Friday Fun Food Facts – August 22, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

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

Wake County Restaurant News

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

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

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

Closings 

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

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

Events 

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

Food Bank Corner   

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

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Friday Fun Food Facts – August 15, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

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

Wake County Restaurant News

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

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

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

Closings 

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

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

Events

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

Food Bank Corner   

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

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Friday Fun Food Facts – August 8, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  Congrats to Chef Dean Thompson of Flights at the Renaissance Hotel on Main at North Hills in Raleigh who became the first two-time regional champion last week overcoming the battle of spiced honey liqueur and grits. Thompson beat out Chef Steve Zanini of Jimmy V’s Steak House & Tavern in Cary in the final Triangle dinner competition after rising to the top of the 16-chef regional tournament that started back in June. The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series heads back to Raleigh for the Final Fire in November. Additional information and ticket reservations are available here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • John Huisman, aka Triangle Explorer, tipped me off to the fact that Wake Forest is getting a new eatery in September called Leli’s Diner at 3325 Rogers Road. Not much on their website yet, but they are throwing some delicious looking pictures up on their Twitter feed.
  • Also in Wake Forest, WRAL reported that Rosati’s Pizza has opened off of South Main Street. This marks the second Triangle-area location (Morrisville is the other) for the Chicago-based franchise that serves up pizza, pasta and sandwiches. Check them out here.
  • A big congratulations to the folks over at Sassool (formerly Neomonde) in North Raleigh as they hold their official grand re-opening tomorrow (August 9) beginning with a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Get a list of all the events going on tomorrow here.
  • Got word this week from a tweet from Joseph Wells that Jet’s Pizza, a deep-dish pizza chain out of Michigan, has opened another store at 3004 Wake Forest Road in North Raleigh. This marks the 4th Triangle location. Check them out here.
  • We have an update to a new restaurant we told you about earlier this year in downtown Raleigh. When we first reported it, they were looking at a summer-time opening, but got an update this week (via their Facebook page) that Chef Gregory Hamm, who owns Café 121 in Sanford and Cary, will be opening P.G.Werth’s at 927 West Morgan Street in downtown Raleigh in late October. Check their Facebook page here.
  • And one last update via a Facebook feed. We learned that the Cary location of World of Beer is shooting for an August opening – as in, this month! Keep up with them here.
  • And David McCreary (author of Lunch Boy Says) reminded me last week that the Firehouse Subs on Main Street in Fuquay Varina has opened. Thanks David!

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • The News & Observer reported this week that Durham chef Scott Howell (owner of Nana’s and Nanataco) will be expanding his restaurant group with the opening of Nanasteak at American Tobacco Campus, tentatively scheduled to open next spring.
  • And if that is not enough to keep Scott busy, he also has another new restaurant and cocktail bar called Bar Virgile, which will be at the corner of Main and Mangum streets in downtown Durham. The focus is cocktails but there will be a small kitchen that will serve housemade frankfurters, sausages, pates, terrines, some imported meats and local and imported cheeses. Howell hopes to open Bar Virgile later this year. Not much is there, but here is their Facebook page if you want to “like” them.
  • The Chapel Hill Magazine reported this week that a new restaurant is opening soon in the Chatham Downs Shopping Center (Harris Teeter) on 15-501 just across the county line in Chatham County. Called Figs & Honey, it is owned by the husband and wife team of Heba Salama and Ed Brantley. I’m looking forward to this one. Check them out here.
  • I got a tweet this week that the Colorado Burrito Company has opened in the Shops at Daniel Boone Village in Hillsborough. I was unable to find a website or Facebook page for the new eatery.
  • Caught wind this week that Bella’s over in Durham has moved to Carrboro in the old Ba Da Wings location at 360 W. Main Street. Started three years ago in Durham, they now call Carrboro home and are called Bella’s International Cuisine. You can check them out here.

Closings 

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

  •  The next Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo is this Sunday, August 10 from 4pm-9pm. Think 50 food trucks spread out over a 1/2 mile of downtown with all your local favorites as well as trucks from as far away as Wilmington and Charlotte. Get all the details here.
  • The next food truck rodeo in Durham’s Central Park is scheduled for noon-4 p.m. on August 31. Bring a blanket and a lawn chair and gather at the farmers’ market pavilion at Durham Central Park. Get all the details here.
  • And if you like to run and you like food trucks (or if you run because you love food trucks) you won’t want to miss the 2nd Annual Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo scheduled for Sunday, October 19th. Register for the race and get all the details here.

Events 

  • The word is out! Mark your calendars for one of the Triangle’s annual “can’t miss” foodie events – Terra Vita 2014. It will be held October 9 – 11 and tickets 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 Saturday is the second Saturday of the month (August 9), so that means another edition of Second Saturday Raleigh, an open celebration of food and community along the Raleigh Food Corridor in downtown Raleigh. Get all the details here.
  • Downtown Raleigh is getting cheesy – at least on Wednesday, August 13 when thousands will gather for a day celebrating locally made, artisan cheeses during the third annual Cheese Please! event at City Plaza from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event is hosted by the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market and will give cheese lovers a chance to sample cheese from cheese-makers located within 80 miles from downtown Raleigh. In addition to a cheese tasting, you’ll have the chance to see downtown Raleigh chefs battle in a grilled cheese cook-off. Get all the details here.
  • Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week starts Aug. 18 with more than 35 downtown restaurants participating during the event that ends Aug. 24. The venues will offer different packages, including a three-course prix fixe dinner and, at some places, beer or wine pairings. Reservations are recommended. For more information about the participating restaurants and available food packages, click here.
  • The Angus Barn is again holding their very popular Seafood Celebration Dinner at Bay 7 at the American Tobacco Campus on Saturday, August 23rd. The cost is $125 plus tax and includes a wine pairing and tip. More details and ticket ordering can be found here.
  • Derrick Minor turned me onto an event in September that you’ll want to get on your calendar. Mark your calendars now for September 27 for Beericana. What is Beericana? 50 breweries + 10 food trucks + 4 Americana bands + Awesome People = Beericana! The event will be held at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. More details to follow. Keep up with details here. 
  • And hold the date for an annual event held by The Ronald McDonald House over in Chapel Hill that features over two dozen of the triangle’s finest restaurants – A Tastefull Affair will be held on Sunday, October 26th in The Blue Zone at UNC’s Kenan Stadium. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

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

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Friday Fun Food Facts – July 25, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  If you read this early enough you’ll have the opportunity to scoot over to downtown Durham for the first ever Durham Breakfast Food Truck Rodeo happening TODAY until 10 am at 505 S. Duke Street in the parking lot of the main BB&T branch. It features The Wicked Biscuit Company, Belgian Waffology and Caffee Bellezza. Can’t make it today? It appears as if this is a “every Friday” event!

Wake County Restaurant News

  • We learned from the website Raleigh Public Record that a Shucker’s Oyster Bar is getting built out at the 510 Glenwood Avenue building in downtown Raleigh. No word yet on a timeline.
  • We also learned from Raleigh Public Record that Glenwood Avenue, in the Pleasant Valley area, will be home to a new First Watch, a breakfast, brunch and lunch chain out of Florida. The Glenwood location will be the first in North Carolina (125 across the country) and is one of five scheduled to open in the region. Get a peek at them here.
  • We told you about this concept back in early June, but the Triangle Business Journal is reporting this week that Farm Table has opened at 960 Gateway Commons Drive in Wake Forest in the space formerly occupied by Girasole Trattoria. Farm Table is part of the Giorgios Hospitality and Lifestyle Group. Check out all their concepts here.
  • Got a tweet from Matthew Andrako that Wild Cook’s Indian Grill has opened in the space on Hillsborough Street that was formerly India Mahal. Couldn’t find a website for them, but here is a link on Yelp.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • For you ice cream lovers out there (ok, that is everyone) – there is a Ben & Jerry’s that has popped up at the Streets at Southpoint between The Cheesecake Factory and Firebirds. Apparently it is just a kiosk, but who cares – it is ice cream! Thanks to reader Mary Moorefield for that tip.
  • The Meadowmont location of Market Street Café is currently undergoing renovations. Got word last week that the contractor anticipates they will be able to re-open in about 2 weeks now. Can’t wait to see what the renovations will bring. Keep up with them here.

Closings 

  • We learned this week, from multiple sources, that Papa Mojos Roadhouse, a Creole restaurant and music venue on Highway 55 in Durham, has closed after a seven year run. Our best to Mel Melton on his next venture.

Food Trucks 

  • Pittsboro Roadhouse will host the next Pittsboro Food Truck Rodeo this 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.
  • Also on Saturday the good folks at Rebus Works are holding another one of their Gouge Wrestling and Food Truck events. The fun begins tomorrow (July 26) at 5 pm with the following food trucks: : All American, American Meltdown, Bulkogi, Chirba Chirba Dumplings and Sol Taco’s. Get all the details here.
  • Head over to Wake Forest this 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.
  • Mark your calendars for the next Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo which will be Sunday, August 10 from 4pm-9pm. Think 50 food trucks spread out over a 1/2 mile of downtown with all your local favorites as well as trucks from as far away as Wilmington and Charlotte. Get all the details here.
  • And if you like to run and you like food trucks (or if you run because you love food trucks) you won’t want to miss the 2nd Annual Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo scheduled for Sunday, October 19th. Register for the race and get all the details here.

Events 

  • The word is out! Mark your calendars for one of the Triangle’s annual “can’t miss” foodie events – Terra Vita 2014. It will be held October 9 – 11 and tickets 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.
  • 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.
  • If beer, bourbon or barbecue peek your interest, you’ll definitely want to check out the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival next Friday (August 1st) at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre. With your entrance ticket you’ll get a souvenir glass for tastings, unlimited beer and bourbon tastings (there are 40 bourbons and 60 beers on tap) and BBQ galore from a variety of vendors. Get all the details (and tickets) 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 here. 
  • And hold the date for an annual event held by The Ronald McDonald House over in Chapel Hill that features over two dozen of the triangle’s finest restaurants – A Tastefull Affair will be held on Sunday, October 26th in The Blue Zone at UNC’s Kenan Stadium. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • 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 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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