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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

This Week, Erik Lars Myers and Sarah H. Ficke Bring a Second Edition of North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries to Chapel Hill and Raleigh

Posted By on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 4:50 PM

In 2012, Erik Lars Myers and Sarah H. Ficke published North Carolina Craft Beer & Breweries, a loving portrait of the state’s then-emerging beer culture, its history, and profiles of its major players. Back then, the book included only 45 breweries. Since it was published, the number of breweries in the state has grown more than three-fold (including Myers’ own Mystery Brewing Company, which opened in Hillsborough in 2012).    Myers, the longtime president of the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild, and his wife, Ficke, an assistant professor of literature at Marymount University, went back to the well for...

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Monday, July 11, 2016

On Tuesday, a Longtime Durhamite Celebrates Twenty Years at Ninth Street Bakery

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 5:47 PM

If you frequent Ninth Street Bakery in downtown Durham for your morning coffee, you’ve likely been greeted as “darling” or “sweetheart” by Jacqueline Wilkins. Depending on how long you’ve been self-identifying as a Durhamite (as Wilkins does), this might have been your morning routine for two decades. “The people I see every day, I’ve seen for twenty years,” she says. “A lot of the workers downtown, I’ve known them since they got their jobs.” Tomorrow, Ninth Street Bakery recognizes Wilkins’s twenty-year tenure. Owner Ari Berenbaum began telling regulars last week to come in on Tuesday for special celebratory treats....

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Drink This Now (Well, Tomorrow): Crank Arm Brewing’s BMX, a Powerhouse Limited-Release Barleywine

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 4:40 PM

To my mind, there are few styles of beer more versatile than barleywine. The European-style versions are often sweet in that malt-heavy way and boozy, dark, and complex, almost approaching old ales. The American take on it, meanwhile, is traditionally more hop-centric and bitter (sort of like a better-balanced double IPA) and often paler, with subtle sweetness. See Dogfish Head’s excellent Olde School Barleywine, one of my favorites of the genre. It is decidedly into the latter category that BMX, a barrel-aged barleywine that will be released by Raleigh's Crank Arm tomorrow, falls. In fact, the beer is reminiscent of Sam Calagione’s...

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Street food festivals bring fellowship and funds to Iglesia Hispana Emanuel in Durham

Posted By on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Victoria BouloubasisKaren Jimenez Rangel sneaks in a bite of pupusa before her little sister, Zuri, finds it. Maria Estrela's face, a rainbow of late afternoon light and shadows, focused with ease on a ball of dough in her hands. Nothing could have deterred her casual concentration in that church parking lot on that summer Saturday afternoon. Not the furtive scurrying of kids around a makeshift prep table, nor the bellowing calls from her sister, Vilma Nuñez, down an improvised short-order line. "Una revuelta y una con queso!" Nuñez shouted as she hustled behind a hot, flat-top grill, a spatula gripped...

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Deen debacle boosts awareness of effort to get 'into the heads and bellies' of enslaved persons

Posted By on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Michael Twitty has dedicated his life's work to the study of African slave foodways and how they spread from the Southeastern seaboard. That's where thousands of shackled, malnourished people emerged from hellish journeys to find odd comfort in growing conditions reasonably similar to their homelands. It was on these plantations and farms that displaced Africans longing for a taste of home developed a sort of fusion fare by blending their native traditions with available resources. Those lucky enough to be assigned work in hot kitchens understood that their job was to cover huge tables with elegantly presented foods and stay...

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tonight: "A History of Prohibition Cocktails" with Scott Richie

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Jeremy M. LangeThe Corpse Reviver No. Twenty Six at Alley Twenty Six, which specializes in classic cocktails. In last week's DISH issue, we raised a toast to our thriving beer, wine and cocktail culture. We've reached an obsession of Dionysian proportions here in the Triangle, but let's not forget the time when imbibing a fancy beverage wasn't so easy. Tonight, master bartender Scott Richie will present "A History of Prohibition Cocktails" at the main branch of the Durham County Library. INDY readers voted Richie Best Bartender in Durham County in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Former co-owner of Whiskey, he currently...

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Chef Edward Lee to discuss Smoke & Pickles at Fearrington Village

Posted By on Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Edward Lee’s new book Smoke & Pickles should come with a consumer warning label: Exercise caution when starting this book because YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN. Beautifully written and designed, the volume is part memoir of how a cocky Korean-Brooklyn kid finds his footing in a culturally diverse neighborhood and food scene, experiencing bittersweet success as a hipster New York City chef before finding his destiny at 610 Magnolia, a Louisville restaurant serving contemporary Southern fare. Fellow English majors who morphed into foodies will be nodding to the many literary references, as well as to...

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

In Durham, activist Maya Wiley connects food, racial equality

Posted By on Sat, Mar 2, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Raymond Goodman/CEFSMaya Wiley delivers the 2013 CEFS Annual Sustainable Agriculture Lecture at the Durham Armory on Feb. 27. Although we're well into the 21st century, people of color continue to experience discrimination in regards to food: access to healthy choices, the treatment of farmworkers and land ownership. “Race is a very dark place,” food activist and former civil rights attorney Maya Wiley said at a lecture Wednesday night in Durham. “We need to acknowledge how the food system is not working in ways that aren’t always visible to us. When we’re talking about race, we’re talking about all of us....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

How will the farm bill affect you? Find out tonight at Irregardless Cafe.

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Jared Cates of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association speaks tonight on the environmental, agricultural and nutritional implications of the federal farm bill. The 2008 Farm Bill expired last year; although Congress failed to renew it, lawmakers extended it until a new agreement can be reached. The event runs from 7—8 p.m. at Irregardless Cafe, 901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. It is free....

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The stunner and the sausage biscuit: Temple Grandin at the Carolina Meat Conference

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Temple Grandin doesn't like the phrase "harvest plant." It is a livestock-industry euphemism for a slaughter floor, where animals are killed for food. "I think that's absolute B.S.," said Grandin, who has redesigned livestock handling facilities. "That's the kind of stuff that the P.R. people make up, and I'm just not gonna do that. That's just ridiculous. I'm gonna use the S-word." The S word is "slaughter"—the topic and process on which Grandin has spent her career—but it could have been "straight talk," because that's what Grandin gave in her keynote speech during a nose-to-tail pork dinner here Monday night....

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sixth annual Empty Bowls benefit for Urban Ministries

Posted By on Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 11:57 AM

The sixth annual Empty Bowls benefit for Urban Ministries of Durham is today from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Durham Armory. Eleven restaurants are providing soup for the event and soup contest, including Thrills from the Grill and Mad Hatter Cafe and Bakeshop. There will also be bread and donated desserts. This year, Empty Bowls' first after-party will take place at Fullsteam brewery, with area food trucks donating 10 percent of their profits. Ticket prices to the Armory are $15 for a meal only and $30 for a meal and handcrafted bowl. Children six and under eat free. UMD...

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Day 1 of Shared Tables Symposium poses bold challenge

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 8:02 PM

A food symposium runs the risk of becoming a mawkish gathering of foodie intelligentsia basking in the glow of the locavore's paradise that is here in Durham and Chapel Hill. Except on the first day of Shared Tables: A Triangle Symposium on Global and Local Food Studies, sitting in UNC-Chapel Hill's Hyde Hall listening to a lecture on food and fuel, I heard this from a professor on the distinguished panel: "We have a food system that sucks." And then I heard it again, coming from the moderator. These people are serious. The bold approach to food issues began around...

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Meatless Mondays as a New Year's resolution

Posted By on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 8:00 AM

If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution that’s simpler and less taxing than sweating on the elliptical machine, pledge to go meatless each Monday in 2012. The Meatless Monday Pledge-olution was created by Eleni Vlachos, who co-organized last year’s Bull City Vegan Challenge and hosts the annual Vegan Thanksgiving Record Party. “We want to do it in a fun way,” she said. “And harness the power of new years and resolutions. And address reasons why resolutions fail.” Our best intentions fail because we take on too much—thus the one-day-a-week pledge—and we keep them private. Peer pressure has its benefits....

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Prep

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 9:58 AM

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Chefs share farm-to-table philosophy at CFSA Sustainable Agriculture Conference

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Rex MillerFile photo of Chapel Hill's Lantern Restaurant, 2007A group of Southern agriculture enthusiasts—advocates, if you will—descended upon Durham this past weekend for Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s 26th annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference. The Pittsboro-based nonprofit advocates for and helps create sustainable food systems within the Carolinas. What sort of folks spend three days in back-to-back ag-focused workshops, lectures and tours? I ran into the usual suspects from last year’s conference held in Winston-Salem: organic farmers, chefs, policy analysts and agro-ecology professors. But this year, fittingly enough for our area, CFSA added a separate category to the list of Horticulture, Livestock...

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

"BURLAP: Portraits of Piedmont Farmers" at Bull City Arts Collaborative and Piedmont restaurant

Posted By on Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 8:06 AM

On a recent afternoon at Durham’s Piedmont restaurant, I noticed a towering version of a familiar face. George O’Neal, the somewhat proverbial young farmer of Lil’ Farm, was suspended from the ceiling in the form of a powerful and serious 16-inch-by-24-inch rectangular photograph. His image is part of a row of 15 portraits using local farmers and farmhands as the subjects. The collection is titled BURLAP. Portraits of Piedmont Farmers, the latest exhibit by Raleigh photographer Raymond Goodman. Bull City Arts Collaborative at 401-B1 Foster St. opens the exhibit on Nov. 12, extending the display to the back wall of...

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Capital 16 Club celebrates Game Week, as in wild game, not Twister

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 3:13 PM

"The Meat Stall" by Pieter Aertsen, 1551 After a long election season, nothing satisfies a politico's hunger like a big slab of wild boar and a napkin the size of a head sail. Tonight Capital 16 Club in Raleigh launches Game Week, when the menu features food you hunt in the woods or fields—as opposed to raising on farms—including wild boar, rabbit, venison and pheasant. Game Week runs through Saturday, Nov. 12. According to the eatery's newsletter, the menu "spans from rustic, earthy recipes to those inspired by meals served at the grand restaurants of the early 19th and 20th...

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

On Cloud Wine: Book signing and Burgundy tasting Tuesday

Posted By on Sun, Nov 6, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Photo: Vintage '59 ImportsWho knew that the genre Memoirs By American Wine Importers would vie for its own Dewey Decimal point? Following in the footsteps, physically and literarily, of trailblazer Kermit Lynch's Adventures on the Wine Route (1988), and then, much later, Neal Rosenthal's Reflections of a Wine Merchant (2008)—Lynch and Rosenthal were onetime partners, later competitors—along comes Roy Cloud and his To Burgundy and Back Again (Lyons Press, 216 pp.). Cloud is the founder and President of Vintage '59 Imports, which, like Lynch's and Rosenthal's outfits, specializes in small-production, grower-made, predominantly French wine "whose common thread is a respect...

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Tonight: Visiting Chef/Writer Tamar Adler in Five Points, Raleigh

Posted By on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 10:39 AM

This evening from 7-9:30 p.m., meet Brooklyn-based chef Tamar Adler on the occasion of her new book, An Everlasting Meal, inspired by M.F.K. Fisher's classic How to Cook a Wolf. Tonight is Adler's only North Carolina appearance. This is a book launch party like you may never have seen before: The event will take place on the patio at the former Bickett Market in Raleigh's Five Points. Expect bluegrass and old-time music; sausages on the grill; sides by the new Pullen Place Cafe; beer tastings from super-local Sub-Rosa; wine poured by the Raleigh Wine Shop; and a whole lot of...

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 11

Posted By on Sun, Oct 23, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Emily WallaceFinal post in a series of drawings to coincide with the North Carolina State Fair (October 13-23)....

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 10

Posted By on Sat, Oct 22, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Emily WallaceTenth post in a series of drawings to coincide with the North Carolina State Fair (October 13-23)....

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Meet-and-Three: St. Paul's State Fair Restaurant

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Judy Caves arrives at 6:30 a.m. each day of the North Carolina State Fair to make biscuits for St. Paul's.Judy Caves has worked through 100 pounds of flour in two hours. “It’s been really busy,” she says. It looks like things will continue that way. The tables are packed at a restaurant operated by St. Paul’s Christian Church at the North Carolina State Fair, and a line continues to grow. Across from the Raleigh church's spot in a permanent building that’s in an area known as restaurant row, vendors sell deep-fried candy bars and cotton candy. But it’s no frills...

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N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 9

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Emily WallaceNinth post in a series of drawings to coincide with the North Carolina State Fair (October 13-23)....

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 8

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Emily WallaceEigth post in a series of drawings to coincide with the North Carolina State Fair (October 13-23)....

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 6

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 9:41 AM

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