Friday Fun Food Facts – December 2, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • The big downtown Raleigh news is that Cafe Helios closed (again), but it was announced yesterday by WRAL that the good folks behind Jose & Sons will open a new concept there in early 2017. They haven’t disclosed much about what the new concept will be, so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out Jose & Sons (and their story) here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • It seems like such a long time since our last post (prior to Thanksgiving), but just after we last “spoke” – Royale opened in downtown Raleigh’s City Market in the former Battistella’s spot. The French bistro is the creation of Will Jeffers, Jesse Bardyn and Jeff Seizer. Check them out here.
  • And just this morning, the Raleigh Agenda reported that, after an eight year run, the Busy Bee Cafe (and its upstairs counterpart, Mash & Lauter) will close on January 1. But not letting any dust settle, the team behind Trophy Brewing Company and State of Beer will reopen the space after a two-week overhaul as Trophy Chicken and Taproom offering up mostly Trophy beer (and a few other favorites) and a menu of rotisserie chickens, tacos, and sides that complement both. Read the full article here.
  • Keeping things in downtown Raleigh, New Raleigh reported that we are just a few weeks away from Jason Howard opening his newest concept, The Cardinal, a bar and lounge (featuring Charlie’s Hot Dogs) at 713 N. West Street. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • WRAL provided an update on Tulum, a Mayan-inspired concept going into the space formerly occupied by San Lorenzo Bistro (and before that Twisted Mango, and before that La Volta), that they are looking to open before the end of the year. Owner Alfredo Lara is one of the partners behind Mi Cancun. Keep up with Tulum on their Facebook page here.
  • WRAL reported that The District (in the space that was formerly The Borough and then Hadley’s) in downtown Raleigh, is looking to open in early December according to Christopher Michael and Jermaine Landon. The District plans to serve up Asian fusion cuisine in addition to cocktails, wine and local draft beer. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Also in downtown Raleigh, WRAL provided a bit of an update on Watts and Ward bar, a new craft cocktail bar being constructed in the basement of Caffe Luna. Look for a winter 2017 opening of the space that will feature three distinct bars and an event space according to owner Niall Hanley, who also owns Hibernian Co. and Raleigh Beer Garden.
  • Over at North Hills, Triangle Business Journal reported that Aladdin’s Eatery will be opening in the spring in the former Black Cat Café space in the Lassiter District. Check them out here.
  • Up in North Raleigh’s Litchford Village, reader Rebecca Calhoun notified me that Hoppy Endings, a neighborhood bar and bottleshop, is now open. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Also in North Raleigh, reader Paul Prause tipped me off to the fact that a Hot Sauce & Ketchup concept is coming to Peachtree Market at 7440 Six Forks Road. It will feature burgers and wings. No word yet on an exact open date. Check them out here.
  • Dana McCall announced via his GoGoRaleigh twitter feed that Cary’s Diced Gourmet Salads and Wraps (Kildaire Farm Road in Cary) is opening a second location in Raleigh’s Oberlin Court. No exact timeline, but their sign is up. Check them out here.
  • Is eight enough? I don’t think so, at least when you are talking about Rise Biscuits & Donuts locations. Rise Biscuits and Donuts announced this week that they will open their eighth Triangle-area location in Holly Springs in the Holly Springs Towne Center in March 2017. Check out Rise here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • This is the biggest restaurant news to hit Chapel Hill in some time, but Durham’s Guglhupf has plans to open a location in Eastgate Crossing (apparently in the space formerly occupied by Evos). No official word from either Eastgate or Guglhupf, but several readers sent me photos of the signage in the window. Also no word yet on the “scope” of the operation. Stay tuned and check out Guglhupf here.
  • So, apparently we jumped the gun a bit on The Bullpen, a joint venture of Bull Durham Beer Company and Heavenly Buffaloes. WRAL reported that The Bullpen plans to open in early December in the Diamond View III building across from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Check out the article on WRAL here.

Closings

  • As noted above, Glenwood South’s Cafe Helios has closed…for good this time.
  • Also on Glenwood South, Raleigh Agenda reported that Indian restaurant Indio at 222 Glenwood Ave. has closed.
  • In North Raleigh, Triangle Business Journal reported that the Tilted Kilt has closed after a five-year run.
  • And over in Chapel Hill, Triangle Business Journal announced that McAlister’s Deli on East Franklin Street closed. They’ve been there since the late 90’s. Word from Johnny Morris is that he already has someone lined up for that space. Stay tuned.

Food Trucks

  • Rudolf’s Food Truck Rodeo will be held in Knightdale on Sunday, December 4th at the Knightdale Station Park. Look for 10+ trucks, beer, Santa Claus, live music and kids’ activities. Get all the details here.

Events

  • Listen up chefs! Want to win a pristine restored classic car – a 1969 Corvette Stingray? That is the “trophy” for the Lucy Daniels Center’s Cooking for a Classic 2017 – but the deadline for chefs to apply is TODAY (December 2). The actual event is in February and March. Get all the details here.
  • Piedmont’s general manager and beverage director Crawford Leavoy welcomes Bernie Lubbers, global whiskey ambassador for Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown, KY, for a 5-course whiskey-paired dinner Wednesday, December 7th at 6:30. This unique dinner will feature 3 whiskey cocktails, two whiskeys served neat, and one on the rocks – all alongside Chef John May’s locally sourced, Southern cuisine. The 5-course menu is available for $60; and an additional $25 for the whiskey pairings. Contact 919-683-1213 for reservations.
  • The second annual Bull City Holiday Food & Wine Soirée will take place at the Rickhouse on December 8th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event is a holiday food and beverage pop up market highlighting NC food and drinks folks. The intent is to give people an opportunity to meet face-to-face a variety of NC small businesses and fill their stockings and gift baskets with local treats. Admission is free. All of the details and a listing of the vendors can be found on their website here.
  • On December 15 at 6:30 p.m., Teddy Diggs, executive chef of Chapel Hill’s Il Palio, will join forces with international seafood expert, Barton Seaver, to craft a fresh approach to the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Hosted at Il Palio, this historic Italian feast will feature exclusively sustainably sourced seafood, showcasing recipes from Seaver’s acclaimed cookbook, Two If By Sea, and classics from chef Diggs’ Italian repertoire. Tickets may be purchased for $135 by calling 919-918-2545 and include autographed copies of Seaver’s Two If By Sea cookbook, Italian wine pairings, tax and gratuity.

Food Bank Corner

  • Gifts went twice as far this #GivingTuesday thanks to a matching gift from our generous partners Allscripts, Delta Airlines, Harris Teeter, and Railinc. Every dollar donated was matched up to our goal of $40,000! We are pleased to share that we’ve met the #GivingTuesday goal of $40,000! Because of the support of our generous community, we were able to provide 504,865 meals as part of our Holiday Meals Drive! Although the match has been met, you can still make a donation that will count toward our Holiday Meals Drive in which we are committed to providing 2.4 million meals before December 31.We can still use your help…click here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – November 18, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • It is turkey time! If you don’t want to spend your Thanksgiving in the kitchen, we have some information you will be interested in. First up, Raleigh’s Q Shack offers up everything from whole smoked turkeys, to sides, to the entire turkey-day meal! Today, November 18th, is the last day to order! My family has been doing this for several years and it has been fantastic! Check out all the details here.
  • If going out to eat on Thanksgiving is what you had in mind, the News & Observer has you covered with a comprehensive list of restaurants that are open (better get your reservation in now) to serve you. Check it out here.
  • And finally, the News & Observer has also put together a list of bakeries where you can get delicious pies for your Thanksgiving day spread. Check that list out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Not sure how I missed this, but Dawat’s Indian Restaurant at the corner of Davis Drive and McCrimmon Parkway in Morrisville has closed. But it didn’t take long for that space to fill back up. It has become Hyderabadhouse Indian Restaurant | Birayni Place. This will mark the chain’s 18th location. Check the local operation out on Facebook here and their website here.
  • The News & Observer reported that Raleigh ice cream shop Fresh has made plans to open a second location (original location is at 6033 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh) in downtown Cary at 138 E. Chatham Street. Look for them to open next Spring. Check them out here.
  • Also on E. Chatham Street in Cary, the News & Observer reported that a market, cafe and wine bar featuring European cuisine is slated to open next year in the former Dorry’s Downtown space (and before that the legendary deli The Food Factory). Pro’s Epicurean Market and Cafe is the creation of chef Richard Procida. We couldn’t find a website, but here is the article in the News & Observer.
  • And next door, in the new building going up, Pizzeria Faulisi, which will serve Neapolitan-style pizza, expects to open in late January or early February. Check them out.
  • Also in Cary, got word from Michael DePersia that the former San Remo space in Cary’s Millpond Village (where Publix just opened) will become a Thai restaurant called Thai Lotus.
  • Michael also shared that the Michael Markham will transform the former Amedeo’s of Apex into another Brew n Que, serving craft beer and bbq. This will be the second location of Brew n Que (original brick and mortar location on Maynard Road in Cary). No word yet on an open date. We will keep an eye on it. Check out Brew n Que here.
  • Over in Raleigh, tomorrow (November 19) is the grand opening of Anisette, a neighborhood treat shop near Raleigh’s Five Points (at 209 Bickett Blvd). It is the creation of former Videri Chocolate Factory head confectioner Nicole Evans Groth and her husband, Jason. They open at 11 a.m. Get all the details on their Facebook page here.
  • The Raleigh Agenda  reported that next month Song Peebua will open his second restaurant (he owns the Thai House on Wake Forest Road) named Mama Jee, a new Thai and sushi restaurant which will be located on the ground floor of the Friendly Apartments, located at the corner of Hillsborough Street and Friendly Street. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Also in Raleigh, WRAL noted that The Outpost, just off Moore Square in downtown, has opened serving up coffee, smoothies, and tiki cocktails. It is located in the former home of Notte Urbana, and before that Holly’s on Hargett and before that Mo’s Diner. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Staying in Raleigh, if you are looking for free pizza for a year (who isn’t?), be one of the first 100 in line today at Pieology Pizzeria in North Hills as they celebrate their grand opening this weekend with activities planned today and through the weekend. Get all the details here.
  • Amorino, a dessertery straight from Italy, will open to the public next Tuesday, Nov. 22, in downtown Raleigh (more specifically to the street level of the Edison Lofts at 137 Davie St.). It’s best known for its gorgeous cones in which servers create a gelato rose. They also serve amazing hot drinks, crepes, macaroons and more. This is a BIG deal for Raleigh, joining Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Boston and New York among other locations in the United States. Learn more about Amorino here.
  • And then there were three…The Triangle’s third b.good fast-casual eatery opened yesterday in Morrisville’s Park West Village. b.good already has locations in Raleigh’s North Hills and in downtown Raleigh on Fayetteville Street. Check out the new location here.
  • Down in Holly Springs, Blaze Pizza opens today and will be offering free pizza to all who follow them on one of their social media platforms. It is located in the Holly Springs Towne Center, beside the Carmike Cinemas Ovation Cinema Grill 9. Check out Blaze here.
  • And in Fuquay Varina, reader Aaron Bradshaw tweeted that he noticed that there is a banner for a Zeera Indian Restaurant on the front of the closed Mt. Fuji Restaurant.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Bites of Bull City blogger Amber Watson sent word that Bull Durham Beer Company with Heavenly Buffaloes have opened their bar garden adjacent to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park called The Bullpen. They are located in the space originally occupied by Ed Mitchell’s Que. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Got word that The Cookery, one of Durham’s favorite event spaces, is expanding into the adjacent building. The expansion will include a ballroom, bridal suite, private garden and extended kitchen space. Get all the details here.
  • Also in Durham, WRAL reported that the Belgian Waffle Crafters food truck has opened a kiosk at Southpoint just in time for the holiday. WRAL noted this is the third food truck to open a “brick and mortar” location in the mall’s food court. Check them out here.

Closings

  • Reader Bianca Bradford tipped me off to the fact that Tom Yum Thai in Cary closed.
  • Reader Chris Creighton informed me about multiple closures. They include Lime Fresh Mexican Grill in Morrisville; Able Bar & Grill in Cary; and the Qdoba Mexican Grill on Walnut St  in Cary.
  • And we learned from reader John Norris that Mesa Latin Kitchen on Durham’s Hillsborough Road has closed. Looks like it might be turned into an event space.

Food Trucks

  • Rudolf’s Food Truck rodeo will be held in Knightdale on Sunday, December 4th from 12-4 p.m. at the Knightdale Station Park. Look for 10+ trucks, beer, Santa Claus, live muic and kids’ activities. Get all the details here.

Events

  • On November 30th, Piedmont’s executive chef John May welcomes chef Dean Neff of PinPoint in Wilmington, NC to collaborate on a 6-course Gullah-inspired dinner celebrating sustainably farmed oysters; each course will be paired with sparkling wines from different regions, highlighting the breadth and variety of these wines. Locals Seafood will supply North Carolina oysters from Chadwick Creek, Harkers Island, Newport River, and Masonboro, and funds raised support North Carolina Catch. The dinner is at 6:30pm. The $65/ person menu is also available for $95, with sparkling wine pairings. Contact 919-683-1213 for reservations.
  • Triangle Family Services will host its 14th annual Gingerbread Benefit on Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in RTP. This daylong fundraising benefit, running from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., features the Triangle’s best chefs and bakers creating gingerbread masterpieces in lieu of the upcoming holidays. Get all the details here.
  • On Thursday, December 1st, Humble Pie and Wine Authorities are hosting their first ever Meinklang Wine & Winter Feast on the patio complete with a dinner served family style (fire pits to ensure guests are cozy) and of course select Meinklang natural wines. Cost is only $50 pp plus tax and gratuity. Limited seating available so make your reservation today on their website using the reservation page or by calling 919.829.9222. Get more details here.
  • Piedmont’s general manager and beverage director Crawford Leavoy welcomes Bernie Lubbers, global whiskey ambassador for Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown, KY, for a 5-course whiskey-paired dinner Wednesday, December 7th at 6:30. This unique dinner will feature 3 whiskey cocktails, two whiskeys served neat, and one on the rocks – all alongside chef John May’s locally sourced, Southern cuisine. The 5-course menu is available for $60; and an additional $25 for the whiskey pairings. Contact 919-683-1213 for reservations.
  • On December 15 at 6:30 p.m., Teddy Diggs, executive chef of Il Palio, will join forces with international seafood expert, Barton Seaver, to craft a fresh approach to the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Hosted at Il Palio in Chapel Hill, this historic Italian feast will feature exclusively sustainably sourced seafood, showcasing recipes from Seaver’s acclaimed cookbook, Two If By Sea, and classics from chef Diggs’ Italian repertoire. Tickets may be purchased for $135 by calling 919-918-2545 and include autographed copies of Seaver’s Two If By Sea cookbook, Italian wine pairings, tax and gratuity.

Food Bank Corner

  • Tuesday, November 29th is Giving Tuesday at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Donations to fight hunger go twice as far on #GivingTuesday, thanks to a dollar-for-dollar match from their generous partners: Allscripts, Delta Airlines, Harris Teeter, and Railinc. Double your impact here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – November 11, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • It is turkey time! If you don’t want to spend your Thanksgiving in the kitchen, we have some information you will be interested in. First up, Raleigh’s Q Shack offers up everything from whole smoked turkeys, to sides, to the entire turkey-day meal! My family has been doing this for several years and it has been fantastic! Check out all the details here.
  • If going out to eat on Thanksgiving is what you had in mind, the News & Observer has you covered with a comprehensive list of restaurants that are open (better get your reservation in now) to serve you. Check it out here.
  • And finally, the News & Observer has also put together a list of bakeries where you can get delicious pies for your Thanksgiving day spread. Check that list out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • So a quick update on the changes over at Academy Street Bistro in Cary (just a few weeks ago it was announced that there had been a sudden change in ownership.) We have now learned that Tom Havrish chef/owner of Lugano Ristorante in Cary, is the new owner. We haven’t received an update yet on its plans to reopen (it may already have done so). We will keep up with this. Here is their Facebook page.
  • Also in Cary, got a press release announcing that the groundbreaking ceremony for a permanent retail location of Annelore’s German Bakery, a home-based, authentic German pastry and bread bakery, is planned for next Monday, November 14 at 4 p.m. at 308 W. Chatham Street in downtown Cary. You can keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here.
  • Over in Raleigh a couple of quick updates. The Raleigh Agenda posted an update that signage has gone up for Royale, an American bistro, moving into the former Batistella’s space on Raleigh’s Moore Square. Royale is from the same guys behind Stanbury and Cafe Lucarne. They are expected to open next month. Keep up with them on Twitter here.
  • And we got a press release announcing that Ed Mitchell is launching a food truck, Ed’s Q on Wheels, that can be booked for holiday parties. His brick and mortar location, Ed Mitchell’s Q at The Creek, in Brier Creek has broken ground. And finally, that Ed is no longer considering a space inside the Morgan Street Food Hall & Market in downtown Raleigh. Keep up with Ed on Twitter here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • The openings in Chatham County just south of Chapel Hill, in the Veranda development located at the 15-501 entrance to Briar Chapel, continue. Just this past Monday, Town Hall Burger & Beer at Briar Chapel swung open their doors (and rolled up their garage doors!). And this week we saw the soft-opening of Breakaway Cafe, combining coffee, food, beer and bicycles…Check out Breakaway here and Beer & Burger here.
  • Over in Durham, the British Indian gastropub, Viceroy, located in the five-points area of downtown Durham, is scheduled to open any day now. I was invited to a media event next week, so it is very, very close. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Also in Durham, I noticed a couple of weeks ago that the long-standing Spartacus restaurant had been completely leveled. Reader Cori Harrell Nix notified me that that spot is to become the next Chick-fil-A in the Triangle.
  • In Chapel Hill, got word from reader Thomas Viemont that there is a “Cuban Revolution” sign on the front of the former Mina’s Grill at 401 W. Franklin Street. Apparently there is quite a bit of renovation taking place, so it may be awhile before we see that open. Check out Cuban Revolution (located in Durham’s American Tobacco Campus) here.

Closings

  • Got word from a reader that Godavari, serving South Indian food, on Strickland Road in Raleigh has closed.

Food Trucks

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

Events

  • Obviously today is Veterans Day, and lots of restaurants do their part to celebrate and thank our veterans. WRAL has composed a great list of offerings that you can enjoy today.
  • Friend David McCreary tipped me off to SAVOR Fuquay-Varina, a culinary event with music, auctions, great food and great and a celebratory atmosphere. The event will take place Saturday, November 12th from 2-6 p.m. at the Bob Barker Company, 105 N. Main Street in Fuquay-Varina. Area restaurants and caterers come together in a friendly competition. Local breweries share their current selections. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, visit them here.
  • And John Huisman, aka Triangle Explorer, pointed out that Teddy Diggs, executive chef of Il Palio in Chapel Hill, and renowned author Katie Parla are teaming up to host a culinary tour of Italy’s capital. Hosted at Il Palio on November 15th, this Tasting Rome feast will feature recipes from Parla’s acclaimed cookbook, Tasting Rome, along with classics from Chef Diggs’ regional Italian repertoire. Tickets may be purchased for $125 by calling 919-918-2545 and include signed copies of the Tasting Rome cookbook, wine pairings, tax and gratuity. Visit Il Palio here.
  • Enjoy soups from top Triangle chefs as they compete to win the title of Soup-erior Chef at Urban Ministries of Wake County’s twelfth annual Stone Soup Supper on Wednesday, November 16th at the McKimmon Center at NC State University. For a $25 donation, guests receive unlimited bowls of artisan soups from more than 10 competing chefs and one hand-crafted piece of pottery from the Triangle Potters Guild. Funds raised from the event will be used to feed, shelter, and provide healthcare to low income individuals. Get all the details here.
  • On November 30th, Piedmont’s Executive Chef John May welcomes Chef Dean Neff of PinPoint in Wilmington, NC to collaborate on a 6-course Gullah-inspired dinner celebrating sustainably farmed oysters; each course will be paired with sparkling wines from different regions, highlighting the breadth and variety of these wines. Locals Seafood will supply North Carolina oysters from Chadwick Creek, Harkers Island, Newport River, and Masonboro, and funds raised support North Carolina Catch. The dinner is at 6:30pm. The $65/ person menu is also available for $95, with sparkling wine pairings. Contact 919-683-1213 for reservations.
  • Triangle Family Services will host its 14th annual Gingerbread Benefit on Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in RTP. This daylong fundraising benefit, running from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., features the Triangle’s best chefs and bakers creating gingerbread masterpieces in lieu of the upcoming holidays. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner

  • Exciting things have been happening at your Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina! They have moved to a much larger facility to accommodate their expanded operations and the continued need for food assistance. In celebration of this move, they invite you to their Community Open House THIS Saturday, November 12th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. (tours, food truck rodeo and fun & games). The new facility is at 1924 Capital Blvd. Get all the details on the Open House here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – November 4, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • WRAL broke the news this week that Tir na Nog is returning to downtown Raleigh! Former manager and unarguably the heart of Tir na Nog and the city’s Irish community, Annie Britton-Nice, announced via Facebook early Wednesday that the pub will be opening at 108 Hargett St., just around the corner from its previous home on South Blount Street. It will be located in the newly acquired extension to London Bridge Pub. While the pub opened yesterday, the new kitchen won’t be operating until late December, so Tir na Nog will be inviting food trucks to all public events. The venue will still be able to cater private events on site. Keep up with them on Facebook here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Raleigh Agenda first reported this week that Joule Coffee is closing on December 31st after three years. But it’s only a bittersweet exit, as Joule chef Sunny Gerhart will actually reopen the space early next year as St. Roch Oyster + Bar, inspired by his childhood in and around New Orleans. Ashley Christensen will remain involved as an investor and adviser. Read the full article here.
  • We told you about it last week, but Crawford and Son is officially open. Located at 618 North Person Street, they began taking reservations on Open Table. Crawford and Son is the first project from Crawford Hospitality. Check them out here.
  • Also in Raleigh, WRAL reported that former Videri Chocolate Factory head confectioner Nicole Evans Groth and her husband, Jason will hold the grand opening of the neighborhood treat shop Anisette on Saturday, Nov. 19, in Raleigh’s Five Points neighborhood (at 209 Bickett Blvd). Keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here.
  • In Wake Forest, got word from reader Erica Stevens that The Olde English Tea Room on White Street will be closing on December 24th. In its place will be Sugar Magnolia Cafe & Emporium with plans to open by February, 2017. Check them out here.
  • Up in Rolesville, got word from friend Jo Smith that Off The Hook restaurant has opened in the former Fitzgerald’s Seafood Restaurant space at 308 Southtown Circle. The new restaurant is owned by the McDonald family of Louisburg. Read more about it in the Rolesville Buzz here.
  • Down in Apex, got word that the newest location of McAlister’s Deli is opening next week at 1061 Pine Plaza Drive on Monday, November 7. Check out their Facebook page here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • The openings in Chatham County just south of Chapel Hill continue with the announcement from David Sadeghi that his Town Hall Burger & Beer at Briar Chapel will open on November 7th, next Monday. It is located in the Veranda complex at the 15-501 entrance to Briar Chapel. Visit their website here.

Closings

  • In Wake Forest, got word from reader Erica Stevens that The Olde English Tea Room on White Street will be closing on December 24th.
  • And as mentioned above, Joule Coffee in downtown Raleigh will close December 31. St. Roch Oyster + Bar will open a few months later in that spot.

Food Trucks

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

Events

  • This past Wednesday, the Carolina Hurricanes announced details for the “Hurricanes Homegrown Series.” The set of 8 games will have a local flare that include local art, music, beer and of course food. Un-arena-like food appearances will include chicken and waffles, State Fair burgers, pimento grilled cheese sandwiches with fried pickles and more. Details, a schedule and a list of food offerings can be found here.
  • On November 6th, the folks over at Acme will bring back the fourth edition of Salt & Smoke Festival to beautiful Rock Quarry Farm on Highway 54 just outside of Carrboro. This is becoming quite the event, as over 500 people attended last year. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • Also on November 6th, food truck American Meltdown will host the 3rd annual Much Ado About Cheese Festival at The Rickhouse in Durham from 1-4 p.m. (VIP entry at noon). This is your opportunity to sample wines and cheeses from regional and local NC farmers, creameries, and shops. Get tickets and more information here.
  • Next Tuesday, November 8th is not just Election Day, but is also the 28th annual RSVVP (restaurants giving 10 percent) to benefit the IFC’s FoodFirst food programs. All you do is eat breakfast, lunch and/or dinner at any participating restaurant, and 10% will go to the IFC. Check out the list of participating restaurants here.
  • Next Friday, November 11th (Veterans Day), the Triangle Dairy Queen locations will offer a free medium-size Blizzard to all veterans and active service members. This will take place at locations in Raleigh, Cary & Morrisville. They will also make a donation to the US Veterans Corps. Find locations and more details here.
  • Friend David McCreary tipped me off to SAVOR Fuquay-Varina, a culinary event with music, auctions, great food and a celebratory atmosphere. The event will take place Saturday, November 12th from 2-6 p.m. at the Bob Barker Company, 105 N. Main Street in Fuquay-Varina. Area restaurants and caterers come together in a friendly competition. Local breweries share their current selections. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, visit them here.
  • This is really cool. They are setting up a 1,000-seat table in the middle of Fayetteville Street (between Morgan and Martin Streets) on Sunday November 13th from 12-4 p.m. to host “The Sunday Supper” to to support businesses and families impacted by the catastrophic flooding. Ticket sales and donations will go online soon. Check it out here.
  • John Huisman, aka Triangle Explorer, pointed out that Teddy Diggs, executive chef of Il Palio in Chapel Hill, and renowned author Katie Parla are teaming up to host a culinary tour of Italy’s capital. Hosted at Il Palio on November 15th, this Tasting Rome feast will feature recipes from Parla’s acclaimed cookbook, Tasting Rome, along with classics from Chef Diggs’ regional Italian repertoire. Tickets may be purchased for $125 by calling 919-918-2545 and include signed copies of the Tasting Rome cookbook, wine pairings, tax and gratuity. Visit Il Palio here.
  • Enjoy soups from top Triangle chefs as they compete to win the title of Soup-erior Chef at Urban Ministries of Wake County’s 12th annual Stone Soup Supper on Wednesday, November 16th at the McKimmon Center at NC State University. For a $25 donation, guests receive unlimited bowls of artisan soups from more than 10 competing chefs and one hand-crafted piece of pottery from the Triangle Potters Guild. Funds raised from the event will be used to feed, shelter, and provide healthcare to low income individuals. Get all the details here. 

Food Bank Corner 

  • Exciting things have been happening at your Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina! They have moved to a much larger facility to accommodate their expanded operations and the continued need for food assistance. In celebration of this move, they invite you to their Community Open House on Saturday, November 12th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. (tours, food truck rodeo and fun & games). The new facility is at 1924 Capital Blvd. Get all the details on the Open House here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – October 28, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • And so it is. A bit of normalcy and pride will return to downtown Raleigh next week with the much-anticipated opening of Scott Crawford’s Crawford & Son. It will open this coming week, just a few months after he announced he was leaving Standard Foods for his own gig. His own kitchen. His own space. Raleigh is lucky to have kept Scott’s talents and this will undoubtedly leave its mark for a long time on this little corner of Raleigh. Keep up with their announcements via their Facebook page here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Durham is sharing a little of their love with Wake County beginning next week – that is if you consider waffles smothered with chicken, warm syrup and powdered sugar as love! That’s right, Dame’s Chicken & Waffles will open a location in Cary next Tuesday, adjacent to the Bass Pro Shop on Harrison Avenue in the former Firewurst location according to WRAL. Check out Dame’s here.
  • The Raleigh Agenda reported this week that Tulum, a Mayan-themed restaurant, is coming to Fayetteville Street in early December and will fill the spot formerly occupied by La Volta, Twisted Mango, and most recently, San Lorenzo at 411 Fayetteville Street. Owner Alfredo Lara is known locally for the successful launch of two locations of Mi Cancun. Check out the write-up here.
  • Saw that New World Raleigh coffee shop, located in Raleigh on Pleasant Valley Road, has reopened after a week of major interior renovations (and a new logo). I haven’t been by yet, but the pictures look amazing! They even hosted a latte “throw down” last night. Check out their new space here.
  • Over in Cary, got word from reader Ashley Mills that effective immediately, the ownership of Academy Street Bistro has changed hands. Apparently, during the transition to new ownership, it is not open. Obviously this story is unfolding, so we will keep an eye on it. Here is their Facebook page with the announcement.
  • The News & Observer reported this week that down in Holly Springs things are about to get a little sweeter as Mama Bird’s Cookies + Cream, a new shop featuring handmade ice cream and treats, is set to open on Nov. 3 at 304 N. Main Street. Check them out here.
  • And a ‘happy birthday’ to Glenwood Avenue’s Plates Kitchen as they celebrate 3 years with a special Spanish Tapas party on the afternoon of November 5th. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Down in Chatham County, just over the county line from Chapel Hill, the second of four restaurants has opened in the new Veranda development at the 15-501 entrance to Briar Chapel. Capp’s Apizza opened Thursday of this week featuring a few pizza specials including their Caponata and Pumpkin pizza. Check it out here.
  • The folks over at Bull McCabes Irish Pub in Durham announced this week that they have secured RJ St. John as their new executive chef. RJ has experience from the beaches of Sarasota, Florida, to New Orleans and even to a food truck right here in Durham. Look for him to raise the bar on “pub grub.” Check them out here.
  • Also in Durham, Northgate Mall announced the addition of Chef’s House which will feature a variety of hand-breaded chicken, seafood and pork options cooked daily by Carmen and Paul Dascanio. Visit Northgate Mall here.

Closings

  • Got word from multiple sources this week that Durham’s Shrimp Boats is closing their doors at the end of business today (October 28). Shrimp Boats opened originally in 1970.
  • Also, the Triangle Business Journal reported this week that both 510 Tavern and Raleigh Roadhouse (located in the 510 Glenwood building) have been closed. That’s less than a year for both of those.
  • And got word from reader Ashley Mills that Pita Bon on Kildaire Farm Road in Cary has also closed.

Food Trucks

  • Thanks to a tip from reader Diane Dennis, I learned that there is a new food truck, Wicked Kitchen, that is making it’s area debut this weekend at Fainting Goat brewery in Fuquay. Wicked Kitchen transplanted from Baltimore and specializes in Maryland style crab amazement!  Here’s a link to their Facebook page.
  • This Sunday, October 30th will feature the “Halloween Weekend” Food Truck Rodeo in Durham Central Park with over 50+ local food trucks, local craft beer, local artists and live music. The event runs from 12-4pm. You can view a list of trucks 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

  • PICNIC, North Carolina’s newest whole hog barbecue joint, and its’ farm partner, Green Button Farm, are hosting their inaugural NC Barbecue Revival at the farm this weekend, October 28th – 30th. The three-day weekend will be chock full of classes, discussions, feasts and pig pickins’. Get a listing of all the events, ticket information and every last detail on their website here.
  • The second annual Pork + Vine festival will be held on October 30 from 12 – 4 p.m. outside of The Wine Feed’s downtown Raleigh store located at 602 Glenwood Avenue. Chefs from five well-known area restaurants, including Gravy, Oval Park Grille, Patrick Jane’s Bar & Bistro, Buku and Gonza’s Tacos y Tequila, will each prepare their own pork-inspired small plates, which will then be thoughtfully paired with a pour of high-quality wine specifically chosen from The Wine Feed’s extensive selection. For additional information and tickets, go here.
  • On November 6th, the folks over at Acme will bring back the fourth edition of Salt & Smoke Festival to beautiful Rock Quarry Farm on Highway 54 just outside of Carrboro. This is becoming quite the event, as over 500 people attended last year. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • This is really cool. They are setting up a 1,000-seat table in the middle of Fayetteville Street (between Morgan and Martin Streets) on Sunday, November 13th from 12-4 p.m. to host “The Sunday Supper” to to support businesses and families impacted by the catastrophic flooding. Ticket sales and donations will go online soon. Check it out here.
  • John Huisman, aka Triangle Explorer, pointed out that Teddy Diggs, executive chef of Il Palio in Chapel Hill, and renowned author Katie Parla are teaming up to host a culinary tour of Italy’s capital. Hosted at Il Palio on November 15th, this Tasting Rome feast will feature recipes from Parla’s acclaimed cookbook, Tasting Rome, along with classics from Chef Diggs’ regional Italian repertoire. Tickets may be purchased for $125 by calling 919-918-2545 and include signed copies of the Tasting Rome cookbook, wine pairings, tax and gratuity. Visit Il Palio here.
  • Enjoy soups from top Triangle chefs as they compete to win the title of Soup-erior Chef at Urban Ministries of Wake County’s twelfth annual Stone Soup Supper on Wednesday, November 16th at the McKimmon Center at NC State University. For a $25 donation, guests receive unlimited bowls of artisan soups from more than 10 competing chefs and one hand-crafted piece of pottery from the Triangle Potters Guild. Funds raised from the event will be used to feed, shelter, and provide healthcare to low income individuals. Get all the details here. 

Food Bank Corner 

  • Exciting things have been happening at your Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina! They have moved to a much larger facility to accommodate their expanded operations and the continued need for food assistance. In celebration of this move, they invite you to their Community Open House on Saturday, November 12th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. (tours, food truck rodeo and fun & games). The new facility is at 1924 Capital Blvd. Get all the details on the Open House here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – October 21, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • The Raleigh Agenda was the first to report that Buku’s Sean Degnan and Tony Hopkins will open their second restaurant, Soca, in Raleigh’s Cameron Village in the space formerly occupied by Faire. Where Buku tends to focus on updates of popular, approachable dishes from Asia, Soca will shift its eye to South and Central America, the menu bouncing between Colombia and Mexico, Trinidad and Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Chile. They plan to open in January. Keep up with their progress on Facebook here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Up in Youngsville, just north of Raleigh in Franklin County, the folks over at Rocky Top Hospitality have purchased The Boondocks, a special events facility located in historic downtown Youngsville and are rebranding the venue as Cross+Main. Rocky Top Catering and Southland BBQ Catering will now be the exclusive caterers of Cross+Main. Check them out here. Congratulations to Dean Ogan and his team!
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported that over in Morrisville, Guasaca, a Venezuelan grill-style restaurant, will be opening a third location in the region by December. The owners of Guasaca have signed a lease inside the new Weston Corners retail complex at the intersection of Weston Parkway and Chapel Hill Road. Check them out here.
  • And just down the street, Lubrano’s Italian Restaurant at 101 Keybridge Drive in Morrisville is now Paolo’s on 54. Same ownership and team, just new name. Stop by and check them out.
  • Also in Morrisville, food blog FoodCary reported that Morrisville will be getting its first Potbelly Sandwich Shop at 9662 Chapel Hill Road as the Chicago sandwich store comes to the area, with three more openings planned in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. The plan for the Potbelly in Morrisville is to open either in the last week of January or the first week of February. Check out Potbelly here.
  • Over in Raleigh, we saw on James Borden’s Raleigh Public Record blog that final site work permits were issued last week for Raleigh’s newest Panera Bread (yawn), which will be located at the redeveloped Villages of Lake Boone. Actual building permits have not been issued yet, so we don’t have a timeline on that project.
  • Congratulations to Jill Donovan of Donovan’s Dish as she announced this week that they have launched their Dish to Door service. Now you can enjoy their signature dishes such as Chef TJ’s Famous Shrimp & Grits or their signature Stuffed Chicken right in the comfort of your own home. Check out their promo video here or visit Donovan’s Dish here.
  • And finally, a couple of “anniversary” shout outs – Capital Club 16 recently celebrated 6 years and Moonlight Pizza turned 20 last week. Thanks to Ashton Mae Smith for bringing those to my attention.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Noticed over in Chapel HIll at East 54 that CocoBean Coffee & Tea has opened. They are located adjacent to Tobacco Road Sports Cafe and directly across from elements. Check them out here.

Closings

  • Thanks to a tip from Ashton Mae Smith, she noted via New Raleigh that the Dickey’s BBQ location on Davie Street in downtown Raleigh has closed.

Food Trucks

  • Congratulations to the ladies at Pho Nomenal Dumpling Truck as Buzzfeed, the national website that loves cultural trends, has named them the best food truck in North Carolina. Congratulations! And thanks to the Triangle Business Journal for pointing this out via Twitter. Check them out here. I will say, I still miss their original name – Dump Pho King Truck. Classic.
  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related.

Events

  • This Saturday, October 22nd, the Carolina RailHawks are hosting Minnesota United as the final home game this season and will hold a food truck rodeo prior to AND during the game. Featured trucks include: Bulkogi, Backyard Bistro, Bam Pow Chow, Kocina, Arepa Culture and CJ’s Street Food. Get tickets and all the details here. Or call the box office at 919-459-8144.
  • Jennifer Noble Kelly notified me about PICNIC, North Carolina’s newest whole hog barbecue joint, and its’ farm partner, Green Button Farm, hosting their inaugural NC Barbecue Revival at the farm this fall, October 28th – 30th. The three-day weekend will be chock full of classes, discussions, feasts and pig pickins’. Get a listing of all the events, ticket information and every last detail on the their website here.
  • The second annual Pork + Vine festival will be held on October 30 from 12 – 4 p.m. outside of The Wine Feed’s downtown Raleigh store located at 602 Glenwood Avenue. Chefs from five well-known area restaurants, including Gravy, Oval Park Grille, Patrick Jane’s Bar & Bistro, Buku and Gonza’s Tacos y Tequila, will each prepare their own pork-inspired small plates, which will then be thoughtfully paired with a pour of high-quality wine specifically chosen from The Wine Feed’s extensive selection. For additional information and tickets, go here.
  • On November 6th, the folks over at Acme will bring back the fourth edition of Salt & Smoke Festival to beautiful Rock Quarry Farm on Highway 54 just outside of Carrboro. This is becoming quite the event, as over 500 people attended last year. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • And John Huisman, aka Triangle Explorer, pointed out that Teddy Diggs, executive chef of Il Palio in Chapel Hill, and renowned author Katie Parla are teaming up to host a culinary tour of Italy’s capital. Hosted at Il Palio on November 15th, this Tasting Rome feast will feature recipes from Parla’s acclaimed cookbook, Tasting Rome, along with classics from Chef Diggs’ regional Italian repertoire. Tickets may be purchased for $125 by calling 919-918-2545 and include signed copies of the Tasting Rome cookbook, wine pairings, tax and gratuity. Visit Il Palio here.

Food Bank Corner

  • Exciting things have been happening at your Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina! They have moved to a much larger facility to accommodate their expanded operations and the continued need for food assistance. In celebration of this move, they invite you to their Community Open House on Saturday, November 12th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. (tours, food truck rodeo and fun & games). The new facility is at 1924 Capital Blvd. Get all the details on the Open House here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – October 14, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, thousands of our neighbors are without food, water and basic supplies. The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is poised to deliver life sustaining food, water, and non-food essentials to the thousands affected. You can support the Food Bank’s efforts by making a donation today. For every dollar donated, the Food Bank can provide five meals. Please help the Food Bank serve those who have been seriously impacted by this storm. Find out here how your donations and/or time can help in those efforts.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • James Borden reported last week in his Raleigh Public Record that the London Bridge Pub at 110 East Hargett Street in downtown Raleigh will be adding a kitchen. Anticipate the menu to be “English-inspired” – bangers and mash, fish and chips, all that traditional stuff, with burgers and sandwiches and salads according to the Raleigh Agenda. Check out London Bridge here.
  • Borden also reported that Sola Coffee out on Lead Mine Road will be undergoing $112,000 in renovations that will add a new seating area to the popular coffee shop. Check out Sola here.
  • We are getting closer to the opening of Lou Moshakos’ latest venture, Vidrio, a Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar. There was a big social media push this week looking to hire staff. It will be located at 500 Glenwood South in the same building as the Carolina Ale House, their sister restaurant. Keep up with the latest on Vidrio on their Facebook page.
  • The folks over at Rocky Top Hospitality (Dean’s, Twisted Fork, The Daily Planet Cafe, 1705 Prime, etc.) have launched a new venture, Southland BBQ Catering. There is no store front, delivery to homes and businesses will be available 7 days a week. Check them out here.
  • Got word from WRAL that Tropical Picken Chicken in Wake Forest (2010 S Main Street) is moving ¼ mile up the road next to Bella Pizza at 109 Capcom Avenue, Wake Forest. Their grand opening in the new location will be November 4th. In the interim, they remain open at their original location until October 30th and will be giving away free lunch certificates from now until the grand opening. Get all the details on their Facebook page here.
  • And WRAL reported this week that Parkside Restaurant in downtown Raleigh will begin offering brunch this Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Check out Parkside here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • The American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham is getting two new dining options. First up, from the folks behind Tyler’s Taproom, comes Maybelle’s, a BBQ and biscuit concept. Aimed to meet the needs of breakfast diners all the way through dinner, Maybelle’s will offer scratch made biscuits, eastern NC pulled pork BBQ, ribs, brisket and sides. Look for them to open December 1st. They don’t have a website yet, but you can learn more about them here.
  • And second, Wedgies Sandwiches is also coming to the American Tobacco Campus in early December. The beloved Southern Pines pizza crust focused sandwich shop will open its second location on the ground floor of Diamond View III. Owned by a former golf pro, Wedgie’s aims to bring its promise of “Bite Me & You’ll Love Me” to Durham’s hungry and discerning diners. Learn about Wedgies here.
  • Got a press release this week that Sera Cuni and Susan White, the owners of Root Cellar Café & Catering in Chapel Hill, will open a second location in Pittsboro in the new Penguin Place at Chatham Park. Look for a stronger focus on dinner and more outdoor seating when they open toward the end of summer 2017. Check out Root Cellar here.
  • The Duke Chronicle reported that Jumba Juice is coming to Ninth Street and will be on the first floor of the Solis Ninth Street apartments and will be the first Triangle area location. Look for it to open before the end of the year. Check out Jumba Juice here.

Closings

  • Got word first from reader Stephen Wall that Crisp on Glenwood South has closed.
  • David McCreary informed me that Edna Morales announced that after a four-year run she is closing her namesake Edna’s Cafe & Cocktails located at 135 S. Main Street in downtown Fuquay-Varina.

Food Trucks

  • The Raleigh Durham Mobile Food Association (RDUMFA) will hold a food truck rodeo in Carrboro this Sunday, October 16th from 11 – 4 p.m. at the Carrboro Town Hall grounds. Get more information on their website.
  • 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 haven’t heard…the STATE FAIR IS HERE! – now through Oct. 23rd and their “Eat Lunch at the Fair” deal. Here’s how it works. Come to Gate 9 (only) after 11:30 a.m. on weekdays, pay $10 cash for a lunch card to get in, get your grub on at any fair vendor, and exit out the same gate by 1:30 p.m., and you get your $10 cash back. Sign me up! Get all the details here.
  • This weekend (Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th) is the 3rd Annual Triangle VegFest in Raleigh. Saturday’s events will be at Nash Square in downtown Raleigh from 1-5 p.m., and Sunday’s events will be held at the McKimmon Center from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Get all the details here. Thanks to Holly Kahl for the heads up!
  • Also on Sunday (Oct. 16), in Carrboro, grab a locally made pottery bowl, enjoy a hearty meal of soup, sandwiches and dessert and help TABLE provide food aid to area children all while enjoying live music and a silent auction at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro. Tickets: $15-$50. Visit here for all the details.
  • And if that is not enough for one day, head over to Chapel Hill for A Tasteful Affair taking place at the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium, to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill will have food and beverage purveyors like Chirba Chirba, elements and others competing for awards with judges like UNC’s Sean May and Miss North Carolina McKenzie Faggart crowning their favorites. Tickets: $75-$125. Get all the details here.
  • The 12th Annual Garner Rotary Club OysterFest will be held the evening of October 20 at the Fidelity Business Park in Garner.  Monies raised at the event are used to fund college scholarships for area high school seniors. The menu includes “all you can eat” oysters, seafood bisque and clam chowder, catfish fingers, chicken fingers, popcorn shrimp, pulled BBQ, coleslaw, potato salad, French fries, dessert and drinks. A cash bar is also available. Tickets are $30 in advance from a Rotarian and $35 at the door. Get all the information here.
  • Jennifer Noble Kelly sent me information about PICNIC, North Carolina’s newest whole hog barbecue joint, and its’ farm partner, Green Button Farm, hosting their inaugural NC Barbecue Revival at the farm this fall, October 28th – 30th. The three-day weekend will be chock full of classes, discussions, feasts and pig pickins’. Get a listing of all the events, ticket information and every last detail on the their website here.
  • On November 6th, the folks over at Acme will bring back the fourth edition of Salt & Smoke Festival to beautiful Rock Quarry Farm on Highway 54 just outside of Carrboro. This is becoming quite the event, as over 500 people attended last year. Get all the details and ticket information here.

Food Bank Corner 

  • Join the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at the NC State Fair on Thursday, October 20th. Here is how it works. Bring five cans of Food Lion brand food to the NC State Fair and you get in free! And you’ve helped a great cause in the process. Everybody wins. 5 cans = free admission. Get all the details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – October 7, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Royale, an American bistro with French and European influences, will open this fall in the former Battistella’s space at 200 East Martin Street in the City Market area of downtown Raleigh. Royale is a joint effort of Will Jeffers (Stanbury, Cafe Lucarne) Jeff Seizer, joining as the executive chef, and Jesse Bardyn, baker extraordinaire. The most detail at this point is on Twitter here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • The other big news in downtown Raleigh is that Standard Foods (2.0) opened back up yesterday under the guidance of chef Eric Montagne and master sommelier Fred Dexheimer. The well regarded restaurant closed this past June with the departure of Scott Crawford. Get the latest on their website here.
  • Also in downtown Raleigh, the former location of the former Mo’s Diner, then Holly’s on Hargett and then Notte Urbana, will become The Outpost in two weeks. Owner Claudia Frady says it will be a Tiki bar, but also offer coffee, juices, smoothies and other drinks, in addition to a limited food menu. Check out the write-up on Raleigh Agenda here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported that Giardino Gourmet Salads, well known in Florida, is coming to Harrison Square in Cary later this month near the Bass Pro Shop on Harrison Avenue. Get to know them here.
  • Also in Cary, the Triangle Business Journal reported that the local franchise partners for Built Custom Burgers have signed a deal to open a second Triangle location at the new Whole Foods-anchored retail center on N.C. 55. In June, Built Burgers confirmed plans to open the first North Carolina location at the Streets of Southpoint Mall in Durham by early 2017. Check them out here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported that the latest dinner/movie concept has opened in Holly Springs. Ovation Cinema Grill 9 will have its grand opening on October 13th, but now through October 11th they will show recently released films for $3 with proceeds going to the Meg’s Smile Foundation. Get a preview of them here on their Facebook page.
  • A quick shout out to Charles Winston and Wil O’Neal and the celebration of the 30th year of a Raleigh landmark, Winston’s Grille. If you’ve never been before, do yourself a favor. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • We hinted at some rumors surrounding Heavenly Buffaloes last week, but WRAL filled us in on the details this week. Bull Durham Beer Co. is teaming up with Heavenly Buffaloes for a new beer garden called The Bullpen. It will be located in a 2,000-square-foot space on the ground floor of the American Tobacco Campus’ Diamond View III building. The Bullpen will operate year round and feature an outdoor patio. Lunch and dinner will feature selections from Heavenly Buffaloes and they will have eight rotating taps featuring Bull Durham Beer and other North Carolina beers. Look for them to open later this month. Check out Heavenly Buffaloes here and Bull Durham Beer Co. here.
  • An update on the offerings coming to Eastgate in Chapel Hill. Reader Jason Klaitman notified me that Chipotle is also coming to Eastgate joining Chopt, Babalu’s and Zoe’s. Chipotle already has a location in downtown Chapel Hill, and just down 15-501 in Durham. No word yet on an official open date. Check out Chipotle here.
  • The Cup-A-Joe at 120 West King Street in downtown Hillsborough has moved…but just down the street to larger digs at 112 West King Street. They made the successful move earlier this week. Check them out in their new expanded space! Congrats to Brooke Erceg and Ryan Creery. Get the latest on their Facebook page here.

Closings

  • Got word from reader Chris Creighton that San Remo Italian Grill on Kildaire Farm Road in Cary has closed.
  • Chris also informed us that Off Kilter Pub & Grille on Center Street in Apex has closed.

Food Trucks

  • The final Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo of the year is this Sunday, October 9 from 1-6 p.m. Hopefully all of the rain will be out of here, and all can enjoy some good eats! Get all the details here.
  • If you are a golf nut you’re probably pretty excited about the SAS Championship golf tournament the weekend of October 11-16 at Prestonwood Country Club. But if you are more into food trucks (or perhaps both!), then don’t miss the free food truck rodeo taking place on Friday, October 14 featuring Cousins Maine Lobster, Chirba Chirba Dumpling, American Meltdown and Spanglish. More information and menus can be found here.
  • The Raleigh Durham Mobile Food Association (RDUMFA) will hold a food truck rodeo in Carrboro on October 16th from 11 – 4 p.m. at the Carrboro Town Hall grounds. Get more information on their website.
  • 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 folks over at TROSA are holding a BBQ & Friends fundraiser on October 9th from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1820 James Street. Participating restaurants include Nana’s, Nanataco, Saltbox Seafood Joint, Foster’s Market, Rise and The Original Q Shack. Tickets are $25 and $10 for kids. Get all the details here.
  • Also on October 9th, Raleigh City Farm (RCF) will be hosting its 4th annual Harvest Dinner at 6 p.m. with a special VIP reception beginning at 5 p.m. Chef Teddy Klopf of Provenance will be the featured chef. Both the dinner and VIP hour will take place on the farm property at 800 North Blount Street, located adjacent to Person Street Plaza. All proceeds from the dinner will benefit RCF and support its mission to grow new urban farms and farm entrepreneurs to strengthen sustainable, healthy food systems. All Harvest Dinner tickets can be purchased here.
  • And we can’t help but remind you about the upcoming State Fair – October 13-23rd and their “Eat Lunch at the Fair” deal. Here’s how it works. Come to Gate 9 (only) after 11:30 a.m. on weekdays, pay $10 cash for a lunch card to get in, get your grub on at any fair vendor, and exit out the same gate by 1:30 p.m., and you get your $10 cash back. Sign me up! Get all the details here.
  • The Root Cellar Cafe & Catering in Chapel Hill is holding its fifth annual Porkapalooza on Friday, October 14th at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature twelve small plate courses celebrating local pork, including roasted suckling pigs; beer cheese fondue with local sausages; fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese, beer-braised crispy pork belly and tomato jam; poutine with sweet potato fries, Seven Springs country gravy and Ashe County cheese; and bacon marshmallow s’mores. The dinner also includes Fullsteam beer pairings. Save $10 by ordering tickets by Aug. 31. Get all the information and tickets here.
  • Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th are the dates for 3rd Annual Triangle VegFest this year in Raleigh. Saturday’s events will be at Nash Square in downtown Raleigh from 1-5 p.m., and Sunday’s events will be held at the McKimmon Center from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Get all the details here. Thanks to Holly Kahl for the heads up!
  • On October 16th in Carrboro, grab a locally made pottery bowl, enjoy a hearty meal of soup, sandwiches and dessert and help TABLE provide food aid to area children all while enjoying live music and a silent auction at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro. Tickets: $15-$50. Visit here for all the details.
  • Also on October 16th in Chapel Hill, A Tasteful Affair will take place at the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium, to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill will have food and beverage purveyors like Chirba Chirba, elements and others competing for awards with judges like UNC’s Sean May and Miss North Carolina McKenzie Faggart crowning their favorites. Tickets: $75-$125. Get all the details here.
  • The 12th Annual Garner Rotary Club OysterFest will be held the evening of October 20 at the Fidelity Business Park in Garner.  Monies raised at the event are used to fund college scholarships for area high school seniors. The menu includes “all you can eat” oysters, seafood bisque and clam chowder, catfish fingers, chicken fingers, popcorn shrimp, pulled BBQ, coleslaw, potato salad, French fries, dessert and drinks. A cash bar is also available. Tickets are $30 in advance from a Rotarian and $35 at the door. Get all the information here.
  • Jennifer Noble Kelly sent me information about PICNIC, North Carolina’s newest whole hog barbecue joint, and its’ farm partner, Green Button Farm, hosting their inaugural NC Barbecue Revival at the farm this fall, October 28th – 30th. The three-day weekend will be chock full of classes, discussions, feasts and pig pickins’. Get a listing of all the events, ticket information and every last detail on the their website here.
  • On November 6th, the folks over at Acme will bring back the fourth edition of Salt & Smoke Festival to beautiful Rock Quarry Farm on Highway 54 just outside of Carrboro. This is becoming quite the event, as over 500 people attended last year. Get all the details and ticket information here.

Food Bank Corner

  • Join the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at the NC State Fair on Thursday, October 20th. Here is how it works. Bring five cans of Food Lion brand food to the NC State Fair and you get in free! And you’ve helped a great cause in the process. Everybody wins. 5 cans = free admission. Get all the details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – September 30, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • The folks behind Crabtree’s Red Monkey Tavern and Brier Creek Beer Garden are bringing Crabtree Beer Garden to Crabtree Valley Mall according to the Raleigh Agenda. It will occupy the former Tomato Pie space which recently closed (and owned by the same folks). They also hinted at the fact that they are looking to open similar concepts in north Raleigh and Cary. The tentative open date for Crabtree is October 15. Keep up with them on Facebook here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • New Raleigh reported this week that Oak & Dagger Public House is now open at downtown Raleigh’s Seaboard Station. Their official tweet came out on September 25th. Check them out here.
  • The News & Observer reported this week that Downtown Raleigh restaurateur and bar owner Jon Seelbinder has opened the first phase of Little City Brewing and Provisions Co. in Raleigh’s Glenwood South neighborhood. The project is the latest offering from Seelbinder’s Local Icon Hospitality, which also owns Architect Bar, Green Light, Virgil’s Original Taqueria Taco Bar, Level Up and Linus & Pepper’s. Keep up with Little City on their Facebook page.
  • Metro Diner, a popular Florida restaurant chain that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, is having their “soft opening” this weekend with the official open date of next Tuesday, October 4 at the Sutton Square shopping center in North Raleigh (former Aladdin’s Eatery location). Learn about Metro Diner here.
  • Also this week in Raleigh, the first Triangle-area location of Grabbagreen opened in North Hills. This is the first of two planned Triangle locations, with a second slated to open in Cary next year. Check them out here.
  • Got word from readers Michael Pocinki and Kathy Olson that Rock Harbor Grill, formerly of Apex, has just reopened in Fuquay-Varina at 132 S. Fuquay Avenue. Check them out here.
  • And down in Benson, the News & Observer reported that Jerry Stephenson Jr., the pitmaster for the Redneck Scientific team, announced that he is opening a new barbecue restaurant, The Redneck BBQ Lab. It will be located at the intersection of Highway 210 and Interstate 40. They hope to open the restaurant by late fall. Visit their website here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Indy Week reported this week that the popular food truck Pie Pushers has finally opened their brick and mortar location above The Pinhook at 117 W. Main Street. The truck will obviously continue to roam the streets! Find out all about their new location on their website here.
  • Rumors are “flying” over in Durham surrounding Heavenly Buffaloes. Most of those rumors are suggesting a second location over on Blackwell Street near the Durham Bulls Stadium. We can’t 100% confirm it, but Heavenly Buffaloes sent out a tweet this week confirming rumors about “#growth.” We will keep an eye on it. Thanks Gabe Macaluso for the heads up. Check out Heavenly Buffaloes here.
  • Clouds Brewing, which just celebrated their 2nd anniversary of their location in Raleigh, announced that they plan to open their newest location in Durham’s Brightleaf Square next week, and will hold a grand opening celebration later in October. Keep up with the developments here.
  • The opening last week of Alberello Cafe & Market in Chatham County’s Briar Chapel is being quickly followed by the next concept at the 15-501 entrance to Briar ChapelCapp’s Pizzeria. The signage went up this week, with hopes of opening in the next few weeks. Keep up with them here.

Closings

  • Other than Tomato Pie mentioned above, nothing else to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  • The Raleigh Durham Mobile Food Association (RDUMFA) will hold a food truck rodeo in Carrboro on October 16th from 11 – 4 p.m. at the Carrboro Town Hall grounds. Get more information on their website.
  • 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

  • You don’t want to miss this event (because yours truly will be one of the judges). The event? It is Relish Cafe & Bar’s charity Mac and Cheese Throwdown and Bartender Showdown benefiting the Hope Center at Pullen on Saturday October 1st from 6pm to 11pm. Visit the website to get all the details and tickets.
  • Also on October 1st, NC Fresh Catch resurfaces for a homecoming “pop-up” seafood/music fest this Saturday from 5-10 pm at Durham Central Park. Get fresh cooked seafood, bbq, beer and great live music. Oh, and don’t miss my neighbor Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic as they take the stage as part of the entertainment. Get all the details here.
  • The 9th Annual Pepperfest takes place this Sunday, October 2nd from 2-7 p.m. at Briar Chapel in Chatham County. The event features super delicious pepper-themed dishes and beverages, live music and children’s activities. A great outdoor event for this time of the year. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • The folks over at TROSA are holding a BBQ & Friends fundraiser on October 9th from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1820 James Street in Durham. Participating restaurants include Nana’s, Nanataco, Saltbox Seafood Joint, Foster’s Market, Rise and The Original Q Shack. Tickets are $25 and $10 for kids. Get all the details here.
  • And we can’t help but remind you about the upcoming State FairOctober 13-23rd and their “Eat Lunch at the Fair” deal. Here’s how it works. Come to Gate 9 (only) after 11:30 a.m. on weekdays, pay $10 cash for a lunch card to get in, get your grub on at any fair vendor, and exit out the same gate by 1:30 p.m., and you get your $10 cash back. Sign me up! Get all the details here.
  • The Root Cellar Cafe & Catering in Chapel Hill is holding its fifth annual Porkapalooza on Friday, October 14th at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature twelve small plate courses celebrating local pork, including roasted suckling pigs; beer cheese fondue with local sausages; fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese, beer-braised crispy pork belly and tomato jam; poutine with sweet potato fries, Seven Springs country gravy and Ashe County cheese; and bacon marshmallow s’mores. The dinner also includes Fullsteam beer pairings. Save $10 by ordering tickets by Aug. 31. Get all the information and tickets here.
  • Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th are the dates for 3rd Annual Triangle VegFest this year in Raleigh. Saturday’s events will be at Nash Square in downtown Raleigh from 1-5 p.m., and Sunday’s events will be held at the McKimmon Center from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Get all the details here. Thanks to Holly Kahl for the heads up!
  • On October 16th in Carrboro, grab a locally made pottery bowl, enjoy a hearty meal of soup, sandwiches and dessert and help TABLE provide food aid to area children all while enjoying live music and a silent auction at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro. Tickets: $15-$50. Visit here for all the details.
  • Also on October 16th in Chapel Hill, A Tasteful Affair will take place at the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium, to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill will have food and beverage purveyors like Chirba Chirba, elements and others competing for awards with judges like UNC’s Sean May and Miss North Carolina McKenzie Faggart crowning their favorites. Tickets: $75-$125. Get all the details here.
  • Jennifer Noble Kelly sent me information about PICNIC, North Carolina’s newest whole hog barbecue joint, and its’ farm partner, Green Button Farm, hosting their inaugural NC Barbecue Revival at the farm this fall, October 28th – 30th. The three-day weekend will be chock full of classes, discussions, feasts and pig pickins’. Get a listing of all the events, ticket information and every last detail on the their website here.
  • On November 6th, the folks over at Acme will bring back the fourth edition of Salt & Smoke Festival to beautiful Rock Quarry Farm on Highway 54 just outside of Carrboro. This is becoming quite the event, as over 500 people attended last year. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • Also on November 6th, the folks over at Chickenwire announced their latest pop-up dinner which will be held, at an secret outdoor venue to be revealed later, and will feature 8 area chefs with offerings utilizing “fire, grill and smoke.” VIP tickets get you in an hour early. Get all the details, including a listing of participating chefs, and tickets here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – September 23, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • We are excited to share with you that Carroll’s Kitchen is holding their grand opening in downtown Raleigh next Wednesday, September 28th at 11 a.m. They had several “soft opening” days this past week, and are on a staff retreat today (Friday) and will resume normal hours next Monday. They are located at 19 East Martin Street. Learn more about Carroll’s Kitchen here.
  • And we can’t help but remind you about the upcoming State FairOctober 13-23rd and their “Eat Lunch at the Fair” deal. Here’s how it works. Come to Gate 9 (only, Trinity Road) after 11:30 a.m. on weekdays (not weekends), pay $10 (cash only) for a lunch card to get in, get your “grub on” at any fair vendor, and exit out the same gate by 1:30 p.m. (surely you can do this in two hours), and you get your $10 cash back. Sign me up! Get all the details here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • The Raleigh Agenda gave us more details on the sushi restaurant coming to the Troy Mezze space in downtown Raleigh’s City Market. Working to open City Market Sushi in November, Korean brothers Jin Ho Chang and Shawn Chang are not new to the restaurant scene, having owned restaurants in Greensboro and Raleigh and a food truck. Read more about what they are doing here.
  • Also in downtown Raleigh, the Raleigh Agenda reported this morning that Bare Bones, the latest concept out of Eschelon Experiences, will open this weekend. Bare Bones will be a new ribs, burger and beer restaurant on Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street in the former Zinda spot. Nothing much up on their website yet, so stay tuned and call first before venturing out.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Metro Diner, a popular Florida restaurant chain that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, has signed a deal to open the first of multiple restaurants planned for North Carolina at the Sutton Square shopping center in North Raleigh (former Aladdin’s Eatery location). Learn about Metro Diner here.
  • Continuing with some of the chef changes we mentioned last week, we learned (thanks to Jo Smith) that chef Marshall Smith has left Glasshalful in Carrboro and re-joined Dean Ogan at Dean’s Seafood Grill in Cary. Learn more about Dean’s here.
  • Down in Holly Springs we got word that Freddy’s has opened their third Triangle-area location at 221 Grand Hill Place in the Holly Springs Towne Center. Learn more about Freddy’s here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • The News & Observer reported this week that CrossTies Barbecue, the latest restaurant from chef-owner Andrew Moore who owns Venable Rotisserie Bistro, will open at 5:30 p.m. tonight (Friday) in the former Southern Rail location in downtown Carrboro. Check them out here.
  • Excited to announce that Alberello Cafe & Market, the new Italian restaurant owned by Brendan and Leslie Cox, owners of Oakleaf in Pittsboro, is having their soft opening tonight, Friday, September 23rd from 5-8 p.m. Regular hours (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.) begin Saturday. They are located right at the 15-501 entrance to Briar Chapel, just south of Chapel Hill. Check them out here.
  • Also in Chatham County, Neha Shah with the Pittsboro-Siler City CVB pointed out the owners of Fig & Honey have listed it for sale on Instagram. Find out more about the restaurant here.

Closings

  • Friend Glenn Gillen brought it to my attention that The Coffee Element on Highway 54 in Durham has closed.
  • Got word that the San Lorenzo Italian Bistro & Bar at 411 Fayetteville St. in downtown Raleigh has closed.

Food Trucks

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

Events

  • The third annual Triangle Oktoberfest will take place this weekend at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre on September 23rd and 24th. Enjoy family-friendly activities such as music from the Little German Band, dancing, traditional Bavarian food and fare, wiener dog races, “Rock-toberfest” concerts by Four Founders and West Street Band, children’s play area, and prizes for German attire. Children 16 and younger are free. Friday tickets: $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Saturday tickets: $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Purchase tickets here.
  • Tickets to TerraVita are going quickly. So you better jump fast, as many of these events will sell out soon. Trust me. If you aren’t familiar with TerraVita, it is arguably the premier “foodie event” in the southeast and it will take place September 28th through October 1 right here in Chapel Hill. In a nutshell, it is a multi-day celebration that brings together top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and industry luminaries from across the Southeast to celebrate culinary excellence and sustainability in food and drink. Get tickets (NOW!) here. And get additional details on TerraVita here.
  • You don’t want to miss this event (because yours truly will be one of the judges). The event? It is Relish Cafe & Bar’s charity Mac and Cheese Throwdown and Bartender Showdown benefiting the Hope Center at Pullen on Saturday, October 1st from 6pm to 11pm. The website to get all the details and tickets here.
  • Felicia Perry-Trujillo reminded me about the upcoming 9th Annual Pepperfest taking place Sunday, October 2nd from 2-7 p.m. at Briar Chapel in Chatham County. The event features super delicious pepper-themed dishes and beverages, live music and children’s activities. A great outdoor event for this time of the year. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • The Root Cellar Cafe & Catering in Chapel Hill is holding its fifth annual Porkapalooza on Friday, October 14th at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature twelve small plate courses celebrating local pork, including roasted suckling pigs; beer cheese fondue with local sausages; fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese, beer-braised crispy pork belly and tomato jam; poutine with sweet potato fries, Seven Springs country gravy and Ashe County cheese; and bacon marshmallow s’mores. The dinner also includes Fullsteam beer pairings. Save $10 by ordering tickets by Aug. 31. Get all the information and tickets here.
  • On October 16th in Carrboro, grab a locally made pottery bowl, enjoy a hearty meal of soup, sandwiches and dessert and help TABLE provide food aid to area children all while enjoying live music and a silent auction at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro. Tickets: $15-$50. Visit here for all the details.
  • Also on October 16th in Chapel Hill, A Tasteful Affair will take place at the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium, to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill and will have food and beverage purveyors like Chirba Chirba, Elements and others competing for awards with judges like UNC’s Sean May and Miss North Carolina McKenzie Faggart crowning their favorites. Tickets: $75-$125. Get all the details here.
  • Jennifer Noble Kelly sent me information about PICNIC, North Carolina’s newest whole hog barbecue joint, and its’ farm partner, Green Button Farm, hosting their inaugural NC Barbecue Revival at the farm this fall, October 28th – 30th. The three-day weekend will be chock full of classes, discussions, feasts and pig pickins’. Get a listing of all the events, ticket information and every last detail on the their website here.
  • On November 6th, the folks over at Acme will bring back the fourth edition of Salt & Smoke Festival to beautiful Rock Quarry Farm on Highway 54 just outside of Carrboro. This is becoming quite the event, as over 500 people attended last year. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • Also on November 6th, the folks over at Chickenwire announced their latest pop-up dinner which will be held, at an secret outdoor venue to be revealed later, and will feature 8 area chefs with offerings utilizing “fire, grill and smoke.” VIP tickets get you in an hour early. Get all the details, including a listing of participating chefs, and tickets here.

Food Bank Corner

  • September is Hunger Action Month and as part of that, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina held their annual 24 Hour #FoodBank24 to raise money and awareness. Because of your generosity, they were able to raise enough funds to provide 99,293 meals for those dealing with food insecurity in our community! Unfortunately, the need in our community continues, and we need to keep the donations coming. Do so here.

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