Friday Fun Food Facts – November 21, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •   Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday – one of my favorites. A time to be thankful for all that we have in this great country of ours. Unless you are the one stuck in the kitchen at 4 a.m. Ok, I’m just kidding, but don’t feel bad about not wanting to cook all day. You should enjoy it too! And Greg Cox from the News & Observer is your hero again this year with his compilation of restaurants open on Thanksgiving day. Check it out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • And if you still want to celebrate Thanksgiving in your home, but don’t want to cook the turkey (or the sides), you’ll be glad to know that the Q Shack is firing up their annual tradition of providing you with turkeys, sides and desserts for your Thanksgiving Day feast. Folks, I don’t endorse many things, but I can speak from personal experience that this is a fantastic (and delicious) way to feed your guests. Seriously, who (besides Tom and his team) want to be in the kitchen cooking up a turkey? Get your orders in before tomorrow, November 22nd and get all the details here.
  •  Night Kitchen Bakehouse and Café is officially open! They opened their doors, as we told you, last Tuesday. They feature breads, pastries and savory foods and are located in the Seaboard Station complex in downtown Raleigh. Check out their Facebook page for all the details.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Proof, a new neighborhood bar and lounge, is now open in Raleigh’s Five Points district. The bar calls itself a “classic American neighborho od bar” featuring “quintessential cocktails.” The address is 1620 1/2 Glenwood Avenue, next to the Rialto theater. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal also reported this week that NARA Japanese Steak Seafood & Sushi has opened in Holly Springs at 7256 GB Alford Highway in the Shoppes at Holly Springs. Check out their Facebook page here.
  • Got word from my friend Dana McCall and his blog GoGoRaleigh, that a new fresh-Mex concept restaurant called Wicked Taco is set to open on Western Boulevard in the former KFC location across from Amedeo’s and next to Cook-Out. Look for them to open this coming Spring.
  • On WRAL last week, in a story about Taverna Agora moving to a renovated building at 326 Hillsborough Street, I happened to notice that they mentioned that a developer group representing Krispy Kreme is negotiating to buy Taverna’s old space, once they move into their new space in the first quarter of next year. That is what I call a win-win!
  • Here is something nice. I got word this week that following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the two biggest shopping days of the year, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar in Raleigh and Morrisville will celebrate giving back on Dec. 2. by donating 10 percent of proceeds from all sales during the day, appropriately named Giving Tuesday, to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Saw in the Triangle Business Journal that Counter Culture Coffee is hosting a regional coffee competition in Durham that will feature top barista and brewer talent from the Southeast and Northeast. The three-day event will be at the Durham Convention Center on Nov. 21 and 22 from 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 23 from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. The competition is part of the U.S. Coffee Championships that culminate with a final contest in February 2015. Get all the details here.
  • This Sunday, November 23rd, will be the last day of Monuts at their Parrish Street location (their home for nearly 2 years). That is in preparation for the opening of their new location on Ninth Street. But don’t fret, they plan on re-opening the Parrish Street location by the Spring of next year. The Ninth Street location will open in early December at 1002 Ninth Street, the former Magnolia Grill spot. Get all the details here.
  • The News and Observer reported this week that Veteran chef Gladwin Jarvis has opened La Tropicale Café, which touts itself as a Caribbean island bistro, in the former My Sister’s Kitchen building on Highway 55 near RTP. The exact location is 4716 Apex Highway. You can visit them here.

Closings 

  • We got word that The Oakz restaurant, at 510 Glenwood Avenue, has closed. Open for less than a year, there is a rumbling that they might reopen under a new concept. We’ll keep an eye on it.

Food Trucks 

  • Looks like this could be the last multiple food truck event of the year. It is this Saturday, November 22 from 2-6 at Raleigh Brewing Company and will feature GOUGE Wrestling, five food trucks and plenty of brews. Food trucks will feature lunch and dinner and include: All American Food Truck, Bulkogi Korean BBQ, Captain Ponchos Tacos, Cajun Persuasion, and Dump Pho King Truck. Get all the details on their Facebook event page here.

Events

  • Urban Ministries of Wake County is hosting their 10th Annual Stone Soup Supper on Wednesday, November 19th from 5-7:30 p.m at White Memorial Presbyterian Church on Oberlin Road in Raleigh. The event raises money to end homelessness and hunger and provide healthcare to those in need. You can enjoy the soup creations of chefs from 12 area restaurants and organizations on site, or take some home with you. Get all the details here.
  • The group behind the “secretive” pop up dinners called Snap Pea Underground, is planning their next round of pop-up dinners, this time offering three nights, instead of just two. The next round will be held Thursday, December 4th through Saturday, December 6th and will be held at a location just outside of Chapel Hill (attendees will be notified 24 hours before the event). If you’ve never been to one of these, they are a real treat – plan on spending at least a couple of hours there. Sign-up and get all the details here.
  • Thanks to Kathleen Donnelly, I was reminded that the 12th annual Gingerbread Benefit for Triangle Family Services will take place on Sunday, December 7th at the Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary. The day begins with a Gingerbread Sneak Preview (at 11:30) and culminates with the Evening Gingerbread Benefit at 6:30, and lots in between for children and the entire family. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina just launched their Holiday Meals Drive and they need your help to reach their goal of raising $435,000 online before December 31, which would be enough to provide 2.17 million meals! Folks can donate, make a gift in honor of a friend or family member or host a holiday fundraiser. Perhaps your company can join in on this extremely worthy cause. Get all the details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – November 14, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  • Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday – one of my favorites. A time to be thankful for all that we have in this great country of ours. Unless you are the one stuck in the kitchen at 4 a.m. Ok, I’m just kidding, but don’t feel bad about not wanting to cook all day. You should enjoy it too! And Greg Cox from the News & Observer is your hero again this year with his compilation of restaurants open on Thanksgiving day. Check it out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • And if you still want to celebrate Thanksgiving in your home, but don’t want to cook the turkey (or the sides), you’ll be glad to know that the Q Shack is firing up their annual tradition of providing you with turkeys, sides and desserts for your Thanksgiving Day feast. Folks, I don’t endorse many things, but I can speak from personal experience that this is a fantastic (and delicious) way to feed your guests. Seriously, who (besides Tom and his team) want to be in the kitchen cooking up a turkey? Get your orders in before November 22nd and get all the details here.
  •  Saw on their Facebook page that Night Kitchen Bakehouse and Café is holding a series of soft openings today and tomorrow prior to their full opening next week. They feature breads, pastries and savory foods and are located in the Seaboard Station complex in downtown Raleigh. Check out their Facebook page for all the details.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Sardi’s Den Restaurant & Lounge, a rib house staple for the past 20 years in Clemson, SC, will be opening its first franchise location in the former Oliver Twist location in the Brennan Station shopping center on Creedmoor Road in north Raleigh. No word yet on an open date. In the meantime, check them out here.
  • A quick update. As we told you months ago, the Posta Tuscan Grille is transitioning into a Southern eatery & gastropub called Rye Bar and Southern Kitchen in the Raleigh Marriott City Center. We just got word that they are on schedule to open the middle of next month. Check them out here.
  • Back in October, we told you that both WRAL and Raleigh Public Record were reporting that the former Lucky 32 spot in Raleigh had been sold to a restaurant group called Kamado Grille and would open a concept called Bistro 832. Turns out it will in fact open as Kamado Grille in January. Keep up with them on their Facebook page here.
  • And not far from there in Falls Village we learned from Rebecca Calhoun that the former spot of Fork & Barrel is poised to become El Cerro Mexican Grill & Restaurant. They already have a location on Avent Ferry Road in Raleigh. Check them out here.
  • The News & Observer is reporting that Greek Garden has opened in the former Yummy Yogurt space in downtown Apex at 124 N. Salem Street. While the website is not live yet, it should go live any day now. They are open Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Last week WRAL reported that the folks over at Tropical Picken Chicken have plans to open a new concept devoted to empanadas called El Guapo Empanadas Y Mas. We learned on their Facebook this week that they have secured a space in Raleigh at the corner of Six Forks and Wake Forest Road where Pronto Pasta used to be. No word yet on an open date. In the meantime, keep up with updates on their Facebook page here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that the Triangle is on the verge of getting their 2nd and 3rd Steak ‘n Shake locations. One will be in Fuquay-Varina at 8012 Fayetteville Road (U.S. 401) near the Kings Grant Common shopping center and the other at 5900 Duraleigh Road in Raleigh.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Wake up Chapel Hill! Have I got good news for you. Al’s Burger Shack on West Franklin Street announced this week that they will begin breakfast service next Monday, November 17th! Breakfast will be available from 7-11 a.m., Monday through Saturday. Get all the details here.
  • Saw in the Triangle Business Journal that Counter Culture Coffee is hosting a regional coffee competition in Durham that will feature top barista and brewer talent from the Southeast and Northeast. The three-day event will be at the Durham Convention Center on Nov. 21 and 22 from 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 23 from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. The competition is part of the U.S. Coffee Championships that culminate with a final contest in February 2015. Get all the details here.
  • Ohio-based City Barbecue, which recently opened a location in Cary, is apparently eyeing a second Triangle-area location in Durham at 208 W. Highway 54, according to the Herald-Sun. The articles did note, however, that it may not be open for another year or two. Check out City Barbecue here.
  • According to the Herald-Sun, Dewey’s Bakery will open up a shop in Northgate starting Nov. 15 and will last until Dec. 31. The bakery offers Moravian cookies, Moravian sugar cake, cheese straws and gift baskets. Founded in 1930 in Winston-Salem, learn more about Dewey’s here.

Closings 

  • Drove through downtown Chapel Hill earlier this week and saw that Qdoba has closed at the corner of Franklin and Columbia streets. The Herald-Sun reported that their lease was up and the owners opted not to renew.

Food Trucks 

  • Looks like this could be the last multiple food truck event of the year. It is Saturday, November 22 from 2-6 at Raleigh Brewing Company and will feature GOUGE Wrestling, five food trucks and plenty of brews. Food trucks will feature lunch and dinner and include: All American Food Truck, Bulkogi Korean BBQ, Captain Ponchos Tacos, Cajun Persuasion, and Dump Pho King Truck. Get all the details on their Facebook event page here.

Events 

  • So, long story short. The Raleigh Times recently won a national contest by Draft Magazine. The winner was deemed to have the best craft beer list, most knowledgeable staff, etc. (pretty cool, right?). How does that help you? Well, they “won” a 170-liter oak cask of unfiltered, unpreserved pilsner from Urquell in the Czech Rebublic (this is a big deal). And they are holding a huge party to celebrate on November 15th from noon to 9 p.m. (they are closing down the street). The event is free, but $10 buys you a 1/4 -liter pour from the cask and all proceeds benefit SAFEchild. Buy tickets and get all the details here.
  • Our friends over at Acme Restaurant in Carrboro reminded us of the 2nd annual Salt & Smoke event on Sunday, November 16th from 3 to 6 p.m at Rock Quarry Farm. The event is a celebration of fall in the south and will feature oysters and pork barbecue, collards and cornbread, slaw, smoked mullet and sweet potatoes. It’s beer and wine. It’s bands and bonfires and, above all, it’s a damn good time. The cost is $40 for food, or $48 with a couple of drinks. Check it out on Facebook here and get your tickets here.
  • Urban Ministries of Wake County is hosting their 10th Annual Stone Soup Supper on Wednesday, November 19th from 5-7:30 p.m at White Memorial Presbyterian Church on Oberlin Road in Raleigh. The event raises money to end homelessness and hunger and provide healthcare to those in need. You can enjoy the soup creations of chefs from 12 area restaurants and organizations on site, or take some home with you. Get all the details here.
  • Thanks to Kathleen Donnelly, I was reminded that the 12th annual Gingerbread Benefit for Triangle Family Services will take place on Sunday, December 7th at the Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary. The day begins with a Gingerbread Sneak Preview (at 11:30) and culminates with the Evening Gingerbread Benefit at 6:30, and lots in between for children and the entire family. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina just launched their Holiday Meals Drive and they need your help to reach their goal of raising $435,000 online before December 31, which would be enough to provide 2.17 million meals! Folks can donate, make a gift in honor of a friend or family member or host a holiday fundraiser. Perhaps your company can join in on this extremely worthy cause. Get all the details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – November 7, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  • It is official. Mark your calendar for Monday, December 1st. That is the official opening day for Tupelo Honey Cafe in Raleigh! Many more details to follow. In the meantime, check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday – one of my favorites. A time to be thankful for all that we have in this great country of ours. Unless you are the one stuck in the kitchen at 4 a.m. Ok, I’m just kidding, but don’t feel bad about not wanting to cook all day. You should enjoy it too! And Greg Cox from the News & Observer is your hero again this year with his compilation of restaurants open on Thanksgiving day. Check it out here.
  • And if you still want to celebrate Thanksgiving in your home, but don’t want to cook the turkey (or the sides), you’ll be glad to know that the Q Shack is firing up their annual tradition of providing you with turkeys, sides and desserts for your Thanksgiving Day feast. Folks, I don’t endorse many things, but I can speak from personal experience that this is a fantastic (and delicious) way to feed your guests. Seriously, who (besides Tom and his team) want to be in the kitchen cooking up a turkey? Get your orders in before November 22nd and get all the details here.
  • This is big news in the catering world – Catering By Design has merged with The Matthews House (and subsequently Basil & Thyme Catering Group and The Patisserie Bakery) in Cary according to the Triangle Business Journal. Both organizations will retain their identities for now. We’ll share more information as it becomes available.
  • Also in Cary, the franchise Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers opened their second Triangle location this past Tuesday (the other is in Durham) at 1705 High House Road in the Searstone Retail Village. Check them out here.
  • Got word this week from David McCreary (aka Lunchboy Says) that The Mill is opening next week in downtown Fuquay Varina at the corner of Main and Depot streets. The Mill is a wine bar (and beer) and coffee shop concept. Follow them on Facebook to receive the announcement as to the exact opening day.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  •  I got my first introduction this past summer to a true Argentine barbecue and I have fallen in love with the Argentine culture and cuisine. So I am happy to report that I was recently introduced to a new concept called Makus Empanadas that currently operates out of The Cookery and offers catering and delivery, but has plans on opening its first of many locations soon. And I’m proud to report that they will soon be available through Triangle Food Guy (give me about a week). Anyway, check out Makus Empanadas here.
  • With growth comes change. And so is the case with downtown Durham’s Blue Coffee Cafe. WRAL reported that renovations to the building they are currently in and a high-rise being built across the street have Gwen Matthews looking to move into a space less than 2 blocks away at 107 N. Church Street. But she needs your help. Check out her Kickstarter campaign here. The move will take place by the end of the year.

Closings 

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

  • And if the news above about true Argentine cuisine joining our lineup here in the Triangle, I just got word that there is a food truck called Che Empanadas trying to make a go of it with a kickstarter campaign that just launched. The effort is spearheaded by the husband and wife team of Mark and Anabel Rossbach. Check out and support their Kickstarter campaign here.

Events

  • If you have seen me in the last week, or will see me this month, you’ll notice my feeble attempt at growing a little facial hair (trust me, the beautiful and talented Lori Lennard does not like it). It is part of the No Shave November, a month where men raise awareness of men’s health issues by growing a mustache (or beard in my case) during November. Anyway, Zinburger has brought food into the effort by creating a Pumpkin Stache Shake with a portion of sales going to ZERO, an organization dedicated to eliminating prostate cancer (and all cancer!). Check them out here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reminded us that the fifth annual Brew Durham Festival will be held this Saturday (November 8th) at the Scrap Exchange at 2050 Chapel Hill Road in Durham. The festival will feature more than 40 home brewed beers and small bites from local restaurants including Bull City Burger and Brewery and Mateo Tapas. There will be two tasting sessions, from 1 to 4 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Scrap Exchange reuse arts center in Durham. Get all the details here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal also reminded us that the “Much Ado about Cheese” festival returns again this year on November 9th from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cotton Room in Durham. The event is free and open to the public. Free cheese samples will be provided, and Raleigh food truck American Meltdown will be selling cheesy delights. Beer and wine are also available for purchase. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Plan on spending/eating your day in Orange County (Chapel Hill & Hillsborough) next Tuesday, November 12th for the 25th Annual RSVVP Day where participating restaurants contribute 10% of their proceeds (breakfast, lunch and dinner) to the IFC’s Food Pantry and Community Kitchen. Get a complete list of restaurants and details here.
  • Also on Wednesday, November 12th the good folks over at The Cookery in Durham will host the Fall Harvest Veteran Farmer Dinner featuring Six Plates and Foode (out of Virginia). The event is from 6:30 until 9:30 and costs $40. Get all the details and purchase tickets here.
  • So, long story short. The Raleigh Times recently won a national contest by Draft Magazine. The winner was deemed to have the best craft beer list, most knowledgeable staff, etc. (pretty cool, right?). How does that help you? Well, they “won” a 170-liter oak cask of unfiltered, unpreserved pilsner from Urquell in the Czech Rebublic (this is a big deal). And they are holding a huge party to celebrate on November 15th from noon to 9 p.m. (they are closing down the street). The event is free, but $10 buys you a 1/4 -liter pour from the cask and all proceeds benefit SAFEchild. Buy tickets and get all the details here.
  • Our friends over at Acme Restaurant in Carrboro reminded us of the 2nd annual Salt & Smoke event on Sunday, November 16th from 3 to 6 p.m at Rock Quarry Farm. The event is a celebration of fall in the south and will feature oysters and pork barbecue, collards and cornbread, slaw, smoked mullet and sweet potatoes. It’s beer and wine. It’s bands and bonfires and, above all, it’s a damn good time. The cost is $40 for food, or $48 with a couple of drinks. Check it out on Facebook here and get your tickets here.
  • Thanks to Kathleen Donnelly, I was reminded that the 12th annual Gingerbread Benefit for Triangle Family Services will take place on Sunday, December 7th at the Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary. The day begins with a Gingerbread Sneak Preview (at 11:30) and culminates with the Evening Gingerbread Benefit at 6:30, and lots in between for children and the entire family. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • Did you know that almost 50% of students in our 34 county service area qualify for free or reduced-price lunch? It is difficult for any student to excel academically when they come to school hungry. So we invite all students, staff, parents and teachers to join our Students Against Hunger food and funds drive to help feed hungry children and their families in our community. Get all the details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – October 31, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  • Happy Halloween everyone! There are lots of “Halloween” festivities planned for today (too many to mention), but free ones catch our eye. If you are in the North Hills area today, swing by Saxby’s Coffee between noon and 7 and receive a free Pumpkin Spice Latte! Tell them Triangle Food Guy sent you. Get all the details here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Italian restaurant Schiano’s has opened in Wake Forest in the Gateway Commons shopping center. They have one location already on Strickland Road in Raleigh. Get all the details here.
  • Just a courtesy note to let you know that Jubala Village Coffee in North Raleigh will be closed on Monday, November 3rd to complete some major renovations to their kitchen. Don’t panic. Breathe. Look for more offerings out of their expanded kitchen space. Check back in with them on Tuesday.
  • What time is it? It is turkey time! And the Q Shack is firing up their annual tradition of providing you with turkeys, sides and desserts for your Thanksgiving Day feast. Folks, I don’t endorse many things, but I can speak from personal experience that this is a fantastic (and delicious) way to feed your guests. Seriously, who (besides Tom and his team) want to be in the kitchen cooking up a turkey? Get your orders in before November 22nd and get all the details here.
  • Yawn. A Chili’s Grill & Bar is planed for Holly Springs in the new Holly Springs Towne Center on NC 55 according to the Triangle Business Journal. This will be the 10th Chili’sin the Triangle.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Got word from Craig Benner that the third area Penn Station East Coast Subs opened last Sunday next to Rise at Southpoint in Renaissance Village. It is locally owned and operated by Craig, Ellen and Ashley Benner. Check them out here.
  • Downtown Durham’s popular baker Daisy Cakes announced this week the opening of theirDessert Room which will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 5 until 9 p.m. The room will allow guests to enjoy a special dessert menu and the option to pair their dessert with a dessert wine, champagne, hot tea or coffee. Get all the details here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Saltbox Seafood Joint, located at 608 N. Mangum Street in Durham, is adding a food truck. Keep up with them on Facebook and Twitter for locations. Get all the details here.
  • WRAL reported last week that Garner’s Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill is moving to a new location just down the street in the old Texas Steakhouse building. Their last day in the current location is tomorrow (Nov. 1) and plan to be open at some point next week in the new spot. Keep up with them here.
  • And down in Johnston County, the News & Observer reported that Clayton’s newest restaurant is billing itself as offering “the only rooftop dining in Johnston County,” Manning’s, owned by chef Howard Manning, is located at 406 E. Main Street in downtown. Get all the details and check out their menu here.

Closings 

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

  • The last food truck rodeo of the year at Durham’s Central Park is this Sunday from noon until 4:00 p.m. All the usual suspects will be there (45+ trucks!) and is sure to be a blast with live music as well. Get all the details here.

Events

  • The Raleigh Fall Brew Fest, featuring at least 20 local and regional craft beers and a Halloween costume contest, is this Saturday (Nov. 1) from 5 to 8 p.m. at Cardinal Hall at 6015 Lead Mine Road in Raleigh. The cost is $35 in advance and $40 on the day of the event, which is a fundraiser for the N.C. Therapeutic Riding Center. Get all the details here.
  • This year’s 12th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-off will be held on Depot Street in historic downtown Fuquay-Varina this Saturday, November 1st. Get all the details here.
  • The 3rd Annual Red & White Food and Beverage Festival will be held on TuesdayNovember 4th at The State Club from 6-9pm. And for our readers, receive $5 off admission by entering promo code “foodguy” when you purchase tickets here.
  • Triangle Business Journal reminded us that the “Much Ado about Cheese” festival returns again this year on November 9th from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cotton Room in Durham. The event is free and open to the public. Free cheese samples will be provided, and Raleigh food truck American Meltdown will be selling cheesy delights. Beer and wine are also available for purchase. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • On Wednesday, November 12th the good folks over at The Cookery in Durham will host theFall Harvest Veteran Farmer Dinner featuring Six Plates and Foode (out of Virginia). The event is from 6:30 until 9:30 and costs $40. Get all the details and purchase tickets here.
  • Our friends over at Acme Restaurant in Carrboro reminded us of the 2nd annual Salt & Smoke event on Sunday, November 16th from 3 to 6 p.m at Rock Quarry Farm. The event is a celebration of fall in the south and will feature oysters and pork barbecue, collards and cornbread, slaw, smoked mullet and sweet potatoes. It’s beer and wine. It’s bands and bonfires and, above all, it’s a damn good time. The cost is $40 for food, or $48 with a couple of drinks. Check it out on Facebook here and get your tickets here.
  • Thanks to Kathleen Donnelly, I was reminded that the 12th annual Gingerbread Benefitfor Triangle Family Services will take place on Sunday, December 7th at the Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary. The day begins with a Gingerbread Sneak Preview (at 11:30) and culminates with the Evening Gingerbread Benefit at 6:30, and lots in between for children and the entire family. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • Did you know that almost 50% of students in our 34 county service area qualify for free or reduced-price lunch? It is difficult for any student to excel academically when they come to school hungry. So we invite all students, staff, parents and teachers to join our Students Against Hunger food and funds drive to help feed hungry children and their families in our community. Get all the details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – October 24, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •   The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series statewide championship will be at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel on November 19-22 where the 5 regional winners will match up head-to-head. Fire in the Triangle champion Dean Thompson of Flights will first compete on November 21st and hopefully in the Championship Dinner on November 22nd. Tickets for the “first round” events (3 dinners) are $129 each and tickets for the final championship battle are $139. Folks, tickets to all the events sold out last year in a matter of minutes. Don’t miss out this year. The tickets go on sale NEXT Wednesday, October 29 at 7 p.m. Get all the details and your tickets here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  •  The first b.good location in North Carolina opened yesterday in North Hills (the Midtown Park side). They tout themselves as fast-food made by people, not factories. Check out their local Facebook page here.
  • The Full Moon Oyster Bar and Seafood Kitchen has opened in Morrisville’s Park West Village serving lunch and dinner. This marks their third North Carolina location with stores in Southern Pines and Clemmons and a fourth on the way in Jamestown. Check them out here.
  • Not sure how I missed this, but a huge congratulations to Tammy Calaway-Harper and the successful opening of Belle, Cary’s newest restaurant at the corner of Academy Street and Dry Avenue. Pay them a visit soon. Visit them online here.
  • Back in early October we told you about the latest edition of Smashburger coming to North Raleigh in the Falls Village shopping center. We now have a projected open date of November 26th. This will be the Triangle’s second location, but the first in Raleigh (the other one is in Durham). Check them out here.
  • What time is it? It is turkey time! And the Q Shack is firing up their annual tradition of providing you with turkeys, sides and desserts for your Thanksgiving Day feast. Folks, I don’t endorse many things, but I can speak from personal experience that this is a fantastic (and delicious) way to feed your guests. Seriously, who (besides Tom and his team) want to be in the kitchen cooking up a turkey? Get your orders in before November 22nd and get all the details here.
  • Got word from WRAL that Italian restaurant Schiano’s is opening a Wake Forest location in the Gateway Commons shopping center. No word on an opening date. They have one location already on Strickland Road in Raleigh. Get more details here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  •  Saw in the Herald Sun that Durham has a new food truck called SoomSoom Pita Pockets. They focus on a fusion of Middle Eastern and American cuisine serving pita pockets that include fillings such as smoked fish salad, schnitzel, steak and egg and beef and lamb kebabs. Check them out here.

Closings 

  • Got word this week that Doolin’s Irish Pub and Café on Shannon Road in South Durham has closed their doors.

Food Trucks 

  • You’ve got to love Garner and their creativity. They are hosting their first food truck rodeo this Sunday, October 26th from noon until 4 p.m. They are calling it the Trick-or-Eat Food Truck Rodeo and it will feature 12 local food trucks and 2 local craft breweries along with musicians and entertainment. It will take place in downtown Garner on Main Street from Rand Mill Road to Montague Street. Get all the details here.

Events 

  • Thanks to a tip from John Huisman (aka Triangle Explorer) I was reminded that the Pittsboro Fall Street Fair is tomorrow (October 25th) from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in downtown Pittsboro. The event will feature local crafters, artists, a wide variety of food vendors & local food trucks, a local beer garden, and free activities for children. Get all the details here.
  • A Tasteful Affair is happening this Sunday (October 26th) over in Chapel Hill. Hosted by The Ronald McDonald House, the event features over two dozen of the triangle’s finest restaurants and will take place in The Blue Zone at UNC’s Kenan Stadium. Get all the details here.
  • The Raleigh Fall Brew Fest, featuring at least 20 local and regional craft beers and a Halloween costume contest, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 1 at Cardinal Hall at 6015 Lead Mine Road in Raleigh. The cost is $35 in advance and $40 on the day of the event, which is a fundraiser for the N.C. Therapeutic Riding Center. Get all the details here.
  • This year’s 12th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-off will be held on Depot Street in historic downtown Fuquay-Varina on Saturday, November 1st. Get all the details here.
  • The 3rd Annual Red & White Food and Beverage Festival will be held on Tuesday November 4th at The State Club from 6-9pm. And for our readers, receive $5 off admission by entering promo code “foodguy” when you purchase tickets here.
  • Triangle Business Journal reminded us that the “Much Ado about Cheese” festival returns again this year on November 9th from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cotton Room in Durham. The event is free and open to the public. Free cheese samples will be provided, and Raleigh food truck American Meltdown will be selling cheesy delights. Beer and wine are also available for purchase. Check them out on Facebook here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • Did you know that almost 50% of students in our 34 county service area qualify for free or reduced-price lunch? It is difficult for any student to excel academically when they come to school hungry. So we invite all students, staff, parents and teachers to join our Students Against Hunger food and funds drive to help feed hungry children and their families in our community. Get all the details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – October 17, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  It is an annual event that everyone (kids and adults) looks forward to – the North Carolina State Fair (coming up October 16-26). And one of the highlights each year is not just the rows and rows of food stands, but what will be deep fried this year! Well, the News & Observer’s Andrea Weigl has all the details here for you, including deep fried barbecue, bananas Foster and mini cupcakes.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Last week we told you about Eschelon Experiences opening their newest restaurant, Faire, in Raleigh’s Cameron Village. This week I got an update from G. Patel himself on the opening of their next venture, this time over in Durham as part of the American Tobacco Campus. Basan, a sushi bar and restaurant, will open next month in the Diamond View III building overlooking the Durham Bulls stadium. Not much going on with the website yet, but you can check it out here.
  • And if that is not enough goodness out of Eschelon Experiences, G. also shared that they have inked the deal on the restaurant space in downtown’s newest high-rise building, Charter Square, which is at 555 Fayetteville Street. No information yet on what the concept will be or the timeline on opening, but be assured it will be another top-notch establishment. We will keep you posted. Keep up with Eschelon here.
  • Who’s ready for restaurant musical chairs? So, last week we told you that Crosstown Pub & Grill is coming to downtown Cary. That is still the case and they are looking at an early December opening in the space of Greg Hamm’s Café 121, which closed yesterday. Hamm closed Café 121 (the Sandord location is still open) to focus on opening P.G. Werth’s in downtown Raleigh. And with the opening of Crosstown by Sheila Ryan, she will close Mahoney’s (also in Cary) on November 2nd. Look for Crosstown to open in early December as well. Got it?
  • I forgot to mention it last week, but up in North Raleigh in the Bedford community, our friends at DeMarco’s are no longer there. The restaurant sold and will become Bedford Bistro and Bar, under new ownership. For those missing Clay and Anthony, just head on down to their new establishment, DeMo’s in downtown Raleigh on Glenwood South. Looks like Bedford will open next Tuesday or Wednesday.
  • Got word this week from David Prestrud over at Plan A. Architecture, PA that a new fast food vegetarian restaurant called Freshii is coming into the former Dunkin Donuts space on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. No word yet on an open date, but you can check them out here. This will be the third North Carolina location for the franchise.
  • According to their latest post on their Facebook page, it looks like the middle of next week is the opening of the first b.good location in North Carolina. It will be in North Hills (the Midtown Park side). They tout themselves as fast-food made by people, not factories. Check out their local Facebook page here.
  • Also in North Hills, got word this week that Kings Bowl of North Hills will hold its grand opening this coming Monday (October 20) beginning at 5 p.m. The first 250 guests get a free year of bowling! Kings is the new dining and entertainment spot that just happens to have an 18-lane bowling alley (and a ton of other fun stuff) in it. Get all the details here.
  • And for the folks down in Holly Springs, I got word this week from David McCreary (aka Lunch Boy Says) that a local establishment called The Mason Jar is coming soon. No word yet on an open date, but you can check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Our friends over at CrankyDiners tipped us off to Small Cakes, a new cupcakery (is that a word?), that is coming into the Woodcroft Shopping Center in South Durham. We don’t have an open date, but you can check them out here.
  • You will get a rise out of this. John Huisman updated me this week that the good folks over at Rise in South Durham are in the process of franchising their store and will open a location in both Cary and Raleigh soon! We will keep an eye on this exciting news. In the meantime, check them out here.
  • And the Triangle Business Journal reported this morning that the concept, Burger Bach restaurants, are coming to North Carolina for the first time and will open a new location in the new Shops at Erwin Mill on Ninth Street in Durham. Look for them to open in the first quarter of 2015. In the meantime, visit them here.

Closings 

  •  Got word from my good friend Keri McCauley that the Roly Poly in Preston Village has closed.

Food Trucks 

  • This Sunday (October 19th) is the 2nd Annual Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo. Register for the race and get all the details here.

  • I saw in the Triangle Business Journal this week that The Big Gay Ice Cream truck, a popular New York City vendor, is making a stop in Raleigh Saturday as part of its 2014 Southern Tour. The truck will be at Poole’s Diner, 426 S. McDowell St., from approximately 3 to 10 p.m. In May 2013, The Daily Beast and USA Today ranked Big Gay Ice Cream as the #5 best ice cream parlor in the world. Check them out here.

Events

  • This Sunday (October 19th), Raleigh will play host to the inaugural Triangle VegFest to be held at Carolina Pines Park (Lake Wheeler Road less than a mile from the Farmers’ Market) from 12 to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Get all the details here.
  • Got word this week that The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill will be hosting a beer pairing dinner with Aviator Brewing Company on Thursday, October 23rd. The reception starts at 6 and the dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is $55 and you can view the menu here. Call 919.918.2735 for reservations.
  • Also on October 23rd, the Garner Rotary Club’s 10th anniversary fundraiser, Oysters & More, will be held at the Fidelity Business Park from 5-8 p.m. Oysters & More features an all-you-can-eat dinner catered by 42nd Street Oyster Bar of Raleigh and live music by the Band of Oz. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Tickets may be purchased from any Garner Rotary Club member or at the Garner Chamber of Commerce, 401 Circle Drive. The event’s rain date is October 27. Get all the details here.
  • 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.
  • This year’s 12th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-off will be held on Depot Street in historic downtown Fuquay-Varina on Saturday, November 1st. Get all the details here.
  • The 3rd Annual Red & White Food and Beverage Festival will be held on Tuesday November 4th at The State Club from 6-9pm. And for our readers, receive $5 off admission by entering promo code “foodguy” when you purchase tickets here.
  • Triangle Business Journal reminded us that the “Much Ado about Cheese” festival returns again this year on November 9th from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cotton Room in Durham. The event is free and open to the public. Free cheese samples will be provided, and Raleigh food truck American Meltdown will be selling cheesy delights. Beer and wine are also available for purchase. Check them out on Facebook here.

Food Bank Corner   

  •  The next big event for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is the Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the State Fair on Thursday, October 23! Food Lion Hunger Relief Day is one of the largest one-day canned-food drives in the state. Here’s how it works: Bring five cans of Food Lion brand food to the State Fair on Thursday, October 23, and you get in for free (and a good feeling that you helped some folks in need)!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – October 10, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  It is an annual event that everyone (kids and adults) looks forward to – the North Carolina State Fair (coming up October 16-26). And one of the highlights each year is not just the rows and rows of food stands, but what will be deep fried this year! Well, the News & Observer’s Andrea Weigl has all the details here for you, including deep fried barbecue, bananas Foster and mini cupcakes.

Wake County Restaurant News

  •  Eschelon Experiences announced that its newest restaurant, Faire, in Raleigh’s Cameron Village is opening on October 13th. Faire, a midcentury-modern steak and seafood restaurant marks Eschelon Experiences‘ fifth restaurant in the Triangle area. You can check them out here.
  • Got word this week that the first b.good location in North Carolina will open on October 18th in North Hills (the Midtown Park side). They tout themselves as fast-food made by people, not factories. Check out their local Facebook page here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that the owners of The Goat Bar on Western Blvd. will be opening The Medlin, a neighborhood bar, on Medlin Drive in Raleigh later this month. It is located off Dixie Trail in the same shopping center as Crowley’s. Check their Facebook page here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal is also reporting that Sweet Traditions by LeAne, a popular local food truck featuring cupcakes, custom-order cakes and other baked goods, will be opening a brick-and-mortar location later this month at 12516 Capital Blvd. in Raleigh. Get all the details here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • The News & Observer reported today that Drew Moore, owner of Venable Rotisserie Bistro in Carrboro, opened B-Side Lounge last night next door to his restaurant in Carr Mill Mall. The two restaurants will share a kitchen, but B-Side will focus on small plates. Check them out here.
  • WRAL is reporting that the popular food truck OnlyBurger has officially opened its second brick-and-mortar location in Durham. This location is at the American Tobacco Campus. Check them out here.
  • Just down the street from American Tobacco Campus, the Triangle Business Journal revealed this week that the new 21c Museum Hotel opening in downtown Durham in February will have its own high-style restaurant called Counting House. It will be under the direction of executive chef Josh Munchel, who comes to us from Cincinnati. Get a peek at the hotel here.
  • Over in Durham near the Streets at Southpoint (out in front of Target) I noticed that Penn Station Subs signs have gone up on the corner spot previously occupied by Momoyama Sushi. We don’t have an open date yet.

Closings 

  • Got word from reader Cindi Stevens that the Hwy. 55 Burgers location on Falls of the Neuse Road in Raleigh next to Red Hot & Blue has closed.

Food Trucks 

  • The final Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo of the year will be held this Sunday, October 12th from 1 – 6 p.m. on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Think ½ mile of food trucks and restaurants spread out over 11 city blocks! 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.
  • And check this out…I mean, Czech this out. A new food truck, called Czech This Out, made its first appearances last weekend at the Wide Open Blue Grass Festival in downtown Raleigh. Check out their website here or follow them on Twitter here.

Events

  • Hibernian Co. and Napper Tandy’s announced a new outdoor festival in downtown Raleigh’s Glenwood South district. The Raleigh Oyster Fest will be held tomorrow (October 11) from noon until 11 pm. The festival will be held in the parking lot of the Creamery building between North St. and Glenwood Ave and is a free-entry event, open to the public. Get all the details here.
  • For the 19th year in a row, the World Beer Festival will be held in Durham this Saturday (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.
  • This is wild. On Sunday October 12th, The Oxford is hosting a five course Wild Game + Beer dinner. What better way to celebrate fall than to enjoy tender frog legs, savory rabbit and southern fried quail, while sipping on some of the best local brews from Fortnight Brewing Company. Check out the full menu and purchase tickets here.
  • Kudos to Andrea Weigl, the News & Observer and Walter Magazine for pulling this event off. Called “At The Table With Walter” this event will feature four of the area’s most amazing female chefs – Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner in Raleigh, Phoebe Lawless of Scratch Bakery in Durham, Andrea Reusing of Lantern in Chapel Hill and Vivian Howard of Chef & the Farmer in Kinston, N.C. it will be an evening of appetizers prepared by each of the four chefs, drinks and a panel discussion at CAM in downtown Raleigh. Tickets range from $75-$100 depending upon whether you come to the VIP event that starts at 5 p.m. or get reserved seating. 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.
  • This year’s 12th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-off will be held on Depot Street in historic downtown Fuquay-Varina on Saturday, November 1. But the deadline to enter a team or the cook-off is this Saturday. Get all the details here.
  • And got word that the 3rd Annual Red & White Food and Beverage Festival will be held on Tuesday November 4th at The State Club from 6-9pm. And for our readers, receive $5 off admission by entering promo code “foodguy” when you purchase tickets here.

Food Bank Corner   

  •  The next big event for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is the Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the State Fair on Thursday, October 23! Food Lion Hunger Relief Day is one of the largest one-day canned-food drives in the state. Here’s how it works: Bringfive cans of Food Lion brand food to the State Fair on Thursday, October 23, and you get in for free (and a good feeling that you helped some folks in need)!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – October 3, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  Eschelon Experiences announced this week the opening of its newest restaurant, Faire in Raleigh’s Cameron Village. The planned open date is October 13th. Faire, a midcentury-modern steak and seafood restaurant, marks Eschelon Experiences‘ fifth restaurant in the Triangle area. You can check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  •  The Triangle Business Journal revealed this week that Trophy Brewing Co. of Raleigh is opening a new bottle shop in downtown Raleigh named after the brewers’ radio show, State of Beer. According to co-owner Chris Powers, “It’s on the 400 block of Hillsborough Street, by Second Empire and the Holiday Inn … We’re going to do 12 different drafts, growlers and bottles to go. And you can sit there and enjoy a draft and we’ll have sandwiches and salads. The goal is to be open by the beginning of January.” In the meantime, check them out here.
  • And speaking of beer (I’m a sucker for beer), we got word this week that Bottle Revolution has officially opened its second location, located at 10970 Chapel Hill Rd. in Morrisville. The new location features 12 rotating drafts, a large tasting room and a growing inventory of bottled beer. Tastings/Tap-takeovers will be a regular weekly staple and there will be a Bottle Revolution run-club as well. The shop is located inside The Market at Perimeter Park near Brunch Box. Check them out here.
  • T.MAC, a casual neighborhood restaurant that is known for its award-winning wings and large selection of craft beer (40 of which area are brewed in the Triangle and North Carolina) is opening this Sunday, October 5th. T.MAC’s newest restaurant will be located in Waverly Place in Cary. Get a peek at them here.
  • Got word this week that the first b.good location in North Carolina will open on October 18th (original date was 10/13) in North Hills (the Midtown Park side). They tout themselves as fast-food made by people, not factories. Check out their local Facebook page here.
  • I was reading the blog Raleigh Public Record this week and noticed a number of restaurants making their way through the permitting process. Here is the quick low-down on four.
  • First up was the replacement of the Kentucky Fried Chicken on Duraleigh Road just off of Glenwood Avenue with a Steak ‘N Shake. It made its way closer to fruition this week.
  • Also making its way through the approval process was the addition of a Wingstop to Alexander Place, also off Glenwood Avenue in the Brier Creek area. This will be the third Wingstop location in the Triangle. Check them out here.
  • Over in North Raleigh the Falls Village shopping center, off Falls of the Neuse Road, will be getting the latest edition of Smashburger. This will be the Triangle’s second location of Smashburger, but the first in Raleigh (the other one is in Durham). Check them out here.
  • And back in July we told you that 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. And now Raleigh Public Record is reporting that the former Lucky 32 restaurant will become Bistro 832. We will keep an eye on this one.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Today is the last day to get free coffee at the recently remodeled Market Street Café in Meadowmont in Chapel Hill that just reopened after a very nice remodel. And when I say coffee, I mean ALL coffee drinks – meaning mochas, cappuccinos, pourovers – everything! Check them out here.
  • The Herald Sun reported this week that Tootie’s, a Durham-based food truck and catering business, has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to open a bar with food and live music on Rigsbee Avenue. Throw them some love here.

Closings 

  • None to report! Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

  • The final Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo of the year will be held on Sunday, October 12th from 1 – 6 p.m. on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Think ½ mile of food trucks and restaurants spread out over 11 city blocks! 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 

  •  This weekend is the IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass Festival taking over downtown Raleigh. As WRAL points out, the weekend is not just about music, but also food. Check out this great summary of what your taste buds can look forward to!
  • This Sunday is the 7th Annual Pepper Festival hosted by Briar Chapel community in Chapel Hill from 3-7 p.m. The event celebrates local food, beer and North Carolina culture in a spicy new way. Top chefs across North Carolina compete to create dishes–from beer to chocolate–using the locally bred and grown N.C. pepper. Get all the details here.
  • Raleigh City Farm’s Annual Harvest Dinner will be held this year on Sunday, October 5 and will feature Chef Scott Crawford of Standard Foods. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. Raleigh City Farm is located at Person Street Plaza at 800 North Blount Street. Tickets can be purchased here beginning next month.
  • 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.
  • And got word that the 3rd Annual Red & White Food and Beverage Festival will be held on Tuesday November 4th at The State Club from 6-9pm. And for our readers, receive $5 off admission by entering promo code “foodguy” when you purchase tickets here.

Food Bank Corner   

  •  The next big event for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is the Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the State Fair on Thursday, October 23! Food Lion Hunger Relief Day is one of the largest one-day canned-food drives in the state. Here’s how it works: Bringfive cans of Food Lion brand food to the State Fair on Thursday, October 23, and you get in for free (and a good feeling that you helped some folks in need)!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – September 26, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •   Today is the day! It is the FoodBank’s 24 Hour Telethon beginning at noon today (Friday, September 26) with a goal of raising $60,000 (or 300,000 meals) for hunger relief as part of Hunger Action Month. There are lots of ways to participate (in addition to your donation), so check it out here. And plan to stop by for one of the many activities and tell my buddy Gregory Ng I said hello!

Wake County Restaurant News

  • According to the Triangle Business Journal, over atop downtown Raleigh the City Club Raleigh has reopened after a $3 million investment that combined the Cardinal Club with the Capital City Club . It is located on the top floor of the Wells Fargo Capitol Center downtown. The location now includes the Anytime Lounge and Grill and a restaurant concept called Grain. A grand opening will be held tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 27) from 7-10 p.m. and is open to the public. Check it out here.
  • This is a first. The first First Watch restaurant in North Carolina is opening this coming Monday (Sept. 29) in the former Boston Market building next to the Golden Corral on Glenwood Avenue near Pleasant Valley Promenade. But owner Bob Frame is not stopping after this one. He is committed to opening 5 locations in the Triangle over the next four years. Check them out here.
  • Got word this week that T.MAC, a casual neighborhood restaurant known for its award-winning wings and large selection of craft beer (40 of which area are brewed in the Triangle and North Carolina) is opening on Sunday, October 5th. T.MAC’s newest restaurant will be located in Waverly Place in Cary. Get a peek at them here.
  • Also in Waverly Place, Charlotte-based Toast Café, which specializes in breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch, is expected to open on October 1st according to the News & Observer. You can check out some of their other locations here. This will be the chain’s first Triangle area location.
  • Got word this week that the first b.good location in North Carolina will open on October 13th in North Hills (the Midtown Park side). They tout themselves as fast-food made by people, not factories. Check out their local Facebook page here.
  • Over in Apex, got word from a reader that Chippy’s has opened. Chippy’s is a fish and chips restaurant that is located in the old Dixie Belle’s Smokehouse location at 1001 Davis Drive. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • This is worth a trip to Chapel Hill. The recently remodeled Market Street Café in Meadowmont is now open again and is offering free coffee to anyone that visits the store. And when I say coffee, I mean ALL coffee drinks – meaning mochas, cappuccinos, pourovers – everything! Get in there between now and next Friday to see the new space and enjoy free coffee. Check them out here.

Closings 

  • None to report! Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

  • Tonight (September 26) from 5 until 8 p.m. Meals on Wheels will hold their third annual Food Truck Rodeo at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market. The participating food trucks include MaMa Dukes, Humble Pig, Only Burger, Sweet Traditions, Sympathy for the Deli and Time-Out Restaurant. Ten percent of all the food sales will go toward supporting Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels. Check them out here.
  • The Pittsboro Roadhouse and General Store will hold their second to last Food Truck Rodeo of the year this Saturday (Sept 27) from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Pittsboro. Featured trucks will include: Bear Creek Brews, Carolina Brewing Co., Dusty Donuts, Gussy’s Greek, Little Dipper’s Italian Ice, Mr. & Mrs. Hot Dog Shack and Philly’s Cheesesteaks. Get more details here.
  • The final Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo of the year will be held on Sunday, October 12th from 1 – 6 p.m. on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Think ½ mile of food trucks and restaurants spread out over 11 city blocks! 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

  • Tomorrow (September 27) is Beericana. What is Beericana? When I saw a diagram of the layout, I immediately thought of what heaven must look like…50 breweries + 10 food trucks + 4 Americana bands + Awesome People = Beericana! The event will be held at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. Get all the details here.
  • If you, or someone you know, requires a gluten free diet, you’ll want to head out this weekend to the North Carolina Triangle Gluten Intolerance Fair which will be held on Saturday, September 27 from 1-6 p.m. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • Also this weekend, the Southern Ideal Home Show has gone all “foodie” on us. One of the featured events this year will host Brews & Bites, a dining event pairing North Carolina breweries and chefs together to create unique samplings crafted specially for show attendees. It is happening every afternoon during the three-day event. Get all the details here.
  • Put this one on your calendar as well – the 7th Annual Pepper Festival hosted by Briar Chapel community in Chapel Hill on October 5, 3-7 p.m. The event celebrates local food, beer and North Carolina culture in a spicy new way. Top chefs across North Carolina compete to create dishes–from beer to chocolate–using the locally bred and grown N.C. pepper. Get all the details here.
  • Saw in the Beltline Buzz this week that Big Boss Brewery has partnered with Nofo Café for a five course Beer Dinner beginning with a tour and the first course at 5:30 at Big Boss on October 6th. Courses two through five will take place at Nofo. To enjoy this fabulous evening, you must make reservations. Call now before spaces are filled. 919-821-1240. Visit Nofo here.
  • Raleigh City Farm’s Annual Harvest Dinner will be held this year on Sunday, October 5 and will feature Chef Scott Crawford of Standard Foods. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. Raleigh City Farm is located at Person Street Plaza at 800 North Blount Street. Tickets can be purchased here beginning next month.
  • 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.
  • And got word that the 3rd Annual Red & White Food and Beverage Festival will be held on Tuesday November 4th at The State Club from 6-9pm. And for our readers, receive $5 off admission by entering promo code “foodguy” when you purchase tickets here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is holding their 3rd Annual FoodBank24 New Media Telethon today and tomorrow! (September 26-27). The 24-hour event begins at noon today and continues for 24 straight hours of entertaining and enlightening activities as part of Hunger Action Month. Stop by today or tomorrow. And get all the details here. There are lots of ways to participate.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – September 19, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •   Typically I feature restaurant news here, but this event is too big and too much fun not to highlight in this space – and it is one week from today! It is the FoodBank’s 24 Hour Telethon beginning at noon on Friday, September 26 with a goal of raising $60,000 (or 300,000 meals) for hunger relief as part of Hunger Action Month. There are lots of ways to participate (in addition to your donation), so check it out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  •  Downtown Raleigh’s newest addition, coffee and beer shop, Brew (in Seaboard Station), just “turned 21″ and is now serving Crank Arm Brewing Company beer! Stop by for coffee, or beer, or both…I guess…why not? See it all here.
  • Got word in the News & Observer this week that the 501 Building on Glenwood South is about to get hopping again with the addition of three new concepts opening between now and Thanksgiving. And all three establishments are being opened by three different groups that have a history of success in the Triangle – so that is very exciting. Here is the breakdown.
  • Kevin and Amy Marksberry are targeting next week (Monday, if inspections go well) for the opening of Shuckers Oyster Bar & Grill in the old Bogart’s space at 501 Glenwood South. The couple also owns the perennially popular Shuckers in Wake Forest and a second location in Southern Pines. Check them out here.
  • On the front of the building where Red Room used to be, chef/owner Vincent Barresi (owner of the popular Vincent’s in North Raleigh) is opening Big Boom by the end of October. The menu will reflect his Italian heritage.
  • And finally, Quy Duong, owner/chef of Sushi Blues Café, will return to his native Vietnam for the menu at Pho Pho Pho Noodle Kitchen & Bar, which he hopes to open by Thanksgiving.
  • The drive to Asheville for my Tupelo Honey Café fix is about to get a lot shorter with the mid-November opening of Tupelo in Raleigh at 401 Oberlin adjacent to Cameron Village. I had lunch with Tupelo’s Elizabeth Sims last week and it is exciting to hear about all the “local” features that will be part of the restaurant – they are doing it right. And if interested, they have a job fair coming up Oct. 1 & 2. Get a sneak peek look at them here.
  • Over in Cary, I first got a tip from reader Robbie Gregory that Totopos in Cary had opened this past week. And the initial reports I am hearing is that it is absolutely fabulous, so plan a visit soon to see what all they hype is about. I can’t find a website for them, but they are across from the Trader Joe’s in the old Chili’s building.
  • Also in Cary, the Triangle Business Journal is reporting that the Charlotte-based pizza chain Brixx Wood Fired Pizza is making plans to open two more locations in Cary in 2015. Brixx has signed leases to open in both the new Parkside Town Commons retail development (N.C. 55 and N.C. 540/Triangle Expressway) and at the new Bradford apartment and retail complex (Davis Drive and High House Road). If you are not familiar with Brixx, check them out here.
  • And in Morrisville, thanks to the keen eyes of reader Jeff L. (sorry, I couldn’t find your last name), we learned that California’s Blaze Pizza is making its way to our area, and specifically Park West Village, sometime in 2015. Get a look at them here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • The Herald-Sun tipped us off to the fact that there is a new food truck rolling around the streets of Durham (and the Triangle). Bull City Street Food, a food truck specializing in international cuisine, has opened. If you’ve been around a while, you might recognize the truck’s owner Harry Monds, who in the late ’90s and early 2000s was behind The Blue Sage and Time Table. Check them out on Facebook here.

Closings 

  •  Got the bad news this week from David McCreary that D’Andrea’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop & Grill at 114 Grand Hill Place in Holly Springs has closed its doors.

Food Trucks 

  • The final Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo of the year will be held on Sunday, October 12th from 1 – 6 p.m. on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Think ½ mile of food trucks and restaurants spread out over 11 city blocks! 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

  • They are selling out! (I told you so!) Get this on your calendar and buy your tickets today! This is 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.
  • Today kicks off the annual International Festival of Raleigh in downtown Raleigh at the Raleigh Convention Center bringing together 23 countries from all over the globe. And did I mention the food? The “food court” is absolutely amazing and well worth the price of admission. The cost to get in is $6-$8 and goes from today through Sunday. 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!) Tomorrow is the day (September 20th) for the 4th Annual Apex Jazz and Music Festival. Get all the details here.
  • My buddy Chris Duke (owner of Anna’s Gourmet Goodies) turned me onto an event this Sunday (September 21) called Dinner in the Meadow. Held on a farm just outside of Louisburg, the dinner will feature 8 amazing chefs with locally and naturally raised ingredients and locally sourced wines, beers and cheeses. Get tickets and 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.
  • If you, or someone you know, requires a gluten free diet, you’ll want to get this event on your calendar. The North Carolina Triangle Gluten Intolerance Fair will be held on September 27 from 1-6 p.m. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • Put this one on your calendar as well – the 7th Annual Pepper Festival hosted by Briar Chapel community in Chapel Hill on October 5, 3-7 p.m. The event celebrates local food, beer and North Carolina culture in a spicy new way. Top chefs across North Carolina compete to create dishes–from beer to chocolate–using the locally bred and grown N.C. pepper. Get all the details here.
  • Saw in the Beltline Buzz this week that Big Boss Brewery has partnered with Nofo Café for a five course Beer Dinner beginning with a tour and the first course at 5:30 at Big Boss on October 6th. Courses two through five will take place at Nofo. To enjoy this fabulous evening, you must make reservations. Call now before spaces are filled. 919-821-1240. Visit Nofo here.
  • Raleigh City Farm’s Annual Harvest Dinner will be held this year on Sunday, October 5 and will feature Chef Scott Crawford of Standard Foods. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. Raleigh City Farm is located at Person Street Plaza at 800 North Blount Street. Tickets can be purchased here beginning next month.
  • 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.
  • And got word that the 3rd Annual Red & White Food and Beverage Festival will be held on Tuesday November 4th at The State Club from 6-9pm. And for our readers, receive $5 off admission by entering promo code “foodguy” when you purchase tickets 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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