Friday Fun Food Facts – February 10, 2017

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Are you looking for Valentine’s Day plans for you and your sweetheart? Well, the News & Observer has you covered. Here’s a roundup of some of the offerings from Triangle restaurants, tour groups, bakeries and more by county.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • WRAL brought it to our attention that Brewery Bhavana has posted “early March” as the anticipated opening of their new spot – a brewery, taproom, dim sum restaurant, and flower shop – located at 218 South Blount Street off Raleigh’s Moore Square in the former Tir na Nog space. Keep up with their progress and announcement on their Facebook page here.
  • Soca, which is going into the former Faire spot in Raleigh’s Cameron Village, posted on their Facebook page this week that they will open March 1st…ish. Soca is being brought to us by the owners of the popular eatery Buku, Sean Degnan and Tony Hopkins. Where Buku tends to focus on updates of popular, approachable dishes from Asia, Soca will shift its eye to South and Central America, the menu bouncing between Colombia and Mexico, Trinidad and Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Chile. Get a peek at their menu and keep up with their updates and pending opening on their Facebook page here.
  • And just down Oberlin Road, Diced opened their newest location this past Monday at 1028 Oberlin Road. The original location is on Kildaire Farm Road in Cary. Check out Diced here.
  • Over in Cary there is something brewing at Cozzolino’s New York Style Pizza at the corner of Kildaire Farm and Penny Rd. As of now, it is closed, but I’m hearing there are big plans in the works. Stay tuned as this story develops.
  • And finally, the good folks over at the Western Wake Farmers Market are trying to secure a “forever” home in partnership with the town of Morrisville. It would be a wonderful addition to the community and they need your support. If you are inclined, jump over to the site to see how you can contribute to make this a reality. Thanks!

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • The News & Observer announced this week that Fullsteam Brewery, Durham’s beloved beer hall and gathering place, will be adding a kitchen that will be run by chef Kyle McKnight, most recently of Highland Avenue Restaurant in Hickory. Sean Lilly Wilson, owner of Fullsteam, said Tuesday morning that he hopes to have the first phase of the kitchen open by the brewery’s seventh anniversary in August. Check out Fullsteam here.
  • Got word from Amber Watson over at Bites of Bull City that Wedgies Sandwich Shop opened this past Wednesday on the American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham at 359 Blackwell Street. The original Wedgies, and thus it’s name, is located in the golfing community of Southern Pines. Get familiar with Wedgies here.
  • Over near the Streets at Southpoint, got word from Glenn Gillen that The Melting Pot is moving from its current location “around the corner” to the former Ai Fuji spot in the Southpoint Crossing Shopping Center at 202 NC Hwy 54. An employee at The Melting Pot confirmed the move and noted it would be sometime this summer. Check them out here.
  • Staying on that side of town, reader Jeff Cross shared with us that a new restaurant called Bua Thai is moving into the old Pale and Porter spot in Sutton Square shopping center on Fayetteville Road in Durham. The banner says opening March 15. Unfortunately, we could not find a web presence. Stay tuned. Thanks Jeff!
  • And in Chapel Hill, John Huisman (aka Triangle Explorer) shared that the Honeysuckle Tea House will open for the season on April 1, 2017. If you’ve never been, it is worth the trek. Check them out here.

Closings

  • This past Monday Café de los Muertos, a popular coffee shop on Hargett Street in downtown Raleigh, closed rather abruptly. Apparently there is new ownership in play, but no details have emerged yet about when they might reopen. The News & Observer has a little more information on this development here.

Food Trucks

  • Anyone have any information on the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo’s dates for 2017? We are a week into February and no dates have been posted. Certainly would hate to see that event end. Truck calendars fill up early…If anyone has any details, let me know.

Events

  • The Downtown Durham Food Tour has a few spots open for their next tour this Saturday! It will take place in the city’s center and highlight a few favorite new restaurants near DPAC and the Durham Bulls Stadium. Attendees will get to try all kinds of delicious cuisine from American to Japanese to South American! The meet up spot is the new beer garden, The Bullpen; other stops include Basan and Luna. Must be 21+ to attend. (Alcoholic drinks beyond what is provided by the restaurants during the tour must be purchased separately.) Contact the host in advance if there are any food allergy restrictions. Get all the details here.
  • Families Moving Forward in Durham is launching Chefs for Change, a fundraising dinner series that will pair the burgeoning Durham food scene with the needs of families experiencing homelessness. The series kicks off Monday, February 20 with a launch party at the Rickhouse and will be followed by a dinner every other month (beginning in April) featuring a distinguished chef serving three or more courses. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit Families Moving Forward. The chef line-up will be announced at the launch party. Tickets to that are just $25. Get all the details on the series here and on Families Moving Forward here.
  • The Lucy Daniels Center is proud to announce the inaugural Cooking for a Classic series. This unique philanthropic event held at 1705 Prime (1705 E. Millbrook Road) in Raleigh throughout February and March will feature the talents of 16 local and regional chefs competing head to head to win a beautifully restored 1969 Corvette Stingray. The competition is structured tournament style, with two chefs paired together each night and the winner advancing to the next round until a champion is crowned. Get information on the chefs, dates and ticket information here.
  • Viceroy Durham will collaborate with Bull McCabes Irish Pub to celebrate the spring festival of Holi on March 11th on the lawn at Bull McCabes. The food will be a preview of the thali style dishes that will be available when Viceroy opens for lunch service. The color fight will be taking place between noon and 3pm with kid’s activities throughout the day. DJ’s will keep the party going until 11pm. Get all the details on their website here.
  • DPAC is partnering again with Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom and Sam’s Quik Shop to host the 5th Annual Bull City Food and Beer Experience on Sunday, March 12. The event features the Harris On stage Experience showcasing additional brewery and local food vendors, unlimited samplings and three floors of food & beverage options, so make sure you visit each level of DPAC’s lobbies for the full experience. Get additional information and tickets here.
  • I’m going to just put this right here for my buddy Tim Coynesmith. You (and Tim) will just have to click through to see what it is. Let’s just say it involves beer…and bacon…need I say more? Oh, and clear your calendar for April 8th. (hint: it’s a festival involving beer and bacon…)
  • April 20-23 are the dates for TASTE, a huge culinary event that includes a series of culinary experiences. Now in its fourth year, TASTE invites and assembles more than 50 of the best chefs, culinary artisans, artists, brewmasters, sommeliers, and mixologists in the local area. Enjoy “Grand Taste” signature experiences where you can sample the area’s best chefs, spirits and craft beers, as well as special dinners and classes. Purchase tickets and get additional information here.
  • On Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 5-10pm at the Rickhouse in Durham, guests can sit back and watch the excitement while local, renowned chefs prepare a five course, farm-to-table feast showcasing local ingredients and inventive plate presentation right before your eyes. The chefs are: Justin Anderson, Nana’s; Ricky Moore, Saltbox; Kaci Walker, JuJu; Regan Stachler, PatriaFood, Chicken Wire & LittleHen; BJ Patel, Viceroy; Brian Whetsel, The Federal; Amy Tornquist, Watt’s Grocery; John Knox, Vin Rouge; Rob Kinneen, The Boot; and Rhonda Jones, Chez Moi Bakery. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour at 5 pm where chefs will prepare the first course right before your eyes. Individual tickets are $225 and are available here .
  • And got word from Lisa Jeffries that the Raleigh Food & Wine Festival has set their dates for this year as May 18-21, 2017. Go ahead and mark your calendar. More details to follow here.

Food Bank Corner

  • Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, a day that focuses around nice meals, flowers, and candy. The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina reminds us that for our food-insecure neighbors in need, however, it’s just another day of making tough choices between paying rent or filling empty bellies. Do you have a Heart for Hunger this Valentine’s Day?

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Friday Fun Food Facts – February 3, 2017

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Carrboro is getting cooler and cooler. And the latest announcement certainly helps. The owners of Al’s Burger Shack in Chapel Hill are opening a new restaurant in Carrboro called Mel’s Commissary & Luncheonette. Melody Bowers and her husband, Al, plan to open the concept in March at 109 W. Main St., where Tres Amigos Restaurant and Cantina used to be. Check out Al’s here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Got word from David Prestrud at Plan A. Architecture that Lume Grill is coming to Cary in the old Pita Bon / Loop Pizza spot on Kildaire Farm Road. Unfortunately we don’t have a timeline or a link to share, but we will keep an eye on it. Thanks David!
  • Also in Cary, Prestrud shared that Pro’s Epicurean Market and Cafe is coming to 211 E. Chatham St. (the spot where The Food Factory and then Dorry’s Downtown were), in front of Bond Brothers Brewery. It touts itself as an eclectic market, wine bar and café featuring authentic Italian/French/European cuisine. Keep up with their progress on Facebook here.
  • And an update on Charlie Grainger’s newest location on Chapel Hill Road. According to one of our reader’s who was in that location, they will swing open their doors next Monday, February 6. Check out Grainger’s here.
  • Over in Raleigh’s North Ridge Shopping Center, Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Zoe’s Kitchen and Chopt Creative Salad Company will open locations there. The North Ridge location will be Chopt’s second in Raleigh, which opened its first at Cameron Village in December. Zoe’s Kitchen has three locations in Raleigh and Morrisville, plus a fourth location planned at the Shops at Eastgate on 1800 E. Franklin St. in Chapel Hill. Check out Zoe’s here and Chopt here.
  • And finally, the good folks over at the Western Wake Farmers Market are trying to secure a “forever” home in partnership with the town of Morrisville. It would be a wonderful addition to the community and they need your support. If you are inclined, jump over to the site to see how you can contribute to make this a reality. Thanks!

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Chapel Hill’s legendary La Residence reopened yesterday (February 2) after being closed since June of last year due to a fire. Time to work them back into your rotation. Check out their Facebook page for pictures of the “new” La Rez!
  • We are getting closer and closer to the opening of Stoney River Steakhouse in Chapel Hill’s University Place on Estes Drive. It is located in the space just in front of the new Silverspot Cinema. Stoney River is part of the J. Alexander’s group (which just opened a J. Alexander’s Restaurant up the hill from Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh). The sign is up and they are actively hiring. Any day now… Check them out here.
  • Also in Chapel Hill, John Huisman (aka Triangle Explorer) shared that the Honeysuckle Tea House will open for the season on April 1, 2017. If you’ve never been, it is worth the trek. Check them out here.
  • And John also brought it to our attention that Sangha Tea is moving towards opening a permanent location in Chapel Hill. We don’t know where yet, but there is a photo of the interior of the space on their Twitter feed. Stay tuned! In the meantime, learn more about Sangha Tea here.
  • An update on the news last month that Jasmin Mediterranean had closed their location in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill (intersection of Columbia and Franklin) to make way for Lotsa Stone Fired Pizza. We learned this week that Jasmin is planning their next location on 15-501 somewhere between Durham & Chapel Hill. A little vague, I know, but good news nonetheless. Check out Jasmin here.
  • Over in Durham, got word from a Yelp message board that a sign has gone up in the Erwin Terrace development (think Nosh and Black Twig Cedar House) for a donut shop called Early Bird Donuts. According to their Facebook page, they are a few weeks away from opening.
  • And if that is not enough sweetness for Durham, got word this week that the folks over at East Durham Pie Company are that much closer to opening a brick and mortar location. It was announced that their new home will be in East Durham at 406 S. Driver St. They plan to open this summer thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Check them out here.
  • Also in Durham, learned this week that the folks over at Alley Twenty Six at 320 E. Chapel Hill Street in Durham have opened a kitchen right next door to the bar and it will be helmed by Carrie Schleiffer (think Bar Virgile and G2B). Check them out on Facebook here and their website here.

Closings

  • Unless you were under a rock this week, it was announced last weekend that Cary’s An Cuisines closed after a 10-year run.
  • We learned that Yogurt Mountain on Creedmoor Road in Raleigh has closed.

Food Trucks

  • Come on food trucks, send me some info/updates!

Events

  • On February 8th, Piedmont’s executive Chef John May welcomes chef Justin Burdett – whose Local Provisions in Asheville, NC was named by EATER among the “21 Best New Restaurants in America” –  to collaborate on a 7-course winter menu (below) featuring North Carolina seafood and a wide range of preservation methods. Look for dishes featuring pickling, smoking, curing and more, alongside sustainably caught North Carolina seafood from Locals Seafood. Reservations can be made by contacting 919-683-1213. All special menus may be previewed in the events section on their website.
  • The Lucy Daniels Center is proud to announce the inaugural Cooking for a Classic series. This unique philanthropic event held at 1705 Prime (1705 E. Millbrook Road) in Raleigh throughout February and March will feature the talents of 16 local and regional chefs competing head to head to win a beautifully restored 1969 Corvette Stingray. The competition is structured tournament style, with two chefs paired together each night and the winner advancing to the next round until a champion is crowned. Get information on the chefs, dates and ticket information here.
  • DPAC is partnering again with Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom and Sam’s Quik Shop to host the 5th Annual Bull City Food and Beer Experience on Sunday, March 12. The event features the Harris On stage Experience showcasing additional brewery and local food vendors, unlimited samplings and three floors of food & beverage options, so make sure you visit each level of DPAC’s lobbies for the full experience. Get additional information and tickets here.
  • April 20-23 are the dates for TASTE, a huge culinary event that includes a series of culinary experiences. Now in its fourth year, TASTE invites and assembles more than 50 of the best chefs, culinary artisans, artists, brewmasters, sommeliers, and mixologists in the local area. Enjoy “Grand Taste” signature experiences where you can sample the area’s best chefs, spirits and craft beers, as well as special dinners and classes. Purchase tickets and get additional information here.
  • On Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 5-10 pm the Taste for A Cure Gala will take place at the Rickhouse in Durham, where guests can sit back and watch the excitement while local, renowned chefs prepare a five course, farm-to-table feast showcasing local ingredients and inventive plate presentation right before your eyes. The chefs are: Justin Anderson, Nana’s; Ricky Moore, Saltbox; Kaci Walker, JuJu; Regan Stachler, PatriaFood, Chicken Wire & LittleHen; BJ Patel, Viceroy; Brian Whetsel, The Federal; Amy Tornquist, Watt’s Grocery; John Knox, Vin Rouge; Rob Kinneen, The Boot; and Rhonda Jones, Chez Moi Bakery. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour at 5 pm where chefs will prepare the first course right before your eyes. Individual tickets are $225 and are available here.
  • And got word from Lisa Jeffries that the Raleigh Food & Wine Festival has set their dates for this year as May 18-21, 2017. Go ahead and mark your calendar. More details to follow here.

Food Bank Corner

  • Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, a day that focuses around nice meals, flowers, and candy. For our food-insecure neighbors in need, however, it’s just another day of making tough choices between paying rent or filling empty bellies. Do you have a Heart for Hunger this Valentine’s Day? Donate Now!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – January 27, 2017

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • He’s back! WRAL and the News & Observer reported that renowned barbecue pitmaster Ed Mitchell officially launches his food truck –  Ed Mitchell’s Q on Wheels – today, Friday, January 27, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Hampton Inn & Suites at Brier Creek. The hotel is at 8021 Arco Corporate Drive. He also plans on opening a brick-and-mortar location in Brier Creek. Check out his website here and his Facebook page here.
  • And looking for a great restaurant read (and/or to kill 15 minutes at the office today)? There is nothing more fun to read than the annual listing of the area’s “best” restaurants according to the News & Observer’s Greg Cox, as well as his pick for the “Restaurant of the Year.” Well done Greg! No spoilers here, you’ll have to read it yourself. Here you go.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • This past Tuesday, the guys over at Trophy Brewing Company opened Trophy Tap and Table on South Wilmington Street in downtown Raleigh in the former Busy Bee location. They will feature both Trophy Brewing as well as guest brewers and will have a menu centered around rotisserie chicken. So it is like a backyard cookout with someone else pouring you your beer and you don’t have to cook. Giddy up! Check them out here.  Thanks to John Huisman for the tip on that!
  • WRAL reported this week that signage has gone up for Soca in the former Faire spot in Raleigh’s Cameron Village and will likely open next month. Soca is being brought to us by the owners of the popular eatery Buku, Sean Degnan and Tony Hopkins. Where Buku tends to focus on updates of popular, approachable dishes from Asia, Soca will shift its eye to South and Central America, the menu bouncing between Colombia and Mexico, Trinidad and Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Chile. Get a peek at their menu and keep up with their updates and pending opening on their Facebook page here.
  • Thanks to a tip from Bob Newell, we learned that over on Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street Bob Jewett, owner of Bocci Trattoria and Pizzeria in Cary and Durham, is opening a third location in the former spot of Porter’s Tavern and later McDaids. Jewett, an N.C. State grad who got his start in the restaurant industry at the beloved Two Guys Pizza, said he hopes to open by early April. Check out Bocci here.
  • Got word from reader Joanne Gehas that there is a Vietnamese restaurant called Mekong Vietnamese Cuisine coming into the Alexander Village shopping center at 2121 T.W. Alexander Drive near Brier Creek. It will be located in the same shopping center as the Food Lion. They note that you will be able to enjoy authentic dishes from the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam. No word yet on an open date, so we will keep an eye on it. Here is a link to their Facebook page.
  • The newest Triangle-area location of Moe’s held their grand opening this past Wednesday. It is located in Cary’s Alston Town Center on Hwy. 55, just south of NC540. Their actual address is 5020 Arco Street, Cary, NC 27519, but being a new street, it still doesn’t show up on some mapping services. Check out Moe’s here.
  • Also in Cary, got word this week that the third Triangle-area location of First Watch is on schedule to open next month in the Shops at Bradford (Publix grocery store) at the corner of High House and Davis Drive. First Watch is a breakfast- and brunch-focused restaurant chain with locations on Glenwood Avenue and on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh. Check out First Watch here.
  • Over in Wake Forest, WRAL noted that it looks like sometime around the 1st of February the Triangle will be able to enjoy the next location of Panera Bread. This one will be located at 11665 Northpark Drive. Check out Panera here.
  • And speaking of Wake Forest, WRAL also noted that we are getting closer to the opening of the second Triangle-area location of MOD Pizza at 2815 Rogers Road as signage has now gone up on the building. Check out MOD here.
  • And finally, the good folks over at the Western Wake Farmers Market are trying to secure a “forever” home in partnership with the town of Morrisville. It would be a wonderful addition to the community and they need your support. If you are inclined, jump over to the site to see how you can contribute to make this a reality. Thanks!

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Amber Watson over at Bites of Bull City let me know that the Durham version of Beer Study is now open in the Rockwood Shopping Center where 15-501 Business intersects with University Drive. It is a joint effort of Beer Study and Starpoint Brewing. Check out the new space on their Facebook page here.
  • Also in Durham, saw on a Yelp message board that Pho & Poke recently opened just off Erwin Road in the same shopping center as Nosh and Black Twig Cedar House (where Chai’s used to be). Check them out here.
  • And speaking of poke, we have a quick update on ZenFish Poke Bar which is coming to Durham’s Ninth Street (810 Ninth Street to be exact). According to their Facebook page, the holidays and then snow slowed their progress, but they are now slated to open in February! Keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here or check out their regular site here.

Closings

  • Got word this week that the North Raleigh location of Tribeca Tavern on Falls of the Neuse Road will close Sunday, January 29th as Tribeca Hospitality focuses on its other properties. This ends a 6 year run. You can still frequent the Tribeca Tavern in Cary. Tribeca Hospitality also owns the First Watch franchise brand which has two locations in Raleigh and is opening a third in Cary next month. Visit their website here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Gregory Hamm announced via Facebook that he will be closing his P.G. Werth’s Restaurant & Market in downtown Raleigh by mid-February. He plans to continue operating his Café 121 restaurant and event venue in Sanford and Chef Hamm Inc. Catering, as well as continue to teach culinary classes.
  • Also in Raleigh, got word this week from the Triangle Business Journal that the Shucker’s location at 510 Glenwood Avenue will be closing. You can still visit their original location in Wake Forest.
  • Reader Steve Solloway informed us that Moonlight Swirl in north Raleigh in the Shops at Falls Village has closed.
  • Speaking of sweets, the beautiful and talented Lori Bowers-Lennard informed me that the Ben & Jerry’s location on Broad Street in Durham has closed.

Food Trucks

  • Everyone remembers Steven Goff, right? Former butcher at Standard Foods. We told you awhile back that he was working toward bringing a food truck to the Triangle (and entire state). Well, looks like we are just days/weeks away from him hitting the streets with his Brine Haus Food + Provisions food truck! In fact, he’s is already booking the truck for events. Keep up with his progress on the final details on the truck and his official announcement here on his Facebook page.

Events

  • This is cool. This Sunday at 6 p.m., chef Josh Young at Humble Pie in downtown Raleigh is hosting a Trash Ramen Pop-Up Dinner. What is that? Glad you asked. The wonderful U.S. of A. wastes more food than any nation on the planet. That’s not cool! Chef Josh Young is doing something about it. He’s making ramen broth utilizing stock and scraps and vegetables that are left over or likely thrown away to make a delicious, nourishing soup. He’ll be dishing out his magic this Sunday, Jan. 29th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. sharp until there’s nothing left. The bar will be open and ramen is only 12 bucks a bowl. Even better, a portion of the night’s proceeds will be donated to NO KID HUNGRY NC. Come on friends and slurp up some delicious ramen for a good cause. No reservations, just show up on time. Check out the details here.
  • Also on January 29th, City Barbeque will host its first-ever charitable Pass the Pigs competition. Contributions from playing a modified version of the classic game- where throwing two small plastic pigs results in a score-will directly benefit local food banks in the area. During the competition, guests who donate $5 or more to support each joint’s food bank partner will receive a free Pass the Pigs game set, and donations of any amount will be accepted. The highest scorer in each restaurant will win a $50 gift card, and the highest score across all restaurants will win a $250 gift card. Get all the details here.
  • Tickets are now on sale for the annual Triangle Wine Experience, which offers dinners, wine tastings and more from Feb. 2-4. At 7 p.m. Feb. 2, there are winemaker dinners at restaurants throughout the Triangle. Many are sold out but check the website for what is still available. Cost: $150-$165. At 5 p.m. Feb. 4, the grand gala with live and silent auctions. The location of the gala is still to be determined. Cost: $225-$250. All proceeds benefits the Frankie Lemmon School, a Raleigh nonprofit that provides support and instruction for children with special needs. Click here for more information and tickets.
  • On February 8th, Piedmont’s executive chef John May welcomes chef Justin Burdett – whose Local Provisions in Asheville, NC was named by EATER among the “21 Best New Restaurants in America” –  to collaborate on a 7-course winter menu (below) featuring North Carolina seafood and a wide range of preservation methods. Look for dishes featuring pickling, smoking, curing and more, alongside sustainably caught North Carolina seafood from Locals Seafood. Reservations can be made by contacting 919-683-1213. All special menus may be previewed in the events section on their website.
  • The Lucy Daniels Center is proud to announce the inaugural Cooking for a Classic series. This unique philanthropic event held at 1705 Prime (1705 E. Millbrook Road) in Raleigh throughout February and March will feature the talents of 16 local and regional chefs competing head to head to win a beautifully restored 1969 Corvette Stingray. The competition is structured tournament style, with two chefs paired together each night and the winner advancing to the next round until a champion is crowned. Get information on the chefs, dates and ticket information here.
  • DPAC is partnering again with Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom and Sam’s Quik Shop to host the 5th Annual Bull City Food and Beer Experience on Sunday, March 12. The event features the Harris On stage Experience showcasing additional brewery and local food vendors, unlimited samplings and three floors of food & beverage options, so make sure you visit each level of DPAC’s lobbies for the full experience. Get additional information and tickets here.
  • April 20-23 are the dates for TASTE, a huge culinary event that includes a series of culinary experiences. Now in its fourth year, TASTE invites and assembles more than 50 of the best chefs, culinary artisans, artists, brewmasters, sommeliers, and mixologists in the local area. Enjoy “Grand Taste” signature experiences where you can sample the area’s best chefs, spirits and craft beers, as well as special dinners and classes. Purchase tickets and get additional information here.

Food Bank Corner 

  • Want to host a “food drive”? From the comfort of your office and your computer? Huh? Well, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina’s Virtual Food Drive is a food drive online! Through an existing drive or one that you start yourself, participants can browse through our virtual grocery aisles, select items to add to a shopping cart, and check-out by making a monetary donation. Check it out here!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – January 20, 2017

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • I got a sneak peek last night of Raleigh’s hottest new addition – Vidrio, brought to us by the folks at LM Restaurants. This place is simply stunning – in look, feel, service and menu. Located at 500 Glenwood Avenue (first two floors of the Carolina Ale House building), the Mediterranean-style dining experience begins next Monday, January 23rd when you’ll be able to enjoy a blend of Greek, Turkish, Lebanese, Moroccan, Spanish, and other coastal influences. And the drink menu? Off the charts! In addition to the amazingly delicious cocktails, Vidrio also offers more than 50 wines on tap and another 300 by the bottle. Get this spot in your rotation as soon as possible! Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • WRAL reported that the folks behind Sushi Nine (that burned nearly to the ground in January, 2016) held a groundbreaking ceremony this week announcing the rebuilding of the popular eatery in its former location at 3812 Western Boulevard. No exact timeline was released. See renderings of the rebuild and keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here.
  • Your weekend brunch options just got a lot more interesting. The News & Observer reported this week that both Poole’s and Standard Foods would begin offering weekend brunch service. Prompted by the closing of Ashley Christensen’s Joule (being replaced by St. Roch Oyster + Bar), Poole’s will begin this spring, and will feature many of the dishes from Joule. Standard will begin their brunch service this Sunday (January 22). Check out Poole’s here and Standard Foods here.
  • Sean O’Neill informed me last week that the building permit for the next/second location of Chronic Tacos Mexican Grill in the Triangle has been issued. They expect to open in late March or early April at 1000 Forrestville Road in Wake Forest. Chronic’s other Triangle location is in Chapel Hill’s Meadowmont development. Check out Chronic Tacos here.
  • The ITB Insider reported this week that the popular North Raleigh brunch spot Brigs Restaurant in Brennan Station on Creedmoor Road should be reopening its doors very soon, as permits to repair damage caused by an electrical fire earlier this month were issued last week. Follow their Facebook page here to keep up with their reopening date.
  • Over in Cary, got word that Bottle Dog Bites & Brews will hold their grand opening this weekend (January 20-22). It is owned by the folks behind Woody’s, a longtime popular sports bar with locations in Cary and Raleigh and is located on Chapel Hill Road, just a few doors down from the Cary location of Woody’s. Check out their website to get all the details on the grand opening celebration lasting all weekend!
  • Also in Cary (and soon to be in Raleigh), got word from reader Laura A. that Kader’s French Bakery has closed in Cary Towne Center. That is the bad news, especially after just 7 months there. But word is that they are relocating to 1213 Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. We will keep an eye on this one. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • And finally, the good folks over at the Western Wake Farmers Market are trying to secure a “forever” home in partnership with the town of Morrisville. It would be a wonderful addition to the community and they need your support. If you are inclined, jump over to the site to see how you can contribute to make this a reality. Thanks!

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • On Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street, we got word from reader Thomas Viemont that the “express” version of Durham’s Cuban Revolution (nicknamed The Cube) has opened at the spot of the former Mina’s Grill at 401 W. Franklin Street (right next to The Franklin Hotel). Check them out here.
  • Last week we told you about the closing of Jasmin Mediterranean Bistro at the corner of Franklin Street and Columbia Street. This week The Daily Tar Heel reported that that spot will be filled by Lotsa Stone Fired Pizza (just when you thought Franklin Street already had “lotsa” pizza joints). This will be the chain’s sixth location in the U.S. No word yet on a timeline. Get familiar with them here.
  • Also in Chapel Hill, Mixed, a casual Korean bistro located at 1404 E. Franklin Street (that is at the bottom of the hill next to Caribou Coffee) has closed. That is the bad news (I really liked that place – fresh and made to order). But the Captain Poncho empire has expanded into that space and they are already open! What began as a truck, then adding a brick and mortar in Chapel Hill’s Southern Village, now has Captain Poncho’s Tacqueria at 1404 E. Franklin Street. Check them out here.

Closings

  • Got word from reader Chris Creighton that the Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt location in Cary’s Waverly Place has closed.
  • Learned from my friend Tabitha Turner that Mixed, a casual Korean bistro, has closed. It was near the intersection of E. Franklin and Estes Drive (see above to find out what is now in that space).
  • Got word from reader Paul Prause that On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina at Plantation Point (intersection of US1 and 540) has closed.

Food Trucks

  • Who else out there is missing their favorite food trucks? Might be the worst part of winter. But this weekend (Sunday afternoon) is the Winter Weekend for the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo featuring over 50 of your favorite food trucks! They will all be at the park (501 Foster Street) in downtown Durham from noon until 4 p.m. this Sunday, January 22 waiting to give you your winter fix of food truck goodness. Along with WXDU DJs spinning funky tunes and college rock, they’ll also have inflatables for the kids to jump in from Bull City Inflatables! Check out the website here for a list of all the trucks and other details.
  • I had the pleasure to sit down yesterday with Deb Keller with Cousins Maine Lobster food truck (if you haven’t met her, you should – she’s great!). Anyway, big news! Can you say double your lobster pleasure?!? Yes, they have just begun the process of securing a second truck for the Triangle (that’s what happens when your first truck is basically all booked up)! Look for truck two later this spring, early summer. Keep up with their truck here.

Events

  • Starting this Monday! January 23-29 marks the 10-year anniversary edition of Triangle Restaurant Week, a week-long celebration of culinary excellence designed to incorporate the premier Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding area restaurants. Dine at participating restaurants which offer a special menus and deals throughout the week. No advance tickets necessary. Visit their website to see which restaurants are taking part this year!
  • Tickets are now on sale for the annual Triangle Wine Experience, which offers dinners, wine tastings and more from Feb. 2-4. At 7 p.m. Feb. 2, there are winemaker dinners at restaurants throughout the Triangle. Many are sold out but check the website for what is still available. Cost: $150-$165. At 5 p.m. Feb. 4, the grand gala with live and silent auctions. The location of the gala is still to be determined. Cost: $225-$250. All proceeds benefits the Frankie Lemmon School, a Raleigh nonprofit that provides support and instruction for children with special needs. Click here for more information and tickets.
  • On February 8th, Piedmont’s executive chef John May welcomes chef Justin Burdett – whose Local Provisions in Asheville, NC was named by EATER among the “21 Best New Restaurants in America” –  to collaborate on a 7-course winter menu (below) featuring North Carolina seafood and a wide range of preservation methods. Look for dishes featuring pickling, smoking, curing and more, alongside sustainably caught North Carolina seafood from Locals Seafood. Reservations can be made by contacting 919-683-1213. All special menus may be previewed in the events section on their website.
  • The Lucy Daniels Center is proud to announce the inaugural Cooking for a Classic series. This unique philanthropic event held at 1705 Prime (1705 E. Millbrook Road) in Raleigh throughout February and March will feature the talents of 16 local and regional chefs competing head to head to win a beautifully restored 1969 Corvette Stingray. The competition is structured tournament style, with two chefs paired together each night and the winner advancing to the next round until a champion is crowned. Get information on the chefs, dates and ticket information here.
  • DPAC is partnering again with Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom and Sam’s Quik Shop to host the 5th Annual Bull City Food and Beer Experience on Sunday, March 12. The event features the Harris On stage Experience showcasing additional brewery and local food vendors, unlimited samplings and three floors of food & beverage options, so make sure you visit each level of DPAC’s lobbies for the full experience. Get additional information and tickets here.
  • April 20-23 are the dates for TASTE, a huge culinary event that includes a series of culinary experiences. Now in its fourth year, TASTE invites and assembles more than 50 of the best chefs, culinary artisans, artists, brewmasters, sommeliers, and mixologists in the local area. Enjoy “Grand Taste” signature experiences where you can sample the area’s best chefs, spirits and craft beers, as well as special dinners and classes. Purchase tickets and get additional information here.

Food Bank Corner 

  • Want to host a “food drive”? From the comfort of your office and your computer? Huh? Well, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina’s Virtual Food Drive is a food drive online! Through an existing drive or one that you start yourself, participants can browse through our virtual grocery aisles, select items to add to a shopping cart, and check-out by making a monetary donation. Check it out here!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – January 13, 2017

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • The trend of food trucks transitioning into brick-and-mortar locations continues with the ladies behind Pho Nomenal Dumpling truck (which won season six of the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race”) announcing that they will bring their concept to City Market in downtown Raleigh with a restaurant named MOFU Shoppe. According to the News & Observer they hope to open by May, if not sooner. Check out their website here and keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • An update on the former Helio’s spot on Glenwood South. The ITB Insider reported this week that the new spot (brought to us by the Ibarra brothers from Jose & Sons, among others) will be called The Cortez Restaurant, according to permits filed. No additional information is available at this time.
  • ITB Insider also reported that Sweetheart Treats, a local purveyor of delectable desserts, will soon be opening its doors at the Falls River Shopping Center on 10930 Raven Ridge Road in North Raleigh. It is possible they will be open before the end of the month. Keep up with them on Facebook here.
  • And finally in Raleigh, ITB Insider also reported that permits for the first Raleigh location of the national BBQ chain City Barbeque were issued December 30 for a spot at the new Olive Park Shopping Center, where work is also underway for Raleigh’s second Bad Daddy’s burger joint. Check out City Barbecue here and Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar here.
  • Over in Wake Forest, WRAL reported that Party Delights, a custom cake and cupcake studio, will be opening in early February (hopefully in time for Valentine’s Day!) at 701 North Main Street, right next to Pelicans. Check them out on Facebook here and their website here.
  • And down in Holly Springs, reader Chris Creighton notified me that Springs Pizza & Wings has opened in the former Ricci’s Pizza location at the intersection of Holly Springs Rd and Sunset Lake. Check out their Facebook page here and their website here.
  • And related to that, the owner of Ricci’s has opened a new place in Cary called Ricci’s Trattoria located at 10110 Green Level Church Road. Check them out on Facebook here and their website here.
  • The rednecks are coming. You have been warned. At least that is what their website says at this point. The rest of the story is that longtime competitive barbecue cook Jerry Stephenson Jr. is opening The Redneck BBQ Lab at 11 a.m. on January 16 in Benson according to the News & Observer. The restaurant is located to the left of the BP gas station at exit 319 off Interstate 40. Keep up with them on Facebook here and their website (which heeds the warning about rednecks) here.
  • And finally, the good folks over at the Western Wake Farmers Market are trying to secure a “forever” home in partnership with the town of Morrisville. It would be a wonderful addition to the community and they need your support. If you are inclined, jump over to the site to see how you can contribute to make this a reality. Thanks!

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • A quick update to a bit of news we broke last week. According to the News & Observer, chef Adam Rose hopes to open his lunch-only restaurant, Luncheonette, by the end of the week in Chapel Hill’s Europa Center. You’ll recognize Rose from his stints at Il Palio at the Siena Hotel, Black House at Straw Valley, and Raleigh’s H Street Kitchen. He will be in the same space that was home to Paul Covington’s Crook’s Atrium Cafe and Southern Comfort Cafe. You can learn more about Rose and some of his other projects here.
  • Also in Chapel Hill, the Daily Tar Heel reported that Might as Well Bar and Grill, a popular spot for college students in Wilmington, is opening a new location on West Franklin Street in the former Fitzgerald’s spot and is hoping to open around January 22 (if permitting permits). Get a sneak peek at them here.
  • The News & Observer reported this week that Durham’s Phoebe Lawless, owner of Scratch Bakery, is opening The Lakewood, a full-service restaurant and bar in Durham, this spring. It will be a 90-seat restaurant and bar with a rooftop terrace serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch at 2022 Chapel Hill Road. Additionally, she will be opening a second Scratch Bakery Cafe in the same location. Look for updates about The Lakewood on their Facebook page here.
  • The Pie Hole, the Los Angeles based American pie and coffee shop, will be expanding to North Carolina in 2017, bringing its made-from- scratch sweet and savory pies to the East Coast. The News & Observer reported that the initial location will likely be in Durham, although it won’t be officially announced for a few more weeks. Look for them to open this summer. Two additional Triangle-area locations are planned. Check out The Pie Hole here.

Closings

  • Got word that the Stonehenge Tavern on Creedmoor Road in Raleigh closed at year’s end. It was in the former Carolina Wing Company space at 7504 Creedmoor Road. They had just opened this past February.
  • Got word from reader Laura A. that Wild Wing Cafe in Cary in the Centrum at Crossroads (Walnut Street) has closed.
  • The Daily Tar Heel reported this week that Jasmin Mediterranean Bistro, in the middle of downtown Chapel Hill, has closed. They also reported that Khushi Salads and Wraps, just down Franklin Street, has also closed.

Cool New App (Food Trucks Are Still Hibernating)

  • This isn’t a restaurant feature, but technology that can enhance your “eating out” experience in the Triangle and across the US. Developed here in the Triangle, CurEat is an innovative new restaurant app designed to help residents and travelers discover a great place to dine and drink. CurEat will provide trustworthy, curated lists of award-winning, independent and time-honored restaurants in over 60 cities across the United States, and empower users to create and share their own lists. And best of all…NO CHAINS! Two core features of the app include: making lists of restaurants that you like and would recommend to friends and family; and seeing recommendations from prominent chefs, bartenders and other “local influencers” who share their recs. Check it out here.

Events

  • Congratulations to Sam & Starr Ratto, owners of Videri Chocolate Factory, as they celebrate their five-year anniversary this Sunday, January 15th. They are celebrating this milestone with fun events for the public from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at their factory at 327 W. Davie St. in downtown Raleigh. There will be free hot chocolate, Videri tattoos, a one-time “buy five bars, get one free” offer and a variety of chocolate samples. For the children, there will be coloring and art activities with “chocolate” (brown) paint. They also will be be raffling off custom-designed, special edition fifth-anniversary posters made of chocolate. For purchases of more than $50, Ratto will personalize and sign a special edition poster to take home. Details on the event are here.
  • Go ahead and mark your calendar for January 23-29 for the 10-year anniversary edition of Triangle Restaurant Week, a week-long celebration of culinary excellence designed to incorporate the premier Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding area restaurants. Dine at participating restaurants which offer a special menus and deals throughout the week. No advance tickets necessary. Visit their website to see which restaurants are taking part this year!
  • Tickets are now on sale for the annual Triangle Wine Experience, which offers dinners, wine tastings and more from Feb. 2-4. At 7 p.m. Feb. 2, there are winemaker dinners at restaurants throughout the Triangle. Many are sold out but check the website for what is still available. Cost: $150-$165. At 5 p.m. Feb. 4, the grand gala with live and silent auctions. The location of the gala is still to be determined. Cost: $225-$250. All proceeds benefits the Frankie Lemmon School, a Raleigh nonprofit that provides support and instruction for children with special needs. Click here for more information and tickets.
  • On February 8th, Piedmont’s executive chef John May welcomes chef Justin Burdett – whose Local Provisions in Asheville, NC was named by EATER among the “21 Best New Restaurants in America” –  to collaborate on a 7-course winter menu (below) featuring North Carolina seafood and a wide range of preservation methods. Look for dishes featuring pickling, smoking, curing and more, alongside sustainably caught North Carolina seafood from Locals Seafood. Reservations can be made by contacting 919-683-1213. All special menus may be previewed in the events section on their website.
  • The Lucy Daniels Center is proud to announce the inaugural Cooking for a Classic series. This unique philanthropic event held at 1705 Prime (1705 E. Millbrook Road) in Raleigh throughout February and March will feature the talents of 16 local and regional chefs competing head to head to win a beautifully restored 1969 Corvette Stingray. The competition is structured tournament style, with two chefs paired together each night and the winner advancing to the next round until a champion is crowned. Get information on the chefs, dates and ticket information here.
  • DPAC is partnering again with Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom and Sam’s Quik Shop to host the 5th Annual Bull City Food and Beer Experience on Sunday, March 12. The event features the Harris On stage Experience showcasing additional brewery and local food vendors, unlimited samplings and three floors of food & beverage options, so make sure you visit each level of DPAC’s lobbies for the full experience. Get additional information and tickets here.
  • April 20-23 are the dates for TASTE, a huge culinary event that includes a series of culinary experiences. Now in its fourth year, TASTE invites and assembles more than 50 of the best chefs, culinary artisans, artists, brewmasters, sommeliers, and mixologists in the local area. Enjoy “Grand Taste” signature experiences where you can sample the area’s best chefs, spirits and craft beers, as well as special dinners and classes. Purchase tickets and get additional information here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – January 6, 2017

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • And then there were three again! Today marks the “re-opening” of the Raleigh location of Tobacco Road Sports Cafe and Brewery. They have successfully completed the renovation and move into their new space around the corner at 505 W. Jones Street (the former Natty Greene’s location). I went last night and the space is absolutely stunning – from the “bar area” that has the feel of the other locations in Chapel Hill and Durham, to the amazing game room, to the brewery (which will be operational very, very soon) to the amazing spaces they have for private events. They truly outdid themselves. Get by soon! Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • And fresh on the news of the opening of the new Tobacco Road, WRAL reported this week that their old spot at 222 Glenwood Avenue will soon be home to La Santa Mexican Restaurant. They hope to open by the first week in February. Keep up with their progress on their Facebook here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported that the new AC Hotel is slated to open at Raleigh’s North Hills in February. But the coolest part (me thinks) is it will feature a 5,100-square-foot rooftop lounge, bar and restaurant, called Level7 – which, of course, is on the seventh floor of the 135-room hotel. Check out the hotel here.
  • We have an update on Sir Walter Coffee, a new coffee shop going into the ground floor of The Edison at 145 E. Davie Street. The coffee barista bar/tea house/bottle shop is aiming for a March 1 open. But keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here.
  • The News & Observer reported that there are only two weekends left (they are only open on weekends now) to eat at Finch’s Restaurant before the building is demolished to make way for road improvements. January 15th is their last day in their current location. Finch’s is moving into the former Family Garden space at 3211 Chapel Hill Road in Durham, but it will take at least four months to retrofit the space.
  • James Borden’s Raleigh Public Record revealed that permits were issued last month for work on the Raleigh’s second location of burger chain Bad Daddy’s Burgers, which will be located in the new Olive Park shopping center at 9400 Falls of Neuse Road in North Raleigh. The chain currently has a location in downtown Raleigh’s Seaboard Station. Check out Bad Daddy’s here.
  • Rudino’s Pizza & Grinders is expanding up into Wake Forest, more specifically, Heritage, with a projected opening date around the first of February. They will be located in the Publix shopping center on the corner of Rogers and Forestville Rd. Keep up with their opening plans and exact date on their Facebook page here.
  • Also in Wake Forest, the News & Observer reported that the Olde English Tea Room, which has been a fixture in downtown Wake Forest for 20 years, has closed. The space at 219 S. White St. will become Sugar Magnolia Cafe and Emporium by the end of February. Check them out here.
  • Over in Cary, got an update on the Charlie Grainger’s coming to Weston Corners. If you are not familiar with the concept out of Wilmington, NC, they are known for their brisket, hot dogs and bbq. They are looking to open the week of January 23rd. Check them out here.
  • Also in Cary, reader Hugh Autry tipped me off to the fact that a sign went up recently at Centrum at Crossroads for Buldaegi Korean BBQ House in Cary next to Baba Ghannouj. I couldn’t find a web presence for them, so we’ll ask Hugh to keep an eye on it for us.
  • We learned this week from the Triangle Explorer that there is a new coffee shop on its way to downtown Wendell – called 41 North Coffee. Located at 41 N. Main Street, there isn’t an open date posted, but they are hiring part-time folks as we speak. In addition to amazing coffee, they will be offering dessert, smoothies and a great atmosphere for reading alone or a night out with friends. Check them out on Facebook here or on their website here.
  • There is no doubt we are blessed with amazing dining options throughout the Triangle. We are also blessed (Fr. Scott might not be pleased with my use of that term in this context…) with many breweries and distilleries. And 2017 will increase the number we will enjoy. The News & Observer did a great job compiling a listing of the new breweries on the way in 2017 throughout the Triangle. Check it out here.
  • And finally, the good folks over at the Western Wake Farmers Market are trying to secure a “forever” home in partnership with the Town of Morrisville. It would be a wonderful addition to the community and they need your support. If you are inclined, jump over to the site to see how you can contribute to make this a reality. Thanks!

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Some very exciting news coming out of Chapel Hill. Friend Colleen Minton (think Terra Vita Food & Drink Festival) informed me that Adam Rose has bought the little cafe in the Europa Center (Southern Comfort Cafe, formally Crook’s Atrium Café) from Paul Covington. No word yet on any name change and/or an open date. Stay tuned! So good to keep Adam in the area – super talent!
  • The News & Observer’s Andrea Weigl was the first to report that Alivia‘s in Durham has hired a new chef, Mark Mishalaine, who you might know from his victory on the Food Network’s “Grocery Games.” Mishalaine comes to the Triangle from California, and he’s revamping Alivia’s menu, which will now feature raw winter squash alfredo, scallop Florentine and something called mushroom candy. Check them out here.
  • Also in Durham, the News & Observer reported that Durham will soon be home to the Durham Food Hall when it opens in the Reuse Arts District at the Shoppes at Lakewood next fall. Durham native Adair Mueller and her partner, Andrew Smith, are the pair behind this ambitious new venture. The food hall will be part dining space, part communal space and part event space. For now those interested in following along with the project’s progress can keep an eye on the website here.
  • Over in Hillsborough, friend Morgan Moylan made sure I knew about the good news from The Wooden Nickel. On December 31, they announced on their Facebook page that they were moving, “our little pub a couple doors up the street into the former Bank of America building at 113 N Churton St.” Keep up with them on Facebook here.
  • Saw on a Yelp message board that there is a Pine Cone Ice Cream, Shakes & Coffee coming to Brightleaf Square in downtown Durham. No word on a timeline and I was unable to find a web presence for them. Stay tuned.

Closings

  • The News & Observer reported that chef Jim Anile has closed Revolution, a fine dining destination in downtown Durham for the last decade.
  • Got word from my friends over at Franklin Street Partners in Chapel Hill that the Five Guys location in Chapel Hill’s Meadowmont has closed. The next closest one now is in Patterson Place in Durham.
  • Also, just down Hwy. 54 in Durham, the Char-Grill at the corner of 751 has also closed. Thanks to Mike Gorman for the tip on that.

Food Trucks

Events

  • Who doesn’t like a free burger? Well, if you count yourself among those, get by one of the two Raleigh locations of Steak ‘n Shake on Tuesday, January 10th as they will be celebrating “Customer Appreciation Day” and will provide a free single steakburger to guests for the holiday courtesy of Steak ‘n Shake franchisee Chandru Guranani. Please note you can’t get an indefinite number of steakburgers, the deal has a limit of one per person. Check out the two locations here.
  • On Tuesday, January 10th, Raleigh’s newest hot-spot in downtown’s City Market, Royale, will give New York Italian cuisine the “royal” treatment for one-night only when it introduces Big Night – an authentic New York Italian pop-up restaurant serving all the classics. Executive chef Jeff Seizer, a Brooklyn native who was raised on his grandmother’s traditional Southern Italian cooking, will share his passion for Italian-American home cooking on this night only. To make reservations and see the menu for Big Night at Royale, click here. Tickets are $95 per pais (tickets sold in pairs) or $35 per person with wine.
  • Go ahead and mark your calendar for January 23-29 for the 10-year anniversary edition of Triangle Restaurant Week, a week-long celebration of culinary excellence designed to incorporate the premier Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding area restaurants. Dine at participating restaurants which offer special menus and deals throughout the week. No advance tickets necessary. Visit their website to see which restaurants are taking part this year!
  • Tickets are now on sale for the annual Triangle Wine Experience, which offers dinners, wine tastings and more from Feb. 2-4. At 7 p.m. Feb. 2, there are winemaker dinners at restaurants throughout the Triangle. Many are sold out but check the website for what is still available. Cost: $150-$165. At 5 p.m. Feb. 4, the grand gala with live and silent auctions. The location of the gala is still to be determined. Cost: $225-$250. All proceeds benefit the Frankie Lemmon School, a Raleigh nonprofit that provides support and instruction for children with special needs. Click here for more information and tickets.
  • On February 8th, Piedmont’s executive chef John May welcomes chef Justin Burdett – whose Local Provisions in Asheville was named by EATER among the “21 Best New Restaurants in America” –  to collaborate on a 7-course winter menu (below) featuring North Carolina seafood and a wide range of preservation methods. Look for dishes featuring pickling, smoking, curing and more, alongside sustainably caught North Carolina seafood from Locals Seafood. Reservations can be made by contacting 919-683-1213. All special menus may be previewed in the events section on their website.
  • DPAC is partnering again with Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom and Sam’s Quik Shop to host the 5th Annual Bull City Food and Beer Experience on Sunday, March 12. The event features the Harris On Stage Experience showcasing additional brewery and local food vendors, unlimited samplings and three floors of food & beverage options, so make sure you visit each level of DPAC’s lobbies for the full experience. Get additional information and tickets here.
  • April 20-23 are the dates for TASTE, a huge culinary event that includes a series of culinary experiences. Now in its fourth year, TASTE invites and assembles more than 50 of the best chefs, culinary artisans, artists, brewmasters, sommeliers, and mixologists in the local area. Enjoy “Grand Taste” signature experiences where you can sample the area’s best chefs, spirits and craft beers, as well as special dinners and classes. Purchase tickets and get additional information here.

Food Bank Corner

First of all, thanks to all of you that help out/contribute to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina in so many different ways. Second, I wanted to share with you the many accomplishments of the Food Bank, their volunteers and their incredible staff in 2016 – as written by president & ceo, Peter Werbicki:
Our Holiday Meals Drive that ended just last week was tremendously successful, exceeding the goal of 2.4 million meals and making an incredible impact in the lives of families, children, and seniors in need this season.

In order to continue our work and meet the changing needs of those we serve, the Food Bank purchased and moved to a new facility located at 1924 Capital Boulevard in Raleigh in October 2016. The larger facility will enable further growth, with the ability to distribute 60 million additional meals over the long term. A focal point of this growth is renewed focus on fresh foods, nutrition education and outreach, developing collaborations with like-minded community organizations to help expand access to food and provide services to reduce reliance on emergency food.

The Food Bank immediately responded to community needs following Hurricane Matthew. In our 34-county service area, 25 of our counties were affected by the storm. To date, the Food Bank has distributed over 3 million pounds of food and non-food essentials. We continue to assist with recovery in several of the counties we serve.

Our Kids Summer Meals program grew in the summer of 2016 to serve more than 249,000 meals to children in our communities who miss out on school meals. That’s an increase of 60,000 meals over last summer.

In all, we distributed over 64 million pounds of food to our 34-county service area. Over 22 million pounds of that was fresh produce… a new record!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – December 16, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Well ’tis the season. And if you thoroughly enjoyed handing off the cooking to someone else for Thanksgiving, then you’ll know that there is nothing better than doing that again on Christmas day! So, the folks over at the News & Observer have put together a list of restaurants (including a special Chinese restaurant section) open on December 25th. Check it out here, but get your reservations in early!
  • And while we are on the subject of making reservations, the News & Observer has also put together a list of restaurants taking reservations for New Year’s Eve celebrations. It will be updated regularly between now and New Year’s. Check it out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • And the third time’s the charm. Mint, then Bolt, now Pizza La Stella. Tonight (December 16) and Saturday night mark the soft opening (5-9 p.m.) of the third restaurant concept in the space at 219 Fayetteville Street. Let me just go on the record after getting a tour and sampling one of the pizzas coming out of one of the two 7,000 pound ovens, this place is going to be a huge hit for downtown Raleigh. Rudy Theale brings a vision that is very exciting and a great fit for downtown and Raleigh as a whole. Look for them to go full-time next Monday, but tonight and tomorrow night get by while a percentage of sales will go to the Food Bank of Eastern & Central North Carolina. The space looks amazing! Check them out here.
  • Staying in downtown Raleigh, James Borden’s Raleigh Public Record noted a building permit has been issued for a new coffee shop going into the ground floor of The Edison at 145 E. Davie Street called Sir Walter Coffee. It bills itself on its Facebook page as a coffee barista bar, tea house and bottle shop. No word yet on an open date. Check them out here.
  • The News & Observer reported this week that City Market Sushi, the newest restaurant in Raleigh’s City Market, is expected to open for lunch on Monday in the former Troy Mezze space. It is located at 315 Blake Street, a couple doors down from Cafe Lucarne. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Also in downtown Raleigh, saw on Facebook that Brewery Bhavana, the brewery/dim sum restaurant/flower shop from the folks at Bida Manda (going into the former Tir Na Nog Irish Pub spot at Moore Square) is now hiring. That means we are getting close! Keep up with their progress here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that The new J. Alexander’s restaurant that’s been under construction for the last several months next to Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh is now open for business. J. Alexander’s is also finalizing plans to open another one of its brands, the Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill restaurant, at Chapel Hill’s University Place. Check them out here.
  • Down in Cary, buddy David McCreary pointed out that there is a new sign up at the former La Pizza Volante spot at 1871 Lake Pine Drive for a Peruvian chicken concept called Marco Pollo. No timeline on an opening. Check them out here.
  • Also in Cary, the Triangle Business Journal reported this week that a new Mebane-based franchise owner for the growing pizza restaurant chain Your Pie has signed a lease in Cary for what will be the brand’s first location in North Carolina. The new restaurant will open at 685 Cary Town Blvd. – in the building formerly occupied by the Tom Yum Tai restaurant, near the intersection with Walnut Street. They are targeting a date in March 2017 for the new Cary restaurant opening. Get to know them here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • WRAL reported that tonight (December 16) is the night for the long-anticipated opening of The Bullpen in downtown Durham. Bull Durham Beer Co. has teamed up with local restaurant Heavenly Buffaloes for a new beer garden. It is located in a 2,000-square-foot space on the ground floor of the American Tobacco Campus’ Diamond View III building, and will feature live music with regular programming provided by the Music Maker Relief Foundation. Keep up with them on Facebook here.
  • Also in Durham, Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas continues to spread a little love, at least (if not more) on the second Tuesday of each month. In light of a recent uptick in actions of hate, they will donate 10% of the proceeds each second Tuesday to organizations that provide direct support to disenfranchised and marginalized groups here in Durham. We say kudos! Get more information on their efforts on their Facebook page here.
  • And finally, a chef announcement. The JB Duke Hotel, the new hotel coming to the campus of Duke University, announced the appointment of its executive chef, Erik Lampe. In addition to serving as chef de cuisine and chef de partie at a AAA Five Diamond and Mobile Four Star-rated restaurant, Lampe’s experience includes serving as executive chef for military and private clubs, upscale hotels, university and conference centers. The JB Duke Hotel looks to open in early January.

Closings

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  • Looks like the trucks are into their hibernation…

Events

  • On Tuesday, January 10th, Raleigh’s newest hot-spot in downtown’s City Market, Royale, will give New York Italian cuisine the “royal” treatment for one-night only when it introduces Big Night – an authentic New York Italian pop-up restaurant serving all the classics. Executive chef Jeff Seizer, a Brooklyn native who was raised on his grandmother’s traditional Southern Italian cooking, will share his passion for Italian-American home cooking on this night only. To make reservations and see the menu for Big Night at Royale, click here. Tickets are $95 per pair (tickets sold in pairs) or $35 per person with wine.

Food Bank Corner

  • Gifts went twice as far this #GivingTuesday thanks to a matching gift from our generous partners Allscripts, Delta Airlines, Harris Teeter, and Railinc. Every dollar donated was matched up to our goal of $40,000! We are pleased to share that we’ve met the #GivingTuesday goal of $40,000! Because of the support of our generous community, we were able to provide 504,865 meals as part of our Holiday Meals Drive! Although the match has been met, you can still make a donation that will count toward our Holiday Meals Drive in which we are committed to providing 2.4 million meals before December 31.We can still use your help…click here.

One Final Word For 2016

  • So, with this stroke of the pen (or strike of the keyboard) I wrap up things for 2016. I’m looking forward to another trip around the sun with you in 2017. Never forget how blessed we are with all the talented chefs and wonderful dining options we have. And never forget those that go without. Please support our friends over at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and all those that help those without. Commit yourself in 2017 to making a huge difference in at least one person’s life (hopefully hundreds). We will need a lot more love in 2017 than we’ve ever needed before and I look forward to being part of that. God bless and thanks for all your support and kind words. See you in 2017!

    And to reward you for your intended good deeds in 2017 (and for reading this far), I ask that you email me and tell me what you plan to do in 2017 to make a difference. I will select one “winner” from all entries for a $50 gift certificate to your favorite local dining establishment. Look forward to hearing what everyone is up to!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – December 9, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Well ‘tis the season. And if you thoroughly enjoyed handing off the cooking to someone else for Thanksgiving, then you’ll know that there is nothing better than doing that again on Christmas day! So, the folks over at the News & Observer have put together a list of restaurants (including a special Chinese restaurant section) open on December 25th. Check it out here, but get your reservations in early!
  • Also, Raleigh’s Q Shack is doing locally raised, all natural fresh turkeys, hams and brisket and meals packed for reheating, for those that want to stay home, but don’t want to do the cooking. Get all those details on that here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • In what may be one of the most visually stunning spaces I’ve ever seen for a restaurant, Lou Moshakos and his star-studded team announced this week that they will open the Mediterranean-inspired concept Vidrio on January 23. It is located on the first and second floors of the 500 Glenwood Avenue building which Moshakos owns and also houses his Carolina Ale House on the third floor. A few of his “team” include executive chef Ian Sullivan, previously with the University Club in Durham and the Urban Food Group, as well as chef de cuisine Saif Rahman, previously of 21c Museum and Hotel, also in Durham. James Beard-nominated best restaurateur Giorgios Bakatsias also consulted on Vidrio. It is going to be spectacular! Check it out here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported that Chopt Creative Salad Company is coming to Raleigh’s Cameron Village with plans to open today, Dec. 9 at 420 Daniels St., near Village Draft House. This will be the Triangle’s first Chopt location, with a second location already announced for Chapel Hill’s Eastgate Crossing. Check out Chopt here.
  • Also in Raleigh, if you stroll past 219 Fayetteville Street you will notice the brown paper is off the windows of the former Bolt location revealing the redesign as it transforms into Pizza La Stella – it is absolutely gorgeous. David Sadeghi and managing partner Rudy Theale have done an incredible job transforming that space. Not much yet on their website here, but the opening is just around the corner. Stay tuned.
  • In downtown Raleigh, the much anticipated opening of Tobacco Road Sports Cafe (which closed their Glenwood Avenue location to move around the corner into the former Natty Greene’s location at 505 W. Jones Street) is not far off. They posted on their Facebook page that they are planning to open later this month. Keep up with the latest on their Facebook page here.
  • The Charlotte-based breakfast and lunch restaurant concept called Famous Toastery has plans for several locations in the Triangle in 2017. Their next location will open in March in Morrisville at Weston Corners Shopping Center. That will be followed by two more locations later in 2017, one in Holly Springs at the Holly Springs Town Center (right next to Blaze Pizza) and the other in Garner at the White Oak Shopping Center. Toast Cafe (same concept) is already open in Cary’s Waverly Place. Check out Famous Toastery here.
  • Got word that the guys from the locally owned Woody’s Sports Tavern & Grill in Cary and Woody’s at City Market in downtown Raleigh have opened a new hybrid concept bottleshop/bar/restaurant called BottleDog Bites & Brews at the Center 54 shopping center in the space behind Maximillian’s on Chapel Hill Rd in Cary (soft opening beginning today, December 9th). Thanks to owner Shawn Whisnant for the information. Visit Woody’s Sports Tavern here and Woody’s at City Market here.
  • Also in Cary, Academy Street Bistro is up and flying under the new ownership of Tom Havrish who also owns Lugano Ristorante. They have a new logo and are adding new menu items. Congrats to Tom on his newest endeavor. Check them out here.
  • The newest location of Another Broken Egg Cafe opened this past Monday in Parkside Town Commons at 1103 Parkside Main Street in Cary. The have additional locations in Morrisville, Raleigh and Durham. Check them out here.
  • And one more Cary announcement, reader Chris Creighton informed me that the second location of Johnny’s Pizza is now open in Cornerstone Village (intersection of Davis & High House) where Z Pizza used to be. Check out Johnny’s here.
  • Up in Wake Forest, got word from WRAL that The Empanada Factory, Latin street food,  opened this past week with a soft opening at 2010 S. Main Street (near the intersection with Ligon Mill Road). There is not much up on their website, so check them out on Facebook here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Let’s just say the beautiful and talented Lori Bowers-Lennard is excited about this next bit of news (as am I). The News & Observer reported this week that Acme Food & Beverage Company’s Kevin Callaghan will open Atlas Taco Bar in the new South Green development on Carrboro’s Greensboro Street, just off Highway 54. Also in that development will be a nano-brewery and bottle shop called Gimghoul Brewing & Bottle Company. They also announced that 40% of the tenants will be restaurants. The bad news is they don’t break ground until June of next year and expect a 22 month build-out. Good things come to those who wait…I guess.
  • A few more details this week thanks to the News & Observer regarding the Chapel Hill location of Guglhupf. Looking to open in April, 2017 in Eastgate Crossing, the Guglhupf Bake Shop will focus on fresh pastries, bread and specialty baked goods while also offering choice provisions and coffee service. Stay tuned and check out Guglhupf here.
  • Also in Chapel Hill, the Daily Tar Heel reported that La Residence will reopen on January 5th. A fire back in June caused the popular Chapel Hill establishment to temporarily close. Check them out here.
  • Over in Durham, Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas is looking to spread a little love, at least (if not more) on the second Tuesday of each month. In light of a recent uptick in actions of hate, they will donate 10% of the proceeds each second Tuesday to organizations that provide direct support to disenfranchised and marginalized groups here in Durham. We say kudos! Get more information on their efforts on their Facebook page here.
  • Also in Durham, got word from Neal DePersia that the Cinco de Mayo Restaurant near the intersection of Highways 54 & 55, has been sold to Chris Thorpe, former area manager responsible for 16 Triangle-area McDonalds. While the name will be changing the concept and menu will stay pretty much the same. Stay tuned.
  • And down in Chatham County, got word that just four weeks after opening, the Breakaway Cafe will begin offering a dinner menu on December 14th. They have met rave reviews with the coffee and lunch service – now we get to see what a dinner might hold! Check out Breakaway cafe here.

Closings

  • Reader Chris Creighton sent me a note notifying me that Perkins on US 64 in Apex has closed.
  • As well, Chris Creighton noted that Ricci’s Pizzeria in Holly Springs has closed (but apparently they are moving to another location in West Cary – stay tuned on that).

Food Trucks

  • Looks like the trucks are into their hibernation…

Events

  • On December 15th at 6:30 p.m., Teddy Diggs, executive chef of Il Palio, will join forces with international seafood expert, Barton Seaver, to craft a fresh approach to the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Hosted at Il Palio in Chapel Hill, this historic Italian feast will feature exclusively sustainably sourced seafood, showcasing recipes from Seaver’s acclaimed cookbook, Two If By Sea, and classics from Chef Diggs’ Italian repertoire. Tickets may be purchased for $135 by calling 919-918-2545 and include autographed copies of Seaver’s Two If By Sea
    cookbook, Italian wine pairings, tax and gratuity.

Food Bank Corner

  • Gifts went twice as far this #GivingTuesday thanks to a matching gift from our generous partners Allscripts, Delta Airlines, Harris Teeter, and Railinc. Every dollar donated was matched up to our goal of $40,000! We are pleased to share that we’ve met the #GivingTuesday goal of $40,000! Because of the support of our generous community, we were able to provide 504,865 meals as part of our Holiday Meals Drive! Although the match has been met, you can still make a donation that will count toward our Holiday Meals Drive in which we are committed to providing 2.4 million meals before December 31.We can still use your help…click here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – December 2, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • The big downtown Raleigh news is that Cafe Helios closed (again), but it was announced yesterday by WRAL that the good folks behind Jose & Sons will open a new concept there in early 2017. They haven’t disclosed much about what the new concept will be, so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out Jose & Sons (and their story) here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • It seems like such a long time since our last post (prior to Thanksgiving), but just after we last “spoke” – Royale opened in downtown Raleigh’s City Market in the former Battistella’s spot. The French bistro is the creation of Will Jeffers, Jesse Bardyn and Jeff Seizer. Check them out here.
  • And just this morning, the Raleigh Agenda reported that, after an eight year run, the Busy Bee Cafe (and its upstairs counterpart, Mash & Lauter) will close on January 1. But not letting any dust settle, the team behind Trophy Brewing Company and State of Beer will reopen the space after a two-week overhaul as Trophy Chicken and Taproom offering up mostly Trophy beer (and a few other favorites) and a menu of rotisserie chickens, tacos, and sides that complement both. Read the full article here.
  • Keeping things in downtown Raleigh, New Raleigh reported that we are just a few weeks away from Jason Howard opening his newest concept, The Cardinal, a bar and lounge (featuring Charlie’s Hot Dogs) at 713 N. West Street. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • WRAL provided an update on Tulum, a Mayan-inspired concept going into the space formerly occupied by San Lorenzo Bistro (and before that Twisted Mango, and before that La Volta), that they are looking to open before the end of the year. Owner Alfredo Lara is one of the partners behind Mi Cancun. Keep up with Tulum on their Facebook page here.
  • WRAL reported that The District (in the space that was formerly The Borough and then Hadley’s) in downtown Raleigh, is looking to open in early December according to Christopher Michael and Jermaine Landon. The District plans to serve up Asian fusion cuisine in addition to cocktails, wine and local draft beer. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Also in downtown Raleigh, WRAL provided a bit of an update on Watts and Ward bar, a new craft cocktail bar being constructed in the basement of Caffe Luna. Look for a winter 2017 opening of the space that will feature three distinct bars and an event space according to owner Niall Hanley, who also owns Hibernian Co. and Raleigh Beer Garden.
  • Over at North Hills, Triangle Business Journal reported that Aladdin’s Eatery will be opening in the spring in the former Black Cat Café space in the Lassiter District. Check them out here.
  • Up in North Raleigh’s Litchford Village, reader Rebecca Calhoun notified me that Hoppy Endings, a neighborhood bar and bottleshop, is now open. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Also in North Raleigh, reader Paul Prause tipped me off to the fact that a Hot Sauce & Ketchup concept is coming to Peachtree Market at 7440 Six Forks Road. It will feature burgers and wings. No word yet on an exact open date. Check them out here.
  • Dana McCall announced via his GoGoRaleigh twitter feed that Cary’s Diced Gourmet Salads and Wraps (Kildaire Farm Road in Cary) is opening a second location in Raleigh’s Oberlin Court. No exact timeline, but their sign is up. Check them out here.
  • Is eight enough? I don’t think so, at least when you are talking about Rise Biscuits & Donuts locations. Rise Biscuits and Donuts announced this week that they will open their eighth Triangle-area location in Holly Springs in the Holly Springs Towne Center in March 2017. Check out Rise here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • This is the biggest restaurant news to hit Chapel Hill in some time, but Durham’s Guglhupf has plans to open a location in Eastgate Crossing (apparently in the space formerly occupied by Evos). No official word from either Eastgate or Guglhupf, but several readers sent me photos of the signage in the window. Also no word yet on the “scope” of the operation. Stay tuned and check out Guglhupf here.
  • So, apparently we jumped the gun a bit on The Bullpen, a joint venture of Bull Durham Beer Company and Heavenly Buffaloes. WRAL reported that The Bullpen plans to open in early December in the Diamond View III building across from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Check out the article on WRAL here.

Closings

  • As noted above, Glenwood South’s Cafe Helios has closed…for good this time.
  • Also on Glenwood South, Raleigh Agenda reported that Indian restaurant Indio at 222 Glenwood Ave. has closed.
  • In North Raleigh, Triangle Business Journal reported that the Tilted Kilt has closed after a five-year run.
  • And over in Chapel Hill, Triangle Business Journal announced that McAlister’s Deli on East Franklin Street closed. They’ve been there since the late 90’s. Word from Johnny Morris is that he already has someone lined up for that space. Stay tuned.

Food Trucks

  • Rudolf’s Food Truck Rodeo will be held in Knightdale on Sunday, December 4th at the Knightdale Station Park. Look for 10+ trucks, beer, Santa Claus, live music and kids’ activities. Get all the details here.

Events

  • Listen up chefs! Want to win a pristine restored classic car – a 1969 Corvette Stingray? That is the “trophy” for the Lucy Daniels Center’s Cooking for a Classic 2017 – but the deadline for chefs to apply is TODAY (December 2). The actual event is in February and March. Get all the details here.
  • Piedmont’s general manager and beverage director Crawford Leavoy welcomes Bernie Lubbers, global whiskey ambassador for Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown, KY, for a 5-course whiskey-paired dinner Wednesday, December 7th at 6:30. This unique dinner will feature 3 whiskey cocktails, two whiskeys served neat, and one on the rocks – all alongside Chef John May’s locally sourced, Southern cuisine. The 5-course menu is available for $60; and an additional $25 for the whiskey pairings. Contact 919-683-1213 for reservations.
  • The second annual Bull City Holiday Food & Wine Soirée will take place at the Rickhouse on December 8th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event is a holiday food and beverage pop up market highlighting NC food and drinks folks. The intent is to give people an opportunity to meet face-to-face a variety of NC small businesses and fill their stockings and gift baskets with local treats. Admission is free. All of the details and a listing of the vendors can be found on their website here.
  • On December 15 at 6:30 p.m., Teddy Diggs, executive chef of Chapel Hill’s Il Palio, will join forces with international seafood expert, Barton Seaver, to craft a fresh approach to the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Hosted at Il Palio, this historic Italian feast will feature exclusively sustainably sourced seafood, showcasing recipes from Seaver’s acclaimed cookbook, Two If By Sea, and classics from chef Diggs’ Italian repertoire. Tickets may be purchased for $135 by calling 919-918-2545 and include autographed copies of Seaver’s Two If By Sea cookbook, Italian wine pairings, tax and gratuity.

Food Bank Corner

  • Gifts went twice as far this #GivingTuesday thanks to a matching gift from our generous partners Allscripts, Delta Airlines, Harris Teeter, and Railinc. Every dollar donated was matched up to our goal of $40,000! We are pleased to share that we’ve met the #GivingTuesday goal of $40,000! Because of the support of our generous community, we were able to provide 504,865 meals as part of our Holiday Meals Drive! Although the match has been met, you can still make a donation that will count toward our Holiday Meals Drive in which we are committed to providing 2.4 million meals before December 31.We can still use your help…click here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – November 18, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • It is turkey time! If you don’t want to spend your Thanksgiving in the kitchen, we have some information you will be interested in. First up, Raleigh’s Q Shack offers up everything from whole smoked turkeys, to sides, to the entire turkey-day meal! Today, November 18th, is the last day to order! My family has been doing this for several years and it has been fantastic! Check out all the details here.
  • If going out to eat on Thanksgiving is what you had in mind, the News & Observer has you covered with a comprehensive list of restaurants that are open (better get your reservation in now) to serve you. Check it out here.
  • And finally, the News & Observer has also put together a list of bakeries where you can get delicious pies for your Thanksgiving day spread. Check that list out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Not sure how I missed this, but Dawat’s Indian Restaurant at the corner of Davis Drive and McCrimmon Parkway in Morrisville has closed. But it didn’t take long for that space to fill back up. It has become Hyderabadhouse Indian Restaurant | Birayni Place. This will mark the chain’s 18th location. Check the local operation out on Facebook here and their website here.
  • The News & Observer reported that Raleigh ice cream shop Fresh has made plans to open a second location (original location is at 6033 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh) in downtown Cary at 138 E. Chatham Street. Look for them to open next Spring. Check them out here.
  • Also on E. Chatham Street in Cary, the News & Observer reported that a market, cafe and wine bar featuring European cuisine is slated to open next year in the former Dorry’s Downtown space (and before that the legendary deli The Food Factory). Pro’s Epicurean Market and Cafe is the creation of chef Richard Procida. We couldn’t find a website, but here is the article in the News & Observer.
  • And next door, in the new building going up, Pizzeria Faulisi, which will serve Neapolitan-style pizza, expects to open in late January or early February. Check them out.
  • Also in Cary, got word from Michael DePersia that the former San Remo space in Cary’s Millpond Village (where Publix just opened) will become a Thai restaurant called Thai Lotus.
  • Michael also shared that the Michael Markham will transform the former Amedeo’s of Apex into another Brew n Que, serving craft beer and bbq. This will be the second location of Brew n Que (original brick and mortar location on Maynard Road in Cary). No word yet on an open date. We will keep an eye on it. Check out Brew n Que here.
  • Over in Raleigh, tomorrow (November 19) is the grand opening of Anisette, a neighborhood treat shop near Raleigh’s Five Points (at 209 Bickett Blvd). It is the creation of former Videri Chocolate Factory head confectioner Nicole Evans Groth and her husband, Jason. They open at 11 a.m. Get all the details on their Facebook page here.
  • The Raleigh Agenda  reported that next month Song Peebua will open his second restaurant (he owns the Thai House on Wake Forest Road) named Mama Jee, a new Thai and sushi restaurant which will be located on the ground floor of the Friendly Apartments, located at the corner of Hillsborough Street and Friendly Street. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Also in Raleigh, WRAL noted that The Outpost, just off Moore Square in downtown, has opened serving up coffee, smoothies, and tiki cocktails. It is located in the former home of Notte Urbana, and before that Holly’s on Hargett and before that Mo’s Diner. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Staying in Raleigh, if you are looking for free pizza for a year (who isn’t?), be one of the first 100 in line today at Pieology Pizzeria in North Hills as they celebrate their grand opening this weekend with activities planned today and through the weekend. Get all the details here.
  • Amorino, a dessertery straight from Italy, will open to the public next Tuesday, Nov. 22, in downtown Raleigh (more specifically to the street level of the Edison Lofts at 137 Davie St.). It’s best known for its gorgeous cones in which servers create a gelato rose. They also serve amazing hot drinks, crepes, macaroons and more. This is a BIG deal for Raleigh, joining Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Boston and New York among other locations in the United States. Learn more about Amorino here.
  • And then there were three…The Triangle’s third b.good fast-casual eatery opened yesterday in Morrisville’s Park West Village. b.good already has locations in Raleigh’s North Hills and in downtown Raleigh on Fayetteville Street. Check out the new location here.
  • Down in Holly Springs, Blaze Pizza opens today and will be offering free pizza to all who follow them on one of their social media platforms. It is located in the Holly Springs Towne Center, beside the Carmike Cinemas Ovation Cinema Grill 9. Check out Blaze here.
  • And in Fuquay Varina, reader Aaron Bradshaw tweeted that he noticed that there is a banner for a Zeera Indian Restaurant on the front of the closed Mt. Fuji Restaurant.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Bites of Bull City blogger Amber Watson sent word that Bull Durham Beer Company with Heavenly Buffaloes have opened their bar garden adjacent to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park called The Bullpen. They are located in the space originally occupied by Ed Mitchell’s Que. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Got word that The Cookery, one of Durham’s favorite event spaces, is expanding into the adjacent building. The expansion will include a ballroom, bridal suite, private garden and extended kitchen space. Get all the details here.
  • Also in Durham, WRAL reported that the Belgian Waffle Crafters food truck has opened a kiosk at Southpoint just in time for the holiday. WRAL noted this is the third food truck to open a “brick and mortar” location in the mall’s food court. Check them out here.

Closings

  • Reader Bianca Bradford tipped me off to the fact that Tom Yum Thai in Cary closed.
  • Reader Chris Creighton informed me about multiple closures. They include Lime Fresh Mexican Grill in Morrisville; Able Bar & Grill in Cary; and the Qdoba Mexican Grill on Walnut St  in Cary.
  • And we learned from reader John Norris that Mesa Latin Kitchen on Durham’s Hillsborough Road has closed. Looks like it might be turned into an event space.

Food Trucks

  • Rudolf’s Food Truck rodeo will be held in Knightdale on Sunday, December 4th from 12-4 p.m. at the Knightdale Station Park. Look for 10+ trucks, beer, Santa Claus, live muic and kids’ activities. Get all the details here.

Events

  • On November 30th, Piedmont’s executive chef John May welcomes chef Dean Neff of PinPoint in Wilmington, NC to collaborate on a 6-course Gullah-inspired dinner celebrating sustainably farmed oysters; each course will be paired with sparkling wines from different regions, highlighting the breadth and variety of these wines. Locals Seafood will supply North Carolina oysters from Chadwick Creek, Harkers Island, Newport River, and Masonboro, and funds raised support North Carolina Catch. The dinner is at 6:30pm. The $65/ person menu is also available for $95, with sparkling wine pairings. Contact 919-683-1213 for reservations.
  • Triangle Family Services will host its 14th annual Gingerbread Benefit on Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in RTP. This daylong fundraising benefit, running from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., features the Triangle’s best chefs and bakers creating gingerbread masterpieces in lieu of the upcoming holidays. Get all the details here.
  • On Thursday, December 1st, Humble Pie and Wine Authorities are hosting their first ever Meinklang Wine & Winter Feast on the patio complete with a dinner served family style (fire pits to ensure guests are cozy) and of course select Meinklang natural wines. Cost is only $50 pp plus tax and gratuity. Limited seating available so make your reservation today on their website using the reservation page or by calling 919.829.9222. Get more details here.
  • Piedmont’s general manager and beverage director Crawford Leavoy welcomes Bernie Lubbers, global whiskey ambassador for Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown, KY, for a 5-course whiskey-paired dinner Wednesday, December 7th at 6:30. This unique dinner will feature 3 whiskey cocktails, two whiskeys served neat, and one on the rocks – all alongside chef John May’s locally sourced, Southern cuisine. The 5-course menu is available for $60; and an additional $25 for the whiskey pairings. Contact 919-683-1213 for reservations.
  • On December 15 at 6:30 p.m., Teddy Diggs, executive chef of Il Palio, will join forces with international seafood expert, Barton Seaver, to craft a fresh approach to the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Hosted at Il Palio in Chapel Hill, this historic Italian feast will feature exclusively sustainably sourced seafood, showcasing recipes from Seaver’s acclaimed cookbook, Two If By Sea, and classics from chef Diggs’ Italian repertoire. Tickets may be purchased for $135 by calling 919-918-2545 and include autographed copies of Seaver’s Two If By Sea cookbook, Italian wine pairings, tax and gratuity.

Food Bank Corner

  • Tuesday, November 29th is Giving Tuesday at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Donations to fight hunger go twice as far on #GivingTuesday, thanks to a dollar-for-dollar match from their generous partners: Allscripts, Delta Airlines, Harris Teeter, and Railinc. Double your impact here.

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