Friday Fun Food Facts – May 27, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

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

Wake County Restaurant News

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

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

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

Closings

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

Food Trucks

  • With the warm weather returning, it also means the return of the Food Truck Thursdays in Knightdale. Every Thursday from April through June, the town will host a new truck at Knightdale Station Park for lunch and dinner. Just look for it from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm near the amphitheater (rain or shine – shelters are covered). For all the details and the truck schedule, check them out here. Thanks to Mark Ginsberg for the heads up!
  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • The 2016 WRAL Out and About Voters’ Choice Awards are back! The nomination period is open now and continues through Sunday, May 29.This year they are putting the focus on local businesses and encouraging people to avoid the larger chains! Here’s a rundown of the categories, including some great new ones and the voting link.
  • The Museum of Life and Science in Durham will again host their ‘Science of Eats‘ event this year on June 2nd from 6:30 ’til 10 p.m. They are bringing sweet, sour, and science together for one grand night of eating and exploration. All of your favorite local food vendors will be on hand with samples while our friends from Duke, UNC, and NC State share the latest in food science research. Chat with local chefs and explore demonstrations and experiments on everything from what happens to your brain on sugar to how your genes affect your perception of flavor. And if interested, there is a special reception from 5-6:30 p.m. with Vivian Howard. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Andrea Weigl at the News & Observer noted on her Twitter account recently that tickets to one of my favorite annual events, Farm to Fork have gone on sale. The event this year will be held on the weekend of June 3rd through June 5th. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • The Chef’s Palette on Ten Ten Road in Cary will hold a huge celebration on Saturday, June 4th from 6 p.m. until closing to celebrate their 6th anniversary. Look for food, fun, live music and tasty beverages. Get all the details on their website here.
  • The 5th Annual Bull City BBQ Classic is scheduled for Saturday, June 4th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at at the Scrap Exchange located at 2050 Chapel Hill Road in Durham. The bbq competition welcomes cooks/ Pitmasters (beginners and experts alike – they even have a kids rib competition) from across North Carolina.  The $10 entry fee lets you sample BBQ from every cook station. Get all the details here.
  • The annual Triangle Restaurant Week is set to run the week of June 6-12th. During the event, participating restaurants within Raleigh, Cary,Chapel Hill, Durham and surrounding areas will offer a special, 3-course prix fixe lunch menu ($15) and/or 3-course prix fixe dinner menu ($20, $25, $30) each day they are open. For all the details and a full list of participating restaurants, check out their website here.
  • The Carolina Inn will host a Bar-B-Que Throwdown on Saturday, June 11th from 12 – 3 p.m. featuring local chefs preparing their twist on barbecue. Participating chefs include the Carolina Inn’s James Clark; Kim Hunter (Kimbap Cafe); James Johnson (Tribeca Tavern); Isae Allen (The Eddy Pub & Restaurant); Regan Stachler (Little Hen); Serge Falcoz-Vigne (Saint-Jacques); Bob Compton (Mebane Downtown Table); and Adam Rose (H Street Kitchen). Get tickets ($55) and all the details here.
  • Arguably the area’s biggest “foodie” event, TerraVita, recently announced the dates for this year’s festival – September 28th through October 1st. The Chapel Hill-based festival, now in its seventh year, offers exceptional dinners, tasting events, after parties, chef demos as well as the “Sustainable Classroom” – educational experiences featuring renowned chefs, authors & national media. TerraVita concludes with a Grand Tasting on the Green featuring over 65 chefs, artisans and beverage producers for tastings, live chef demonstrations and cookbook signings. TerraVita’s ticket launch and full schedule will be released in mid-June. More details here.

Food Bank Corner 

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

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Friday Fun Food Facts – May 20, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

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

Wake County Restaurant News

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

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

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

Closings

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

Food Trucks

  • With the warm weather returning, it also means the return of the Food Truck Thursdays in Knightdale. Every Thursday from April through June, the town will host a new truck at Knightdale Station Park for lunch and dinner. Just look for it from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm near the amphitheater (rain or shine – shelters are covered). For all the details and the truck schedule, check them out here. Thanks to Mark Ginsberg for the heads up!
  •  For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • The 2016 WRAL Out and About Voters’ Choice Awards are back! The nomination period is open now and continues through May 29.This year they are putting the focus on local businesses and encouraging people to avoid the larger chains! Here’s a rundown of the categories, including some great new ones and the voting link.
  • This Saturday, May 21, from 3-9 p.m. North Hills will host their 2nd annual Kickin’ It Country, a celebration of North Carolina and the South in Midtown Park and will feature live music along with a sanctioned BBQ cook-off. Get all the details here.
  • This Sunday, May 22, Compass Rose Brewery is celebrating their one year anniversary with a celebration beginning at 2 p.m. featuring beer (duh!), food trucks and live music. Check out all the details on their event Facebook page here.
  • The Piedmont Dinner Series continues on May 25th as Piedmont’s Greg Gettles and The Boot’s John May will host a late spring bbq in partnership with Locals Seafood. The multi-course dinner is $65, plus $20 for wine pairings. Get all the details and the menu on the events page here.
  • Ok, this is a bit of a stretch to include, but it’s too fun/funny not to include. It is the 2016 Doughman event being held in Durham on May 28. What is it? It is a “foodie” event that combines the elements of a triathlon with competitive eating. 4-member teams basically down a delicious treat from a Durham establishment which is then followed by a bike, run or “water activity” challenge of varying distances. Sign up and get all the details here.
  • The Museum of Life and Science in Durham will again host their ‘Science of Eats’ event this year on June 2nd from 6:30 ‘til 10 p.m. They are bringing sweet, sour, and science together for one grand night of eating and exploration. All of your favorite local food vendors will be on hand with samples while our friends from Duke, UNC, and NC State share the latest in food science research. Chat with local chefs and explore demonstrations and experiments on everything from what happens to your brain on sugar to how your genes affect your perception of flavor. And if interested, there is a special reception from 5-6:30 p.m. with Vivian Howard. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Andrea Weigl at the News & Observer noted on her Twitter account recently that tickets to one of my favorite annual events, Farm to Fork have gone on sale. The event this year will be held on the weekend of June 3rd through June 5th. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • The Chef’s Palette on Ten Ten Road in Cary will hold a huge celebration on Saturday, June 4th from 6 p.m. until closing to celebrate their 6th anniversary. Look for food, fun, live music and tasty beverages. Get all the details on their website here.
  • The Carolina Inn will host a Bar-B-Que Throwdown on Saturday, June 11th from 12 – 3 p.m. featuring local chefs preparing their twist on barbecue. Participating chefs include the Carolina Inn’s James Clark; Kim Hunter (Kimbap Cafe); James Johnson (Tribeca Tavern); Isae Allen (The Eddy Pub & Restaurant); Regan Stachler (Little Hen); Serge Falcoz-Vigne (Saint-Jacques); Bob Compton (Mebane Downtown Table); and Adam Rose (H Street Kitchen). Get tickets ($55) and all the details here.
  • Arguably the area’s biggest “foodie” event, TerraVita, recently announced the dates for this year’s festival – September 28th through October 1st. The Chapel Hill-based festival, now in its seventh year, offers exceptional dinners, tasting events, after parties, chef demos as well as the “Sustainable Classroom” – educational experiences featuring renowned chefs, authors & national media. TerraVita concludes with a Grand Tasting on the Green featuring over 65 chefs, artisans and beverage producers for tastings, live chef demonstrations and cookbook signings. TerraVita’s ticket launch and full schedule will be released in mid-June. More details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – May 13, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

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

Wake County Restaurant News

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

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

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

Closings

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  • With the warm weather returning, it also means the return of the Food Truck Thursdays in Knightdale. Every Thursday from April through June, the town will host a new truck at Knightdale Station Park for lunch and dinner. Just look for it from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm near the amphitheater (rain or shine – shelters are covered). For all the details and the truck schedule, check them out here. Thanks to Mark Ginsberg for the heads up!
  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • The Boot’s chef John May has teamed up with the folks over at Starpoint Brewing for a four course prix fixe dinner paired with a craft brew at each turn on Tuesday, May 17th. It is $50 per ticket. Get all the details here.
  • Ãn Cuisine in Cary is hosting its first ever Rosé Wine Dinner next Friday, May 20 at 7pm. It will feature a 5-course fare with rosé wine pairings. Weather permitting, this experience will be on their outdoor patio to match the jovial nature of cuisine and libations combined. The full experience is $85 per person and reservations must be made in advance. For a sneak peek at the menu, click here.
  • The Piedmont Dinner Series continues on May 25th as Piedmont’s Greg Gettles and The Boot’s John May will host a late spring bbq in partnership with Locals Seafood. The multi-course dinner is $65, plus $20 for wine pairings. Get all the details and the menu on the events page here.
  • Ok, this is a bit of a stretch to include, but it’s too fun/funny not to include. It is the 2016 Doughman event being held in Durham on May 28. What is it? It is a “foodie” event that combines the elements of a triathlon with competitive eating. 4-member teams basically down a delicious treat from a Durham establishment which is then followed by a bike, run or “water activity” challenge of varying distances. Sign up and get all the details here.
  • The Museum of Life and Science in Durham will again host their ‘Science of Eats’ event this year on June 2nd from 6:30 ’til 10 p.m. They are bringing sweet, sour, and science together for one grand night of eating and exploration. All of your favorite local food vendors will be on hand with samples while our friends from Duke, UNC, and NC State share the latest in food science research. Chat with local chefs and explore demonstrations and experiments on everything from what happens to your brain on sugar to how your genes affect your perception of flavor. And if interested, there is a special reception from 5-6:30 p.m. with Vivian Howard. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Andrea Weigl at the News & Observer noted on her Twitter account recently that tickets to one of my favorite annual events, Farm to Fork have gone on sale. The event this year will be held on the weekend of June 3rd through June 5th. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • Arguably the area’s biggest “foodie” event, TerraVita, recently announced the dates for this year’s festival – September 28th through October 1st. The Chapel Hill-based festival, now in its seventh year, offers exceptional dinners, tasting events, after parties, chef demos as well as the “Sustainable Classroom” – educational experiences featuring renowned chefs, authors & national media. TerraVita concludes with a Grand Tasting on the Green featuring over 65 chefs, artisans and beverage producers for tastings, live chef demonstrations and cookbook signings. TerraVita’s ticket launch and full schedule will be released in mid-June. More details here.

Food Bank Corner

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

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Friday Fun Food Facts – May 6, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

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

Wake County Restaurant News

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

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

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

Closings

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

Food Trucks

  • The RDU Mobile Food Association (RDUMFA) food truck members will be at The Salvation Army of Wake County’s Judy D. Zelnak Center of Hope location (1863 Capital Boulevard in Raleigh) on Monday, May 9th from 5 to 7 pm. The event will be a dinner food truck rodeo, where a percentage of sales and tips earned will be donated to Salvation Army program, Project CATCH (Community Action Targeting Children who are Homeless). Attendees are also encouraged to bring a canned good to donate. The food trucks that will be here are Baozi, Chick-N-Que, Cocoa Forte, Gussy’s, Philly’s, Sweet Traditions and Will & Pop’s.
  • With the warm weather returning, it also means the return of the Food Truck Thursdays in Knightdale. Every Thursday from April through June, the town will host a new truck at Knightdale Station Park for lunch and dinner. Just look for it from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm near the amphitheater (rain or shine – shelters are covered). For all the details and the truck schedule, check them out here. Thanks to Mark Ginsberg for the heads up!

Events

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

Food Bank Corner

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

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Friday Fun Food Facts – April 29, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

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

Wake County Restaurant News

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

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

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

Closings

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  • TABLE will hold its 4th Annual Food Truck Rodeo tomorrow (April 30) from 3-7 p.m. at Chapel Hill’s Orange United Methodist Church on MLK Blvd. The event is to benefit one of TABLE’s program, called the Weekend Backpack Program, a year-round hunger relief program that provides food to hungry kids when school is not in session. Get all the details on the trucks, kids events, entertainment, etc. here.
  • The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo’s first event of the year is this Sunday, May 1st from 1-6 p.m. Organizers tout the event as a 1/2 mile of food trucks and restaurants spread out over 11 city blocks. There will be a total of 54 trucks, with nine of those being new to the event! The site now has the complete food truck list as well as site map. The remaining three rodeos will be held on June 12, Aug. 7 and Oct. 9. Get all the details here.
  • With the warm weather returning, it also means the return of the Food Truck Thursdays in Knightdale. Every Thursday from April through June, the town will host a new truck at Knightdale Station Park for lunch and dinner. Just look for it from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm near the amphitheater (rain or shine – shelters are covered). For all the details and the truck schedule, check them out here. Thanks to Mark Ginsberg for the heads up!
  • The News & Observer reported this week that former Standard Foods butcher Steven Goff plans to get the Brine Haus food truck on the road in the Triangle by August or September. Goff’s last day at Standard was April 23rd (Scott Crawford will end his time there the first week in May). Goff hopes to eventually transition the concept from a truck to a brick-and-mortar location. Stay tuned!

Events

  • The Carolina Inn begins the 14th season of its popular end-of-the-workweek celebration called “Fridays on the Front Porch” this Friday, April 29 (today) from 5-8 p.m. This Friday afternoon ritual will continue through early October. Get more details on food and entertainment here.
  • Felicia Perry-Trujillo reminded me that the next Snap Pea Underground pop-up dinners will be held May 20th & 21st at a secret location in Durham, and tickets go on sale TODAY (Friday, April 29th) at 12 noon. If you are interested, set a reminder as these dinner will literally sell out within minutes. Trust me. Seriously. Go here at 11:55 and start hitting your refresh button.
  • If you like wings, you’ll want to get down to the Raleigh Beer Garden tomorrow (Saturday, April 30) from noon to 6 p.m. (tix are $10 in advance) for the Glenwood South Wing Fling featuring 10 different restaurants showcasing their skills. Get all the details here.
  • The Piedmont Dinner Series continues on May 25th as Piedmont’s Greg Gettles and The Boot’s John May will host a late spring bbq in partnership with Locals Seafood. The multi-course dinner is $65, plus $20 for wine pairings. Get all the details and the menu on the events page here.
  • Ok, this is a bit of a stretch to include, but it’s too fun/funny not to include. It is the 2016 Doughman event being held in Durham on May 28. What is it? It is a “foodie” event that combines the elements of a triathlon with competitive eating. 4-member teams basically down a delicious treat from a Durham establishment which is then followed by a bike, run or “water activity” challenge of varying distances. Sign up and get all the details here.
  • Andrea Weigl at the News & Observer noted on her Twitter account recently that tickets to one of my favorite annual events, Farm to Fork have gone on sale. The event this year will be held on the weekend of June 3rd through June 5th. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • Arguably the area’s biggest “foodie” event, TerraVita, recently announced the dates for this year’s festival – September 28th through October 1st. The Chapel Hill-based festival, now in its seventh year, offers exceptional dinners, tasting events, after parties, chef demos as well as the “Sustainable Classroom” – educational experiences featuring renowned chefs, authors & national media. TerraVita concludes with a Grand Tasting on the Green featuring over 65 chefs, artisans and beverage producers for tastings, live chef demonstrations and cookbook signings. TerraVita’s ticket launch and full schedule will be released in mid-June. More details here.

Food Bank Corner

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

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Friday Fun Food Facts – April 22, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Arguably the area’s biggest “foodie” event, TerraVita, announced this week the dates for this year’s festival – September 28th through October 1st. The Chapel Hill-based festival, now in its seventh year, offers exceptional dinners, tasting events, after parties, chef demos as well as the “Sustainable Classroom” – educational experiences featuring renowned chefs, authors & national media. TerraVita concludes with a Grand Tasting on the Green featuring over 65 chefs, artisans and beverage producers for tastings, live chef demonstrations and cookbook signings. TerraVita’s ticket launch and full schedule will be released in mid-June. More details here.

Wake County Restaurant News

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

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

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

Closings

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  • TABLE will hold its 4th Annual Food Truck Rodeo on April 30 from 3-7 p.m. at Chapel Hill’s Orange United Methodist Church on MLK Blvd. The event is to benefit one of TABLE’s program, called the Weekend Backpack Program, a year-round hunger relief program that provides food to hungry kids when school is not in session. Get all the details on the trucks, kids events, entertainment, etc. here.
  • With the warm weather returning, it also means the return of the Food Truck Thursdays in Knightdale. Every Thursday from April through June, the town will host a new truck at Knightdale Station Park for lunch and dinner. Just look for it from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm near the amphitheater (rain or shine – shelters are covered). For all the details and the truck schedule, check them out here. Thanks to Mark Ginsberg for the heads up!
  • The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo has announced its dates for this year: May 1, June 12, Aug. 7 and Oct. 9. Today (April 22nd) is the last day to get the VIP early admission wristbands, which let you get in to buy food before the general public. Get all the details here.
  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

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

Food Bank Corner

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

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Friday Fun Food Facts – April 15, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • I had the pleasure this week to sit down with Jim Freeze who is the executive director behind a non-profit restaurant that will be opening soon in downtown Raleigh called Carroll’s Kitchen. On April 27th at 6 p.m. at HQ Raleigh they will hold a Launch Party to provide more details, including where their restaurant will be located. Freeze has partnered with Vicky Ismail (who many will remember from The Cary Cafe and now Highgrove Estate) to open a nonprofit restaurant with a vision to end homelessness for women in Raleigh. Learn more about Carroll’s Kitchen here and get tickets to the launch party here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Back in February, the Shucker’s location at 510 Glenwood Avenue in downtown Raleigh closed to begin its transition into an event and catering space. I went to an open house this week where they unveiled the new space and all it has to offer. I will say it was quite impressive. If you are looking for an off-site space for a meeting, baby shower, reception or whatever, you’ll want to check this out. Shucker’s continues to operate a restaurant up in Wake Forest. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Over in Cary, the popular On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina re-opened after a fire closed it for 5 months. I had a chance to go last week, and the unanticipated $1M renovation project features a more open dining room, a brand new kitchen, new menu and a new outdoor patio area. This past Wednesday saw a long line of patrons waiting to get back in. Check them out here.
  • A slight correction on the opening of Pieology on Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street. The “official” open date will be Monday, April 25h. But on April 23rd, free pizza will be offered to all those that donate to Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina from 11 a.m. until 1p.m and again from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Pieology is located in the Stanhope Center at 3001 Hillsborough Street. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Got word from Amber Watson over at Bites of Bull City that the Durham version of Happy + Hale will open on next Monday, April 18th. Check out Happy + Hale on Facebook here.
  • Amber was also the first one to inform me that the much-anticipated Treforni Pizza has officially opened in the Hope Valley Commons shopping center in Durham. Check out their website here.
  • Counter Culture Coffee has moved to downtown Durham, 812 Mallard Avenue to be exact, and they will be holding a grand opening event on Saturday, April 30th at 10 a.m. and everyone is invited! Take a tour, taste (both coffee and tasty treats provided by local chefs) and visit their pop-up store. RSVP and get all the details here.
  • Things continue to heat up in Hillsborough, with the latest being the announcement that Joel Bohlin will open a new restaurant this spring called Fetch Hot Dog Co. Check out their Facebook page to get all the latest and keep posted as they move closer to opening day. Thanks to WRAL for the lead on this.
  • Got word this week that Chapel Hill’s Carolina Brewery has launched a new menu that is more creative and focuses more on fresh local ingredients. You’ll also notice interior updates, completely recycled paper products and new staff uniforms. Check out the “new” Carolina Brewery here.

Closings

  • New Raleigh was the first to report that International Breakfast & Burger Company, which opened in late February in the 222 Glenwood Avenue building, has already closed. Initial reports indicate a Chinese restaurant will open in that space.

Food Trucks

  • Cary’s first Chatham Street Chowdown of the year will be held THIS Sunday, April 17, from noon to 4:30 p.m. in downtown Cary and will feature 19 trucks along with a wine and beer garden and lots of entertainment. Get all the details here.
  • TABLE will hold its 4th Annual Food Truck Rodeo on April 30 from 3-7 p.m. at Chapel Hill’s Orange United Methodist Church on MLK Blvd. The event is to benefit one of TABLE’s program, called the Weekend Backpack Program, a year-round hunger relief program that provides food to hungry kids when school is not in session. Get all the details on the trucks, kids events, entertainment, etc. here.
  • With the warm weather returning, it also means the return of the Food Truck Thursdays in Knightdale. Every Thursday from April through June, the town will host a new truck at Knightdale Station Park for lunch and dinner. Just look for it from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm near the amphitheater (rain or shine – shelters are covered). For all the details and the truck schedule, check them out here. Thanks to Mark Ginsberg for the heads up!
  • The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo has announced its dates for this year: May 1, June 12, Aug. 7 and Oct. 9. VIP early admission wristbands, which let you get in to buy food before the general public, are on sale now. Get all the details here.
  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • The contest continues with the 4th Annual Bull City Vegan Chef Challenge taking place the entire month of April at participating restaurants (15 total) throughout Durham. Each restaurant/chef has added a plant-based (vegan) entrée to their menu – with an optional appetizer or dessert. Customers try the dish and vote on the best in several categories. Get a full list of participating restaurants and their entries here.
  • Morrisville’s annual East Meets West Festival will be held TOMORROW April 16th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Town Hall Drive again this year. This food and music festival will feature local restaurants that represent the diversity of the dining scene in Morrisville along with lots of kid activities. Check them out here.
  • Also on April 16th, Barbecue, beer and bluegrass return to Raleigh’s warehouse district at The Pit Authentic Barbecue’s 8th annual ‘Cuegrass Festival Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m. Get a line-up of the music and all the details here.
  • The next edition of Glenwood Faire will be held on Sunday, April 17th at Babylon Restaurant (309 N. Dawson Street) from 1 -5 p.m. For $10, you get to sample from 10 different Glenwood South restaurants and a drink. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • Heard from Jennifer Noble Kelly that on Monday, April 18th Standard Food’s Scott Crawford will team up with Foggy Ridge’s Diane Flynt and Fullsteam Brewery’s Sean Wilson for a unique food and beverage pairing. Guests will begin in the backyard farm with a cocktail featuring cider, beer and Crude Bitters, then be seated for a 4-course springtime dinner featuring alternate pairings of Foggy Ridge Cider and Fullsteam Brewery. Get tickets and all the information here.
  • This is pretty cool. Want to head out to a farm and pick a little produce and then return to a restaurant to have it prepared and served up? Talk about farm to fork! Well, that’s exactly what the Fork2Farmer initiative is all about and their first event is on Thursday, April 21st with attendees first visiting Old Milbournie Farm before returning to Centro Restaurant to enjoy some of the freshly picked ingredients. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • If you are into craft beer you don’t want to miss Brewgaloo next Friday and Saturday (April 22 & 23) in downtown Raleigh. In celebration of their 5th anniversary, they’ve added a Friday night block party in addition to the regular events on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be 85 breweries and more than 50 food trucks to enjoy. Avoid the line and order your drink tickets now!
  • The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Weaver Street Market will host the 21st Annual Piedmont Farm Tour on Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24, from 2-6 pm on both days. This year’s tour features 38 sustainable working farms in Orange, Chatham, Alamance, and Person counties. Get all the details here.
  • The annual Hook + Vine seafood and wine festival is scheduled for April 24th from 12 – 4 p.m. in downtown Raleigh at The Wine Feed, and co-hosted by Locals Seafood. The third annual festival will focus on pairing fresh seafood with high-quality wines found from around the world. Featured restaurants include Centro, Capital Club 16, Provenance, Plates Neighborhood Kitchen and Boiler Room Oyster Bar. Purchase tickets and get all the details here.
  • Chef John Childers over at Midtowne Grill is hosting a beer dinner with the folks over at Compass Rose Brewery on Thursday, April 28th. Tickets are $65 and it begins at 6:30 p.m. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • The 2nd Annual Shuck ‘n Cluck will take place on Thursday, April 28th at the Lynnwood Brewing Concern at 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Road from 6-10 p.m. The event will feature fresh oysters, chicken, beer, wine and live music. All proceeds benefit Rebuilding Together of the Triangle. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • Ok, this is a bit of a stretch to include, but it’s too fun/funny not to include. It is the 2016 Doughman event being held in Durham on May 28. What is it? It is a “foodie” event that combines the elements of a triathlon with competitive eating. 4-member teams basically down a delicious treat from a Durham establishment which is then followed by a bike, run or “water activity” challenge of varying distances. Sign up and get all the details here.
  • Andrea Weigl at the News & Observer noted on her Twitter account recently that tickets to one of my favorite annual events, Farm to Fork have gone on sale. The event this year will be held on the weekend of June 3rd through June 5th. Get all the details and tickets here.

Food Bank Corner

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

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Friday Fun Food Facts – April 8, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • The News & Observer reported this week that longtime Triangle restaurateur Giorgios Bakatsias will open Boheme in the former Straw Valley Food + Drink space at the intersection of 15-501 and Interstate 40 in Durham. Bakatsias said chefs Chelsea Mock and Damon Barham will lead the kitchen, garden and bar, which will open in May. Check out the website here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • James Borden’s Development Beat was the first to report that Glenwood South’s Tobacco Road Sports Cafe (222 Glenwood Avenue) would move around the corner to the former Natty Greene’s space at 505 West Jones Street. Construction has already started and they hope to open the new location by the end of August. That also means the current location has closed (as of yesterday) to focus on the new location. Until the new location opens, you can visit them in Chapel Hill or Durham. Check out their website here. Thanks to Ashton Mae Smith for the nod on this information.
  • Also in Raleigh, the Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Pieology Pizzeria has set an opening date of April 23rd in Hillsborough Street’s Stanhope building. It is in the same building as the soon-to-be-relocated Hillsborough Street icon, IHOP. Check out Pieology here.
  • Got word from my buddy Tim Moore that Cary’s On The Border on Walnut Street will reopen next Wednesday, April 13th at 11 a.m. A fire shut down the establishment a little over 5 months ago. Now, a $1 million renovation will give us a more open dining area, a new kitchen and a new menu. I’m looking forward to getting a sneak preview this Sunday. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Multiple media outlets reported this week that a new restaurant called Tandem is opening tonight (April 8) in Carrboro’s Carr Mill Mall where Cafe Symmetry was. It is being opened by Younes Sabouh and Emma Dunbar, who have been the chef and general manager respectively at City Kitchen in Chapel Hill for the last four years. Hours will be limited initially before beginning normal hours next Tuesday. Check the website for hours, menu, and more information.
  • During a recent stroll down Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street, I noticed that a new pizza joint (imagine that) called Benny Cappella’s has opened at 122 E. Franklin Street. Their tagline is Home of the Virginia Slice…not sure what that means. Check them out here.
  • Also in Chapel Hill, East Franklin’s Eastgate Shopping Center is undergoing some changes and upgrades (including a name change to Eastgate Crossing). Related to food, that means the former Boston Market will become a Zoe’s Kitchen by early 2017. Additionally, a modification to the former BP Station will mean new tenants, possibly another eating establishment (plans show an outdoor seating area). We will keep an eye on it. In the meantime, check out Zoe’s here.
  • Heard from dear friend Paula Brown Stafford that Pittsboro’s The Mod (Modern Life Deli & Drinks) is under new ownership. Congrats and best of luck to Dylan Perry. This is a great little spot just off the town center’s round-a-bout at 46 Stanford Road. Check them out here.
  • Over in Durham, Hope Valley Commons is very close to having another eating establishment open, possibly as early as next week. Got word this week from Jennifer Elkin that Treforni’s hopes to open in the next week or so. As soon as we have a set date, we will let you know. In the meantime, check out their website here.
  • And just down the street in the Homestead Market Shopping Center, MediterrAsian Bistro recently opened in the former Baba Ghannouj near Shiki Sushi, and around the corner from one of my favorite coffee shops, Bean Traders (love me some bean!). Anyway, the bistro features a buffet that offers Mediterranean, authentic Filipino and Asian cuisines. Check them out here.
  • WRAL reported that as of April 30, Bull City Ciderworks will close it’s Elizabeth Street location (due to the new Durham Police Headquarters project). But the good news is that they will be moving to their new location at the corner of Dillard and Roxboro streets with plans to open late summer/early fall. Enjoy them for the rest of the month of April though! Check them out here.
  • Also in Durham, WRAL reported that the folks over at Pie Pushers have plans to open a brick-and-mortar location above The Pinhook at 117 W. Main Street in Durham. The restaurant is expected to open later this year. Check them out here.
  • Over in Mebane, got word that Jack Fladeland, the owner and operator of Mebane’s Subways restaurants, has committed to opening North Carolina’s first Your Pie restaurant, a fast-casual pizza brand based in Athens, Ga. In fact, he has committed to opening 3-5 stores in the next 5 years, with the first in the Triangle to open this November. We will keep an eye on it. In the meantime, check out Your Pie here.

Closings

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  • Cary’s first Chatham Street Chowdown of the year will be held on Sunday, April 17, from noon to 4:30 p.m. in downtown Cary and will feature 19 trucks along with a wine and beer garden and lots of entertainment. Get all the details here.
  • With the warm weather returning, it also means the return of the Food Truck Thursdays in Knightdale. Every Thursday from April through June, the town will host a new truck at Knightdale Station Park for lunch and dinner. Just look for it from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm near the amphitheater (rain or shine – shelters are covered). For all the details and the truck schedule, check them out here. Thanks to Mark Ginsberg for the heads up!
  • The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo has announced its dates for this year: May 1, June 12, Aug. 7 and Oct. 9. VIP early admission wristbands, which let you get in to buy food before the general public, are on sale now. Get all the details here.
  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • With April upon us, thus begins the 4th Annual Bull City Vegan Chef Challenge taking place the entire month of April at participating restaurants (15 total) throughout Durham. Each restaurant/chef has added a plant-based (vegan) entrée to their menu – with an optional appetizer or dessert. Customers try the dish and vote on the best in several categories. Get a full list of participating restaurants and their entries here.
  •  Bottoms up, bacon down. Got your interest? The annual Beer & Bacon Fest will be held again this year at Koka Booth Amphitheatre on Saturday, April 9th and will feature 75 craft beers, 15 restaurants and 10 bacons (who knew?) from across the US. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Also on April 9th, the folks over at Ponysaurus Brewing Company will hold a Salt & Smoke Festival on their front lawn. Beer starts flowing at noon, entertainment begins at 2, oysters will be on ice and the party starts at 4. Ticket information and all the details can be found here.
  • The 4th Annual Bull City Food & Beer Experience will be held on April 10th and tickets are available through DPAC or you can visit the DPAC ticket center to avoid service charges. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • The Washington Duke Inn in Durham will host The Brewer and The Farmer multi-course dinner on Wednesday, April 13th at 6:45 p.m. featuring Hillsborough’s Mystery Brewing Company and Rougemont’s Prodigal Farm. The cost if $65. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Morrisville’s annual East Meets West Festival will be held April 16th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Town Hall Drive again this year. This food and music festival will feature local restaurants that represent the diversity of the dining scene in Morrisville along with lots of kid activities. Check them out here.
  • Also on April 16th, Barbecue, beer and bluegrass return to Raleigh’s warehouse district at The Pit Authentic Barbecue’s 8th annual ‘Cuegrass Festival Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m. Get a line-up of the music and all the details here.
  • The next edition of Glenwood Faire will be held on Sunday, April 17th at Babylon Restaurant (309 N. Dawson Street) from 1 -5 p.m. For $10, you get to sample from 10 different Glenwood South restaurants and a drink. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • Heard from Jennifer Noble Kelly that on Monday, April 18th Standard Food’s Scott Crawford will team up with Foggy Ridge’s Diane Flynt and Fullsteam Brewery’s Sean Wilson for a unique food and beverage pairing. Guests will begin in the backyard farm with a cocktail featuring cider, beer and Crude Bitters, then be seated for a 4-course springtime dinner featuring alternate pairings of Foggy Ridge Cider and Fullsteam Brewery. Get tickets and all the information here.
  • This is pretty cool. Want to head out to a farm and pick a little produce and then return to a restaurant to have it prepared and served up? Talk about farm to fork! Well, that’s exactly what the Fork2Farmer initiative is all about and their first event is on Thursday, April 21st with attendees first visiting Old Milbournie Farm before returning to Centro Restaurant to enjoy some of the freshly picked ingredients. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Weaver Street Market will host the 21st Annual Piedmont Farm Tour on Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24, from 2-6 pm on both days. This year’s tour features 38 sustainable working farms in Orange, Chatham, Alamance, and Person counties. Get all the details here.
  • The annual Hook + Vine Seafood and Wine festival is scheduled for April 24th from 12 – 4 p.m. in downtown Raleigh at The Wine Feed, and co-hosted by Locals Seafood. The third annual festival will focus on pairing fresh seafood with high-quality wines found from around the world. Featured restaurants include Centro, Capital Club 16, Provenance, Plates Neighborhood Kitchen and Boiler Room Oyster Bar. Purchase tickets and get all the details here.
  • The 2nd Annual Shuck ‘n Cluck will take place on Thursday, April 28th at the Lynnwood Brewing Concern at 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Road from 6-10 p.m. The event will feature fresh oysters, chicken, beer, wine and live music. All proceeds benefit Rebuilding Together of the Triangle. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • Andrea Weigl at the News & Observer noted on her Twitter account that tickets to one of my favorite annual events, Farm to Fork, have gone on sale. The event this year will be held on the weekend of June 3rd through June 5th. Get all the details and tickets here.

Food Bank Corner

  • Lots of opportunities to support the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The next big event that will benefit the Food Bank is April 21-23. Taste the Event is sponsored by Durham Magazine and Chapel Hill Magazine. Tickets to the Family Cookout portion of this three day event on April 23rd are still available by clicking here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – April 1, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • It is with great shock and sadness that we let you know that earlier this week the Triangle lost a great chef, and an even better person with the sudden passing of TJ Donovan, the talented chef behind Donovan’s Dish. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jill, their three little girls, his entire family and the staff at Donovan’s. Donovan’s Dish will continue to carry on his legacy and his passion.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • The News & Observer was the first to report that five months after opening, chef Scott Crawford has announced that he is leaving Raleigh’s Standard Foods. The search for Crawford’s replacement is underway. As far as Crawford? He will remain at Standard Foods through the first week of May. It is unclear if his next project will keep him here locally. Let’s hope so! In the meantime, check Standard Foods out here.
  • Got word from Derrick Minor that the folks behind Icon Hospitality Group (think The Architect, Linus & Peppers, Virgil’s Taqueria, Level Up, etc.) have announced plans for their newest concept, Little City Brewing & Provisions Company which will be located at 400 West North Street. No timeline yet on when they will open. Check them out here.
  • Speaking of Icon Hospitality Group, the News & Observer reported that Virgil’s Original Taqueria, a new taco restaurant and bar, opened yesterday in downtown Raleigh at 126 S. Salisbury Street. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Also in downtown Raleigh, if you are around tomorrow, swing by Raleigh Raw, a juice bar and healthy cafe, as they celebrate with grand opening festivities. The celebration begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until they close at 7 p.m. Get all the details on the Facebook page.
  • Got word this week that Tribeca Tavern in North Raleigh on Falls of the Neuse Road will close briefly in July for renovations. It is anticipated that it will re-open as a brewery concept, possibly as its sister concept called The Mash House (located in Fayetteville). Stay tuned. Check them out here.
  • The News & Observer reported the good news that there may actually be an amazing “re-birth” of the Boylan Bridge Brewpub. You’ll remember they closed suddenly after a support wall collapsed back in February, which initially was thought to be a game-ender for the downtown Raleigh hang-out. But now, a plan to rebuild it and make it even better are in place. Stay tuned!
  • Got word from one of our readers that Tamarind Eatery, featuring Asian classics with a twist, opens today (April 1) in the Brier Creek Shopping Center (former Firewurst location) near the cinema. Check them out here.
  • Thanks to the keen eyes of a reader on Yelp, it was noted in an article in a Richmond paper that the folks behind Burger Bach (based in Richmond), which opened a location on Durham’s Ninth Street, that there are plans in the works to open another Triangle-area location, this one in Raleigh. Unfortunately, no other details were released, but we’ll keep an eye on it. Stay tuned.
  • Over in Cary, Randy’s Pizza has opened their 9th Triangle area location. This one is located in the Northwoods Market shopping center at 941 N. Harrison Avenue. Check out Randy’s Pizza here.
  • Over in Apex, there is a new restaurant in downtown called The Provincial. Apparently it is in the former Rock Harbor Grill spot at 121 N. Salem Street. A pretty extensive Google search turns up nothing. I’ve seen pictures of it, thanks to a contractor that did some work there, but nothing else. You’ll just have to venture into downtown Apex and check it out!
  • Things are about to get a lot sweeter in Holly Springs. The News & Observer reported that the folks behind the Mama Bird’s Cookies & Cream vintage mobile carts have leased space on Main Street in downtown Holly Springs with an eye to open later this Spring. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Partners Matthew Beason and John Eisensmith opened Black Twig Cider House, a cider-focused restaurant featuring the largest variety of cider in the Southeast, at 2812 Erwin Road. It is housed in their former Six Plates location. Check them out here.
  • Got word from the Burgeoning Baker that a Bruster’s Ice Cream out of Pittsburgh has opened next to Rise over near the Streets at Southpoint in Durham. Check them out here.
  • The good folks over at Makus Empanadas at Hope Valley Commons in Durham have added American craft beer and Argentine wines to their menu. And soon will be adding outdoor seating. Love to see them grow and expand! Check them out here.

Closings

  • With the decision of Kim Floresca and Daniel Ryan to move on from One Restaurant in Chapel Hill’s Meadowmont, the owners have decided to close the highly successful restaurant. Their last night is tomorrow, April 2nd.
  • Likewise, Durham’s G2B Restaurant will serve its last meal tomorrow night (April 2) after a five year run.
  • Got word that the Black Cat Café at North Hills in Raleigh has closed their doors.
  • The bad news. The Cary location of Z Pizza has closed. The good news. The other two locations, downtown Raleigh and North Raleigh, continue to thrive and grow. We understand there is another pizza place coming in, but can’t announce it at this point.

Food Trucks

  • I saw on Art Sheppard’s post on WRAL that Fairview Greenhouses and Garden Center will host its annual Flora and Food Trucks series starting April 2. The series features one savory and one sweet truck from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Get all the details on which trucks will be there and when.
  • Cary’s first Chatham Street Chowdown of the year will be held on Sunday, April 17, from noon to 4:30 p.m. in downtown Cary and will feature 19 trucks along with a wine and beer garden and lots of entertainment. Get all the details here.
  • The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo has announced its dates for this year: May 1, June 12, Aug. 7 and Oct. 9. VIP early admission wristbands, which let you get in to buy food before the general public, are on sale now. Get all the details here.
  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related.

Events

  • With April upon us, thus begins the 4th Annual Bull City Vegan Chef Challenge taking place the entire month of April at participating restaurants (15 total) throughout Durham. Each restaurant/chef has added a plant-based (vegan) entrée to their menu – with an optional appetizer or dessert. Customers try the dish and vote on the best in several categories. Get a full list of participating restaurants and their entries here.
  • The World Beer Festival returns to Raleigh Saturday, April 2nd at the exposition center at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Tickets are $45 in advance, $55 the day of the show. The VIP Experience tickets are $85. Tickets can be purchased online and at Tasty Beverage and at Bottle Revolution. Get all the details here.
  • On Thursday, April 7th, Rise is hosting The Big Biscuit Brew Ha-Ha from 6-9 p.m. at The Rickhouse in downtown Durham where the competition will feature six teams made of one or two Rise chefs and a special guest chef making unique biscuits and donuts. Those creations are then paired with a local craft beer. The public will taste and judge the best biscuits. Tickets are $35. Get a full list of the participating chefs and the pairings here.
  • Bottoms up, bacon down. Got your interest? The annual Beer & Bacon Fest will be held again this year at Koka Booth Amphitheatre on Satuday, April 9th and will feature 75 craft beers, 15 restaurants and 10 bacons (who knew?) from across the US. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Also on April 9th, the folks over at Ponysaurus Brewing Company will hold a Salt & Smoke Festival on their front lawn. Beer starts flowing at noon, entertainment begins at 2, oysters will be on ice and the party starts at 4. Ticket information and all the details can be found here.
  • The 4th Annual Bull City Food & Beer Experience will be held on April 10th and tickets are available through DPAC or you can visit the DPAC ticket center to avoid service charges. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Morrisville’s annual East Meets West Festival will be held April 16th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Town Hall Drive again this year. This food and music festival will feature local restaurants that represent the diversity of the dining scene in Morrisville along with lots of kid activities. Check them out here.
  • The next edition of Glenwood Faire will be held on Sunday, April 17th at Babylon Restaurant (309 N. Dawson Street) from 1 -5 p.m. For $10, you get to sample from 10 different Glenwood South restaurants and a drink. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • This is pretty cool. Want to head out to a farm and pick a little produce and then return to a restaurant to have it prepared and served up? Talk about farm to fork! Well, that’s exactly what the Fork2Farmer initiative is all about and their first event is on Thursday, April 21st with attendees first visiting Old Milbournie Farm before returning to Centro Restaurant to enjoy some of the freshly picked ingredients. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • The annual Hook + Vine seafood and wine festival is scheduled for April 24th from 12 – 4 p.m. in downtown Raleigh at The Wine Feed, and co-hosted by Locals Seafood. The third annual festival will focus on pairing fresh seafood with high-quality wines found from around the world. Featured restaurants include Centro, Capital Club 16, Provenance, Plates Neighborhood Kitchen and Boiler Room Oyster Bar. Purchase tickets and get all the details here.
  • The folks over at Snap Pea Underground are holding two weekend’s of a Thai street food pop-up dinners at Midway Community Kitchen in Chapel Hill April 28 through May 1 and again May 5 through May 8th. Ticket prices vary and will go on sale today (April 1) at 12 noon. These events will sell out, so act quickly. Get all the details here.
  • Andrea Weigl at the News & Observer noted on her Twitter account hat tickets to one of my favorite annual events, Farm to Fork have gone on sale. The event this year will be held on the weekend of June 3rd through June 5th. Get all the details and tickets here.

Food Bank Corner

  • Lots of opportunities to support the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. There are two big events coming up (listed above) that will benefit the Food Bank. The first is The World Beer Festival on Saturday, April 2ndFood Bank volunteers will be there to accept your non-perishable and monetary donations all day. Get all the details here. And April 21-23 at Taste the Event sponsored by Durham Magazine and Chapel Hill Magazine. Tickets to the Family Cookout portion of this three day event on April 23rd are still available by clicking here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – March 18, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Congrats to two local restaurateurs that made the “finalists” cut in the coveted James Beard Awards. Among the finalists for 2016 are Death & Taxes, the new Ashley Christensen-owned restaurant in downtown Raleigh, which made the finalist cut in the category for Best New Restaurant. Additionally, Vivian Howard, owner of the Chef & the Farmer restaurant in Kinston, was named a finalist for her work as host and producer of the television program “A Chef’s Life” that airs on PBS. Winners will be announced at a gala held in Chicago on May 2nd. Get more details here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Just 17 months after making its debut in the Raleigh market (North Hills), the fast-casual eatery b.good opened the doors to its second location yesterday in downtown Raleigh’s Charter Square on Fayetteville Street directly across from the Marriott. Congratulations to Steve Woodward and his team. Check them out here.
  • Saw on a Yelp message board that Parkside, a Southern inspired farm-to-fork restaurant, will be coming to downtown Raleigh in the former Brewmaster’s space at the corner of Martin & Dawson. We have no further details at this time, but we’ll keep an eye on it.
  • Also in downtown Raleigh, got word from WRAL that Raleigh Raw has opened at 7 W. Hargett Street serving up coffee, pressed juice and smoothies. Place looks really cool. Get more information on their Facebook page here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Sweet & Savory Gourmet Cupcakes has opened in Raleigh at 2823 New Birch Road off the Interstate 440 Beltline and Rock Quarry Road in Raleigh. They offer traditional and unique flavors, including Jack & Coke, and most cupcakes are gluten free. They will celebrate their grand opening today (March 18). Check them out here.
  • Got word from owner Josh Trevino that Torch Coffee Roasters has opened up a Coffee Bar at 9521 Lumley Road in Morrisville to compliment their roasting operation. They have pastries, tacos (from Taco Revolution), and signature drinks. Check them out here.
  • And over in Cary, started hearing ‘hiring now” ads this week for the newest version of Hickory Tavern, which will be located in the Parkside Town Commons near where Highway 55 intersects with 540. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Hope Valley Brewing Company opened this week in the former City Beverage spot in south Durham. Today (March 18) they will feature a limited menu, with the full menu being available tomorrow, March 19th. Thanks to Mike Kriston for the heads up! Check them out here.
  • Got an update this week in the News & Observer that Pizzeria Toro’s chef-owner Gray Brooks said he hopes to open his second restaurant, Littler, in the original Monuts location in downtown Durham next month. It was also revealed that he has hired Amanda Orser the former chef de cuisine at Magnolia Grill in Durham. Until then, check out Pizzeria Toro here.
  • Got word from my friends over at Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours that Durham is now home to a new tea shop called Tempest in a Teapot. They carry loose leaf tea, prepackaged loose leaf tea, teabags and various other tea equipment to sell. Basically, everything you need to enjoy a simple and satisfying cup of tea – including the hot water! They are located in Patterson Place along 15-501 near Interstate 40. Check them out here.

Closings

  • First got word from reader Jennifer Jackson Cox and confirmed by reader Jason Tekotte that MachuPicchu Peruvian Cuisine, a long-time favorite in the N&O’s annual listing of the area’s best restaurants, has closed. Apparently a rent hike proved too much for them to stay in their current location.
  • The Triangle Business Journal was the first to report that Zinda, once a full-service restaurant that converted to an event space/nightlife venue/bar last July, is closing its doors for good. But not before a “Last Night Ever” party this Saturday, March 19th. Get all the details on the party here.

Food Trucks

  • The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo has announced its dates for this year: May 1, June 12, Aug. 7 and Oct. 9. VIP early admission wristbands, which let you get in to buy food before the general public, are on sale now. Get all the details here.

Events

  • Spring is in the air! And that means only one thing – outdoor food and drink events! Some of those are highlighted below, but my friend and fellow blogger John Huisman (aka Triangle Explorer)  who has come through, again, for all you folks that like to plan ahead. So get ready to fill up your calendar with a long list of upcoming foodie events!
  • Learned from Holly Kahl that the folks over at Triangle Vegfest are holding a monthly market with the next one this Sunday, March 20 from 1-4 p.m. at Fullsteam Brewery in downtown Durham. If you are interested in a plant-based diet (which we can only assume includes hops!), you might want to check this out. Get more details here.
  • Got word from Felicia Perry-Trujillo that Midtown Grille is hosting a multi-course beer dinner with Apex brewery Brueprint on Thursday March 24th at 6:30 pm. Seats are $60 each and proceeds will benefit No Kid Hungry NC. Get more details here.
  • The World Beer Festival returns to Raleigh Saturday, April 2nd at the exposition center at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Tickets are $45 in advance, $55 the day of the show. The VIP Experience tickets are $85. Tickets can be purchased online and at Tasty Beverage and at Bottle Revolution. Get all the details here.
  • Bottoms up, bacon down. Got your interest? The annual Beer & Bacon Fest will be held again this year at Koka Booth Amphitheatre on Saturday, April 9th and will feature 75 craft beers, 15 restaurants and 10 bacons (who knew?) from across the US. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • The 4th Annual Bull City Food & Beer Experience will be held on April 10th and tickets are available through DPAC or you can visit the DPAC ticket center to avoid service charges. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Morrisville’s annual East Meets West Festival will be held April 16th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Town Hall Drive again this year. This food and music festival will feature local restaurants that represent the diversity of the dining scene in Morrisville along with lots of kid activities. Check them out here.
  • Andrea Weigl at the News & Observer noted on her Twitter recently that tickets to one of my favorite annual events, Farm to Fork have gone on sale. The event this year will be held on the weekend of June 3rd through June 5th. Get all the details and tickets here.

Food Bank Corner

  • Want to see your money double? During the month of March, thanks to a generous matching gift campaign, Table2Table, every dollar you give will provide 10 meals instead of just 5! That’s right, double your gift to feed hungry neighbors. Get all the details here.

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