Friday Fun Food Facts – July 18, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  Just made the announcement yesterday that my corporate catering website has officially moved to an “all local” status (over 60 restaurants and caterers). All of the restaurants and caterers that we work with are locally owned and operated. We are very proud of this (and should have done it sooner). At any rate, to celebrate we did a promotion with our current clients yesterday and we extend it to everyone today. Anyone that places an order today for delivery next week will receive a $20 gift card to any local store of their choice! Order away!

Wake County Restaurant News

  •  The News & Observer reported this week that Arken Elhicheri, a veteran restaurateur in the Triangle, has opened Garibaldi Trattoria in the former Daniel’s on Main building in Fuquay-Varina. The menu is 95% Italian (there are a few French dishes) and they are open for lunch and dinner daily. You can check out their Facebook page here.
  • Thanks to a tip from John Huisman, aka Triangle Explorer, we learned that Butcher Block American Grill next to Bella Italia on Durant Rd. in N. Raleigh is now open. Check them out here.
  • Got wind of a new restaurant coming into downtown Raleigh’s Seaboard Station on the local Yelp message board. The Night Kitchen Bakery and Café will be located next to Marigold Parlour. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal broke the news this week that the old Lucky 32 restaurant building on Spring Forest Road in north Raleigh has been sold to a new restaurant group called Kamado Grille. It will specialize in foods prepared on ceramic, kamado-style grills. Other than that, there isn’t much else to report at this point. Suffice it to say, we are curious and will keep an eye on this one.
  • WRAL reported last week that Wake Forest has a new restaurant. One Whirled Café, an upscale eatery featuring global cuisine, has opened in the former home of Blue Fins Bistro off of Rogers Road. Check them out here.
  • If you love cheese, have we got great news for you. John Huisman (aka Triangle Explorer) tipped us off to the fact that Six Forks Cheese Shop, in North Raleigh’s Lafayette Village, will open today (July 18)! Be sure to stop by and check them out. Get all the details here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that both Ledo Pizza and Firehouse Subs have committed to opening new restaurants in the 54 Plaza buildings now underway at the intersection of Miami Boulevard and N.C. 54 near Morrisville. The project’s first building is slated to open early next year.
  • AJ Viola and Mike Sholar, the guys behind BREW, a new coffee and beer bar coming to downtown Raleigh’s Seaboard Station, are very close to successfully fulfilling their Kickstarter campaign, but need a little more support to push them over the top. Check out their Kickstarter campaign here.
  • A quick update from my friend Dana McCall over at GoGoRaleigh. Taverna Agora is now looking at mid December date for their move to Hillsborough St. (next to Second Empire). Thanks Dana for the update.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • The big news out of Durham this week was the “major announcement” that Monuts will open a second location after they signed a 10-year-lease on the former Magnolia Grill location on Ninth Street. Look for a November opening in the space that will more than double their original space. Keep up with them here.
  • The other big news out of Durham is that the Herald Sun is reporting that Pizzeria Toro, which has been closed since November 2013 due to a fire, plans to reopen the downtown shop by Saturday. Get all the details here.
  • Got word from the Triangle Localista that the folks behind the food truck Olio & Aceto (and Blue Sky Oil & Vinegar) are opening their brick and mortar location this Saturday in Chapel Hill at 400 S. Elliot Rd (former location of Tracy’s New York Deli). Their celebration is from noon until 5 p.m.
  • The Meadowmont location of Market Street Café is currently undergoing renovations. Got word this week that the contractor anticipates they will be able to re-open in about 3 weeks. Can’t wait to see what the renovations will bring. Keep up with them here.

Closings 

  • Making way for a new apartment and retail building on Hillsborough Street, we learned from a Yelp message board that Two Guys Pizza has closed. No word on whether it will open elsewhere.

Food Trucks 

  • Pittsboro Roadhouse will host the next Pittsboro Food Truck Rodeo on Saturday, July 26th from 6 – 9 p.m. The event will feature 7 food trucks, 2 beer trucks and of course, Pittsboro Roadhouse and their delicious offerings. Be sure to stop by. Get more details here.
  • Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 27th from 12-4 for the first official Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo. It will take place at 419 S. Brooks St. at Over the Falls Shopping Center. Get all the details here.

Events

  • The word is out! Mark your calendars for one of the Triangle’s annual “can’t miss” foodie events – Terra Vita 2014. It will be held October 9 – 11 and tickets go on sale this Sunday, July 20! Lots of great folks involved this year. Follow @terravitafoodie twitter and Instagram for more updates. The website is here.
  • This event kind of snuck up on me, but there is still time to enjoy it. Ten counties are featured in the North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s 10-day “Dig into Local Restaurant Week,” and most of the venues are in the Triangle. Instead of fixed-price menus, the promotion involves “fixed-source” menus. From July 14-23, selected local restaurants will feature North Carolina-grown or processed products in at least four dishes, along with a North Carolina wine selection. The menus will identify the local ingredients and their sources. Thanks for the Triangle Business Journal for bringing this to my attention. Check out the participating restaurants here.
  • Our friends over at Guglhupf in Durham will hold their Beer and Whole Hog dinner on Wednesday, July 23rd at 7 pm. They have teamed up with Steel String Brewery and Green Button Farm for this annual event. Dinner will pair 6 beers with 5 courses featuring pasture raised pork. The cost is $55 per person and reservations can be made by calling 919.401.2600. More details here.
  • The next variation of Latte Art Throwdown will be held at the Carrboro Coffee Roasters Coffee Bar at Golden Belt in downtown Durham on Thursday, July 24th. The Throwdown begins at 7:30 p.m. it is open to the public. Get all the details here.
  • The Carolina RailHawks’ 3rd Annual Pig Pickin’ Festival is Saturday, July 26th at 5:30 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park.  It will take place prior to the RailHawks hosting Ottawa Fury FC at 7:30 p.m. The cost is only $16 and includes all-you-can-eat BBQ, beer from White Street Brewing Co., and many other great items. Live music will be presented by ReverbNation.com. A Pig Pickin’ Fan Contest will take place on Friday, July 18-entries are still available. Contest winners will receive RailHawks’ tickets, an authentic home jersey and more. Get all the details here.
  • Just got word from my buddy Derrick Minor about an event in September that you’ll want to get on your calendar. Mark your calendars now for September 27 for Beericana. What is Beericana? 50 breweries + 10 food trucks + 4 Americana bands + Awesome People = Beericana! The event will be held at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. More details to follow. Keep up with details on Twitter here. 
  • Fire in the Triangle, a chef competition being held in Raleigh, June 23-August 4, is under way. All the events WILL sell out (several rounds have already sold out). Get all the details and tickets here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • With three locations in the Triangle, locally owned Firewurst has launched their 10,000 for 10,000 Summer Hunger Campaign for the month of July. Firewurst is charging the community to come out and eat one of their famous Certified Angus Beef hot dogs in celebration for National Hot Dog month. The goal is to sell 10,000 hot dogs throughout the month, and Firewurst will donate $10,000 to the Food Bank’s Stop Summer Hunger program that feeds local children in need. Visit one of these Firewurst locations to participate: 1377 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary (next to Trader Joe’s); 1823 N. Harrison Ave., Cary, (next to Bass Pro Shops) and 8531 Brier Creek Parkway, Raleigh (next to Regal Brier Creek Stadium 14). Get all the details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – July 11, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  The word is out! Mark your calendars for one of the Triangle’s annual “can’t miss” foodie events – Terra Vita 2014. It will be held October 9 – 11 and tickets go on sale July 20. Lots of great folks involved this year. Follow @terravitafoodie on twitter and Instagram for more updates. The website is here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • The News & Observer reported this week that Tammy Calaway-Harper is targeting early August for the opening of Belle, an ambitious new farm-to-table restaurant, coffee shop/bakery and cafe in the Jones House, a historic structure at the corner of Academy Street and Dry Avenue in Cary. Follow her progress here.
  • Got word this week that Ajisai Japanese Fusion + Sushi has opened in the old Sushi Gami location in Cameron Village.
  • Triangle Business Journal reported last week that the Triangle is home to another location of WhichWich Superior Sandwiches. The latest location opened up in the food court at Crabtree Valley Mall. This is the chain’s first mall location.
  • It was recently announced that Tasty 8′s Gourmet Hot Dog Company will open next month at 121 Fasayetteville Street, in the former Spize Café location. We will keep an eye on it. In the mean time, visit them here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  •  Via twitter, @Burgeoningbaker tweeted me yesterday that Primal Restaurant, a gluten-free restaurant and bar, is now open in Durham. They are located at 202 West Highway 54 in the former location of Souper Salad. Check them out here.
  • Noticed on a recent stroll down Franklin Street in Chapel Hlll that Pita Pit has closed, and a sign for Campus Calzones has gone up. No word yet on an open date, but the Herald Sun noted that there is a Campus Calzones location in Greenville, NC. Get a peek at them here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal also reported that seven months after a building fire closed their pizza pie restaurant, the owners of Pizzeria Toro at Five Points in downtown Durham will reopen in late July at its original spot at 105 E. Chapel Hill Street. Keep up with them here.
  • According to the Herald Sun, a Krispy Kreme shop is coming to 3536 Hillsborough Road in the former George’s Diner location. Plans for renovation are under review at Durham City-County Planning. Stay tuned.
  • The Herald Sun reported this week that Straw Valley in Durham has moved its lunch service to The Black House. Previously, lunch was offered at the cafe and wine bar space and surrounding outdoor spaces. Reservations will be accepted for lunch at The Black House. Also, The Black House will be open seven nights a week for dinner service. They are located between U.S. 15-501 and the New Hope Commons shopping center. Check them out here.

Closings 

  • After more than 46 years in business, the first Dunkin’ Donuts shop to open in North Carolina closed its doors at 1801 Capital Boulevard in Raleigh. Our best to Groover and Joyce Blitch.

Food Trucks 

  • Got word from John Huisman (aka Triangle Explorer) that there is a new truck in town called Jakki’s Juice Jam. They have been on the road for a few months now and offer fresh pressed juices and smoothies as well as salads and vegetarian/vegan/ and gluten free options. Check them out here.
  • Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 27th from 12-4 for the first official Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo. It will take place at 419 S. Brooks St. at Over the Falls Shopping Center. Get all the details here.
  • Got word recently that Valentino’s Food Truck has launched a kickstarter campaign for some much needed upgrades, a cookbook and web show. Get all the details here.

Events 

  • This is a fun food event that happens once a month that you might want to add to your calendar. Called Second Saturday (i.e. tomorrow, July 12), it is an all-day event featuring all sorts of food related activities along a 2-mile corridor in downtown Raleigh. Check it out here.
  • The 13th Annual Acme Tomato Festival is this weekend (July 11 – 13) where they will feature the very best in local tomatoes in every color and shape and culinary guise imaginable at Acme Restaurant in Carroboro. OK, maybe not every one. But close. Nearly 500 lbs of local, oh-my, goodness. If you’ve never been to Acme over in Carrboro, now is the time to go. Check them out here.
  • The Western Wake Farmers Market is hosting their Peach Day this Saturday, July 12, 2014. Market hours are 8 a.m. – noon. In addition to the regular market offerings, WWFM will highlight peaches with samples, market recipes and chef demonstrations. Get all the details on the market here.
  • The Harvest Abundance Dinner and Auction is Sunday, July 20th, at Oakleaf in Pittsboro from 5-8pm. 100% of the proceeds go to Abundance Foundation & Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market. Get your tickets today ($45 in advance; $55 at the door). Get more information here 
  • The Carolina RailHawks’ 3rd Annual Pig Pickin’ Festival is Saturday, July 26th at 5:30 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park.  It will take place prior to the RailHawks hosting Ottawa Fury FC at 7:30 p.m. The cost is only $16 and includes all-you-can-eat BBQ, beer from White Street Brewing Co., and many other great items. Live music will be presented by ReverbNation.com. A Pig Pickin’ Fan Contest will take place on Friday, July 18-entries are still available. Contest winners will receive RailHawks’ tickets, an authentic home jersey and more. Get all the details here.
  • Just got word from my buddy Derrick Minor about an event in September that you’ll want to get on your calendar. Mark your calendars now for September 27 for Beericana. What is Beericana? 50 breweries + 10 food trucks + 4 Americana bands + Awesome People = Beericana! The event will be held at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. More details to follow. Keep up with details on Twitter here. 
  • Fire in the Triangle, a chef competition being held in Raleigh, June 23-August 4, is under way. All the events WILL sell out (several rounds have already sold out). Get all the details and tickets here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • With three locations in the Triangle, locally owned Firewurst has launched their 10,000 for 10,000 Summer Hunger Campaign for the month of July. Firewurst is charging the community to come out and eat one of their famous Certified Angus Beef hot dogs in celebration for National Hot Dog month. The goal is to sell 10,000 hot dogs throughout the month, and Firewurst will donate $10,000 to the Food Bank’s Stop Summer Hunger program that feeds local children in need. Visit one of these Firewurst locations to participate: 1377 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary (next to Trader Joe’s); 1823 N. Harrison Ave., Cary, (next to Bass Pro Shops) and 8531 Brier Creek Parkway, Raleigh (next to Regal Brier Creek Stadium 14). Get all the details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – June 27, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  • Got word yesterday that a new concept to North Carolina will take over the space formerly occupied by Piola in Chapel Hill’s East 54. Look for a concept called The Egg & I to take over that space. They serve breakfast and lunch. No word yet on an open date. Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Juice and salad delivery service Happy + Hale opened a brick and mortar location today in downtown Raleigh at 443 Fayetteville Street in front of the Bank of America building. They have grand opening activities planned all day. Check them out here.
  • We got word this week that popular food truck Sarges Chef had a soft opening this past Wednesday at their new brick and mortar location at 400 Southtown Circle in Rolesville in the old JD’s Grill location. Get more details here.
  • Saw on a Yelp message board that Almadina Bakery, which closed for renovations, has reopened as Kader’s French Pastry (1007 Method Rd.) and features nice French and Mediterranean desserts! Check them out here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Benjamin Harris, a native of Raleigh, has returned from the Charleston area to become the new executive chef at Midtown Grille at North Hills following the departure of Scott James. He will take over the reigns on July 3rd. Congrats to Benjamin!
  • The News & Observer reported this week that Lorraine’s Coffee House and Music, a coffee shop that features live music, has opened in Garner. It is located at at 101 Timber Pointe Lane, on the corner of Timber Drive and Vandora Springs Road. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • We were the first to break the news that Durham’s Bean Trader’s was expanding into the space next door. The expansion means Bean Trader’s will offer more roasting, coffee classes, a full alternative brew bar, and a craft waffle and dessert bar with beer and wine. Congrats to Christy and David! Expect the renovations and expansion to take place in stages. Check them out here.
  • The Herald Sun reported this week that the kitchen has opened at Triangle Brewing Co.’s Pint & Plate to allow for the bar (and now restaurant) to start serving food. They opened last year at 802 W. Main St., but didn’t start offering food until the kitchen opened on May 29. Check them out here.
  • This week the Triangle Business Journal noted that the much anticipated Japanese ramen shop Dashi announced their location – 415 E. Chapel Hill Street. Kelli and Billy Cotter, owners of the popular Downtown Durham paninoteca, Toast, and Rochelle and Nick Johnson, owners of the culinary incubator and event space, The Cookery, are behind this new concept. Check them out here. 
  • Carpe Durham noted this week that Gocciolina, a small Italian restaurant, has opened at 3314 Guess Road in Durham. Locals will recognize Aaron Benjamin, the man behind the concept, who spent time at Rue Cler and Pops. Gocciolina has been open just over a week and is serving up small plates of Italian comfort food. Check them out here.
  • The News & Observer is reporting that Mi Peru, owned by the husband and wife team of Edwin Vergaray and Gladis Muñoz, has opened in Durham in the space formerly occupied by Rick’s Cafe and more recently, Bear Rock Cafe and Fresno Cafe. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal also reported this week that seven months after a building fire closed their pizza pie restaurant, the owners of Pizzeria Toro at Five Points in downtown Durham will reopen in late July at its original spot at 105 E. Chapel Hill Street. Keep up with them here.

Closings 

  •  No closings to report! Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

  • On June 28th, Pittsboro is going to have a food truck rodeo in the parking lot across from Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store from 6-9 p.m. featuring the following trucks: Tailgater Toby BBQ; The Greek Devil; Sol Tacos; Belgium Waffology; Pittsboro Food Guy Pete Da Heat; and Little Dippers Italian Ice. And there will be an after-party at the Pittsboro Roadhouse with fantastic live entertainment. Mark your calendars.
  • Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 27th from 12-4 for the first official Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo. It will take place at 419 S. Brooks St. at Over the Falls Shopping Center. Get all the details here.

Events

  • It was so popular last year that Kim Hunter is holding the 2nd Annual Korean BBQ at Kimbap at 111 Seaboard Avenue in Raleigh tomorrow, June 28th from 11 until 3 pm. A tent will be set up outside and it is a rain or shine event. Get all the details here.
  • Fire in the Triangle, a chef competition being held in Raleigh, June 23-August 4, is under way. All the events WILL sell out (several rounds have already sold out). Get all the details and tickets here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • Go ahead and mark your calendar for the Food Bank’s Annual 24 Hour Telethon (#FoodBank24). This year it will be held on September 26-27, 2014. It will start at 12 noon on Friday and will air through Saturday at noon. The Food Bank and Gregory Ng of Freezer Burns are coming together once again to raise food, funds, and awareness as part of the national Hunger Action Month movement. Learn more here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – June 13, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  • If you know me, you know of my love for the game of Futbol. So for the next 32 days I will be in heaven with the World Cup occupying a lot of my thoughts and time! With that in mind, here is a good list of Raleigh establishments that will be airing many of the games. On a somewhat related matter, my schedule next week will prevent me from publishing my weekly Friday Fun Food Facts. So we will miss you next Friday. In the meantime, happy father’s day to all the dads out there. Be sure to take your dad out to eat somewhere local this Sunday! See you in two weeks!

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Got word this week from Triangle Business Journal that Six Forks Cheese, a new gourmet cheese shop, is coming to Lafayette Village in north Raleigh. The company has launched Kickstarter campaign, and according to that website, has targeted a July 18 opening. Get more details here.
  • Also in Lafayette Village, Taqueria Americana will hold their grand opening this Saturday, June 14th from noon to 2 p.m. Lots of fun activities for the kids, including free ice cream and a new kids menu. Check them out here.
  • Read in the Triangle Business Journal this week that the five-star Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary has brought back a familiar face, Steven Devereaux Greene, as its new executive chef at the hotel and Herons restaurant. Greene had previously served as chef de cuisine, or head chef, at The Umstead from 2009 through 2012 until he was named executive chef at the nearby An New World Cuisine restaurant on Weston Parkway.
  • We told you about this back in April, but we now have an “open date” for Luciano’s Pizzeria, a pizza-by-the-slice joint that is coming to Raleigh’s Crabtree Valley Mall. According to various reports, it is slated to open on June 19th. It is in the space formerly occupied by Sbarro. Check them out here.
  • Tribute Pizza Place in MacGregor Village Shopping Center will hold their “official” ribbon cutting on June 17th at 10:30 a.m. But you don’t have to wait for that, as they are already open for business. Check them out here.
  • D’Andrea’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop & Grill, located at 114 Grand Hill Place in Holly Springs, is holding a grand opening/re-launch this weekend, June 13-15. Get all the details on their website here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that the owners of Rise Biscuits and Donuts in Durham and Pazzo in Chapel Hill are teaming up on a new Italian eatery called The Rollout. It will be a quick-service pasta restaurant in the Durham-Chapel Hill area. While plans are being finalized, pop-up pasta dinners will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays at Rise.
  • Got word this week from my friends over at NinthStreetWatch that Oval Park Grille on Broad St. in Durham opened earlier this week. The restaurant is in the former site of the Broad Street Cafe and is owned by Greg de Marchi, the former bar manager at the French bistro Vin Rouge, and Todd Whitney, the former chef de cuisine at Vin Rouge Check them out here.

Closings 

  •  No closings to report! Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

  • Looking for a good movie and food trucks? Head over to downtown Raleigh tonight (June 13th) as they continue their Friday night movie series with the showing of Hunger Games, along with music, food trucks and a beer and wine tent. Get all the details here.
  • If you are looking for something to do for your father on Father’s Day, take him to Durham’s Central Park for the next Food Truck Rodeo. For those that have forgotten, Father’s Day is this Sunday – June 15th. Get all the details here.
  • On June 28th, Pittsboro is going to have a food truck rodeo in the parking lot across from Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store from 6-9 p.m. featuring the following trucks: Tailgater Toby BBQ; The Greek Devil; Sol Tacos; Belgium Waffology; Pittsboro Food Guy Pete Da Heat; and Little Dippers Italian Ice. And there will be an after-party at the Pittsboro Roadhouse with fantastic live entertainment. Mark your calendars.

Events

  • There are three things you need to know about the upcoming (June 23-August 4) Fire in the Triangle chef competition to be held in Raleigh. One, the first round pairings have been announced. Second, the lineup of chefs is crazy good. And three, all the events WILL sell out (the final round has already sold out – told you!). Guaranteed. Mark my words. Trust me. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • If you missed last weekend’s NC Fresh Catch event in Raleigh, don’t fret as they will do it again, this time in Pittsboro (NC Fresh Catch Pittsboro) on June 21st from 3 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot across from the Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store. Again, get all the details here.
  • If you like chicken, here is a really fun event to put on your calendar. A Whole Bird Dinner to be held at Latern Table in Chapel Hill on June 23rd at 6:30 p.m. Along with Justin and Katie Meddis of Rose’s Meat Market & Sweet Shop in Durham, they will hold a butchery demo (over cocktails and snacks) and a family-style Japanese dinner. Rose’s and the Lantern team will collaborate on a whole bird menu, featuring heritage Delaware chickens from Perry-winkle Farm in Chatham County and prime summer produce. Dinner is $90 a person, including cocktails and wine, but excluding tax and tip, and 100% of proceeds will benefit Kitchen Patrol, Lantern’s project to improve children’s access to local food through cooking and eating together. Call 919.969.8846 to make a reservation.

Food Bank Corner   

  • Go ahead and mark your calendar for the Food Bank’s Annual 24 Hour Telethon (#FoodBank24). This year it will be held on September 26-27, 2014. It will start at 12 noon on Friday and will air through Saturday at noon. The Food Bank and Gregory Ng of Freezer Burns are coming together once again to raise food, funds, and awareness as part of the national Hunger Action Month movement. Learn more here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – June 6, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •   It is time to celebrate one of the nation’s largest foodie holidays – National Donut Day! Lots to choose from, but may we suggest the good folks over at Rise in Durham where they will be selling all donuts today for 95 cents. They aren’t giving them away like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts, but the ones at Rise are made by hand and sometimes you get what you pay for! Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Just got word this morning that Giorgios Hospitality Group has announced that they are bringing the farm-to-table concept to Wake Forest with a new restaurant called Farm Table. Farm Table is taking the place of Girasole Trattoria at 960 Gateway Commons Circle in Wake Forest, NC, and will start taking reservations now for its June opening. See all of their restaurant concepts here.
  • In this week’s rumor bin, we are getting indications that the guys from Isaac Hunter’s Oak City Tavern, which closed it’s doors at 112 Fayetteville Street back at the end of March, are coming back. Movement has been made on a concept called Common 414 that will be in the recently renovated building at 414 Fayetteville Street (next to the Sheraton) and will feature roaring 20s cocktails. Sign up here to be the first to know.
  • The News & Observer is reporting today that veteran restaurateur Dharmender “Raj” Rai has opened Delhi Darbar in Morrisville, in a building hidden behind a Mobil gas station on Airport Road. Rai is not new to the Triangle restaurant scene, he was a co-owner of Saffron in Morrisville, before he sold his interest a few years ago. Check them out here.
  • Got word from the folks over at Tribute Pizza Place in MacGregor Village Shopping Center that they are now open and will hold their “official” ribbon cutting on June 17th at 10:30 a.m. But you don’t have to wait for that, stop by now! Check them out here.
  • D’Andrea’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop & Grill, located at 114 Grand Hill Place in Holly Springs, is holding a grand opening/re-launch the weekend of June 13-15. Get all the details on their website here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Sup Dogs makes their debut in Chapel Hill this coming Monday (June 9) on Franklin Street in the former Pepper’s Pizza location. Wildly popular in their original location near ECU, owner Bret Oliverio says to expect the same here in his newest location adjacent to UNC. Look for every imaginable variation on a hot dog, reasonably priced and served into the early hours. Get all the details here.
  • Triangle Business Journal reported this week that the first North Carolina location of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers restaurant will open this fall in Durham at the intersection of 15-501 and Interstate 40. But their plans in North Carolina don’t end there. Plans are now underway to begin construction on a second location in Cary in the Searstone Retail Village at the corner of Davis Drive and High House Road. Get a sneak peek at them here.

Closings 

  •  Last week WRAL reported that Blue Fins Bistro off of Rogers Road next to Harris Teeter in Wake Forest has closed.
  • It was noted on both Chowhound and Yelp that both Los Comales locations have closed.

Food Trucks 

  •  The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo series returns this Sunday, June 8th from 1-6 p.m. with part two of their 2014 series. Be sure to get this on your calendar to check out a ½ mile of food trucks and great restaurants spread out over 11 city blocks in downtown Raleigh. Get all the details here.
  • If you are looking for something to do for your father on Father’s Day, take him to Durham’s Central Park for the next Food Truck Rodeo. For those that haven’t marked this on their calendar, Father’s Day is June 15th. Get all the details here.
  • On June 28th, Pittsboro is going to have a food truck rodeo in the parking lot across from Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store featuring the following trucks: Tailgater Toby BBQ; The Greek Devil; Sol Tacos; Belgium Waffology; Pittsboro Food Guy Pete Da Heat; and Little Dippers Italian Ice. Mark your calendars.

Events 

  • Triangle Restaurant Week comes to an end this Sunday, so don’t miss out on your opportunity to sample the culinary fares of restaurants in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas. Participating restaurants are offering three-course menu options and fixed pricing.The cost is $15 for a three-course lunch and $20 or $30 for a three-course dinner, per person and not including beverages, tax or gratuity. Check out a complete list of participating restaurants here.
  • There are three things you need to know about the upcoming (June 23-August 4) Fire in the Triangle chef competition to be held in Raleigh. One, the first round pairings were announced yesterday. Second, the lineup of chefs is crazy good. And three, all the events WILL sell out (the final round has already sold out – told you!). Guaranteed. Mark my words. Trust me. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • Kick off the summer right with a clambake, cold craft beer, live music, local art, and a Caribbean-style seafood feast. NC Fresh Catch Raleigh returns to Moore Square Saturday, June 7th from 1-7pm, packing the park with day-long entertainment and authentic island flair. Get all the details here.
  • But if you miss it there, don’t fret as they will do it again, this time in Pittsboro (NC Fresh Catch Pittsboro) on June 21st from 3 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot across from the Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store. Again, get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • Go ahead and mark your calendar for the Food Bank’s Annual 24 Hour Telethon (#FoodBank24). This year it will be held on September 26-27, 2014. It will start at 12 noon on Friday and will air through Saturday at noon. The Food Bank and Gregory Ng of Freezer Burns are coming together once again to raise food, funds, and awareness as part of the national Hunger Action Month movement. Learn more here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – May 30, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  The anticipation is over. Ed Mitchell returned to the Triangle area dining scene this past Wednesday with the opening of his self-named Ed Mithcell’s Que restaurant located in the Diamond View III building in downtown Durham. Plan a visit soon, but get your mouth watering by checking out his site here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Thanks to a tip from reader Michelle Hillison, we learned that father and son team Craig and Derek Wilkins announced recently that they are no longer affiliated with the franchise The Meat House. Instead, their Cary and Raleigh stores are now operating independently as The Butchers Market. Check them out here.
  • We learned this week from the folks over at Triangle Business Journal that Neomonde Bakery & Deli is opening a food kiosk, Neomonde Express, at Rex Healthcare in Raleigh that is expected to open in June. Get all the details on their Facebook page here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant has signed a deal to open soon at the Triangle Plaza shopping center on Capital Boulevard in north Raleigh near the new Gander Mountain outdoor center (in the space previously occupied by Majestic Nail Spa). They are expected to open by late summer.
  • Thanks to a tweet from Joseph Wells, we learned that Quail Corners Creamery opened this past Friday in the Quail Corners Shopping Center at the intersection of Millbrook and Falls of the Neuse Road in Raleigh. Check out all their details here.
  • Saw a tweet from reader Odis Newsome that the old Kentucky Fried Chicken spot on Duraleigh Road in Raleigh now boasts a “Steak n Shake – Opening Soon” sign. No word yet on an open date. Thanks to Odis!

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • The News and Observer reported this week that Sup Dogs will be opening in the former Pepper’s Pizza (rest in peace) on June 9. Wildly popular in their original location near ECU, owner Bret Oliverio says to expect the same here in his newest location adjacent to UNC. Look for every imaginable variation on a hot dog. Check them out here.
  • Thanks to a tip from reader Jacqueline Atlas, she noticed on a recent walk down Franklin Street in Chapel Hill that what was once Trilussa, and then Mozzarella’s (for a short time) is now Mina’s. Owner John Hanna says the menu includes an eclectic assortment of sandwiches, salads, burgers, wings and pasta dishes.
  • Also in Chapel Hill, the folks over at University Mall made a vague reference to a new restaurant coming into part of the space that is currently occupied by Roses. The brief “hint” suggested that a concept called Tacos & Tequila would be coming to the mall. The contemporary Mexican restaurant is expected to open later this year. We will keep an eye on it.
  • Over in Carrboro, the Herald Sun is reporting that the owners of Elmo’s Diner are looking to partner to open a new restaurant in Carr Mill Mall called Café Symmetry. If the financing deal closes (which it is expected to do in the next 30 days), they will open the new restaurant in the former Panzanella location and would be looking to open by the end of the year after extensive renovations to that space. We will keep an eye on it.
  • We told you last week that Momoyama Sushi over in Durham near the Streets at Southpoint will close tomorrow after a 5 year run. The Herald Sun reported this week that a new Penn Station East Coast Subs restaurant is targeted to open this fall in that space. We will keep an eye on it for an open date.
  • A quick update, thanks to a posting on a Yelp message board, on Oval Park Grille. Word is they are looking at a June opening for the new neighborhood restaurant, which is going into the old Broad Street Café space. The restaurant and bar are the vision of Greg de Marchi, the former bar manager at the Durham French bistro Vin Rouge, and of Todd Whitney, the former chef de cuisine at Vin Rouge. Check them out here.

Closings 

  • Saw on a Yelp message board, and confirmed on the company’s website, that the Mimi’s on Capital Blvd. in Raleigh (6320 Plantation Center Drive) has closed. The one in Cary on Walnut Street remains open.

Food Trucks 

  • Thanks to a tip from John Huisman (aka Triangle Explorer), we learned that there is a new truck rolling around the streets of the Triangle. Called Sol Tacos, they serve up southern inspired gourmet tacos. Check them out here and get their full schedule on where you can find them.
  • There is a food truck rodeo this Sunday over in Carrboro to benefit Fix-A-Home.
    The rodeo is from 3-7 p.m. on Sunday, June 1 at the Carrboro Town Commons. The rodeo will include: Parlez-Vous Crepe, Chirba Chirba Dumplings, Pie Pushers, Steel String Brewery, Captain Poncho’s Taco Truck, MaMa Duke’s, and Tar Heel Creamery. Get more details here.
  • The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo series returns in a week with part two of their 2014 series. The next event will be on June 8th from 1-6 p.m. Be sure to get this on your calendar to check out a ½ mile of food trucks and great restaurants spread out over 11 city blocks in downtown Raleigh. Get all the details here.
  • If you are looking for something to do for your father on Father’s Day, take him to Durham’s Central Park for the next Food Truck Rodeo. For those that haven’t marked this on their calendar, Father’s Day is June 15th. Get all the details here.

Events

  • Elevation Burger in Brier Creek Commons is excited to announce its first ever “Burgers & Beer for a Cause” event, in partnership with Triangle Land Conservancy and Raleigh Brewing Company, this Saturday, May 31 from noon to 5 p.m. A percentage of proceeds from the event will be donated back to Triangle Land Conservancy. Get all the details here.
  • This is pretty cool. My buddy Greg Lewis and his wife, owners of the Pittsboro Road House, are starting this Sunday (June 1) and every Sunday after, to provide meals for 70 people through Meals on Wheels and The Council on Aging. The effort will begin at 10 a.m. and will last a couple of hours and then the meals will be delivered. If you are interested in helping, reach out to Greg here.
  • It’s time for Triangle Restaurant Week, a week-long opportunity to sample the culinary fares of restaurants in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas. During the week of June 2-8, participating restaurants will be offering three-course menu options and fixed pricing.The cost is $15 for a three-course lunch and $20 or $30 for a three-course dinner, per person and not including beverages, tax or gratuity. Check out a complete list of participating restaurants here.
  • There are three things you need to know about the upcoming (June 23-August 4) Fire in the Triangle chef competition to be held in Raleigh. One, the first round pairings were announced yesterday. Second, the lineup of chefs is crazy good. And three, all the events WILL sell out (the final round has already sold out – told you!). Guaranteed. Mark my words. Trust me. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • Kick off the summer right with a clambake, cold craft beer, live music, local art, and a Caribbean-style seafood feast. NC Fresh Catch Raleigh returns to Moore Square Saturday, June 7th from 1-7pm, packing the park with day-long entertainment and authentic island flair. Get all the details here.
  • And finally, tickets are on sale now for the 2014 Farm to Fork Picnic, which will be held on Sunday, June 8th from 4-7 p.m. The event celebrates local food and local farms and promises food, beverages, live music and fun. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • Help the Food Bank kick off their Stop Summer Hunger Campaign by joining them at The Streets at Southpoint Kickoff Event on May 31. There will be activities for the whole family! Check out a can structure made by Cisco and learn how to make your own with the “Bailey’s Kids Can Build” activity. And remember to bring your cans! They’ll be hosting a Drive Drop & Go Food Drive on Main Street next to Champps from 10 am – 2 pm. This is a great opportunity for you and your family to have fun and support a great cause! See you there! Get more details on this and all Food Bank events here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – May 23, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  In this week’s big news, it was announced that Scott Crawford, the chef at Heron’s (in The Umstead) for the last 5 years, has left the restaurant and has joined with John Holmes of Hobby Properties to form the Nash Square Hospitality Group. They will open two concepts – Standard Foods (a grocery store/restaurant located in Person Street Plaza) and Nash Tavern. Standard will have an 80-seat restaurant featuring casual Southern cuisines and is slated to open in the fall. Nash Tavern will be a full-service restaurant on Nash Square, and is slated to open in 2015. It will feature modern American fare and will have private event space. Stay tuned.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Tim Coynesmith, aka the mayor of Awesomeville, brought to my attention this week that a concept called the Lucky Chicken Peruvian Restaurant over in Clayton is slated to open a second location in Cary this summer. It will be located on Harrison Avenue in the same shopping center as the new Bass Pro Shop. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that one of Toby Keith’s signature restaurants, I Love This Bar & Grill, is coming soon to Cary’s Parkside Town Commons. Apparently the menu features burgers, sandwiches and just about anything fried. Check them out here.
  •  The Triangle Business Journal also announced this week that the Umstead Hotel and Spa has hired pastry chef Evan Sheridan to succeed Daniel Benjamin. Sheridan comes from The Inn at Little Washington in Virginia. As reported in earlier editions, Benjamin left to start his own specialty bakery and deli in downtown Raleigh called Lucettegrace, expected to open later this summer. Check Lucettegrace out here.
  • Over in MacGregor Shopping Center in Cary, Tribute Pizza Place announced on their Facebook page this week that they are just “a few weeks” away from opening. Check them out here.
  • David McCreary (author of the blog Lunch Boy Says) tipped me off to the fact that Fuquay-Varina is getting a Firehouse Subs at 1303 North Main Street. It is set to open June 6. Learn more about Firehouse Subs here.
  •  My friend Art, over at The Wandering Shepard, threw out a tweet this week that Iced Cupcakes, LLC, a popular dessert “truck” has signed a lease for a shop, which we know now will be somewhere in Raleigh. We’ll keep an eye on it and let you know something as soon as it is announced. Check them out here. Thanks Art!
  •  And a quick shout out to Chef Mario, Darcy and the entire team over at Chef Mario’s Catering for again receiving the Talk of The Town 5 star rating for excellence in customer service. And speaking from a lot of experience, the service they deliver (and food!) is over the top amazing. Have them cater your next office luncheon or breakfast here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • The Herald-Sun announced this week that Scott Howell, the founder and co-owner of the restaurant Nana’s and NanaTaco, is partnering to open a new bar and eatery downtown at the corner of Main and Mangum streets called Bar Virgille (named after his grandfather). The bar and restaurant will focus on upscale cocktails and French and country food.
  • It was also announced this week in The Independent that less than two years after opening the initial location, Leon Grodski de Barrera and Areli Barrera de Grodskiis are opening a second Cocoa Cinnamon at the intersection of Hillsborough Road and Trent Drive in Old West Durham. It is scheduled to open in the spring of 2015. Check them out here.
  • Anticipation continues to build as Ed Mitchell’s Que gets closer and closer to opening. Two weeks ago the full menu made its way onto the website and hints at announcing an opening date appeared. But no date has been officially announced yet. Stay tuned. Get your mouth watering by checking out his site here.
  • Northgate Mall announced this week the re-opening of CinnaMonster in an expanded space (taking over the former Dairy Queen space) after extensive renovations. Check them out here.

Closings 

  • Was sad to learn this week that Momoyama Sushi over in Durham near the Streets at Southpoint will be closing at the end of this month after a 5 year run. You’ve got a few more days to try them one more time!
  • And Ox and Rabbit Soda and Sundries on Durham’s Ninth Street has closed but will be having a thank you/farewell party on Saturday, May 24. Get more details on their Facebook page here.

Food Trucks 

  • The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo series returns in a few weeks with part two of their 2014 series. The next event will be on June 8th from 1-6 p.m. Be sure to get this on your calendar to check out a ½ mile of food trucks and great restaurants spread out over 11 city blocks in downtown Raleigh. Get all the details here.
  • If you are looking for something to do for your father on Father’s Day, take him to Durham’s Central Park for the next Food Truck Rodeo. For those that haven’t marked this on their calendar, Father’s Day is June 15th. Get all the details here.

Events 

  • This weekend is the NC Hops and Roots Fest (May 24 and 25) at Shakori Hills over in Pittsboro. The weekend event celebrates local beer, wine, food and farms. Get all the details here.
  • Beginning tonight and running for six weeks this summer will be the PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series in City Plaza. This year, the movie series will feature films made in North Carolina. Prior to each movie, the event will host a variety of local food trucks, downtown restaurant offerings, and regional microbrew beer options. Get all the details here.
  • It’s almost time for Triangle Restaurant Week, a week-long opportunity to sample the culinary fares of restaurants in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas. During the week of June 2-8, participating restaurants will be offering three-course menu options and fixed pricing.The cost is $15 for a three-course lunch and $20 or $30 for a three-course dinner, per person and not including beverages, tax or gratuity. Check out a complete list of participating restaurants here.
  • There are three things you need to know about the upcoming (June 23-August 4) Fire in the Triangle chef competition to be held in Raleigh. One, the first round pairings were announced yesterday. Second, the lineup of chefs is crazy good. And three, all the events WILL sell out (the final round has already sold out – told you!). Guaranteed. Mark my words. Trust me. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • Kick off the summer right with a clambake, cold craft beer, live music, local art, and a Caribbean-style seafood feast. NC Fresh Catch Raleigh returns to Moore Square Saturday, June 7th from 1-7pm, packing the park with day-long entertainment and authentic island flair. Get all the details here.
  • And finally, tickets are on sale now for the 2014 Farm to Fork Picnic, which will be held on Sunday, June 8th from 4-7 p.m. The event celebrates local food and local farms and promises food, beverages, live music and fun. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • Help the Food Bank kick off their Stop Summer Hunger Campaign by joining them at The Streets at Southpoint Kickoff Event on May 31. There will be activities for the whole family! Check out a can structure made by Cisco and learn how to make your own with the “Bailey’s Kids Can Build” activity. And remember to bring your cans! They’ll be hosting a Drive Drop & Go Food Drive on Main Street next to Champps from 10 am – 2 pm. This is a great opportunity for you and your family to have fun and support a great cause! See you there! Get more details on this and all Food Bank events here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – May 16, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  There are three things you need to know about the upcoming (June 23-August 4) Fire in the Triangle chef competition to be held in Raleigh. One, the first round pairings were announced yesterday. Second, the lineup of chefs is crazy good. And three, all the events WILL sell out. Guaranteed. Mark my words. Trust me. Get all the details and tickets here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Got word from reader John Wall this week that Boulted Bread is now open in Raleigh, at 614 W South Street. Three guys run this place, making craft bread and pastry from house milled heirloom and locally sourced grains. It is pretty simple, you order in advance via email and pick your bread up at the bakery on Wednesdays or Fridays. Get all the details here.
  •  The News & Observer reported this week that Full Moon Oyster Bar, a small North Carolina chain with locations in Clemmons and Southern Pines, has announced plans to open a location in Morrisville in the Park West Village complex at the corner of Chapel Hill Road and Cary Parkway. This will be the first in the Triangle. Full Moon Oyster Bar is expected to open in late August or early September. In the meantime, check them out here.
  • Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint will be opening its first make-your-own pizza restaurant in the Triangle. Partners Andrew Madans and Talie Madans have plans to open three Triangle locations, starting with Raleigh. A specific location has not been announced yet. Get a peek at them here.
  • Our friends over at New Raleigh tweeted this week that Five Star is now serving lunch Monday through Friday in the Warehouse District in downtown Raleigh. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Anticipation continues to build as Ed Mitchell’s Que gets closer and closer to opening. Last week the full menu made its way onto the website and hints at announcing an opening date appeared. But no date has been officially announced yet. Stay tuned. Get your mouth watering by checking out his site here.
  • And we were able to confirm this week that Olio and Aceto Food Truck (Suzie & Megan) will be taking over the space in Chapel Hill formerly occupied by Tracy’s New York Deli on Elliott Road. They are shooting for an early July opening. Learn more about them here.

Closings 

  • Grounds coffee shop in Cary is closing their doors and will hold a closing celebration this Saturday (May 17) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • And Ox and Rabbit Soda and Sundries on Durham’s Ninth Street has closed but will be having a thank you/farewell party on Saturday, May 24. Get more details on their Facebook page here.

Food Trucks 

  • Food trucks will gather today (Friday, May 16) for the 2nd Annual RegEd Food Truck Rodeo for lunch and games from 11am-2pm at 2100 Gateway Centre Blvd. in Morrisville. Gussy’s Greek, Chick-N-Que, Stuft and LadyBug’s Desserts will be there. All game proceeds and a portion of food sales will benefit The Relay for Life. Get more details here.
  • The Meals on Wheels Food Truck Fest is this Saturday, May 17th from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Durham Central Park pavilion. There will be live music, silent auction, cakewalk, cornhole tournament and local beer/food for purchase from Chick-N-Que, Parle-vous Crepe, Only Burger, Valentino’s and Fullsteam. All the details are here.
  • If you are looking for something to do for your father on Father’s Day, take him to Durham’s Central Park for the next Food Truck Rodeo. For those that haven’t marked this on their calendar, Father’s Day is June 15th. Get all the details here.

Events 

  • The annual Got To Be NC Festival will take place this weekend at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. The event is a festival highlighting all the great things from North Carolina. Most of the festival is free with a few exceptions including the $2 Wine and Food Expo. Get all the details here.
  • Client Karyn Joy Rivera reminded me that the 35th annual Artsplosure Festival is this Saturday and Sunday in downtown Raleigh. Lots to see and do and buy and eat! Get all the details here.
  • The 10th annual Tour D’Coop is this Saturday, May 17. And as part of this year’s event, the first-ever “Coop Carnival” will also take place at Urban Ministries with food trucks, local beer and fun activities. Here is more information on the Coop Carnival.
  • The 2nd Annual East Meets West food and performance festival celebrating Morrisville’s diverse community is this Saturday, May 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the festival is free, tickets will be available for purchase to buy food, beer and wine. Get all the details here.
  • They are doing it again – combining great food from area restaurants with the beautiful game! Yes, the Carolina Railhawks will be hosting the 6th Annual Taste of the Triangle this Saturday, May 17th at 5:30 p.m. prior to the 7:30 kickoff vs. the Silverbacks. Tickets to the pre-match event are just $16. Get all the details here.
  • Kick off the summer right with a clambake, cold craft beer, live music, local art, and a Caribbean-style seafood feast. NC Fresh Catch Raleigh returns to Moore Square Saturday, June 7th from 1-7pm, packing the park with day-long entertainment and authentic island flair. Get all the details here.
  • And finally, tickets are on sale now for the 2014 Farm to Fork Picnic, which will be held on Sunday, June 8th from 4-7 p.m. The event celebrates local food and local farms and promises food, beverages, live music and fun. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • Help the Food Bank kick off their Stop Summer Hunger Campaign by joining them at The Streets at Southpoint Kickoff Event on May 31. There will be activities for the whole family! Check out a can structure made by Cisco and learn how to make your own with the “Bailey’s Kids Can Build” activity. And remember to bring your cans! They’ll be hosting a Drive Drop & Go Food Drive on Main Street next to Champps from 10 am – 2 pm. This is a great opportunity for you and your family to have fun and support a great cause! See you there! Get more details on this and all Food Bank events here.

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Monday Fun Food Facts – May 11, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  A couple of housekeeping items to kick off this rare “Monday” edition. First, I hope your weekend was fantastic and I appreciate your patience for “this week’s” edition. I had a nice (quick) trip to Florida with the fam. Second, a huge thank you to YOU – my readers. For the second year in a row, we were voted The Best Local Blog in the Independent’s annual contest. What makes me most proud is that I did zero promotion this year (unlike last year) and  you folks still voted for me. All I can say is….YOU ROCK! Thanks to Gloria Mock and everyone over at the Independent! And finally, do you have any interest in advertising and/or sponsoring our little blog? It won’t garner you any favors (I assure you) but it will get you in front of thousands of people crazy about the food scene here in the Triangle. If you are interested, just drop me an email to: sean@trianglefoodguy.com. Now, after a long weekend wait…this week’s restaurant news!

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Bittersweet, a new dessert, coffee and cocktail lounge, opened this past Friday in downtown Raleigh at 16 E. Martin Street. All of their desserts are made in house by bittycakes and seasonal produce for desserts and drinks comes from Lil’ Farm. Their coffee is from Counter Culture and they’ll have a full espresso menu as well as organic tea from Bellocq (out of Brooklyn). As they say, think of it as “a place where you can get bourbon with your pie, champagne with your cake and Irish whiskey in your coffee.” Congratulations to Kim Hammer.  Check them out here.
  • The Saleh brothers celebrated Mother’s Day by renaming Neomonde’s Strickland Road location to Sassool Cafe, Market & Bakery in honor of their mother, Cecilia. The fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant will continue to serve the same menu that customers have come to love since Mounir Saleh opened Neomonde’s Strickland Road location in North Raleigh over two years ago. The Raleigh and Morrisville locations will retain the Neomonde name. Check out the new logo and site here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that the owners of San Jose Mexican Restaurante Group will open a new location in the Wakefield Park Shopping Center in North Raleigh. It is located at the intersection of Capital Boulevard and New Falls of Neuse Road. Construction is expected to start this summer with an opening in the late fall. It will be a second location in Raleigh for San Jose, which has 12 locations across eastern North Carolina. Check them out on Yelp here.
  • Got word from reader Lori Cammie Rice that Mami Nora’s in Morrisville is now open. They are located in the old Bear Rock Cafe spot at the corner of Cary Parkway and Chapel Hill Road. Check them out here.
  • Not to be outdone by their friends over in Chapel Hill, it looks like NC State students will also be able to indulge in a little late night goodness when Insomnia Cookies opens on Hillsborough Street in the old Planet Smoothie location. They will deliver warm cookies to your doorstep until 3am. They also sell different types of brownies and of course, cold milk. Check them out here.
  • Thanks to tweet from Joseph Wells we learned that over in Cary the El Dorado that was at 990 High House Road is now Fiesta Mexicana.
  • And, back over in Raleigh there is a new kid in town when it comes to restaurant supplies and equipment. General Store Supply has opened at 1501 Garner Station Boulevard next to Big Lots at the 70 & 401 split. Their grand opening is this Saturday May 17th with a ribbon cutting starting at 9:45 am.  All are welcome! Visit them online here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • The News & Observer reported this week that Only Burger is expanding with a second brick-and-mortar restaurant in downtown Durham at the new Diamond View III building at American Tobacco. The restaurant is targeted to open in August. Check out Only Burger here.
  • According to the News & Observer, Andy Magowan, chef and owner of Geer Street Garden, is opening a second Durham restaurant, an Italian-American place called The Boot. The 90-seat restaurant will take over the former location of Local Yogurt at 2501 University Drive. Look for a late August or early September. In the meantime, check out Geer Street here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Spicy 9 Sushi & Asian Restaurant has opened for business at 140 West Franklin Street. Check them out here.
  • We haven’t been able to confirm this, but Art over at The Wandering Sheppard dropped a hint this week that the folks at Olio and Aceto Food Truck (Suzie & Megan) would be taking over the space in Chapel Hill formerly occupied by Tracy’s New York Deli. Look for a late July opening. We will keep an eye on it.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported that Honeysuckle Tea House, part of a small farm and greenhouse operation, opened yesterday at 8871 Pickards Meadow Road in Chapel Hill. The business includes an herb garden, tea room and natural children’s play area. Check it out here.
  • Also in Chapel Hill, upon a recent visit, I learned that the Torero’s in Cole Park Plaza on 15-501 South in Chapel Hill has changed its name to Guanajuato Mexican Restaurant. Apparently it is under the same ownership, just a new name and the menu has changed slightly. Check them out here.
  • And in Hillsborough, we got word from our friends over at Taste Carolina that Yum, a gelato, sorbet and crepe shop, has opened at 118 N. Churton St. in the downtown area. Mick and Kate Carroll, the operators of Radius Pizzeria & Pub, own Yum.

Closings 

  • We learned from WRAL this week that Grounds coffee shop in Cary is closing their doors. They will hold a closing celebration on Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. According to the report, the owners are going to focus full-time on their catering company.
  • Thanks to a tweet from one of our followers, we learned that the Dunkin’ Donuts / Baskin Robbins on Hillsborough Street has closed.
  • Got word that Ox and Rabbit Soda and Sundries on Durham’s Ninth Street will be closing their doors. They will be having a thank you/farewell party on Saturday, May 24. Get more details on their Facebook page here.

Food Trucks 

  • At this Wednesday’s Durham Bulls baseball game (May 14) there will be the DBAP Food Truck Fest, where eight renowned local trucks will have their famous culinary treats available for purchase on the Diamond View concourse within Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Gates open at 6 and the ballgame begins at 7:05. Participants at the DBAP Food Truck Fest include Only Burger, Chirba Chirba, Parlez-Vous Crepe, Sweet Stacey Cakes, BaguettAboutIt, Porchetta, The Humble Pig, and American Melt Down.
  • Fairview Garden Center’s second annual Flora and Food Trucks Spring Series will host their next event on May 17th. Get all the details here.
  • If you are looking for something to do for your father on Father’s Day, take him to Durham’s Central Park for the next Food Truck Rodeo. For those that haven’t marked this on their calendar, Father’s Day is June 15th. Get all the details here.

Events 

  • The 2nd Annual East Meets West food and performance festival celebrating Morrisville’s diverse community will be on Saturday, May 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the festival is free, tickets will be available for purchase to buy food, beer and wine. Get all the details here.
  • They are doing it again – combining great food from area restaurants with the beautiful game! Yes, the Carolina Railhawks will be hosting the 6th Annual Taste of the Triangle on Saturday, May 17th at 5:30 p.m. prior to the 7:30 kickoff vs. the Silverbacks. Tickets to the pre-match event are just $16. Get all the details here.
  • The dates are set and tickets are already on sale for this year’s edition of Fire in the Triangle. The fun runs from June 23rd through the finale on August 4. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • And finally, tickets are on sale now for the 2014 Farm to Fork Picnic, which will be held on Sunday, June 8th from 4-7 p.m. The event celebrates local food and local farms and promises food, beverages, live music and fun. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • Help the Food Bank kick off their Stop Summer Hunger Campaign by joining them at The Streets at Southpoint Kickoff Event on May 31. There will be activities for the whole family! Check out a can structure made by Cisco and learn how to make your own with the “Bailey’s Kids Can Build” activity. And remember to bring your cans! They’ll be hosting a Drive Drop & Go Food Drive on Main Street next to Champps from 10 am – 2 pm. This is a great opportunity for you and your family to have fun and support a great cause! See you there! Get more details on this and all Food Bank events here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – May 9, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Travel and Gift Cards 

  •  So my travel schedule today prevents me from putting out this week’s issue of Friday Fun Food Facts. That is the bad news.
  • But the good news is that I will publish Monday Fun Food Facts (doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it?) next Monday, May 12, 2014.
  • Also, as an apology for the delay, I extended an offer to my corporate catering clients and thought I’d throw out the same offer to you – my Friday Fun Food Facts readers!
  • The other side of my business is Corporate Catering for primarily office meetings. We offer an easy way to order catering for your office meeting through our website, Triangle Food Guy. Perhaps you never knew that and/or never had the chance to utilize our service. We’ve offered the following “apology” to our clients and want to extend the same offer to you!
  • The other GREAT news is that as an “apology” for not getting the news out tTarget Gift Cardoday, we will deliver a $10 gift card to either Starbucks or Target to you for every order placed TODAY for next week! That’s right, simply place your order(s) for next week TODAY and we’ll see you on Monday, with gift card in hand. Just put in the “Special Instructions” of your order whether you would like a Target or a Starbucks gift card. The only “catch” is thaStarbuckst all qualifying orders must be at least $100. That’s it! There is no limit to the number of gift cards an individual can receive. Place 10 orders? Receive 10 gift cards! So get your orders organized for next week and get them in TODAY to take advantage of this unique offer. Oh, and then decide what kind of Mocha you want, or what you are going to buy at Target with your gift card. Order away now and we’ll see you on Monday!

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