Friday Fun Food Facts – November 2, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

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

Wake County Restaurant News

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

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

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


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

Food Trucks

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


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

Food Bank Corner

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

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