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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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Friday Fun Food Facts – August 31, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •  The folks over at North Hills announced this week that STIR, a restaurant offering premium oysters, craft cocktails with artisanal ice and a made-from-scratch menu, will be opening in the Park District at North Hills located on the ground floor level of the Bank of America Tower next to The Capital Grille. Look for it to open in 2019. STIR is owned and operated by Square One Holdings and has one other location in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Get familiar with them here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Yesterday in downtown Raleigh I met with Biagio Lubrano-Lavadera, the owner of GiGi’s Pizza which took over the former ZPizza spot in the Bank of America building. The menu includes specialty pizzas, stromboli, calzones, sandwiches and salads. They kept the self-service draft system they inherited from ZPizza and it has 20 beers on tap, with a heavy emphasis on beer from North Carolina. Get familiar with them on their Facebook page here.
  • Over on Hillsborough Street, the ITB Insider reported that Guasaca will soon open its newest Raleigh location on the ground floor of the Target at 2512 Hillsborough Street. Permits for the space were recently filed, which means they should be open in the next few months. The restaurant is known for their delicious arepas and has locations in Morrisville, Durham and their original location on Lake Boone Trail in Raleigh. Check them out here.
  • Also according to the ITB Insider, It looks like the national “super-food” cafe chain Kale Me Crazy will soon be open in the former home of Baskin-Robbins in Cameron Village. The restaurant offers juices, smoothies, salads, and wraps in a sleek, upscale environment. With a location in Cary, this will be their second Triangle area location. Get familiar with them here.
  • Reader Cheyenne Jones notified us that the El Rodeo off Glenwood at 4112 Pleasant Valley Rd has a Viva Mexico sign that says “coming soon” and looks like the same owners as Viva Mexico on Davis Drive in Morrisville. Visit their website here.
  • Out in Morrisville, the Triangle Explorer reported this week that Fount Coffee + Kitchen will open this fall in the Marketplace at Perimeter Park (10954 Chapel Hill Road). They will offer coffee and teas, smoothie bowls, salads, stacks and small plates. Get familiar with them here.
  • Over in Cary, this past Saturday saw the much-anticipated opening of Big Dom’s Bagel Shop in downtown in the former Little Caesars space. It is a grab and go bagel shop offering bagels, biscuits and b’donuts and is brought to us by the folks that also own Pizzeria Faulisi. It is located at 203 E. Chatham Street. Check them out here.
  • Also in Cary, reader Cheyenne Jones noticed a banner in the window announcing that Tadka Indian Grill is coming into the space formerly occupied by German Grill in the Harrison Pointe shopping center at 243 Grande Heights Drive. Keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here.
  • Just a programming note with regard to a new offering over at Postmaster in Cary. They are now serving Sunday Brunch (not this Sunday – Sept. 2 – as they are closed for an employee outing). 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

  • Over in Durham recently, I noticed that there is a First Watch coming into the former Lone Star Steakhouse space at New Hope Commons (5307 New Hope Commons Blvd.). The sign is up, so it won’t be long. They currently have three locations in Raleigh and a location in Cary. Check them out here.
  • The students are back in Chapel Hill and things are really starting to purr. Seriously. Chapel Hill is getting a cat café, more specifically, Cat Tales Cat Cafe. The new venture will open at 431 W. Franklin Street this fall. Cat Tales will be home to a dozens of cats available for adoption (and petting!). Check them out here.
  • And listen up restaurateurs; got word that Durham County government has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking tenants to fill two brand new restaurant spaces in the newly renovated County Administrative Building II. If you haven’t seen this building, it is absolutely gorgeous and right on Main Street! The RFP and required documentation for submission can be downloaded from the Durham County Government website 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

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 – August 24, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •  Back in July we told you about the newest location of Two Roosters Ice Cream coming to downtown Raleigh. Well, WRAL reported this week that they have opened a pop up location in their Person Street Plaza location! And they are here to stay. They will close sometime in October for a few months to finish renovations, but they do plan to re-open there in the spring. Keep up with them here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Ashton Mae Smith’s email last week noted that Tapworks, the 50-tap, self-pour joint at 222 Glenwood Avenue in downtown Raleigh, has opened and also includes a pretty fun food menu. Check them out here.
  • Also at 222 Glenwood South, and also in Ashton’s email, she noted that Anise Pho has opened serving up authentic Vietnamese cuisine. This is actually a re-opening, as they moved from Cary to this location. Get familiar with them here on Facebook.
  • Up in North Raleigh at the intersection of Six Forks and Sawmill, we’ve been notified of some updates and changes thanks to a note from reader John Voigt. First up, the Las Margaritas Mexican Restaurant has closed. And on a more positive note, Hot Sauce and Ketchup, a burgers and wings joint, has opened at 7400 Six Forks Road. See them on Facebook here.
  • This might be a bit premature, but it is too exciting not to share. A reader shared with us that they recently learned that Cape Fear Seafood Company Restaurant, which has 3 locations in Wilmington, is hiring for the opening of their 4th restaurant, which will be here in Raleigh. We reached out to the restaurant and the confirmed they are coming, but chose not to reveal the where and when at this time. Go ahead and get familiar with them here.
  • Over in Cary, reader Scott Eaton shared with us a coupe of updates going on at Millpond Village at the corner of Kildaire and Ten Ten. First up, Frida’s Patio Mexican Cuisine has moved into the former 3 Amigos Mexican Restaurant space and is currently in a “soft-open” mode with a grand opening planned for September 15th. He also noted that a Starbucks is under construction next to the McDonald’s. All we could find for Frida’s was a Yelp listing here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • On a recent visit to the new Monterrey Mexican restaurant location in Chapel Hill’s Rams Plaza, I noticed a “coming soon” sign for a Mr. Tokyo Japanese Restaurant moving into the space next door. Apparently they have a couple of locations in the Charlotte area, but most notably on their website is that they offer an unlimited sushi and hibachi menu for lunch and dinner. Get ready! Get familiar with them here.
  • Over in Durham, the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau shared via Twitter that the craft coffee roaster, Caballa Rojo, has opened a pop-up coffee shop at 359 Blackwell Street in the American Tobacco Campus from now through the end of August. Check them out here.
  • Also in Durham, learned from Michael DePersia of National Restaurant Properties that Mattie B’s Public House has been sold to Saroj Poudel of Pop’s Backdoor in Durham and Papa’s Pizza in Raleigh. He plans on keeping the menu primarily the same but changing the name over the course of the next six months. Stay tuned. Visit Mattie B’s here.
  • And listen up restaurateurs; got word that Durham County government has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking tenants to fill two brand new restaurant spaces in the newly renovated County Administrative Building II. If you haven’t seen this building, it is absolutely gorgeous and right on Main Street! The RFP and required documentation for submission can be downloaded from the Durham County Government website here.
  • If you find yourself in Siler City down in Chatham County, make it a point to get by chef Dustin Poe’s Artisan Hub diner. Apparently they haven’t been open too long, but are quickly gaining a great reputation for their breakfast, lunch and brunch options. And reader Eric Dahl tells me they are now doing a Friday night dinner special. Not much on their website, but they are located at 113. W. Raleigh Street in Siler City.

Closings

  •  Good news, bad news. First the bad news. Sugarland Bakery has closed their Cameron Village location. Good news. They still have the original Chapel Hill location on Franklin Street. More reason to go to Chapel Hill!
  • Meg Smigielska, from Meg Here and There, is reporting that Phat Chicken on Martin Street has closed.
  • And got word from WRAL that Vegan Flava Cafe has closed the Guess Road location in Durham (by Northgate Mall) and will focus on the new location in Chapel Hill’s Blue Dogwood Market.

Food Trucks

  • Not sure what possessed me to share this, but the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – a Hello Kitty-themed food truck – will stop in Raleigh for a special appearance on Aug. 25 at Triangle Town Center. The truck will be near the mall’s Creekside Cafes from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with “supercute treats & merch,” according to their Facebook event page. The food and drink menu includes things like mini cakes, macarons, cookies, pocket pies and more. Hello Kitty-themed T-shirts, mugs, sparkly bows, thermal bottles, a lunchbox and other items also typically are for sale from the trucks.
  • 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 on Sunday, September 2nd. Check out Durham here and Raleigh here.

Events

  •  The 2nd annual Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market Brewfest is happening on Saturday, August 25, with a 12 pack of local brewers and fermenters bringing product to sample and sell. Look for: Botanist & Barrel, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Bull City Ciderworks, Dingo Dog Brewing, Fullsteam Brewery, Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Mystery Brewing, Oak & Dagger Public House, Raleigh Brewing, Starpoint Brewing, 3rd Degree Brewhouse, and Vecino Brewing. The address is 201 S. Estes Drive Chapel Hill. (University Place next to Silverspot) and hours are regular market hours, 8am-12. Get details here.
  • Sunday, August 26th is the date for Families Moving Forward’s Kids for Change End of Summer Celebration at Durham Central Park from 3-5 p.m. featuring budget-friendly food trucks and lots of fun entertainment. Admission is free. Check it out here.
  • The NCRLA Chef Showdown is an annual statewide culinary competition sponsored by the NC Department of Ag. that will result in a final competition on Monday, Aug 27 in Charlotte. The final event is in conjunction with the first night of the industry’s Restaurant & Hotel Expo. Get all the information you need here.
  • This is always a fun event for the family to attend – the 37th Annual Raleigh Greek Festival being held September 7-9 at the NC State Fairgrounds. Get all the details including the food, entertainment and ticket information on 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.
  • 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 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 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.

Food Bank Corner

  • For most of us and for our children summertime is full of memories and fun times and it seems like school will be here before we know it. But for many, summertime is the hardest time of the year – children not feeling full and parents struggling to keep food on the table. The Food Bank CENC can remove the grown-up worries for kids in our community, and help ease the stress of their parents…but they cannot Stop Summer Hunger alone. Help kids just be kids for the rest of the summer by donating today.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – August 17, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •  Things are heating up in the “food hall” business in the Triangle. Of course Chapel Hill’s Blue Dogwood is already open. We’ve heard from several sources that Morgan Street Food Hall (which has had a few delays) will begin a soft-opening next Monday (but, please, please confirm with your social media before heading out). Transfer Company Food Hall (other side of downtown Raleigh) continues to make new announcements (latest being a new fire wood bagel shop from Bolted Bread and Jubala Coffee named Benchwarmers). And downtown Durham is inching closer with their Durham Food Hall at Liberty Warehouse. Keep up with them all and get ready to enjoy the craze that is sweeping every corner of the Triangle!

Wake County Restaurant News

  • We told you about this back in January, but the folks over at ITB Insider updated us that the Taco Bell Cantina opened this week on Hillsborough Street on the ground floor of the 2304 Hillsborough Apartments. What makes it a cantina? 6 beers on tap, wine, Sangria and liquor slushies. Check it out here.
  • Got additional information on Dix Café that recently opened on the Dorothea Dix campus. The NC Department of Health and Human Services did a newsletter article on the café, which you can find here. And a pdf of their menu, featuring hand-crafted sandwiches, salads, burgers, smoothies and more, can be found here. Get by and enjoy!
  • In Cary, reader Wesley Mays provided us with an update that Anjappar Indian Restaurant has opened in the Stone Creek Village shopping center in the former Chubby’s Tacos / Guacamaya spot. They also have locations in New York and New Jersey. Get familiar with them here.
  • Also in Stone Creek Village, the Triangle Business Journal reported this week that a new restaurant called LemonShark Poke will soon be serving up the Hawaiian-inspired bowls of rice and fresh fish in the former It’s A Grind Coffee House location. John Dingman has plans to open a total of four locations in Triangle of the California-based restaurant franchise. Get familiar with them here.
  • Also in Cary, reader Gary Miller notified us that Piasans Italian Restaurant has closed and Kathmandu Kitchen has opened in 1275 Northwest Maynard Road in the Maynard Crossing Shopping Center. They are in the middle of their soft opening, with a grand opening planned for August 25th. It is an authentic Himalayan restaurant featuring Indian, Nepali and Tibetian dishes. Get familiar with them here.
  • Over in Fuquay Varina, the keen eyes of Hugh Autry noticed a new sign up for Icey Poke in the Kings Grant shopping center (Harris Teeter) at 8101 Fayetteville Road. The concept features poke bowls and the newest craze, Thai rolled ice cream. David McCreary provided an additional update that they are now open. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Down in Knightdale, the newest WhichWich has opened at 7200 Knightdale Boulevard at the intersection of Knightdale Blvd. and US 64 Business. It is located in the Whalen gas station. The Whalen Corporation is a family- owned and operated business that has been in the community since 1984. Check them out here.
  • And Rolesville seems to be the hot-spot in the Triangle for homegrown concepts, the latest being The Cobalt Café at 6150 Rogers Road. It is a coffee shop serving up breakfast and lunch with everything made in house. Definitely worth a visit. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Out in RTP, reader Paul Prause notified us that at the corner of Page Road and S. Miami Blvd. at Churchill Commons development in Durham a Panera, Firehouse Subs, Chipotle and Gusto Farm to Street are on the way – and apparently pretty close to opening according to reader Jeff Gimondo. Jeff was also able to find this link to the development.

Closings

  •  None to report! Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  •  The RDU Mobile Food Association is hosting their annual Tacopalooza this Sunday, August 19th from 12-4 p.m. at the Knightdale Station Park. Participating trucks so far include: Qspresso, Holy Mole, Poblanos Tacos, La Republica, El Rey del Taco, Boricua Soul, Tacos Las Gringas , Medley, Hot Chix, Bandido’s, 13th Taco , JAM Ice Cream and Cocoa Forte. Get all the details on their Facebook events 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 on Sunday, September 2nd. Check out Durham here and Raleigh here.

Events

  •  This weekend is the 2018 version of Triangle Vegfest, a two-day event full of presenters, vendors and samples to be held Saturday August 18th and Sunday 19th. Saturday’s events are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Durham Arts Council PSI Theater and Sunday’s events are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Durham Armory. Get a line-up of presenters and vendors on their website here.
  • The 2nd annual Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market Brewfest is happening on Saturday, August 25, with a 12 pack of local brewers and fermenters bringing product to sample and sell. Look for: Botanist & Barrel, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Bull City Ciderworks, Dingo Dog Brewing, Fullsteam Brewery, Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Mystery Brewing, Oak & Dagger Public House, Raleigh Brewing, Starpoint Brewing, 3rd Degree Brewhouse, and Vecino Brewing. The address is 201 S. Estes Drive Chapel Hill. (University Place next to Silverspot) and hours are regular market hours, 8am-12. Get details here.
  • Sunday, August 26th is the date for Families Moving Forward’s Kids for Change End of Summer Celebration at Durham Central Park from 3-5 p.m. featuring budget-friendly food trucks and lots of fun entertainment. Admission is free. Check it out here.
  • The NCRLA Chef Showdown is an annual statewide culinary competition sponsored by the NC Department of Ag. that will result in a final competition on Monday, Aug 27 in Charlotte. The final event is in conjunction with the first night of the industry’s Restaurant & Hotel Expo. Get all the information you need 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, 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.
  • 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 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.

Food Bank Corner

  • For most of us and for our children summertime is full of memories and fun times and it seems like school will be here before we know it. But for many, summertime is the hardest time of the year – children not feeling full and parents struggling to keep food on the table. The Food Bank CENC can remove the grown-up worries for kids in our community, and help ease the stress of their parents…but they cannot Stop Summer Hunger alone. Help kids just be kids for the rest of the summer by donating today.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – August 10, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •  If you know me, you know two of my favorite things are good beer and good ice cream. Well, do I have news for you? Down in Fuquay-Varina I saw on the Fuquay-Varina Downtown Revitalization Association Facebook page that Pints Ice Cream & Beer held their grand opening this week at 512 Broad Street. Yes, you read that right. Ice cream and beer! I’m seriously considering moving to Fuquay. They clearly have been reading my diary. Get by and check them out soon. Here is their Facebook page.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Reader Morgan Hinch-Wood shared the news that The Pickled Onion Restaurant will open a second location out Glenwood Avenue (behind CarMax) in the former Luxury Box location at 8511 Cantilever Way. No word yet on a timeline. Their other location is on Wakefield Commons Drive. Check them out here.
  • Just down Glenwood in Crabtree Valley Mall, the ITB Insider shared the news that a permit has been issued for the installation of a Krispy Kreme Kiosk that will be located on the first floor by Gleeco. No word on timeline. Check out Krispy Kreme here.
  • This is kind of interesting. Up on the Dorothea Dix campus there is a new café that recently opened – aptly named Dix Café. The curious thing is that it is being run by the state, specifically the Department of Health and Human Services (which occupies space in that same building). I have been unable to locate a web presence, but a photo of their menu snapped by reader Tom Hemp looked pretty good – hand-crafted sandwiches, salads, burgers, smoothies and more.
  • Over in Morrisville this has been a long-time coming. Back in late 2016 I got an email from reader Rob Swaringen that a G.58 Cuisine was opening in the building at corner of Chapel Hill Road and Carrington Mill Boulevard. Shortly after that, there was a VIP dinner for special guests, and then…nothing. Silence. Fast-forward to July 2018 and they have officially opened – Morrisville has a new fine dining Chinese restaurant! They opened for lunch the middle of last month, and are now open for dinner as well. Rob (who has since moved from the area but was back in town) was the one that first notified me – thanks to Rob for staying on top of this! Get familiar with them here.
  • Over in Cary, the News & Observer reported this week that Fenton, the large mixed-use development along the Cary Town Boulevard at I-40 that will be anchored by Wegmans, announced that Atlanta-based chef Ford Fry will open his Tex-Mex restaurant Superica. With a location in Charlotte (and another one the way), this will be their third North Carolina location and is expected to open in 2020. Go ahead and get familiar with them here.
  • In Apex, reader Dan Heir notified us that Romeo’s Pizza is on the way to 800 W. Williams Street in the Peakway Market Square plaza. This will be their first North Carolina location. No word on a timeline. Get familiar with them here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Merritt’s Grill is opening a second location (August 20th), but one a little hard to get to unless you are a student at UNC-CH. Later this month they will open in the basement of Lenoir Hall on UNC’s campus. While this location will only be open for weekday lunch service, hopefully you can still get Merritt’s on game days at Kenan Stadium this fall! Get familiar with Merritt’s here.

Closings

  •  Reader Kelli Padgett notified us that the Toppers Pizza location on Ronald Drive in Raleigh has closed. That was their only Triangle-area location.

Food Trucks

  •  The RDU Mobile Food Association is hosting their annual Tacopalooza on August 19th from 12-4 p.m. at the Knightdale Station Park. Participating trucks so far include: Qspresso, Holy Mole, Poblanos Tacos, La Republica, El Rey del Taco, Boricua Soul, Tacos Las Gringas , Medley, Hot Chix, Bandido’s, 13th Taco , JAM Ice Cream and Cocoa Forte. Get all the details on their Facebook events 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 on Sunday, September 2nd. Check out Durham here and Raleigh here.

Events

  •  Raleigh Restaurant Week, produced by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary from August 13 – August 19. This week long dining extravaganza showcases the culinary talent in the heart of downtown Raleigh. Over 40 restaurants will be offering specials. Participating restaurants will offer delectable, three-course prix fixe dinners for either $20 or $30 per person, depending on the venue (tax and tip not included). As a special amenity to downtown employees and other daytime downtown visitors, some restaurants will be offering $5 and $10 lunch specials. Get all the details here.
  • The 2nd annual Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market Brewfest is happening on Saturday, August 25, with a 12 pack of local brewers and fermenters bringing product to sample and sell. Look for: Botanist & Barrel, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Bull City Ciderworks, Dingo Dog Brewing, Fullsteam Brewery, Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Mystery Brewing, Oak & Dagger Public House, Raleigh Brewing, Starpoint Brewing, 3rd Degree Brewhouse, and Vecino Brewing. The address is 201 S. Estes Drive Chapel Hill. (University Place next to Silverspot) and hours are regular market hours, 8am-12. Get details here.
  • Sunday, August 26th is the date for Families Moving Forward’s Kids for Change End of Summer Celebration at Durham Central Park from 3-5 p.m. featuring budget-friendly food trucks and lots of fun entertainment. Admission is free. Check it out here.
  • The NCRLA Chef Showdown is an annual statewide culinary competition sponsored by the NC Department of Ag. that will result in a final competition on Monday, Aug 27 in Charlotte. The final event is in conjunction with the first night of the industry’s Restaurant & Hotel Expo. Get all the information you need 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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 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.

Food Bank Corner

  • For most of us and for our children summertime is full of memories and fun times and it seems like school will be here before we know it. But for many, summertime is the hardest time of the year – children not feeling full and parents struggling to keep food on the table. The Food Bank CENC can remove the grown-up worries for kids in our community, and help ease the stress of their parents…but they cannot Stop Summer Hunger alone. Help kids just be kids for the rest of the summer by donating today.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – August 3, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •  While we await the opening of Raleigh’s first food hall (Morgan Street Food Hall), Transfer Company Food Hall picked up some steam this week with the announcement that Locals Seafood and Person Street Bar have teamed up to open Locals Oyster Bar. Slated to open late 2018, they will bring you fresh, finely shucked oysters and seafood meals accompanied by cocktails and a staple collection of beer & wine. Up until this point, Locals has focused on bringing fresh seafood to the Triangle, operating seafood markets (their 4th will be adjacent to the oyster bar) and providing seafood to over 50 Triangle restaurants. This will be their debut in the restaurant business. Check out Locals here, Person Street Bar here and Transfer Co. Food Hall here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • In Wake Forest, this Saturday, August 4th is the opening date for Showmars at the corner of Capital and Stadium Drive. Stop by from 11-2 to enjoy festivities including a bounce house and a DJ. A portion of all sales from Aug. 4 & 5 will be donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern NC. They are described as a fast, casual concept featuring a blend of Greek and Southern, serving up sandwiches and salads. Get familiar with them here.
  • Also in Wake Forest, the Freddy’s Steakburgers up in Wake Forest has officially opened at the corner of Retail Drive and Hwy. 98. This marks the fifth Triangle-area location of the chain. Get familiar with them here.
  • Got word from Ashton Mae Smith that Glenwood Seafood Kitchen & Bar, a Cajun/Creole seafood spot has opened in downtown Raleigh at 222 Glenwood Avenue. Get familiar with them here.
  • Over on Wake Forest Road in Raleigh in the old Fowler’s Florist location (4215 Wake Forest Road) reader David Bass did a little research and informed us that a Panda Express is going into that spot (building was demolished). No word yet on a timeline. They currently have locations in Apex and on Duke’s campus. Check out Panda Express here.
  • And my eyes and ears down in Fuqua-Varina, David McCreary, has informed me of two updates down that way. Jimmy John’s is now open at 724 N. Judd Parkway NE. And a sign has appeared in the window of the former Rock Harbor Grill at 132 S. Fuquay Avenue indicating that Vicious Fishes Brewery Tap & Kitchen is coming soon. We have to think (we will let you know if it is not) that it is the same Vicious Fishes with locations in Apex and Angier. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Down in Chatham County in Chatham Park, the Penguin Place development recently shared that Marco’s Pizza will join House of Hops Pittsboro and The Root Cellar Café later this summer. And before year’s end, Mi Cancun (with locations in Raleigh and Morrisville) will also join the mix. Check out Marco’s here and Mi Cancun here.
  • Over in Durham, WRAL shared the news that Snow Factory, a rolled ice cream chain, has opened on Ninth Street. Check them out here.

Closings

  •  Unless you were under a rock, it was announced (after our deadline) last Friday that Phoebe Lawless closed The Lakewood and “Baby” Scratch in Durham.

Food Trucks

  •  David “Flip” Filippini, owner of Na’Mean restaurant and the popular KoKyu BBQ food trucks (Ondo and Old Blue), announced via Facebook this week that he is out of the food truck business – selling both trucks – focusing on his wildly popular counter service eatery Na’Mean near RTP in Durham. As far as any new ventures, he indicated that, “When the time is right the sandwich will tell me what to do.” Love me some Flip. In the meantime, check out Na’Mean here.
  • The dates have been set for the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo and Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeos. The Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo this Sunday is their “evening” version running from 3-9 p.m. Check out Durham here and Raleigh here.

Events

  •  Raleigh Restaurant Week, produced by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary from August 13 – August 19. This week long dining extravaganza showcases the culinary talent in the heart of downtown Raleigh. Over 40 restaurants will be offering specials. Participating restaurants will offer delectable, three-course prix fixe dinners for either $20 or $30 per person, depending on the venue (tax and tip not included). As a special amenity to downtown employees and other daytime downtown visitors, some restaurants will be offering $5 and $10 lunch specials. Get all the details here.
  • The 2nd annual Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market Brewfest is happening on Saturday, August 25, with a 12 pack of local brewers and fermenters bringing product to sample and sell. Look for: Botanist & Barrel, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Bull City Ciderworks, Dingo Dog Brewing, Fullsteam Brewery, Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Mystery Brewing, Oak & Dagger Public House, Raleigh Brewing, Starpoint Brewing, 3rd Degree Brewhouse, and Vecino Brewing. The address is 201 S. Estes Drive Chapel Hill. (University Place next to Silverspot) and hours are regular market hours, 8am-12. Get details here.
  • Sunday, August 26th is the date for Families Moving Forward’s Kids for Change End of Summer Celebration at Durham Central Park from 3-5 p.m. featuring budget-friendly food trucks and lots of fun entertainment. Admission is free. Check it out here.
  • The NCRLA Chef Showdown is an annual statewide culinary competition sponsored by the NC Department of Ag. that will result in a final competition on Monday, Aug 27 in Charlotte. The final event is in conjunction with the first night of the industry’s Restaurant & Hotel Expo. Get all the information you need 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Food Bank Corner

  • For most of us and for our children summertime is full of memories and fun times and it seems like school will be here before we know it. But for many, summertime is the hardest time of the year – children not feeling full and parents struggling to keep food on the table. The Food Bank CENC can remove the grown-up worries for kids in our community, and help ease the stress of their parents…but they cannot Stop Summer Hunger alone. Help kids just be kids for the rest of the summer by donating today.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – July 27, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •  Big news out of North Hills this week that Rosewater, a restaurant by Giorgios Group and described as a European bistro café inspired by North Carolina ingredients and Mediterranean flavors, will be opening in the Park District at North Hills in the old Bruegger’s space. In addition to being a full-service restaurant, they will offer grab-and-go options during breakfast and lunch hours. The restaurant is projected to open in 2019. Learn more about the Giorgios Group here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Additional North Hills news included the announcement that Stir restaurant will be taking up a 5,832-square-foot spot in the Bank of America tower and is described as offering fresh food, oyster bar and craft cocktails.
  • Also in downtown, the ITB Insider also reported that permits had been issued at The Dillon for the transformation of a 5,125 square-foot space on the ground floor into Raleigh’s first location of the high-end Oak Steakhouse chain. They currently have locations in Atlanta, Charleston, Nashville and Charlotte. This will be the first location in the Triangle. Get familiar with them here.
  • In North Raleigh, Carole Walker updated us that Taziki’s Mediterranean Grill is now open in the old Pickled Onion space in Bent Tree plaza at 7901 Falls of Neuse Road (near NY Bagel & Deli). This is their third Triangle location (two in Cary) and first in Raleigh. Check them out here.
  • Up in Wake Forest, Saturday, August 4th is the opening date for Showmars at the corner of Capital and Stadium Drive. They have lots of locations in and around Charlotte and are described as a fast, casual concept featuring a blend of Greek and Southern, serving up sandwiches and salads. Get familiar with them here.
  • Just over in Rolesville, got word from one of our readers that The Cobalt Café, a coffee shop and breakfast and lunch spot, has opened at 6150 Rogers Road. In addition to great coffee, they bake their muffins fresh daily from scratch. Get to know them here.
  • And down in Clayton, one of our readers pointed out that there is a “Coming Soon” sign up at 9096 Cleveland Road for Mezza Luna, a pizzeria, pasta, grill and bar. Doesn’t look like the upfit has begun, so it could be a while. We will keep an eye on it.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • After 9 months since they first announced they were coming, The Pizza Press in Chapel Hill opened this past Thursday at 123 W. Franklin Street. They are serving up fresh pizzas and cold North Carolina craft beer. Get familiar with them here.
  • Over in Durham, Amber Watson at Bites of Bull City let us know that the folks behind Cucciolo Osteria, a new Italian restaurant tucked away off of 601 W. Main Street (down from The West End Wine Bar), are opening this weekend for a limited number of walk-ins and will begin taking reservations on Monday, July 30. They will be open nightly for dinner (closed Tuesdays), and plan to introduce lunch service once they have settled into the dinner service routine. Get familiar with them here.
  • Also in Durham, WRAL announced this week that the former Joe Van Gogh on Duke’s campus will become Beyu Blue Coffee – from the folks at Beyu Caffé. Beyu’s owner, Dorian Bolden, is a Duke alumnus. Check out Beyu here.
  • Two additional updates from Durham thanks to Glenn Gillen. The Little Caesars over on South Roxboro Street has closed. And the China Palace at the intersection of Old Chapel Hill Road and Garrett Road is in the middle of renovations and hope to open up again Aug. 1.
  • The boys are at it again. Charlie Farris and Clint Winslow are opening another Jersey Mike’s in our area! This one will be in Chatham County, just down 15-501 from Chapel Hill in the Lowe’s Foods shopping center. Construction is underway and they are looking at a late September, early October opening. Farris and Winslow also own locations in Chapel Hill (2 locations), Durham and Hillsborough. Check out Jersey Mike’s here. Thanks to reader Keith Dangel for the heads up on this.

Closings

  •  None to report, aside from the Little Caesars noted above.

Food Trucks

  • This Saturday, July 28 from 4-9 p.m. is the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Caravan benefiting JDRF Triangle / Eastern NC Chapter. Come and enjoy some of the best food trucks (22 at last count) in the area while drinking local beer (several different breweries will be on hand) and listening to great music! It will be set up along Eden Street, between the NC State Capitol and the museums. Get all the details on their Facebook page here.
  • The dates have been set for the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo and Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeos. Check out Durham here and Raleigh here.

Events

  •  Guess who is turning 81 today – July 27? Yep, Krispy Kreme. And to celebrate, the company is offering a special discount today only (July 27) – buy a dozen doughnuts, get a second dozen (original glazed) for $1. Check out Krispy Kreme here.
  • The Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival is this weekend, July 27 & 28, at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre. The fun begins tonight at 6 p.m. and continues on Saturday from noon (VIP admission) until 6 p.m. If you enjoy beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, and barbeque eatin’ this event is for you. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an all-you-care-to-taste sampling of beer and bourbon. Get all the details and information on pricing here.
  • Raleigh Restaurant Week, produced by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary from August 13 – August 19. This week long dining extravaganza showcases the culinary talent in the heart of downtown Raleigh. Over 40 restaurants will be offering specials. Participating restaurants will offer delectable, three-course prix fixe dinners for either $20 or $30 per person, depending on the venue (tax and tip not included). As a special amenity to downtown employees and other daytime downtown visitors, some restaurants will be offering $5 and $10 lunch specials. Get all the details here.
  • The 2nd annual Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market Brewfest is happening on Saturday, August 25, with a 12 pack of local brewers and fermenters bringing product to sample and sell. Look for: Botanist & Barrel, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Bull City Ciderworks, Dingo Dog Brewing, Fullsteam Brewery, Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Mystery Brewing, Oak & Dagger Public House, Raleigh Brewing, Starpoint Brewing, 3rd Degree Brewhouse, and Vecino Brewing. The address is 201 S. Estes Drive Chapel Hill. (University Place next to Silverspot) and hours are regular market hours, 8am-12. Get details here.
  • WRAL shared that this Sunday, July 22nd is the Taste of Soul NC event at Durham Central Park from 1 to 6 p.m. Enjoy ribs, burgers, Jamaican food, jambalaya, vegan food, Italian ice, cakes, shaved ice and much more, including lots of entertainment options for adults and kids. The event is free. Get all the details here.
  • Sunday, August 26th is the date for Families Moving Forward’s Kids for Change End of Summer Celebration at Durham Central Park from 3-5 p.m. featuring budget-friendly food trucks and lots of fun entertainment. Admission is free. Check it out here.
  • The NCRLA Chef Showdown is an annual statewide culinary competition sponsored by the NC Department of Ag. that will result in a final competition on Monday, Aug 27 in Charlotte. The final event is in conjunction with the first night of the industry’s Restaurant & Hotel Expo. Get all the information you need 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Food Bank Corner

  • As a part of the Stop Summer Hunger initiative, generous friends of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina will match every gift – dollar for dollar. Please help them reach their matching goal of $135,000. For every $20 you give, the Food Bank can provide 200 meals! Make your donation here!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – July 20, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Over in Durham, the folks at Taste Carolina informed us that Eastcut Sandwich Bar, located at 3211 Old Chapel Hill Road in the former Finch’s spot, just recently opened and begin full hours today, Friday, July 20. They serve up East Coast sandwich fare, salads, small plates, soups, sweets, and beer, wine and limited cocktails. The establishment is very family friendly and they even allow dogs on their deck. A great new Durham spot. Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • John Huisman, aka Triangle Explorer, shared the great news this week that Two Roosters Ice Cream has announced plans to open a second ice cream shop, this one in downtown Raleigh next to Yellow Dog Bread in the Person Street Plaza. In addition to their food truck, they also have a location in the Greystone Village Shopping Center at the corner of Lead Mine and Sawmill Roads in Raleigh. Get to know them on their website here.
  • John also shared the news that The Lost Cajun Restaurant, serving up seafood and gumbo, is coming to the former Wendy’s spot on Forest Pines Drive in Wakefield. There is a ‘Coming Soon’ sign in the window, but no word yet on a timeline. This will be the second North Carolina location for the chain, the first in the Triangle. Get familiar with them here.
  • And if that is not enough seafood news for you, the ITB Insider reported this week that permits were recently issued for Raleigh’s first location of The Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar at McNeill Pointe. McNeill Pointe is currently under construction and is located just across the street from Mami Nora’s restaurant at the corner of McNeill and Wake Forest Road. The Shuckin’ Shack has a location in Durham and two in Cary. Check them out here.
  • The highly anticipated Morgan Street Food Hall in Raleigh’s Warehouse District will remain just that, for now. Last Friday, just over a week from its anticipated opening, we got word the opening would be delayed until at least August. So now we wait…Check it out here.
  • Also in Raleigh, John Huisman, aka Triangle Explorer, was the first to share about the opening of Fig, a new coffee shop and cocktail bar, serving your favorite drinks all day and a small menu to accompany those. They are holding their grand opening tomorrow, Saturday, July 21 and are located at 1000 Brookside Drive. Get to know them on their website here and their Facebook page here.
  • A quick update. One of our readers informed us that TLC Wings and Grill Sports Bar is now open in the old Applebee’s space on Hillsborough Street near Meredith College. Get a peek at their menu here.
  • Saw a tweet from EatRaleigh that a neat new spot in Clayton’s Riverwood neighborhood called 9Bar Coffee Shop has opened. They are open seven days a week serving up coffee options during the day, and beer and wine in the evening. They are located at 411 Athletic Blvd. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Over in Fuqua Varina, John Huisman (he really has a nose for fun coffee spots) informed us that Cultivate Cafe + Coffee Roasters, a new coffee shop and roaster, has opened in the downtown area in the former EMS building across from the library. They serve freshly-roasted organic coffee and other complementary house-made products, like ice cream made from grass-fed organic milk and hand-crafted sweet and savory baked goods from Bestow Bakery. Get familiar with them here.
  • Up in Wake Forest, reader Brandon Clevenger gave us several quick updates. First, Freddy’s Steakburgers will be opening July 29 at corner of Retail Dr and 98. And next door to that there is a Chipotle and a Firehouse Subs. No timeline for either of those. And a little further up Capital, in the Harris Crossing Shopping Center, Doug’s Dogs and More has been replaced by the recently opened 9.19 Island Café serving up Jamaican dishes. Get familiar with 9.19 here.
  • And if that is not enough Wake Forest news for you, Clevenger also reported that Backfins Crab House has opened at the corner of Stadium Drive and Capital Blvd. (1009 Stadium Drive to be exact). They serve up (you guessed it) crabs, crab cakes and ice cold beer! Sign me up! Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • The News & Observer reported this week that Pokéworks, a national chain with 20 locations in eight states, will open its first North Carolina location this year in Durham’s One City Center. Look for a mid-September opening. Pokéworks, started in 2015, has 20 locations and has plans for more, including one in Raleigh scheduled to open next year. The Raleigh location will also be owned by Andy Lee. The company said two more North Carolina locations are planned. Check them out here.
  • In Chapel Hill the lovely and talented Lori Bowers-Lennard informed us that Quickly Boba Café in Meadowmont in the former Market Street Coffee location is now open. They serve hot and cold drinks made with premium quality flower and tea leaves as well as unique Asian street food. Quickly is one of the largest tapioca milk tea franchises in the world, with over 2,000 locations in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Also in Chapel Hill, the local Facebook page for B.Good indicated that they are looking at an early August (possibly August 2) opening date for their newest location at Carolina Square (near the new Target). B. Good has two locations in Raleigh (downtown and North Hills), and one in Morrisville. They also have one planned for Durham’s One City Center. Get familiar with them here.

Closings

  •  None to report! Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  • The dates have been set for the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo and Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeos. Check out Durham here and Raleigh here.
  • Two great sites to keep up with your favorite food trucks. Street Food Finder is one – find it here. And another, aptly named, is Roaming Hungerfind it here.

Events

  • 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 ends on October 20 with the Fall Fête on The Green in Southern Village. Check out this video that gives you a great look at all the events that make up TerraVita. Or visit their website here.
  • WRAL shared that this Sunday, July 22nd is the Taste of Soul NC event at Durham Central Park from 1 to 6 p.m. Enjoy ribs, burgers, Jamaican food, jambalaya, vegan food, Italian ice, cakes, shaved ice and much more, including lots of entertainment options for adults and kids. The event is free. Get all the details here.
  • Sunday, August 26th is the date for Families Moving Forward’s Kids for Change End of Summer Celebration at Durham Central Park from 3-5 p.m. featuring budget-friendly food trucks and lots of fun entertainment. Admission is free. Check it out here.
  • The NCRLA Chef Showdown is an annual statewide culinary competition sponsored by the NC Department of Ag. that will result in a final competition on Monday, Aug 27 in Charlotte. The final event is in conjunction with the first night of the industry’s Restaurant & Hotel Expo. Get all the information you need here.
  • The 2nd annual Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market Brewfest is happening on Saturday, August 25, with a 12 pack of local brewers and fermenters bringing product to sample and sell. Look for: Botanist & Barrel, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Bull City Ciderworks, Dingo Dog Brewing, Fullsteam Brewery, Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Mystery Brewing, Oak & Dagger Public House, Raleigh Brewing, Starpoint Brewing, 3rd Degree Brewhouse, and Vecino Brewing. The address is 201 S. Estes Drive Chapel Hill. (University Place next to Silverspot) and hours are regular market hours, 8am-12. Get 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, 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.

Food Bank Corner

  • As a part of the Stop Summer Hunger initiative, generous friends of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina will match every gift – dollar for dollar. Please help them reach their matching goal of $135,000. For every $20 you give, the Food Bank can provide 200 meals! Make your donation here!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – July 13, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • The highly anticipated Morgan Street Food Hall will open in Raleigh’s Warehouse District on July 23 – that is just one week from this coming Monday. So far, nineteen unique and diverse establishments are gearing up for the opening (more to follow) in this very cool downtown space that is very large, warm and inviting. Get a list of the restaurants and all the details here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • I attended a media preview event at Morgan Street Food Hall (ya’ll gonna love it!), and learned from a Facebook live post on WTVD’s site that Oak City Fish & Chips (which has a spot at the Food Hall) will open a second brick and mortar location 30 days after this opening in southeast Raleigh off Rock Quarry Road at 2822 New Birch Drive in Farmington Square. The guys behind Oak City (originally from Raleigh) also have three food trucks serving the Triangle. Learn all about them here.
  • Over in Seaboard Station, John Huisman, aka Triangle Explorer, posted on Instagram that a spot called Papa Shogun, an Italian and Japanese establishment, is coming to the former Kimbap spot. I can’t decide if that is an interesting combination or something perfect for those that just can’t decide. Stay tuned and we will update as we learn more.
  • Just outside of downtown on Western Blvd., the ITB Insider noted this week that in the former Gourmet Factory spot at 3933 Western Blvd., a permit was issued for Sultan Kebab. We couldn’t find a local Internet presence for them, so we will have to keep an eye on it.
  • The ITB Insider also reported this week that Rockin’ Rolls Sushi, Durham’s popular Japanese restaurant, will soon open a brand-new Raleigh location at Harvest Plaza on Strickland Road. An opening date has not yet been announced. This will be their second location. Get familiar with them here.
  • Over in Cary, learned from Michael DePersia at National Restaurant Properties that the Brixx in Cary at the corner of High House and Davis (Bradford Center) has been purchased by a retired New Jersey firefighter who just moved here, Tim Morley. Some minor upgrades are planned, but for the most part plan on continuing the business as is. Check them out here.
  • Also in Cary, learned this week that Anna Ko will open Terra Bonum Salad Cafe next Monday, July 16 in the spot formerly occupied by Giardino Gourmet Salads on Harrison Avenue in the Bass Pro Shop shopping center. Look for them to offer up fresh salads, wraps and grain bowls. Robbie Casey (from Giardino) will continue their catering efforts. Get to know them on Facebook here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  •  Learned from Melissa Shahady that Hutchins Garage has opened in the Central Park District at 402 W. Geer Street in Durham. Looks like pizza and beer top the list of great options there as well as a very cool atmosphere. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Also in Durham, saw a Grand Opening sign for Los Cabos Bar & Grill Mexican Restaurant at 4020 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. in the spot that was most recently the Saucy Crab. Looks like they have a lot of yummy seafood options! Check them out here.
  • Over in Chapel Hill, the Lennard family dined at Monterrey Mexican restaurant earlier this week just prior to their move over to Ram’s Plaza this past Tuesday. They have successfully transitioned into the former Bailey’s spot. The former spot on Elliott Road will become a new concept (same owners), but work on that hasn’t begun yet. Check out Monterrey’s new location here.
  • Also in Chapel Hill, the newest pizza joint on Franklin Street will open this weekend. MidiCi will begin offering its Neapolitan pizzas, pasta, gelato and other culinary delights with a Buy-One-Pizza-Get-One-Free promotion July 14 and 15, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. it is located at 100 E. Franklin Street at the corner of Franklin and Columbia streets. Check them out here.
  • And speaking of Franklin Street saw on the local Facebook page for B.Good that they are looking at an early August (possibly August 2) opening date for their newest location at Carolina Square (near the new Target). B. Good has two locations in Raleigh (downtown and North Hills), and one in Morrisville. Get familiar with them here.
  • And a quick shout out to Al Bowers and his team over at Al’s Burger Shack for finishing #1 on TripAdvisor’s list of top burgers in the entire United States. The original location of Al’s Burger Shack is on W. Franklin Street. He recently opened a second location in Chapel Hill’s Southern Village and has plans to open a slight variation on this when he opens Al’s Pub Shack in Chatham county soon. Get familiar with Al’s here.

Closings

  •  Michael DePersia of National Restaurant Properties notified us that Smoothie King on Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street has closed.
  • Also on Franklin Street, the Triangle Business Journal reported that Toppers Pizza is set to close at the beginning of August. Toppers still has two franchise locations in north Raleigh, off Creedmoor Road and Ronald Drive.
  • Over in downtown Durham, The Cupcake Bar announced on their Facebook page that after 10 years, they will be serving their last cupcakes on August 4th.
  • Down in Fuquay-Varina, David McCreary reported that Rock Harbor Grill at 132 S  Fuquay Avenue has closed its doors for good.

Food Trucks

  • The dates have been set for the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo and Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeos. Check out Durham here and Raleigh here.
  • Two great sites to keep up with your favorite food trucks. Street Food Finder is one – find it here. And another, aptly named, is Roaming Hungerfind it here.

Events

  • Duke Homestead celebrates North Carolina’s food history and culture this Saturday, July 14 at “Pork, Pickles and Peanuts: Tastes of North Carolina.” This free, fun family event focuses on everything that makes the state taste great with the highly competitive and extremely tasty annual Barbecue Cook-Off and Pie Competition from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get all the details here.
  • The Rickhouse will host Durham’s 4th Annual PickleFest on Sunday, July 15th – a pickle-packed tasting event and market place! The event will showcase North Carolina made products from pickle vendors near and far including locally crafted kombucha and kimchi! Triangle area restaurants sample their unique pickle dishes as well as pickle flavored beers and a Bloody Mary bar to quench your thirst and pucker your lips! VIP tickets are $20 and include a gift and early bird entry from noon – 1pm, plus Home Pickler’s Contest Tasting and (1) free drink ticket. General Admission tickets are $10 and include either Session 1 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or Session 2 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Kids under 10 years old are free. Get tickets and all the details here.
  •  The NCRLA Chef Showdown is an annual statewide culinary competition sponsored by the NC Department of Ag. that will result in a final competition on Monday, Aug 27 in Charlotte. The final event is in conjunction with the first night of the industry’s Restaurant & Hotel Expo. Get all the information you need here.
  • The 2nd annual Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market Brewfest is happening on Saturday, August 25, with a 12 pack of local brewers and fermenters bringing product to sample and sell. Look for: Botanist & Barrel, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Bull City Ciderworks, Dingo Dog Brewing, Fullsteam Brewery, Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Mystery Brewing, Oak & Dagger Public House, Raleigh Brewing, Starpoint Brewing, 3rd Degree Brewhouse, and Vecino Brewing. The address is 201 S. Estes Drive Chapel Hill. (University Place next to Silverspot) and hours are regular market hours, 8am-12. Get details here.

Food Bank Corner

  • As a part of the Stop Summer Hunger initiative, generous friends of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina will match every gift – dollar for dollar. Please help them reach their matching goal of $135,000. For every $20 you give, the Food Bank can provide 200 meals! Make your donation here!

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