Friday Fun Food Facts – December 14, 2018

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •  ‘Tis the season! The News & Observer has compiled a list of restaurants that are open on Christmas Day (and a few on Christmas Eve). And don’t forget to check out Postal Fish Company bringing an Italian tradition to the Triangle as they host the Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner on Christmas Eve, December 24th. Check out Postal’s event here and the full list of restaurants here

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Learned last week of Tenedor, which opened at the end of November. It  is a neighborhood taqueria that focuses on fast, fresh Latin fare consisting of family recipes mated with secret sauces and seasonings. They are located in Raleigh just outside of 440 on New Bern Avenue/Hwy. 64. Owner Lee Cordova was born in Veracruz, Mexico and moved to the United States early in life. Check them out here.
  • This is worth a trip over to Trophy Brewing Company on Monday nights (as if you need another reason). But apparently after a research trip to Detroit and much testing in their kitchen, they are making 20 “Detroit Style” pizzas every Monday night (who knew there was Detroit style pizza?). Dine in only. When they are gone, they are gone. Check out Trophy here.
  • And lots of changes on Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street according to @catonatrain on Twitter. First up, Marco’s Pizza was replaced by a new place called Hot Tomato. Check out Hot Tomato here. Waba closed and was replaced by a Peruvian/Colombian/Venezuelan  place called Pisco Mar, although interestingly enough, they still have a few Korean items on the menu. Visit them on Facebook here. And finally, Mama Jee is gone and in its place is a sushi bar called Mon Sushi. Can’t find an online presence, but they are already getting really good reviews on Yelp. I think I have found my Hillsborough Street beat reporter!
  • Reader Jeanette Hauser noticed signage for Poke Bros. at 780 Alexander Place, Suite 110 in Brier Creek. They offer fast, fresh, fit. high-quality, sushi-grade fish and farm-fresh veggies in an authentic Hawaiian poké bowl. No word yet on an open date. Get familiar with them here.
  • In Morrisville, Offline Raleigh reported this week that Fount Coffee + Kitchen opened in the Marketplace at Perimeter Park (corner Chapel Hill Road and Carrington Mill Blvd.). They will offer coffee and teas, smoothie bowls, salads, stacks and small plates. Check them out here.
  • Down in Holly Springs, reader Keith Weitz pointed out that signage is up for a concept called Harvest Moon in the former SiP Bistro location at 128 Bass Lake Road. Unfortunately an online search didn’t turn up anything, so stay tuned. Thanks Keith!
  • And in downtown Fuquay-Varina, David McCreary shared the news that Vicious Fishes Brewery, Taproom & Kitchen opened this week at 132 S. Fuquay Avenue in the former Rock Harbor Grill space. The new spot will combine a craft brewery already known for its location in Angier with a gastropub featuring wood-fired cuisine. Visit them on Facebook here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  •  Over in Durham, Triangle Explorer John Huisman just reported that Sofia Pizza has opened at 2201 Angier Avenue. Sofia’s is a casual neighborhood spot where neighbors new and old can hang out and enjoy tasty pizza, pasta, soft serve, and local beers. Get to know them here.
  • Offline Durham noted that Sweet Charlie’s (hand rolled ice cream) is having their Grand Opening this Saturday in the Hope Valley Commons shopping center in South Durham near the WhichWich, Makus Empanadas and Mattie B’s. This appears to be their first North Carolina locations. Check them out here.
  • One final note from Chapel Hill, SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill will operate a Dewey’s Bakery holiday shop at the SECU House (NOT in University Place as originally planned) at 123 Old Mason Farm Rd in Chapel Hill through Dec. 23. Thirty-five percent of proceeds from each sale will go directly to SECU Family House – a safe, nurturing and affordable home for patients and their loved ones who travel great distances to UNC Hospitals for lifesaving procedures due to serious illnesses. Dewey’s baked goods have been a treasured holiday tradition since the bakery opened in downtown Winston-Salem in 1930. Get familiar with Dewey’s here.

Closings

  • Got word last week that Ruckus Pizza & Pasta in Cary at the Arboretum is closing. Owner Robert Royster confirmed that the last day will be January 3rd. Stay tuned on the new owner and that concept. The good news is Ruckus has 4 other locations in the Triangle!

Events

  • This Saturday, December 15th is the date of the Holiday Pop-up Wine Dinner at Vino Wine Shop at 89 Hillsboro Street in downtown Pittsboro. This first dinner in a series will feature chef Regan Stachler, former owner-chef of Little Hen farm to table restaurant in Holly Springs. The cost is $69 per person and features four courses paired with five fabulous wines. Space is limited to 26 people so hurry and buy your ticket before they are gone. Here is the Facebook event page with all the details.
  • Also on this Saturday, December 15th, Eastcut Sandwich Bar and Ponysaurus Brewing are coming together for a Oysters + Oyster Saison Garden Party. Fresh oysters, pints of oyster saison, live music and more in their heated garden from 2pm-10pm. Get all the details on their Facebook event page here.
  • The folks over at The Rickhouse will host the first Durham Village Holiday Market featuring North Carolina made eats, drinks  and gifts on December 16-18. Sample independent food, beverage, and craft producers while you complete your shopping list. Each night will have a bar and a different food truck for you to enjoy. Get all the details, including hours, on their Facebook page here.
  • Postal Fish Company brings an Italian tradition to the Triangle as they host the Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner on Christmas Eve, December 24th. Christmas Eve is a vigil, or fasting day, and the abundance of seafood reflects the observance of abstinence from meat until the feast of Christmas Day itself. Today, the meal typically consists of seven different seafood dishes. The tradition comes from Southern Italy, where it is known simply as The Vigil (La Vigilia). This celebration commemorates the wait, the Vigilia di Natale, for the midnight birth of the baby Jesus. The long tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve dates from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstaining from eating meat on the eve of a feast day. This “feast” features 7 courses paired with 5 wines. Dinner starts at 4:45 promptly, doors open at 4:30pm. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • And looking ahead to next year, an annual favorite – Cooking for a Classic 2019 – is just around the corner. The prize for 2019  is restored 1982 JEEP Scrambler. The First Round is Monday-Thursday, Feb. 25-28; Second Round is March 4 and 5; and the Finale is March 11. Tickets start at $75 for the First Round, $100 for the Second Round and $125 for the Finale.Venue is 1705 East in Raleigh. You can get all the details here and tickets here. Each evening features six plated courses. Round One features Teddy Diggs from Coronado vs. Ryan Grimm from Watersview; Matt Hannon from Ashton’s vs. Bo Peterson from Primal Food & Spirits; Jake Wood from 18 Seaboard vs. Jonathan Blackley form Prestonwood Country Club; and Andrew Smith from buku vs. Orlando Jinzo from The Leadmine. All proceeds benefit the Lucy Daniels Center’s mental-health programs for children in the Triangle.

Food Bank Corner

  • There is Hope for the Holidays at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina where your gift today (and through the holidays) is doubled! We know the feeling of warmth, security, and belonging that comes from being around a meal with family. This year, we’re asking you to help us provide hope for the holidays. Your gift today will be doubled when you give to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina! That’s twice as many nutritious meals for working families, individuals, children, and seniors in our 34-county service area. Every $10 you donate doubles to $20, providing up to 100 meals! Make your gift today!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – December 7, 2018

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Following on last week’s news that Sam Jones was bringing his barbecue to Raleigh, we got news this week that North Hill’s Q Shack will be closing in January and that Chapel Hill’s legendary Allen & Son BBQ has closed. The good news is that you can continue enjoying the Q Shack through January 19th and you can order your smoked turkey, honey-glazed ham or chile-rubbed beef brisket for the holidays. Additionally, owner Tom Meyer will continue sharing his culinary talent through catering offered by Southern Harvest Hospitality Group and he will continue on with his Sprout Cafe and Elements Coffee Bar both located at the Museum of Life & Science in Durham. For Allen & Son fans, there is still the franchise location on 15-501 midway between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro owned by Jimmy Stubbs. Check out Southern Harvest here and the remaining Allen & Son here. Order your Christmas/Holiday dinner here.  

Wake County Restaurant News

  • In downtown Raleigh, Leo Sauarez shared via Twitter that Budacai Boba Bar is coming to the former Povenance space at 120 E. Martin Street. The sign in the window indicates that this will be North Carolina’s first Boba Bar. We couldn’t find an online presence, so stay tuned.
  • One of our readers let us know that there is a Bad Daddy Burger Bar coming to The Corners at Brier Creek just beyond 540 off Glenwood Avenue (Harris Teeter shopping center). Site indicates they will open in January, 2019. Check out Bad Daddy’s here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal shared this week that CoreLife Eatery opened Nov. 30 at 200 Crossroads Blvd. in Cary. The active lifestyle restaurant serves a variety of greens, grains and broth-based dishes. The eatery has other locations in North Carolina, which include Fayetteville and Greensboro, and 49 locations across the U.S. Get to know them here.
  • Reader Greg Beatty shared that there is a new online dessert company based in Cary called Taste Desserts. He can personally vouch for the deliciousness of their offerings (he especially enjoyed their Key Lime Pie). He noted that they ship certain items and have local pickup for all their offerings. Information can be found here.
  • Also in Cary, Cary Magazine shared that Sushi at the Park is opening soon at Parkside Town Commons at the corner of Hwy. 55 and O’Kelly Chapel Road. They will be offering over 40 ultra-fresh sushi rolls for your enjoyment. Keep up with their opening announcement on their Facebook page here.
  • Down toward Garner, reader Hugh Autry noted a Yemen Kitchen banner now hanging on the former Bruegger’s location at 117 Small Pines Drive, across from Walmart. No other information is available at this time.
  • And if you are a fan of cider, make your way over to Morrisville where Matthew Galiani has opened Naughty Penguin Hard Cider where they craft rich hard apple cider from regionally sourced apples. And they have a tasting room open 7 days a week. Thanks to Nancy Scotto for the heads up! Get all the details and check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  •  In Chapel HIll, Crunkleton’s Gary Crunkleton is expanding his empire. Following on the news that he would be part of the new ownership of Crook’s Corner, the News & Observer shared this week that he is partnering with Sam Suchow, the owner of the barbecue restaurant The Pig, to open The Neighborhood Bar right next to The Pig on Weaver Dairy Road in north Chapel Hill. Don’t worry, there will be a “pass through” between the two establishments allowing you to order barbecue! Look for it to open in August.
  • Reader Jacqueline Atlas noticed a new sign in the old Monterrey Mexican restaurant location on Elliott Road that read Don Chicken Rotisserie. Other than that, we were not able to find any sort of online presence. She did note that it looks like a fairly thorough renovation/remodel. Thanks Jacqueline! And we will continue to keep an eye on it.
  • In Durham, John Huisman, aka Triangle Explorer, shared that Liturgy Beverage Company, a new retail coffee, tea, and chocolate business, is coming to the Durham Food Hall (in the Central Park neighborhood of Durham) in early 2019. To make it all happen, they have a Kickstarter campaign to help them fulfill this dream. Check it out here.
  • Bralie’s Sport Bar & Grill has opened a second location (affectionately called Bralie’s 2) at 4707 Hillsborough Road. My wife and I stopped in shortly after they opened, but they didn’t have food at the time. I’m happy to report they began lunch service around the middle of last month and have a chef that makes daily specials and is building on their current menu. The original location is on Carpenter Fletcher Road near the intersection of Hwy. 55 and Interstate 40. Get to know them here.
  • And also in Durham, the founders of the popular food truck Soomsoom Pita Pockets are moving back to Isarel, but they are not taking the truck with them. They have sold it to the folks at Cast Iron Group (think The Cookery, Dashi and Ponysaurus Brewing Co.). Check out Cast Iron here.
  • One final note from Chapel Hill, SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill will operate a Dewey’s Bakery holiday shop at the SECU House (NOT in University Place as originally planned) at 123 Old Mason Farm Rd in Chapel Hill through Dec. 23. Thirty-five percent of proceeds from each sale will go directly to SECU Family House – a safe, nurturing and affordable home for patients and their loved ones who travel great distances to UNC Hospitals for lifesaving procedures due to serious illnesses. Dewey’s baked goods have been a treasured holiday tradition since the bakery opened in downtown Winston-Salem in 1930. Get familiar with Dewey’s here.

Closings

  • Not a good week for closings. We already mentioned above the pending closing of Raleigh’s Q Shack at North Hills (open through January 19th) as well as the already closed Allen & Son BBQ in Chapel Hill.
  • Not exactly restaurants, but we also learned this week that Funny Girl Farm and Sam’s Quick Shop, both in Durham, are closing. Funny Girl on December 15th and Sam’s on December 31st.

Events

  •  December 15th is the date of the Holiday Pop-up Wine Dinner at Vino Wine Shop at 89 Hillsboro Street in downtown Pittsboro. This first dinner in a series will feature chef Regan Stachler, former owner-chef of Little Hen farm to table restaurant in Holly Springs. The cost is $69 per person and features four courses paired with five fabulous wines. Space is limited to 26 people so hurry and buy your ticket before they are gone. Here is the Facebook event page with all the details.
  • Also on December 15th, Eastcut Sandwich Bar and Ponysaurus Brewing are coming together for a Oysters + Oyster Saison Garden Party. Fresh oysters, pints of oyster saison, live music and more in their heated garden from 2pm-10pm. Get all the details on their Facebook event page here.
  • The folks over at The Rickhouse will host the first Durham Village Holiday Market featuring North Carolina made eats, drinks  and gifts on December 16-18. Sample independent food, beverage, and craft producers while you complete your shopping list. Each night will have a bar and a different food truck for you to enjoy. Get all the details, including hours, on their Facebook page here.
  • Postal Fish Company brings an Italian tradition to the Triangle as they host the Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner on Christmas Eve, December 24th. Christmas Eve is a vigil, or fasting day, and the abundance of seafood reflects the observance of abstinence from meat until the feast of Christmas Day itself. Today, the meal typically consists of seven different seafood dishes. The tradition comes from Southern Italy, where it is known simply as The Vigil (La Vigilia). This celebration commemorates the wait, the Vigilia di Natale, for the midnight birth of the baby Jesus. The long tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve dates from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstaining from eating meat on the eve of a feast day. This “feast” features 7 courses paired with 5 wines. Dinner starts at 4:45 promptly, doors open at 4:30pm. Get tickets and all the details here.

Food Bank Corner

  •  Over 60% of students in our 34-county service area qualify for free/reduced-price lunch. It’s difficult for any student to excel academically when they come to school hungry. So we invite all students, staff, parents, and teachers to join our Students Against Hunger food and fund drive to help feed hungry children and their families in our community. Since 1996, students in our area have donated enough to provide nearly 6 million meals. Join the cause! Participants in the Students Against Hunger campaign collect food and funds from October 1 through November 30. Competing schools must deliver their donations to any of our branches by 11am on Friday, November 30th. Find out if your child’s school is participating (and if not, get them to!) here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – November 30, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •  We’ve been hearing this rumor for months, but the News & Observer confirmed this week that Sam Jones, known for cooking some of the most acclaimed whole hog barbecue in the South, is coming to Raleigh. The fourth-generation pitmaster and James Beard semifinalist is opening his second Sam Jones BBQ restaurant at 502 W. Lenoir St., in the former Dusty’s Garage near Boylan Heights. Sam Jones BBQ opened in 2015 near Greenville just down from his family’s legendary Skylight Inn in Ayden, a modest brick restaurant topped by a silver Capitol dome, self-proclaiming it as the center of the barbecue universe. Look for the Raleigh location to open next fall. If you are not already, get familiar with them here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • We learned that the former Kamado Grille location in North Raleigh is going to have a new tenant thanks to a note passed along to us from Steve Howell. He shared that Cape Fear Seafood confirmed on Facebook that they will open first half of 2019 at 832 Spring Forest Rd. in Raleigh. Get familiar with them here.
  • Got word from WRAL that The Lost Cajun is holding their grand opening in Wakefield on December 3rd at 10901 Forest Pines Dr (old Wendy’s). You’ll be able to enjoy their delicious gumbo as well as their famous catfish and Po boys. Check them out here.
  • The latest location of Kale Me Crazy has opened in Raleigh at 2018 Cameron Street in Cameron Village in the former home of Baskin-Robbins. They also have a location in Cary in the Waverly Place shopping center. Kale Me Crazy is a superfood cafe offering juices, smoothies, salads, and wraps in a sleek, upscale environment. The menu also includes poke bowls, acai bowls, coffee, tea, and avocado toast (obvi). Check them out here.
  • We also learned that the newest Triangle location of Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar has opened in Raleigh at McNeil Point, just off Wake Forest Road (across from Mami Nora’s). They currently have two location in Cary and a location in Durham. Congratulations to Brad Barbour and his team. Check them out here.
  • In downtown Raleigh, at the Morgan Street Food Hall, we learned that YoHo Asian Bistro, a Japanese and Thai restaurant, is coming online there later this year, first of next year. Their original location is in Tryon Village on the corner of Tryon Road and Walnut Street. They will be serving up hibachi and sushi burritos. Check them out here.
  • Thanks to the keen eyes of reader Wesley Mays, we have learned that there is a “coming soon” sign for Pho XO Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine at 10290 Chapel Hill Road in Morrisville in the Greenwood Village shopping center. We were unable to find an online presence and we don’t have a timeline. Stay tuned!
  • Up in Wake Forest, the Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Lonerider Brewing Company has plans to open a new taproom called The Hideout. Look for them to open in early 2019. It will be located in The Factory, where the old go-karts used to be. The taproom will have 3,100 square feet of space inside and around 5,000 square feet outside featuring many of Lonerider’s beers. The outdoor beer garden will provide the option to buy food from food trucks. Keep up with Lonerider’s busy 2019 here.
  • Over in Cary, Asali Events announced last week via Instagram that they are opening a bakery in the MacGregor Village Shopping Center called Asali Desserts and Cafe. They will be serving up fresh desserts, savory small plates, and coffee  in their new home. You can keep up with their progress on their Instagram page here.
  • Across the way in Apex, got word from Sadiye Sezenol that she is opening a 100% Vegan restaurant called Vegan Community Kitchen at 803 E. Williams Street in the former Sweet Cheeks Bakery location. The restaurant will feature 100% vegan casual Mediterranean fast food. Look for them to open in January, 2019. In the meantime, get familiar with them here.
  • And down in Fuquay Varina, David McCreary provided two quick updates. First up, Oaklyn Springs Brewery is open at 2912 North Main Street, Suite 100. Not sure food is on the menu, but sometimes all you need is a good beer. Check them out here. And David shared that a plan has been submitted to the town for a Panera Bread to be located at 1330 North Main Street in Sunset Plaza.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  •  I had lunch this week with Neha Shah with the Pittsboro-Siler City Visitors Bureau and she brought it to my attention that Sadie’s Southern is now open in Northern Chatham County off 15-501. You’ll remember that Sadie’s is the newest concept from the husband and wife team of Leslie and Brendan Cox in the former Alberello’s spot. They also own Oakleaf in Carrboro. Sadie’s positions itself as fantastic home cooked food served with true Southern hospitality. They are open for lunch and dinner. Get familiar with them on Facebook here.
  • Over in Durham, WRAL reported that Hi-Wire Brewing out of Asheville will open a taproom in Durham at 800 Taylor Street (Golden Belt) with a public grand opening celebration scheduled for Dec. 1. The new taproom consists of 8,844 square feet of interior space, as well as a 1,678 square foot outdoor covered patio and beer garden. The space is game and activity heavy, featuring full-sized shuffleboard courts, soccer pool tables, table tennis, and more. The bar’s 24 taps feature ours full line-up of beers, including year-round, seasonal, specialty, sour, and one-offs, as well as wine, local cider, and guest taps from neighboring breweries. The Dec. 1 grand opening party will have a circus theme, with roving circus acts, a Rock-O-Plane spinning wheel, high striker and aerial artists. Funk band, Lotus Sun, will provide musical entertainment with two sets starting at 6:30 p.m. The Durham tap room is in addition to Hi-Wire’s two locations in Asheville. Get familiar with them here.
  • Looks like while we were “away” last week, B.GOOD opened on Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street. With this opening, they now have locations in Raleigh (North Hill and downtown), Morrisville and now Chapel Hill. Each location serves “food with roots” – meaning food that is sustainable, natural, clean and freshly prepared and served every day. It’s food with heritage and origin, homemade, shared and grown by communities. Get familiar with B.GOOD here.
  • One final note from Chapel Hill, SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill will operate a Dewey’s Bakery holiday shop at the SECU House (NOT in University Place as originally planned) at 123 Old Mason Farm Rd in Chapel Hill through Dec. 23. Thirty-five percent of proceeds from each sale will go directly to SECU Family House – a safe, nurturing and affordable home for patients and their loved ones who travel great distances to UNC Hospitals for lifesaving procedures due to serious illnesses. Dewey’s baked goods have been a treasured holiday tradition since the bakery opened in downtown Winston-Salem in 1930. Get familiar with Dewey’s here.

Closings

  •  Got word from reader Stacie Creech that Bedford Bistro in North Raleigh has closed. But word is they are looking to sell, so if you are looking for restaurant space in North Raleigh, let me know and I can connect the two of you.
  • Mike DePersia confirmed that 888 Chinese Take Out on Creedmoor Road in the Stonehenge Shopping Center has closed.
  • Over in Chapel Hill, we learned that Raaga closed down as well. They had just celebrated 10 years back in October.
  • And in Durham, Glen Gillen brought it to my attention that Cure Deli has closed.

Events

  •  Tonight, November 30th, at 5 p.m. 222 Fusion Bistro and Bar will hold their grand opening at 222 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. Their menu will feature homemade dumplings, Japanese pasta, Korean BBQ ribs, whole snapper, Vietnamese shaken beef, seafood boil, Filipino chicken adobo and more in a casual dining experience. Get familiar with them here.
  • Join Motorco as they welcome Allagash Brewing of Portland, Maine and Oysters Carolina of Harkers Island, NC for a Wonderful Winter Time Oyster Roast on the patio at Motorco on Sunday, December 2nd from noon until 6:00 p.m. They will be pouring tasters and glasses of several of Allagash’s fantastic brews including some special reserve barrels. Additionally, Oysters Carolina will be providing their fresh (harvested that morning) oysters grown on their farm off the waters of Harker’s Island. These deep cup award winning oysters are known as some of the saltiest in the state. Just choose raw, roasted or grilled. Preorder to guarantee your oysters. Details here and ordering here.
  • Herons, Rooted in the South will now feature two guest chefs to cook alongside chefs Steven Greene and Jonathan Fisher on December 5th. Kevin Johnson of The Grocery in Charleston and David Bancroft of Acre and just-opened Bow & Arrow will join chefs Greene and Fisher in the Herons kitchen to develop a collaborative menu of dishes born from their Southern roots and create an unforgettable experience to benefit the Southern Foodways Alliance. Herons will donate 50 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales to the Southern Foodways Alliance, which documents, studies and explores the diverse food cultures of the changing American South. Tickets are $150 per person, with optional wine pairings for an additional $75, and can be purchased by calling the restaurant at (919) 447-4050. Get all the details on the Herons events page here.
  • John T. Edge, executive director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, will lead a Celebration of Southern Food to benefit Farm to Fork from 6-9 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 6, at Lavender Oaks Farm in Chapel Hill. The dinner will be prepared by several of the Triangle’s best-known chefs: Sean Fowler of Mandolin in Raleigh; Cheetie Kumar of Garland in Raleigh; Brendan Cox of Oakleaf in Chapel Hill; Wyatt Dickson of Picnic in Durham; Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood Joint in Durham; and Robert Kinneen of The Boot in Durham. Dessert will be prepared by Jonathan Fisher of Herons at the Umstead Hotel and Phoebe Lawless, formerly of Scratch Baking and the Lakewood. Counterclockwise String Band will perform. Tickets are $45 per person. Proceeds from the nonprofit’s events provide training and mentorship through the Center for Environmental Farming Systems in Goldsboro and Breeze Farm Incubator in Orange County. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • December 15th is the date of the Holiday Pop-up Wine Dinner at Vino Wine Shop at 89 Hillsboro Street in downtown Pittsboro. This first dinner in a series will feature chef Regan Stachler, former owner-chef of Little Hen farm to table restaurant in Holly Springs. The cost is $69 per person and features four courses paired with five fabulous wines. Space is limited to 26 people so hurry and buy your ticket before they are gone. Here is the Facebook event page with all the details.
  • The folks over at The Rickhouse will host the first Durham Village Holiday Market featuring North Carolina made eats, drinks  and gifts on December 16-18. Sample independent food, beverage, and craft producers while you complete your shopping list. Each night will have a bar and a different food truck for you to enjoy. Get all the details, including hours, on their Facebook page here.
  • Postal Fish Company brings an Italian tradition to the Triangle as they host the Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner on Christmas Eve, December 24th. Christmas Eve is a vigil, or fasting day, and the abundance of seafood reflects the observance of abstinence from meat until the feast of Christmas Day itself. Today, the meal typically consists of seven different seafood dishes. The tradition comes from Southern Italy, where it is known simply as The Vigil (La Vigilia). This celebration commemorates the wait, the Vigilia di Natale, for the midnight birth of the baby Jesus. The long tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve dates from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstaining from eating meat on the eve of a feast day. This “feast” features 7 courses paired with 5 wines. Dinner starts at 4:45 promptly, doors open at 4:30pm. Get tickets and all the details here.

Food Bank Corner

  •  Over 60% of students in our 34-county service area qualify for free/reduced-price lunch. It’s difficult for any student to excel academically when they come to school hungry. So we invite all students, staff, parents, and teachers to join our Students Against Hunger food and fund drive to help feed hungry children and their families in our community. Since 1996, students in our area have donated enough to provide nearly 6 million meals. Join the cause! Participants in the Students Against Hunger campaign collect food and funds from October 1 through November 30. Competing schools must deliver their donations to any of our branches by 11am on Friday, November 30th. Find out if your child’s school is participating (and if not, get them to!) here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – November 16, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •  The greatest feast week of the year is here! Loosen up the belt buckle and get ready for some great couch naps! We thought we’d share who is open for Thanksgiving thanks to WRAL. Also, don’t forget that our good friends over at Donovan’s Dish are doing fully prepared (and delivered – if you order by this Sunday, November 18th!) Thanksgiving meals for your home. Check out Donovan’s here and the full list on WRAL here.  Have a great Thanksgiving everyone! See you in two weeks!

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Got word from the folks over at ITB Insider that Boylan Bridge Brewpub is under new ownership. Sara and Chris Abernethy have been holding the reins for just shy of two months and they already have plans for lots of changes, beginning with a new menu that comes out this week. Stay tuned as new life is pumped into this special place. Check them out here.
  • Over in Cameron Village, the ITB Insider also broke the news that Cava Mezze is moving into the former Noodles & Company space. Cava Mezze is a sister restaurant of Cava Grill. The sit-down restaurant version of the fast-casual Cava chain offers similar menus that include classic Mediterranean ingredients like lamb, hummus, falafel, yogurt, and more. Permits were issued last week. Get familiar with them here.
  • Out in the Glenwood Avenue area heading out toward the airport we got a couple of updates from reader Pat Rago. The first was that there is a “Now Hiring” sign up at Mami Nora’s (albeit the sign says Mami’s). Pat also shared the news that The Pickled Onion (actually, The Pickled Onion 2, as this is their second location), behind CarMax (at 8511 Cantilever Way) is now open. Check out Mami Nora’s here and The Pickled Onion here.
  • Got word from WRAL that The Lost Cajun is holding their grand opening in Wakefield on December 3rd at 10901 Forest Pines Dr (old Wendy’s). You’ll be able to enjoy their delicious gumbo as well as their famous catfish and Po boys. Check them out here.
  • Also in North Raleigh, got word that Burney’s Sweets & More is getting very close to swinging open their doors at 4500 Falls of Neuse Road. Yes, their famous glazed croissants and 15-Layer cakes will soon be making their grand appearance in the Oak City. Keep up with their opening on Facebook here.
  • This season, the Hurricanes are hosting an All Star Chef Series during six home games, pairing a four-course meal tasting from a curated collection of North Carolina’s premier chefs with tickets to a Carolina Hurricanes home game at PNC Arena. The first one kicked off Nov. 10. The dinners will be held in the Arena Club restaurant two hours before the game. Tickets to the dinner and hockey game are $135, with seats in the lower level of PNC Arena. Hurricanes season ticket holders can get dinner tickets for $75. To get tickets and to see the schedule of chefs, go here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  •  On a recent drive through Chapel Hill, saw a sign up for Haw River Grill at 243 S. Elliott Road in the Elliott Square shopping center just down from Jersey Mike’s. Surprisingly, we were unable to locate an online presence. So we’ll just have to wait a little longer until someone can share a little bit more information.
  • One location change from Chapel Hill — the SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill will operate a Dewey’s Bakery holiday shop at the SECU House (NOT in University Place as originally planned) at 123 Old Mason Farm Rd in Chapel Hill Friday, Nov. 16 through Dec. 23. Thirty-five percent of proceeds from each sale will go directly to SECU Family House – a safe, nurturing and affordable home for patients and their loved ones who travel great distances to UNC Hospitals for lifesaving procedures due to serious illnesses. Dewey’s baked goods have been a treasured holiday tradition since the bakery opened in downtown Winston-Salem in 1930. Get all the details here.

Closings

  •  Got word from reader Kimberly Cannon that the The Original NY Pizza location at High House Crossing on Highway 55 in Cary has closed. They have two other locations in Cary and one in Holly Springs. Check them out here.

Events

  •  Come celebrate with us TONIGHT at the 2018 Brewer’s Ball: A Celebration of Triangle’s Finest on Friday, November 16, 2018, at American Institute of Architects at 14 E Peace St in Raleigh from 7 to 10 p.m. (VIP Honoree and Sponsors Reception at 6:30 p.m.). The Brewer’s Ball is an evening featuring the finest in brews, cocktails, food, music, and difference makers in the community. Guests are treated to a variety of hand-crafted brews and beverages from around town, creative and delicious food pairings from the city’s top restaurants, live music, expansive live and silent auctions, and a chance to mix and mingle with the best and brightest in the Triangle, all while being a part of a great cause: helping move us closer to a cure for CF. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Also TONIGHT, Bull Durham Beer Co. is partnering with Oyster 365 for a pop-up dinner from 6-9 p.m. TONIGHT, Friday, November 16 at The Bullpen at 359 Blackwell Street at the American Tobacco Campus. Sold tickets will guarantee your half dozen oysters. Additional oysters will be available for purchase – please note that quantities may be limited and offered on a first come first serve basis. Come early to secure your spot! Tickets are $20 and include ½ dozen oysters and a beer. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • The folks over at The Rickhouse will host the first Durham Village Holiday Market featuring North Carolina made eats, drinks  and gifts on December 16-18. Sample independent food, beverage, and craft producers while you complete your shopping list. Each night will have a bar and a different food truck for you to enjoy. Get all the details, including hours, on their Facebook page here.
  • Join Motorco as they welcome Allagash Brewing of Portland, Maine and Oysters Carolina of Harkers Island, NC for a Wonderful Winter Time Oyster Roast on the patio at Motorco on Sunday, December 2nd from noon until 6:00 p.m. They will be pouring tasters and glasses of several of Allagash’s fantastic brews including some special reserve barrels. Additionally, Oysters Carolina will be providing their fresh (harvested that morning) oysters grown on their farm off the waters of Harker’s Island. These deep cup award winning oysters are known as some of the saltiest in the state. Just choose raw, roasted or grilled. Preorder to guarantee your oysters. Details here and ordering here.
  • John T. Edge, executive director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, will lead a Celebration of Southern Food to benefit Farm to Fork from 6-9 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 6, at Lavender Oaks Farm in Chapel Hill. The dinner will be prepared by several of the Triangle’s best-known chefs: Sean Fowler of Mandolin in Raleigh; Cheetie Kumar of Garland in Raleigh; Brendan Cox of Oakleaf in Chapel Hill; Wyatt Dickson of Picnic in Durham; Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood Joint in Durham; and Robert Kinneen of The Boot in Durham. Dessert will be prepared by Jonathan Fisher of Herons at the Umstead Hotel and Phoebe Lawless, formerly of Scratch Baking and the Lakewood. Counterclockwise String Band will perform. Tickets are $45 per person. Proceeds from the nonprofit’s events provide training and mentorship through the Center for Environmental Farming Systems in Goldsboro and Breeze Farm Incubator in Orange County. Get tickets and all the details here.

Food Bank Corner

  •  Over 60% of students in our 34-county service area qualify for free/reduced-price lunch. It’s difficult for any student to excel academically when they come to school hungry. So we invite all students, staff, parents, and teachers to join our Students Against Hunger food and fund drive to help feed hungry children and their families in our community. Since 1996, students in our area have donated enough to provide nearly 6 million meals. Join the cause! Participants in the Students Against Hunger campaign collect food and funds from October 1 through November 30. Competing schools must deliver their donations to any of our branches by 11am on Friday, November 30th. Find out if your child’s school is participating (and if not, get them to!) here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – November 9, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • There is a new place to get your morning brew in South Durham with the opening of People’s Coffee this past week. It is located at the intersection of 751 and Renaissance Parkway, behind Bonefish Grill and beside Town Hall Burger and Beer. Brought to us by Jordan Wells, who spent the past six years in the specialty coffee industry, and David Sadeghi, owner of Town Hall Burger and Beer (among other successful establishments). The concept features coffee from Black & White Coffee Roasters, pastries and such from Strong Arm Baking Co., and a grab-and-go menu and cold-pressed juice offerings from Cold Off The Press. Thanks to Amber Watson at Bites of Bull City for additional details. Get familiar with them here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks in Raleigh’s Crabtree Valley Mall will not renew their lease when it ends in June – but instead will be replaced by Uncle Julio’s Mexican which serves a variety of Tex-Mex dishes, from enchiladas to mesquite grilled, bacon-wrapped shrimp. Uncle Julio’s opens a location at Durham’s Streets at Southpoint next Tuesday. Get familiar with them here.
  • The folks over at EatRaleigh brought it to our attention that Papa Shogun, which moved into the former Kimbap spot in Seaboard Station, is now open (soft opening). Papa Shogun combines the techniques and flavors of Italian and Japanese cuisines for a new perspective on familiar foods in a refined yet fun environment. They may still be operating in a “reservations only” mode during the soft opening, so check first before going. Check them out here.
  • Got word from WRAL that The Lost Cajun is holding their grand opening in North Raleigh on December 3rd at 10901 Forest Pines Dr (old Wendy’s). You’ll be able to enjoy their delicious gumbo as well as their famous catfish and Po boys. Check them out here.
  • Down in Fuquay-Varina, got word from David McCreary that Abbey Road Tavern & Grill opened this week at 711 N. Main Street. They also have locations in Cary and Apex. Over the years, Abbey Road Tavern and Grill earned the title of ‘Best Burger’ in the Triangle 14 times. Check them out here.
  • This season, the Hurricanes will host an All Star Chef Series during six home games, pairing a four-course meal tasting from a curated collection of North Carolina’s premier chefs with tickets to a Carolina Hurricanes home game at PNC Arena. The first dinner kicks off Nov. 10. The dinners will be held in the Arena Club restaurant two hours before the game. Tickets to the dinner and hockey game are $135, with seats in the lower level of PNC Arena. Hurricanes season ticket holders can get dinner tickets for $75. To get tickets and to see the schedule of chefs, go here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • The first North Carolina location of Pokeworks, which is now open in downtown Durham, celebrates its grand opening this Saturday,  November 10th from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m with a special “buy-one-get-one-free” offer all day. Check out Pokeworks here.
  • And more of a programming note, over at Beyu Cafe in downtown Durham Dorian Bolden announced this week that they will discontinue their live music at then end of 2018 so that the can solely focus on coffee and daytime food offerings, as well as private events and occasional community-focused events, such as talks and readings. Check them out here.
  • Also in Durham, reader Marianne Boger shared with us that she saw signs for Sweet Charlie’s hand rolled ice cream in the Hope Valley Commons shopping center in South Durham near the WhichWich, Makus Empanadas and Mattie B’s. Apparently they have locations throughout the Southeast. Get familiar with them here.
  • In Chapel Hill, WRAL shared that CAVA, which will be in the Village Plaza shopping center on Elliott Road just down from Whole Foods, will swing open their doors TODAY, Friday, November 9th. CAVA, a Greek/Mediterranean concept, allows you to customize your ideal grain bowl, salad, or pita. Start getting familiar with them here.
  • On Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street, got word this week that Lula’s, which opened in the former Spanky’s location on the corner of Franklin and Columbia streets in June 2018, is beginning brunch service this Sunday, November 11. They will be offering classic brunch staples like chicken and waffles, Lula’s specialties such as sweet potato and squash strata, and hand-crafted brunch cocktails. Check them out here.
  • Also on Franklin Street, got word from Mike Depersia of National Restaurant Properties that they sold Asia Cafe on Franklin Street to the owners of Curry Point Express in RTP. The Chapel Hill property will reopen shortly as a fusion of the two restaurants. If you are not already, get familiar with Curry Point Express here.
  • On a recent drive through Chapel Hill, saw a sign up for Haw River Grill at 243 S. Elliott Road in the Elliott Square shopping center just down from Jersey Mike’s. Surprisingly, we were unable to locate an online presence. So we’ll just have to wait a little longer until someone can share a little bit more information.
  • One final note from Chapel Hill, SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill will operate a Dewey’s Bakery holiday shop in Chapel Hill’s University Place (located across from Chick-fil-A) Friday, Nov. 16 through Dec. 23. Thirty-five percent of proceeds from each sale will go directly to SECU Family House – a safe, nurturing and affordable home for patients and their loved ones who travel great distances to UNC Hospitals for lifesaving procedures due to serious illnesses. Dewey’s baked goods have been a treasured holiday tradition since the bakery opened in downtown Winston-Salem in 1930. Get familiar with Dewey’s here.

Closings (no closings, but close your kitchen on Thanksgiving!)

  •  Since there are no closings to report this week, we thought we’d share who is open for Thanksgiving thanks to WRAL. Also, don’t forget that our good friends over at Donovan’s Dish are doing fully prepared (and delivered) Thanksgiving meals for your home. Check out Donovan’s here and the full list on WRAL here.

Events

  •  Have you ever met Angelo and Vinnie at Chapel Hill’s infamous IPIII restaurant? How about Al and wife Melody of Al’s Burger Shack fame? What if you could hang out with all of them for a night of fantastic food, fun and entertainment. Well, you can! The next edition of Caffe Marrone will take place on Wednesday, November 14th at Mel’s Commissary in Carrboro where $75 will get you 6 courses of Italian favorites, wine and entertainment. Did I mention Angelo and Vinnie will be there? Folks, go! Here are the details.
  • Come celebrate with us at the 2018 Brewer’s Ball: A Celebration of Triangle’s Finest on Friday, November 16, 2018, at American Institute of Architects at 14 E Peace St in Raleigh from 7 to 10 p.m. (VIP Honoree and Sponsors Reception at 6:30 p.m.). The Brewer’s Ball is an evening featuring the finest in brews, cocktails, food, music, and difference makers in the community. Guests are treated to a variety of hand-crafted brews and beverages from around town, creative and delicious food pairings from the city’s top restaurants, live music, expansive live and silent auctions, and a chance to mix and mingle with the best and brightest in the Triangle, all while being a part of a great cause: helping move us closer to a cure for CF. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • The folks over at The Rickhouse will host the first Durham Village Holiday Market featuring North Carolina made eats, drinks  and gifts on December 16-18. Sample independent food, beverage, and craft producers while you complete your shopping list. Each night will have a bar and a different food truck for you to enjoy. Get all the details, including hours, on their Facebook page here.
  • John T. Edge, executive director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, will lead a Celebration of Southern Food to benefit Farm to Fork from 6-9 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 6, at Lavender Oaks Farm in Chapel Hill. The dinner will be prepared by several of the Triangle’s best-known chefs: Sean Fowler of Mandolin in Raleigh; Cheetie Kumar of Garland in Raleigh; Brendan Cox of Oakleaf in Chapel Hill; Wyatt Dickson of Picnic in Durham; Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood Joint in Durham; and Robert Kinneen of The Boot in Durham. Dessert will be prepared by Jonathan Fisher of Herons at the Umstead Hotel and Phoebe Lawless, formerly of Scratch Baking and the Lakewood. Counterclockwise String Band will perform. Tickets are $45 per person. Proceeds from the nonprofit’s events provide training and mentorship through the Center for Environmental Farming Systems in Goldsboro and Breeze Farm Incubator in Orange County. Get tickets and all the details here.

Food Bank Corner

  •  Over 60% of students in our 34-county service area qualify for free/reduced-price lunch. It’s difficult for any student to excel academically when they come to school hungry. So we invite all students, staff, parents, and teachers to join our Students Against Hunger food and fund drive to help feed hungry children and their families in our community. Since 1996, students in our area have donated enough to provide nearly 6 million meals. Join the cause! Participants in the Students Against Hunger campaign collect food and funds from October 1 through November 30. Competing schools must deliver their donations to any of our branches by 11am on Friday, November 30th. Find out if your child’s school is participating (and if not, get them to!) here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – November 2, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •   This season, the Hurricanes will host an All Star Chef Series during six home games, pairing a four-course meal tasting from a curated collection of North Carolina’s premier chefs with tickets to a Carolina Hurricanes home game at PNC Arena. The first dinner kicks off Nov. 10. The dinners will be held in the Arena Club restaurant two hours before the game. Tickets to the dinner and hockey game are $135, with seats in the lower level of PNC arena. Hurricanes season ticket holders can get dinner tickets for $75. To get tickets and to see the schedule of chefs, go here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • For those heading to a football game at Carter Finley Stadium or a hockey game at PNC Arena, you will be happy to learn that Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits is planning a location within walking distance. According to the ITB Insider it looks like their location will be on the other side of Edwards Mills Road at the intersection of Trinity Road and Sunday Drive. No word yet on a timeline. Visit them here.
  • Over in downtown Raleigh the ITB Insider is reporting that Calavera has begun work on their new location in the former home of Tasty 8’s at 121 Fayetteville Street. Calavera, owned by Raleigh restaurateur Ken Yowell (Oak City Meatball, Kaiju), closed its South Blount Street location in February. No word yet on a timeline. Perhaps the best place to keep up with their progress is on their Facebook page here.
  • Up in Wake Forest a little bird told me that Driftwood Southern Kitchen in Lafayette Village is opening a new restaurant in Wake Forest. Chef/owner Nunzio Scordo will be opening Bodega in mid-November with Tapas style food service. Until we know more, check him out at Driftwood here.
  • In south Raleigh near Garner, reader Hugh Autry brought it to our attention that Fred Chason’s Grandsons Buffet, with locations in Hope Mills, Smithfield, Fayetteville and Dunn, is moving into the former Larry’s Southern Kitchen spot at 4205 Fayetteville Road. Get familiar with them here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Downtown Durham is looking up. Literally. One City Center, the tallest building in downtown Durham, is now open. The food/beverage side of the concept includes Raleigh-based juicer Juicekeys, with two locations in Raleigh; Oak House Durham, a craft coffee shop and wine bar that originated in Elon;  restaurant b.good, with two locations in Raleigh as well as a location in Morrisville and Chapel HIll; and the first North Carolina location of Pokeworks, which is now open and celebrates its grand opening on November 10th from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m with a special “buy-one-get-one-free offer that day. Check out Pokeworks here.
  • Also in Durham, a quick update from Jennifer Buchholz on the Uncle Julio’s Mexican restaurant that is moving into the former Champps location at the Streets at Southpoint. Jennifer is telling me that they will have their grand opening on November 13th. She says it looks great and you won’t recognize the inside – a complete remodel. Check them out here.
  • Also at the Streets at Southpoint, my wife and daughter brought it to my attention that there is a edible cookie dough establishment in the former Teavana location. Simply called Dough Life. And I love their tag line, “Go ahead: lick the spoon.” Check them out here.
  • And near Duke’s campus, JB Duke Hotel recently appointed a new executive chef, Troy Stauffer. He is already having an impact having launched a completely separate, original menu and cantina experience in the hotel’s fashionable Lobby Lounge. The menu features everything from the Hot Chicken and Belgian Waffle sandwich to Crispy Duck Confit and specializes in handcrafted cocktails. Check out the dining at JB Duke here.
  • Over in Chapel Hill, WRAL shared that CAVA, which will be in the Village Plaza shopping center on Elliott Road just down from Whole Foods, will swing open their doors on Friday, November 9th.  CAVA, a Greek/Mediterranean concept, allows you to customize your ideal grain bowl, salad, or pita. Start getting familiar with them here.
  • Down in Chatham County, fellow Chathamite Shelley Colbert shared the news that Alberello has closed (closed on Oct. 25) and will reopen later this month as new restaurant, Sadie’s Southern. Leslie and Brendan Cox are also the owners of Oakleaf, formerly of Pittsboro, but now residing in downtown Carrboro. Until we know more, stop by Oakleaf here.
  • Also in Chatham County, Apex residents, Tim and Cindy Larson have brought their latest location of Marco’s Pizza to Penguin Place in Chatham Park just behind The Root Cellar and House of Hops. Tim and Cindy also own locations in Durham, Chapel Hill and Morrisville. Check out Marco’s here.

Closings

  •  If you are looking for a Chick-fil-A in downtown Raleigh you have until November 16th  before they close their doors after 22 years.

Food Trucks

  • The final date for the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo is THIS Sunday, November 4th from noon until 4 p.m. And the weather looks PERFECT! Check out Durham here.

Events

  • ACME’s 6th Annual Salt & Smoke Festival is coming up on Saturday, November 3rd at beautiful Rock Quarry Farm from 3-8 pm. This is one of the fall “can’t miss” events here in the Triangle. In just five short weeks, they’ll be smoking whole-hog BBQ, drinking beer, shucking thousands of just-out-of-the-water oysters, drinking wine, roasting clams over a fire, sipping whiskey, being wowed by a magician, tapping our feet and dancing the night away. You know, a par-tay. The kind you don’t want to miss. Get your tickets here.
  • Have you ever met Angelo and Vinnie at Chapel Hill’s infamous IPIII restaurant? How about Al and wife Melody of Al’s Burger Shack fame? What if you could hang out with all of them for a night of fantastic food, fun and entertainment. Well, you can! The next edition of Caffe Marrone will take place on Wednesday, November 14th at Mel’s Commissary in Carrboro where $75 will get you 6 courses of Italian favorites, wine and entertainment. Did I mention Angelo and Vinnie will be there? Folks, go! Here are the details.
  • Come celebrate with us at the 2018 Brewer’s Ball: A Celebration of Triangle’s Finest on Friday, November 16, 2018, at American Institute of Architects at 14 E Peace St in Raleigh from 7 to 10 p.m. (VIP Honoree and Sponsors Reception at 6:30 p.m.). The Brewer’s Ball is an evening featuring the finest in brews, cocktails, food, music, and difference makers in the community. Guests are treated to a variety of hand-crafted brews and beverages from around town, creative and delicious food pairings from the city’s top restaurants, live music, expansive live and silent auctions, and a chance to mix and mingle with the best and brightest in the Triangle, all while being a part of a great cause: helping move us closer to a cure for CF. Get tickets and all the details here.

Food Bank Corner

  •  Over 60% of students in our 34-county service area qualify for free/reduced-price lunch. It’s difficult for any student to excel academically when they come to school hungry. So we invite all students, staff, parents, and teachers to join our Students Against Hunger food and fund drive to help feed hungry children and their families in our community. Since 1996, students in our area have donated enough to provide nearly 6 million meals. Join the cause! Participants in the Students Against Hunger campaign collect food and funds from October 1 through November 30. Competing schools must deliver their donations to any of our branches by 11am on Friday, November 30th. Find out if your child’s school is participating (and if not, get them to!) here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – October 26, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •  The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Raleigh will soon have a new steakhouse near Crabtree Valley Mall in the 145,000-square-foot Crabtree Terrace building. Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille is a Texas-based restaurant that will occupy more than 12,000 square feet, with space for 350 guests, in addition to a “towering” wine wall, an island bar and four private dining rooms, according to a press release. The steakhouse serves prime USDA-aged steaks and carves up the meat table-side. The steakhouse is scheduled to open in early 2020. Start getting familiar with them here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Got word from Mike DePersia of National Restaurant Properties that Johnny’s Pizza opened their third location in Wake County at 13654 Capital Blvd. in Wake Forest on Tuesday. They also have locations in Apex and Cary. Check them out here.
  • And a little bit more downtown Raleigh news – the folks over at Eat Raleigh shared this week that brown paper has gone up on the windows of the former Provenance space at 120 E. Martin Street. We will keep an eye on this development.
  • Just outside of downtown Raleigh, the folks over at ITB Insider shared that a new fast-casual health food franchise will soon be muscling its way into a space at McNeill Pointe. Permits were issued last week for the fit-out of an 1,800 square-foot space for the Muscle Maker Grill at the corner of McNeill Street and Wake Forest Road. The chain focuses on healthy menu items and meal plans that help improve their customers’ physiques. They offer flatbread pizzas, Cajun chicken pasta, turkey burgers and more. There are about 50 locations of the chain nationwide. Get familiar with them here.
  • In Cary, we got word that a new juice bar called Pure Juicery Bar has opened in west Cary at 716 Slash Pine Drive. They are a juice and health foods bar focusing on using high quality, healthy ingredients to make great tasting, ultra-premium juices, smoothies, and food. Check them out here.
  • Boy do we have more great news to share. Krispy Kreme now delivers from Triangle locations in Raleigh, Durham, Wake Forest, Knightdale and Fuquay-Varina. That’s the good news. The “fine print” delivers some limitations like: only doughnuts by the dozen, boxes of coffee and bottled drinks are available. There’s a minimum order of $7.99 to qualify for delivery; a dozen doughnuts is $8.99. A delivery charge of $5 ($10 if you want it “fast”) is tacked on for the convenience, but it’s waived on orders over $25. Delivery is limited to roughly five miles from most stores. And most deliveries take at least 30 minutes. Check out the delivery options here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • A quick update from Jennifer Buchholz on the Uncle Julio’s Mexican restaurant that is moving into the former Champps location at the Streets at Southpoint. Jennifer is telling me that they will have their grand opening on November 13th. She says it looks great and you won’t recognize the inside – a complete remodel. Check them out here.
  • Also in Durham, WRAL shared the news that the East Durham Bake Shop will be the next “pop-up” tenant at American Tobacco Campus next month. The bakery will be operating from Nov. 5-21 and they have already begun taking orders for Thanksgiving. Check them out here.
  • And over in Chapel Hill, WRAL shared a quick update regarding CAVA which will be in the Village Plaza shopping center on Elliott Road just down from Whole Foods. Got word this week that they will swing open their doors next month, November, but we don’t have an exact date just yet. CAVA, a Greek/Mediterranean concept, allows you to customize your ideal grain bowl, salad, or pita. In the meantime, get familiar with them here.
  • And next door in Carrboro, reader Ari Bowers and the folks over at Taste Carolina shared the news that that The Shoppe Bar and Meatball Kitchen at 370 E. Main Street has closed and is being replaced by Spike’s Hot Chicken and Dogs, featuring Nashville hot chicken and Connecticut style hot dogs.  It’s the same owners of One Fish Two Fish and Esperanza. Can’t find an online presence, but will keep you posted.
  • Staying in Carrboro, chef Teddy Diggs revealed this week that his Coronato Pizza will find its home in the new South Green development that is currently under construction on S. Greensboro Street. He is hoping to open next May. Check out the entire South Green development here.

Closings

  •  My buddy Gordon Brown shared the news that Noodles & Company in Cameron Village in Raleigh has closed. Gordon is taking the news pretty hard. If anyone knows where else he can get Pesto Cavatappi, please let me know.
  • Just down from there on Hillsborough Street, Yelp is reporting that Bocci Trattoria & Pizzeria has closed that location. They still have locations in Durham and Cary.
  • Also in Raleigh, it was announced this week that Oak & Dagger Public House, a downtown Raleigh Irish brewpub, is set to close at Seaboard Station at the end of the week. All operations will move to a new location, with more details coming in the next few weeks.
  • Mystery Brewing Company in Hillsborough announced Thursday that it’s closing its doors at the end of the month. The brewery, at 437 Dimmocks Mill Road, is celebrating its nearly seven-year run over the next week.
  • Back in August, Sugarland Bakery in Raleigh’s Cameron Village closed. Now the original location in Chapel Hill has closed as well.
  • And in Carrobro, The Shoppe Bar and Meatball Kitchen at 370 E. Main Street has closed but is being replaced by Spike’s Hot Chicken and Dogs (same owners).

Food Trucks

  •  This Sunday, October 28, the RDU Mobile Food Association and Tabletop Media Group will host Pumpkin Palooza food truck rodeo at 214 Hunt Street in Durham. At least 8 trucks are confirmed at this point and you’ll have an opportunity to try their special pumpkin dishes and vote for your favorites! Additionally there will be crafts, art and music to enjoy as well. Visit their Facebook event page here.
  • The final date for the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo is Sunday, November 4th from noon until 4 p.m. Check out Durham here.

Events

  • In the wake of Hurricane Florence, North Carolina’s culinary and hospitality community has raised hundreds of thousands of relief dollars through a series of meals and events. The latest aims to help North Carolina’s fishermen and shellfish growers impacted by the storm. This Saturday from 12-3 p.m., “Gone Fishing” will feature more than a dozen North Carolina chefs – including several James Beard nominees and winners – from Wilmington to Pittsboro at the new Junction West in Raleigh’s Warehouse District. The cost is $75. The event is organized by chefs Ashley Christensen of Poole’s, Jake Wood of 18 Seaboard and Locals Seafood, with proceeds going to the state’s fishermen and oyster and clam farmers affected by Hurricane Florence. Many of the participating chefs and restaurants focus on North Carolina seafood, including 18 Seaboard, Postmaster and The Cortez. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • ACME’s 6th Annual Salt & Smoke Festival is coming up on Saturday, November 3rd at beautiful Rock Quarry Farm from 3-8 pm. This is one of the fall “can’t miss” events here in the Triangle. In just five short weeks, they’ll be smoking whole-hog BBQ, drinking beer, shucking thousands of just-out-of-the-water oysters, drinking wine, roasting clams over a fire, sipping whiskey, being wowed by a magician, tapping our feet and dancing the night away. You know, a par-tay. The kind you don’t want to miss. Get your tickets here.
  • Have you ever met Angelo and Vinnie at Chapel Hill’s infamous IPIII restaurant? How about Al and wife Melody of Al’s Burger Shack fame? What if you could hang out with all of them for a night of fantastic food, fun and entertainment. Well, you can! The next edition of Caffe Marrone will take place on Wednesday, November 14th at Mel’s Commissary in Carrboro where $75 will get you 6 courses of Italian favorites, wine and entertainment. Did I mention Angelo and Vinnie will be there? Folks, go! Here are the details.
  • Come celebrate with us at the 2018 Brewer’s Ball: A Celebration of Triangle’s Finest on Friday, November 16, 2018, at Oak and Dagger Public House at Seaboard Station in Raleigh from 7 to 10 p.m. (VIP Honoree and Sponsors Reception at 6:30 p.m.). The Brewer’s Ball is an evening featuring the finest in brews, cocktails, food, music, and difference makers in the community. Guests are treated to a variety of hand-crafted brews and beverages from around town, creative and delicious food pairings from the city’s top restaurants, live music, expansive live and silent auctions, and a chance to mix and mingle with the best and brightest in the Triangle, all while being a part of a great cause: helping move us closer to a cure for CF. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • And this is kind of fun. A new foodie program is launching on PBS nationally in October featuring the work of Cat Neville called tasteMAKERS. But what makes it even more special, is the initial episode will feature Left Bank Butchery in Saxapahaw. You can see the behind the scenes making of that episode here. More information on tasteMakers can be found here.

Food Bank Corner

  •  James Taylor is pitching in on hurricane relief here in his former home state of North Carolina. The singer, who spent his formative years in Chapel Hill, announced the James Taylor Million Meals Challenge and wants to raise money to help people affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, particularly in New Bern and in Eastern North Carolina. He will match donations dollar for dollar through Oct. 31, seeking to raise enough money to provide 1 million meals – about $100,000 – through the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. For every $10, the food bank can provide 100 meals. The money from Taylor’s challenge is earmarked for the 22 North Carolina counties that were declared federal disaster areas from Hurricane Florence. All gifts are tax-deductible. For details, go here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – October 19, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •  Today and tomorrow feature the final two days of the 9th annual TerraVita Festival over in Chapel Hill. Go. Get to something! You can still get tickets! The “grand finale” is on Saturday, October 20 with the Fall Fête on The Green in Southern Village – which features 40 chefs and food artisans from across the state of North Carolina – representing the coast, the mountains and everything in between – as well as about two dozen beverage producers. Check out this video that give you a great look at all the events that make up TerraVita. Or visit their website here to get your tickets.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Today through Sunday are your last few days to visit all the culinary creations at the NC State Fair in Raleigh. And WRAL has a “food map” for you to study prior to arriving – check it out here. Here’s a look at some of the new menu items. And visit the official fair website here.
  • And this is really fun news. Empire Eats, who took over ownership of Raleigh’s Mecca restaurant a few months ago, announced this week that they will now be open for dinner as well as featuring a full bar and beer and wine. Catching dinner and a show in downtown Raleigh – that sounds like a great night! Check out their dinner menu here.
  • And more fun news shared by the folks over at Triangle Business JournalA Place at the Table will be featured on NBC’s “Today” show in November and will run the week of Thanksgiving, according to the restaurant’s executive director, Maggie Kane. The restaurant, located at 300 W. Hargett St., is open for breakfast and lunch from Tuesday to Sunday. Diners can pay the suggested price, pay at least half the suggested price or pay for the meal by volunteering. Check them out here.
  • The new Village Square at Amberly in Cary at the intersection of McCrimmon Parkway and Yates Store Road released their preliminary list of tenants this week. The lineup includes Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, HighCraft Beer Market, Domino’s Pizza and Pure Juicery Bar. If that doesn’t sound like Cary, I don’t know what does. Check out Amberly on Facebook here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • WRAL reported that Pokeworks is now open in downtown Durham on the ground floor of One City Center at 122 W. Main Street. Pokéworks serves build-your-own poké bowls, poké burritos and poké salads with a variety of proteins, sauces and toppings to choose from. This is their first North Carolina location with another on the way in Raleigh. Check them out here.
  • And we told you about this last week, but Saint & Co. did in fact open this past Tuesday in the space formerly occupied by The Pie Hole at the intersection of Ninth and Green streets in Durham. The bakery/cafe menu features fresh baked artisan pastries and breads, salads, sandwiches, and amazing brick hearth Neapolitan style pizza. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Following a pretty good rumor over in Durham (goodness, we hope it is true). The folks over at Building Bull City are tweeting that chef Sidney Coves, owner/chef of True Flavors Diner and food truck, is opening up a new diner (keeping the bar and rooftop) at the former The Lakewood/Scratch Baking (Baby Scratch) place at 2022 Chapel Hill Road. We will keep an eye on this one. In the meantime, you can still enjoy True Flavors. Check them out here.

Closings

  •  Got word from numerous readers that Patrick Jane’s Bar & Bistro at The Shoppes of Kildaire in Cary will close today (Friday, October 19) at the close of business. Super nice people. A great five-year run. All the best to them!

Food Trucks

  •  Trick or Eat Food Truck Rodeo is coming to downtown Garner on Sunday, Oct 21 from 12-5pm on Main Street. Bring your family and friends and take in 15 food trucks, 3 craft breweries, street music, and local artisans. Get all the details and a full list of trucks here.
  • On Sunday, October 28, the RDU Mobile Food Association and Tabletop Media Group will host Pumpkin Palooza food truck rodeo at 214 Hunt Street in Durham. At least 8 trucks are confirmed at this point and you’ll have an opportunity to try their special pumpkin dishes and vote for your favorites! Additionally there will be crafts, art and music to enjoy as well. Visit their Facebook event page here.
  • The final date for the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo is Sunday, November 4th from noon until 4 p.m. Check out Durham here.

Events

  • One of my daughter’s favorite events, the Mac and Cheese Throwdown, has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 21 from 5 until 8 p.m. at 214 Martin in downtown Raleigh. The current lineup is Relish, The Butcher’s Market, Oak and Dagger, Wandering Moose, Dram and Draught, US Foods, The Mac House, Southern Charred, NOFO and the chef from 214 Martin. My daughter and I will be judges again this year! All proceeds benefit The Hope Center at Pullen. Get all the details here.
  • The 6th Annual Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo is taking place on October 21 winding through Durham as it starts and ends at Diamond View Park in the American Tobacco Campus. Choose from a half marathon, five miler or a one miler. And the true reward is not just the joy of finishing the race, but a bevy of food trucks awaiting you at the finish line. Get all the details here.
  • ACME’s 6th Annual Salt & Smoke Festival is coming up on Saturday, November 3rd at beautiful Rock Quarry Farm from 3-8 pm. This is one of the fall “can’t miss” events here in the Triangle. In just five short weeks, they’ll be smoking whole-hog BBQ, drinking beer, shucking thousands of just-out-of-the-water oysters, drinking wine, roasting clams over a fire, sipping whiskey, being wowed by a magician, tapping our feet and dancing the night away. You know, a par-tay. The kind you don’t want to miss. Get your tickets here.
  • Have you ever met Angelo and Vinnie at Chapel Hill’s infamous IPIII restaurant? How about Al and wife Melody of Al’s Burger Shack fame? What if you could hang out with all of them for a night of fantastic food, fun and entertainment. Well, you can! The next edition of Caffe Marrone will take place on Wednesday, November 14th at Mel’s Commissary in Carrboro where $75 will get you 6 courses of Italian favorites, wine and entertainment. Did I mention Angelo and Vinnie will be there? Folks, go! Here are the details.
  • Come celebrate with us at the 2018 Brewer’s Ball: A Celebration of Triangle’s Finest on Friday, November 16, 2018, at Oak and Dagger Public House at Seaboard Station in Raleigh from 7 to 10 p.m. (VIP Honoree and Sponsors Reception at 6:30 p.m.). The Brewer’s Ball is an evening featuring the finest in brews, cocktails, food, music, and difference makers in the community. Guests are treated to a variety of hand-crafted brews and beverages from around town, creative and delicious food pairings from the city’s top restaurants, live music, expansive live and silent auctions, and a chance to mix and mingle with the best and brightest in the Triangle, all while being a part of a great cause: helping move us closer to a cure for CF. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • And this is kind of fun. A new foodie program is launching on PBS nationally in October featuring the work of Cat Neville called tasteMAKERS. But what makes it even more special, is the initial episode will feature Left Bank Butchery in Saxapahaw. You can see the behind the scenes making of that episode here. More information on tasteMakers can be found here.

Food Bank Corner

  •  James Taylor is pitching in on hurricane relief here in his former home state of North Carolina. The singer, who spent his formative years in Chapel Hill, announced the James Taylor Million Meals Challenge and wants to raise money to help people affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, particularly in New Bern and in Eastern North Carolina. He will match donations dollar for dollar through Oct. 31, seeking to raise enough money to provide 1 million meals – about $100,000 – through the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. For every $10, the food bank can provide 100 meals. The money from Taylor’s challenge is earmarked for the 22 North Carolina counties that were declared federal disaster areas from Hurricane Florence. All gifts are tax-deductible. For details, go here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – October 12, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •  It is here! Next week kicks off the 9th annual TerraVita Festival over in Chapel Hill. Go. Get to something! There are lots of events for you to choose from. But hurry! Most are nearly sold out. Things will kick off Wednesday, October 17, with the East Meets West dinner (first year at The Carolina Inn) and end on Saturday, October 20 with the Fall Fête on The Green in Southern Village – which features 40 chefs and food artisans from across the state of North Carolina – representing the coast, the mountains and everything in between – as well as about two dozen beverage producers. Check out this video that give you a great look at all the events that make up TerraVita. Or visit their website here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Hurricane Michael shorted us a day to get over to the NC State Fair to sample the goodness that arrives every year. I’m certain you’ve seen some of the creations that will be featured (I want to meet the people that come up with these creations), and WRAL has a “food map” for you to study prior to arriving. And don’t forget, you can enter Gates 1 or 9 on weekdays between 11:30 and 1:30 (bring $10 cash that you get back when you leave) just to come in and sample food! Check out WRAL’s food map here. Here’s a look at some of the new menu items. And visit the official fair website here.
  • Got word from WRAL that O-Ku Sushi opens today, Friday, October 12 in The Dillon at 411 W Hargett Street in downtown Raleigh’s warehouse district. O-Ku is described as authentic Asian cuisine with a southern approach. They have additional locations in Charlotte, Charleston, Atlanta, Nashville and Washington, D.C. Get familiar with them here.
  • Also at The Dillon, Offline Raleigh noted that Heirloom Brewshop (soft) opened where you can enjoy standard pour over or espresso coffee-but you can also try more unique drinks like vacuum pot coffee, unique carbonated bevs, teas imported from Japan and Taiwan, and unique sake cocktails! There will also be a menu of bites inspired by the founders’ Laotian and Taiwanese roots. Visit their Facebook page here.
  • And just after publication last week, Lynnwood Brewing Concern, which operates a grill and taproom in North Raleigh and a brewery and bar at Dock 1053 on East Whitaker Mill Road, opened their newest restaurant called Wilson’s Eatery. They will feature locally sourced, scratch made sandwiches, flatbreads and salads and will feature “several house-made sodas & mixers” in their craft cocktails. Visit their website here.
  • Up in Wake Forest, reader Brandon Clevenger notified me that yet another location of Chipotle has opened – this one at the corner of 98 and Retail Drive next to the recently opened Freddy’s. Check out Chipotle here.
  • Over in Cary, we are getting closer to the opening of Pizza La Stella, which is going into the former Hurricane Grill and Wings spot at 1389 Kildare Farm Rd. in the Shoppes of Kildaire (i.e. Trader Joe’s). Earlier this week they held interviews for all positions at the restaurant. Stay tuned Cary! In addition to the original downtown Raleigh location, owner Rudy Theale has plans for a North Raleigh location. Check them out here.
  • Also in Cary, caught wind that the Gypsy Shiny Diner is under new ownership and is now just known as the Shiny Diner. It is located at 1550 Buck Jones Road. A new site is on the way.
  • Down in Holly Springs got word from reader Chris Creighton that a fast food seafood restaurant called Skrimp Shack (no, I didn’t spell that wrong) is coming into the former Hwy. 55 Burgers Shakes and Fries location at 7224 Alford Highway. They have locations up and down the east coast from Florida to Virginia. Look for them to open in about three months. Get familiar with them here.
  • Over in Fuquay-Varina, David McCreary informed me that Lin Hibachi Buffet has opened in the former Golden Corral location at 1420 East Broad Street. Check them out here.
  • And in Garner, we are getting word from several sources that Big Ed’s, with two locations in Raleigh, will be opening a location at 231 Timber Drive (near intersection with Hwy. 50) in the former Just Cookin’ location (Food Lion shopping center). Thanks to Hugh Autry for the heads up on this. No word on a timeline. If you live in Garner, get familiar with Big Ed’s now!

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • The big news out of Chapel Hill as reported in the News & Observer is that Bill Smith, chef at Crook’s Corner, and Gene Hamer, the owner, will soon retire (although Bill will still cook for special occasions). The iconic restaurant will be in the hands of chef Justin Burdett, who recently relocated from Asheville, where he was previously chef at The Admiral, and a new ownership team, which includes Gary Crunkleton of The Crunkleton and Shannon Healy of Alley Twenty Six. Looks like all is in good/great hands! Visit them here.
  • Staying in Chapel Hill, and just down from Crook’s, the Triangle Explorer reported that the Tin Cup Joe Coffee trailer has reopened next to Al’s Burger Shack in Chapel Hill. Be sure to try his signature drink, the Dr. Pepper latte and all his drinks feature coffee from Carrboro Coffee Roasters and dairy from Maple View Farm and Homeland Creamery. Check them out here.
  • And the big news out of Durham is that this past weekend the latest addition to the M Restaurant Group in Durham came to life with the opening of M Tempura. It is located in the former downtown Scratch Bakery location at 111 Orange Street. Chef Michael Lee’s restaurants other restaurant include nearby M Sushi and M Kokko. Get to know M Tempura here.
  • Also in Durham, reader Dustin Jones notified us that a bakery and café concept called Saint & Co. is moving into the space formerly occupied by The Pie Hole at the intersection of 9th and Green streets. Their menu will includes fresh baked artisan pastries and breads, salads, sandwiches, and amazing brick hearth Neapolitan style pizza. Look for them to open on October 17th, but check their social media first. You can find them on Facebook here.
  • Staying in Durham, a few weeks ago the wife and I joined Tom Meyer and his wife for drinks and appetizers at Guglhupf and noticed they had installed a new bar and expanded their dinner menu featuring lots of great “shared plates.” Thanks also to Amber Watson at Bites of Bull City for their feature on the new additions.
  • And just south of Chapel Hill over into Chatham County, Clint Winslow and Charlie Farris have opened their 4th Jersey Mike’s location in the Chatham Crossing shopping center, which is anchored by Lowe’s grocery store. Clint and Charlie also have two Chapel Hill locations and a Durham location. Drove by the other day and it was packed! My best to Clint and Charlie. Get familiar with Jersey Mike’s here.

Closings

  •  Via Twitter, Odis Newsome shared that the TLC Wings that had moved into the former Applebee’s location on Hillsborough Street back in May, has closed.
  • David McCreary reported that Cary Towne Kitchen & Bar at 2002 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary has closed its doors.
  • And Offline Raleigh reported that Raleigh Raw has shut down its location at Morgan Street Food Hall but their other location is still open and serving up juices and poke bowls.

Food Trucks

  •  Trick or Eat Food Truck Rodeo is coming to downtown Garner on Sunday, Oct 21 from 12-5pm on Main Street. Bring your family and friends and take in 15 food trucks, 3 craft breweries, street music, and local artisans. Get all the details and a full list of trucks here.
  • On Sunday, October 28, the RDU Mobile Food Association and Tabletop Media Group will host Pumpkin Palooza food truck rodeo at 214 Hunt Street in Durham. At least 8 trucks are confirmed at this point and you’ll have an opportunity to try their special pumpkin dishes and vote for your favorites! Additionally there will be crafts, art and music to enjoy as well. Visit their Facebook event page here.
  • The final two dates for 2018 are coming up for the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo and Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo. Raleigh’s final episode of the year is this Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. Check out Durham here and Raleigh here.

Events

  •  This Saturday, October 13th from noon until 6 p.m. is the 3rd Annual North Carolina Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Festival at North Raleigh’s Lafayette Village. Taste local and regional chocolates and cheeses that will make your palate scream with delight! A variety of wines will be showcased from different regions of Italy, Spain, France and the US, including some NC favorites. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • The 2nd annual Sip + Savor, featuring 30 restaurants, 30 wineries and live music, will take place at the DPAC this Sunday, October 14th from 4 – 7 p.m. The event is an exclusive opportunity to sample the Triangle’s top restaurants paired with famed wineries from across the world. There will also be live music, desert and bubbly on the DPAC stage. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • October 19th and 20th are the dates for the 5th Annual Triangle Oktoberfest held again this year at the beautiful Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Presented by the Apex Sunrise and Cary MacGregor Rotary Clubs in collaboration with the Town of Cary, it is an authentic German festival focused on family fun, traditional Bavarian food and fare, and plenty of local and authentic German beers from Munich, all to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other local and international charities. In addition to brats grilled up by volunteers, the event has confirmed the following food vendors so far: The Butcher’s Market, Annelore’s German Bakery, Capital Club 16, Uncle Dave’s Kettle Corn and The Nutty Bavarian. More to come. Get tickets and details here.
  • And one of my daughter’s favorite events, the Mac and Cheese Throwdown, has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 21 from 5 until 8 p.m. at 214 Martin in downtown Raleigh. The current lineup is Relish, The Butcher’s Market, Oak and Dagger, Wandering Moose, Dram and Draught, US Foods, The Mac House, Southern Charred, NOFO and the chef from 214 Martin. My daughter and I will be judges again this year! All proceeds benefit The Hope Center at Pullen. Get all the details here.
  • The 6th Annual Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo is taking place on October 21 winding through Durham as it starts and ends at Diamond View Park in the American Tobacco Campus. Choose from a half marathon, five miler or a one miler. And the true reward is not just the joy of finishing the race, but a bevy of food trucks awaiting you at the finish line. Get all the details here.
  • ACME’s 6th Annual Salt & Smoke Festival is coming up on Saturday, November 3rd at beautiful Rock Quarry Farm from 3-8 pm. This is one of the fall “can’t miss” events here in the Triangle. In just five short weeks, they’ll be smoking whole-hog BBQ, drinking beer, shucking thousands of just-out-of-the-water oysters, drinking wine, roasting clams over a fire, sipping whiskey, being wowed by a magician, tapping our feet and dancing the night away. You know, a par-tay. The kind you don’t want to miss. Get your tickets here.
  • Come celebrate with us at the 2018 Brewer’s Ball: A Celebration of Triangle’s Finest on Friday, November 16, 2018, at Oak and Dagger Public House at Seaboard Station in Raleigh from 7 to 10 p.m. (VIP Honoree and Sponsors Reception at 6:30 p.m.). The Brewer’s Ball is an evening featuring the finest in brews, cocktails, food, music, and difference makers in the community. Guests are treated to a variety of hand-crafted brews and beverages from around town, creative and delicious food pairings from the city’s top restaurants, live music, expansive live and silent auctions, and a chance to mix and mingle with the best and brightest in the Triangle, all while being a part of a great cause: helping move us closer to a cure for CF. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • And this is kind of fun. A new foodie program is launching on PBS nationally in October featuring the work of Cat Neville called tasteMAKERS. But what makes it even more special, is the initial episode will feature Left Bank Butchery in Saxapahaw. You can see the behind the scenes making of that episode here. More information on tasteMakers can be found here.

Food Bank Corner

  •  October 18 is Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the NC State Fair! One of the best days of the year! Everyone can bring 5 cans of Food Lion brand food to the N.C. State Fair on Thursday, October 18, and exchange them at any gate for 1 free admission ticket. Since 1993, more than 4.8 million pounds of food have been donated by fairgoers to feed neighbors in need. Help us cross the 5 million pound mark this year! You can RSVP to our Facebook event here and even invite friends!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – October 5, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •  Just yesterday the Saleh family opened its newest Neomonde Mediterranean Deli location in downtown Durham in the Unscripted Hotel building at 202 Corcoran St. As most know, Neomonde has locations in Raleigh and Morrisville. Get familiar with them here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • We’ve got a little time to get ready for this one, but it was announced this week that chef Scott Crawford will add a third restaurant to his Crawford Hospitality group, Crawford Brothers, a modern American steakhouse to open in Cary in 2020. It will open in Fenton, the 92-acre mixed-use development in Cary. Crawford also has a French bistro, Jolie, in the works. Visit Crawford and Son here.
  • The folks over at the ITB Insider informed us that Lynnwood Brewing Concern, which operates a grill and taproom in North Raleigh and a brewery and bar at Dock 1053 on East Whitaker Mill Road, will soon add a new restaurant to Dock 1053 called Wilson’s. They will focus on “flatbread pizzas and crafted sandwiches” and will feature “several house-made sodas & mixers” in their craft cocktails. No word yet on an exact open date. Keep up with their latest news on their Facebook page here.
  • A new tavern-style bar and music venue is coming to Glenwood South replacing Devolve Moto and Vickers & Ruth Plumbing at 304 and 306 Glenwood Ave, the Triangle Business Journal reported. After opening as a bar/cafe/retail shop in 2015, Devolve Moto closed the retail portion of its business in October 2017, and closed the cafe/bar earlier this year. The space will be filled by a joint effort between Dan Lovenheim (the owner of Cornerstone Tavern, Alchemy, and Capital City Tavern) and Matt Kenner (the owner of Milk Bar, Southern Charred, and Dogwood Bar and Eatery). The space will feature a stage and patio area that will have couches inside. The name of the venue was not disclosed.
  • The Simple Greek, a fast casual Mediterranean-style restaurant, is opening its first location in North Carolina on Saturday, October 6th at 2320 Bale Street, Suite 100 in Raleigh. To celebrate the grand opening, the first 100 guests will receive a free gyro, compliments of owner John Mason. Get to know them here.
  • Over in Cary, reader Cheyenne Jones brought it to our attention that a restaurant called Sohot has moved into the old Smok’t BBQ spot at 1937 High House Rd. in Cary. Get familiar with them here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Glenn Gillen tipped me off to the fact that Caballo Rojo Coffee will be moving into a permanent location on Durham’s Main Street. I don’t know the exact location or the timeline, but very excited for owner Gabriela Kavanaugh. She confirmed the news on their Facebook page. Get familiar with them here.
  • Got word from Clint and Charlie that the newest Triangle area location of Jersey Mike’s is opening at some point next week. They are hosting a private “family and friends” event on Monday, so it won’t be long. It is located in the Chatham Crossing shopping center which is anchored by Lowe’s grocery store. My best to Clint and Charlie. Check out Jersey Mike’s here.

Closings

  • Got word from reader Chris Creighton that Gigi’s Cupcakes in Cary’s Waverly Place has closed.

Food Trucks

  • There is a new food truck here in the Triangle with a true international appeal. Baltic Bites came to life after the owner spent over 10 years in the United States not able to find any Lithuanian restaurants or food trucks in the area. With food truck experience, bringing the taste of Lithuania to the Triangle seemed like a great idea. Check them out here.
  • Trick or Eat Food Truck Rodeo is coming to downtown Garner on Sunday, Oct 21 from 12-5pm on Main Street. Bring your family and friends and take in 15 food trucks, 3 craft breweries, street music, and local artisans. Get all the details and a full list of trucks here.
  • On Sunday, October 28, the RDU Mobile Food Association and Tabletop Media Group will host Pumpkin Palooza food truck rodeo at 214 Hunt Street in Durham. At least 8 trucks are confirmed at this point and you’ll have an opportunity to try their special pumpkin dishes and vote for your favorites! Additionally there will be crafts, art and music to enjoy as well. Visit their Facebook event page here.
  • Only two dates remain in 2018 for the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo and Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo. Check out Durham here and Raleigh here.

Events

  • The Root Cellar Cafe & Catering announced that they will host their annual Porkapalooza festival at their new Pittsboro restaurant on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. To celebrate their seventh year, the porktastic celebration will offer small plate creations, featuring locally raised pork from Hickory Nut Gap and Sharp Family Farms, served casually indoors and outdoors, rather than a traditional seated dinner. Their Pittsboro location is at 35 Suttles Road in Penguin Place in Pittsboro. Tickets for Porkapalooza are $50, which includes all food, entertainment and a souvenir pint cup. Get all the details here.
  • Also this Saturday, October 6th is the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cary is holding their Lobster Fest. Online pre-ordering is closed, but you can still walk-up and take your chances. Extra lobsters will be ordered to serve walk-ups on a first-come, first-served basis! Get here early, though – they go fast! Live and Cooked Lobsters (for pick-up) available starting at a10 a.m. Lobsta Rolls, Lobster & Chicken Meals (eat-in or carry-out) available starting at 11 a.m. Get all the details here.
  • The folks over at Melina’s Fresh Pasta reached out to let me know that a group of Italian Americans in the Triangle have gotten together to plan the Inaugural Festa Italiana on October 7 from 11 to 6 in the 600 block of Tucker Street in front of Lucky B’s. They will have a great list of food vendors and food trucks, an entertainment stage and more. Get all the details on their Facebook page here.
  • Also on October 7, TROSA will hold their BBQ & Friends fundraiser co-presented by Sysco Raleigh. This fun, family-friendly event will feature music, games, crafts with The Scrap Exchange, and an amazing sampling of food from some of the Triangle’s best chefs and restaurants. The current list includes: Foster’s Market, Giorgios Group, Guglhupf, J. Betski’s, Mateo, The Mayton Inn, The Original Q Shack, Rise Biscuits & Donuts, Rue Cler, Sage & Swift Gourmet Catering, Saltbox Seafood Joint, Watt’s Grocery, Tom & Jenny’s, Ben & Jerry’s, and Counter Culture Coffee. Tickets are limited and on sale now for $25/Adult; $10/Children ages 5-12. Children 4 and under free. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • October 7th is also the date for the 28th annual A Tasteful Affair will take place at the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill from 5-8pm. Guests will join 500 others to sample the best of the Triangle’s food and beverage establishments. The evening will entail food and beverage, live music by Rory John Zak, an exciting silent auction, and a raffle for a 7-night complimentary resort stay! All funds raised will support the mission of the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill. Tickets to the event, silent auction shopping, and raffle ticket purchases can be made here.
  • And one more event on October 7th, Mandolin’s Fall Farmer’s Dinner where they will celebrate the bounty of Fall Harvest at Mandolin Farm. Chef Sean Fowler and his team will prepare an autumn-themed, family style feast that will be served in this beautiful pastoral setting. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with cocktail hour and dinner begins promptly at 7:00. Tickets are $150 and include passed hors d’oeuvres, family style meal, wine, and gratuity. Proceeds will go to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC to help provide assistance to those who were affected by Hurricane Florence. Get more details and tickets here.
  • On Thursday, October 11th, Cary’s Postmaster will host guest chef Austin Radosta, an NC native living in NYC, as he weaves traditional Carolina flavors through a seven-course-menu study in pasta. After working in the downtown Raleigh food scene with Postmaster’s Chris Lopez, Austin moved to New York City to join the team at z Michelin-Star-Rated restaurant. Join them as they team back up to bring some fresh takes on old shapes, like pulled pork soup dumplings, and acorn flour gnocchi. Tickets are $75/per person, with an additional $25/ per person wine pairing option from our guest sommelier available at the door. Check out Postmaster here.
  • The 2nd annual Sip + Savor, featuring 30 restaurants, 30 wineries and live music, will take place at the DPAC on Sunday, October 14th from 4 – 7 p.m. The event is an exclusive opportunity to sample the Triangle’s top restaurants paired with famed wineries from across the world. There will also be live music, desert and bubbly on the DPAC stage. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Ok, here it is again. And I tell you EVERY year, but I will repeat it again. DO. NOT. MISS. THIS. EVENT. You can just thank me later. The dates have been set for the 9th annual TerraVita Festival over in Chapel Hill. Those dates are October 17-20. Things will kick off Wednesday, October 17, with the East Meets West dinner (first year at The Carolina Inn) and end on October 20 with the Fall Fête on The Green in Southern Village. Check out this video that give you a great look at all the events that make up TerraVita. Or visit their website here.
  • October 19th and 20th are the dates for the 5th Annual Triangle Oktoberfest held again this year at the beautiful Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Presented by the Apex Sunrise and Cary MacGregor Rotary Clubs in collaboration with the Town of Cary, it is an authentic German festival focused on family fun, traditional Bavarian food and fare, and plenty of local and authentic German beers from Munich, all to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other local and international charities. In addition to brats grilled up by volunteers, the event has confirmed the following food vendors so far: The Butcher’s Market, Annelore’s German Bakery, Capital Club 16, Uncle Dave’s Kettle Corn and The Nutty Bavarian. More to come. Get tickets and details here.
  • And one of my daughter’s favorite events, the Mac and Cheese Throwdown, has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 21 from 5 until 8 p.m. at 214 Martin in downtown Raleigh. The current lineup is Relish, The Butcher’s Market, Oak and Dagger, Wandering Moose, Dram and Draught, US Foods, The Mac House, Southern Charred, NOFO and the chef from 214 Martin. My daughter and I will be judges again this year! All proceeds benefit The Hope Center at Pullen. Details here.
  • The 6th Annual Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo is taking place on October 21 winding through Durham as it starts and ends at Diamond View Park in the American Tobacco Campus. Choose from a half marathon, five miler or a one miler. And the true reward is not just the joy of finishing the race, but a bevy of food trucks awaiting you at the finish line. Get all the details here.
  • ACME’s 6th Annual Salt & Smoke Festival is coming up on Saturday, November 3rd at beautiful Rock Quarry Farm from 3-8 pm. This is one of the fall “can’t miss” events here in the Triangle. In just five short weeks, they’ll be smoking whole-hog BBQ, drinking beer, shucking thousands of just-out-of-the-water oysters, drinking wine, roasting clams over a fire, sipping whiskey, being wowed by a magician, tapping our feet and dancing the night away. You know, a par-tay. The kind you don’t want to miss. Get your tickets here.
  • Come celebrate with us at the 2018 Brewer’s Ball – A Celebration of Triangle’s Finest on Friday, November 16, at Oak and Dagger Public House at Seaboard Station in Raleigh from 7 to 10 p.m. (VIP Honoree and Sponsors Reception at 6:30 p.m.). The Brewer’s Ball is an evening featuring the finest in brews, cocktails, food, music, and difference makers in the community. Guests are treated to a variety of hand-crafted brews and beverages from around town, creative and delicious food pairings from the city’s top restaurants, live music, expansive live and silent auctions, and a chance to mix and mingle with the best and brightest in the Triangle, all while being a part of a great cause: helping move us closer to a cure for CF. Get tickets and all the details here.

Food Bank Corner

  • October 18 is Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the NC State Fair! One of the best days of the year! Everyone can bring 5 cans of Food Lion brand food to the N.C. State Fair on Thursday, October 18, and exchange them at any gate for 1 free admission ticket. Since 1993, more than 4.8 million pounds of food have been donated by fairgoers to feed neighbors in need. Help us cross the 5 million pound mark this year! You can RSVP to our Facebook event here and even invite friends!

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