Friday Fun Food Facts – August 11, 2017

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Awaiting the re-opening of “H-Street 2.0” with the return of student’s to NC State, we instead got news from the News & Observer that H-Street Kitchen is no more. Instead, Pizza La Stella’s owners bought the space and, together with the H-Street owners, will launch La Stella Wood Fired sometime next month featuring a menu of wood-fired food. This will be a second location for Rudy Theale and his team, with Pizza La Stella remaining on Fayetteville Street. Check out La Stella here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Got word from reader Allison Littrell that HappyCakes Cupcakery out of Morehead City is headed to Cary with a second location. I’m not familiar with them, but Allison tells me they won Cupcake Wars on Food Network and their cupcakes and cookies are super yummy. What I do know is the word “cupcakery” does nothing but bring a smile to my face. They are targeting an October opening. Not sure on the location, but Cary isn’t that big…and did I mention cupcakery? We will keep an eye on this (someone has to!). Get familiar with them here.
  • And for those missing your convenient morning brew that was available from Bruegger’s at North Hills, the Triangle Explorer, aka John Huisman, brought it to my attention that the good folks at Oak City Coffee Roasters are operating a “pop-up cafe” just outside of the now-closed Bruegger’s Monday thru Friday from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. Check out Oak City here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Saw on Namu’s Facebook page that they are cleared and scheduled to open next Wednesday, August 16th. Namu Restaurant and Coffee Bar is the collaborative effort between Bulkogi Truck and Bo’s Kitchen. They will be located at 5420 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd. where Bohme was and before that Straw Valley Food + Drink. Get the latest details on their opening on their Facebook page here.
  • We also got word this week that The Pie Hole in Durham, serving up sweet & savory pies from scratch along with signature coffee & drinks, will hold their grand opening on Labor Day weekend. They will be located at 810 Ninth Street. Check them out here.

Closings

  • Here is your chance to help prevent a closing. Courtney’s Restaurant has been in Raleigh for nearly 30 years. This past year owner Jeff Seidenstein was diagnosed with cancer and has plans to close the restaurant this Sunday. However, the employees launched a GoFundMe page to try and keep the institution open. If you feel inclined, visit and donate to their page here. Thanks to the folks over at The Point for bringing this to our attention.

Food Trucks

  • The Lazy Days Festival in Cary has expanded to two days, August 26 & 27. In addition to arts and crafts tents, it will feature more than 25 food vendors and trucks! It is not a party until a food truck rolls up! The entire festival is wonderful, but if you want to plan your food strategy before you go, do so here. 
  • Art Sheppard notified me that Chapel Hill is bringing back the Rodeo on Rosemary. It will be held on November 5th from 12-4 (also same day as the Durham Rodeo…decisions, decisions). Get all the details on Facebook here.

Events

  • Join North Carolina brewers at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences for their fourth annual Natural Selections event on Friday, August 18. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind evening of beer and science among the museum’s dioramas. Sample unique creations fitting the museum’s natural science focus from more than 20 North Carolina breweries. Enjoy hands-on science of beer activities, a panel discussion, games and live music by Handsome Al and the Lookers. Vote for your favorite beer during the event and award the second annual Natural Selections People’s Choice Award to one lucky brewery. $65 VIP; $40; $25 for Friends of the Museum members. Price includes beer samples, activities, tasting guide, and collectible Natural Selections tasting glass. You must be 21 years or older to attend. Get all the details here.
  • The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association will hold the second annual NC Chef Showdown on August 21 in Raleigh’s historic downtown City Market. Participating chefs will present a dish to a distinguished panel of six judges and will prepare sample-sized offerings for approximately 200 attendees. Attendees will determine the recipients of the “People’s’ Choice” awards, while the judges will select the 2017 NCRLA Chef of the Year and the 2017 NCRLA Pastry Chef of the Year. Get all the details here.
  • And not to miss out on the Solar Eclipse hype, Krispy Kreme doughnuts will launch the first-ever Chocolate Glazed Doughnut Aug. 21 and during special evening Hot Light hours Aug. 19-20 in Raleigh. Learn more about the yumminess here.
  • How does beer and fresh produce sound? Count me in! The Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market at University Place will hold their annual Brewfest on Saturday, August 26 from 8 a.m. until noon. The event will feature brews from 11 different breweries. Check out their Facebook event page here for all the details.
  • The Underground Kitchen hosts its second pop up dinner in Raleigh on August 30 at 7 p.m. Attendees will experience the great outdoors and a deliciously rustic, multi-course dinner in a wilderness-within- the-city locale. Virginia-based celebrity chef J. Ponder will pull out all the stops with a flavorsome exploration of aged meats, time-tested techniques, and truffle wine pairings! Get all the details and purchase tickets here.
  • The News & Observer brought it to our attention that tickets for Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival are on sale now. Beericana will take place again in Holly Springs on September 9th and will feature 70 breweries, 16 food trucks and thousands of beer lovers. Get ticket information and all the details here.
  • On Sunday, Sept. 10th from 2-5pm Raleigh’s Mandolin Restaurant will hold their second annual BBQ Fundraiser to benefit the Interfaith Food Shuttle. It will be held across the street from Mandolin at the corner of Fairview and Oberlin Road. They will have live music and lots of great food and drink prepared by chef Sean Fowler which has been donated by Cheney Bros. food distributors, Topo distillery, Locals Seafood, Videri Chocolate, Neuse River Brewing, Lynnwood Brewing and Mandolin Sauces. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Join host chef Teddy Diggs of Il Palio at the Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill on Thursday, September 14th for Festa Italiana, a Friends of the James Beard Benefit Dinner. Cocktail hour begins at 6:00pm on the terrace with hors d’oeuvres, games of bocce and a silent auction. Dinner begins at 7:30pm in the Il Palio dining room and is followed by a live auction. Tickets are $185. Get your tickets and all the details here – including the stellar lineup of chefs.
  • Relish Craft Kichen & Bourbon Bar will host their 2nd Annual Mac & Cheese Throwdown for Hope on Sunday, September 17th from 6-9 p.m. Benefiting the Hope Center at Pullen, the event features chefs from around the Triangle showing off their “mac and cheese” talent. They will have a bartender competition as well. Tickets in advance are $25. Get all the details here.
  • Pittsboro’s annual PepperFest will be held on Sunday, September 24th this year at the Great Meadow in Briar Chapel. PepperFest is a celebration of  local food made by local chefs and food artisans featuring 40 different kinds of locally grown peppers prepared in hundreds of creative ways. Get all the details here.
  • And on October 12th, the local chapter of the March of Dimes will bring back their Signature Chefs Auction. The gathering of talented chefs from around the Triangle will be held at The Garden on Millbrook beginning at 6:30 p.m. A full list of chefs will be released soon. Get all the details on their website here.
  • Folks, listen up. I try to make it a habit not to tell people what to do (mainly because I don’t want them to tell me what to do, but I digress). Here is an exception. Go to this event! Trust me. And get your tickets EARLY! Speaking of which, tickets to the eighth annual TerraVita Food & Drink Festival (@TerraVitaFest), scheduled for Oct. 18-21 in and around Chapel Hill, are now on sale here. It will sell out. Trust me!

Food Bank Corner

  • Go ahead and mark your calendar for Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week August 21-27. Participating restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe dinners for either $21 or $31 per person, depending on the venue (tax and tip not included). As a special amenity to downtown employees and other daytime downtown visitors, some restaurants will be offering $5 and $10 lunch specials during Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week only! And NEW THIS YEAR, they are partnering with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to donate $1 from each Restaurant Week dinner sold to those in need! Get all the details here!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – August 4, 2017

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • The big news of the past week was the surprise closing of Motto in Durham. But that bit of sad news quickly turned to the news that Pete Susca is coming into that space with a concept called It’s a Southern Thing: Kitchen and Bar. Pete was Motto’s bar manager and previously ran LaRussa’s in Chapel Hill’s Meadowmont. Matt Kulp will be the chef – he had stints with McCormick & Schmick’s, Garland in downtown Raleigh and the former Zely & Ritz on Glenwood Avenue. Look for them to open in 6-8 weeks with a southern-focused menu. Thanks to Michael DePersia of DePersia & Associates who represented the sale.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Bill King tweeted last week that Tulum Mexican Restaurante & Bar is now open in the former La Volta space at 411 Fayetteville Street in City Plaza. Looks like they opened on July 25th. Check them out here.
  • Also in downtown Raleigh, this weekend is the official “Grand Opening” celebration for MOFU Shoppe in City Market. Stop by anytime (check their hours on their website), but they will also be debuting their late night menu (served 11 p.m. til 2 a.m.). Will be a fun weekend to stop by and check out the latest in downtown dining. Get all the details here.
  • Over in Cary, a Yelp message board posting noted that it looks like the restaurant being built on Walnut Street in Cary (in front of the Harris Teeter) is going to be an Outback Steakhouse. Still being built, but they just put the Outback signs up this past week. Stay tuned.
  • And over in Fuquay-Varina reader Kimberli Holton was the first to notify us that a Dan Sushi Hibachi Japanese Restaurant was coming soon. This week we got word from David McCreary that it has in fact opened at 1313 N. Main Street. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Learned from friend Rebecca Richard that there is a new dining option on Chapel Hill’s W. Franklin Street (and it is not pizza!). The Purple Bowl, at 306 W. Franklin Street, features acai bowls and toast. And did we mention healthy and oh so yummy! Can’t wait to get by and check it out! In the meantime, get all the details on their story, including their menu, here.
  • Over in Durham, got word from Bites of Bull City’s Amber Watson that the latest location of Joe Van Gogh has opened (soft opening again today with regular hours beginning on Saturday) on W. Chapel Hill Street. They are sharing the renovated gas station with Local Yogurt. Get the latest on their Facebook page here.
  • Also in Durham, Indy Week reported this week that the third location of the popular coffee hangout Cocoa Cinnamon will open in mid-August. It will be located at 2013 Chapel Hill Road. Keep up with the latest on their website here.

Closings

  • So, if a restaurant never existed, and we report that it closed….does that mean it still never existed? OK, I misread one of our reader emails last week. There was never a Golden Corral in Holly Springs, but there was a Highway 55 Burger. But it closed. Sorry about the error (it was so cool to see how many people emailed/tweeted me – you folks rock!).
  • Got word from reader Samantha Leach that Raleigh’s Tasca Brava was not renewing their lease. It was confirmed this week on their Facebook page, simply posting, “With great sorrow, after sixteen years, Tasca Brava lost.”
  • And over in Durham, TGI Fridays on Erwin Road has closed. The fun part is that they are liquidating all their furniture, fixtures and equipment in an online auction here. Browse (and bid) here.

Food Trucks

  • Art Sheppard notified me that Chapel Hill is bringing back the Rodeo on Rosemary. It will be held on November 5th from 12-4 (also same day as the Durham Rodeo…decisions, decisions). Get all the details on Facebook here.
  • And the food truck rodeos in Durham and Raleigh are back in full swing. Raleigh’s next is this Sunday NIGHT (August 6th) and Durham’s next one will be in early September. Check out the Durham dates here and the Raleigh dates here.

Events

  •  This summer, chef John May is partnering with local purveyors to create exciting themed evenings at Piedmont. Each dinner will consist of four courses with optional beverage pairings, and chef May will welcome guest distillers, cheesemakers, and farmers to the restaurant to educate diners about their products. The last one is August 10 with the theme Lost Dishes of the Midatlantic and Punches. The cost is $40 for four courses and an additional $15 for beverage pairings. Get all the details here.
  • Also on August 10th, Raleigh Nightlife Media, Paragon Wine Group and Bulleit Bourbon are holding a Whiskey & Wine Walk (think of it as grown up Hillsborough Street Hike) where attendees (50 max) will enjoy a 2 oz. wine and 2 oz. whiskey pour at Dram & Draught, Players’ Retreat, Aloft Raleigh and Mitch’s Tavern. Tickets are $25, but you can enter coupon code TFG at checkout to save yourself $5. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Join North Carolina brewers at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences for their fourth annual Natural Selections event on Friday, August 18. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind evening of beer and science among the museum’s dioramas. Sample unique creations fitting the museum’s natural science focus from more than 20 North Carolina breweries. Enjoy hands-on science of beer activities, a panel discussion, games and live music by Handsome Al and the Lookers. Vote for your favorite beer during the event and award the second annual Natural Selections People’s Choice Award to one lucky brewery. $65 VIP; $40; $25 for Friends of the Museum members. Price includes beer samples, activities, tasting guide, and collectible Natural Selections tasting glass. You must be 21 years or older to attend. Get all the details here.
  • The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association will hold the second annual NC Chef Showdown on August 21 in Raleigh’s historic downtown City Market. Participating chefs will present a dish to a distinguished panel of six judges and will prepare sample-sized offerings for approximately 200 attendees. Attendees will determine the recipients of the “People’s’ Choice” awards, while the judges will select the 2017 NCRLA Chef of the Year and the 2017 NCRLA Pastry Chef of the Year. Get all the details here.
  • How does beer and fresh produce sound? Count me in! The Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market at University Place will hold their annual Brewfest on Saturday, August 26 from 8 a.m. until noon. The event will feature brews from 11 different breweries. Check out their Facebook event page here for all the details.
  • The News & Observer brought it to our attention that tickets for Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival are on sale now. Beericana will take place again in Holly Springs on September 9th and will feature 70 breweries, 16 food trucks and thousands of beer lovers. Get ticket information and all the details here.
  • Join host chef Teddy Diggs of Il Palio at the Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill on Thursday, September 14th for Festa Italiana, a Friends of the James Beard Benefit Dinner. Cocktail hour begins at 6:00pm on the terrace with hors d’oeuvres, games of bocce and a silent auction. Dinner begins at 7:30pm in the Il Palio dining room and is followed by a live auction. Tickets are $185. Get your tickets and all the details here – including the stellar lineup of chefs.
  • Pittsboro’s annual PepperFest will be held on Sunday, September 24th this year at the Great Meadow in Briar Chapel. PepperFest is a celebration of  local food made by local chefs and food artisans featuring 40 different kinds of locally grown peppers prepared in hundreds of creative ways. Get all the details here.
  • And on October 12th, the local chapter of the March of Dimes will bring back their Signature Chefs Auction. The gathering of talented chefs from around the Triangle will be held at The Garden on Millbrook beginning at 6:30 p.m. A full list of chefs will be released soon. Get all the details on their website here.
  • Folks, listen up. I try to make it a habit not to tell people what to do (mainly because I don’t want them to tell me what to do, but I digress). Here is an exception. Go to this event! Trust me. And get your tickets EARLY! Speaking of which, tickets to the eighth annual TerraVita Food & Drink Festival (@TerraVitaFest), scheduled for Oct. 18-21 in and around Chapel Hill, are now on sale here. It will sell out. Trust me!

Food Bank Corner

  • Go ahead and mark your calendar for Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week August 21-27. Participating restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe dinners for either $21 or $31 per person, depending on the venue (tax and tip not included). As a special amenity to downtown employees and other daytime downtown visitors, some restaurants will be offering $5 and $10 lunch specials during Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week only! And NEW THIS YEAR, they are partnering with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to donate $1 from each Restaurant Week dinner sold to those in need! Get all the details here!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – July 28, 2017

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • It is time to get your grub on – really get your grub on. Grub Durham, the latest project from Durham-born restaurateur Wendy Woods, who co-owns Piper’s in the Park, Nosh and Jo Rae Cafe, is now open. Grub’s home is in a 61-year-old renovated service station on West Chapel Hill Street complete with a rooftop bar. This space is super cool and the menu looks amazing. Check it out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Downtown Raleigh is a couple of weeks away from getting another cool rooftop space atop the new 10-story Residence Inn Raleigh Downtown. 10th & Terrace will have a spectacular view overlooking the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and will have lots of comfortable seating, a small plates menu that changes seasonally and a local beer and craft cocktail list that should make this an immediate hit for hotel guests and other visitors to downtown Raleigh. It will be accompanied by The Overlook, the indoor restaurant. Check it out here.
  • The News & Observer reported this week that Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream opened its first brick and mortar location this past week in Cary after starting as The Freezing Pointe, an ice cream catering business. It is located at Cary Park Town Center at 10120 Green Level Church Rd. Check them out here.
  • Had a couple of folks inform me that the next location of Nothing Bundt Cakes is coming to Falls Village (6643 Falls of Neuse Road) in Raleigh. Many thanks to Katie Page and Rebecca Calhoun. Sign in the window says it will open in the fall of 2017. Also noticed on their website that they have another location coming to Hope Valley Commons shopping center in Durham. Check them out here.
  • Also in Raleigh, reader Jeanette Hauser got word to us that a new Vietnamese restaurant called Pho Sure is coming to the Celebrations at Six Forks shopping center next to Tokyo House (corner of Six Forks and Saw Mill). Unfortunately, we don’t have any additional information on it at this time. But we will keep an eye on it…for sure (sorry, couldn’t resist).

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Amber Watson over at Bites of Bull City tipped me off to the fact that Durham is now home to a new Ethiopian restaurant called Goorsha. They moved into and renovated the former Rainbow Chinese restaurant on W. Main Street (910 W. Main Street). I tried Ethiopian food for the first time a few weeks ago with friend Aziz Carrell and his family and look forward to getting over there soon with him. Check them out here.
  • Last week we told you about the closing of Old Chicago Pizza. Not long after that news broke, the News & Observer reported that Hops Burger Bar, which TripAdvisor called the best burger spot in the nation in 2015, is opening in the former Lime Fresh Mexican Grill space on West Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. They currently have two locations in Greensboro and are slated to open the Chapel Hill location in January, 2018. Check them out here.
  • Also in Chapel Hill, Carolina Brewery will be celebrating their 22nd anniversary with lots of changes – following renovations to the physical space at their W. Franklin Street brewpub, they will unveil a number of menu changes. All offer a new, refreshing feel that reflect the community that surrounds them. The new menu will be unveiled next Monday, July 31. Keep up with the latest on their website here.

Closings

  • Two Golden Corral closings – 1420 E. Broad Street in Fuquay Varina and 7224 Alford Hwy in Holly Springs. Surprisingly, there are still 40 locations sprinkled throughout North Carolina. Thanks to Chris Creighton for the tip.
  • Over in Cary at the Shoppes of Kildaire, reader Jeanette Hauser notified us that Hurricane Grill has closed.
  • Also in Cary, reader Donnie Darr informed us that Ledo Pizza on High House Road closed.

Food Trucks

  •  And the food truck rodeos in Durham and Raleigh are back in full swing. Raleigh’s next date is next Sunday, August 6th and Durham’s next one will be in early September. Check out the Durham dates here and the Raleigh dates here.

Events

  • This is my annual shout-out/reminder to my good buddy Tim CoyneSmith – this weekend is the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival being held again this year at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheater on July 28 and 29. Basically it is two days of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, and barbeque eatin’. Get ticket information and all the details here.
  • Also this weekend in Raleigh, is the 12th Annual NC Japan Summer Festival which has expanded and will be held at the State Fairgrounds! This Saturday, July 29th from 1-8 p.m. you can experience delicious traditional Japanese food, interesting cultural displays and activities, and lots of music, dancing and other entertainment and games for families and couples. Get all the details on their website here.
  • Catering Works will hold their next “Foodcation” at their event space, The Laurelbrook, on Thursday, August 3rd with the “destination” being Asia! “Travel” through the Southeastern territories for their signature spin on authentic Asian street fare and onward to inspired Indochina fusion delicacies! Tickets are $45 for the seven-course meal/trip. Get all the details here.
  • This summer, chef John May is partnering with local purveyors to create exciting themed evenings at Piedmont. Each dinner will consist of four courses with optional beverage pairings, and chef May will welcome guest distillers, cheesemakers, and farmers to the restaurant to educate diners about their products. The last one is August 10 with the theme Lost Dishes of the Midatlantic and Punches. The cost is $40 for four courses and an additional $15 for beverage pairings. Get all the details here.
  • Join North Carolina brewers at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences for their fourth annual Natural Selections event on Friday, August 18. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind evening of beer and science among the museum’s dioramas. Sample unique creations fitting the museum’s natural science focus from more than 20 North Carolina breweries. Enjoy hands-on science of beer activities, a panel discussion, games and live music by Handsome Al and the Lookers. Vote for your favorite beer during the event and award the second annual Natural Selections People’s Choice Award to one lucky brewery. $65 VIP; $40; $25 for Friends of the Museum members. Price includes beer samples, activities, tasting guide, and collectible Natural Selections tasting glass. You must be 21 years or older to attend. Get all the details here.
  • The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association will hold the second annual NC Chef Showdown on August 21 in Raleigh’s historic downtown City Market. Participating chefs will present a dish to a distinguished panel of six judges and will prepare sample-sized offerings for approximately 200 attendees. Attendees will determine the recipients of the “People’s’ Choice” awards, while the judges will select the 2017 NCRLA Chef of the Year and the 2017 NCRLA Pastry Chef of the Year. Get all the details here.
  • How does beer and fresh produce sound? Count me in! The Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market at University Place will hold their annual Brewfest on Saturday, August 26 from 8 a.m. until noon. The event will feature brews from 11 different breweries. Check out their Facebook event page here for all the details.
  • The News & Observer brought it to our attention that tickets for Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival are on sale now. Beericana will take place again in Holly Springs on September 9th and will feature 70 breweries, 16 food trucks and thousands of beer lovers. Get ticket information and all the details here.
  • Join host chef Teddy Diggs of Il Palio at the Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill on Thursday, September 14th for Festa Italiana, a Friends of the James Beard Benefit Dinner. Cocktail hour begins at 6:00pm on the terrace with hors d’oeuvres, games of bocce and a silent auction. Dinner begins at 7:30pm in the Il Palio dining room and is followed by a live auction. Tickets are $185. Get your tickets and all the details here – including the stellar lineup of chefs.
  • Pittsboro’s annual PepperFest will be held on Sunday, September 24th this year at the Great Meadow in Briar Chapel. PepperFest is a celebration of  local food made by local chefs and food artisans featuring 40 different kinds of locally grown peppers prepared in hundreds of creative ways. Get all the details here.
  • Folks, listen up. I try to make it a habit not to tell people what to do (mainly because I don’t want them to tell me what to do, but I digress). Here is an exception. Go to this event! Trust me. And get your tickets EARLY! Speaking of which, tickets to the eighth annual TerraVita Food & Drink Festival (@TerraVitaFest), scheduled for Oct. 18-21 in and around Chapel Hill, are now on sale here. It will sell out. Trust me!

Food Bank Corner

  • Go ahead and mark your calendar for Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week August 21-27. Participating restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe dinners for either $21 or $31 per person, depending on the venue (tax and tip not included). As a special amenity to downtown employees and other daytime downtown visitors, some restaurants will be offering $5 and $10 lunch specials during Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week only! And NEW THIS YEAR, they are partnering with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to donate $1 from each Restaurant Week dinner sold to those in need! Get all the details here!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – July 21, 2017

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Chapel Hill’s iconic Carolina Coffee Shop has new owners. A group of UNC alumni and friends, led by Jeff Hortman, have purchased the institution. Things will pretty much continue the same through the fall before renovations and tweaks over the winter. Thanks to Michael DePersia at DePersia & Associates for the heads up on this news. Check out Carolina Coffee Shop here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • The ITB Insider reported this week that the next location of Chopt will reside in the former Tribeca Tavern building in the North Ridge Shopping Center on Fall of the Neuse Road. No word on an open date. Get familiar with Chopt here.
  • The folks over at Morgan Street Food Hall announced another tenant this week – MKG Kitchen. MKG Kitchen is from the same creators of Mekong Vietnamese Cuisine in Morrisville. Get the latest details on the Morgan Street Food Hall here.
  • In Brier Creek this week the big news was the opening of the new Harris Teeter (which has a wine and beer bar in it!)at the corner of T.W. Alexander and U.S. 70. However in that same center, it was announced that pizza chain Your Pie and breakfast joint First Watch would join Harris Teeter. No word on open dates.
  • Over on Hillsborough Street, Ashton Mae Smith noted that Pho Vietnam, already with a location on Buck Jones Road, has opened. They are located in the 2811 Building at the corner of Hillsborough Street and Dan Allen Drive. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Congrats to Sara Coleman Fitzpatrick and the team over at The Cupcake Shoppe in Raleigh as they celebrate 10 years of bringing yumminess to the Triangle. They will have a ‘neighborhood birthday party” all day on Thursday, July 27th with free mini cupcakes, t-shirt giveaways, and more (with additional specials running through the weekend). Check out the latest on their website here.
  • And over in Cary, reader Hugh Autry brought it to our attention that Cary is going to get a second Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar, this one adjacent to the Craft Public House near the intersection of Tryon Road and Walnut Street. Check out Shuckin’ Shack here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • In Durham, got word from Michael DePersia at DePersia & Associates that Los Dos Sombreros (formerly Cinco de Mayo) located at 4818 NC Hwy 55 has been sold to Basera Indian Cuisine, a successful Indian restaurant franchise out of Plano, Texas. They should open later this month after completing renovations. We will keep you posted. Get familiar with them here.
  • Also in Durham, WRAL reported that Local Yogurt has opened in their new location at 1114 W. Chapel Hill Street, conveniently located between downtown Durham and Duke University. Check them out of Facebook here.
  • WRAL also reported that a new coffee shop in Durham called Kaffeinate will be taking over the former Respite Cafe spot at 115 N. Duke Street. No word yet on an open date. Get to know Kaffeinate here.
  • Bites of Bull City blogger Amber Watson first reported that there is a new Latin-flavored ice cream/popsicle/milkshake shop at 1918 Perry Street (near Duke) called Pincho Loco. According to WRAL, they will hold their grand opening this weekend, Friday through Sunday. Check them out here.
  • In Chapel Hill, Carolina Brewery will be celebrating their 22nd anniversary with lots of changes – following renovations to the physical space at their W. Franklin Street brewpub, they will unveil a number of menu changes. All offer a new, refreshing feel that reflect the community that surrounds them. The new menu will be unveiled on July 31. Keep up with the latest on their website here.
  • Got word from the Chatham County Convention and Visitors Bureau that Phoenix Bakery Market Cafe will hold their grand opening in their new location at 664 West Street in Pittsboro on August 19th. Bagels, pastries and cakes oh my! Check out their Facebook page here.
  • Also in Chatham County, just down 15-501 from Chapel Hill, Marco’s Pizza will have their grand opening on July 23 in the space in front of Harris Teeter where Fig & Honey used to be. From 1 – 4pm they will have free pizza samples, DJ, face painting and other children’s activities. Get all the details here.

Closings

  • Got word from Christine Rhyne Johnson that the Marco’s location in Apex has closed.
  • In Cary, got word this week from several sources that the Train Station across from the Amtrak station in Cary has also closed.
  • Over in Durham, Bites of Bull City’s Amber Watson reported that George’s Java on Ninth Street has closed.
  • And in Chapel Hill, the News & Observer reported that after more than three years on West Franklin Street, Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom will serve its last slice in Chapel Hill this weekend.

Food Trucks

  •  The Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo returns to town this Sunday, July 23rd, from 12-4 at The Renaissance Center in historic downtown Wake Forest. Nearly 20 trucks are already signed up. A beer tent will be provided by Brooks Street Bowl and the kids have can have fun in the Kid’s Zone that will include FREE face painting sponsored by The Learning Experience, a bouncy house, road chalk, hula hoops, ball toss and bubble fun. Get all the details here.

Events

  • This summer, chef John May will partner with local purveyors to create exciting themed evenings at Piedmont. Each dinner will consist of four courses with optional beverage pairings, and chef May will welcome guest distillers, cheesemakers, and farmers to the restaurant to educate diners about their products. Upcoming dates and themes include: July 27: Grilled Veggies featuring Fullsteam Brewery; August 10: Lost Dishes of the Midatlantic and Punches. All menus will be $40 for four courses and an additional $15 for beverage pairings. Get all the details here.
  • The Rickhouse will host Durham’s 3rd Annual PickleFest on Sunday, July 23 – a pickle-packed tasting event and market place showcasing North Carolina made products from pickle vendors near and far including locally crafted kombucha and kimchi. Triangle area restaurants sample their unique pickle dishes as well as pickle flavored beers and a Bloody Mary bar to quench your thirst and pucker your lips. Only 100 VIP tickets available for early bird entry at Noon! $15 VIP includes: (1) drink ticket, early entry and the thrilling announcement of the home pickler contest winner!! $5 General Admission Session 1 from 1 – 3pm; Session 2 from 2 – 4pm. Kids under 10 years old are free. Check out the event on Facebook here.
  • Raleigh’s newest dining concept, 41Hundred (the new concept inside the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel), is holding their grand opening celebration on Tuesday, July 25 from 5-8 p.m. Enjoy complimentary bites from the 41Hundred menu and samples from TOPO Distillery, Bombshell Beer Company and Aviator Brewing Company. Check them out here.
  • The Second Annual Big Biscuit Showdown will take place on Thursday, July 27 from 6-9pm at The Rickhouse in Downtown Durham. This unique food competition features twelve teams of Rise chefs partnered with a local brewery or beverage company. Each team will prepare a special biscuit and donut that will be paired with a local craft-made beverage. With biscuits, donuts and beer, you can be sure this will sell-out fast. Get your tickets here.
  • This is my annual shout-out/reminder to my good buddy Tim CoyneSmith – tickets are on sale now to the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival being held again this year at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheater on July 28 and 29. Basically it is two days of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, and barbeque eatin’. Get ticket information and all the details here.
  • Catering Works will hold their next “Foodcation” at their event space, The Laurelbrook, on Thursday, August 3rd with the “destination” being Asia! “Travel” through the Southeastern territories for their signature spin on authentic Asian street fare and onward to inspired Indochina fusion delicacies! Tickets are $45 for the seven-course meal/trip. Get all the details here.
  • Join North Carolina brewers at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences for their fourth annual Natural Selections event on Friday, August 18. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind evening of beer and science among the museum’s dioramas. Sample unique creations fitting the museum’s natural science focus from more than 20 North Carolina breweries. Enjoy hands-on science of beer activities, a panel discussion, games and live music by Handsome Al and the Lookers. Vote for your favorite beer during the event and award the second annual Natural Selections People’s Choice Award to one lucky brewery. $65 VIP; $40; $25 for Friends of the Museum members. Price includes beer samples, activities, tasting guide, and collectible Natural Selections tasting glass. You must be 21 years or older to attend. Get all the details here.
  • The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association will hold the second annual NC Chef Showdown on August 21 in Raleigh’s historic downtown City Market. Participating chefs will present a dish to a distinguished panel of six judges and will prepare sample-sized offerings for approximately 200 attendees. Attendees will determine the recipients of the “People’s’ Choice” awards, while the judges will select the 2017 NCRLA Chef of the Year and the 2017 NCRLA Pastry Chef of the Year. Get all the details here.
  • The News & Observer brought it to our attention that tickets for Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival are on sale now. Beericana will take place again in Holly Springs on September 9th and will feature 70 breweries, 16 food trucks and thousands of beer lovers. Get ticket information and all the details here.
  • Join host chef Teddy Diggs of Il Palio at the Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill on Thursday, September 14th for Festa Italiana, a Friends of the James Beard Benefit Dinner. Cocktail hour begins at 6:00pm on the terrace with hors d’oeuvres, games of bocce and a silent auction. Dinner begins at 7:30pm in the Il Palio dining room and is followed by a live auction. Tickets are $185. Get your tickets and all the details here – including the stellar lineup of chefs.
  • Pittsboro’s annual PepperFest will be held on Sunday, September 24th this year at the Great Meadow in Briar Chapel. PepperFest is a celebration of  local food made by local chefs and food artisans featuring 40 different kinds of locally grown peppers prepared in hundreds of creative ways. Get all the details here.
  • Folks, listen up. I try to make it a habit not to tell people what to do (mainly because I don’t want them to tell me what to do, but I digress). Here is an exception. Go to this event! Trust me. And get your tickets EARLY! Speaking of which, tickets to the eighth annual TerraVita Food & Drink Festival (@TerraVitaFest), scheduled for Oct. 18-21 in and around Chapel Hill, are now on sale here. It will sell out. Trust me!

Food Bank Corner

  • Nearly 300,000 children in the Food Bank’s 34 counties rely on the free and reduced-cost meals at school to get them through the day. For them, summertime doesn’t mean a fun-filled vacation. For them, no school means no meals. Stop Summer Hunger is the Food Bank’s annual initiative to provide additional food to feed these children and their families during this season of increased need. For example: A donation of $35 will feed a child for two months; A donation of $75 will feed a family of four for one month; and a donation of $150 will feed a family of four for two months. Help reach the goal of 3.4 million meals before July 31 and ensure that children will receive the daily, nutritious meals they need to grow healthy and strong! Click here to donate and find out more.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – July 14, 2017

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Sunday is National Ice Cream Day! And to help you celebrate, popular food truck Two Roosters Ice Cream will open their brick-and-mortar location in North Raleigh’s Greystone Village shopping center (7713 Leadmine Road). The grand opening will be Sunday from 2-7 p.m. They are located in the same shopping center as Gonza Tacos Y Tequila and Sola Coffee. Get all the details on their Facebook page here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Raleigh-based food truck Pho Nomenal Dumpling has opened its brick-and-mortar location, Mofu Shoppe, in downtown Raleigh’s City Market. Located at 321 S. Blount St., the restaurant features an expansive menu of fun takes on Asian street food. The name is a combination of the Mandarin Chinese words Mo (more) and Fu (fortune). Check them out here.
  • It was announced earlier this week that former AN Asian Cuisine sushi chef Hyun-Woo Kim has been named the new executive chef at popular sushi restaurant SONO in downtown Raleigh. He is joined by general manager James Yang, who joined SONO in 2016 after seven years at AN. Additionally, there has been an extensive menu update and interior redesign. Check out the latest on their website here.
  • Donovan’s Dish owner Jill Donovan announced the exciting news this week that they will be opening a second location of their Take Out Market. The new location will be in Raleigh’s Brier Creek at 10251 Little Brier Creek Pkwy (near Pei Wei). The Take Out Market features fresh and frozen chef prepared meals to go, hors d’oeuvres, soups, sides, sweets as well as local NC products. They are planning a mid August opening. Check out their original location in downtown Apex here. (Editor’s note: Order now and you can use code D2DTFG for free delivery!)
  • In downtown Raleigh, the News & Observer reported that Benny Capitale’s opened this past week at 121 Fayetteville St., in the former Crema coffee shop location. The Virginia-based company specializes in HUGE (28 inches!), but simple pizzas with just a few toppings available. There is also a location in Chapel Hill (Benny Cappella’s). Check them out here.
  • Somehow I missed the news that Mr. Cool Ice Cream opened in Apex in the Beaver Creek Commons shopping center (1011 Beaver Creek Commons Drive). Not much on their website at this point, but their Facebook page has plenty of pictures to entice you to come out and enjoy a scoop or two!
  • Also in Cary, Davina Ray and her husband Craig Wishart purchased Mithai House of Indian Desserts, renovated it, and rebranded it as Mithai Indian Café. It is the Carolinas’ first and only local artisanal Indian sweet manufacturer. They are located at 744-F East Chatham Street in Cary and can be found online here.
  • Down in Apex, it was announced this week that Pei Wei will open their newest location at 1107 Pine Plaza Drive in Nichols Plaza on Monday, July 31. They currently have two locations in Raleigh and one in Cary. Check them out here.
  • And up in Wake Forest, the new Chronic Tacos location will hold their grand opening on Saturday, July 15th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. It is located at 1000 Forestville Road. Check out their website here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Triangle Business Journal reported this week that joining the Target that will open on Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street on July 23rd, will be the dining options of B.Good (the fast-casual, locally-sourced, fresh food restaurant with a location in Morrisville and 2 locations in Raleigh) and Pizza Press (North Carolina’s first location of the California-based, make-your-own pizza chain). No word yet on either open date. Check out B.Good here and Pizza Press here.
  • In Durham, Hope Valley Brewing Company has rebranded itself as Hope Valley Bar & Grill. Along with that comes the hiring of general manager Justin Schilo who has plans to transform the space to become the “Cheers” of Durham. Check them out here. Keep up with the changes here.
  • Also in Chatham County, just down 15-501 from Chapel Hill, Marco’s Pizza will have their grand opening on July 23 in the space in front of Harris Teeter where Fig & Honey used to be. From 1 – 4 pm they will have free pizza samples, DJ, face painting and other children’s activities. Get all the details here.

Closings

  • Colleague Glenn Gillen notified me that Amante Pizza on South Roxboro Street in Durham has closed.
  • Got word from reader Craig Zeni that the Dickey’s BBQ in Cary’s Crossroads shopping center has closed. It was confirmed by Yelp and that they are no longer listed on the site.

Food Trucks

  •  The Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo returns to town on Sunday, July 23rd, from 12-4 at The Renaissance Center in historic downtown Wake Forest. Nearly 20 trucks are already signed up. A beer tent will be provided by Brooks Street Bowl and the kids have can have fun in the Kid’s Zone that will include FREE face painting sponsored by The Learning Experience, a bouncy house, road chalk, hula hoops, ball toss and bubble fun. Get all the details here.

Events

  • This summer, chef John May will partner with local purveyors to create exciting themed evenings at Piedmont. Each dinner will consist of four courses with optional beverage pairings, and chef May will welcome guest distillers, cheesemakers, and farmers to the restaurant to educate diners about their products. Upcoming dates and themes include: July 27: Grilled Veggies featuring Fullsteam Brewery; August 10: Lost Dishes of the Midatlantic and Punches. All menus will be $40 for four courses and an additional $15 for beverage pairings. Get all the details here.
  • The 16th Annual Acme Tomato Festival is here this weekend – July 14th – 16th. It’s Acme’s yearly deep-fried, wide-eyed, rarified, and, oh yes, justified belly-flop into the outright deliciousness that is summer. Over the festival weekend in downtown Carrboro, they’ll go through some 700 pounds of tomatoes. And please don’t think for a moment that these are any old tomatoes. No way, José. These are the Carrboro Farmers Market’s finest. Get all the details here.
  • The Rickhouse will host Durham’s 3rd Annual PickleFest on Sunday, July 23 – a pickle-packed tasting event and market place showcasing North Carolina made products from pickle vendors near and far including locally crafted kombucha and kimchi. Triangle area restaurants sample their unique pickle dishes as well as pickle flavored beers and a Bloody Mary bar to quench your thirst and pucker your lips. Only 100 VIP tickets available for early bird entry at Noon! $15 VIP includes: (1) drink ticket, early entry and the thrilling announcement of the home pickler contest winner!! $5 General Admission Session 1 from 1 – 3pm; Session 2 from 2 – 4pm. Kids under 10 years old are free. Check out the event on Facebook here.
  • The Second Annual Big Biscuit Showdown will take place on Thursday, July 27 from 6-9pm at The Rickhouse in Downtown Durham. This unique food competition features twelve teams of Rise chefs partnered with a local brewery or beverage company. Each team will prepare a special biscuit and donut that will be paired with a local craft-made beverage. With biscuits, donuts and beer, you can be sure this will sell-out fast. Get your tickets here.
  • This is my annual shout-out/reminder to my good buddy Tim CoyneSmith – tickets are on sale now to the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival being held again this year at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheater on July 28 and 29. Basically it is two days of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, and barbeque eatin’. Get ticket information and all the details here.
  • The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association will hold the second annual NC Chef Showdown on August 21 in Raleigh’s historic downtown City Market. Participating chefs will present a dish to a distinguished panel of six judges and will prepare sample-sized offerings for approximately 200 attendees. Attendees will determine the recipients of the “People’s’ Choice” awards, while the judges will select the 2017 NCRLA Chef of the Year and the 2017 NCRLA Pastry Chef of the Year. Get all the details here.
  • The News & Observer brought it to our attention that tickets for Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival go on sale tomorrow (July 15 – 10 a.m.). Beericana will take place again in Holly Springs will feature 70 breweries, 16 food trucks and thousands of beer lovers. Get ticket information and all the details here.
  • Pittsboro’s annual PepperFest will be held on Sunday, September 24th this year at the Great Meadow in Briar Chapel. PepperFest is a celebration of  local food made by local chefs and food artisans featuring 40 different kinds of locally grown peppers prepared in hundreds of creative ways. Get all the details here.
  • Folks, listen up. I try to make it a habit not to tell people what to do (mainly because I don’t want them to tell me what to do, but I digress). Here is an exception. Go to this event! Trust me. And get your tickets EARLY! Speaking of which, tickets to the eighth annual TerraVita Food & Drink Festival (@TerraVitaFest), scheduled for Oct. 18-21 in and around Chapel Hill, are now on sale here. It will sell out. Trust me!

Food Bank Corner

  • Nearly 300,000 children in the Food Bank’s 34 counties rely on the free and reduced-cost meals at school to get them through the day. For them, summertime doesn’t mean a fun-filled vacation. For them, no school means no meals. Stop Summer Hunger is the Food Bank’s annual initiative to provide additional food to feed these children and their families during this season of increased need. For example: A donation of $35 will feed a child for two months; A donation of $75 will feed a family of four for one month; and a donation of $150 will feed a family of four for two months. Help reach the goal of 3.4 million meals before July 31 and ensure that children will receive the daily, nutritious meals they need to grow healthy and strong! Click here to donate and find out more.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – July 7, 2017

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Bartaco, located next to the entrance to Silverspot in Chapel Hill’s University Place, announced yesterday that they are now open. Bartaco combines fresh, upscale street food – tacos and “not tacos” create an unforgettable experience with a coastal vibe in a relaxed environment. The outdoor space and feel is definitely inviting. Check them out on their Facebook page here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • The good folks over at ITB Insider reported this week that the Lake Boone shopping center location of Chubby Tacos (supposed to be known as Guacamaya Fresh Mex) is expanding in what is described as an “interior expansion and alteration.” Check out their Facebook page here.
  • Last week we told you about the opening of Caribbean Spice, a Caribbean restaurant that combines traditional island dishes with newer dishes, in Raleigh at 2822 New Birch Drive. WRAL reported this week that they will hold their grand opening celebration on Saturday, July 8th. Get all the details here.
  • The new Chronic Tacos location in Wake Forest will hold their grand opening on Saturday, July 15th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. It is located at 1000 Forestville Road. Check out their website here.
  • Reader Brittany Torrence told us that Full Bloom Coffee Roasters has opened in downtown Garner. They’ll serve caffeinated beverages, breakfast, lunch, and craft brews. This is their first full week open. Check them out here.
  • Also in Garner, got word that today, July 7, the newest Famous Toastery restaurant opens in the White Oak shopping center. The address is 52 Eagle Wing Way. Learn everything about Famous Toastery on their website here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Down in Chatham County, Bean & Barrel coffee shop in the Governors Village shopping center has changed their name to Flair Restaurant and Wine Bar. The restaurant is under new management/ownership with a focus on French-influenced American food from executive chef Robert Warren. Check out their website to get all the details.
  • Also in Chatham County, just down 15-501 from Chapel Hill, Marco’s Pizza will have their grand opening on July 23 in the space in front of Harris Teeter where Fig & Honey used to be. From 1 – 4 pm they will have free pizza samples, DJ, face painting and other children’s activities. Get all the details here.

Closings

  • Got word from reader Amy Howard that Mr. Wonderful’s Chicken & Waffles on New Bern Ave. in Raleigh has closed.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported that the Carolina’s Best Steak & Subs shop, open in Cary’s Crossroads Plaza since 2008, is closing on July 15.
  • And it is now confirmed, Casa San Carlos in North Raleigh is closed. That is the bad news. The good news, you just have to travel to Wrightsville Beach to enjoy it again! Check them out here.

Food Trucks

  •  The News & Observer reported this week that The Farmery is moving its Airstream trailer and indoor farm from Research Triangle Park to Durham’s 326 Geer St., in the parking lot of a vacant building. It’s down the street from Motorco Music Hall and around the corner from Fullsteam Brewery. Pending inspection approvals, it is scheduled to open today, July 7. Keep up with the move on their website here.
  • The Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo returns to town on Sunday, July 23rd, from 12-4 at The Renaissance Center in historic downtown Wake Forest. Nearly 20 trucks are already signed up. A beer tent will be provided by Brooks Street Bowl and the kids have can have fun in the Kid’s Zone that will include FREE face painting sponsored by The Learning Experience, a bouncy house, road chalk, hula hoops, ball toss and bubble fun. Get all the details here.

Events

  • This summer, chef John May will partner with local purveyors to create exciting themed evenings at Piedmont. Each dinner will consist of four courses with optional beverage pairings, and chef May will welcome guest distillers, cheesemakers, and farmers to the restaurant to educate diners about their products. Upcoming dates and themes include: July 13: Sweet & Savory Cheese Dinner featuring Boxcarr Handmade Cheese; July 27: Grilled Veggies featuring Fullsteam Brewery; August 10: Lost Dishes of the Midatlantic and Punches. All menus will be $40 for four courses and an additional $15 for beverage pairings. Get all the details here.
  • The 16th Annual Acme Tomato Festival is almost here – July 14th – 16th. It’s Acme’s yearly deep-fried, wide-eyed, rarified, and, oh yes, justified belly-flop into the outright deliciousness that is summer. Over the festival weekend, in downtown Carrboro, they’ll go through some 700 pounds of tomatoes. And please don’t think for a moment that these are any old tomatoes. No way, José. These are the Carrboro Farmers Market’s finest. Get all the details here.
  • The Rickhouse will host Durham’s 3rd Annual PickleFest on Sunday, July 23 – a pickle-packed tasting event and market place showcasing North Carolina made products from pickle vendors near and far including locally crafted kombucha and kimchi. Triangle area restaurants sample their unique pickle dishes as well as pickle flavored beers and a Bloody Mary bar to quench your thirst and pucker your lips. Only 100 VIP tickets available for early bird entry at Noon! $15 VIP includes: (1) drink ticket, early entry and the thrilling announcement of the home pickler contest winner!! $5 General Admission Session 1 from 1 – 3pm; Session 2 from 2 – 4pm. Kids under 10 years old are free. Check out the event on Facebook here.
  • The Second Annual Big Biscuit Showdown will take place on Thursday, July 27 from 6-9pm at The Rickhouse in Downtown Durham. This unique food competition features twelve teams of Rise chefs partnered with a local brewery or beverage company. Each team will prepare a special biscuit and donut that will be paired with a local craft-made beverage. With biscuits, donuts and beer, you can be sure this will sell-out fast. Get your tickets here.
  • The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association will hold the second annual NC Chef Showdown on August 21 in Raleigh’s historic downtown City Market. Participating chefs will present a dish to a distinguished panel of six judges and will prepare sample-sized offerings for approximately 200 attendees. Attendees will determine the recipients of the “People’s’ Choice” awards, while the judges will select the 2017 NCRLA Chef of the Year and the 2017 NCRLA Pastry Chef of the Year. Get all the details here.
  • Pittsboro’s annual PepperFest will be held on Sunday, September 24th this year at the Great Meadow in Briar Chapel. PepperFest is a celebration of  local food made by local chefs and food artisans featuring 40 different kinds of locally grown peppers prepared in hundreds of creative ways. Get all the details here.
  • Folks, listen up. I try to make it a habit not to tell people what to do (mainly because I don’t want them to tell me what to do, but I digress). Here is an exception. Go to this event! Trust me. And get your tickets EARLY! Speaking of which, tickets to the eighth annual TerraVita Food & Drink Festival (@TerraVitaFest), scheduled for Oct. 18-21 in and around Chapel Hill, are now on sale here. It will sell out. Trust me!

Food Bank Corner

  • Nearly 300,000 children in the Food Bank’s 34 counties rely on the free and reduced-cost meals at school to get them through the day. For them, summertime doesn’t mean a fun-filled vacation. For them, no school means no meals. Stop Summer Hunger is the Food Bank’s annual initiative to provide additional food to feed these children and their families during this season of increased need. For example: A donation of $35 will feed a child for two months; A donation of $75 will feed a family of four for one month; and a donation of $150 will feed a family of four for two months. Help reach the goal of 3.4 million meals before July 31 and ensure that children will receive the daily, nutritious meals they need to grow healthy and strong! Click here to donate and find out more.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – June 30, 2017

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • There is no bigger restaurant news this week than the passage of Senate Bill 155, aka the Brunch Bill, that will allow restaurants and establishments to serve alcohol on Sunday mornings. Kudos to Lynn Minges at the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association for her leadership. Now, come on Roy, FREE THE MIMOSAS!! It could happen as early as this Sunday! I’ll drink to that!

Wake County Restaurant News

  • The News & Observer reported this week that Cary’s newest dining option, Pro’s Epicurean Market & Cafe, opened this past Monday and is having a soft opening this week. They are located in the former Dorry’s Downtown Deli (and before that, The Food Factory) on East Chatham Street in the renovated Mid-Town Square shopping center. The menu features French and Italian influences: crepes, sandwiches, salads as well as fish, pasta, meat and chicken entrees. Check them out here.
  • WRAL is reporting that Growler USA is coming to Raleigh in the summer of 2017 to 314 South Blount Street in downtown. Growler started in Oregon and has become a craft beer pub with a pretty good menu to complement their beer. According to their website, they have a location in Charlotte with six total in North Carolina (including another in Durham) in the works. Check them out here.
  • The newly opened Cortez Seafood + Cocktail will hold their grand opening party this Saturday, July 1 with dollar oysters all night, featured ceviches, and guest DJ’s going until late. They are located on Glenwood South in the former Helio’s spot. All the details can be found on their Facebook page here.  
  • Learned this week that Marco Pollo, a Peruvian rotisserie chicken restaurant, has opened in Cary at 1871 Lake Pine Drive, just off Highway 64. Check out their menu and other details on their website here.
  • Last week we told you about the opening of Caribbean Spice, a Caribbean restaurant that combines traditional island dishes with newer dishes, in Raleigh at 2822 New Birch Drive. WRAL reported this week that they will hold their grand opening celebration on Saturday, July 8th. Get all the details here.  
  • The folks over at ITB Insider reported this week that Wayback Burger, a chain out of Delaware which now has six locations in North Carolina (including one in Durham), will open its newest location in Raleigh’s Plantation Square. No word yet on a timeline. Check them out here.
  • Got a note from reader Hugh Autry that Garner now has a Substation II in Garner Station at 1440 Garner Station Blvd. Substation II has 40 locations over six states. Check them out here.
  • Reader Evan Foster tipped us off to the fact that there is a Papa Murphy’s coming into the North Ridge Center in North Raleigh off Falls of the Neuse Road. No word yet on an open date. Check out Papa Murphy’s here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Got word this week that Pour Taproom has opened in downtown Durham’s Unscripted Hotel at 202 N. Corcoran Street. Pour Taproom is a pay-by-the-ounce taproom where you can pour your own drink from a selection of 60+ taps of the finest of craft brews, ciders and wines from the Triangle, and other awesome beer hubs far and wide. Check them out here.
  • Johanna Kramer announced this week that Alivia’s Durham Bistro will temporarily close after 10 years, allowing it to re-concept and reopen soon. Renovation will take place over the summer for a fall unveil. Probably the best place to keep up with the changes is on their Facebook page here.
  • And another re-concept out of Durham. WRAL reported this week that after four years of operating as a butcher and sweet shop, Rose’s Meats and Sweets will be changing direction. Owners announced Thursday via social media that the shop, located at 121 N Gregson St., will become a restaurant and bakery. Keep up with their changes here.
  • A quick shout-out and congratulations to the staff over at Kitchen in Chapel Hill on MLK Blvd. as they celebrate 7 years of service to the local community. It is a great little spot in Chapel Hill, tucked away in the same shopping center at Root Cellar Cafe and Lucha Tigre. Worth a visit. Congrats!

Closings

  • Reader Mike McKinney brought it to our attention that Golden Palace Dim Sum on Capital Boulevard has closed. No word on what led to their closing.
  • Got a note this week from reader Patrick Smith that the Bruegger’s location at North Hills has closed. While some are speculating it might become the 4th North Hills-area Starbucks, early rumors suggest it could become a Chipotle. Stay tuned.

Food Trucks

  •  The News & Observer reported this week that The Farmery is moving its Airstream trailer and indoor farm from Research Triangle Park to Durham’s 326 Geer St., in the parking lot of a vacant building. It’s down the street from Motorco Music Hall and around the corner from Fullsteam Brewery. Pending inspection approvals, it is scheduled to open July 7. Keep up with the move on their website here.
  • The Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo returns to town on  Sunday, July 23rd, from 12-4 at The Renaissance Center in historic downtown Wake Forest. Nearly 20 trucks are already signed up. A beer tent will be provided by Brooks Street Bowl and the kids have can have fun in the Kid’s Zone that will include FREE face painting sponsored by The Learning Experience, a bouncy house, road chalk, hula hoops, ball toss and bubble fun. Get all the details here.
  • And the food truck rodeos in Durham and Raleigh are back into full gear (Durham has one this Sunday!). Get all the details (including a list of participating trucks) for Durham here and for Raleigh here.

Events

  • This summer, chef John May will partner with local purveyors to create exciting themed evenings at Piedmont. Each dinner will consist of four courses with optional beverage pairings, and chef May will welcome guest distillers, cheesemakers, and farmers to the restaurant to educate diners about their products. Upcoming dates and themes include: July 13: Sweet & Savory Cheese Dinner featuring Boxcarr Handmade Cheese; July 27: Grilled Veggies featuring Fullsteam Brewery; August 10: Lost Dishes of the Midatlantic and Punches. All menus will be $40 for four courses and an additional $15 for beverage pairings. Get all the details here.
  • The Second Annual Big Biscuit Showdown will take place on Thursday, July 27 from 6-9pm at The Rickhouse in Downtown Durham. This unique food competition features twelve teams of Rise chefs partnered with a local brewery or beverage company. Each team will prepare a special biscuit and donut that will be paired with a local craft-made beverage. With biscuits, donuts and beer, you can be sure this will sell-out fast. Get your tickets here.
  • The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association will hold the second annual NC Chef Showdown on August 21 in Raleigh’s historic downtown City Market. Participating chefs will present a dish to a distinguished panel of six judges and will prepare sample-sized offerings for approximately 200 attendees. Attendees will determine the recipients of the “People’s’ Choice” awards, while the judges will select the 2017 NCRLA Chef of the Year and the 2017 NCRLA Pastry Chef of the Year. Get all the details here.
  • Pittsboro’s annual PepperFest will be held on Sunday, September 24th this year at the Great Meadow in Briar Chapel. PepperFest is a celebration of  local food made by local chefs and food artisans featuring 40 different kinds of locally grown peppers prepared in hundreds of creative ways. Right now they are seeking chefs and food artisans to participate. June 20th is the deadline to submit your application. Do so here.
  • Folks, listen up. I try to make it a habit not to tell people what to do (mainly because I don’t want them to tell me what to do, but I digress). Here is an exception. Go to this event! Trust me. And get your tickets EARLY! Speaking of which, tickets to the eighth annual TerraVita Food & Drink Festival (@TerraVitaFest), scheduled for Oct. 18-21 in and around Chapel Hill, are now on sale here. It will sell out. Trust me!

Food Bank Corner

  • Nearly 300,000 children in the Food Bank’s 34 counties rely on the free and reduced-cost meals at school to get them through the day. For them, summertime doesn’t mean a fun-filled vacation. For them, no school means no meals. Stop Summer Hunger is the Food Bank’s annual initiative to provide additional food to feed these children and their families during this season of increased need. For example: A donation of $35 will feed a child for two months; A donation of $75 will feed a family of four for one month; and a donation of $150 will feed a family of four for two months. Help reach the goal of 3.4 million meals before July 31 and ensure that children will receive the daily, nutritious meals they need to grow healthy and strong! Click here to donate and find out more.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – June 23, 2017

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Saw on Facebook this week that Neomonde is venturing over into Durham. They announced this week that they will have a location in the Unscripted Hotel in downtown Durham at 202 N. Corcoran Street. Neomonde will occupy 3,000 square feet on the first floor of the building. Other first-floor tenants include Pour Taproom, which is expected to open soon, and the Jack Tar Diner, from the creators of Pizzeria Toro and Littler. Neomonde is expected to open later this fall, with early November as a target according to the News & Observer. Check out Neomonde here and Unscripted here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • So it appears as if the Flights Restaurant inside of the Renaissance Hotel at North Hills is no more. It has been replaced by a newly renovated space and a concept called 41Hundred (a play on their address of 4100 Main at North Hills Street) and headed up by chef Dean Thompson and his team. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Reader Stephanie Narron tipped us off to the fact that the Ibarra family has opened their latest venture – Fogata Brava Mexican Bar & Grill in North Raleigh in the Plantation Point shopping center. Fogata is owned by the Ibarra family, the folks behind Jose & Sons, LaRancherita, El Rodeo and the recently opened Cortez, among others. Check them out here.
  • Cary food news blog, FoodCary, reported this week that JuiceVibes is opening its first Cary location in Shoppes of Kildaire on July 17. JuiceVibes is located at 1369 Kildaire Farm Rd. Check them out here.
  • And got word that Caribbean Spice, a Caribbean restaurant that combines traditional island dishes with newer dishes, is opening this Saturday, June 24 at 2822 New Birch Drive in Raleigh. They will have samples, giveaways music and lots of fun. Get all the details here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Over in Durham, got word from Amber Watson over at Bites of Bull City that Early Bird Donuts had their grand opening this past Tuesday. They are located on Erwin Road in Durham close to Black Twig Cider House and Nosh. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Over in Chapel Hill, friend Emily Martine was the first to tip me off to the fact that Al’s Burger Shack, a popular destination on Franklin Street, is opening a second location, this one in the former Captain Poncho’s location in Southern Village. Look for them to open at some point this summer. Check out Al’s here.
  • Also in Chapel Hill, last week we told you we saw “Now Hiring” signs for Babalu Tapas & Tacos in Chapel Hill’s Eastgate Crossing shopping center. Well, the official word came out this week that they will open on Monday, July 24. Go ahead and get to know Babalu here.

Closings

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  •  A dozen food trucks will join the regular Holly Springs Farmers Market June 24 for the Park It in the Market Food Truck Rodeo. The rodeo is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. across the street from Holly Springs Town Hall, 128 S. Main St., in the East Center Street Public Parking Lot. (The market starts at 8:30 a.m.) There also will be live music and children’s activities. Another food truck rodeo is scheduled Sept. 23. Get all the details here.
  • Cary’s Downtown Chowdown (formerly known as the Chatham Street Chowdown) is leaving its East Chatham Street home and moving to the refurbished Academy Street for its next rodeo from noon to 5:30 p.m. June 25. Head to Academy Street between Chatham Street and Dry Avenue and the new Downtown Park. The Cary rodeo features 30 trucks, beer and wine vendors along with live music and seating areas. Other upcoming rodeos are July 30 and Oct. 1, all from noon to 5:30 p.m. Get all the details here.
  • The Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo returns to town on  Sunday, July 23rd, from 12-4 at The Renaissance Center in historic downtown Wake Forest. Nearly 20 trucks are already signed up. A beer tent will be provided by Brooks Street Bowl and the kids have can have fun in the Kid’s Zone that will include FREE face painting sponsored by The Learning Experience, a bouncy house, road chalk, hula hoops, ball toss and bubble fun. Get all the details here.
  • And the food truck rodeos in Durham and Raleigh are back into full gear (Durham has one this Sunday!). Get all the details (including a list of participating trucks) for Durham here and for Raleigh here.

Events

  • The city (or is it still a town?) of Cary is throwing a party and you are invited. They are celebrating the reopening/renovation of Academy Street this Saturday, June 24, from 4:30 to 9 p.m. The event will feature food trucks, live music, street performers, and a special dedication ceremony followed by a finale light show at the fountain. Get all the details here.
  • La Farm’s Lionel Vatinet will host his fifth annual Bread Bakers Guild of America Open House at La Farm Bakery in Cary on June 24th from 3pm to 5pm. La Farm will offer behind-the-scene tours of the bakery, followed by a bread shaping demo, and an opportunity to see the bakers scoring and loading breads into and out of the hearth oven. La Farm Bakery is located at 4248 NW Cary Parkway. Get all the details here.
  • This summer, chef John May will partner with local purveyors to create exciting themed evenings at Piedmont. Each dinner will consist of four courses with optional beverage pairings, and chef May will welcome guest distillers, cheesemakers, and farmers to the restaurant to educate diners about their products. Upcoming dates and themes include: June 27: Summer Picnic featuring Durham Distillery; July 13: Sweet & Savory Cheese Dinner featuring Boxcarr Handmade Cheese; July 27: Grilled Veggies featuring Fullsteam Brewery; August 10: Lost Dishes of the Midatlantic and Punches. All menus will be $40 for four courses and an additional $15 for beverage pairings. Get all the details here.
  • The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association will hold the second annual NC Chef Showdown on August 21 in Raleigh’s historic downtown City Market. Participating chefs will present a dish to a distinguished panel of six judges and will prepare sample-sized offerings for approximately 200 attendees. Attendees will determine the recipients of the “People’s’ Choice” awards, while the judges will select the 2017 NCRLA Chef of the Year and the 2017 NCRLA Pastry Chef of the Year. Get all the details here.
  • Pittsboro’s annual PepperFest will be held on Sunday, September 24th this year at the Great Meadow in Briar Chapel. PepperFest is a celebration of  local food made by local chefs and food artisans featuring 40 different kinds of locally grown peppers prepared in hundreds of creative ways. Right now they are seeking chefs and food artisans to participate. June 20th is the deadline to submit your application. Do so here.
  • Folks, listen up. I try to make it a habit not to tell people what to do (mainly because I don’t want them to tell me what to do, but I digress). Here is an exception. Go to this event! Trust me. And get your tickets EARLY! Speaking of which, tickets to the eighth annual TerraVita Food & Drink Festival, scheduled for Oct. 18-21 in and around Chapel Hill, are now on sale here. It will sell out. Trust me!

Food Bank Corner

  • Nearly 300,000 children in the Food Bank’s 34 counties rely on the free and reduced-cost meals at school to get them through the day. For them, summertime doesn’t mean a fun-filled vacation. For them, no school means no meals. Stop Summer Hunger is the Food Bank’s annual initiative to provide additional food to feed these children and their families during this season of increased need. For example: A donation of $35 will feed a child for two months; A donation of $75 will feed a family of four for one month; and a donation of $150 will feed a family of four for two months. Help reach the goal of 3.4 million meals before July 31 and ensure that children will receive the daily, nutritious meals they need to grow healthy and strong! Click here to donate and find out more.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – June 16, 2017

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • This week Morgan Street Food Hall & Market, which will be opening in late August in downtown Raleigh, announced seven new tenants including popular food truck and “Shark Tank” winner, Cousins Maine Lobster. Joining Cousins will be Carroll’s Kitchen (a Raleigh-based non-profit emphasizing culinary job skills for women), Makus Empanadas (true Argentinian empanadas based in Durham’s Hope Valley Commons); Raleigh Rolls (Thai ice cream rolls); Wicked Taco (popular with NC State students); Bella’s Wood Fired Pizza; and Morgan Street Java and Creperie. Previously announced tenants include: Raleigh Raw (fresh-pressed juices); Sasool (Lebanese and Mediterranean); Oak City Fish & Chips (local seafood); Cow Bar (specialty hamburgers); Ginger + Soy (Asian); Boba Brew (bubble teas) and City Sushi (inventive sushi). Morgan Street Food Hall & Market is a 22,000-sq. ft. culinary incubator in the heart of downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District, and will feature 60 + dining and retail stalls offering high-quality, chef-driven specialty foods with a wide range of diversity. Get all the latest details here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • In Cary the big news this week was the announcement that Missy and Lionel Vatinet, owners of La Farm Bakery, opened the doors to their new production facility in downtown Cary at 220 West Chatham Street. I’m sure the sweet aroma of freshly baked bread is already filling the air in downtown Cary! Stop by today and pick up some of their fresh-out-of-the-oven offerings! Get all the details here.
  • Bocci Trattoria and Pizzeria, with locations already in Durham and Cary, will swing open their doors to their Hillsborough Street location in Raleigh on Monday, June 19th. Located at 2412 Hillsborough Street, right in the heart of the street across from campus. The restaurant features a “Valvano Room” – a nice nod to the former legendary NC State men’s basketball coach. Check out Bocci here.
  • Also on Hillsborough Street, we mentioned this a few weeks back, but the News & Observer confirmed that Smash Waffles, the popular Greenville-based waffle delivery service, has announced its first brick-and-mortar location in the Triangle will be across from NC State’s campus at 2304 Hillsborough St. They are looking to open this fall on the first floor of a new six-story building, a few doors down from Insomnia Cookies and Bruegger’s Bagels. Check them out here.
  • And it is official now. The Cortez Seafood & Cocktail is now open at 413 Glenwood Avenue in the former Helio’s spot. Congratulations to Charlie Ibarra and his team (including chef Oscar Diaz) on their latest venture. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • And just got word from one of our readers that Nancy’s Chicago Style Pizza is coming to the Brennan Station shopping center in North Raleigh in the spot formerly occupied by Oliver Twist and more recently Sardi’s Den. Get familiar with Nancy’s here.
  • Probably the most common “opening soon” question I get while I’m out and about is regarding the pending Wahlburger’s slated to open in downtown Raleigh. I reached out to them last week via Facebook and didn’t learn much other than they are “still coming” – but no hint as to a timeline. Best thing I can tell you is to follow them for any updates on their Facebook page here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Got word, saw signs and it was confirmed by the lovely and talented Lori Lennard that the Dunkin’ Donuts on East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill is now open. It is located next to the Siena Hotel. And in true Chapel Hill fashion, it is without a drive-thru. Check them out here.
  • And just down from that in Eastgate Crossing things continue to progress. Noticed this week that the signs were up on the new Zoe’s Kitchen location (a complete remodel of the former Boston Market building). Also, saw a sign for a Clean Juice coming into the former TCBY spot. And Babalu Tapas & Tacos had “now hiring” signs up throughout the center – so not too long. And still waiting on the opening date for Guglhupf. Keep up with their developments here.
  • And over at University Place (formerly University Mall) we are within weeks of the opening of BarTaco. And let me be one of the first to say, this is going to be one cool hangout. I poked my head in yesterday and not only is the outdoor dining/drinking space incredibly welcoming, the inside is equally stunning. I might as well go ahead and open a pretty hefty tab there for me and Mayor CoyneSmith. Check out their Facebook page here.
  • Over in Durham, Twitter friend @BurgeoningBaker reports that Big C Waffles is moving into the former Dog House location near the intersection of Hwy. 54 and Hwy. 55 (2110 Allendown Dr) near Kokyu BBQ. No word yet on a timeline. Check out Big C here.
  • This is kind of cool. Got word this week that the owner of Benetis Athena Restaurant, located in Greenwood Commons shopping center in Durham, has allowed their waitstaff to open a Mexican pop-up restaurant during the evening hours. They make their own corn and flour tortillas and everything is local and freshly prepared. Tortas, fajitas, tacos, burritos and other items. Mediterranean and Greek for breakfast and lunch, Mexican for dinner! Check them out here.
  • The latest Chick-fil-A opened in Durham yesterday (June 15) in the former location of Spartacus restaurant. This new location replaces the drive-up only store that was located just behind the new location on University Drive. I’m still missing Spartacus! Check out Chick-fil-A here.

Closings

  • Got word from one of our readers that Springs Pizza & Wings in Holly Springs has closed. The site suggests there is a Sunset Lake Bistro coming in August. Stay tuned.
  • And just learned from a reader that the Serena’s location on Creedmoor Road in Raleigh has closed. They still have a location in RTP, and their site suggests a new location coming soon.

Food Trucks

  •  The Triangle Explorer (John Huisman) recently told us about the newest food truck (it is actually a trailer) to hit the streets of the Triangle – Waffles & Kahve. They serve up sweet and savory Turkish waffles and a smooth, rich Turkish coffee to go with. Sign me up! Check them out here.
  • A dozen food trucks will join the regular Holly Springs Farmers Market June 24 for the Park It in the Market Food Truck Rodeo. The rodeo is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. across the street from Holly Springs Town Hall, 128 S. Main St., in the East Center Street Public Parking Lot. (The market starts at 8:30 a.m.) There also will be live music and children’s activities. Another food truck rodeo is scheduled Sept. 23. Get all the details here.
  • Cary’s Downtown Chowdown (formerly known as the Chatham Street Chowdown) is leaving its East Chatham Street home and moving to the refurbished Academy Street for its next rodeo from noon to 5:30 p.m. June 25. Head to Academy Street between Chatham Street and Dry Avenue and the new Downtown Park. The Cary rodeo features 30 trucks, beer and wine vendors along with live music and seating areas. Other upcoming rodeos are July 30 and Oct. 1, all from noon to 5:30 p.m. Get all the details here.
  • And the food truck rodeos in Durham and Raleigh are back into full gear (Durham has one this Sunday!). Get all the details (including a list of participating trucks) for Durham here and for Raleigh here.
  • The Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo returns to town on  Sunday, July 23rd, from 12-4 at The Renaissance Center in historic downtown Wake Forest. Nearly 20 trucks are already signed up. A beer tent will be provided by Brooks Street Bowl and the kids can have fun in the Kid’s Zone that will include FREE face painting sponsored by The Learning Experience, a bouncy house, road chalk, hula hoops, ball toss and bubble fun. Get all the details here.
  • The food truck events in Knightdale are cranking back up in April. Every Thursday from April through June and September through November, they will host a new truck at Knightdale Station Park for lunch and dinner. Just look for it from 11:30am to 1:30pm and 6pm to 8pm near the amphitheater (rain or shine – shelters are covered). The April 6th kick-off will feature live music. Get all the details and schedule here.

Events

  • WRAL reminded us that the sixth annual Bone Suckin’ Sauce Peak City Pig Fest will be held this weekend – June 16-17 – in historic downtown Apex. This barbecue competition features a food truck rodeo, samples, demonstrations, pig races, a rib eating contest between the Apex Police Department and the Apex Fire Department and more. Get all the details here.
  • The next Chefs for a Change dinner is coming up on June 19th. This dinner will feature chef/owner Seth Gross, chef Cece Lopez and chef Joe LaPorte from Pompieri Pizza and Bull City Burger and Brewery. Tickets are $75 and benefit Families Moving Forward. Get tickets and all the details (including future dinners on August 21, October 16th and December 8th) here.
  • La Farm’s Lionel Vatinet will host his fifth annual Bread Bakers Guild of America Open House at La Farm Bakery in Cary on June 24th from 3pm to 5pm. La Farm will offer behind-the-scene tours of the bakery, followed by a bread shaping demo, and an opportunity to see the bakers scoring and loading breads into and out of the hearth oven. La Farm Bakery is located at 4248 NW Cary Parkway. Get all the details here.
  • This summer, chef John May will partner with local purveyors to create exciting themed evenings at Piedmont. Each dinner will consist of four courses with optional beverage pairings, and chef May will welcome guest distillers, cheesemakers, and farmers to the restaurant to educate diners about their products. Upcoming dates and themes include: June 27: Summer Picnic featuring Durham Distillery; July 13: Sweet & Savory Cheese Dinner featuring Boxcarr Handmade Cheese; July 27: Grilled Veggies featuring Fullsteam Brewery; August 10: Lost Dishes of the Midatlantic and Punches. All menus will be $40 for four courses and an additional $15 for beverage pairings. Get all the details here.
  • The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association will hold the second annual NC Chef Showdown on August 21 in Raleigh’s historic downtown City Market. Participating chefs will present a dish to a distinguished panel of six judges and will prepare sample-sized offerings for approximately 200 attendees. Attendees will determine the recipients of the “People’s’ Choice” awards, while the judges will select the 2017 NCRLA Chef of the Year and the 2017 NCRLA Pastry Chef of the Year. Get all the details here.
  • Pittsboro’s annual PepperFest will be held on Sunday, September 24th this year at the Great Meadow in Briar Chapel. PepperFest is a celebration of  local food made by local chefs and food artisans featuring 40 different kinds of locally grown peppers prepared in hundreds of creative ways. Right now they are seeking chefs and food artisans to participate. June 20th is the deadline to submit your application. Do so here.
  • Folks, listen up. I try to make it a habit not to tell people what to do (mainly because I don’t want them to tell me what to do, but I digress). Here is an exception. Go to this event! Trust me. And get your tickets EARLY! Speaking of which, tickets to the eighth annual TerraVita Food & Drink Festival, scheduled for Oct. 18-21 in and around Chapel Hill, are now on sale here. It will sell out. Trust me!

Food Bank Corner

  • Nearly 300,000 children in the Food Bank’s 34 counties rely on the free and reduced-cost meals at school to get them through the day. For them, summertime doesn’t mean a fun-filled vacation. For them, no school means no meals. Stop Summer Hunger is the Food Bank’s annual initiative to provide additional food to feed these children and their families during this season of increased need. For example: A donation of $35 will feed a child for two months; A donation of $75 will feed a family of four for one month; and a donation of $150 will feed a family of four for two months. Help reach the goal of 3.4 million meals before July 31 and ensure that children will receive the daily, nutritious meals they need to grow healthy and strong! Click here to donate and find out more.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – June 9, 2017

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Transfer Co. Olde East, a food hall, market, and gathering place in downtown’s historic Olde East neighborhood (in the former Carolina Coach garage and shop) announced their initial lineup of tenants this week. It will be located at 500 E. Davie Street. They include: Bolted Bread & Jubala Coffee; Angela Salamanca of Centro & Gallo Pelon; Videri Chocolate Factory; Locals Seafood with Person Street; Saxapahaw General Store; and Che Empanadas – with more to be announced. Keep up with the latest on their website here. Thanks David Amann!

Wake County Restaurant News

  • We told you about this back in February, but the News & Observer reported this week that Tasu Asian Bistro has opened its second location, bringing its popular sushi and Asian fusion concept to Cary’s Waverly Place. Tasu’s food, which centers around sushi, covers the full range of Asian cuisine. Their other location is in Brier Creek; and they also own Shiki Sushi in Durham. Check them out here.
  • Something is happening at San Carlos in North Raleigh’s Falls Pointe Shopping Center. What exactly it is isn’t completely clear at this point. What we do know for sure, they are opening a location in Morehead City. No word yet on an open date. As far as the Raleigh location, all we know for sure is they are remodeling – according to a sign on the door. However, their Facebook page has an updated address in Morehead City. We will try and stay on top of this and let you know as things unfold. Here is their Facebook page. Thanks to reader Stacie Creech for bringing this to our attention.
  • And our source for all things Raleigh, Ashton Mae Smith tweeted out this week that Moore Square’s Brewery Bhavana in downtown Raleigh is now open for lunch every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Check them out here.
  • Also in downtown Raleigh, New Raleigh reported this week via their Twitter feed that The Remedy Diner is moving from their current location at 137 E. Hargett Street to the former P.G. Werth’s location at 927 W. Morgan Street. No word on a timeline. Check Remedy out here on their Facebook page.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Over in Carrboro, got word from John Huisman, aka Triangle Explorer, that Gray Squirrel Coffee, currently located inside Yesteryear Brewery, is moving around the corner into the former Bella’s spot at 360 E. Main Street. Check them out here.

Closings

  • Reader Valerie Marino shared with us that the Dickey’s BBQ in New Hope Commons in Durham has closed due to a lease violation.

Food Trucks

  •  King’s Sandwich Shop, a staple  in downtown Durham’s Central Park neighborhood for the past 75 years, rolled out King’s “on wheels” recently in a remodeled Airstream trailer according to the News & Observer. The “food truck” will officially debut this Saturday, June 10th from noon to 8 p.m. adjacent to their shop. Get all the details here.
  • And the food truck rodeos in Durham and Raleigh are back into full gear. Raleigh has one THIS weekend on Sunday, June 11 and Durham’s next one is a week later on June 18.  Get all the details (including a list of participating trucks) for Durham here and for Raleigh here.
  • A dozen food trucks will join the regular Holly Springs Farmers Market June 24 for the Park It in the Market Food Truck Rodeo. The rodeo is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. across the street from Holly Springs Town Hall, 128 S. Main St., in the East Center Street Public Parking Lot. (The market starts at 8:30 a.m.) There also will be live music and children’s activities. Another food truck rodeo is scheduled Sept. 23. Get all the details here.
  • Cary’s Downtown Chowdown (formerly known as the Chatham Street Chowdown) is leaving its East Chatham Street home and moving to the refurbished Academy Street for its next rodeo from noon to 5:30 p.m. June 25. Head to Academy Street between Chatham Street and Dry Avenue and the new Downtown Park. The Cary rodeo features 30 trucks, beer and wine vendors along with live music and seating areas. Other upcoming rodeos are July 30 and Oct. 1, all from noon to 5:30 p.m. Get all the details here.

Events

  • Triangle Restaurant Week concludes this weekend, ending on June 11. So there is still time to get out and enjoy the restaurants featuring three-course menu options and fixed pricing. Pricing for the event is $15 for a 3-course lunch, and $20,$25, $30 or $35 for a 3-course dinner. It is a great way to check out places you haven’t been before. Get a full list of participating restaurants and all the details here.
  • Childhood friend Gordon Brown and his wife Lisa have some amazing children – and daughter Meredith is no exception. The Broughton High School junior has taken it upon herself to organize a road race, The Food Shuttle Garden Gallop 5k, to raise money for the Food Shuttle’s Camden Street Learning Garden. The race is THIS Saturday, June 10. (Editor’s note: I’m running in it and am certain to eclipse Gordon’s time.) Read more about her efforts here in the News & Observer and registration for the race at this point is at Fleet Feet tonight or prior to the race tomorrow morning (cash and check only at this point). Kudos Meredith! Here are additional details on the race.
  • The next Chefs for a Change dinner is coming up on June 19th. This dinner will feature chef/owner Seth Gross, chef Cece Lopez and chef Joe LaPorte from Pompieri Pizza and Bull City Burger and Brewery. Tickets are $75 and benefit Families Moving Forward. Get tickets and all the details (including future dinners on August 21, October 16th and December 8th) here.
  • La Farm’s Lionel Vatinet will host his fifth annual Bread Bakers Guild of America Open House at La Farm Bakery in Cary on June 24th from 3pm to 5pm. La Farm will offer behind-the-scene tours of the bakery, followed by a bread shaping demo, and an opportunity to see the bakers scoring and loading breads into and out of the hearth oven. La Farm Bakery is located at 4248 NW Cary Parkway. Get all the details here.
  • The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association will hold the second annual NC Chef Showdown on August 21 in Raleigh’s historic downtown City Market. Participating chefs will present a dish to a distinguished panel of six judges and will prepare sample-sized offerings for approximately 200 attendees. Attendees will determine the recipients of the “People’s’ Choice” awards, while the judges will select the 2017 NCRLA Chef of the Year and the 2017 NCRLA Pastry Chef of the Year. Get all the details here.
  • Pittsboro’s annual PepperFest will be held on Sunday, September 24th this year at the Great Meadow in Briar Chapel. PepperFest is a celebration of  local food made by local chefs and food artisans featuring 40 different kinds of locally grown peppers prepared in hundreds of creative ways. Right now they are seeking chefs and food artisans to participate. June 20th is the deadline to submit your application. Do so here.
  • Folks, listen up. I try to make it a habit not to tell people what to do (mainly because I don’t want them to tell me what to do, but I digress). Here is an exception. Go to this event! Trust me. And get your tickets EARLY! Speaking of which, tickets to the eighth annual TerraVita Food & Drink Festival, scheduled for Oct. 18-21 in and around Chapel Hill, are now on sale here. It will sell out. Trust me!

Food Bank Corner

  • Nearly 300,000 children in the Food Bank’s 34 counties rely on the free and reduced-cost meals at school to get them through the day. For them, summertime doesn’t mean a fun-filled vacation. For them, no school means no meals. Stop Summer Hunger is the Food Bank’s annual initiative to provide additional food to feed these children and their families during this season of increased need. For example: A donation of $35 will feed a child for two months; A donation of $75 will feed a family of four for one month; and a donation of $150 will feed a family of four for two months. Help reach the goal of 3.4 million meals before July 31 and ensure that children will receive the daily, nutritious meals they need to grow healthy and strong! Click here to donate and find out more.

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