Friday Fun Food Facts – May 3, 2019

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • One of my favorite annual events released details this week about their event dates and when tickets will go on sale. The 10th anniversary edition of Terra Vita Food & Drink Festival will take place in Chapel Hill October 16 – 19, 2019. Tickets go on sale July 11, so put that date on your calendar to snap up the quick sell-outs! Get all the details here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Downtown Raleigh’s Transfer Co. Food Hall announced two more tenants this week. Alimentari at Left Bank will serve Italian classics, flatbreads and freshly-made pasta by the pound. It will also feature downtown Raleigh’s first whole-animal butchery and charcuterie shop, which will source its animals from local farms in Saxaphaw and Snow Camp. Get to know them here.
  • The second announcement this week was Mama Crow’s, which will feature fresh, locally-sourced salads, burgers, house-made cheeses and hand-cut fries. These two additions join the diverse mix of Transfer’s existing food booths, which include Longleaf Swine, Bul Box, Locals Seafood, Burial Beer Co., Benchwarmer Bagels, Che Empanadas, Chhote’s, Captain Cookie and The Milkman and Dank Burrito. Check out Mama Crow here.
  • Additional announcements out of Transfer Co. Food Hall this week included expanded hours –  open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. It also announced the addition of new coworking and event spaces. A rentable, 3,000 sq. ft. ballroom can be used for private events but will also provide space for community events like concerts and pop-up markets. The final addition will be a 50-desk coworking space for startups and entrepreneurs to meet and collaborate. Transfer Co. Food Hall is located at 500 E. Davie Street in downtown Raleigh. Check them out here.
  • Down in Apex, reader Chris Creighton shared the news that a new Asian restaurant opened at 2143 Ten Ten Road called JJ Cafe. It occupies the former Fuji Express location and serves up Japanese and Asian cuisine. Get familiar with them here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • The News & Observer shared the news this week that chef Sidney Coves has opened (opening today, May 3) the second location of his True Flavors Diner at 2022 Chapel Hill Road, taking over the former Lakewood restaurant space and Scratch Baking spots. The original location is also in Durham, just outside of RTP at 5410 Highway 55. Check them out here.
  • Got word this week that Stem Ciders opened The Northern Spy, a bar, restaurant and bottle shop featuring the largest variety of cider in the Southeast. The Northern Spy features cider, beer, wine, and cocktails paired with a locally sourced, scratch-made food menu, offering ‘American Fare with a Southern Twist’. It is located at 2812 Erwin Road in Durham, North Carolina in the space formerly occupied by Mattie Beason’s Black Twig Cider House. Get to know them here.
  • Over in Durham and Chapel Hill, WRAL is reporting that as of May 1, the Durham location of the Bagel Bar has closed indefinitely and that the Chapel Hill location is for sale. Owner Jonathan Collins indicated the name is for sale as well. Hopefully someone will come along and keep things going. Keep up with them as it unfolds. .
  • In Chapel Hill, reader Glenn Gillen noted that WCHL radio and its website were reporting that Sutton’s has opened a second Chapel Hill location.  It’s in the remodeled atrium at the Europa Center. Sutton’s also has a location in Graham. Check them out here.
  • Down in Hillsborough, the News & Oberver’s Drew Jackson reported that James Pharmacy, which replaced LaPlace Louisiana Cookery after a five-year run, opened this week. The new concept serves fresh North Carolina seafood and kept LaPlace’s creative beverage program, the popular Sunday brunches, and their famous Bloody Mary menu. Also improved outdoor seating and an expanded beer and wine selection. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • On a sad note, our friends over at Pulcinella’s in Durham shared the news that Salvatore “Rino” Fevola, principal partner in Pulcinella’s in Durham, passed away on Tuesday. Rino brought smiles and touched hearts to all who knew him. Our prayers are with his family and everyone that knew and loved him. See Pulcinella’s here.
  • And down in Kinston, friend and on-air radio extraordinaire Kitty Kinnin shared this week that Chef & The Farmer’s Vivian Howard (just in time for Mother’s Day) is launching Handy & Hot, a new small-batch, mail order bake shop from their ovens in Kinston. Their first batch, a limited release of Coconut Lime Cornmeal Pound Cake, pays homage to moms everywhere – especially Vivian’s. Check it out here.


  • The folks over at EatRaleigh reported that the couple behind the amazing Filipino market and restaurant Bitter Melon in Angier have decided to retire, and will be closing shop on May 26th. There is still time to get by!

Food Trucks 

  •  Thanks to a note from Mark Ginsberg, I learned that the Knightdale Food Truck Thursdays is getting ready to kick back up for the season. The event is held the third Thursday of the month from April through October at Knightdale Station Park for lunch AND dinner. Get all the details, truck schedule and more here.
  • Go ahead and mark down the dates for 2019 for the Durham Food Truck rodeos – they are: June 16, September 1 and November 3! Get all the dates here.
  • And the dates for the 2019 edition of the Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo have been released – they are Sunday May 5th – 12-6pm (Cinco de mayo ); Sunday June 9th – 12-6pm; Sunday August 4th – 3pm-9pm ( Evening Rodeo ); and Sunday Oct 6th – 12-6pm. All are held along Fayetteville Street. Get all the details here.


  •  On May 4th, the good folks at the Root Cellar in Pittsboro will host another of their extremely popular Low Country Shrimp Boil. The $30 ticket will entitle you to all-you-can-eat Gulf shrimp, sausage, potatoes, corn-on-the-cob and banana pudding. The event runs from 4-7 p.m. Get details and tickets here.
  • Cary’s 4th annual Fest in the West festival returns on Saturday, May 4th from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. The event features old-fashioned contests (like pie eating!), artists, beer, food trucks (10) and live bands on multiple stages. (Rain date is May 5). Get all the details here.
  • Saturday, May 18th is the date for the 14th Annual Carolina Pig Jig, a BBQ cook-off at the NC State Fairgrounds and part of the Got To Be NC Festival. The event runs from 11 a.m. until the BBQ runs out. All proceeds go go to the Masonic Home for Children. Get all the details here.
  • Mark your calendar for May 19th from 5 to 8 p.m. and make your way over to Pittsboro for their Farm & Art Dinner where they will celebrate Chatham’s culinary artistry, visual and performing artistry, and appreciation for small family farms. Main Street Pittsboro will welcome friends, guests and family to a table in the center of Hillsboro Street to discover, acknowledge, and honor the skills of local chefs, farmers, and artists in this fundraiser to continue the mission of revitalizing the historic downtown district. Get all the details on their Facebook event page here.
  • Also on May 19th from 5-8 p.m., the Rickhouse will host Durham Strong to help support those  injured or out of work from the explosion that shook downtown Durham. The event will feature live music, food, drink and a silent auction. $150 VIP early admission (4 p.m.) with an exclusive “In the Parlour” discussion with our city’s food leaders, or $100 for regular admission. Participants include:It’s a Southern Thing; COPA; Viceroy; Lula & Sadies’; Ramblers  ; Louella Wine Beer & Beverage; Alley 26; Fullsteam; Durham Distillery; Union Member House; The Parlor; Loaf; East Durham Bake Shop; and more. All proceeds go to the Bull City Strong Fund with Upserve Works in Durham 501(c)(3) and will benefit those injured or out of work from the explosion. Get details and tickets here.
  • The Apex Latino Festival will take place on Saturday, June 1 from 3-10 p.m in downtown Apex. Celebrate the Latino culture with children’s arts and crafts workshops, local Latino art exhibits, a culinary event, Latin American dance, music performances, and an authentic arts and crafts bazaar. Purchase a passport to sample tasty authentic food and dessert delights from over 12 different Latino Countries. Get all the details here.
  • On Saturday, June 8th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.  the Town of Cary will host the Pimento Cheese Festival where food trucks will line Academy Street to serve their regular menu, along with new dishes featuring a southern delicacy: pimento cheese! Enjoy live music at the Downtown Park, grab a drink from local breweries, and taste some of the best pimento cheese samples from local restaurants. You can even test your skills in the pimento cheese sculpting contest. Get all the details here.
  • Taste celebrates the vibrant Durham-Chapel Hill culinary scene with a festival of food & beverage events, June 26-30, 2019. All told, the event features 5 premium culinary events. New for this year, they are offering back-to-back nights of their signature Grand Taste Experience at the Durham Armory – with each night featuring over 30 great local restaurants. The week also boasts a 1920s themed Speakeasy Nightclub at a secret location, a 6-Course Southern Feast Dinner at Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club and a Boozy Brunch at Clouds Brewing. Get all the details and tickets here.

Food Bank Corner

  • The annual National Association of Letter Carriers will hold their “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive on Saturday, May 11. The annual drive, where you leave non-perishable goods at your mailbox, supports food distributions to families experiencing food-insecurity. Get all the details here.

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