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Friday Fun Food Facts – November 16, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

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

Wake County Restaurant News

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

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

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

Closings

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

Events

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

Food Bank Corner

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

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Friday Fun Food Facts – November 9, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

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

Wake County Restaurant News

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

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

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

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

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

Events

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

Food Bank Corner

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

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Friday Fun Food Facts – November 2, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

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

Wake County Restaurant News

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

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

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

Closings

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

Food Trucks

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

Events

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

Food Bank Corner

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

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Friday Fun Food Facts – October 26, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

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

Wake County Restaurant News

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

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

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

Closings

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

Food Trucks

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

Events

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

Food Bank Corner

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

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Friday Fun Food Facts – October 19, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

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

Wake County Restaurant News

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

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

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

Closings

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

Food Trucks

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

Events

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

Food Bank Corner

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

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Friday Fun Food Facts – October 12, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

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

Wake County Restaurant News

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

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

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

Closings

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

Food Trucks

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

Events

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

Food Bank Corner

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

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Friday Fun Food Facts – October 5, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

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

Wake County Restaurant News

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

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

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

Closings

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

Food Trucks

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

Events

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

Food Bank Corner

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

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Friday Fun Food Facts – September 21, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Got word this week from reader Wesley Mays that Clean Eatz is now open for business in the Stone Creek Village shopping center in Cary in the old Five Guys location. They also have a location in Raleigh at 7461 Six Forks Road. Get familiar with them there.
  • The folks over at ITB Insider kept close tabs on Lola’s Beach Bar, and are now reporting that it is open. They are located a few doors down from NOFO and Third Place Coffee Shop on Glenwood Avenue at Five Points. They are self-described as a gritty surf/tiki beach bar in serving street tacos, burritos, nachos with margaritas, beer and tequila. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Got word from Gael Chatelain of Napoli Food Truck fame that he has opened Napoli Café at 105 E. Main Street in downtown Carrboro. The café will be serving up handmade from scratch gelato using local milk, espresso based drinks with Counter Culture beans, teas from Sangha Tea and local craft beer on draft. You can order from the truck in the cafe and enjoy it all on the new patio between the truck and café. Check them out on Facebook here.

Closings

  • Noticed on a recent outing that the Living Kitchen on Chapel Hill’s Elliott Road has closed. A sign on the door encourages folks to visit their location in Raleigh. They also have a location in Charlotte.

Food Trucks

  • Namu Restaurant and Coffee Bar and the RDU Mobile Food Association are holding a Food Truck Rodeo on Sunday, September 23 from 12 to 4 p.m. at at the Zen and beautiful gardens of Namu Durham (5420 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd.). At this point there are eight trucks, live music and more planned. Check out their Facebook event page here.
  • Only two dates remain in 2018 for the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo and Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo. Check out Durham here and Raleigh here.

Events

  • St. Ann Church in Clayton will host their 10th International Food Festival on September 22nd, featuring foods from 20 countries prepared by parishioners. The family friendly event also includes live international entertainment on stage, children’s games and a silent auction. Admission and parking are free. Hours are from 11 till 6. For more information, visit them here.
  • Chef Teddy Diggs of Coronato, a new Roman-style pizzeria concept slated to open in early 2019, is partnering with master baker Lionel Vatinet of LaFarm to host a pizza pop-up at La Farm Bakery. The pop-up is scheduled for Sunday, September 23, beginning at 5pm at the original La Farm Bakery location, 4248 NW Cary Parkway, Cary, NC 27513. He will fire up 70 pizzas throughout the night and will be using Vatinet’s terrific flours. Guests have their choice of a starter, pizza and dessert. Complimentary Roman wine tastings will also be available. Seating will be every 30 minutes from 5pm to 8pm. Italian beers and Roman wines from Sunrise Wines will be available. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • The folks out at Brier Chapel in Chatham County will hold the 11th Annual Pepper Festival on September 23, 3-6 p.m. The annual Pepper Festival challenges approximately 50 of the state’s top chefs and brewers to craft one-of-a-kind recipes using the locally grown and bred North Carolina pepper while celebrating North Carolina chefs, cuisines, music and culture to benefit Abundance NC, a nonprofit that supports sustainable food and fuels. Get all the details here.
  • Saw in the Beltline Buzz that the East Meets West Festival in Morrisville will return again on September 29th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. It is a day of food, culture, and music from around the world. Enjoy small plates from local restaurants, performances by cultural groups from around the community and fun activities for kids, including face painting and a bounce house. Festival admission is free. Get all the details here.
  • On October 4th, Joseph Leli at Leli’s Diner in Wake Forest will host an Indian Summer Wine Dinner at 7 p.m. hosted by Scott Langston. Tickets are $65. Get tickets and all the details on their website here.
  • The Root Cellar Cafe & Catering announced that they will host their annual Porkapalooza festival at their new Pittsboro restaurant on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. To celebrate their seventh year, the porktastic celebration will offer small plate creations, featuring locally raised pork from Hickory Nut Gap and Sharp Family Farms, served casually indoors and outdoors, rather than a traditional seated dinner. Their Pittsboro location is at 35 Suttles Road in Penguin Place in Pittsboro. Tickets for Porkapalooza are $50, which includes all food, entertainment and a souvenir pint cup. Get all the details here.
  • The folks over at Melina’s Fresh Pasta reached out to let me know that a group of Italian Americans in the Triangle have gotten together to plan the Inaugural Festa Italiana on October 7 from 11 to 6 in the 600 block of Tucker Street in front of Lucky B’s. They will have a great list of food vendors and food trucks, an entertainment stage and more. Get all the details on their Facebook page here.
  • Also on October 7, TROSA will hold their BBQ & Friends fundraiser co-presented by Sysco Raleigh. This fun, family-friendly event will feature music, games, crafts with The Scrap Exchange, and an amazing sampling of food from some of the Triangle’s best chefs and restaurants. The current list includes: Foster’s Market, Giorgios Group, Guglhupf, J. Betski’s, Mateo, The Mayton Inn, The Original Q Shack, Rise Biscuits & Donuts, Rue Cler, Sage & Swift Gourmet Catering, Saltbox Seafood Joint, Watt’s Grocery, Tom & Jenny’s, Ben & Jerry’s, and Counter Culture Coffee. Tickets are limited and on sale now for $25/Adult; $10/Children ages 5-12. Children 4 and under free. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • October 7th is also the date for the 28th annual A Tasteful Affair will take place at the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill from 5-8pm. Guests will join 500 others to sample the best of the Triangle’s food and beverage establishments. The evening will entail food and beverage, live music by Rory John Zak, an exciting silent auction, and a raffle for a 7-night complimentary resort stay! All funds raised will support the mission of the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill. Tickets to the event, silent auction shopping, and raffle ticket purchases can be made here.
  • And one more event on October 7th, Mandolin’s Fall Farmer’s Dinner where they will celebrate the bounty of Fall Harvest at Mandolin Farm. Chef Sean Fowler and his team will prepare an autumn-themed, family style feast that will be served in this beautiful pastoral setting. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with cocktail hour and dinner begins promptly at 7:00. Tickets are $150 and include passed hors d’oeuvres, family style meal, wine, and gratuity. Proceeds will go to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC to help provide assistance to those who were affected by Hurricane Florence. Get more details and tickets here.
  • The 2nd annual Sip + Savor, featuring 30 restaurants, 30 wineries and live music, will take place at the DPAC on Sunday, October 14th from 4 – 7 p.m. The event is an exclusive opportunity to sample the Triangle’s top restaurants paired with famed wineries from across the world. There will also be live music, desert and bubbly on the DPAC stage. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Ok, here it is again. And I tell you EVERY year, but I will repeat it again. DO. NOT. MISS. THIS. EVENT. You can just thank me later. The dates have been set for the 9th annual TerraVita Festival over in Chapel Hill. Those dates are October 17-20. Things will kick off Wednesday, October 17, with the East Meets West dinner (first year at The Carolina Inn) and end on October 20 with the Fall Fête on The Green in Southern Village. Check out this video that give you a great look at all the events that make up TerraVita. Or visit their website here.
  • October 19th and 20th are the dates for the 5th Annual Triangle Oktoberfest held again this year at the beautiful Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Presented by the Apex Sunrise and Cary MacGregor Rotary Clubs in collaboration with the Town of Cary, it is an authentic German festival focused on family fun, traditional Bavarian food and fare, and plenty of local and authentic German beers from Munich, all to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other local and international charities. In addition to brats grilled up by volunteers, the event has confirmed the following food vendors so far: The Butcher’s Market, Annelore’s German Bakery, Capital Club 16, Uncle Dave’s Kettle Corn and The Nutty Bavarian. More to come. Get tickets and details here
  • And one of my daughter’s favorite events, the Mac and Cheese Throwdown, has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 21 from 5 until 8 p.m. at 214 Martin in downtown Raleigh. The current lineup is Relish, The Butcher’s Market, Oak and Dagger, Wandering Moose, Dram and Draught, US Foods, The Mac House, Southern Charred, NOFO and the chef from 214 Martin. My daughter and I will be judges again this year! All proceeds benefit The Hope Center at Pullen. Details here.
  • Come celebrate with us at the 2018 Brewer’s Ball – A Celebration of Triangle’s Finest on Friday, November 16, at Oak and Dagger Public House at Seaboard Station in Raleigh from 7 to 10 p.m. (VIP Honoree and Sponsors Reception at 6:30 p.m.). The Brewer’s Ball is an evening featuring the finest in brews, cocktails, food, music, and difference makers in the community. Guests are treated to a variety of hand-crafted brews and beverages from around town, creative and delicious food pairings from the city’s top restaurants, live music, expansive live and silent auctions, and a chance to mix and mingle with the best and brightest in the Triangle, all while being a part of a great cause: helping move us closer to a cure for CF. Get tickets and all the details here.

Food Bank Corner

  •  September is Hunger Action Month! Everyone has a role to play in ending hunger. 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 a donation, having a short conversation with friends, 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. Find out how you can make a difference here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – September 14, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

Wake County Restaurant News

  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that the second Mami Nora’s, a Peruvian chicken restaurant in Raleigh, is set to open within the next month having recently passed inspections. This location is larger than the original location on Wake Forest Road, also in Raleigh. Check them out here.
  • The ITB Insider noted this week that Vita Vite has opened its second location in the North Hills Park Central district. The popular wine bar and art gallery, which began with a downtown location nearly three years ago, opened over the weekend. The new location offers a wine bar complemented by craft beers, and small plates. The 6,000 square foot space has a mezzanine level with outdoor seating and bars on both levels. Check them out here.
  • Over in Apex David McCreary notified me that Scratch Kitchen & Taproom at 225 N. Salem Street in the former Tobacco & Mule Exchange building in downtown Apex is now open in the evenings, with plans to open for lunch a bit down the road. According to their website, Scratch represents a partnership between two restaurant families with over a dozen successful concepts between them. Jeff and Meredith Kromenhoek and the ownership team of The Mason Jar Tavern and The Mason Jar Lager Company have come together to bring a truly exciting new concept to Apex. Think Southern food with a touch of Asian flair.  Here’s the link their Facebook page.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Saw in the News & Observer that Deeluxe Chicken opened this week in the former Oval Park Grille spot at 1116 Broad St. It is brought to us by chefs Scott Howell and Rick Robinson, who first met nearly 30 years ago working together at Durham’s Magnolia Grill. The menu is built around fried chicken, of course, with dark and light quarters served with a side. It’s been unofficially christened “NanaChicken” on social media, borrowing the counter-service system from the popular NanaTaco. Instead of a salsa bar, there’s a sauce bar with about a dozen concoctions to add to chicken and sandwiches, including Peruvian green sauce, Alabama white sauce and a spicy dip barbecue sauce. Check them out here.
  • Also in Durham, friend Wendy Ransbury notified me that First Watch, in the former Lone Star Steakhouse space at New Hope Commons (5307 New Hope Commons Blvd.), will open to the public next Monday, September 17. They currently have three locations in Raleigh and a location in Cary. Check them out here.
  • Thanks to an update from the lovely and talented Lori Bowers-Lennard, we now know that Meet Fresh, a Taiwanese dessert spot offering such things a tasty taro q balls, refreshing herbal jelly and smooth tofu pudding among others, is now open in Meadowmont in Chapel Hill in the former Five Guys spot. This is their first venture into North Carolina. Get familiar with them here.
  • And if that is not enough sweets for Chapel Hill, reader Ryan Burns notified me that a rolled ice cream (and soon shaved ice) place called Ice & Lab has opened at 405 W. Franklin St. Check out their Instagram page here.
  • And this is really fun and a good way to spend a half-hour riding out Florence. “Food Town: Durham, N.C.”, a new documentary, goes behind the scenes through lunch rush and nightcaps, from midnight bakery shifts to 7 a.m. seafood deliveries, as Durham chefs hustle through the pulse of a dynamic restaurant scene. Charting 24 hours in the life of chefs and tastemakers, it showcases the city and its signature cuisines. The half-hour program will air on UNC-TV at 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 and will also be featured as seven episodes on PBS Food. The concept was conceived by filmmaker Cynthia Hill and her Durham, N.C.-based television and film production company, Markay Media, which also produced the Emmy, Peabody and James Beard award-winning series, “A Chef’s Life.” The concept was executed by emerging filmmaker David Mayer. Extremely well done…as would be expected. Happy viewing!

Closings

  •  None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  • Namu Restaurant and Coffee Bar and the RDU Mobile Food Association are holding a Food Truck Rodeo on Sunday, September 23 from 12 to 4 p.m. at at the Zen and beautiful gardens of Namu Durham (5420 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd.). At this point there are eight trucks, live music and more planned. Check out their Facebook event page here.
  • Only a few dates remain in 2018 for the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo and Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo. The next one is in Durham is THIS Sunday, September 2nd. Check out Durham here and Raleigh here.

Events

  • The Mac and Cheese Throwdown and the Farm to Fork Pop-up Dinner featuring Jacob Boehm of Snap Pea Underground & Catering (both scheduled for Sunday, September 16th) have been postponed. As soon as we have information regarding their new dates we will let you know. Here are links to both events here and here.
  • Chef Satoshi Katakura travels from Tokyo, Japan to Durham to join the Dashi team for a four-night Omakase Dinner Series September 17-20. The Japanese chef and owner of Hiro, an izakaya in the Nakameguro neighborhood in Tokyo, will team up with co-owner and head chef, Billy Cotter, for the third year in a row, to create a unique omakase meal of five courses that highlight Japanese culinary skills while showcasing local, North Carolina ingredients. Get all the details here.
  • MIX 101.5’s Savor the Triangle is coming up on Wednesday, September 19th in the Kerr Scott Building at the NC State Fairgrounds. It will be a night of food, fun, and shopping with the Triangle’s best restaurants – all in one place! Tickets are $45 and proceeds benefit the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. See a full list of participating restaurants and all the details here.
  • St. Ann Church in Clayton will host their 10th International Food Festival on September 22nd, featuring foods from 20 countries prepared by parishioners. The family friendly event also includes live international entertainment on stage, children’s games and a silent auction. Admission and parking are free. Hours are from 11 till 6. For more information, visit them here.
  • Chef Teddy Diggs of Coronato, a new Roman-style pizzeria concept slated to open in early 2019, is partnering with master baker Lionel Vatinet of LaFarm to host a pizza pop-up at La Farm Bakery. The pop-up is scheduled for Sunday, September 23, beginning at 5pm at the original La Farm Bakery location, 4248 NW Cary Parkway, Cary, NC 27513. He will fire up 70 pizzas throughout the night and will be using Vatinet’s terrific flours. Guests have their choice of a starter, pizza and dessert. Complimentary Roman wine tastings will also be available. Seating will be every 30 minutes from 5pm to 8pm. Italian beers and Roman wines from Sunrise Wines will be available. Get tickets and all the details here. Win two tickets here.
  • The folks out at Brier Chapel in Chatham County will hold the 11th Annual Pepper Festival on September 23, 3-6 p.m. The annual Pepper Festival challenges approximately 50 of the state’s top chefs and brewers to craft one-of-a-kind recipes using the locally grown and bred North Carolina pepper while celebrating North Carolina chefs, cuisines, music and culture to benefit Abundance NC, a nonprofit that supports sustainable food and fuels. Get all the details here.
  • Saw in the Beltline Buzz that the East Meets West Festival in Morrisville will return again on September 29th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. It is a day of food, culture, and music from around the world. Enjoy small plates from local restaurants, performances by cultural groups from around the community and fun activities for kids, including face painting and a bounce house. Festival admission is free. Get all the details here.
  • The Root Cellar Cafe & Catering announced that they will host their annual Porkapalooza festival at their new Pittsboro restaurant on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. To celebrate their seventh year, the porktastic celebration will offer small plate creations, featuring locally raised pork from Hickory Nut Gap and Sharp Family Farms, served casually indoors and outdoors, rather than a traditional seated dinner. Their Pittsboro location is at 35 Suttles Road in Penguin Place in Pittsboro. Tickets for Porkapalooza are $50, which includes all food, entertainment and a souvenir pint cup. Get all the details here.
  • The folks over at Melina’s Fresh Pasta reached out to let me know that a group of Italian Americans in the Triangle have gotten together to plan the Inaugural Festa Italiana on October 7 from 11 to 6 in the 600 block of Tucker Street in front of Lucky B’s. They will have a great list of food vendors and food trucks, an entertainment stage and more. Get all the details on their Facebook page here.
  • The 2nd annual Sip + Savor, featuring 30 restaurants, 30 wineries and live music, will take place at the DPAC on Sunday, October 14th from 4 – 7 p.m. The event is an exclusive opportunity to sample the Triangle’s top restaurants paired with famed wineries from across the world. There will also be live music, desert and bubbly on the DPAC stage. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Ok, here it is again. And I tell you EVERY year, but I will repeat it again. DO. NOT. MISS. THIS. EVENT. You can just thank me later. The dates have been set for the 9th annual TerraVita Festival over in Chapel Hill. Those dates are October 17-20. Things will kick off Wednesday, October 17, with the East Meets West dinner (first year at The Carolina Inn) and end on October 20 with the Fall Fête on The Green in Southern Village. Check out this video that give you a great look at all the events that make up TerraVita. Or visit their website here.
  • October 19th and 20th are the dates for the 5th Annual Triangle Oktoberfest held again this year at the beautiful Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Presented by the Apex Sunrise and Cary MacGregor Rotary Clubs in collaboration with the Town of Cary, it is an authentic German festival focused on family fun, traditional Bavarian food and fare, and plenty of local and authentic German beers from Munich, all to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other local and international charities. In addition to brats grilled up by volunteers, the event has confirmed the following food vendors so far: The Butcher’s Market, Annelore’s German Bakery, Capital Club 16, Uncle Dave’s Kettle Corn and The Nutty Bavarian. More to come. Get tickets and details here.

Food Bank Corner

  •  September is Hunger Action Month! Everyone has a role to play in ending hunger. 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 a donation, having a short conversation with friends, 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. Find out how you can make a difference here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – September 7, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • It was announced this week that Morehead City’s Dank Burrito (which also has a location in Beaufort, as well as a food truck) will be coming to the Raleigh market as a tenant at the Transfer Co. Food Hall. Clarke Merrell and his wife Liza have ties to the Triangle and have been bringing their truck here for years. Get familiar with Dank here. Get a look at who will be in the Transfer Co. Food Hall here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • The folks over at Local Icon Hospitality shared this week that they have brought on a new executive chef, Adrian Black, to oversee Virgil’s Original Taqueria, Linus & Pepper’s Gourmet Sandwiches, Local Icon Catering and, their newest project, The Merchant NC. The Merchant will be a speakeasy cocktail bar with a sophisticated bar food program occupying 3,000 square feet in downtown Raleigh. Entry will occur through a ‘secret’ vintage walk-in cooler door. Prior to this Black was with chef Steven Greene at Herons at the Umstead Hotel and prior to that with renowned chef/restauranteur Rick Bayless at Frontera Grill and XOCO in Chicago. Check out all of Local Icon’s concepts here.
  • The ITB Insider shared this week that Heirloom Brewshop secured their permits recently and should be opening in the next few weeks. Located in The Dillon at 219 S. West Street, they are a specialty coffee shop, premium tea house, and sake bar with Asian-inspired aesthetics and menu. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Just a programming note with regard to a new offering over at Postmaster in Cary. They are now serving Sunday Brunch (beginning this Sunday – Sept. 9). Service runs from 10 am to 2 pm, with outdoor seating available. The menu focuses on classic Carolina dishes, such as biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits, fried fish sandwich and eggs Benedict.  And of course served alongside creative brunch cocktails. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Downtown Hillsborough has Korean food! Well, sort of, according to reader Jennifer Soloman who shared with us that chef Aaron Vandermark at Pancuito has created a wonderful outdoor space/restaurant called Kimchi Yay (inside remains Aaron’s regular/great offerings). Get by and check it out!
  • Over in Durham, last month we told you about the “pop-up” restaurants that are now popping up at 359 Blackwell Street – last month it was Caballo Rojo Coffee. Well, Amber Watson over at Bites of Bull City informed us that this month that space will house Boricua Soul, a local food truck favorite. They will be there through the end of September. Get familiar with them here.
  • And speaking of the American Tobacco Warehouse area, The BullPen, located next to the ballpark, shared this week that they are transitioning to an event space and  will no longer operate as a restaurant/tap house. Visit them here.

Closings

  •  None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  • Namu Restaurant and Coffee Bar and the RDU Mobile Food Association are holding a Food Truck Rodeo on Sunday, September 23 from 12 to 4 p.m. at at the Zen and beautiful gardens of Namu Durham (5420 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd.). At this point there are eight trucks, live music and more planned. Check out their Facebook event page here.
  • Only a few dates remain in 2018 for the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo and Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo. The next one is in Durham is THIS Sunday, September 2nd. Check out Durham here and Raleigh here.

Events

  •  This is always a fun event for the family to attend – the 37th Annual Raleigh Greek Festival being held this weekend, September 7-9 at the NC State Fairgrounds. Get all the details including the food, entertainment and ticket information on their website here.
  • The 5th annual Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival, featuring over 70 breweries, 15 food trucks, 3 great bands, and a few thousand of your closest friends, will take place on Saturday, September 8th in Holly Springs at the Sugg Farm Park. VIP time starts at noon and general admission begins at 2 pm. Get all the details and tickets at their website here.
  • On Saturday, September 8th from 12-5 p.m. Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre will be host to Tacos ‘N Taps featuring all you care to taste beer and tequila along with the area’s best tacos and Mexican food. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • The Root Cellar and the House of Hops will host a Low Country Boil and Brew on Sunday, September 9th from 4-8 p.m. at their adjoining Pittsboro locations in Chatham Park. Your $25 ticket gets you an overflowing plate of fresh shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, and potatoes. Thirsty? They’ll have 24 craft beers on tap and hundreds of bottled and canned beers, available for purchase. Get your tickets and all the details here.
  • And one of my daughter’s favorite events has set the date for their 2018 edition – the Mac and Cheese Throwdown is scheduled for Sunday, September 16th from 5pm until 8pm at 214 Martin.  They’ve had a great response from some “mac makers” and have some new contestants this year.  So far, it looks like the lineup is Relish, The Butcher’s Market, Oak and Dagger, Wandering Moose, Dram and Draught, US Foods, The Mac House, Southern Charred, NOFO and the chef from 214 Martin. My daughter and I will be judges again this year! Check it out.
  • Chef Satoshi Katakura travels from Tokyo, Japan to Durham to join the Dashi team for a four-night Omakase Dinner Series September 17-20. The Japanese chef and owner of Hiro, an izakaya in the Nakameguro neighborhood in Tokyo, will team up with co-owner and head chef, Billy Cotter, for the third year in a row, to create a unique omakase meal of five courses that highlight Japanese culinary skills while showcasing local, North Carolina ingredients. Get all the details here.
  • MIX 101.5’s Savor the Triangle is coming up on Wednesday, September 19th in the Kerr Scott Building at the NC State Fairgrounds. It will be a night of food, fun, and shopping with the Triangle’s best restaurants – all in one place! Tickets are $45 and proceeds benefit the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. See a full list of participating restaurants and all the details here.
  • St. Ann Church in Clayton will host their 10th International Food Festival on September 22nd, featuring foods from 20 countries prepared by parishioners. The family friendly event also includes live international entertainment on stage, children’s games and a silent auction. Admission and parking are free. Hours are from 11 till 6. For more information, visit them here.
  • The folks out at Briar Chapel in Chatham County will hold the 11th Annual Pepper Festival on September 23, 3-6 p.m. The annual Pepper Festival challenges approximately 50 of the state’s top chefs and brewers to craft one-of-a-kind recipes using the locally grown and bred North Carolina pepper while celebrating North Carolina chefs, cuisines, music and culture to benefit Abundance NC, a nonprofit that supports sustainable food and fuels. Get all the details here.
  • Saw in the Beltline Buzz that the East Meets West Festival in Morrisville will return again on September 29th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. It is a day of food, culture, and music from around the world. Enjoy small plates from local restaurants, performances by cultural groups from around the community and fun activities for kids, including face painting and a bounce house. Festival admission is free. Get all the details here.
  • The Root Cellar Cafe & Catering announced that they will host their annual Porkapalooza Festival at their new Pittsboro restaurant on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. To celebrate their seventh year, the celebration will offer small plate creations, featuring locally raised pork from Hickory Nut Gap and Sharp Family Farms, served casually indoors and outdoors, rather than a traditional seated dinner. Their Pittsboro location is at 35 Suttles Road in Penguin Place in Pittsboro. Tickets for Porkapalooza are $50, which includes all food, entertainment and a souvenir pint cup. Get all the details here.
  • The folks over at Melina’s Fresh Pasta reached out to let me know that a group of Italian Americans in the Triangle have gotten together to plan the Inaugural Festa Italiana on October 7 from 11 to 6 in the 600 block of Tucker Street in front of Lucky B’s. They will have a great list of food vendors and food trucks, an entertainment stage and more. Get all the details on their Facebook page here.
  • The 2nd annual Sip + Savor, featuring 30 restaurants, 30 wineries and live music, will take place at the DPAC on Sunday, October 14th from 4 – 7 p.m. The event is an exclusive opportunity to sample the Triangle’s top restaurants paired with famed wineries from across the world. There will also be live music, desert and bubbly on the DPAC stage. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Ok, here it is again. And I tell you EVERY year, but I will repeat it again. DO. NOT. MISS. THIS. EVENT. You can just thank me later. The dates have been set for the 9th annual TerraVita Festival over in Chapel Hill. Those dates are October 17-20. Things will kick off Wednesday, October 17, with the East Meets West dinner (first year at The Carolina Inn) and end on October 20 with the Fall Fête on The Green in Southern Village. Check out this video that give you a great look at all the events that make up TerraVita. Or visit their website here.
  • October 19th and 20th are the dates for the 5th Annual Triangle Oktoberfest held again this year at the beautiful Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Presented by the Apex Sunrise and Cary MacGregor Rotary Clubs in collaboration with the Town of Cary, it is an authentic German festival focused on family fun, traditional Bavarian food and fare, and plenty of local and authentic German beers from Munich, all to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other local and international charities. In addition to brats grilled up by volunteers, the event has confirmed the following food vendors so far: The Butcher’s Market, Annelore’s German Bakery, Capital Club 16, Uncle Dave’s Kettle Corn and The Nutty Bavarian. More to come. Get tickets and details here.

Food Bank Corner

  •  September is Hunger Action Month! Everyone has a role to play in ending hunger. 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 a donation, having a short conversation with friends, 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. Find out how you can make a difference here.

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