Friday Fun Food Facts – October 17, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  It is an annual event that everyone (kids and adults) looks forward to – the North Carolina State Fair (coming up October 16-26). And one of the highlights each year is not just the rows and rows of food stands, but what will be deep fried this year! Well, the News & Observer’s Andrea Weigl has all the details here for you, including deep fried barbecue, bananas Foster and mini cupcakes.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Last week we told you about Eschelon Experiences opening their newest restaurant, Faire, in Raleigh’s Cameron Village. This week I got an update from G. Patel himself on the opening of their next venture, this time over in Durham as part of the American Tobacco Campus. Basan, a sushi bar and restaurant, will open next month in the Diamond View III building overlooking the Durham Bulls stadium. Not much going on with the website yet, but you can check it out here.
  • And if that is not enough goodness out of Eschelon Experiences, G. also shared that they have inked the deal on the restaurant space in downtown’s newest high-rise building, Charter Square, which is at 555 Fayetteville Street. No information yet on what the concept will be or the timeline on opening, but be assured it will be another top-notch establishment. We will keep you posted. Keep up with Eschelon here.
  • Who’s ready for restaurant musical chairs? So, last week we told you that Crosstown Pub & Grill is coming to downtown Cary. That is still the case and they are looking at an early December opening in the space of Greg Hamm’s Café 121, which closed yesterday. Hamm closed Café 121 (the Sandord location is still open) to focus on opening P.G. Werth’s in downtown Raleigh. And with the opening of Crosstown by Sheila Ryan, she will close Mahoney’s (also in Cary) on November 2nd. Look for Crosstown to open in early December as well. Got it?
  • I forgot to mention it last week, but up in North Raleigh in the Bedford community, our friends at DeMarco’s are no longer there. The restaurant sold and will become Bedford Bistro and Bar, under new ownership. For those missing Clay and Anthony, just head on down to their new establishment, DeMo’s in downtown Raleigh on Glenwood South. Looks like Bedford will open next Tuesday or Wednesday.
  • Got word this week from David Prestrud over at Plan A. Architecture, PA that a new fast food vegetarian restaurant called Freshii is coming into the former Dunkin Donuts space on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. No word yet on an open date, but you can check them out here. This will be the third North Carolina location for the franchise.
  • According to their latest post on their Facebook page, it looks like the middle of next week is the opening of the first b.good location in North Carolina. It will be in North Hills (the Midtown Park side). They tout themselves as fast-food made by people, not factories. Check out their local Facebook page here.
  • Also in North Hills, got word this week that Kings Bowl of North Hills will hold its grand opening this coming Monday (October 20) beginning at 5 p.m. The first 250 guests get a free year of bowling! Kings is the new dining and entertainment spot that just happens to have an 18-lane bowling alley (and a ton of other fun stuff) in it. Get all the details here.
  • And for the folks down in Holly Springs, I got word this week from David McCreary (aka Lunch Boy Says) that a local establishment called The Mason Jar is coming soon. No word yet on an open date, but you can check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Our friends over at CrankyDiners tipped us off to Small Cakes, a new cupcakery (is that a word?), that is coming into the Woodcroft Shopping Center in South Durham. We don’t have an open date, but you can check them out here.
  • You will get a rise out of this. John Huisman updated me this week that the good folks over at Rise in South Durham are in the process of franchising their store and will open a location in both Cary and Raleigh soon! We will keep an eye on this exciting news. In the meantime, check them out here.
  • And the Triangle Business Journal reported this morning that the concept, Burger Bach restaurants, are coming to North Carolina for the first time and will open a new location in the new Shops at Erwin Mill on Ninth Street in Durham. Look for them to open in the first quarter of 2015. In the meantime, visit them here.

Closings 

  •  Got word from my good friend Keri McCauley that the Roly Poly in Preston Village has closed.

Food Trucks 

  • This Sunday (October 19th) is the 2nd Annual Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo. Register for the race and get all the details here.

  • I saw in the Triangle Business Journal this week that The Big Gay Ice Cream truck, a popular New York City vendor, is making a stop in Raleigh Saturday as part of its 2014 Southern Tour. The truck will be at Poole’s Diner, 426 S. McDowell St., from approximately 3 to 10 p.m. In May 2013, The Daily Beast and USA Today ranked Big Gay Ice Cream as the #5 best ice cream parlor in the world. Check them out here.

Events

  • This Sunday (October 19th), Raleigh will play host to the inaugural Triangle VegFest to be held at Carolina Pines Park (Lake Wheeler Road less than a mile from the Farmers’ Market) from 12 to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Get all the details here.
  • Got word this week that The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill will be hosting a beer pairing dinner with Aviator Brewing Company on Thursday, October 23rd. The reception starts at 6 and the dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is $55 and you can view the menu here. Call 919.918.2735 for reservations.
  • Also on October 23rd, the Garner Rotary Club’s 10th anniversary fundraiser, Oysters & More, will be held at the Fidelity Business Park from 5-8 p.m. Oysters & More features an all-you-can-eat dinner catered by 42nd Street Oyster Bar of Raleigh and live music by the Band of Oz. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Tickets may be purchased from any Garner Rotary Club member or at the Garner Chamber of Commerce, 401 Circle Drive. The event’s rain date is October 27. Get all the details here.
  • Hold the date for an annual event held by The Ronald McDonald House over in Chapel Hill that features over two dozen of the triangle’s finest restaurants – A Tasteful Affair will be held on Sunday, October 26th in The Blue Zone at UNC’s Kenan Stadium. Get all the details here.
  • This year’s 12th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-off will be held on Depot Street in historic downtown Fuquay-Varina on Saturday, November 1st. Get all the details here.
  • The 3rd Annual Red & White Food and Beverage Festival will be held on Tuesday November 4th at The State Club from 6-9pm. And for our readers, receive $5 off admission by entering promo code “foodguy” when you purchase tickets here.
  • Triangle Business Journal reminded us that the “Much Ado about Cheese” festival returns again this year on November 9th from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cotton Room in Durham. The event is free and open to the public. Free cheese samples will be provided, and Raleigh food truck American Meltdown will be selling cheesy delights. Beer and wine are also available for purchase. Check them out on Facebook here.

Food Bank Corner   

  •  The next big event for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is the Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the State Fair on Thursday, October 23! Food Lion Hunger Relief Day is one of the largest one-day canned-food drives in the state. Here’s how it works: Bring five cans of Food Lion brand food to the State Fair on Thursday, October 23, and you get in for free (and a good feeling that you helped some folks in need)!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – October 10, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  It is an annual event that everyone (kids and adults) looks forward to – the North Carolina State Fair (coming up October 16-26). And one of the highlights each year is not just the rows and rows of food stands, but what will be deep fried this year! Well, the News & Observer’s Andrea Weigl has all the details here for you, including deep fried barbecue, bananas Foster and mini cupcakes.

Wake County Restaurant News

  •  Eschelon Experiences announced that its newest restaurant, Faire, in Raleigh’s Cameron Village is opening on October 13th. Faire, a midcentury-modern steak and seafood restaurant marks Eschelon Experiences‘ fifth restaurant in the Triangle area. You can check them out here.
  • Got word this week that the first b.good location in North Carolina will open on October 18th in North Hills (the Midtown Park side). They tout themselves as fast-food made by people, not factories. Check out their local Facebook page here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that the owners of The Goat Bar on Western Blvd. will be opening The Medlin, a neighborhood bar, on Medlin Drive in Raleigh later this month. It is located off Dixie Trail in the same shopping center as Crowley’s. Check their Facebook page here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal is also reporting that Sweet Traditions by LeAne, a popular local food truck featuring cupcakes, custom-order cakes and other baked goods, will be opening a brick-and-mortar location later this month at 12516 Capital Blvd. in Raleigh. Get all the details here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • The News & Observer reported today that Drew Moore, owner of Venable Rotisserie Bistro in Carrboro, opened B-Side Lounge last night next door to his restaurant in Carr Mill Mall. The two restaurants will share a kitchen, but B-Side will focus on small plates. Check them out here.
  • WRAL is reporting that the popular food truck OnlyBurger has officially opened its second brick-and-mortar location in Durham. This location is at the American Tobacco Campus. Check them out here.
  • Just down the street from American Tobacco Campus, the Triangle Business Journal revealed this week that the new 21c Museum Hotel opening in downtown Durham in February will have its own high-style restaurant called Counting House. It will be under the direction of executive chef Josh Munchel, who comes to us from Cincinnati. Get a peek at the hotel here.
  • Over in Durham near the Streets at Southpoint (out in front of Target) I noticed that Penn Station Subs signs have gone up on the corner spot previously occupied by Momoyama Sushi. We don’t have an open date yet.

Closings 

  • Got word from reader Cindi Stevens that the Hwy. 55 Burgers location on Falls of the Neuse Road in Raleigh next to Red Hot & Blue has closed.

Food Trucks 

  • The final Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo of the year will be held this Sunday, October 12th from 1 – 6 p.m. on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Think ½ mile of food trucks and restaurants spread out over 11 city blocks! Get all the details here.
  • And if you like to run and you like food trucks (or if you run because you love food trucks) you won’t want to miss the 2nd Annual Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo scheduled for Sunday, October 19th. Register for the race and get all the details here.
  • And check this out…I mean, Czech this out. A new food truck, called Czech This Out, made its first appearances last weekend at the Wide Open Blue Grass Festival in downtown Raleigh. Check out their website here or follow them on Twitter here.

Events

  • Hibernian Co. and Napper Tandy’s announced a new outdoor festival in downtown Raleigh’s Glenwood South district. The Raleigh Oyster Fest will be held tomorrow (October 11) from noon until 11 pm. The festival will be held in the parking lot of the Creamery building between North St. and Glenwood Ave and is a free-entry event, open to the public. Get all the details here.
  • For the 19th year in a row, the World Beer Festival will be held in Durham this Saturday (Oct. 11) in the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The festival, produced by All About Beer Magazine, has reduced tickets available by 35 percent and raised the price to relieve crowding. General admission tickets are $55 and include a tasting glass to sample from over 200 international beers. VIP tickets are $70 and offer a private air-conditioned hospitality area with private bathrooms and a bonus selection of beers. Get all the details here.
  • This is wild. On Sunday October 12th, The Oxford is hosting a five course Wild Game + Beer dinner. What better way to celebrate fall than to enjoy tender frog legs, savory rabbit and southern fried quail, while sipping on some of the best local brews from Fortnight Brewing Company. Check out the full menu and purchase tickets here.
  • Kudos to Andrea Weigl, the News & Observer and Walter Magazine for pulling this event off. Called “At The Table With Walter” this event will feature four of the area’s most amazing female chefs – Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner in Raleigh, Phoebe Lawless of Scratch Bakery in Durham, Andrea Reusing of Lantern in Chapel Hill and Vivian Howard of Chef & the Farmer in Kinston, N.C. it will be an evening of appetizers prepared by each of the four chefs, drinks and a panel discussion at CAM in downtown Raleigh. Tickets range from $75-$100 depending upon whether you come to the VIP event that starts at 5 p.m. or get reserved seating. Get all the details here.
  • And hold the date for an annual event held by The Ronald McDonald House over in Chapel Hill that features over two dozen of the triangle’s finest restaurants – A Tasteful Affair will be held on Sunday, October 26th in The Blue Zone at UNC’s Kenan Stadium. Get all the details here.
  • This year’s 12th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-off will be held on Depot Street in historic downtown Fuquay-Varina on Saturday, November 1. But the deadline to enter a team or the cook-off is this Saturday. Get all the details here.
  • And got word that the 3rd Annual Red & White Food and Beverage Festival will be held on Tuesday November 4th at The State Club from 6-9pm. And for our readers, receive $5 off admission by entering promo code “foodguy” when you purchase tickets here.

Food Bank Corner   

  •  The next big event for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is the Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the State Fair on Thursday, October 23! Food Lion Hunger Relief Day is one of the largest one-day canned-food drives in the state. Here’s how it works: Bringfive cans of Food Lion brand food to the State Fair on Thursday, October 23, and you get in for free (and a good feeling that you helped some folks in need)!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – October 3, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  Eschelon Experiences announced this week the opening of its newest restaurant, Faire in Raleigh’s Cameron Village. The planned open date is October 13th. Faire, a midcentury-modern steak and seafood restaurant, marks Eschelon Experiences‘ fifth restaurant in the Triangle area. You can check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  •  The Triangle Business Journal revealed this week that Trophy Brewing Co. of Raleigh is opening a new bottle shop in downtown Raleigh named after the brewers’ radio show, State of Beer. According to co-owner Chris Powers, “It’s on the 400 block of Hillsborough Street, by Second Empire and the Holiday Inn … We’re going to do 12 different drafts, growlers and bottles to go. And you can sit there and enjoy a draft and we’ll have sandwiches and salads. The goal is to be open by the beginning of January.” In the meantime, check them out here.
  • And speaking of beer (I’m a sucker for beer), we got word this week that Bottle Revolution has officially opened its second location, located at 10970 Chapel Hill Rd. in Morrisville. The new location features 12 rotating drafts, a large tasting room and a growing inventory of bottled beer. Tastings/Tap-takeovers will be a regular weekly staple and there will be a Bottle Revolution run-club as well. The shop is located inside The Market at Perimeter Park near Brunch Box. Check them out here.
  • T.MAC, a casual neighborhood restaurant that is known for its award-winning wings and large selection of craft beer (40 of which area are brewed in the Triangle and North Carolina) is opening this Sunday, October 5th. T.MAC’s newest restaurant will be located in Waverly Place in Cary. Get a peek at them here.
  • Got word this week that the first b.good location in North Carolina will open on October 18th (original date was 10/13) in North Hills (the Midtown Park side). They tout themselves as fast-food made by people, not factories. Check out their local Facebook page here.
  • I was reading the blog Raleigh Public Record this week and noticed a number of restaurants making their way through the permitting process. Here is the quick low-down on four.
  • First up was the replacement of the Kentucky Fried Chicken on Duraleigh Road just off of Glenwood Avenue with a Steak ‘N Shake. It made its way closer to fruition this week.
  • Also making its way through the approval process was the addition of a Wingstop to Alexander Place, also off Glenwood Avenue in the Brier Creek area. This will be the third Wingstop location in the Triangle. Check them out here.
  • Over in North Raleigh the Falls Village shopping center, off Falls of the Neuse Road, will be getting the latest edition of Smashburger. This will be the Triangle’s second location of Smashburger, but the first in Raleigh (the other one is in Durham). Check them out here.
  • And back in July we told you that that the old Lucky 32 restaurant building on Spring Forest Road in north Raleigh has been sold to a new restaurant group called Kamado Grille. And now Raleigh Public Record is reporting that the former Lucky 32 restaurant will become Bistro 832. We will keep an eye on this one.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Today is the last day to get free coffee at the recently remodeled Market Street Café in Meadowmont in Chapel Hill that just reopened after a very nice remodel. And when I say coffee, I mean ALL coffee drinks – meaning mochas, cappuccinos, pourovers – everything! Check them out here.
  • The Herald Sun reported this week that Tootie’s, a Durham-based food truck and catering business, has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to open a bar with food and live music on Rigsbee Avenue. Throw them some love here.

Closings 

  • None to report! Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

  • The final Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo of the year will be held on Sunday, October 12th from 1 – 6 p.m. on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Think ½ mile of food trucks and restaurants spread out over 11 city blocks! Get all the details here.
  • And if you like to run and you like food trucks (or if you run because you love food trucks) you won’t want to miss the 2nd Annual Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo scheduled for Sunday, October 19th. Register for the race and get all the details here.

Events 

  •  This weekend is the IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass Festival taking over downtown Raleigh. As WRAL points out, the weekend is not just about music, but also food. Check out this great summary of what your taste buds can look forward to!
  • This Sunday is the 7th Annual Pepper Festival hosted by Briar Chapel community in Chapel Hill from 3-7 p.m. The event celebrates local food, beer and North Carolina culture in a spicy new way. Top chefs across North Carolina compete to create dishes–from beer to chocolate–using the locally bred and grown N.C. pepper. Get all the details here.
  • Raleigh City Farm’s Annual Harvest Dinner will be held this year on Sunday, October 5 and will feature Chef Scott Crawford of Standard Foods. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. Raleigh City Farm is located at Person Street Plaza at 800 North Blount Street. Tickets can be purchased here beginning next month.
  • For the 19th year in a row, The World Beer Festival will be held in Durham on Oct. 11 in the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The festival, produced by All About Beer Magazine, has reduced tickets available by 35 percent and raised the price to relieve crowding. General admission tickets are $55 and include a tasting glass to sample from over 200 international beers. VIP tickets are $70 and offer a private air-conditioned hospitality area with private bathrooms and a bonus selection of beers. Get all the details here.
  • And hold the date for an annual event held by The Ronald McDonald House over in Chapel Hill that features over two dozen of the triangle’s finest restaurants – A Tasteful Affair will be held on Sunday, October 26th in The Blue Zone at UNC’s Kenan Stadium. Get all the details here.
  • And got word that the 3rd Annual Red & White Food and Beverage Festival will be held on Tuesday November 4th at The State Club from 6-9pm. And for our readers, receive $5 off admission by entering promo code “foodguy” when you purchase tickets here.

Food Bank Corner   

  •  The next big event for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is the Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the State Fair on Thursday, October 23! Food Lion Hunger Relief Day is one of the largest one-day canned-food drives in the state. Here’s how it works: Bringfive cans of Food Lion brand food to the State Fair on Thursday, October 23, and you get in for free (and a good feeling that you helped some folks in need)!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – September 26, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •   Today is the day! It is the FoodBank’s 24 Hour Telethon beginning at noon today (Friday, September 26) with a goal of raising $60,000 (or 300,000 meals) for hunger relief as part of Hunger Action Month. There are lots of ways to participate (in addition to your donation), so check it out here. And plan to stop by for one of the many activities and tell my buddy Gregory Ng I said hello!

Wake County Restaurant News

  • According to the Triangle Business Journal, over atop downtown Raleigh the City Club Raleigh has reopened after a $3 million investment that combined the Cardinal Club with the Capital City Club . It is located on the top floor of the Wells Fargo Capitol Center downtown. The location now includes the Anytime Lounge and Grill and a restaurant concept called Grain. A grand opening will be held tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 27) from 7-10 p.m. and is open to the public. Check it out here.
  • This is a first. The first First Watch restaurant in North Carolina is opening this coming Monday (Sept. 29) in the former Boston Market building next to the Golden Corral on Glenwood Avenue near Pleasant Valley Promenade. But owner Bob Frame is not stopping after this one. He is committed to opening 5 locations in the Triangle over the next four years. Check them out here.
  • Got word this week that T.MAC, a casual neighborhood restaurant known for its award-winning wings and large selection of craft beer (40 of which area are brewed in the Triangle and North Carolina) is opening on Sunday, October 5th. T.MAC’s newest restaurant will be located in Waverly Place in Cary. Get a peek at them here.
  • Also in Waverly Place, Charlotte-based Toast Café, which specializes in breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch, is expected to open on October 1st according to the News & Observer. You can check out some of their other locations here. This will be the chain’s first Triangle area location.
  • Got word this week that the first b.good location in North Carolina will open on October 13th in North Hills (the Midtown Park side). They tout themselves as fast-food made by people, not factories. Check out their local Facebook page here.
  • Over in Apex, got word from a reader that Chippy’s has opened. Chippy’s is a fish and chips restaurant that is located in the old Dixie Belle’s Smokehouse location at 1001 Davis Drive. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • This is worth a trip to Chapel Hill. The recently remodeled Market Street Café in Meadowmont is now open again and is offering free coffee to anyone that visits the store. And when I say coffee, I mean ALL coffee drinks – meaning mochas, cappuccinos, pourovers – everything! Get in there between now and next Friday to see the new space and enjoy free coffee. Check them out here.

Closings 

  • None to report! Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

  • Tonight (September 26) from 5 until 8 p.m. Meals on Wheels will hold their third annual Food Truck Rodeo at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market. The participating food trucks include MaMa Dukes, Humble Pig, Only Burger, Sweet Traditions, Sympathy for the Deli and Time-Out Restaurant. Ten percent of all the food sales will go toward supporting Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels. Check them out here.
  • The Pittsboro Roadhouse and General Store will hold their second to last Food Truck Rodeo of the year this Saturday (Sept 27) from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Pittsboro. Featured trucks will include: Bear Creek Brews, Carolina Brewing Co., Dusty Donuts, Gussy’s Greek, Little Dipper’s Italian Ice, Mr. & Mrs. Hot Dog Shack and Philly’s Cheesesteaks. Get more details here.
  • The final Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo of the year will be held on Sunday, October 12th from 1 – 6 p.m. on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Think ½ mile of food trucks and restaurants spread out over 11 city blocks! Get all the details here.
  • And if you like to run and you like food trucks (or if you run because you love food trucks) you won’t want to miss the 2nd Annual Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo scheduled for Sunday, October 19th. Register for the race and get all the details here.

Events

  • Tomorrow (September 27) is Beericana. What is Beericana? When I saw a diagram of the layout, I immediately thought of what heaven must look like…50 breweries + 10 food trucks + 4 Americana bands + Awesome People = Beericana! The event will be held at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. Get all the details here.
  • If you, or someone you know, requires a gluten free diet, you’ll want to head out this weekend to the North Carolina Triangle Gluten Intolerance Fair which will be held on Saturday, September 27 from 1-6 p.m. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • Also this weekend, the Southern Ideal Home Show has gone all “foodie” on us. One of the featured events this year will host Brews & Bites, a dining event pairing North Carolina breweries and chefs together to create unique samplings crafted specially for show attendees. It is happening every afternoon during the three-day event. Get all the details here.
  • Put this one on your calendar as well – the 7th Annual Pepper Festival hosted by Briar Chapel community in Chapel Hill on October 5, 3-7 p.m. The event celebrates local food, beer and North Carolina culture in a spicy new way. Top chefs across North Carolina compete to create dishes–from beer to chocolate–using the locally bred and grown N.C. pepper. Get all the details here.
  • Saw in the Beltline Buzz this week that Big Boss Brewery has partnered with Nofo Café for a five course Beer Dinner beginning with a tour and the first course at 5:30 at Big Boss on October 6th. Courses two through five will take place at Nofo. To enjoy this fabulous evening, you must make reservations. Call now before spaces are filled. 919-821-1240. Visit Nofo here.
  • Raleigh City Farm’s Annual Harvest Dinner will be held this year on Sunday, October 5 and will feature Chef Scott Crawford of Standard Foods. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. Raleigh City Farm is located at Person Street Plaza at 800 North Blount Street. Tickets can be purchased here beginning next month.
  • For the 19th year in a row, The World Beer Festival will be held in Durham on Oct. 11 in the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The festival, produced by All About Beer Magazine, has reduced tickets available by 35 percent and raised the price to relieve crowding. General admission tickets are $55 and include a tasting glass to sample from over 200 international beers. VIP tickets are $70 and offer a private air-conditioned hospitality area with private bathrooms and a bonus selection of beers. Get all the details here.
  • And hold the date for an annual event held by The Ronald McDonald House over in Chapel Hill that features over two dozen of the triangle’s finest restaurants – A Tasteful Affair will be held on Sunday, October 26th in The Blue Zone at UNC’s Kenan Stadium. Get all the details here.
  • And got word that the 3rd Annual Red & White Food and Beverage Festival will be held on Tuesday November 4th at The State Club from 6-9pm. And for our readers, receive $5 off admission by entering promo code “foodguy” when you purchase tickets here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is holding their 3rd Annual FoodBank24 New Media Telethon today and tomorrow! (September 26-27). The 24-hour event begins at noon today and continues for 24 straight hours of entertaining and enlightening activities as part of Hunger Action Month. Stop by today or tomorrow. And get all the details here. There are lots of ways to participate.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – September 19, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •   Typically I feature restaurant news here, but this event is too big and too much fun not to highlight in this space – and it is one week from today! It is the FoodBank’s 24 Hour Telethon beginning at noon on Friday, September 26 with a goal of raising $60,000 (or 300,000 meals) for hunger relief as part of Hunger Action Month. There are lots of ways to participate (in addition to your donation), so check it out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  •  Downtown Raleigh’s newest addition, coffee and beer shop, Brew (in Seaboard Station), just “turned 21″ and is now serving Crank Arm Brewing Company beer! Stop by for coffee, or beer, or both…I guess…why not? See it all here.
  • Got word in the News & Observer this week that the 501 Building on Glenwood South is about to get hopping again with the addition of three new concepts opening between now and Thanksgiving. And all three establishments are being opened by three different groups that have a history of success in the Triangle – so that is very exciting. Here is the breakdown.
  • Kevin and Amy Marksberry are targeting next week (Monday, if inspections go well) for the opening of Shuckers Oyster Bar & Grill in the old Bogart’s space at 501 Glenwood South. The couple also owns the perennially popular Shuckers in Wake Forest and a second location in Southern Pines. Check them out here.
  • On the front of the building where Red Room used to be, chef/owner Vincent Barresi (owner of the popular Vincent’s in North Raleigh) is opening Big Boom by the end of October. The menu will reflect his Italian heritage.
  • And finally, Quy Duong, owner/chef of Sushi Blues Café, will return to his native Vietnam for the menu at Pho Pho Pho Noodle Kitchen & Bar, which he hopes to open by Thanksgiving.
  • The drive to Asheville for my Tupelo Honey Café fix is about to get a lot shorter with the mid-November opening of Tupelo in Raleigh at 401 Oberlin adjacent to Cameron Village. I had lunch with Tupelo’s Elizabeth Sims last week and it is exciting to hear about all the “local” features that will be part of the restaurant – they are doing it right. And if interested, they have a job fair coming up Oct. 1 & 2. Get a sneak peek look at them here.
  • Over in Cary, I first got a tip from reader Robbie Gregory that Totopos in Cary had opened this past week. And the initial reports I am hearing is that it is absolutely fabulous, so plan a visit soon to see what all they hype is about. I can’t find a website for them, but they are across from the Trader Joe’s in the old Chili’s building.
  • Also in Cary, the Triangle Business Journal is reporting that the Charlotte-based pizza chain Brixx Wood Fired Pizza is making plans to open two more locations in Cary in 2015. Brixx has signed leases to open in both the new Parkside Town Commons retail development (N.C. 55 and N.C. 540/Triangle Expressway) and at the new Bradford apartment and retail complex (Davis Drive and High House Road). If you are not familiar with Brixx, check them out here.
  • And in Morrisville, thanks to the keen eyes of reader Jeff L. (sorry, I couldn’t find your last name), we learned that California’s Blaze Pizza is making its way to our area, and specifically Park West Village, sometime in 2015. Get a look at them here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • The Herald-Sun tipped us off to the fact that there is a new food truck rolling around the streets of Durham (and the Triangle). Bull City Street Food, a food truck specializing in international cuisine, has opened. If you’ve been around a while, you might recognize the truck’s owner Harry Monds, who in the late ’90s and early 2000s was behind The Blue Sage and Time Table. Check them out on Facebook here.

Closings 

  •  Got the bad news this week from David McCreary that D’Andrea’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop & Grill at 114 Grand Hill Place in Holly Springs has closed its doors.

Food Trucks 

  • The final Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo of the year will be held on Sunday, October 12th from 1 – 6 p.m. on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Think ½ mile of food trucks and restaurants spread out over 11 city blocks! Get all the details here.
  • And if you like to run and you like food trucks (or if you run because you love food trucks) you won’t want to miss the 2nd Annual Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo scheduled for Sunday, October 19th. Register for the race and get all the details here.

Events

  • They are selling out! (I told you so!) Get this on your calendar and buy your tickets today! This is one of the Triangle’s annual “can’t miss” foodie events – Terra Vita 2014. It will be held October 9 – 11 and tickets are on sale now! Lots of great folks involved this year. Follow @terravitafoodie twitter and Instagram for more updates. The website is here.
  • Today kicks off the annual International Festival of Raleigh in downtown Raleigh at the Raleigh Convention Center bringing together 23 countries from all over the globe. And did I mention the food? The “food court” is absolutely amazing and well worth the price of admission. The cost to get in is $6-$8 and goes from today through Sunday. Get all the details here.
  • Picture this. Downtown Apex. 6 food trucks. 7 restaurants. A giant wine and beer garden. And wall to wall Jazz music. Does that “peak” your interest? (I know it is pique, but Apex is known as the Peak of Good Living!) Tomorrow is the day (September 20th) for the 4th Annual Apex Jazz and Music Festival. Get all the details here.
  • My buddy Chris Duke (owner of Anna’s Gourmet Goodies) turned me onto an event this Sunday (September 21) called Dinner in the Meadow. Held on a farm just outside of Louisburg, the dinner will feature 8 amazing chefs with locally and naturally raised ingredients and locally sourced wines, beers and cheeses. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Derrick Minor turned me onto an event in September that you’ll want to get on your calendar. Mark your calendars now for September 27 for Beericana. What is Beericana? 50 breweries + 10 food trucks + 4 Americana bands + Awesome People = Beericana! The event will be held at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. More details to follow. Keep up with details here.
  • If you, or someone you know, requires a gluten free diet, you’ll want to get this event on your calendar. The North Carolina Triangle Gluten Intolerance Fair will be held on September 27 from 1-6 p.m. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • Put this one on your calendar as well – the 7th Annual Pepper Festival hosted by Briar Chapel community in Chapel Hill on October 5, 3-7 p.m. The event celebrates local food, beer and North Carolina culture in a spicy new way. Top chefs across North Carolina compete to create dishes–from beer to chocolate–using the locally bred and grown N.C. pepper. Get all the details here.
  • Saw in the Beltline Buzz this week that Big Boss Brewery has partnered with Nofo Café for a five course Beer Dinner beginning with a tour and the first course at 5:30 at Big Boss on October 6th. Courses two through five will take place at Nofo. To enjoy this fabulous evening, you must make reservations. Call now before spaces are filled. 919-821-1240. Visit Nofo here.
  • Raleigh City Farm’s Annual Harvest Dinner will be held this year on Sunday, October 5 and will feature Chef Scott Crawford of Standard Foods. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. Raleigh City Farm is located at Person Street Plaza at 800 North Blount Street. Tickets can be purchased here beginning next month.
  • For the 19th year in a row, The World Beer Festival will be held in Durham on Oct. 11 in the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The festival, produced by All About Beer Magazine, has reduced tickets available by 35 percent and raised the price to relieve crowding. General admission tickets are $55 and include a tasting glass to sample from over 200 international beers. VIP tickets are $70 and offer a private air-conditioned hospitality area with private bathrooms and a bonus selection of beers. Get all the details here.
  • And hold the date for an annual event held by The Ronald McDonald House over in Chapel Hill that features over two dozen of the triangle’s finest restaurants – A Tasteful Affair will be held on Sunday, October 26th in The Blue Zone at UNC’s Kenan Stadium. Get all the details here.
  • And got word that the 3rd Annual Red & White Food and Beverage Festival will be held on Tuesday November 4th at The State Club from 6-9pm. And for our readers, receive $5 off admission by entering promo code “foodguy” when you purchase tickets here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is proud to announce that they will hold their 3rd Annual FoodBank24 New Media Telethon on September 26-27, 2014. The 24-hour event begins at noon on September 26th and continues for 24 straight hours of entertaining and enlightening activities as part of Hunger Action Month. Put it on your calendar and get all the details here. There are lots of ways to participate.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – September 12, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •   Typically I feature restaurant news here, but this event is too big and too much fun not to highlight in this space. It is the FoodBank’s 24 Hour Telethon beginning at noon on Friday, September 26 with a goal of raising $60,000 (or 300,000 meals) for hunger relief as part of Hunger Action Month. There are lots of ways to participate (in addition to your donation), so check it out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  •  New Raleigh reported this week that City Market Cafe will open in the old Benelux space in downtown Raleigh’s City Market. Not much on their Facebook page yet, but keep up with them here.
  • And speaking of Benelux, they are slated to open next week in the Crescent Cameron Village building according to the News & Observer. Visit their website here.
  • And speaking of the Crescent Cameron Village building, Brixx Pizza will open their newest Triangle area location there tomorrow, Saturday, September 13th. Brixx has locations in Brier Creek and Chapel Hill. Visit them here.
  • And one last bit of Crescent Cameron Village news, the Triangle Business Journal also reported that Faire, a new steak and seafood restaurant concept by the Raleigh-based restaurant group Eschelon Experiences, is scheduled to open by the end of the month. Visit Eschelon here.
  • The News & Oberver’s Greg Cox reported this week that Virginia transplant Sonya Garris has opened Seven Cities Seafood and Southern Cuisine in North Raleigh at 3611 Spring Forest Road, and is billing the menu at her counter service eatery and takeout shop as “a taste of Tidewater.” Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Got word this week that Full Moon Oyster Bar will be opening their third store the first week in October in Park West in Morrisville. They currently have locations in Clemmons and Southern Pines. Get a sneak peek at them here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Aiko Bar + Lounge is coming to Glenwood South in the Creamery Building at 410 Glenwood Avenue. It will feature cocktails and Japanese cuisine. An opening date has not been announced. Get an early look at them here.
  • OK, I lied. One last bit of news from Cameron Village. Saw in the News & Observer this week that Cameron Village’s Village Draft House is undergoing renovations that include a new interior, storefront and signage. The new space, which will be smaller, will also get a new menu. The space the Draft House is vacating will become a different restaurant that has not yet been announced. They remain open during the renovation. See what is going on here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  •  Got word this week from The Daily Tar Heel that Time-Out reopened Sept. 5 in its new location at 201 E. Franklin St., on the corner of Henderson Street and Franklin Street. Check them out here.
  • Got word from a dear friend (who doesn’t want me to publish her name) that Aunt Serafina’s Pizza has opened in Hope Valley Commons shopping center in Durham. Peter Turner (a Dunkin Donuts franchisee) and Alan Tyndall (a former Domino’s Pizza franchisee) opened the independently owned pizzeria.
  • And over in Durham, G2B Gastropub announced this week that they will be opening G2B Brewery in late September or early October. The nano brewery is a small batch, one-barrel set-up and is located in the restaurant. Get more details here.
  • Also in Durham, the News & Observer is reporting that he owner of the now-closed Intrepid Life Coffee & Spirits says he is looking to hire four new employees and open in a new location in about a month. Apparently Victoriano is now looking at two spaces, including one at Golden Belt currently occupied by a pop-up shop for Carrboro Coffee Roasters. We will keep an eye on this one.

Closings 

  • So, 604 West Village located in downtown Durham closed their doors last Thursday. That is the bad news. The good news is it could be yours! Yep, it is for sale. If you are at all interested, please let me know and I’ll get you in touch with the right person.

Food Trucks 

  • Got word from Natalie Goodman that the Draft Line in Fuqua-Varina is hosting an event on September 14th from 3-8 p.m. to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Lots of activities going on all afternoon and plenty for the kids as well. And of course, a few food trucks will be on hand. Get all the details here.
  • The final Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo of the year will be held on Sunday, October 12th from 1 – 6 p.m. on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Think ½ mile of food trucks and restaurants spread out over 11 city blocks! Get all the details here.
  • And if you like to run and you like food trucks (or if you run because you love food trucks) you won’t want to miss the 2nd Annual Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo scheduled for Sunday, October 19th. Register for the race and get all the details here.
  • And one last bit of food truck news, got a tweet this week that food truck Deli-icious is moving forward with a brick and mortar location. They have a spot identified, but no other details at this point. In the meantime, track down the truck here.

Events

  • They are selling out! (I told you so!) Get this on your calendar and buy your tickets today! This is one of the Triangle’s annual “can’t miss” foodie events – Terra Vita 2014. It will be held October 9 – 11 and tickets are on sale now! Lots of great folks involved this year. Follow @terravitafoodie twitter and Instagram for more updates. The website is here.
  • Picture this. Downtown Apex. 6 food trucks. 7 restaurants. A giant wine and beer garden. And wall to wall Jazz music. Does that “peak” your interest? (I know it is pique, but Apex is known as the Peak of Good Living!) Then mark your calendar for the 4th Annual Apex Jazz and Music Festival on Saturday, September 20th. Get all the details here.
  • My buddy Chris Duke (owner of Anna’s Gourmet Goodies) turned me onto an event coming up on September 21, 2014 called Dinner in the Meadow. Held on a farm just outside of Louisburg, the dinner will feature 8 amazing chefs with locally and naturally raised ingredients and locally sourced wines, beers and cheeses. Get tickets and all the details here. 
  • Derrick Minor turned me onto an event in September that you’ll want to get on your calendar. Mark your calendars now for September 27 for Beericana. What is Beericana? 50 breweries + 10 food trucks + 4 Americana bands + Awesome People = Beericana! The event will be held at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. More details to follow. Keep up with details here.
  • If you, or someone you know, requires a gluten free diet, you’ll want to get this event on your calendar. The North Carolina Triangle Gluten Intolerance Fair will be held on September 27 from 1-6 p.m. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • Put this one on your calendar as well – the 7th Annual Pepper Festival hosted by Briar Chapel community in Chapel Hill on October 5, 3-7 p.m. The event celebrates local food, beer and North Carolina culture in a spicy new way. Top chefs across North Carolina compete to create dishes–from beer to chocolate–using the locally bred and grown N.C. pepper. Get all the details here. 
  • Raleigh City Farm’s Annual Harvest Dinner will be held this year on Sunday, October 5 and will feature Chef Scott Crawford of Standard Foods. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. Raleigh City Farm is located at Person Street Plaza at 800 North Blount Street. Tickets can be purchased here beginning next month.
  • For the 19th year in a row, The World Beer Festival will be held in Durham on Oct. 11 in the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The festival, produced by All About Beer Magazine, has reduced tickets available by 35 percent and raised the price to relieve crowding. General admission tickets are $55 and include a tasting glass to sample from over 200 international beers. VIP tickets are $70 and offer a private air-conditioned hospitality area with private bathrooms and a bonus selection of beers. Get all the details here.
  • And hold the date for an annual event held by The Ronald McDonald House over in Chapel Hill that features over two dozen of the triangle’s finest restaurants – A Tasteful Affair will be held on Sunday, October 26th in The Blue Zone at UNC’s Kenan Stadium. Get all the details here.
  • And just got word that the 3rd Annual Red & White Food and Beverage Festival will be held on Tuesday November 4th at The State Club from 6-9pm. And for our readers, receive $5 off admission by entering promo code “foodguy” when you purchase tickets here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is proud to announce that they will hold their 3rd Annual FoodBank24 New Media Telethon on September 26-27, 2014. The 24-hour event begins at noon on September 26th and continues for 24 straight hours of entertaining and enlightening activities as part of Hunger Action Month. Put it on your calendar and get all the details here. There are lots of ways to participate.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – September 5, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  • A huge congratulations to AJ Viola and Mike Sholar, the guys behind BREW, a new coffee and beer bar that just opened in downtown Raleigh’s Seaboard Station. Serving up locally roasted Raleigh Coffee Company coffee beans, cold brew, in house baked goods, and they have plans to serve craft beer in the near future. Get by and check them out – cool space. Here is their website.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Joe & Sarka Leli just yesterday hung the “now open” sign up at Leli’s Deli in Wake Forest at 3325 Rogers Road and will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have known Joe for a number of years and excited to see him with his own place again. Check them out here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that a restaurant called Organic Festival is coming to the Poyner Shopping Center near Triangle Town Center in north Raleigh. The restaurant, at 5951 Poyner Village Parkway, is expected to open in November. Check them out here.
  • We’ve been watching this one for a while, but the Triangle Business Journal reported this week that a deal to build a new Chick-fil-A restaurant and drive-thru at the Lake Boone Shopping Center in west Raleigh has been finalized with plans to open the new location by the spring of 2015. The Wendy’s building that is currently there will be torn down to make way for the new store.
  • The News & Observer reported today that Maui Wowi, a restaurant that serves Hawaiian coffees and smoothies in flavors such as strawberry banana, mango orange, lemon and pina colada, has opened in Cary at 919 N. Harrison Ave. near Walmart. Check them out here.
  • And reader Bryan Kay provided a quick update on the former KFC location at 5900 Duraleigh Road that is being converted into a Steak & Shake. Bryan notified us that in the last week construction crews have begun making significant progress and it won’t be long now before burgers and shakes are rolling out of there. We will keep an eye on it. Thanks Bryan!

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Say cheese! WRAL and Triangle Business Journal reported that a Cincinnati-based grilled cheese restaurant made famous on the reality show “Shark Tank” announced plans for a Carrboro location. Tom+Chee specializes in more than 20 types of grilled cheese and three versions of tomato soup. Their menu also includes salad and vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. The location is not known just yet. Check them out here.

Closings 

  • None to report! Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

  • Got word from Natalie Goodman that the Draft Line in Fuqua-Varina is hosting an event on September 14th from 3-8 p.m. to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Lots of activities going on all afternoon and plenty for the kids as well. And of course, a few food trucks will be on hand. Get all the details here.
  • The final Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo of the year will be held on Sunday, October 12th from 1 – 6 p.m. on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Think ½ mile of food trucks and restaurants spread out over 11 city blocks! Get all the details here.
  • And if you like to run and you like food trucks (or if you run because you love food trucks) you won’t want to miss the 2nd Annual Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo scheduled for Sunday, October 19th. Register for the race and get all the details here.

Events 

  • They are selling out! (I told you so!) Get this on your calendar and buy your tickets today! This is one of the Triangle’s annual “can’t miss” foodie events – Terra Vita 2014. It will be held October 9 – 11 and tickets are on sale now! Lots of great folks involved this year. Follow @terravitafoodie twitter and Instagram for more updates. The website is here.
  • Little Hen Restaurant in Holly Springs will host a Western Wake Farmers’ Market dinner on Monday, September 8, 2014, during which a portion of the proceeds will benefit the market. Get all the details here.
  • Picture this. Downtown Apex. 6 food trucks. 7 restaurants. A giant wine and beer garden. And wall to wall Jazz music. Does that “peak” your interest? (I know it is pique, but Apex is known as the Peak of Good Living!) Then mark your calendar for the 4th Annual Apex Jazz and Music Festival on Saturday, September 20th. Get all the details here.
  • My buddy Chris Duke (owner of Anna’s Gourmet Goodies) turned me onto an event coming up on September 21, 2014 called Dinner in the Meadow. Held on a farm just outside of Louisburg, the dinner will feature 8 amazing chefs with locally and naturally raised ingredients and locally sourced wines, beers and cheeses. Get tickets and all the details here. 
  • Derrick Minor turned me onto an event in September that you’ll want to get on your calendar. Mark your calendars now for September 27 for Beericana. What is Beericana? 50 breweries + 10 food trucks + 4 Americana bands + Awesome People = Beericana! The event will be held at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. More details to follow. Keep up with details here.
  • If you, or someone you know, requires a gluten free diet, you’ll want to get this event on your calendar. The North Carolina Triangle Gluten Intolerance Fair will be held on September 27 from 1-6 p.m. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • Raleigh City Farm’s Annual Harvest Dinner will be held this year on Sunday, October 5 and will feature Chef Scott Crawford of Standard Foods. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. Raleigh City Farm is located at Person Street Plaza at 800 North Blount Street. Tickets can be purchased here beginning next month.
  • For the 19th year in a row, The World Beer Festival will be held in Durham on Oct. 11 in the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The festival, produced by All About Beer Magazine, has reduced tickets available by 35 percent and raised the price to relieve crowding. General admission tickets are $55 and include a tasting glass to sample from over 200 international beers. VIP tickets are $70 and offer a private air-conditioned hospitality area with private bathrooms and a bonus selection of beers. Get all the details here.
  • And hold the date for an annual event held by The Ronald McDonald House over in Chapel Hill that features over two dozen of the triangle’s finest restaurants – A Tasteful Affair will be held on Sunday, October 26th in The Blue Zone at UNC’s Kenan Stadium. Get all the details here.
  • And just got word that the 3rd Annual Red & White Food and Beverage Festival will be held on Tuesday November 4th at The State Club from 6-9pm. And for our readers, receive $5 off admission by entering promo code “foodguy” when you purchase tickets here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is proud to announce that they will hold their 3rd Annual FoodBank24 New Media Telethon on September 26-27, 2014. The 24-hour event begins at noon on September 26th and continues for 24 straight hours of entertaining and enlightening activities as part of Hunger Action Month. Put it on your calendar and get all the details here. There are lots of ways to participate.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – August 29, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  • This past week marked the closing of Benelux Coffee in downtown Raleigh’s City Market, but also the announcement that they will be opening their new location in Cameron Village Shopping Center (402 Oberlin Street to be exact) next month. In the meantime, you can visit them at their Alexander Family YMCA location on Hillsborough Street. We’ll keep an eye on their opening date. Keep up with them here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  •  In other coffee news, Carolina Business Connection reported earlier this week that Wake Forest-based coffee shop Bean Therapy has opened a second location at The Galleria in North Raleigh at 9650 Strickland Road. They will have an open house on September 6 from 10 – 6 p.m. with door prizes and free coffee samples. Check them out here.
  • The News & Observer reported this week that Italian restaurant Posta Tuscan Grille and its bar at the Marriott City Center in downtown Raleigh are transitioning into a Southern eatery and gastropub that will be called Rye Bar and Southern Kitchen. Look for renovations to begin in early October with a planned “reopening” the second week of November.
  • Got word this week from a Yelp message board that a Supreme Hibachi Asian Buffet is set to open in the location that used to be Blinco’s at 6711 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. No word yet on an open date, but we’ll keep an eye on it.
  • Gary Lane let me know this week that Clouds Brewing, a locally owned craft beer bar and restaurant in downtown Raleigh, is holding their grand opening tonight (August 29) beginning at 5 p.m. Get all the details here.
  • Beginning at 11 a.m. on September 1st, World of Beer is opening their second Triangle area location at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Westin Parkway. Here are the numbers: 55 taps; 500 bottled beers; 19 flat screens. And that does not include the pretty yummy pub faire that will be offered. Also, on September 2nd (their official grand opening) 10% of all sales will go to SAFEChild. Check them out here.
  • Got word from several sources this week that Blackfinn Ameripub is set to open September 3rd (as with any opening, that is subject to change) in Morrisville’s Park West Village at 3201 Village Market Place. With other locations throughout the country, this marks the first Triangle area location. It looks pretty cool. Check it out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • The News and Observer reported that Foster’s Market Chapel Hill, a restaurant and market that opened in 1998, is changing its name to The Root Cellar Café & Catering in September. Everything you have come to love will remain the same. But look for some new things on the horizon. Check them out here.
  • Looks like hot dogs are joining the list of hottest places on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill – joining pizza joints and t-shirt shops. The Daily Tar Heel is reporting this week that Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is well on its way to opening a Chapel Hill location at 306 W. Franklin Street, in the same complex as Vespa Ristorante. This follows the opening of Sup Dogs, which just opened several weeks ago. Check them out here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal is reporting this morning that Nzinga’s, a new breakfast and brunch cafe, is coming to 828 Fayetteville Street in the Phoenix Crossing Shopping Center in Durham. They are having a “tasting party” on September 4th from 6-7:30 p.m. Check out their Facebook page here.

Closings 

  • Bummed to have to report this week that Dorry’s Downtown closed their doors in downtown Cary last weekend. My best to Ray on whatever he takes on next.
  • Saw on a Yelp message board, and confirmed by a posting on Twitter, that just over a year after opening, the OC Bar & Grill on Oberlin Road in Raleigh has closed.
  • Got word from reader Pat Price this week that the View Bar on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh has closed. That is the bad news. But coming out of that, it appears as if Big Mike’s BBQ (which was operating out of View Bar) will be opening a new location over in Cary next month at 1222 NW Maynard Road in Cary. Website says it is opening in October. We will keep an eye on it.

Food Trucks 

  • The next food truck rodeo in Durham’s Central Park is scheduled for noon-4 p.m. on August 31. Bring a blanket and a lawn chair and gather at the farmers’ market pavilion at Durham Central Park. Get all the details here.
  • Got word from Natalie Goodman that the Draft Line in Fuqua-Varina is hosting an event on September 14th from 3-8 p.m. to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Lots of activities going on all afternoon and plenty for the kids as well. And of course, a few food trucks will be on hand. Get all the details here.
  • And if you like to run and you like food trucks (or if you run because you love food trucks) you won’t want to miss the 2nd Annual Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo scheduled for Sunday, October 19th. Register for the race and get all the details here.

Events

  • They are selling out! (I told you so!) Get this on your calendar and buy your tickets today! This is one of the Triangle’s annual “can’t miss” foodie events – Terra Vita 2014. It will be held October 9 – 11 and tickets are on sale now! Lots of great folks involved this year. Follow @terravitafoodie twitter and Instagram for more updates. The website is here.
  • Little Hen Restaurant in Holly Springs will host a Western Wake Farmers’ Market dinner on Monday, September 8, 2014, during which a portion of the proceeds will benefit the market. Get all the details here.
  • Picture this. Downtown Apex. 6 food trucks. 7 restaurants. A giant wine and beer garden. And wall to wall Jazz music. Does that “peak” your interest? (I know it is pique, but Apex is known as the Peak of Good Living!) Then mark your calendar for the 4th Annual Apex Jazz and Music Festival on Saturday, September 20th. Get all the details here.
  • Derrick Minor turned me onto an event in September that you’ll want to get on your calendar. Mark your calendars now for September 27 for Beericana. What is Beericana? 50 breweries + 10 food trucks + 4 Americana bands + Awesome People = Beericana! The event will be held at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. More details to follow. Keep up with details here.
  • Raleigh City Farm’s Annual Harvest Dinner will be held this year on Sunday, October 5 and will feature Chef Scott Crawford of Standard Foods. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. Raleigh City Farm is located at Person Street Plaza at 800 North Blount Street. Tickets can be purchased here beginning next month.
  • For the 19th year in a row, The World Beer Festival will be held in Durham on Oct. 11 in the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The festival, produced by All About Beer Magazine, has reduced tickets available by 35 percent and raised the price to relieve crowding. General admission tickets are $55 and include a tasting glass to sample from over 200 international beers. VIP tickets are $70 and offer a private air-conditioned hospitality area with private bathrooms and a bonus selection of beers. Get all the details here.
  • And hold the date for an annual event held by The Ronald McDonald House over in Chapel Hill that features over two dozen of the triangle’s finest restaurants – A Tasteful Affair will be held on Sunday, October 26th in The Blue Zone at UNC’s Kenan Stadium. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is proud to announce that they will hold their 3rd Annual FoodBank24 New Media Telethon on September 26-27, 2014. The 24-hour event begins at noon on September 26th and continues for 24 straight hours of entertaining and enlightening activities as part of Hunger Action Month. Put it on your calendar and get all the details here. There are lots of ways to participate.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – August 22, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  There is a new dog in town and they open today at 121 Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh in the former Spize Café location. Tasty 8’s Gourmet Hot Dog Company will feature 8 gourmet dogs, 8 dipping sauces, 8 delicious shakes and 8 beers on tap. The impressive renovations to the space include a take-out window and a very fun and welcoming space to enjoy the sites and sounds of downtown Raleigh. Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Got a tip from reader Lauren Landis that Duck Donuts, with a wildly popular location on the Outer Banks, is planning to open a location in Cary. According to their website, they will be coming to Wrenn Plaza this fall. Check them out here and keep up with all their progress on their Facebook page here.
  • Cary as we know it is about to change. Beginning at 11 a.m. on September 1st, World of Beer is opening their second Triangle area location at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Westin Parkway. Here are the numbers: 55 taps; 500 bottled beers; 19 flat screens. And that does not include the pretty yummy pub food that will be offered. Check them out here.
  • Also in Cary, got a posting on my blog last week that a Mexican restaurant called Totopos is getting ready to open in the old Chili’s space on Kildaire Farm Road opposite Trader Joes (1388 Kildaire Farm Road to be exact). No word yet on an open date, but they tout themselves as chef-driven menu focused on the diverse street foods accompanied by an amazing tequila bar. We’ll be keeping an eye on this one for sure!
  • Got word from several sources this week that Blackfinn Ameripub is set to open September 3rd (as with any opening, that is subject to change) in Morrisville’s Park West Village at 3201 Village Market Place. With other locations throughout the country, this marks the first Triangle area location. It looks pretty cool. Check it out here.
  • Also in Morrisville, the Triangle Business Journal is reporting that Cafe Anar, a Mediterranean and central Asian restaurant, has opened in the Factory Shops in Morrisville in the former Moustache Café spot. Check out their Facebook page here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported that the owners of the Cleveland Drafthouse at I-40 and Highway 42 in Cleveland (between Garner and Clayton) are opening a second location in Clayton at the intersection of US 70 and Shotwell Road behind the CVS Pharmacy. According to their Facebook page, they are targeting a mid-September opening. Check them out here.
  • The Carolina Ale House continues to grow, this time into Garner. The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that the Carolina Ale House restaurant group has been named as the first tenant to commit to the expansion of the White Oak Crossing shopping center in Garner that will be anchored by Cabela’s outdoor retail store. Look for an opening in the first quarter of 2015.
  • And also in Garner, my friends Melissa and Alvin Cotto have opened up Big Al’s Pizza and Wings at 5176 NC 42 West. A scratch made kitchen, they make their own dough, pizza sauce, wing sauces, and even sausage in house. Get by and check them out here.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill continues to grow its presence in the Triangle with two new locations on the way in North Raleigh. The first is along with the new Gander Mountain outdoor store at the Triangle Plaza shopping center on Capital Boulevard. Look for it to open in the next month. The other is at the Harvest Plaza shopping center at Strickland and Six Forks roads at the spot of the leveled Burger King.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • G Patel is extending his Eschelon Experiences empire over into Durham with the report this week by the Herald Sun that Basan, a modern Japanese restaurant, is coming to downtown Durham’s American Tobacco Campus in the Diamond View III building adjacent to the DPAC and overlooking the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The menu is inspired by the West Coast style of Japanese cuisine and focuses on specialty sushi rolls, seafood, appetizers and a sake selection. They hope to have it open by the end of the year. Check them out here.
  • Got a little bit more information this week on Heavenly Buffaloes in Durham. It is the creation of Dain Phelan, owner of Dain’s Place, and is on course to open next week. It is located just off Ninth Street on Markham Avenue in what was formerly Sam’s Grill. Check them out here.
  • And the Herald Sun also reported this week that a restaurant chain Pholicious is coming to the Streets at Southpoint. This will be their first venture into North Carolina. The restaurant specializes in Pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup. Our guess is that it will be in the food court. Check them out here.

Closings 

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

  • The next food truck rodeo in Durham’s Central Park is scheduled for noon-4 p.m. on August 31. Bring a blanket and a lawn chair and gather at the farmers’ market pavilion at Durham Central Park. Get all the details here.
  • And if you like to run and you like food trucks (or if you run because you love food trucks) you won’t want to miss the 2nd Annual Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo scheduled for Sunday, October 19th. Register for the race and get all the details here.

Events 

  • The word is out! Mark your calendars for one of the Triangle’s annual “can’t miss” foodie events – Terra Vita 2014. It will be held October 9 – 11 and tickets are on sale now! Lots of great folks involved this year. Follow @terravitafoodie twitter and Instagram for more updates. The website is here.
  • Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week wraps up this weekend with more than 41 downtown restaurants participating. The venues will offer different packages, including a three-course prix fixe dinner and, at some places, beer or wine pairings. Reservations are recommended. For more information about the participating restaurants and available food packages, click here.
  • Little Hen Restaurant in Holly Springs will host a Western Wake Farmers’ Market dinner on Monday, September 8, 2014, during which a portion of the proceeds will benefit the market. Get all the details here.
  • Picture this. Downtown Apex. 6 food trucks. 7 restaurants. A giant wine and beer garden. And wall to wall Jazz music. Does that “peak” your interest? (I know it is pique, but Apex is known as the Peak of Good Living!) Then mark your calendar for the 4th Annual Apex Jazz and Music Festival on Saturday, September 20th. Get all the details here.
  • Derrick Minor turned me onto an event in September that you’ll want to get on your calendar. Mark your calendars now for September 27 for Beericana. What is Beericana? 50 breweries + 10 food trucks + 4 Americana bands + Awesome People = Beericana! The event will be held at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. More details to follow. Keep up with details here.
  • For the 19th year in a row, The World Beer Festival will be held in Durham on Oct. 11 in the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The festival, produced by All About Beer Magazine, has reduced tickets available by 35 percent and raised the price to relieve crowding. General admission tickets are $55 and include a tasting glass to sample from over 200 international beers. VIP tickets are $70 and offer a private air-conditioned hospitality area with private bathrooms and a bonus selection of beers. Get all the details here.
  • And hold the date for an annual event held by The Ronald McDonald House over in Chapel Hill that features over two dozen of the triangle’s finest restaurants – A Tasteful Affair will be held on Sunday, October 26th in The Blue Zone at UNC’s Kenan Stadium. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is proud to announce that they will hold their 3rd Annual FoodBank24 New Media Telethon on September 26-27, 2014. The 24-hour event begins at noon on September 26th and continues for 24 straight hours of entertaining and enlightening activities as part of Hunger Action Month. Put it on your calendar and get all the details here. There are lots of ways to participate.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – August 15, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  Happy to announce that Boulted Bread, downtown Raleigh’s newest bakery, is officially open for business. They are located at 614 W. South Street. Congratulations to Fulton Forde, Sam Kirkpatrick, and Joshua Bellamy. Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Got word this week from John Huisman, aka Triangle Explorer, that a new smokehouse called The Blistered Pig Smokehouse is coming to downtown Apex (225 N. Salem Street to be exact). It looks like they are shooting for a late October opening, but we’ll keep an eye on it. Get a sneak peek at them here.
  • Also in Apex, Ashley Mills tipped me off to the fact that Dohertys Irish Pub, with a location on High House Road in Cary, is opening a new location in Apex off Hwy 55 (at the intersection with Apex Peakway) in the old Sparks Wings & Ribs location. Check out Doherty’s here.
  • And if that is not enough good Apex news for you, I got a tweet this week from Nick Thomas that it looks like a fish and chips restaurant named Chippy’s is scheduled to open in the old Dixie Belle’s Smokehouse location at 1001 Davis Drive. No other information is available at this time, but we’ll keep an eye on it. Thanks Nick!
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that the Tampa, Florida-based Burger 21, an upscale burger franchise, will soon be opening their second location in North Carolina this time in Morrisville. No word yet on an exact location, but they plan to be open by the summer of next year. We will keep an eye on this. Check them out here.
  • Alison Mecca, who recently opened a permanent brick-and-mortar location for her popular food truck, Iced Cupcakes, will hold a grand opening celebration on Thursday, August 21st from 6-9pm. The celebration will be held at Iced Cupcakes’ new location, 5911 Poyner Village Parkway, Suite 103, Raleigh, NC 27616. Get more details here.
  • Got a tweet this week from Rebecca Calhoun that there is a Firehouse Subs sign up in the old Cici’s Pizza spot in North Raleigh’s Bent Tree Plaza. No word yet on an open date.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Saw in Chapel Hill Magazine that Time-Out is officially closing their current home in University Square on September 1st, but only days later will open on the corner of Franklin and Henderson Streets (where East End bar used to be) with one location, and yet another, this one a Time-Out Express, inside the Time Out Sports Bar & Restaurant across from Eastgate Shopping Center. Glad to know this year’s UNC freshman class will not miss out on a Chapel Hill institution. Get more details on Time-Out here.
  • We were the first to tell you back in June that the Egg & I was taking over the space formerly occupied by Piola in Chapel Hill’s East 54. Got an update this week that they are looking to open before year’s end. Check them out here.
  • We also learned this week that the Egg & I is not the only new restaurant headed to Chapel Hill’s East 54. Durham’s very own Enzo’s Pizza will open their second location and will join the mix (in the 3000 building) at East 54. They are looking to open before year’s end as well. Check them out here.
  • Got a press release this week that the first North Carolina location of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers restaurant opened on Wednesday in Durham at the intersection of 15-501 and Interstate 40. But their plans in North Carolina don’t end there. Plans are now underway to begin construction on a second location in Cary in the Searstone Retail Village at the corner of Davis Drive and High House Road. Check them out here.
  • And a Christina G. posted on a Yelp message board this week that a place called Heavenly Buffaloes (tagged as the wing joint you’ve been looking for) is going into the space on Markham Avenue in Durham that was formerly Sam’s Grill. Nothing much up on their website yet, but says it is coming in August. We’ll keep an eye on it.

Closings 

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

  • The next food truck rodeo in Durham’s Central Park is scheduled for noon-4 p.m. on August 31. Bring a blanket and a lawn chair and gather at the farmers’ market pavilion at Durham Central Park. Get all the details here.
  • And if you like to run and you like food trucks (or if you run because you love food trucks) you won’t want to miss the 2nd Annual Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo scheduled for Sunday, October 19th. Register for the race and get all the details here.

Events

  • The word is out! Mark your calendars for one of the Triangle’s annual “can’t miss” foodie events – Terra Vita 2014. It will be held October 9 – 11 and tickets are on sale now! Lots of great folks involved this year. Follow @terravitafoodie twitter and Instagram for more updates. The website is here.
  • Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week starts Aug. 18 with more than 35 downtown restaurants participating during the event that ends Aug. 24. The venues will offer different packages, including a three-course prix fixe dinner and, at some places, beer or wine pairings. Reservations are recommended. For more information about the participating restaurants and available food packages, click here.
  • Derrick Minor turned me onto an event in September that you’ll want to get on your calendar. Mark your calendars now for September 27 for Beericana. What is Beericana? 50 breweries + 10 food trucks + 4 Americana bands + Awesome People = Beericana! The event will be held at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. More details to follow. Keep up with details here. 
  • And hold the date for an annual event held by The Ronald McDonald House over in Chapel Hill that features over two dozen of the triangle’s finest restaurants – A Tastefull Affair will be held on Sunday, October 26th in The Blue Zone at UNC’s Kenan Stadium. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is proud to announce that they will hold their 3rd Annual FoodBank24 New Media Telethon on September 26-27, 2014. The 24-hour event begins at noon on September 26th and continues for 24 straight hours of entertaining and enlightening activities as part of Hunger Action Month. Put it on your calendar and get all the details here. There are lots of ways to participate.

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