Friday Fun Food Facts – August 30, 2019

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • You need to plan on eating out as much as you can in September. Why? Simply because every child in school deserves to have a nutritious meal, and that is the goal of an initiative by the NC Partnership for Child Nutrition. The Support School Meals campaign will officially run September 1 – 30, enabling every child and teacher to choose to eat lunch and breakfast at school. More than 50 Wake County restaurants are participating in the Support School Meals campaign by offering a $5 donation opportunity throughout the month of September, with 100% of the proceeds raised going to support this goal. See a complete list of restaurants and all the details here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Back in the 60’s RTP took off with the landing of IBM as their “anchor” tenant. And in 2019, RTP adds new life with the announcement this week that Fullsteam Brewery’s second location will ‘anchor’ their Boxyard development, a collection of shipping containers that will create a hub of restaurants, cafes and breweries next to the Park’s co-working space, the Frontier. Many in the area are quite familiar with Fullsteam Brewery, an award-winning brewery with their original location near downtown Durham on Rigsbee Avenue. According to the News & Observer, nearly 50% of the shipping containers have been pre-leased but none of the other tenants were announced. The containers are expected to be operating by next May. Keep up with this creative corner of RTP here.
  • Reader Tom Hailey shared the news that Falafel & Co. (formerly Brookside Market in Raleigh on the corner of Glasscock St and Brookside Dr) opened their restaurant yesterday, Thursday, August 29, serving up fresh Mediterranean cuisine. He noted that their Palestinian version of falafel is amazing, and they have loads of toppings for said falafel. Additionally, they do chicken and beef dishes as well as offering family dinners. Get familiar with them on Facebook here.
  • The folks over at the ITB Insider shared the news that Glenwood South’s Nashville-inspired Tin Roof Restaurant and Bar will open in “early September.” The property at 300 Glenwood Avenue was previously home to a one-story, 4,000 square-foot brick building constructed in 1940 that for years had been home to Clark Art. The Tin Roof in Nashville offers a lunch and dinner menu in addition to serving as a bar/nightlife hotspot with live country music, and it sounds like the Raleigh location will be offering more of the same. Get to know them here.
  • Looks like September 4th is the date for the opening of the downtown Raleigh location of Weaver Street Market at 404 W. Hargett Street. Lots of good, locally sourced foods both to enjoy there and take home. Keep up with various events surrounding their opening on their Facebook page.
  • And down in Fuquay-Varina, the Triangle Business Journal reported that Culver’s, a Wisconsin-based chain serving burgers and shakes plans to add a fourth location in the Triangle at 1860 Cinema Drive off N. Main Street. The quick-service, family-style restaurant chain specializes in burgers, frozen custard shakes and Wisconsin-style cheese curds. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Amber Watson at Bites of Bull City shared this week that Toriano and Serena of Boricua Soul, described as Southern soul, Caribbean flair and Euro-African roots, will open their American Tobacco Campus location late next month! Most recently the location of Maybelle’s Biscuits & BBQ, this spot is situated in the center of ATC’s campus, beneath the Lucky Strike tower. Keep up with their pending announcement here.


  • Got word from reader Jeff Burke that the Tokyo House in Raleigh closed last week.
  • Reader Alex Stewart informed us that coffee shop and cocktail bar Fig on Brookside Drive closed unexpectedly over the weekend.
  • And reader Rebecca Calhoun was the first to bring it to our attention that Brew Coffee Bar has shut down their YMCA location in downtown Raleigh on Fayetteville Street. They still have their downtown Raleigh and downtown Cary locations, and have two more locations on the way!

Food Trucks 

  • Got word from reader John Tipton that the crew down at The Redneck BBQ Lab in Johnson County have added a Taco Truck to their lineup. Yes please! Check them out here.
  • The remaining two dates for the 2019 Durham Food Truck rodeos are: THIS SUNDAY, September 1 and November 3! Get all the details here.
  • And the remaining two dates for the 2019 edition of the Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo are: Sunday Oct 6th – 12-6pm; and the make-up date on November 10th. All are held along Fayetteville Street. Get all the details here.


  • Mandolin Restaurant will host their next Mandolin Wine Mixer on Saturday, September 7 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 2519 Fairview Rd. in Raleigh. There you will be able to taste over 60 fine wines, savor a variety of hors d’oeuvres, support the through raffled wine and gift certificates and purchase select wines at exclusive discounts. Tickets are $25. Get tickets and all the details here
  • Heard on NPR about the 6th Annual Dinner in the Meadow coming up on Sunday, September 8th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event benefits the Leonard-Mobley Small Farm Fund, which provides grants to encourage and support small farms. The Dinner setting sits atop a grassy knoll in the meadow of Meadow Lane Farm at 571 Leonard Farm Road in Louisburg. Get tickets and all the details on their website here.
  • The 13th Annual Hot Sauce Festival in Oxford is on Saturday, September 14th this year. There will be all kinds of hot sauce, barbecue sauce, and other random types of sauce vendors as well as a hot pepper eating contest! There’s also craft brewers and local wineries selling their products, live music, and about 12-15000 of your closest friends! Get all the details here.
  • The third annual Savor the Triangle Food Festival produced by Mix 101.5 will again be held at the Kerr Scott building at the NC State Fairgrounds this year on Wednesday, September 18th from 6-9 p.m. Savor the Triangle Food Festival is a culinary event with the opportunity to sample many of the Triangle’s most delicious foods and drinks all in one place. Get all the details and early bird discounted tickets here.
  • It was recently announced that one of Chatham County’s largest food festivals, the 12th Annual Pittsboro Pepperfest, is returning to main street in downtown Pittsboro. The date for this year’s event is Sunday, September 22 from 3 – 6 p.m. So go ahead and mark your calendar to spend your afternoon in historic, downtown Pittsboro. Get all the details here.
  • The 2019 NCRLA Chef Showdown final event is coming to Durham on Monday, September 30! The culinary participants, all based in North Carolina, advanced after cooking up the highest-rated dishes across five statewide preliminary rounds and partaking in regional rounds in Raleigh and Charlotte. Chefs and pastry chefs will prepare savory and sweet portion-sized dishes for attendees, while a team of mixologist and distillery pairs whip up can’t-miss cocktails for guests to sip on. At the end of the night, the top titles of Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year and Mixologist & Distillery of the Year will be announced. Tickets are now on sale for the event on Monday, Sept. 30 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Angus Barn’s Bay 7 in Durham.
  • The Root Cellar Cafe & Catering will host the 8th annual Porkapalooza Festival at its Chapel Hill restaurant on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m. The eagerly anticipated porktastic farm dinner will offer eight small plate courses, featuring locally raised pork from Burnette Ranch in Pittsboro and handcrafted beers from Fuquay-Varina’s Mason Jar Lager Co. This is the 8th anniversary of what has become one of the signature food events in North Carolina. Tickets for Porkapalooza include all food and drink and are $69. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • St. Ann Church in Clayton will host their 11th International Food Festival on October 5th from 11-6 p.m. featuring foods from 20 countries prepared by parishioners. The family friendly event also includes live international entertainment on stage, children’s games and a silent auction. Admission and parking are free. Get all the details here.
  • This is it. Your last chance. I’ve been touting this amazing event that Colleen Minton dreamed up 10 years ago and now we are at the 10th and FINAL Terra Vita Food & Drink Festival in Chapel Hill October 16-19, 2019. Yep, you read that right. This is the grand finale. There will be no more. And heed my last (and final) warning – tickets will not last. If you’ve never been – GO! If you’ve been, don’t miss the last one. If you don’t know, it is a multi-day celebration that brings together top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and industry luminaries from across the Southeast to celebrate culinary excellence and sustainability in food and drink. Get tickets and details here on all the events that week.
  • On Sunday, November 3rd, more than 30 of the Triangle’s finest restaurants will be paired with world-class wines at the third annual Sip + Savor – A Wine, Food and Music Experience.  Sip + Savor will showcase 30+ culinary all-stars, sommeliers, on-stage experience with live music, VIP lounge, and more. Get all the details and tickets here.

Food Bank Corner

  • Looking for a way your office can make a direct difference in people’s lives? But time is limited? We’ve got the perfect answer for you – coordinate an office-wide Virtual Food Drive! Forget the hassle of a trip to the grocery store for your next food drive… “Shop” with the Food Bank through our Virtual Food Drive and maximize your donation times ten! For every dollar donated, the Food Bank can provide $10.00 worth of food or five meals. Over half a million people in the 34 counties we serve struggle with food insecurity. You can make a difference in your community by hosting a Virtual Food Drive for your friends, family members or coworkers. It is simple! Get all the details here.

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