Friday Fun Food Facts – September 30, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • The folks behind Crabtree’s Red Monkey Tavern and Brier Creek Beer Garden are bringing Crabtree Beer Garden to Crabtree Valley Mall according to the Raleigh Agenda. It will occupy the former Tomato Pie space which recently closed (and owned by the same folks). They also hinted at the fact that they are looking to open similar concepts in north Raleigh and Cary. The tentative open date for Crabtree is October 15. Keep up with them on Facebook here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • New Raleigh reported this week that Oak & Dagger Public House is now open at downtown Raleigh’s Seaboard Station. Their official tweet came out on September 25th. Check them out here.
  • The News & Observer reported this week that Downtown Raleigh restaurateur and bar owner Jon Seelbinder has opened the first phase of Little City Brewing and Provisions Co. in Raleigh’s Glenwood South neighborhood. The project is the latest offering from Seelbinder’s Local Icon Hospitality, which also owns Architect Bar, Green Light, Virgil’s Original Taqueria Taco Bar, Level Up and Linus & Pepper’s. Keep up with Little City on their Facebook page.
  • Metro Diner, a popular Florida restaurant chain that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, is having their “soft opening” this weekend with the official open date of next Tuesday, October 4 at the Sutton Square shopping center in North Raleigh (former Aladdin’s Eatery location). Learn about Metro Diner here.
  • Also this week in Raleigh, the first Triangle-area location of Grabbagreen opened in North Hills. This is the first of two planned Triangle locations, with a second slated to open in Cary next year. Check them out here.
  • Got word from readers Michael Pocinki and Kathy Olson that Rock Harbor Grill, formerly of Apex, has just reopened in Fuquay-Varina at 132 S. Fuquay Avenue. Check them out here.
  • And down in Benson, the News & Observer reported that Jerry Stephenson Jr., the pitmaster for the Redneck Scientific team, announced that he is opening a new barbecue restaurant, The Redneck BBQ Lab. It will be located at the intersection of Highway 210 and Interstate 40. They hope to open the restaurant by late fall. Visit their website here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Indy Week reported this week that the popular food truck Pie Pushers has finally opened their brick and mortar location above The Pinhook at 117 W. Main Street. The truck will obviously continue to roam the streets! Find out all about their new location on their website here.
  • Rumors are “flying” over in Durham surrounding Heavenly Buffaloes. Most of those rumors are suggesting a second location over on Blackwell Street near the Durham Bulls Stadium. We can’t 100% confirm it, but Heavenly Buffaloes sent out a tweet this week confirming rumors about “#growth.” We will keep an eye on it. Thanks Gabe Macaluso for the heads up. Check out Heavenly Buffaloes here.
  • Clouds Brewing, which just celebrated their 2nd anniversary of their location in Raleigh, announced that they plan to open their newest location in Durham’s Brightleaf Square next week, and will hold a grand opening celebration later in October. Keep up with the developments here.
  • The opening last week of Alberello Cafe & Market in Chatham County’s Briar Chapel is being quickly followed by the next concept at the 15-501 entrance to Briar ChapelCapp’s Pizzeria. The signage went up this week, with hopes of opening in the next few weeks. Keep up with them here.

Closings

  • Other than Tomato Pie mentioned above, nothing else to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  • The Raleigh Durham Mobile Food Association (RDUMFA) will hold a food truck rodeo in Carrboro on October 16th from 11 – 4 p.m. at the Carrboro Town Hall grounds. Get more information on their website.
  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • You don’t want to miss this event (because yours truly will be one of the judges). The event? It is Relish Cafe & Bar’s charity Mac and Cheese Throwdown and Bartender Showdown benefiting the Hope Center at Pullen on Saturday October 1st from 6pm to 11pm. Visit the website to get all the details and tickets.
  • Also on October 1st, NC Fresh Catch resurfaces for a homecoming “pop-up” seafood/music fest this Saturday from 5-10 pm at Durham Central Park. Get fresh cooked seafood, bbq, beer and great live music. Oh, and don’t miss my neighbor Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic as they take the stage as part of the entertainment. Get all the details here.
  • The 9th Annual Pepperfest takes place this Sunday, October 2nd from 2-7 p.m. at Briar Chapel in Chatham County. The event features super delicious pepper-themed dishes and beverages, live music and children’s activities. A great outdoor event for this time of the year. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • The folks over at TROSA are holding a BBQ & Friends fundraiser on October 9th from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1820 James Street in Durham. Participating restaurants include Nana’s, Nanataco, Saltbox Seafood Joint, Foster’s Market, Rise and The Original Q Shack. Tickets are $25 and $10 for kids. Get all the details here.
  • And we can’t help but remind you about the upcoming State FairOctober 13-23rd and their “Eat Lunch at the Fair” deal. Here’s how it works. Come to Gate 9 (only) after 11:30 a.m. on weekdays, pay $10 cash for a lunch card to get in, get your grub on at any fair vendor, and exit out the same gate by 1:30 p.m., and you get your $10 cash back. Sign me up! Get all the details here.
  • The Root Cellar Cafe & Catering in Chapel Hill is holding its fifth annual Porkapalooza on Friday, October 14th at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature twelve small plate courses celebrating local pork, including roasted suckling pigs; beer cheese fondue with local sausages; fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese, beer-braised crispy pork belly and tomato jam; poutine with sweet potato fries, Seven Springs country gravy and Ashe County cheese; and bacon marshmallow s’mores. The dinner also includes Fullsteam beer pairings. Save $10 by ordering tickets by Aug. 31. Get all the information and tickets here.
  • Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th are the dates for 3rd Annual Triangle VegFest this year in Raleigh. Saturday’s events will be at Nash Square in downtown Raleigh from 1-5 p.m., and Sunday’s events will be held at the McKimmon Center from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Get all the details here. Thanks to Holly Kahl for the heads up!
  • On October 16th in Carrboro, grab a locally made pottery bowl, enjoy a hearty meal of soup, sandwiches and dessert and help TABLE provide food aid to area children all while enjoying live music and a silent auction at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro. Tickets: $15-$50. Visit here for all the details.
  • Also on October 16th in Chapel Hill, A Tasteful Affair will take place at the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium, to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill will have food and beverage purveyors like Chirba Chirba, elements and others competing for awards with judges like UNC’s Sean May and Miss North Carolina McKenzie Faggart crowning their favorites. Tickets: $75-$125. Get all the details here.
  • Jennifer Noble Kelly sent me information about PICNIC, North Carolina’s newest whole hog barbecue joint, and its’ farm partner, Green Button Farm, hosting their inaugural NC Barbecue Revival at the farm this fall, October 28th – 30th. The three-day weekend will be chock full of classes, discussions, feasts and pig pickins’. Get a listing of all the events, ticket information and every last detail on the their website here.
  • On November 6th, the folks over at Acme will bring back the fourth edition of Salt & Smoke Festival to beautiful Rock Quarry Farm on Highway 54 just outside of Carrboro. This is becoming quite the event, as over 500 people attended last year. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • Also on November 6th, the folks over at Chickenwire announced their latest pop-up dinner which will be held, at an secret outdoor venue to be revealed later, and will feature 8 area chefs with offerings utilizing “fire, grill and smoke.” VIP tickets get you in an hour early. Get all the details, including a listing of participating chefs, and tickets here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – September 23, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • We are excited to share with you that Carroll’s Kitchen is holding their grand opening in downtown Raleigh next Wednesday, September 28th at 11 a.m. They had several “soft opening” days this past week, and are on a staff retreat today (Friday) and will resume normal hours next Monday. They are located at 19 East Martin Street. Learn more about Carroll’s Kitchen here.
  • And we can’t help but remind you about the upcoming State FairOctober 13-23rd and their “Eat Lunch at the Fair” deal. Here’s how it works. Come to Gate 9 (only, Trinity Road) after 11:30 a.m. on weekdays (not weekends), pay $10 (cash only) for a lunch card to get in, get your “grub on” at any fair vendor, and exit out the same gate by 1:30 p.m. (surely you can do this in two hours), and you get your $10 cash back. Sign me up! Get all the details here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • The Raleigh Agenda gave us more details on the sushi restaurant coming to the Troy Mezze space in downtown Raleigh’s City Market. Working to open City Market Sushi in November, Korean brothers Jin Ho Chang and Shawn Chang are not new to the restaurant scene, having owned restaurants in Greensboro and Raleigh and a food truck. Read more about what they are doing here.
  • Also in downtown Raleigh, the Raleigh Agenda reported this morning that Bare Bones, the latest concept out of Eschelon Experiences, will open this weekend. Bare Bones will be a new ribs, burger and beer restaurant on Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street in the former Zinda spot. Nothing much up on their website yet, so stay tuned and call first before venturing out.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Metro Diner, a popular Florida restaurant chain that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, has signed a deal to open the first of multiple restaurants planned for North Carolina at the Sutton Square shopping center in North Raleigh (former Aladdin’s Eatery location). Learn about Metro Diner here.
  • Continuing with some of the chef changes we mentioned last week, we learned (thanks to Jo Smith) that chef Marshall Smith has left Glasshalful in Carrboro and re-joined Dean Ogan at Dean’s Seafood Grill in Cary. Learn more about Dean’s here.
  • Down in Holly Springs we got word that Freddy’s has opened their third Triangle-area location at 221 Grand Hill Place in the Holly Springs Towne Center. Learn more about Freddy’s here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • The News & Observer reported this week that CrossTies Barbecue, the latest restaurant from chef-owner Andrew Moore who owns Venable Rotisserie Bistro, will open at 5:30 p.m. tonight (Friday) in the former Southern Rail location in downtown Carrboro. Check them out here.
  • Excited to announce that Alberello Cafe & Market, the new Italian restaurant owned by Brendan and Leslie Cox, owners of Oakleaf in Pittsboro, is having their soft opening tonight, Friday, September 23rd from 5-8 p.m. Regular hours (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.) begin Saturday. They are located right at the 15-501 entrance to Briar Chapel, just south of Chapel Hill. Check them out here.
  • Also in Chatham County, Neha Shah with the Pittsboro-Siler City CVB pointed out the owners of Fig & Honey have listed it for sale on Instagram. Find out more about the restaurant here.

Closings

  • Friend Glenn Gillen brought it to my attention that The Coffee Element on Highway 54 in Durham has closed.
  • Got word that the San Lorenzo Italian Bistro & Bar at 411 Fayetteville St. in downtown Raleigh has closed.

Food Trucks

  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • The third annual Triangle Oktoberfest will take place this weekend at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre on September 23rd and 24th. Enjoy family-friendly activities such as music from the Little German Band, dancing, traditional Bavarian food and fare, wiener dog races, “Rock-toberfest” concerts by Four Founders and West Street Band, children’s play area, and prizes for German attire. Children 16 and younger are free. Friday tickets: $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Saturday tickets: $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Purchase tickets here.
  • Tickets to TerraVita are going quickly. So you better jump fast, as many of these events will sell out soon. Trust me. If you aren’t familiar with TerraVita, it is arguably the premier “foodie event” in the southeast and it will take place September 28th through October 1 right here in Chapel Hill. In a nutshell, it is a multi-day celebration that brings together top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and industry luminaries from across the Southeast to celebrate culinary excellence and sustainability in food and drink. Get tickets (NOW!) here. And get additional details on TerraVita here.
  • You don’t want to miss this event (because yours truly will be one of the judges). The event? It is Relish Cafe & Bar’s charity Mac and Cheese Throwdown and Bartender Showdown benefiting the Hope Center at Pullen on Saturday, October 1st from 6pm to 11pm. The website to get all the details and tickets here.
  • Felicia Perry-Trujillo reminded me about the upcoming 9th Annual Pepperfest taking place Sunday, October 2nd from 2-7 p.m. at Briar Chapel in Chatham County. The event features super delicious pepper-themed dishes and beverages, live music and children’s activities. A great outdoor event for this time of the year. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • The Root Cellar Cafe & Catering in Chapel Hill is holding its fifth annual Porkapalooza on Friday, October 14th at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature twelve small plate courses celebrating local pork, including roasted suckling pigs; beer cheese fondue with local sausages; fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese, beer-braised crispy pork belly and tomato jam; poutine with sweet potato fries, Seven Springs country gravy and Ashe County cheese; and bacon marshmallow s’mores. The dinner also includes Fullsteam beer pairings. Save $10 by ordering tickets by Aug. 31. Get all the information and tickets here.
  • On October 16th in Carrboro, grab a locally made pottery bowl, enjoy a hearty meal of soup, sandwiches and dessert and help TABLE provide food aid to area children all while enjoying live music and a silent auction at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro. Tickets: $15-$50. Visit here for all the details.
  • Also on October 16th in Chapel Hill, A Tasteful Affair will take place at the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium, to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill and will have food and beverage purveyors like Chirba Chirba, Elements and others competing for awards with judges like UNC’s Sean May and Miss North Carolina McKenzie Faggart crowning their favorites. Tickets: $75-$125. Get all the details here.
  • Jennifer Noble Kelly sent me information about PICNIC, North Carolina’s newest whole hog barbecue joint, and its’ farm partner, Green Button Farm, hosting their inaugural NC Barbecue Revival at the farm this fall, October 28th – 30th. The three-day weekend will be chock full of classes, discussions, feasts and pig pickins’. Get a listing of all the events, ticket information and every last detail on the their website here.
  • On November 6th, the folks over at Acme will bring back the fourth edition of Salt & Smoke Festival to beautiful Rock Quarry Farm on Highway 54 just outside of Carrboro. This is becoming quite the event, as over 500 people attended last year. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • Also on November 6th, the folks over at Chickenwire announced their latest pop-up dinner which will be held, at an secret outdoor venue to be revealed later, and will feature 8 area chefs with offerings utilizing “fire, grill and smoke.” VIP tickets get you in an hour early. Get all the details, including a listing of participating chefs, and tickets here.

Food Bank Corner

  • September is Hunger Action Month and as part of that, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina held their annual 24 Hour #FoodBank24 to raise money and awareness. Because of your generosity, they were able to raise enough funds to provide 99,293 meals for those dealing with food insecurity in our community! Unfortunately, the need in our community continues, and we need to keep the donations coming. Do so here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – September 16, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • So, the featured news this week is more about chef changes revealed by the News & Observer. First up is that Adam Rose has left the just-opened H Street Kitchen in Raleigh. No word yet on where Rose will land, we just hope it is somewhere here in the Triangle. And after nine months, John Childers moved from Midtown Grille back to the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary where he had been for seven years.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • In downtown Raleigh, the News & Observer reported last week that the city of Raleigh awarded the contract to operate a cafe in the soon-to-be-renovated Moore Square to Empire Eats which also owns Raleigh Times, Morning Times, Sitti, The Pit and Gravy. The new cafe will be called Square Burger, serving square patties on potato rolls. Raleigh will spend $12.6 million over the next year to renovate Moore Square. Learn more about Empire Eats here.
  • WRAL reported this week that Mission Valley’s Dalat (under new ownership) is looking to reopen either September 19th or 20th. Call them first (919-832-7449) before you head over.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that the sports restaurant and bar concept out of Maryland called Glory Days Grill will be coming to the Triangle, and more specifically Raleigh, in the summer of 2017. Congratulations to Chris, Warren and Douglas Holmes. Get familiar with Glory Days Grill here.
  • Wahlberg brothers, Mark, Donnie and Paul, are bringing their Boston-area restaurant concept to Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, taking over the space formerly occupied by The Oxford. And you guessed it (I know you did), it is called Walhburgers. And this could happen as soon as January, 2017. Seriously. Don’t believe me? Check it out here.
  • And reader Rebecca Calhoun tipped us off to the fact that a bar and bottle shop called Hoppy Endings (gotta love the name) is opening soon in the Litchford Village shopping center in North Raleigh. No word yet on an opening date. You can keep up with them on Facebook here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • While they have been open for a number of weeks now, Chapel Hill’s Chronic Tacos, located in Meadowmont Village, will hold their grand opening celebration from noon until 4 p.m. THIS Sunday, September 18th. They will be giving away free tacos to the first guests, hosting a taco eating contest, live music – and a chance to meet professional skateboarder and television personality Jason “Wee Man” Acuña. Check out Chronic Tacos here.

Closings

  • After a 40 year run, Tripp’s on Wade Avenue in Raleigh has closed their doors.

Food Trucks

Events

  • Not to be outdone by Durham, Raleigh is going to have their very own vegan cookoff between September 12th and October 1st. The Oak City Vegan Challenge will feature 6 restaurants offering special vegan dishes that diners can cast votes for their favorites. The event is modeled after the Bull City Vegan Challenge, which has been extremely successful over in Durham. Get all the details and the list of restaurants here.
  • Next Tuesday, September 13th, The Rickhouse in Durham will host Forage into the Forest beginning at 6:30. There will be three guest chefs who prepare a dish using foraged ingredients followed by a demo of their respective dish on stage. Get ticket information and all the details here.
  • Hibernian Hospitality Group and Ed Mitchell are proud to announce Ed Mitchell’s Brews & ‘Cue event featuring Ed’s foodtruck “Q On Wheels” to be held at the Raleigh Beer Garden in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, September 17th from 5pm until the food runs out. The renown pitmaster’s truck will feature his highly sought after signature barbecue offering a wide array of platters and sides. Get all the details here.
  • The third annual Triangle Oktoberfest will take place at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre on September 23rd and 24th. Enjoy family-friendly activities such as music from the Little German Band, dancing, traditional Bavarian food and fare, wiener dog races, “Rock-toberfest” concerts by Four Founders and West Street Band, children’s play area, and prizes for German attire. Children 16 and younger are free. Friday tickets: $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Saturday tickets: $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Purchase tickets here.
  • The folks over at Bittersweet have teamed up with the women from Pho-Nomenal Dumplings for a five-course Sunday dinner of comfort food with an Asian twist on Sunday, September 25. Five courses, including dessert from Bittersweet, each with a wine or cocktail pairing for $60. Two seatings at 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. $60. Call 919.977.3829 to order tickets. Check out Bittersweet here.
  • Tickets to TerraVita are now on sale. And you better jump fast, as many of these events will sell out soon. Trust me. If you aren’t familiar with TerraVita, it is arguably the premier “foodie event” in the southeast and it will take place September 28th through October 1 right here in Chapel Hill. In a nutshell, it is a multi-day celebration that brings together top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and industry luminaries from across the Southeast to celebrate culinary excellence and sustainability in food and drink. Get tickets (NOW!) here. And get additional details on TerraVita here.
  • You don’t want to miss this event (because yours truly will be one of the judges). The event? It is Relish Cafe & Bar’s charity Mac and Cheese Throwdown and Bartender Showdown benefiting the Hope Center at Pullen on Saturday October 1st from 6pm to 11pm. Visit the website to get all the details and ticket information.
  • Felicia Perry-Trujillo reminded me about the upcoming 9th Annual Pepperfest taking place Sunday, October 2nd from 2-7 p.m. at Brier Chapel in Chatham County. The event features super delicious pepper-themed dishes and beverages, live music and children’s activities. A great outdoor event for this time of the year. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • The Root Cellar Cafe & Catering in Chapel Hill is holding its fifth annual Porkapalooza on Friday, October 14th at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature twelve small plate courses celebrating local pork, including roasted suckling pigs; beer cheese fondue with local sausages; fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese, beer-braised crispy pork belly and tomato jam; poutine with sweet potato fries, Seven Springs country gravy and Ashe County cheese; and bacon marshmallow s’mores. The dinner also includes Fullsteam beer pairings. Save $10 by ordering tickets by Aug. 31. Get all the information and tickets here.
  • Jennifer Noble Kelly sent me information about PICNIC, North Carolina’s newest whole hog barbecue joint, and its’ farm partner, Green Button Farm, hosting their inaugural NC Barbecue Revival at the farm this fall, October 28th – 30th. The three-day weekend will be chock full of classes, discussions, feasts and pig pickins’. Get a listing of all the events, ticket information and every last detail on the their website here.
  • And on November 6th, the folks over at Acme will bring back the fourth edition of Salt & Smoke Festival to beautiful Rock Quarry Farm on Highway 54 just outside of Carrboro. This is becoming quite the event, as over 500 people attended last year. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • Also on November 6th, the folks over at Chickenwire announced their latest pop-up dinner which will be held, at a secret outdoor venue to be revealed later, and will feature 8 area chefs with offerings utilizing “fire, grill and smoke.” VIP tickets get you in an hour early. Get all the details, including a listing of participating chefs, and tickets here.

Food Bank Corner

  • September is Hunger Action Month and as part of that, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina will be holding their annual 24 hour telethon –  #FoodBank24 to raise money and awareness through noon TODAY (September 16th). 24 hours to raise $24k! Get all the details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – September 9, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Well, you heard it here first. David Sadeghi is bringing another new and exciting concept to the Triangle food scene. October 1 will be the last day of his downtown Raleigh restaurant Bolt. Beginning October 2nd, he, along with Rudy Theale, will convert the space into Pizza La Stella. Look for them to re-open in mid-November. Theale will oversee the operations at La Stella. The two will also bring the pizza concept to the space next to Sadeghi’s Durham location of Town Hall Burger and Beer. No website yet, but keep up with Town Hall Burger and Beer here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Recently while walking through Raleigh’s City Market, reader Chad Barringer noticed that Troy Mezze had closed and that there were signs in the window saying “City Market Sushi Coming Soon.” No word yet on who is behind the new concept or when they plan on opening. We will keep an eye on it. Thanks Chad!
  • We must be getting close to the opening of the new location of Tobacco Road Sports Cafe which is moving into the former Natty Greene’s space at 505 West Jones Street. We saw an announcement about a “hiring fair” that is taking place today. Keep up with their progress here.
  • Also in Raleigh, friend Ashton Mae Smith brought attention to the fact that The Players’ Retreat has reopened their “new” kitchen and their full menu is back along with chef Beth Littlejohn’s features! Keep up with the latest here on their Facebook page.
  • James Borden’s blog, Raleigh Public Record, noted this week that Crabtree Valley Mall will become the home to the first North Carolina location of of the chain restaurant Seasons 52. Seasons 52 is one of seven brands operated by Darden Restaurants. Five of these brands currently have Raleigh locations: Bahama Breeze, The Capital Grille, LongHorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden and The Yardhouse. Get to know them here.
  • The Raleigh Public Record also noted that Ba-Da Wings! is set to open a second Raleigh location, this one at the Creedmoor Crossing shopping center at 6300 Creedmoor Road. The restaurant currently has a space at the Mission Valley Shopping Center on Avent Ferry Road. The new space should be opening pretty shortly, as it was an ABC Permit, not a construction permit, that was issued for the restaurant last week. Check them out here.
  • And the Raleigh Public Record also noted that on August 17 permits were issued for the newest location of healthy-food chain Clean Eatz at the Celebration at Six Forks shopping center in North Raleigh. Clean Eatz is both a cafe/restaurant and a business that offers pre-prepared meals and meal plans. Check out Clean Eatz here.
  • The FoodCary blog noted this week that things are moving along again for the addition of Annelore’s German Bakery coming to 308 West Chatham Street. The building on that site was demolished, making way for the brand new store. Annelore’s German Bakery currently has one store in Raleigh on Agriculture Street. Keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • The Daily Tar Heel reported this week that the Franklin Street building where Fitzgerald’s used to be is getting a new resident – Might as Well Bar and Grill. Might as Well, which opened in Wilmington in 2012, is a college-town neighborhood sports bar. This will be the restaurant’s second and they haven’t set an open date as of yet. Check them out here.
  • Got word from Neal DePersia that after 18 years, partners Linda Bourne and Karin Mills sold their award winning restaurant Spotted Dog Restaurant & Bar in historic downtown Carrboro to Ed Corbell, a Carrboro resident and former assistant general manager at Maggiano’s at Southpoint. Keep up with the latest on their Facebook page here.
  • While they have been open for a number of weeks now, Chapel Hill’s Chronic Tacos, located in Meadowmont Village, will hold their grand opening celebration from noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 18th. They will be giving away free tacos to the first guests, hosting a taco eating contest, live music – and a chance to meet professional skateboarder and television personality Jason “Wee Man” Acuña. Check out Chronic Tacos here.

Closings

  • After reporting last week that Boheme was closed for “extensive renovations,” WRAL reported this week that they have closed and are converting the space to a catering kitchen.
  • It was announced this week that Pogo, the cafe operating at Marbles in downtown Raleigh, has closed and will be replaced by a new cafe in mid-September under new management. Stay tuned.

Food Trucks

Events

  • Beericana, a craft beer & music festival, is this Saturday, September 10th at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. Beericana features 70 breweries from across North Carolina and beyond, 20 food trucks, and 3 live bands. Entry to the festival gets you unlimited tastings from the breweries. Food will be available for purchase from the many food trucks. Get a listing of food trucks, breweries and everything else on their site here. Thanks to Triangle Explorer for the reminder.
  • Also this weekend is the annual Raleigh Greek Festival, held in the Jim Graham Building at the NC State Fairgrounds. The festival runs today from 5-10 p.m., tomorrow from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., and again on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Get by. Get all the information on food, tickets, music, etc. here.
  • Black Twig Cider House in Durham will host their inaugural TxotxFest (pronounced “choach”) on Saturday, September 10 from noon to 4 p.m. This event will bring regional and national cider producers and chefs together. It will feature tastings from the top cider houses on the east coast as well as food from chefs at Bona Fide, Durham Catering, Mateo, Oval Park Grille, PICNIC and Rise. They will also serve a whole deboned, sausage – stuffed local pig from Firsthand Foods. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • Dinner in the Meadow, a benefit for small farms, will take place on Sunday, September 11th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on a farm in Louisburg. Join them for farm-fresh local food and refreshments, prepared by the Triangle’s most talented chefs, served in the bucolic meadow of one of North Carolina’s oldest continually operating farms. WUNC’s Frank Stasio is your host for this special evening. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • Not to be outdone by Durham, Raleigh is going to have their very own vegan cookoff between September 12th and October 1st. The Oak City Vegan Challenge will feature 6 restaurants offering special vegan dishes that diners can cast votes for their favorites. The event is modeled after the Bull City Vegan Challenge, which has been extremely successful over in Durham. Get all the details and the list of restaurants here.
  • Next Tuesday, September 13th, The Rickhouse in Durham will host Forage into the Forest beginning at 6:30. There will be three guest chefs who prepare a dish using foraged ingredients followed by a demo of their respective dish on stage. Get ticket information and all the details here.
  • Hibernian Hospitality Group and Ed Mitchell are proud to announce Ed Mitchell’s Brews & ‘Cue event featuring Ed’s foodtruck “Q On Wheels” to be held at the Raleigh Beer Garden in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, September 17th from 5pm until the food runs out. The renown pitmaster’s truck will feature his highly sought after signature barbecue offering a wide array of platters and sides. Get all the details here.
  • The third annual Triangle Oktoberfest will take place at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre on September 23rd and 24th. Enjoy family-friendly activities such as music from the Little German Band, dancing, traditional Bavarian food and fare, wiener dog races, “Rock-toberfest” concerts by Four Founders and West Street Band, children’s play area, and prizes for German attire. Children 16 and younger are free. Friday tickets: $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Saturday tickets: $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Purchase tickets here.
  • Tickets to TerraVita are now on sale. And you better jump fast, as many of these events will sell out soon. Trust me. If you aren’t familiar with TerraVita, it is arguably the premier “foodie event” in the southeast and it will take place September 28th through October 1 right here in Chapel Hill. In a nutshell, it is a multi-day celebration that brings together top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and industry luminaries from across the Southeast to celebrate culinary excellence and sustainability in food and drink. Get tickets (NOW!) here. And get additional details on TerraVita here.
  • You don’t want to miss this event (because yours truly will be one of the judges). The event? It is Relish Cafe & Bar’s charity Mac and Cheese Throwdown and Bartender Showdown benefiting the Hope Center at Pullen on Saturday October 1st from 6pm to 11pm. Visit the website to get all the details and ticket information.
  • Felicia Perry-Trujillo reminded me about the upcoming 9th Annual Pepperfest taking place Sunday, October 2nd from 2-7 p.m. at Brier Chapel in Chatham County. The event features super delicious pepper-themed dishes and beverages, live music and children’s activities. A great outdoor event for this time of the year. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • The Root Cellar Cafe & Catering in Chapel Hill is holding its fifth annual Porkapalooza on Friday, October 14th at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature twelve small plate courses celebrating local pork, including roasted suckling pigs; beer cheese fondue with local sausages; fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese, beer-braised crispy pork belly and tomato jam; poutine with sweet potato fries, Seven Springs country gravy and Ashe County cheese; and bacon marshmallow s’mores. The dinner also includes Fullsteam beer pairings. Save $10 by ordering tickets by Aug. 31. Get all the information and tickets here.
  • Jennifer Noble Kelly sent me information about PICNIC, North Carolina’s newest whole hog barbecue joint, and its’ farm partner, Green Button Farm, hosting their inaugural NC Barbecue Revival at the farm this fall, October 28th – 30th. The three-day weekend will be chock full of classes, discussions, feasts and pig pickins’. Get a listing of all the events, ticket information and every last detail on the their website here.
  • And on November 6th, the folks over at Acme will bring back the fourth edition of Salt & Smoke Festival to beautiful Rock Quarry Farm on Highway 54 just outside of Carrboro. This is becoming quite the event, as over 500 people attended last year. Get all the details and ticket information here.

Food Bank Corner

  • September is Hunger Action Month and as part of that, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina will be holding their annual 24 hour telethon –  #FoodBank 24 to raise money and awareness from noon on September 15th until noon on September 16th. 24 hours to raise $24k! Get all the details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – September 2, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • The News & Observer reported this week that M Sushi’s chef and owner Michael Lee plans to open a new chicken restaurant in downtown Durham by mid-September. M Kokko (the second word being Korean slang to refer to chickens) will share the same kitchen as Lee’s highly-rated sushi restaurant at 311 Holland Street but have a separate entrance. And Lee isn’t done with his restaurant plans in downtown Durham. By next spring, he hopes to open a Korean barbecue restaurant serving pork and beef. That restaurant will have a similar set up to M Sushi-M Kokko with a small taqueria also operating out of the same kitchen. In the meantime, check out M Sushi here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Jon Seelbinder is doing it again. This time with the opening of Little City, a neighborhood bar, bodega, and brewery, at 400 West North Street on the ground floor of the seventeen-story West at North complex. Seelbinder is behind Level Up, Linus & Pepper’s and Virgil’s. The Raleigh Agenda reported that he will open Little City on September 15. Check them out here.
  • Also in downtown Raleigh, Raleigh Agenda reported that Seaboard Station’s Oak & Dagger Public House will open in mid-September just in time for Raleigh Beer Week. Keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here.
  • And we got word this week from Daniel Whittaker that his Person Street Cafe, in the Person Street District in downtown Raleigh, is expanding hours to include Sundays from 7am-4pm starting September 11. Check out Person Street Cafe here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • One of the sleepiest corners of the Triangle when it comes to dining options is getting ready to blow up with dining options! Located at the 15-501 entrance to Briar Chapel, just south of Chapel Hill, the Veranda is welcoming four (count them, four!) amazing dining options. Thanks to Neha Shah at the Pittsboro-Siler City Convention and Visitors Bureau for the tip on all of these.
  • First up is Alberello, a new Italian restaurant by Brendan and Leslie Cox, owners of Oakleaf in Pittsboro. Alberello brings the commitment to quality and service that you know and expect at Oakleaf to a casual, family friendly setting. Check them out here.
  • Next up is Breakaway Cafe, a bicycle-themed restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as baked goods and small plates. Additionally, Breakaway will feature coffee and espresso from Durham roaster Counter Culture, and seasonal beers, wine, and liquor. Check them out here.
  • Already with sister properties that are huge hits just down the street in Chapel Hill’s Southern Village (Town Hall Grill), and over in Durham near the Streets at Southpoint (Town Hall Burger & Beer), Veranda will also welcome Town Hall Burger & Beer at Briar Chapel. They are looking to open next month. Check them out here.
  • And finally, we will see the opening of a great pizzeria in Capp’s Pizzeria. They will feature artisan, handcrafted wood-fired pizzas, fresh seasonal salads, sandwiches, Italian desserts, craft beers, wine and all natural sodas. Check them out here.

Closings

  • Heard first from reader Ayeshia Beavers that Bailey’s in Chapel Hill has closed. They were part of the group that owns Champps and Fox & Hound.
  • Also got word from WRAL that Tijuana Flats on Ninth Street in Durham has closed. They still have a location in Cary.
  • We saw on the Raleigh Agenda that Crema will close its location at 121 Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Its second location at the opposite end of Fayetteville Street will remain open.
  • And over in Durham, reader Jeff Harris notified us that Pale & Porter at Sutton Station has closed.

Food Trucks

  • This Sunday is the annual Labor Day weekend Food Truck Rodeo at Durham Central Park featuring over 50 of your favorite food trucks as well as local craft beer and live music. The fun runs from 12 to 4 at Durham Central Park. Get all the details here.

Events

  • Feed the Force is an event started by Yaniv Sharir, owner of O’Malley’s Pub and Restaurant in Raleigh, to provide free meals and thank the men and women police officers that protect our communities. The event will take place on September 4th & 5th, so if your restaurant would like to join the growing list of participating restaurants, or if you would like to support the effort, please visit the site here.
  • Black Twig Cider House in Durham will host their inaugural TxotxFest (pronounced “choach”) on Saturday, September 10 from noon to 4 p.m. This event will bring regional and national cider producers and chefs together. It will feature tastings from the top cider houses on the east coast as well as food from chefs at Bona Fide, Durham Catering, Mateo, Oval Park Grille, PICNIC and Rise. They will also serve a whole deboned, sausage – stuffed local pig from Firsthand Foods. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • Dinner in the Meadow, a benefit for small farms, will take place on Sunday, September 11th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on a farm in Louisburg. Join them for farm-fresh local food and refreshments, prepared by the Triangle’s most talented chefs, served in the bucolic meadow of one of North Carolina’s oldest continually operating farms. WUNC’s Frank Stasio is your host for this special evening. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • Not to be outdone by Durham, Raleigh is going to have their very own vegan cookoff between September 12th and October 1st. The Oak City Vegan Challenge will feature 6 restaurants offering special vegan dishes that diners can cast votes for their favorites. The event is modeled after the Bull City Vegan Challenge, which has been extremely successful over in Durham. Get all the details and the soon to be released list of restaurants here.
  • Hibernian Hospitality Group and Ed Mitchell are proud to announce Ed Mitchell’s Brews & ‘Cue event featuring Ed’s foodtruck “Q On Wheels” to be held at the Raleigh Beer Garden in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, September 17th from 5pm until the food runs out. The renown pitmaster’s truck will feature his highly sought after signature barbecue offering a wide array of platters and sides. Get all the details here.
  • The third Annual Triangle Oktoberfest will take place at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre on September 23rd and 24th. Enjoy family-friendly activities such as music from the Little German Band, dancing, traditional Bavarian food and fare, wiener dog races, “Rock-toberfest” concerts by Four Founders and West Street Band, children’s play area, and prizes for German attire. Children 16 and younger are free. Friday tickets: $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Saturday tickets: $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Purchase tickets here.
  • Tickets to TerraVita are now on sale. And you better jump fast, as many of these events will sell out soon. Trust me. If you aren’t familiar with TerraVita, it is arguably the premier “foodie event” in the southeast and it will take place September 28th through October 1 right here in Chapel Hill. In a nutshell, it is a multi-day celebration that brings together top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and industry luminaries from across the Southeast to celebrate culinary excellence and sustainability in food and drink. Get tickets (NOW!) here. And get additional details on TerraVita here.
  • Felicia Perry-Trujillo reminded me about the upcoming 9th Annual Pepperfest taking place Sunday, October 2nd from 2-7 p.m. at Brier Chapel in Chatham County. The event features super delicious pepper-themed dishes and beverages, live music and children’s activities. A great outdoor event for this time of the year. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • The Root Cellar Cafe & Catering in Chapel Hill is holding its fifth annual Porkapalooza on Friday, October 14th at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature twelve small plate courses celebrating local pork, including roasted suckling pigs; beer cheese fondue with local sausages; fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese, beer-braised crispy pork belly and tomato jam; poutine with sweet potato fries, Seven Springs country gravy and Ashe County cheese; and bacon marshmallow s’mores. The dinner also includes Fullsteam beer pairings. Save $10 by ordering tickets by Aug. 31. Get all the information and tickets here.
  • Jennifer Noble Kelly sent me information this week about PICNIC, North Carolina’s newest whole hog barbecue joint, and its’ farm partner, Green Button Farm, hosting their inaugural NC Barbecue Revival at the farm this fall, October 28th – 30th. The three-day weekend will be chock full of classes, discussions, feasts and pig pickins’. Get a listing of all the events, ticket information and every last detail on the their website here. 

Food Bank Corner

  • Hunger Action Month is your opportunity to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our effort to feed more North Carolinians than ever before. Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or volunteering, you can find the way that’s right for you to make a difference during Hunger Action Month. Together, we can solve hunger. Each voice counts. Every action matters. And with nearly 650,000 food insecure individuals in our 34 county service area alone, it matters more than ever before. Find out more here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – August 26, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • The Raleigh Agenda was the first to report this week that Standard Foods will (finally) re-open in mid-September with a mostly new staff – including director of operations Fred Dexheimer (the only certified master sommelier in North and South Carolina), and chef Eric Montagne (former chef at Vivian Howard’s Boiler Room in Kinston). Congrats to John Holmes for assembling this team and the relaunch. Standard Foods is located at 205 E. Franklin Street in downtown Raleigh. Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Also in downtown Raleigh, the Raleigh Agenda reported that Brewerks Cafe, a new neighborhood bakery, opened this past Wednesday in the former Quality Grocery spot in Raleigh’s Oakwood neighborhood. Bill Bieterman is at the helm. Check out Brewerks here.
  • Saw on a Yelp message board that San Marcos, a concept out of Danville, Va., opened this past week on Homewood Banks Drive behind Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh. The decor looks amazing. Let’s hope the food matches – looks delicious! Check them out on Facebook here.
  • The News & Observer reported this week that franchise owner Wayne Byers has signed a lease to open another Toppers Pizza location at 300 Creedmoor Rd in Raleigh. Byers owns the Toppers’ location in Chapel Hill. Check out Toppers here.
  • Over in Cary, we learned from reader Jeffrey Brown that Maru Cary/Sushi has closed and has been replaced by Szechuan Taste at 6404 Tryon Road. I was unable to locate a presence online, but found their listing on Yelp here.
  • Also in Cary, the News & Observer reported that Paula Higdon has brought a taste of Rhode Island to the Triangle: Del’s Frozen Lemonade. Higdon has three push carts serving these frozen treats that originated in Naples, Italy in 1840 and has been a popular treat in Rhode Island since the 1950s. Her carts will be serving at Cary Lazy Days this weekend. Keep up with the cart locations on her Facebook page here.
  • In Morrisville, reader Rob Swaringen sent us a note that there is signage for G.58 Cuisine on the new building at the intersection of Carrington Mill Blvd. and Highway 54/Chapel Hill Road. No other information is available at this time, but back in December we were told that the activity at that site was from the folks behind 35 Chinese Restaurant that used to be on Kildaire Farm Road. We will keep an eye on it. Thanks Rob!
  • Up in Wake Forest, WRAL reported this week that a Panera Bread is being built in the parking lot at the Carolina Ale House facing Capital Blvd. No word yet on an open date, but we’ll keep an eye on it.
  • Down in Smithfield, WRAL reported this week that Sodosopa opened this past Tuesday in downtown. The menu features variations of smoked meats along with sandwiches and a wide selection of appetizers. Check them out on Facebook here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Word spread quickly across social media this week that the good folks behind Cocoa Cinnamon are in the process of opening their third location – this one a micro-roastery (imagine a Fullsteam model, but with coffee) at 2013 Chapel Hill Road across from Lakewood Shopping Center. Check out Cocoa Cinnamon here.

Closings

  • Got word from my friends over at Ninth Street Watch that Epa Chamo, a Venezuelan arepa place, has closed.

Food Trucks

Events

  • You have read here before about a “pay-what-you-can” concept called A Place at the Table in the works for Raleigh near NCSU. Well, that is still alive and raising funds to become a reality. To that end, they will have a breakfast this Saturday (August 27) at Raleigh’s Relish Cafe & Bar from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at its restaurant at 5625 Creedmoor Road. Check them out here.
  • Got word from Felicia Perry-Trujillo that the 2016 North Carolina Chef Showdown, featuring some of the most creative chefs from around North Carolina, will take place on Aug. 29. It will be held in conjunction with the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Expo taking place in Raleigh. The event will feature 12 savory chefs and four pastry chefs from across the state who will compete for the titles NCRLA Chef and Pastry Chef of the Year. Tickets are on sale now through August 15 for $125. Get more information and tickets here.
  • Feed the Force is an event started by Yaniv Sharir, owner of O’Malley’s Pub and Restaurant in Raleigh, to provide free meals and thank the men and women police officers that protect our communities. The event will take place on September 4th & 5th, so if your restaurant would like to join the growing list of participating restaurants, or if you would like to support the effort, please visit the site here.
  • Black Twig Cider House in Durham will host their inaugural TxotxFest (pronounced “choach”) on Saturday, September 10 from noon to 4 p.m. This event will bring regional and national cider producers and chefs together. It will feature tastings from the top cider houses on the east coast as well as food from chefs at Bona Fide, Durham Catering, Mateo, Oval Park Grille, PICNIC and Rise. They will also serve a whole deboned, sausage – stuffed local pig from Firsthand Foods. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • Not to be outdone by Durham, Raleigh is going to have their very own vegan cookoff between September 12th and October 1st. The Oak City Vegan Challenge will feature 6 restaurants offering special vegan dishes that diners can cast votes for their favorites. The event is modeled after the Bull City Vegan Challenge, which has been extremely successful over in Durham. Get all the details and a list of restaurants here.
  • Hibernian Hospitality Group and Ed Mitchell are proud to announce Ed Mitchell’s Brews & ‘Cue event featuring Ed’s foodtruck “Q On Wheels” to be held at the Raleigh Beer Garden in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, September 17th from 5pm until the food runs out. The renown pitmaster’s truck will feature his highly sought after signature barbecue offering a wide array of platters and sides. Get all the details here.
  • The third Annual Triangle Oktoberfest will take place at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre on September 23rd and 24th. Enjoy family-friendly activities such as music from the Little German Band, dancing, traditional Bavarian food and fare, wiener dog races, “Rock-toberfest” concerts by Four Founders and West Street Band, children’s play area, and prizes for German attire. Children 16 and younger are free. Friday tickets: $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Saturday tickets: $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Purchase tickets here.
  • Tickets to TerraVita are now on sale. And you better jump fast, as many of these events will sell out soon. Trust me. If you aren’t familiar with TerraVita, it is arguably the premier “foodie event” in the southeast and it will take place September 28th through October 1 right here in Chapel Hill. In a nutshell, it is a multi-day celebration that brings together top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and industry luminaries from across the Southeast to celebrate culinary excellence and sustainability in food and drink. Get tickets (NOW!) here. And get additional details on TerraVita here.
  • Felicia Perry-Trujillo reminded me this week about the upcoming 9th Annual Pepperfest taking place Sunday, October 2nd from 2-7 p.m. at Brier Chapel in Chatham County. The event features super delicious pepper-themed dishes and beverages, live music and children’s activities. A great outdoor event for this time of the year. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • The Root Cellar Cafe & Catering in Chapel Hill is holding its fifth annual Porkapalooza on Friday, October 14th at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature twelve small plate courses celebrating local pork, including roasted suckling pigs; beer cheese fondue with local sausages; fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese, beer-braised crispy pork belly and tomato jam; poutine with sweet potato fries, Seven Springs country gravy and Ashe County cheese; and bacon marshmallow s’mores. The dinner also includes Fullsteam beer pairings. Save $10 by ordering tickets by Aug. 31. Get all the information and tickets here.
  • Jennifer Noble Kelly sent me information this week about PICNIC, North Carolina’s newest whole hog barbecue joint, and its’ farm partner, Green Button Farm, hosting their inaugural NC Barbecue Revival at the farm this fall, October 28th – 30th. The three-day weekend will be chock full of classes, discussions, feasts and pig pickins’. Get a listing of all the events, ticket information and every last detail on the their website here.

Food Bank Corner

  • Hunger Action Month is your opportunity to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our effort to feed more North Carolinians than ever before. Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or volunteering, you can find the way that’s right for you to make a difference during Hunger Action Month. Together, we can solve hunger. Each voice counts. Every action matters. And with nearly 650,000 food insecure individuals in our 34 county service area alone, it matters more than ever before. Get involved here!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – August 19, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Feed the Force is an event started by Yaniv Sharir, owner of O’Malley’s Pub and Restaurant in Raleigh, to provide free meals and thank the men and women police officers that protect our communities. The event will take place on September 4th & 5th, so if your restaurant would like to join the growing list of participating restaurants, or if you would like to support the effort with a contribution, please visit the site here.
  • Another great effort by local restaurant owners is being led by RallyPoint Sport Grill in Cary and Dram & Draught in Raleigh. They are teaming up to bring much-needed supplies to those affected by the flooding in Louisiana. RallyPoint Sport Grill will be collecting items up until Friday, Aug. 19. Dram and Draught will be collecting items up until 11 a.m. on Saturday, prior to the 1 p.m. truck departure. Kudos to Chad Michael McIntyre. For more information and to see a list of supplies needed, visit their Facebook event site here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Got word from WRAL that The Mac House will “open soon” in the former Baba Ghannouj Mediterranean Bistro space at 14460 New Falls of Neuse Road in north Raleigh. They are described as a family owned and operated “casual gourmet” mac and cheese restaurant. They are looking to open sometime in October – perfect timing/menu for the fall weather! Check them out here.
  • And over at North Hills, got word this week that Crêpe Traditions is now serving its full menu of artisan crêpes, coffee, smoothies, and bubble tea in its new cafe in the Park District of North Hills near Harris Teeter. Founded in Chapel Hill, Crêpe Traditions has made its third location in North Hills. Visit them here.
  • And out at RDU International Airport, Triangle Business Journal reported this week that they announced 5 new dining concepts that will soon occupy Terminal 2. Two are temporary concepts (Starbucks and Tap Room) slated to open this fall; and three signed 10-year leases, including Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Whisky River concept, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, and a permanent Starbuck’s, to replace the temporary one going in this fall. Check out Whiskey River here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Thanks to my wife, the beautiful and talented Lori Bowers-Lennard, I learned that East 54 in Chapel Hill will soon become home to CocoBean Coffee & Tea slated to open “Summer 2016” next door to Tobacco Road Sports Cafe. Check them out here.
  • And across the street in Meadowmont, I heard from Sean O’Neill this week that they have set the date for the grand opening celebration of Chronic Tacos as Sunday, September 18th. Special guests will be on hand, including Jason Acuna, aka Wee Man, as well as music and lots of giveaways. Check out Chronic Tacos (which opened back in June) here.
  • Saw on a Yelp message board that downtown Durham is getting a new wine bar called Bar Brunello looking to open late August at 117 East Main Street. Look for the wine to be complemented by charcuterie and cheeses. Keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here.
  • Also in downtown Durham, The Bagel Bar announced this week that next Monday, August 22, they will open their second location at 104 City Hall Plaza, across from City Hall. Check them out here.
  • I heard from the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau that Jamba Juice is coming to Durham’s Ninth Street area. Liz and Eric Hales expect to open their Jamba Juice by early October. While the chain has 800+ locations, this will be the first in the Triangle. Visit them here.
  • There is a new coffee shop in Durham’s Northgate Mall. Esmeralda’s Cafe opened near the Centre Court featuring Carrboro Coffee Roasters and offering coffee, espresso, cappuccino, tea selections, bagels, pastries, and juices. Visit Northgate Mall here.

Closings

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • Piedmont’s new executive chef John May will welcome chef Jay Pierce of The Marshall Free House in Greensboro for a 7-course celebration of sustainably raised NC shrimp on Wednesday, August 24th at 6:30pm. The $65/ person, 7-course menu is also available for $85, with beer pairings. Contact 919-683-1213 for reservations.
  • Got word from Felicia Perry-Trujillo that the 2016 North Carolina Chef Showdown, featuring some of the most creative chefs from around North Carolina, will take place on Aug. 29. It will be held in conjunction with the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Expo taking place in Raleigh. The event will feature 12 savory chefs and four pastry chefs from across the state who will compete for the titles NCRLA Chef and Pastry Chef of the Year. Tickets are on sale now through August 15 for $125. Get more information and tickets here.
  • Black Twig Cider House in Durham will host their inaugural TxotxFest (pronounced “choach”) on Saturday, September 10 from noon to 4 p.m. This event will bring regional and national cider producers and chefs together. It will feature tastings from the top cider houses on the east coast as well as food from chefs at Bona Fide, Durham Catering, Mateo, Oval Park Grille, PICNIC and Rise. They will also serve a whole deboned, sausage – stuffed local pig from Firsthand Foods. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • Not to be outdone by Durham, Raleigh is going to have their very own vegan cookoff between September 12th and October 1st. The Oak City Vegan Challenge will feature 6 restaurants offering special vegan dishes where diners can cast votes for their favorites. The event is modeled after the Bull City Vegan Challenge, which has been extremely successful over in Durham. Get all the details and the soon to be released list of restaurants here.
  • Hibernian Hospitality Group and Ed Mitchell are proud to announce Ed Mitchell’s Brews & ‘Cue event featuring Ed’s foodtruck “Q On Wheels” to be held at the Raleigh Beer Garden in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, September 17th from 5pm until the food runs out. The renown pitmaster’s truck will feature his highly sought after signature barbecue offering a wide array of platters and sides. Get all the details here.
  • The Third Annual Triangle Oktoberfest will take place at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre on September 23rd and 24th. Enjoy family-friendly activities such as music from the Little German Band, dancing, traditional Bavarian food and fare, wiener dog races, “Rock-toberfest” concerts by Four Founders and West Street Band, children’s play area, and prizes for German attire. Children 16 and younger are free. Friday tickets: $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Saturday tickets: $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Purchase tickets here.
  • Tickets to TerraVita are now on sale. And you better jump fast, as many of these events will sell out soon. Trust me. If you aren’t familiar with TerraVita, it is arguably the premier “foodie event” in the southeast and it will take place September 28th through October 1 right here in Chapel Hill. In a nutshell, it is a multi-day celebration that brings together top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and industry luminaries from across the Southeast to celebrate culinary excellence and sustainability in food and drink. Get tickets (NOW!) here. And get additional details on TerraVita here.
  • Felicia Perry-Trujillo reminded me this week about the upcoming 9th Annual Pepperfest taking place Sunday, October 2nd from 2-7 p.m. at Brier Chapel in Chatham County. The event features super delicious pepper-themed dishes and beverages, live music and children’s activities. A great outdoor event for this time of the year. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Jennifer Noble Kelly sent me information this week about PICNIC, North Carolina’s newest whole hog barbecue joint, and its’ farm partner, Green Button Farm, hosting their inaugural NC Barbecue Revival at the farm this fall, October 28th – 30th. The three-day weekend will be chock full of classes, discussions, feasts and pig pickins’. Get a listing of all the events, ticket information and every last detail on the their website here. 

Food Bank Corner

  • Hunger Action Month is your opportunity to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our effort to feed more North Carolinians than ever before. Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or volunteering, you can find the way that’s right for you to make a difference during Hunger Action Month. Together, we can solve hunger. Each voice counts. Every action matters. And with nearly 650,000 food insecure individuals in our 34 county service area alone, it matters more than ever before. Find out how you can make a difference here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – August 12, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • With all the new activity in downtown Raleigh, this year’s Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week could not be better timed. What a great week to try out all the new joints as well as visit your old favorites. The week-long fun kicks off next Monday and runs through August 21st. Get all the details here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Downtown Raleigh’s newest watering hole and restaurant, Whiskey Kitchen, opened this past week. It is described as a chef’s barroom serving Southern food, as well as more than 200 whiskeys, wine and beer. Check them out on their Facebook page here.
  • WRAL reported this week that The District will take over the space formerly occupied by The Borough and Hadley’s Cafe at 317 W. Morgan Street. The District plans to serve up Asian fusion cuisine, according to their Facebook page, while the bar will offer cocktails, wine and local draft beer. Look for them to open this fall. Keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here.
  • And a couple of quick downtown Raleigh updates. The first is that it now appears as if Finch’s will stay through the end of the year in its current location. But after that, they plan to reopen Finch’s in January on Chapel Hill Road in Durham. Keep up with everything on their Facebook page here.
  • The second update is that it could be “any day now” that Brewerks Cafe will open in the former Quality Grocery spot in Raleigh’s Oakwood neighborhood. Keep up with the announcement here.
  • Saw in James Borden’s Development Beat that Chopt, a salad chain concept, is making renovations at 420 Daniels Street in Cameron Village, either next to or in a portion of the space previously used by the Village Draft House before it was downsized two years ago. Chopt is also in the process of opening a location Chapel Hill’s Eastgate Crossing shopping center. Check out Chopt here.
  • Although a little short on details, New Raleigh reported this week that a fried chicken restaurant is coming to former McDaids Irish Pub spot on Hillsborough Street (2412 Hillsborough Street), just two doors down from the recently opened H-Street Kitchen. We will keep an eye on this for you.
  • Also on Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street, got word from reader Anne Puryear that Cary’s Pho Vietnam (Buck Jones Road) is opening a second location in the 2811 Building at the corner of Hillsborough Street and Dan Allen Drive. No word on the opening date yet. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported that La Madeleine, the country French-inspired café and restaurant that opened its first North Carolina location at Cary Towne Center in July, will open a second Triangle-area location in the former Mimi’s Café building at the Plantation Point shopping center on Old Wake Forest Road and Capital Boulevard in north Raleigh. Check them out here.
  • Over in Cary, got word that Zach and Amber Faulisi are bringing Neapolitan style pizza to downtown Cary this fall/winter (215 E Chatham Street) when they open Pizzeria Faulisi. Zach, who is currently chef de cuisine at The Durham Hotel, and Amber met in culinary school in Pittsburgh and have worked in many fine establishments in New York and Miami before settling here in North Carolina. This is going to be good! Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • We first got word from Rick and Sandy Fore, but was confirmed this week by the Herald-Sun, that Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill is coming to Chapel Hill’s University Place at 201 S. Estes Drive. This will be their 12th location, but first in North Carolina. They are targeting a 4th quarter opening. Get familiar with them here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Chapel Hill’s Beer Study bottle shop will team up with Carrboro’s StarPoint Brewing Company to open a new shop inside the Rockwood Shopping Center off University Drive in Durham. Check out Beer Study here and StarPoint Brewing Company here.
  • This is the week (Wednesday, August 17 to be exact) that Charlie Farris and Clint Winslow open their third Jersey Mike’s location – this one near the intersection of Hwy. 54 and Interstate 40 in the Falconbridge shopping center just down from Mardi Gras bowling. Congrats to Charlie & Clint. Check out Jersey Mike’s Here.

Closings

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  • WRAL reported this week that just a week after announcing a fifth Triangle location (in Cary’s Waverly Place), Gonza Tacos y Tequila is expanding again with the addition of a food truck this fall! Check out Gonza here.
  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • Got word that Panciuto is hosting an outdoor cookout on August 16th to benefit Girls Rock NC! Noodles, pork tacos, beer and rock ‘n’ roll – all for a good cause. What more do you want? The event will be help from 6-9 at the Eno River Farmers’ Market Pavilion and tickets are $50. Reserve tickets by calling Panciuto at 919-732-6261. Get more information on Girls Rock NC here.
  • Piedmont’s new executive chef John May will welcome chef Jay Pierce of The Marshall Free House in Greensboro for a 7-course celebration of sustainably raised NC shrimp on Wednesday, August 24th at 6:30pm. The $65/ person, 7-course menu is also available for $85, with beer pairings. Contact 919-683-1213 for reservations.
  • Got word from Felicia Perry-Trujillo that the 2016 North Carolina Chef Showdown, featuring some of the most creative chefs from around North Carolina, will take place on Aug. 29. It will be held in conjunction with the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Expo taking place in Raleigh. The event will feature 12 savory chefs and four pastry chefs from across the state who will compete for the titles NCRLA Chef and Pastry Chef of the Year. Tickets are on sale now through August 15 for $125. Get more information and tickets here.
  • Black Twig Cider House in Durham will host their inaugural TxotxFest (pronounced “choach”) on Saturday, September 10 from noon to 4 p.m. This event will bring regional and national cider producers and chefs together. It will feature tastings from the top cider houses on the east coast as well as food from chefs at Bona Fide, Durham Catering, Mateo, Oval Park Grille, PICNIC and Rise. They will also serve a whole deboned, sausage – stuffed local pig from Firsthand Foods. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • The third Annual Triangle Oktoberfest will take place at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre on September 23rd and 24th. Enjoy family-friendly activities such as music from the Little German Band, dancing, traditional Bavarian food and fare, wiener dog races, “Rock-toberfest” concerts by Four Founders and West Street Band, children’s play area, and prizes for German attire. Children 16 and younger are free. Friday tickets: $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Saturday tickets: $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Purchase tickets here.
  • Tickets to TerraVita are now on sale. And you better jump fast, as many of these events will sell out soon. Trust me. If you aren’t familiar with TerraVita, it is arguably the premier “foodie event” in the southeast and it will take place September 28th through October 1 right here in Chapel Hill. In a nutshell, it is a multi-day celebration that brings together top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and industry luminaries from across the Southeast to celebrate culinary excellence and sustainability in food and drink. Get tickets (NOW!) here. And get additional details on TerraVita here.
  • Felicia Perry-Trujillo reminded me this week about the upcoming 9th Annual Pepperfest taking place Sunday, October 2nd from 2-7 p.m. at Brier Chapel in Chatham County. The event features super delicious pepper-themed dishes and beverages, live music and children’s activities. A great outdoor event for this time of the year. Get tickets and all the details here.

Food Bank Corner 

  • Kroger stores in the Triangle are hosting a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina this Saturday (8/13) from 10:00 am -2:00 pm. A Durham City Transit Bus will be parked at Kroger store 3457 Hillsborough Road in Durham for Kroger customers to load their donations into. Durham City Transit provides volunteers at this location to assist with the drive. Check out our most needed items list for ideas on what to donate.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – August 5, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Big things continue to happen in downtown Raleigh. I know my buddy Gordon Brown is excited to see that Parkside Restaurant is now open adjacent to Nash Square at 301 W. Martin Street. Executive chef Matt Scofield, formerly of Sitti and Neomonde, has crafted an ode to comfort food with some twists, according to WRAL. Congrats to Scofield and Todd Henderson. Check them out here.
  • And on the other corner of Nash Square, the News & Observer reported this week that August 8 is the date the garage doors will be rolled up at downtown Raleigh’s newest watering hole and restaurant, Whiskey Kitchen. It is described as a chef’s barroom serving Southern food, as well as more than 200 whiskeys, wine and beer. Keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • And if that is not enough downtown Raleigh food news for you, thanks to a tip from Matthew Andrako, we learned that Living Kitchen is now open at 555 Fayetteville St., in the Charter Square building. Living Kitchen is described as an organic, plant-based, and mostly raw restaurant that first opened in Charlotte, NC. Check them out here.
  • In North Raleigh, got word from James Borden’s Development Beat that permits were issued for a new location of the Metro Diner, once featured on the Guy Fieri show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” The Metro will soon be opening in the Fresh Market-anchored Sutton Square shopping center on Falls of Neuse Road. The chain has 12 locations in Florida, and a handful more across east coast states. Get more information on Metro here.
  • Over in Cary, Gonza Tacos Y Tequila announced via their Facebook page that they are opening their 5th location – this one in Cary’s Waverly Place. Look for them to open in the Spring of 2017. Keep up with all their progress on their Cary Facebook page here.
  • And down in Garner, the police chief himself, Chief Zuidema, shared via Twitter that both a Chipotle and Famous Toastery are coming to the White Oak shopping center near the intersection of Highway 70 and Interstate 40. Check out Chipotle here and Famous Toastery here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • We got word from Charlie Farris and Clint Winslow that they have set a date of Wednesday, August 17 for the opening of their third Jersey Mike’s location – this one near the intersection of Hwy. 54 and Interstate 40 in the Falconbridge shopping center just down from Mardi Gras bowling. Congrats to Charlie & Clint. Check out Jersey Mike’s here.

Closings

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  • The next edition of the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo (evening edition) is this Sunday, August 7th  from 4 to 9pm. Over 50 trucks from across NC. Please note the evening hours. Get all the details and information here.
  • And a couple of new food trucks have hit the streets of the Triangle. The first is Spanglish which features Puerto Rican food with southern charm. Find out more about Spanglish and where they will be here.
  • The other new food truck is called Las Gringas and features authentic Mexican food. Find out more about Las Gringas and where they will be here.
  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • The 10th anniversary edition of Beer, Bourbon and BBQ returns returns to the Triangle August 5th & 6th to Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Tim CoyneSmith are you listening? 60 beers, 40 bourbons and all the barbecue you can eat! All the details and ticket options can be found here.
  • On August 8th, both locations of Sassool Mediterranean Cafe will celebrate the birthday of their namesake, Cecilia “Sassool” Saleh. The day will feature lots of activities and special menu items, with a percentage of sales being donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation for cancer. Get all the details on the Raleigh store here and the Cary store here.
  • The good folks over at the Downtown Raleigh Alliance recently announced the dates for the Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week – it will be held this year August 15-21. Go ahead and mark your calendar. Get all the details here.
  • Got word that Panciuto is hosting an outdoor cookout on August 16th to benefit Girls Rock NC! Noodles, pork tacos, beer and rock ‘n’ roll – all for a good cause. What more do you want? The event will be help from 6-9 at the Eno River Farmers’ Market Pavilion and tickets are $50. Reserve tickets by calling Panciuto at 919-732-6261. Get more information on Girls Rock NC here.
  • Piedmont’s new executive chef John May will welcome chef Jay Pierce of The Marshall Free House in Greensboro for a 7-course celebration of sustainably raised NC shrimp on Wednesday, August 24th at 6:30pm. The $65/ person, 7-course menu is also available for $85, with beer pairings. Contact 919-683-1213 for reservations.
  • Got word from Felicia Perry-Trujillo that the 2016 North Carolina Chef Showdown, featuring some of the most creative chefs from around North Carolina, will take place on Aug. 29. It will be held in conjunction with the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Expo taking place in Raleigh. The event will feature 12 savory chefs and four pastry chefs from across the state who will compete for the titles NCRLA Chef and Pastry Chef of the Year. Tickets are on sale now through August 15 for $125. Get more information and tickets here.
  • The third annual Triangle Oktoberfest will take place at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre on September 23rd and 24th. Enjoy family-friendly activities such as music from the Little German Band, dancing, traditional Bavarian food and fare, wiener dog races, “Rock-toberfest” concerts by Four Founders and West Street Band, children’s play area, and prizes for German attire. Children 16 and younger are free. Friday tickets: $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Saturday tickets: $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Get details and purchase tickets here.
  • Tickets to TerraVita are now on sale. And you better jump fast, as many of these events will sell out soon. Trust me. If you aren’t familiar with TerraVita, it is arguably the premier “foodie event” in the southeast and it will take place September 28th through October 1 right here in Chapel Hill. In a nutshell, it is a multi-day celebration that brings together top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and industry luminaries from across the Southeast to celebrate culinary excellence and sustainability in food and drink. Get tickets (NOW!). And get additional details on TerraVita here.

Food Bank Corner 

  • We are delighted to share that the final results are in and, thanks to you, we’ve met the goal of providing 3.3 million meals through our Stop Summer Hunger food and funds drive! Your generosity, along with an outpouring of support from compassionate folks just like you, ensured that children had meals and families had groceries for the past several weeks and will continue to receive the support they need until school resumes again. Thank you for helping to provide relief to those we serve, thank you for your partnership, and thank you for your kind support. We are truly grateful! See the results here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – July 29, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • We got the news last week about an hour after we “went to press” that Cary’s La Farm Bakery is expanding their operations with plans to open a new production bakery in downtown Cary in the Sorrell Building at 220 West Chatham Street. The timeline only indicates “this holiday season,” but they also announced that after opening, they will turn their attention to opening a retail bakery and cafe adjacent to the new production bakery. No changes are planned for their current location. Get all the details here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Two highly anticipated additions to Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street will come “on-line” over the next few days. The first happens tonight, Friday, July 29th, as Dram & Draught will open its doors to the public beginning at 5 p.m. As part of their opening celebration, look for food trucks on both Friday and Saturday nights. Get more information on Dram & Draught here.
  • And it looks like August 2nd (next Tuesday) is still the target open date for H Street Kitchen in the former Varsity Theater also on Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street. A huge congratulations to Gary Bryant and Adam Rose as this project, which will be a huge boost to the revitalization of Hillsborough Street, has been a long-time coming….but it will be well worth the wait. Look for the official announcement and learn more about the restaurant’s history, vision, menu and more on their Facebook page here.
  • The News & Observer reported this week that Cafe Lucarne, a new restaurant in the former Benelux spot in Raleigh’s City Market, opened this past Tuesday. The casual, counter-service restaurant is the work of Andrew Shepherd and Will Jeffers, two of the partners in Raleigh’s popular Stanbury restaurant. Cafe Lucarne will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and will be open 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Check them out here.
  • In related news, it was also reported by the News & Observer that Shepherd and Jeffers are taking over the former Battistella’s space off Moore Square and hope to open that restaurant later this year. We will keep an eye on that.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Jeff Mickel and Michael Thor are targeting the 2nd week in August to roll up the garage door at downtown Raleigh’s newest watering hole and restaurant, Whiskey Kitchen. This place looks so cool. Not much on the website, so keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here.
  • WRAL reported last week that El Taco Cartel, Raleigh’s first taco delivery bike, hit the streets for the first time last Sunday. The bike will be serving up authentic street tacos. You can follow them on Twitter here.
  • Got word this week that Raleigh’s North Hills will be home to the newest location of a fast-casual, health food concept called Grabbagreen. The Arizona-based concept will be located near the Sur La Table store in the Lassiter District and is aiming for a September opening. They also have plans to open a Cary location, but no word yet on an exact location. Get to know Grabbagreen here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • The News & Observer reported that chefs James Clark and Bill Hartley have left The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill to open Postal Fish Company restaurant in Pittsboro (you guessed it, in the old post office building). Look for them to open in late 2017. They are participating in a Kickstarter campaign to fund this endeavor, and they have already exceeded their $7k goal! Check it out here.
  • A quick update on the opening of the second location of The Bagel Bar in Durham. Got word this week on Facebook that Jonathan Collins and Karra Pate are very close to opening their second location (they are now hiring) at 104 City Hall Plaza in downtown Durham. The original location is in Chapel Hill on Weaver Dairy Road. Check them out here.
  • And we got word from Charlie Farris and Clint Winslow that they have set a date of Wednesday, August 17 for the opening of their third Jersey Mike’s – this one near the intersection of Hwy. 54 and Interstate 40 in the Falconbridge shopping center just down from Mardi Gras bowling. Congrats to Charlie & Clint. Check out Jersey Mike’s here.
  • The News & Observer reported this week that Ali Rudel, owner of the popular East Durham Pie Company, launched a Kickstarter campaign last week to raise funds towards opening a brick and mortar store in the Old East Durham neighborhood. Currently the Kickstarter campaign has nearly 200 backers and is ¾ of the way to their goal, and there are still 17 days left to help them reach their goal. Check it out here.
  • A quick reminder that next Monday, August 1, chef John May (formerly with Chef & The Farmer and The Boot) takes over the reigns at downtown Durham’s Piedmont. He will introduce “a new ingredient-driven tasting menu” beginning August 10th. Check out Piedmont here.
  • And down in Smithfield, WRAL reported that there will be a new restaurant opening called SoDoSoPa. The owner is Mike O’Dowd, who has been the general manager for Outback in Smithfield and Logan’s in Garner. Look for them to open in mid-August. Keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here.

Closings

  • Got word from a reader that the Cary location of Red Hot & Blue Barbecue in Waverly Place has closed. The Facebook page is down and the RH&B website no longer lists the Cary location (just the Raleigh location).

Food Trucks

  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Shepard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • If you want to quickly check out some of the coolest spots to eat on Durham’s Ninth Street, you’ll want to mark your calendar for Saturday, August 6th. From 1 – 4 p.m. the folks over at Bites of Bull City will start you out at Happy & Hale and take you on a tasting frenzy to include 3 other stops. All within easy walking distance. Tickets are $30. Get tickets and all the details here (you even get a car magnet!).
  • On August 8th, both locations of Sassool Mediterranean Cafe will celebrate the birthday of their namesake, Cecilia “Sassool” Saleh. The day will feature lots of activities and special menu items, with a percentage of sales being donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation for cancer. Get all the details on the Raleigh store here and the Cary store here.
  • The 10th anniversary edition of Beer, Bourbon and BBQ returns returns to the Triangle August 5th & 6th to Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheater. Tim CoyneSmith are you listening? 60 beers, 40 bourbons and all the barbecue you can eat! All the details and ticket options can be found here.
  • The good folks over at the Downtown Raleigh Alliance recently announced the dates for the Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week – it will be held this year August 15-21. Go ahead and mark your calendar. Get all the details here.
  • Got word that Panciuto is hosting an outdoor cookout on August 16th to benefit Girls Rock NC! Noodles, pork tacos, beer and rock ‘n’ roll – all for a good cause. What more do you want? The event will be help from 6-9 at the Eno River Farmers’ Market Pavilion and tickets are $50. Reserve tickets by calling Panciuto at 919-732-6261. Get more information on Girls Rock NC here.
  • Piedmont’s new executive chef John May will welcome chef Jay Pierce of The Marshall Free House in Greensboro for a 7-course celebration of sustainably raised NC shrimp on Wednesday, August 24th at 6:30pm. The $65/ person, 7-course menu is also available for $85, with beer pairings. Contact 919-683-1213 for reservations.
  • Tickets to TerraVita are now on sale. And you better jump fast, as many of these events will sell out soon. Trust me. If you aren’t familiar with TerraVita, it is arguably the premier “foodie event” in the southeast and it will take place September 28th through October 1 right here in Chapel Hill. In a nutshell, it is a multi-day celebration that brings together top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and industry luminaries from across the Southeast to celebrate culinary excellence and sustainability in food and drink. Get tickets and all the details on TerraVita here.

Food Bank Corner

  • One final push to reach our 3.3 million meals goal before July 31. Nearly 300,000 children in our 34 counties rely on the free and reduced-cost meals at school to get them through the day. For them, summertime doesn’t mean a fun-filled vacation. For them, no school means no meals. Stop Summer Hunger is our annual food and funds drive that provides additional food to feed these children and their families during this season of increased need. Find out more and how to donate here.

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