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  • Got word this week that Cary’s The Daily Grind (Highhouse and Davis) is no more, and has been replaced by Elixir Coffee in the Stonecreek Village shopping center.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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Friday Fun Food Facts – June 10, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Good things come to those who wait. That is true if you visit Dame’s Chicken & Waffles in downtown Durham, or if you are a resident of Wake County and have jealously watched Durham-ites enjoy the goodness of Dame’s. Well, Wake County’s wait is over as my friend Ursula Littlejohn informed me this week that Dame’s has plans to open a Wake County location in Cary on Harrison Avenue in the former Firewurst location next to Bass Pro Shop. Look for an early August opening. Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • The latest edition of Rise Biscuits & Donuts opened this past Saturday in the Brier Creek Shopping Center across from Caribou Coffee where Elevation Burger used to be. Check them out here.
  • In downtown Raleigh, chef Susan Tower of Deli-icious Food Truck is doing a pop-up menu at Hadley’s Martini Bar June 9-11 from 5 p.m. until midnight each day. Hadley’s is located at 317 W. Morgan Street. This is the first in a series that will be offered at Hadley’s. Get all the details on their event Facebook page here.
  • Also in downtown Raleigh, thanks to a tip from Lisa Jeffries, we learned this week that Cafe Helios has introduced a new dinner menu. I haven’t had a chance to go by and try it out, but it looks fantastic. You can view the entire menu here. Cafe Helios is located at 413 Glenwood Avenue.
  • Got word from brothers Patrick and Ryan Malley that they are bringing their Wings Over Chapel Hill and Wings Over Greenville concept to Raleigh in the form of, you guessed it, Wings Over Raleigh. The are looking to open this location on July 7th at 2900 Hillsborough Street. Get a sneak peek at them here.
  • The second Triangle-area location of Burger 21 opens this coming Monday, June 13th, at 6196 Falls of the Neuse Road. The other local location is over in Cary. Check them out here.
  • Up in Wake Forest, WRAL reported that over in Wake Forest, Italian Trattoria by Bruno has opened at 1248 S. Main Street.
  • Over in Cary, 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.
  • And a quick shout out of congratulations to the folks over at Village Deli who are celebrating their 20th anniversary! Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Lots of big announcements in Durham this week. Pay attention. Chef Greg Gettles is leaving Durham’s Piedmont Restaurant and moving to Charleston, SC. His last day in the restaurant will be this Sunday, June 12th. That led to the announcement that The Boot’s John May will move over to take the helm at Piedmont beginning on August 1. With that announcement, came the announcement that Rob Kinneen, May’s right-hand man at The Boot, will move into the lead role there. Since his move from Alaska, Kinneen has spent time at Magnolia Grill, Pop’s and Elaine’s on Franklin. He even has his own website – meet him here. Thanks to the News & Observer’s Andrea Weigl for keeping me straight on all this!
  • Bites of Bull City blogger Amber Watson reported this week that both Mothers & Sons and Lucky’s Deli will POSSIBLY be opening this weekend. The two joints, located right next to each other on W. Chapel Hill Street, 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. Any day now!!
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that one of the first franchise owners of Built, a new burger spinoff of California-based The Counter Custom Built Burgers, has signed a lease to open the company’s first North Carolina location at The Streets at Southpoint mall in south Durham. Look for them to open in early 2017 in the food court. The local owners have the rights to open 5 additional Triangle area locations. In the meantime, check them out here.

Closings

  • After 16 years of phenomenal service, owners Shane Ingram and Elizabeth Woodhouse announced this week that Four Square Restaurant in Durham will close June 25. Make your reservations now (if you can).
  • Got word from Jimmy Chhay that his restaurant, Chais Noodle Bar and Bistro in Durham, will close at the end of this month. However, see the news below about his food truck.

Food Trucks

  • As noted above, Jimmy Chhay is closing his brick and mortar establishment at the end of this month. That is the bad news. The good news is that you can still get his food through his recently purchased food truck Buddhalicious (how can you not LOVE that name!). Check him out 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. Food trucks stopping by this Friday (June 10) include Not Just Icing, Snowie of NC, Mixed Korean Truck and Howard Lee’s Sum ‘Teat. 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!
  •  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 Carolina Inn will host a Bar-B-Que Throwdown tomorrow (Saturday, June 11th) from 12 – 3 p.m. featuring local chefs preparing their twist on barbecue. Participating chefs include the Carolina Inn’s James Clark; Kim Hunter (Kimbap Cafe); James Johnson (Tribeca Tavern); Isae Allen (The Eddy Pub & Restaurant); Regan Stachler (Little Hen); Serge Falcoz-Vigne (Saint-Jacques); Bob Compton (Mebane Downtown Table); and Adam Rose (H Street Kitchen). Get tickets ($55) and all the details here.
  • 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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Friday Fun Food Facts – June 3, 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 that Andrew Shepherd and Will Jeffers, two of the partners in Raleigh’s popular Stanbury restaurant, are opening Cafe Lucarne in the former Benelux spot in City Market. Cafe Lucarne will be a casual, counter-service restaurant that will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Look for an early summer opening. They also are taking over the former Battistella’s space off Moore Square in Raleigh and hope to open that restaurant later this year. Keep up with their progress on Facebook here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • In downtown Raleigh, Eschelon Experiences’ newest concept, Haymaker, opened this past weekend in the Charter Square building at 555 Fayetteville Street. Keep up with the latest here.
  • Also in downtown Raleigh, thanks to a tip from New Raleigh, we learned that during the transition to a new chef and new team, Standard Foods will be closed until the middle of July. However, the attached grocery store and butcher remain open during this transition. As well, look for some “pop-up” dinners to be announced next week. Keep up with the latest here.
  • Over at North Hills in Raleigh, the Triangle Business Journal reported that the first Grabbagreen Food + Juice restaurant in the Triangle will open by the fall near the Sur La Table store. It also looks like an additional location will open in Cary at the corner of Northwest Maynard and Chapel Hill roads. Get familiar with the concept here.
  • Also in North Raleigh, WRAL noted that Burger 21 is opening a location in north Raleigh off of Falls of Neuse near Chipotle. They also have a location in Cary near the intersection of Davis Drive and High House. Check them out here.
  • Over in Apex, reader Jane Long tipped me off to the fact that downtown Apex has a new wine bar called Peak of the Vine at 115 N. Salem Street. Check them out here.
  • Also in Apex, after a five-week long soft opening, Southern Peak Brewery will host their grand opening this Saturday, June 4th from 2 p.m. until close. They are located at 950 Windy Road and they will host Chirba Chirba and Big Mike’s BBQ during their celebration. Get all the details here.
  • And over in Holly Springs, reader Barbara Calise tipped me off to the fact that the latest restaurant/movie concept in the Triangle, Ovation Cinema Grill, will be opening at Holly Springs Town Center in August. I literally drove by yesterday and it looks cool and is conveniently located fairly close to where 540 dumps into Highway 55. Check them out here.
  • If your travels take you a little north of the Triangle, in Franklinton to be exact, you’ll want to check out the newest addition to that area, Wilton Pizzeria. It looks delicious and might very well be worth the drive even if you don’t live up that way! Check them out there.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • After a successful soft opening for “Friends & Family” (which I was not invited to…it’s OK, I’m slowly getting over that), Giorgios Bakatsias’ newest concept, Boheme, opened this past week in the historic Black House at Straw Valley near the intersection of 15-501 and Interstate 40 near the Durham/Chapel Hill border. Get by and pay them a visit.
  • And in the category of Durham’s gain, Raleigh’s loss, the Peace Street bridge redesign on Capital Boulevard is forcing Raleigh’s legendary Finch’s to move. And WRAL noted this week that the move will take it to Durham after calling Raleigh home for nearly 70 years. In the meantime, get by before they close, and keep up with the latest here.

Closings

  • The North Raleigh location of Z Pizza has closed. That leaves the one location, and their coolest location, still open in downtown Raleigh. If you haven’t paid them a visit recently, you should – they just completed a major renovation of that space.

Food Trucks

  • 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!
  • 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

  • As if I even needed to tell anyone this, but today, June 3rd, is National Donut Day. You know what to do. Now go. Eat a donut.
  • The Chef’s Palette on Ten Ten Road in Cary will hold a huge celebration this Saturday, June 4th from 6 p.m. until closing to celebrate their 6th anniversary. Look for food, fun, live music and tasty beverages. Get all the details on their website here.
  • The 5th Annual Bull City BBQ Classic is scheduled for this Saturday, June 4th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at at the Scrap Exchange located at 2050 Chapel Hill Road in Durham. The bbq competition welcomes cooks/ Pitmasters (beginners and experts alike – the even have a kids rib competition) from across North Carolina.  The $10 entry fee gets you sample BBQ from every cook station. Get all the details here.
  • The annual Triangle Restaurant Week is set to run next week (June 6-12th). During the event, participating restaurants within Raleigh, Cary,Chapel Hill, Durham and surrounding areas will offer a special, 3-course prix fixe lunch menu ($15) and/or 3-course prix fixe dinner menu ($20, $25, $30) each day they are open. For all the details and a full list of participating restaurants, check out their website here.
  • The Carolina Inn will host a Bar-B-Que Throwdown on Saturday, June 11th from 12 – 3 p.m. featuring local chefs preparing their twist on barbecue. Participating chefs include the Carolina Inn’s James Clark; Kim Hunter (Kimbap Cafe); James Johnson (Tribeca Tavern); Isae Allen (The Eddy Pub & Restaurant); Regan Stachler (Little Hen); Serge Falcoz-Vigne (Saint-Jacques); Bob Compton (Mebane Downtown Table); and Adam Rose (H Street Kitchen). Get tickets ($55) and 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 – May 27, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • The big news of the week, and great news for the Triangle dining scene, is that Scott Crawford will be staying here after his recent departure from Standard Foods. A four-time James Beard Foundation semifinalist for Best Chef: Southeast, Crawford will opening Crawford & Son in the former Piebird location on Person Street in downtown Raleigh sometime this fall. Prior to Standard Foods, Crawford was the executive chef at Herons at The Umstead Hotel. Not much on the website yet, but you can check it out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • The News & Observer reported this week some sweet news! Nicole Evans Groth, former head confectioner at Videri Chocolate Factory, is opening a bake shop, Anisette, in Raleigh’s Five Points neighborhood hopefully by late August. She is taking over the space of children’s boutique, Progeny, at 209 Bickett Blvd. In the 800-square-foot space, Groth plans to serve coffee, cold brew, cookies, tea cakes, candies and more. What will not be on the menu are any of the chocolate confections she was known to make at Videri. Keep up with her on Instagram here.
  • Over in Cary, Chris Creighton tipped us off to the fact that Back in the Day Cafe is taking a break. According to their Facebook page, “We’ve been on a break, will be opening again in June with new hours & new menu.” Stay tuned and keep up with them on their Facebook page here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • After a three-week transition from the old location to the new location, it is official that the Beyu Cafe has opened in their new (and improved) location at 341 W. Main Street in downtown Durham. Check out all the shows booked this weekend and the weeks to come via their Facebook page here.

Closings

  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Tasu Asian Bistro’s Cary location has closed.

Food Trucks

  • 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!
  • 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 2016 WRAL Out and About Voters’ Choice Awards are back! The nomination period is open now and continues through Sunday, May 29.This year they are putting the focus on local businesses and encouraging people to avoid the larger chains! Here’s a rundown of the categories, including some great new ones and the voting link.
  • The Museum of Life and Science in Durham will again host their ‘Science of Eats‘ event this year on June 2nd from 6:30 ’til 10 p.m. They are bringing sweet, sour, and science together for one grand night of eating and exploration. All of your favorite local food vendors will be on hand with samples while our friends from Duke, UNC, and NC State share the latest in food science research. Chat with local chefs and explore demonstrations and experiments on everything from what happens to your brain on sugar to how your genes affect your perception of flavor. And if interested, there is a special reception from 5-6:30 p.m. with Vivian Howard. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Andrea Weigl at the News & Observer noted on her Twitter account recently that tickets to one of my favorite annual events, Farm to Fork have gone on sale. The event this year will be held on the weekend of June 3rd through June 5th. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • The Chef’s Palette on Ten Ten Road in Cary will hold a huge celebration on Saturday, June 4th from 6 p.m. until closing to celebrate their 6th anniversary. Look for food, fun, live music and tasty beverages. Get all the details on their website here.
  • The 5th Annual Bull City BBQ Classic is scheduled for Saturday, June 4th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at at the Scrap Exchange located at 2050 Chapel Hill Road in Durham. The bbq competition welcomes cooks/ Pitmasters (beginners and experts alike – they even have a kids rib competition) from across North Carolina.  The $10 entry fee lets you sample BBQ from every cook station. Get all the details here.
  • The annual Triangle Restaurant Week is set to run the week of June 6-12th. During the event, participating restaurants within Raleigh, Cary,Chapel Hill, Durham and surrounding areas will offer a special, 3-course prix fixe lunch menu ($15) and/or 3-course prix fixe dinner menu ($20, $25, $30) each day they are open. For all the details and a full list of participating restaurants, check out their website here.
  • The Carolina Inn will host a Bar-B-Que Throwdown on Saturday, June 11th from 12 – 3 p.m. featuring local chefs preparing their twist on barbecue. Participating chefs include the Carolina Inn’s James Clark; Kim Hunter (Kimbap Cafe); James Johnson (Tribeca Tavern); Isae Allen (The Eddy Pub & Restaurant); Regan Stachler (Little Hen); Serge Falcoz-Vigne (Saint-Jacques); Bob Compton (Mebane Downtown Table); and Adam Rose (H Street Kitchen). Get tickets ($55) and 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, we 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 – May 20, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Saw a tweet from Alex Krawchick that Tazza Kitchen opened this past Tuesday in Cary’s Stone Creek Village at the intersection of High House and Davis. This is the second location in the Triangle, with the other being in Raleigh’s Cameron Village. They are open for dinner. Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Living Kitchen (originally to be called Luna’s Living Kitchen) is targeting an opening date around the week of July 6. It will be located on the ground floor of the Charter Square building in downtown Raleigh on Fayetteville Street. Living Kitchen has plans to open a second Triangle-area establishment later this year in Chapel Hill’s new Village Plaza on Elliott Road adjacent to Whole Foods. Check them out here.
  • Friend Susan Tu reminded me that they have opened a second location of Spring Rolls, this one in the Wade Park development adjacent to the PNC Arena at 5433 Wade Park Blvd. Their original location is in North Hills. Check out Spring Rolls here.
  • In Apex, we told you in early April about a new establishment that just opened there called The Provincial. At the time, they didn’t have much of an online presence and we didn’t know much about the chef. Since then we’ve learned a little more and thought we’d share. The chef/owner is Wayne Alcaide who was the the executive chef at both Nobhill in Las Vegas as well as at WaterColor Inn & Resort in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Here is a link to their Facebook page.
  • Got a tip from reader Ronnie Taborn that East Coast Wings & Grill is now open in Wake Forest at 12646 Capital Blvd. This looks to be their first Triangle area location. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Over in Cary, got a note from reader Diane PIsano that Mazaa Zabiha has opened in Cary’s Harrison Pointe Shopping Center, where the Cary Cafe used to be. However, the name changed slightly just prior to opening and is actually Desi Mazaa. Check it out here.
  • And down in Knightdale, WRAL noted this week that Cassidy’s Sports Bar & Grill is slated to open next week at 7425 Knightdale Blvd. (under the water tower) and will feature sandwiches, pizza, burgers and more. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a presence on Facebook or the web. Stay tuned.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • The official grand opening of Durham’s City Barbecue is this Sunday, May 22nd. The doors will open at 11, but the “grand opening” festivities are planned from 2-3:30 p.m. They are located in Durham at Southpoint Crossing between McDonald’s and Ruby Tuesday. This is the third Triangle-area location. The Triangle Business Journal reports that a fourth location is planned in 2017 at the new Olive Park retail center in north Raleigh. Check them out here.
  •  Also in Durham, got word from Dorian Bolden that Beyu Caffe will be in their new space and kicking off “Beyu 2.0” next Thursday, May 26th. As with any renovation project, changes happen. So you are advised to keep up with the latest on their Facebook page here.
  •  Over in Chapel Hill, we are getting closer and closer to the opening of Chronic Tacos in Meadowmont. Early June is what we are hearing, but we should have an exact date soon. Grand opening celebrations will follow a few weeks after opening and there are several big announcements surrounding their opening that we will fill you in on as we get closer. Believe me, you won’t want to miss their grand opening. Check them out here.

Closings

  • Reader Chris Creighton reminded me that Campbell’s Diner, a legend in Fuquay-Varina, will close their doors for the last time on Saturday, May 28th. Our best to the Campbell family.
  • And this isn’t really a closing, but a cancellation. If you had plans to attend LaFayette Village’s Pork Out event this weekend, they have cancelled the event due to the weather. But, please make a donation to the Raleigh Rescue Mission by going here.

Food Trucks

  • 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!
  •  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 2016 WRAL Out and About Voters’ Choice Awards are back! The nomination period is open now and continues through May 29.This year they are putting the focus on local businesses and encouraging people to avoid the larger chains! Here’s a rundown of the categories, including some great new ones and the voting link.
  • This Saturday, May 21, from 3-9 p.m. North Hills will host their 2nd annual Kickin’ It Country, a celebration of North Carolina and the South in Midtown Park and will feature live music along with a sanctioned BBQ cook-off. Get all the details here.
  • This Sunday, May 22, Compass Rose Brewery is celebrating their one year anniversary with a celebration beginning at 2 p.m. featuring beer (duh!), food trucks and live music. Check out all the details on their event Facebook page here.
  • The Piedmont Dinner Series continues on May 25th as Piedmont’s Greg Gettles and The Boot’s John May will host a late spring bbq in partnership with Locals Seafood. The multi-course dinner is $65, plus $20 for wine pairings. Get all the details and the menu on the events page here.
  • Ok, this is a bit of a stretch to include, but it’s too fun/funny not to include. It is the 2016 Doughman event being held in Durham on May 28. What is it? It is a “foodie” event that combines the elements of a triathlon with competitive eating. 4-member teams basically down a delicious treat from a Durham establishment which is then followed by a bike, run or “water activity” challenge of varying distances. Sign up and get all the details here.
  • The Museum of Life and Science in Durham will again host their ‘Science of Eats’ event this year on June 2nd from 6:30 ‘til 10 p.m. They are bringing sweet, sour, and science together for one grand night of eating and exploration. All of your favorite local food vendors will be on hand with samples while our friends from Duke, UNC, and NC State share the latest in food science research. Chat with local chefs and explore demonstrations and experiments on everything from what happens to your brain on sugar to how your genes affect your perception of flavor. And if interested, there is a special reception from 5-6:30 p.m. with Vivian Howard. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Andrea Weigl at the News & Observer noted on her Twitter account recently that tickets to one of my favorite annual events, Farm to Fork have gone on sale. The event this year will be held on the weekend of June 3rd through June 5th. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • The Chef’s Palette on Ten Ten Road in Cary will hold a huge celebration on Saturday, June 4th from 6 p.m. until closing to celebrate their 6th anniversary. Look for food, fun, live music and tasty beverages. Get all the details on their website here.
  • The Carolina Inn will host a Bar-B-Que Throwdown on Saturday, June 11th from 12 – 3 p.m. featuring local chefs preparing their twist on barbecue. Participating chefs include the Carolina Inn’s James Clark; Kim Hunter (Kimbap Cafe); James Johnson (Tribeca Tavern); Isae Allen (The Eddy Pub & Restaurant); Regan Stachler (Little Hen); Serge Falcoz-Vigne (Saint-Jacques); Bob Compton (Mebane Downtown Table); and Adam Rose (H Street Kitchen). Get tickets ($55) and 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.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – May 13, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • David Sadeghi’s footprint in the Triangle (currently Bolt in downtown Raleigh; Town Hall Grill in Chapel Hill’s Southern Village; and Town Hall Burger and Beer in Durham near the Streets at Southpoint) is expanding over into Chatham County. Sadeghi just announced that they have plans to open the Brier Chapel location of Town Hall Burger and Beer this fall at the entrance to the Brier Chapel development, just a few miles south of Chapel Hill on 15-501. Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Ashton Mae Smith directed us to the New Raleigh post on Twitter that announced that in June Person Street Pharmacy Cafe will turn into an “ice cream cafe” in the evenings featuring ice cream, coffee, beer and wine. Stay tuned to see what else Daniel Parker has up his sleeve!
  • Also, Ashton Mae Smith noted that Leo Suarez indicated that China O has opened, replacing the short-lived International Breakfast and Burger on Glenwood South. China O will focus on serving Chinese and authentic Szechuan style cuisine and is owned by the same folks at Sushi O. Check them out here.
  • Thanks to a tip from Leo Suarez, it looks like TLC Wings and Grill is now open on Peace Street near Broughton High School. Nothing up on their website about the Raleigh location (another location in Pineville), but their Facebook page is up here.
  • Thanks to a tip from reader Andrew Hatchell, I learned that Peng’s Asian Cuisine opened last week next to Carmen’s in the outbuilding by the old Prime Outlets Mall off Airport Blvd. (the actual address is 108-A Factory Shops Rd, Morrisville, NC 27560). You can check them out here.
  • Over in Cary, got word this week that there are plans to open Another Broken Egg Cafe this fall at 1111 Parkside Main Street in the Parkside Town Commons shopping center. This marks the fourth location in the Triangle, in addition to current locations in Durham, Morrisville and Raleigh. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Got a note from David McCreary that southern food outpost The Mason Jar Tavern has opened a sister location at 305 South Main Street in downtown Fuquay-Varina. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily. Check out their Facebook page here. The original location in Holly Springs is still going strong.
  • And if you live up in Wake Forest, I am hearing that Rudino’s is actively looking for space to open another location. We will keep an eye on this for you. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Got word from David Prestrud that Clouds Brewing Company is opening a second location (original location is on West Street in downtown Raleigh) in Durham at Brightleaf Square. No word on an exact open date, but you can keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here. Thanks David!
  • Saw in the News & Observer that The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham has opened its student-operated restaurant in Durham’s American Tobacco Campus. The restaurant, The District at 410, is open for lunch from noon-2 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. The District is located in the lobby of the Fowler Building at 410 Blackwell St. Check them out here.
  • If you thought you missed the grand opening of City Barbecue (originally scheduled for May 7th), you are in luck. They had to push back the opening to May 17th, with the grand opening celebration to take place on May 21st. They are located in Durham at Southpoint Crossing between McDonald’s and Ruby Tuesday. Check them out here.
  • Beyu Caffe is in the process of moving into their new, larger space at 341 W. Main Street in downtown Durham. We just got word that they will remain in their current space through today (May 13th) before beginning the move into their new space. Keep up with the latest on their Facebook page here.
  • And the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club has a “son” on the way – well sort of. The JB Duke Hotel in Durham is slated to open in early January 2017 and will feature 198 guest rooms, a full-service restaurant, two bars and state-of-the-art meeting accommodations. It will be located at 230 Science Drive, and you can check it out here.

Closings

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  • 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!
  • 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 Boot’s chef John May has teamed up with the folks over at Starpoint Brewing for a four course prix fixe dinner paired with a craft brew at each turn on Tuesday, May 17th. It is $50 per ticket. Get all the details here.
  • Ãn Cuisine in Cary is hosting its first ever Rosé Wine Dinner next Friday, May 20 at 7pm. It will feature a 5-course fare with rosé wine pairings. Weather permitting, this experience will be on their outdoor patio to match the jovial nature of cuisine and libations combined. The full experience is $85 per person and reservations must be made in advance. For a sneak peek at the menu, click here.
  • The Piedmont Dinner Series continues on May 25th as Piedmont’s Greg Gettles and The Boot’s John May will host a late spring bbq in partnership with Locals Seafood. The multi-course dinner is $65, plus $20 for wine pairings. Get all the details and the menu on the events page here.
  • Ok, this is a bit of a stretch to include, but it’s too fun/funny not to include. It is the 2016 Doughman event being held in Durham on May 28. What is it? It is a “foodie” event that combines the elements of a triathlon with competitive eating. 4-member teams basically down a delicious treat from a Durham establishment which is then followed by a bike, run or “water activity” challenge of varying distances. Sign up and get all the details here.
  • The Museum of Life and Science in Durham will again host their ‘Science of Eats’ event this year on June 2nd from 6:30 ’til 10 p.m. They are bringing sweet, sour, and science together for one grand night of eating and exploration. All of your favorite local food vendors will be on hand with samples while our friends from Duke, UNC, and NC State share the latest in food science research. Chat with local chefs and explore demonstrations and experiments on everything from what happens to your brain on sugar to how your genes affect your perception of flavor. And if interested, there is a special reception from 5-6:30 p.m. with Vivian Howard. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Andrea Weigl at the News & Observer noted on her Twitter account recently that tickets to one of my favorite annual events, Farm to Fork have gone on sale. The event this year will be held on the weekend of June 3rd through June 5th. Get all the details and tickets 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

  • The Letter Carriers Food Drive is back for its 24th year – and will be THIS Saturday, May 14th. It’s easy! Pack a bag of food and set it by your mailbox. Your letter carrier will do the rest! Check out the list of most needed items here!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – May 6, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • This isn’t exactly “restaurant” news – but it is part of the journey of what will eventually become a larger concept that will include dining. Just yesterday Oak & Dagger’s Research Library (i.e. bottle shop) opened where Tyler’s bottle shop used to be in downtown Raleigh’s Seaboard Station. Progress continues toward the rest of the project – Oak & Dagger Public House. Stay tuned. In the meantime, check them out on Facebook here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Over at North Hills we got word this week that Sam’s Pizza and Salads had closed suddenly last weekend. That was quickly followed by the news in the Triangle Business Journal that Pieology Pizzeria, which just opened on Hillsborough Street, would open their second Raleigh location in that space. Renovation has begun, targeting a July opening. Check out Pieology here.
  • I get a lot of questions from readers. Probably one of the more frequent questions is regarding the restaurant space located directly behind Crabtree Valley Mall (former Crabtree Tavern, Tavola… among others). Back in December we told readers it would become the newest location of San Marcos Mexican Restaurant out of Danville, VA. Got word this week that they are about three weeks out from opening! If you haven’t been by recently, it looks amazing! Let’s hope the food is as good as the decor! Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Got word from reader Steven Moore that Ledo’s Pizza in Cary has opened. They are located at 982 High House Road in the Lowe’s Shopping Center. This looks like the first North Carolina location (unless you count Rock Hill, SC as part of NC). Check them out here.
  • Cary’s location of Sassool will hold its grand opening celebration on Mother’s Day, May 8th from 1-4 p.m. Sassool’s second location, which opened in December, is located at 1347 Kildaire Farm Road in the Shoppes of Kildaire (Trader Joe’s). Get all the details on their website here.
  • Also in Cary, got an update on a Yelp message board that the Noodle Boulevard has opened at 919 N. Harrison Avenue. They took the place of the short-lived Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees and Smoothies, and Java Jive before that. Check them out here.
  • Up in Wake Forest, got a note from a reader that there is some activity 1248 S. Main Street in the former Fig Wine Bar location for Italian Trattoria by Bruno, which we assume is associated with Bruno’s in Wakefield. Stay tuned.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Saw in the Herald Sun that the latest edition of City Barbecue will open tomorrow, May 7th, at their location in Durham at Southpoint Crossing between McDonald’s and Ruby Tuesday. Check them out here.
  • May 24th is the date that Giorgios Bakatsias has pegged for the opening of his newest venture – Boheme according to the Triangle Business Journal. Boheme will open in the Straw Valley space near the intersection of Interstate 40 and 15-501 at the Durham / Chapel Hill border. It will be open for dinner and brunch on the weekend. Get all the details here.

Closings

  • As noted above, Sam’s Pizza & Salads in North Hills has closed.

Food Trucks

  • The RDU Mobile Food Association (RDUMFA) food truck members will be at The Salvation Army of Wake County’s Judy D. Zelnak Center of Hope location (1863 Capital Boulevard in Raleigh) on Monday, May 9th from 5 to 7 pm. The event will be a dinner food truck rodeo, where a percentage of sales and tips earned will be donated to Salvation Army program, Project CATCH (Community Action Targeting Children who are Homeless). Attendees are also encouraged to bring a canned good to donate. The food trucks that will be here are Baozi, Chick-N-Que, Cocoa Forte, Gussy’s, Philly’s, Sweet Traditions and Will & Pop’s.
  • 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

  • The Boot’s chef John May has teamed up with the folks over at Starpoint Brewing for a four course prix fixe dinner paired with a craft brew at each turn on Tuesday, May 17th. It is $50 per ticket. Get all the details here.
  • I saw in the News & Observer that Vino!! Wine Shop and 458 West B&B are hosting Pittsboro’s first ever Wine Festival on May 21. The event will happen rain or shine from 1-4 p.m. at the bed and breakfast’s front lawn and porch. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Only 100 tickets will be sold for the event. Attendees will get to taste wine from seven vendors, savor appetizers and cheese from Goat Lady Dairy and enjoy door prizes and live music. Tickets can be purchased online here.
  • The Piedmont Dinner Series continues on May 25th as Piedmont’s Greg Gettles and The Boot’s John May will host a late spring bbq in partnership with Locals Seafood. The multi-course dinner is $65, plus $20 for wine pairings. Get all the details and the menu on the events page here.
  • Ok, this is a bit of a stretch to include, but it’s too fun/funny not to include. It is the 2016 Doughman event being held in Durham on May 28. What is it? It is a “foodie” event that combines the elements of a triathlon with competitive eating. 4-member teams basically down a delicious treat from a Durham establishment which is then followed by a bike, run or “water activity” challenge of varying distances. Sign up and get all the details here.
  • Andrea Weigl at the News & Observer noted on her Twitter account recently that tickets to one of my favorite annual events, Farm to Fork have gone on sale. The event this year will be held on the weekend of June 3rd through June 5th. Get all the details and tickets 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

  • The Letter Carriers Food Drive is back for its 24th year – and will be on Saturday, May 14th. It’s easy! Pack a bag of food and set it by your mailbox. Your letter carrier will do the rest! Check out the list of most needed items here!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – April 29, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Kudos to Kinston chef Vivian Howard on winning the James Beard Award for Outstanding Television Personality for her role in “A Chef’s Life” on PBS which documents her and her husband’s life running two restaurants (Chef & The Farmer and Boiler Room Oyster Bar) in Kinston. Next week we find out if Raleigh’s Ashley Christensen will win Best New Restaurant for Death & Taxes. Check out Vivian’s restaurants here and here and Ashley’s here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • It is official. It was announced this week that Raleigh’s newest non-profit restaurant, Carroll’s Kitchen, will take over the former Square Rabbit space in downtown Raleigh at some point this summer. Carroll’s Kitchen is a 501c3 restaurant dedicated to ending homelessness for women in Raleigh. They held a launch party this past week with over 250 people in attendance. Check out their new website and get all the details on this exciting, and meaningful venture here.
  • Also in downtown Raleigh, G. Patel’s Eschelon Experiences restaurant group announced that the former Zinda location will become Bare Bones, a new ribs, burger and beer restaurant on Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street. They hope to be open by this summer. According to the News & Observer, Bare Bones chef will be Taion McElveen, who previously worked at Cameron Bar & Grill and The Oxford. His menu will feature smoked pork, beef ribs, brisket and house-ground burgers. Learn more here.
  • Over in downtown Raleigh, saw on Ashton Mae Smith’s weekly blog (which you should subscribe to by the way) that Sushi O owner’s are replacing their short-lived International Burger and Breakfast Restaurant concept with an authentic Szechuan / Chinese restaurant and bar called China O Bistro and Bar. No information on a website or Facebook page yet.
  • Up in Wake Forest, the Triangle Business Journal reported last week that Buku owner Sean Degnan has confirmed that he and business partner Tony Hopkins will be opening a second, smaller, location on Rogers Road near the Heritage development in Wake Forest. The goal for opening is set for Fall 2016. In the meantime, check them out here.
  • Over in Cary, Hickory Tavern opened its second Triangle location this past Wednesday  in the new Parkside Town Commons Center. The original Triangle-area location is in downtown Carrboro. Check out the Cary location on Facebook here.
  • Also in Cary, those familiar with Johnny’s Pizza on Holly Springs Road in Apex, will be excited to learn that they will open a second location in the former Z Pizza location in the Stone Creek shopping center at the corner of High House and Davis. Look for them to open this location in August or September. Get all the details on their Facebook page here.
  • And Cary’s location of Sassool will hold their grand opening celebration on Mother’s Day, May 8th from 1-4 p.m. Sassool’s second location, which opened in December, is located at 1347 Kildaire Farm Road in the Shoppes of Kildaire (Trader Joe’s). Get all the details on their website here.
  • Finally, in Garner reader Hugh Autry (actually, his wife), brought it to my attention that Panera Bread has opened in Garner’s White Oak shopping center. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Happy + Hale has successfully opened their second location, which is in Durham at 703 Ninth Street, and will hold their grand opening, tomorrow, April 30th, from 11-4 p.m. Get all the details on their Facebook page here.
  • While you are downtown, might as well also pop into Counter Culture Coffee at  812 Mallard Avenue as they celebrate their grand opening event on Saturday, April 30th beginning at 10 a.m. Take a tour, taste (both coffee and tasty treats provided by local chefs) and visit their pop-up store. Get all the details here.
  • Beyu Caffe, located in the heart of downtown Durham, will be closing for one week to move to its larger quarters at 341 W. Main Street, just two doors down! Check them out here.

Closings

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  • TABLE will hold its 4th Annual Food Truck Rodeo tomorrow (April 30) from 3-7 p.m. at Chapel Hill’s Orange United Methodist Church on MLK Blvd. The event is to benefit one of TABLE’s program, called the Weekend Backpack Program, a year-round hunger relief program that provides food to hungry kids when school is not in session. Get all the details on the trucks, kids events, entertainment, etc. here.
  • The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo’s first event of the year is this Sunday, May 1st from 1-6 p.m. Organizers tout the event as a 1/2 mile of food trucks and restaurants spread out over 11 city blocks. There will be a total of 54 trucks, with nine of those being new to the event! The site now has the complete food truck list as well as site map. The remaining three rodeos will be held on June 12, Aug. 7 and Oct. 9. 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!
  • The News & Observer reported this week that former Standard Foods butcher Steven Goff plans to get the Brine Haus food truck on the road in the Triangle by August or September. Goff’s last day at Standard was April 23rd (Scott Crawford will end his time there the first week in May). Goff hopes to eventually transition the concept from a truck to a brick-and-mortar location. Stay tuned!

Events

  • The Carolina Inn begins the 14th season of its popular end-of-the-workweek celebration called “Fridays on the Front Porch” this Friday, April 29 (today) from 5-8 p.m. This Friday afternoon ritual will continue through early October. Get more details on food and entertainment here.
  • Felicia Perry-Trujillo reminded me that the next Snap Pea Underground pop-up dinners will be held May 20th & 21st at a secret location in Durham, and tickets go on sale TODAY (Friday, April 29th) at 12 noon. If you are interested, set a reminder as these dinner will literally sell out within minutes. Trust me. Seriously. Go here at 11:55 and start hitting your refresh button.
  • If you like wings, you’ll want to get down to the Raleigh Beer Garden tomorrow (Saturday, April 30) from noon to 6 p.m. (tix are $10 in advance) for the Glenwood South Wing Fling featuring 10 different restaurants showcasing their skills. Get all the details here.
  • The Piedmont Dinner Series continues on May 25th as Piedmont’s Greg Gettles and The Boot’s John May will host a late spring bbq in partnership with Locals Seafood. The multi-course dinner is $65, plus $20 for wine pairings. Get all the details and the menu on the events page here.
  • Ok, this is a bit of a stretch to include, but it’s too fun/funny not to include. It is the 2016 Doughman event being held in Durham on May 28. What is it? It is a “foodie” event that combines the elements of a triathlon with competitive eating. 4-member teams basically down a delicious treat from a Durham establishment which is then followed by a bike, run or “water activity” challenge of varying distances. Sign up and get all the details here.
  • Andrea Weigl at the News & Observer noted on her Twitter account recently that tickets to one of my favorite annual events, Farm to Fork have gone on sale. The event this year will be held on the weekend of June 3rd through June 5th. Get all the details and tickets 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

  • Ever wondered how your company can make a difference in the local community and do your part to help end hunger? Host a Food Drive!!! The great folks over at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina make is SO SIMPLE! Check it out here and be your office hero!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – April 22, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Arguably the area’s biggest “foodie” event, TerraVita, announced this week 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.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • According to New Raleigh, Brewerks Cafe and Bakery is moving into the former Quality Grocery spot at 701 E. Lane Street in Oakwood in downtown Raleigh. Not much on their website yet (nothing really, but you can look if you want, or don’t believe me).
  • A slight correction on the opening of Pieology on Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street. The “official” open date will be Monday, April 25h. But on April 23rd, free pizza will be offered to all those that donate to Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina from 11 a.m. until 1p.m and again from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Pieology is located in the Stanhope Center at 3001 Hillsborough Street. Check them out here.
  • Also on Hillsborough Street, I saw on James Borden’s Development Beat blog – Raleigh Public Record – that Pho Vietnam will be opening a new location on the ground floor of the 2811 Hillsborough apartment building. I have to think this is related to the Pho Vietnam on Buck Jones Road, but not sure if this is a new location or a second location. Will keep an eye on it (or if you know, let me know). Check them out here.
  • Got word from Mario Longo that Vic’s, with their original location in downtown Raleigh’s City Market, has opened their second location in the Market Place at Lake Boone shopping center (think Buffalo Brothers, WhichWich, Guasaca). Check out Vic’s here.
  • Cary Magazine reported this week that the Cary version of Chuy’s is now open in the Parkside Town Commons. Chuy’s is a Texas-founded establishment that has been around since 1982. Get all the details on the Cary location here.
  • Also over in Cary, Sassool will hold the grand opening celebration of its second location on Mother’s Day, May 8th from 1-4 p.m. Sassool’s second location, which opened in December, is located at 1347 Kildaire Farm Road in the Shoppes of Kildaire (Trader Joe’s). Get all the details on their website here.
  • Out in Brier Creek, saw on a Yelp posting that Brier Creek Beer Garden is very close to opening, possibly next week. Their Facebook page notes that they will have 50+ beers on draft (mostly NC) and 100+ bottles. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Also in Brier Creek, according to their website Positalia Italian Eatery, a concept out of Wilmington, has opened in the same building as Rack Room Shoes. Apparently they opened this past Tuesday. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • The News & Observer gave us an update this week on what Durham chef Matt Kelly, who owns Mateo Tapas and Vin Rouge, has been up to. They indicated that he will open his next two concepts next to Mateo Tapas in downtown Durham by the end of May. Mothers & Sons Trattoria, an Italian restaurant that Kelly is opening with chef Josh DeCarolis; and Lucky’s Deli with Drew Brown, former co-owner of Piedmont restaurant and staff chef at Firsthand Foods. Kelly’s trio of restaurants will all be on 100 block of West Chapel Hill Street. Check out Mothers & Sons here and Lucky’s Deli here.
  • Also in downtown Durham, the News & Observer informed us that Durham cocktail bar Alley Twenty Six has ambitious plans to nearly double in size into the space next door, adding a full-size kitchen to expand their menu to include more small plates and pairings. Check them out here.
  • Happy + Hale has successfully opened their second location, which is in Durham at 703 Ninth Street, and will hold their grand opening on April 30th. Get all the details on their Facebook page here.
  • Beyu Caffe, located in the heart of downtown Durham, will be closing for one week next week to move to its larger quarters at 341 W. Main Street, just two doors down! Check them out here.
  • Counter Culture Coffee has moved to downtown Durham, 812 Mallard Avenue to be exact, and they will be holding a grand opening event on Saturday, April 30th at 10 a.m. and everyone is invited! Take a tour, taste (both coffee and tasty treats provided by local chefs) and visit their pop-up store. Get all the details here.
  • And speaking of Counter Culture Coffee, congrats to Lem Butler, head of wholesale customer support at the Durham coffee roaster, who was recognized as the top barista in the nation at the U.S. Barista Championship competition in Atlanta. Next stop, the World Barista Championships in Dublin, Ireland in June. Congrats Lem and good luck!
  • Also moving to downtown Durham, the good folks at Big Bundts & More Bakery have moved into their new digs at 721 Broad Street, occupying the street-level space in the ADF building.To keep up with the latest, check them out on Facebook here.
  • And finally, thankfully the damage was minimal at the legendary Bullock’s BBQ in Durham. A fire broke out this past Wednesday, but most of it was contained to the hood and ventilation system. Durham’s oldest restaurant should re-open shortly. Thanks to the Durham Fire Department for their quick response!

Closings

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  • TABLE will hold its 4th Annual Food Truck Rodeo on April 30 from 3-7 p.m. at Chapel Hill’s Orange United Methodist Church on MLK Blvd. The event is to benefit one of TABLE’s program, called the Weekend Backpack Program, a year-round hunger relief program that provides food to hungry kids when school is not in session. Get all the details on the trucks, kids events, entertainment, etc. 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!
  • The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo has announced its dates for this year: May 1, June 12, Aug. 7 and Oct. 9. Today (April 22nd) is the last day to get the VIP early admission wristbands, which let you get in to buy food before the general public. 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

  • If you are into craft beer you don’t want to miss Brewgaloo this Friday and Saturday (April 22 & 23) in downtown Raleigh. In celebration of their 5th anniversary, they’ve added a Friday night block party in addition to the regular events on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be 85 breweries and more than 50 food trucks to enjoy. Avoid the line and order your drink tickets now!
  • The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Weaver Street Market will host the 21st Annual Piedmont Farm Tour this Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24, from 2-6 pm on both days. This year’s tour features 38 sustainable working farms in Orange, Chatham, Alamance, and Person counties. Get all the details here.
  • The annual Hook + Vine Seafood and Wine Festival is scheduled for this Sunday, April 24th from 12 – 4 p.m. in downtown Raleigh at The Wine Feed, and co-hosted by Locals Seafood. The third annual festival will focus on pairing fresh seafood with high-quality wines found from around the world. Featured restaurants include Centro, Capital Club 16, Provenance, Plates Neighborhood Kitchen and Boiler Room Oyster Bar. Purchase tickets and get all the details here.
  • Saw in the News & Observer that the fourth annual Turkish Food and Art Festival will be 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. this Sunday, April 24 in Cary at the Divan Center at 1903 N. Harrison Ave. Attendees are asked to RSVP by tomorrow. More details here.
  • Chef John Childers over at Midtowne Grill is hosting a beer dinner with the folks over at Compass Rose Brewery on Thursday, April 28th. Tickets are $65 and it begins at 6:30 p.m. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • The 2nd Annual Shuck ‘n Cluck will take place on Thursday, April 28th at the Lynnwood Brewing Concern at 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Road from 6-10 p.m. The event will feature fresh oysters, chicken, beer, wine and live music. All proceeds benefit Rebuilding Together of the Triangle. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • The Piedmont Dinner Series continues on May 25th as Piedmont’s Greg Gettles and The Boot’s John May will host a late spring bbq in partnership with Locals Seafood. The multi-course dinner is $65, plus $20 for wine pairings. Get all the details and the menu on the events page here.
  • Ok, this is a bit of a stretch to include, but it’s too fun/funny not to include. It is the 2016 Doughman event being held in Durham on May 28. What is it? It is a “foodie” event that combines the elements of a triathlon with competitive eating. 4-member teams basically down a delicious treat from a Durham establishment which is then followed by a bike, run or “water activity” challenge of varying distances. Sign up and get all the details here.
  • Andrea Weigl at the News & Observer noted on her Twitter account recently that tickets to one of my favorite annual events, Farm to Fork have gone on sale. The event this year will be held on the weekend of June 3rd through June 5th. Get all the details and tickets here.

Food Bank Corner

  • Join the News & Observer and help “Feed the Need” in our communities! Donate at the register of your local Harris Teeter from April 1-23 or come on out for a special “Feed the Need Day” drive-through food drive on Saturday, April 23 at select stores. For more information and store locations, visit here. Or you can donate online here.

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