayetteville Street’s latest restaurant, a burger joint by the name of Bare Bones. It will open any day now in the former home of Zinda’s at the PNC Plaza. Check their website out here and their Facebook page here.
  • A quick update to the opening of Wings over Raleigh. WRAL reported this week that they will open on July 7th at 2900 Hillsborough Street. Check them out here.
  • We learned this week via “Cindy Who” on Twitter that the Dalat Oriental Restaurant in Raleigh’s Mission Valley shopping center is changing ownership. The transition is to be complete by the middle of July. Check them out here.
  • Related to that, New Raleigh is reporting that the current Dalat owner will open a fusion Vietnamese subs, pizza, and burrito joint with arcade games off Hwy 42 called 42 Funland. We will keep an eye on that.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • This is kind of cool. The recent opening of Boheme Restaurant in Durham is getting rave reviews. Now, the next component of that property is coming online – in the form of their Bohemian Garden. Open on Thursday and Sunday nights from 8pm onwards the lush garden will host live music and drink specials, not to mention dogs are encouraged. Calling this their “soft” opening, the grand opening is Sunday, July 10th with a Luau BBQ featuring traditional Caribbean dishes, drink specials and live  from 5pm onwards.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.
  • And a quick update. Last week we told you that that Tonya Council (of the family that brought us Mama Dip’s) is about to open Tonya’s Cookies. We learned from readers that the location will be on Rosemary Street (near Mitchell Lane), almost right across the street from Mama Dip’s. Check them out here.

Closings

  • It appears that Back in the Day Cafe in Cary’s Millpond Village is now permanently closed as there is a “For Sale” sign in the window.
  • Also learned from David Warpole that Checkers on Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street has closed.

Food Trucks

  • Every Friday through August 5, Raleigh’s Triangle Town Center will host food trucks at its new “Creekside Wind Down” event series. Stop by the mall’s Creekside Cafe food court entrance from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. to grab a bite, listen to live music and enjoy a local brew from Compass Rose Brewery. Get all the details here.
  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • Voting for the WRAL Out and About 2016 Voters’ Choice Awards is open until July 10. This is your chance to vote for your favorites in categories ranging from food, nightlife and lifestyle. Vote here.
  • The good folks over at the Downtown Raleigh Alliance announced the dates for the Downtown Raleigh Restaurant week – it will be held this year August 15-21. Go ahead and mark your calendar. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner 

  • West 94th St. Pub celebrates 22 years of doing business with their 4th Annual Grill Master Cook Off Competition. They are calling all local “Grill Masters” to show off their grillin’ skills to help raise funds to benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. This family friendly competition will be held Sunday, July 17 from 9am-1pm with live entertainment, family games, food tasting and more. The “grill master” winner will receive a special package valued at $250. Interested contestants must register via email to Kerry Bryant by July 11th. Get more information on their website here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – June 24, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

Featured Restaurant News

  • Amber Watson’s Bites of Bull City blog broke the exciting news this week that the owners of Pizzeria Toro have quietly opened downtown Durham’s newest spot, Littler, in the former Monuts spot on Parrish Street. It is aptly named, as it has a small bar and only about a dozen tables. While the menu will change frequently, it includes a few permanent items, like oysters and a lamb burger. It is open for dinner, except Tuesdays. Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Just four months after taking over The Borough in downtown Raleigh and converting it to Hadley’s, the Indy is reporting that the owners have listed it on Craigslist for $120k. Co-owners Drew Schenck and Kevin Barrett are interested in putting Hadley’s behind them and focusing on their new venture, Dram & Draught opening soon on Hillsborough Street. Check out the listing here.
  • We told you about this back in December, but now an open date has been set for The Capital Grille restaurant in the newly opened Bank of America Tower at North Hills. Looks like Monday, July 11 is the official opening date. The Capital Grille is is an elegant steakhouse known for their dry-aged steaks, seafood, freshest ingredients, and award-winning wines. In the meantime, check them out here.
  • Thanks to a tip on Yelp, we learned that Five Guys Burgers and Fries is opening their next location in Raleigh in the new shopping center at the intersection of Oak Forest Drive and Capital Boulevard (5501 Capital Boulevard to be exact). No word on the exact date, just “opening soon.” We’ll keep an eye on it. Check them out here.
  • Got word this week that Cary’s The Daily Grind (Highhouse and Davis) is no more, and has been replaced by Elixir Coffee in the Stonecreek Village shopping center. They serve coffee and pastries (from LucetteGrace!) all day, and offer lunch service featuring soup and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Check out their website here and their Facebook page here.
  • Also in Cary, the developers of the (currently under construction) Alston Town Center retail center near the intersection of N.C. 55 and the N.C. 540 Triangle Expressway announced this week that Moe’s Southwest Grill will occupy one of the ancillary retail buildings which will be anchored by Whole Foods (opening in early 2017). We will keep an eye on this. Check out Moe’s here.
  • And just south of Raleigh (in Harnett County), WRAL reported this week that Ed’s Family Restaurant & Catering has opened in the former Rebecca’s Restaurant space at 43 East Depot Street.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • This is kind of cool. The recent opening of Boheme restaurant in Durham is getting rave reviews. Now, the next component of that property is coming online – in the form of their Bohemian Garden. Open on Thursday and Sunday nights from 8 p.m. onwards, the lush garden will host live music and drink specials, not to mention dogs are encouraged. Calling this their “soft” opening, the grand opening is Sunday, July 10th with a Luau BBQ featuring traditional Caribbean dishes, drink specials and live  from 5 p.m. onwards.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.
  • Also in Durham, WRAL reported this week that Bruster’s Real Ice Cream is now being served on Renaissance Parkway near Southpoint Mall (just a few doors down from Rise Biscuits & Donuts). Check them out here.
  • And over in Chapel Hill, things are about to get a lot sweeter, as WRAL reported that Tonya Council (of the family that brought us Mama Dip’s) is about to open Tonya’s Cookies. Can’t exactly tell where it is from the storefront photo she just posted, but we’ll keep an eye on it. In the meantime, check them out here.

Closings

  • After a 23 year run, we are sad to report that Durham’s Spartacus Restaurant will be closing their doors on June 26. Our best to the family on their next venture!

Food Trucks

  • The latest installment of the Chatham Street Chowdown series in beautiful downtown Cary happens this Sunday (June 26). The weather this weekend looks perfect, and the fun starts at 5 p.m. and goes until 9:30 p.m. and will include food trucks, local breweries and live music. Get a full listing of trucks (and map) and all the details here.
  • Every Friday through August 5, Raleigh’s Triangle Town Center will host food trucks at its new “Creekside Wind Down” event series. Stop by the mall’s Creekside Cafe food court entrance from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. to grab a bite, listen to live music and enjoy a local brew from Compass Rose brewery. Get all the details here.
  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • Carolina Ale House in downtown Raleigh is hosting their 2nd Annual The Spirited Pig Summer Shindig event this Saturday (June 25th). It is a Spirits, Beer and BBQ event featuring 6 local breweries, a variety of spirits including TOPO distillery and live music. Tickets are $35 and guests will receive a souvenir tasting glass on the day of the event. Event proceeds will go to Stop Hunger Now. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • The good folks over at the Downtown Raleigh Alliance announced this week the dates for the Downtown Raleigh Restaurant week – it will be held this year August 15-21. Go ahead and mark your calendar. Get all the details here.
  • Arguably the area’s biggest “foodie” event, TerraVita, recently announced the dates for this year’s festival – September 28th through October 1st. The Chapel Hill-based festival, now in its seventh year, offers exceptional dinners, tasting events, after parties, chef demos as well as the “Sustainable Classroom” – educational experiences featuring renowned chefs, authors & national media. TerraVita concludes with a Grand Tasting on the Green featuring over 65 chefs, artisans and beverage producers for tastings, live chef demonstrations and cookbook signings. TerraVita’s ticket launch and full schedule will be released in mid-June. More details here.

Food Bank Corner 

  • For many of us, summertime means family vacations and cookouts with friends and neighbors. But instead of trying to decide where to go on your next trip, imagine having to decide between putting gas in your car to go to work or buying groceries for dinner. Instead of getting supplies for the barbecue, imagine standing in line at the food pantry because your paycheck didn’t last through the end of the month. For the families of nearly 300,000 children in our service area, this is the difficult situation they will face this summer when school is closed. The Food Bank’s Stop Summer Hunger Campaign aims to provide meals and groceries to children and their families over the summer months. Through July 31, they are committed to providing 3.3 million meals. Visit their website to learn more about how you can get involved.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – June 17, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

Featured Restaurant News

  • Ed Mitchell is back. Well, almost. He is opening a location in Raleigh’s Brier Creek that will also be combined with a food truck, Ed Mitchell’s Q on Wheels. Similarly, the brick and mortar location will be called Ed Mitchell’s Q at the Creek. No exact date on an opening, but website suggests it will be before year’s end. Check out the food truck site here and the store’s page here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • We first told you about this in April, 2015, but reader Sandy Fore reminded us that J. Alexander’s is coming to Raleigh’s Crabtree area! No word yet on the open date, but the website is saying 2016. And there is speculation that there might be a second J. Alexander conept, Stoney River Steakhouse, coming to the area as well. Stay tuned! Check them out here.
  • Got word this week that Chicago-based Potbelly Sandwich Shop will open its first Triangle location in Raleigh before year’s end. But that is all we know at this point. They haven’t released the location. So stay tuned. In the meantime, check them out here.
  • In Cary, got word from a reader that Gonza Tacos Y Tequila continues their growth, this time taking over the former Barberitos space in Waverly Place. No word yet on an open date, so stay tuned. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • In case you missed it last week, the long-awaited replacement for Mimi’s Cafe near Cary Towne Center has an opening date. La Madeleine, the acclaimed French-inspired bakery café, will swing open their doors on July 12th. If you are not familiar with La Madeleine, check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • It happened! Both Mothers & Sons and Lucky’s Deli have opened! The two joints, located right next to each other on W. Chapel Hill Street in downtown Durham, are the creation of Mateo owners Matt Kelly and Josh DeCarolis along with Drew Brown. Check their Facebook pages here and here for the latest.
  • And opening just in time for Father’s Day (this Sunday, June 19th) is the latest addition to the Chapel Hill dining scene – Chronic Tacos. They officially open this Sunday in the Meadowmont shopping district, a few doors down from Brixx Pizza and across from Cafe Carolina and Firehouse Subs. Congrats to Sean and his team! Check them out here.
  • Also, the guys behind the Jersey Mike’s locations in Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill North and Elliott Road) have announced they are opening a third location just across the county line in Durham in the Falconbridge Shopping Center. This location will be just a few doors down from Mardi Gras bowling alley. Congrats to Charlie and Clint on their latest endeavor. Check them out here.
  • And a quick update on something we told you about back in May. Living Kitchen has plans to open a second Triangle-area establishment later this year in Chapel Hill’s new (and currently still under construction) Village Plaza on Elliott Road adjacent to Whole Foods. The News & Observer reported this week that they are targeting a November opening. Check them out here.

Closings

  • The Triangle Business Journal was the first to report that Cameron Village’s Faire restaurant had closed their doors. No word yet on what Eschelon Experiences will do next – stay tuned!

Food Trucks

  • This Sunday, June 19th is Durham’s Annual Father’s Day Food Truck Rodeo at Durham Central Park. It will feature over 50 local food trucks from 12-4pm. Local beer will also be available for purchase (a great Father’s Day gift idea! Just sayin’). Get all the details here.
  • Every Friday through August 5, Raleigh’s Triangle Town Center will host food trucks at its new “Creekside Wind Down” event series. Stop by the mall’s Creekside Cafe food court entrance from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. to grab a bite, listen to live music and enjoy a local brew from Compass Rose Brewery. Get all the details here.
  • With the warm weather returning, it also means the return of the Food Truck Thursdays in Knightdale. Every Thursday from April through June, the town will host a new truck at Knightdale Station Park for lunch and dinner. Just look for it from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm near the amphitheater (rain or shine – shelters are covered). For all the details and the truck schedule, check them out here. Thanks to Mark Ginsberg for the heads up!

Events

  • Carolina Ale House in downtown Raleigh is hosting their 2nd Annual The Spirited Pig Summer Shindig event Saturday, June 25th. It is a Spirits, Beer and BBQ event featuring 6 local breweries, a variety of spirits including TOPO distillery and live music. Tickets are $35 and guests will receive a souvenir tasting glass on the day of the event. Event proceeds will go to Stop Hunger Now. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • The good folks over at the Downtown Raleigh Alliance announced this week the dates for the Downtown Raleigh Restaurant week – it will be held this year August 15-21. Go ahead and mark your calendar. Get all the details here.
  • Arguably the area’s biggest “foodie” event, TerraVita, recently announced the dates for this year’s festival – September 28th through October 1st. The Chapel Hill-based festival, now in its seventh year, offers exceptional dinners, tasting events, after parties, chef demos as well as the “Sustainable Classroom” – educational experiences featuring renowned chefs, authors & national media. TerraVita concludes with a Grand Tasting on the Green featuring over 65 chefs, artisans and beverage producers for tastings, live chef demonstrations and cookbook signings. TerraVita’s ticket launch and full schedule will be released in mid-June. More details here.

Food Bank Corner

  • For many of us, summertime means family vacations and cookouts with friends and neighbors. But instead of trying to decide where to go on your next trip, imagine having to decide between putting gas in your car to go to work or buying groceries for dinner. Instead of getting supplies for the barbecue, imagine standing in line at the food pantry because your paycheck didn’t last through the end of the month. For the families of nearly 300,000 children in our service area, this is the difficult situation they will face this summer when school is closed. The Food Bank’s Stop Summer Hunger Campaign aims to provide meals and groceries to children and their families over the summer months. Through July 31, they are committed to providing 3.3 million meals. Visit their website to learn more about how you can get involved.

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