When I look at my monthly bank statement and see how many transactions say “Wine Authorities,” well, let’s just say vino is one of my favorite food groups. Now the Durham-based wine store (2501 University Drive) is just weeks away from opening its Raleigh location in the Oakwood/Mordecai neighborhood, 213 Franklin St., near Escazu, Yellow Dog Bread Company, Slingshot Coffee and Piebird. So, pie, coffee, chocolate, pastries and wine—all in the same few blocks? Keep up with what’s happening at www.wineauthorities.com.
Speaking of wine, Rue Cler, one of the original anchors of downtown Durham’s restaurant scene, has been sold to an ownership group led by Wes Rountree, Will Holloway and Nathan Vandergrift—brother of original co-owner John Vandergrift. There will be an increased emphasis on wine, as Rountree and Vandergrift are partners with Noel Sherr of wine store Cave Taureau, 339 W. Main St., in the Five Points neighborhood downtown.
File under: noooo!!! Panzanella in Carrboro is kaput as of the end of the year, as the longtime restaurant is not renewing its lease at Carr Mill Mall as a result of declining sales. If in 2014 you’re craving a slice of Panzanella pizza, INDY food writer David Ross gives you the recipe here, in a story he wrote last July.
If you live north of Interstate 85 in Durham, the county health department wants to hear from you. County officials are conducting a survey to determine how residents of northern Durham access fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. While the majority of Durham farms are in the northern part of the county, there is no farmers market in that area, whereas central and southern Durham do.