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Monday, August 29, 2016

After Italy's Earthquake, Il Palio Will Donate Proceeds From Two Fundraiser Dinners This Week

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 2:22 PM

For the past two years, Il Palio has sent executive chef Teddy Diggs to Italy to master classic techniques, bring back traditional recipes, and scout the best ingredients. He was directly involved in the latter in July, when he hiked the majestic mountains of Norcia at the southeastern edge of Umbria with the Chapel Hill restaurant's local truffle hunter. "You could see so far and it was so beautiful," Diggs recalls. "But now, with the earthquake, so much has been destroyed." Norcia, birthplace of St. Benedict, was reduced to rubble when a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Italy before dawn on...

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Raleigh's Chad McIntyre Leads Mission to Aid Flooded Louisiana Hometown

Posted By on Sat, Aug 20, 2016 at 11:36 AM

Last Friday night, Chad McIntrye called his mother in Baton Rouge to confirm that she was safe from rising flood waters. She insisted she was, but just twelve hours later she woke to find her home filling with murky water. “My mom is not an early riser, so when the phone rang a six o’clock I knew there was a problem,” says McIntyre, owner of Raleigh’s Eco-Tech Draft Systems and former chef at the now-closed Market Restaurant. “She thought she was high and dry and fine, but by morning she was being evacuated.” Members of the Raleigh food community are...

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Bon Appètit Magazine Sings the Praises of Four Local Favorites

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 3:20 PM

Four local restaurants have made this year's Bon Appètit "Best" lists and we couldn't be prouder. Catch up on the details with our past INDY coverage. "The Best New Bakeries in America 2016" BOULTED BREAD Earlier this year, we declared Raleigh's Boulted Bread the "best place to get excited about bread" if merely for its bialy (which is no doubt inspired by co-owner Fulton Forde's stint at Asheville's best bialy peddler, Farm and Sparrow). BA highlights its in-house-milled flour and croissants. In 2014, INDY dug deep into Boulted Bread's slow rise to become a favorite neighborhood bakery, for both residents...

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Friday, August 12, 2016

With Berries in Demand, Local Co-ops Won't Budge to Support Driscoll's Boycott

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 2:05 PM

This week, community members supporting farmworkers organized a small letter-writing campaign asking the Durham Co-op Market and Carrboro’s Weaver Street Market to boycott Driscoll’s berries and remove the product from their shelves. According to managers at each store, the Durham Co-op received at least two dozen letters from customers, while Weaver Street received eight, four of which were from co-op owners. The boycott is a result of at least three years of farmworkers publicly rallying against unfair treatment in Driscoll's fields, both in the United States and Mexico. Workers are asking customers and stores to boycott all of Driscoll's...

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Where to Worship on National Oyster Day

Posted By on Fri, Aug 5, 2016 at 9:06 AM

Oysters make ambivalence impossible. If you’ve had them, it’s either love or hate. I worship. I love to suck them from the shell, plain and raw, holding the liquor (oyster juice) in my mouth for as long as I can. I even chew to prolong the taste and texture. Of the shellfish, oysters are the grittiest. A hastily shucked oyster often contains sand, bits of shell, and hard points in an otherwise delicate body of flesh. To eat one, you have to get dirty, grasp the jagged outer shell, and let juice slide down your palms in the process. Oysters...

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Chef James Clark Leaves Crossroads, Kickstarts Campaign to Open Postal Fish Company Next Year

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 3:13 PM

Customers in the elegant dining room of Crossroads at The Carolina Inn may not have noticed anything out of the ordinary lately. But Chef James Clark isn’t running the kitchen of the landmark dining institution in Chapel Hill these days. In late June, Clark ended his nearly four-year tenure as executive chef. That same day he announced that he would leave to open his own eatery, Postal Fish Company, in Pittsboro in 2017. (Tentative plans are to refurbish the vacant post office off Hillsboro Street.) Executive sous chef Bill Hartley, who started working with Clark nine years ago in Myrtle...

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Downtown Cary Rising: La Farm Plans Expanded Bakery in Town Center

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 1:34 PM

Cary's beloved La Farm Bakery is set to open an expanded space in the downtown center, allowing much-needed room for more production. Slated to open this winter at 220 West Chatham Street in the Sorrell Building, the 16,000-square-foot facility will feature an open-air kitchen that allows patrons to watch artisan bakers mix, shape, and bake breads by hand. “This will allow our customers a new way to connect with their bread,” says French master bread maker Lionel Vatinet, who co-owns the business with his wife, Missy. Missy reassures that there will be no changes to their current location at 4248...

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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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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Morgan Street Meltdown: Hadley's Is for Sale After Less Than Four Months in Business

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 3:38 PM

Easy come, easy go? In January, longtime downtown Raleigh restaurant and bar The Borough shocked regulars with the news that it would close in early February after a decade as a Morgan Street hotspot. Owner Liz Masnik yielded the space to Hadley’s, a sandwich shop and cocktail spot. For Hadley’s, the turnaround time was a quick one, with soft openings even before March could begin. And now, less than four months later, Hadley’s—restaurant, bar, business, and all—is for sale for $120,000. “The fact that Kevin and I bought The Borough and shut it down made a lot of people mad,”...

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

At Farm to Fork, Former Obama Chef Sam Kass Serves Up Far More than Just Food

Posted By on Thu, Jun 9, 2016 at 1:15 PM

At the start of Farm to Fork’s dinner on Saturday at The Durham Hotel, as wine fizzed and jazz hummed, guests looked around the lobby for two things: the server carrying the platter of one-bite, open-faced tomato sandwiches, and Sam Kass. No offense to the sandwiches or the next day's big picnic, but it is safe to say that Kass was one of the most anticipated aspects of this year’s Farm to Fork. He has worked as the White House’s senior policy advisor on nutrition, the executive director of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign, and the personal chef to...

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Chef Shuffle: Piedmont's Greg Gettles Heads to Charleston, The Boot's John May Moves to Piedmont

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 8:47 AM

A year will do it for Greg Gettles, the young executive chef at Durham’s revitalized Piedmont. He stepped into the role early last June, and this week will mark the end of his remarkable run in Durham. The longtime Raleigh resident and Umstead alumnus is headed to an as-yet unannounced gig in Charleston, South Carolina. Durham native John May, who led the kitchen at The Boot until last week after a long tenure at Kinston’s Chef & The Farmer as chef de cuisine, will take Gettles’ post August 1. “We knew when Greg came here that he was a talent...

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Monday, June 6, 2016

North and South Carolina Chefs Convene to Boost the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 5:55 PM

Collaboration for common good was certainly on the menu Saturday night when the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation convened a group of celebrity chefs to prepare its summer fundraiser dinner. The meal—served under a tent and amid distant thunder on the elegant grounds of the Sall family compound in Cary— attracted more than one hundred supporters. It seemed that nearly everyone had a direct connection to Nation Hahn, the gentle convener who draws strength and motivation from his late wife, the foundation's namesake. Attendees paid $100 each (or $150 per couple) to enjoy an extended happy hour and six-course supper. The...

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Durham's Respite Cafe to Close in Late June Near Brightleaf Square

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 2:15 PM

Bryan Diver is brewing a Moroccan mint tea as a stream of cars speed by the Respite Cafe’s wide Duke Street windows. A half-dozen customers are immersed in their laptops. Six minutes passed, and he finally poured the tea over ice. “I’m going to miss it,” says Diver, who has worked here three years. “The customers, my colleagues.” On a calendar in the employee area of the cafe, each day is marked with an employee’s initial. On Saturday, June 25, there's a “B”—that's Diver.  “I’m the one who’s going to turn out the lights,” he says. After four and a half...

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Want to Support Roy Cooper and Hang with the State's Best Chefs, Brewers, And Bartenders? That'll be $1,000.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 6:10 PM

Farm to Fork—one of the Triangle’s best annual collections of chefs, artisans, and farmers—happens this weekend. But for an encore that expands the geographical borders and raises money to upend Pat McCrory from the gubernatorial seat, you’ll need to free your Thursday night and $1,000 in your budget. Chef and charity powerhouse Ashley Christensen and philanthropist and wine- and art collector Eliza Kraft Olander have teamed to present a masterful suite of chefs, bartenders, brewers, and sommeliers at Kraft’s North Raleigh estate Thursday, June 9. Billed as a “tasting reception,” the event is a fundraiser for Roy Cooper’s governor...

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Standard Foods to Close for Six Weeks, Naming New Chef As Early As Next Week

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2016 at 12:46 PM

The saga of Standard Foods—the vaunted Raleigh restaurant that has gone from James Beard Award nominee to troubled Raleigh restaurant without a head chef in a matter of three months—continues apace. This time, Standard Foods will be closed for at least six weeks, according to owner John Holmes, while a still-unannounced new chef builds a new menu and staff. “We’ve got someone that is going to take over the kitchen, and we’re going to take six weeks to get it all dialed in and hire new back-of-the house folks. It will be an entirely new approach to the menu,” says Holmes....

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Raleigh Council Committee Approves Outdoor Dining Recommendations

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 2:58 PM

At a meeting Tuesday morning, members of a city economic development committee chaired by Mayor Nancy McFarlane approved a series of recommendations from another all-resident committee that made tweaks to Raleigh’s outdoor dining ordinance this winter. The mayor plus three council members on the Economic Development and Innovation committee approved recommendations to prohibit outdoor dining in city plazas and accepted new recommendations regarding design standards, including furnishing and signage, to regulate outdoor seating. These include potentially using medallions in the ground to delineate space in outdoor dining areas (as opposed to using stanchions), using sturdy, treated plastic or wooden...

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Former Standard Foods Chef Scott Crawford to Open Crawford & Son in Raleigh This Fall

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 9:03 AM

On a recent warm Saturday evening at Raleigh's Standard Foods, things appeared to be business as usual. Reservations rolled in. Every seat at the bar was spoken for. Hungry diners milled about the restaurant's exterior, waiting for the host to beckon them to their tables. But one thing was missing: the chef. Two days earlier, Scott Crawford worked his final proper shift behind the line at Standard Foods, the restaurant he built alongside developer and Standard owner John Holmes. Crawford posted a photograph of the final night’s menu on social media, thanking his team members and diners for their support. Then he...

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

“A Beautiful Culinary Tour:” Raleigh’s Food and Wine Festival Begins Today

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 12:54 PM

The polished wood floors, arched windows, and miniature chandeliers dangling from the ceiling of the newly remodeled yarn mill-turned-event space above Raleigh’s Babylon will host more than five hundred guests on Sunday afternoon, the culmination of the city’s second-annual Food and Wine Festival. But the fun starts today, as participating shops and restaurants all across town host cooking classes, lunches and dinners, wine-tastings, and tours. Babylon owner Samad Hachby and Lisa Jeffries of Raleighwood Media and Event Group take a democratic approach to what they hope will become Raleigh’s trademark food and drink festival. They want to give participants the freedom to...

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Tomorrow, The Borough's Liz Masnik Steps out of Retirement to Fight HB 2 at Hadley’s

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2016 at 12:43 PM

If there’s a silver lining to be found in HB 2, it’s the way distinct communities continue to work together to employ creative ways to speak out against the discriminatory legislation. Concerned citizens are no longer relegated to holding signs and attending rallies (though you must still vote in November). These days, you can eat your weight in multicolored pastry or drink craft beer to speak out against HB 2. You can attend rock concerts and art shows. There’s even this amazing HB 2 toilet paper. Raleigh's Hadley’s is the latest local business to fight hate with good vibes. On Saturday,...

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Why Was it So Hard to Buy Durham Distillery's Gin in Durham?

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2016 at 1:49 PM

Last weekend, Durham Distillery posted a simple plea to its Facebook page. All Durham County ABC stores, they wrote, had let both the distillery’s Conniption gins go out of stock for weeks. Not only could hopeful customers not buy the local, award-winning gin, but neither could bars like Alley Twenty Six and Counting House, which feature the gins in their cocktails. Durham Distillery asked its supporters to call or email the Durham County ABC to, in turn, ask for the products to be restocked. “It seems to have been a perfect storm of variables for Durham ABC, but none of...

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Introducing EATS, the INDY's 112-page Look at Local Food

Posted By on Thu, May 5, 2016 at 12:10 PM

For the last five years, the INDY has issued an annual food magazine, EATS. In previous editions, EATS largely pulled together our favorite food-and-drink stories of the last year or spotlighted favorite dishes or trends in Triangle dining, along with a thick section of restaurant and bar listings. This year, though, we took a different approach. The fifth EATS, out this week, is a 112-page look at the local food ecosystem. We tour farms with brewers and farmers and chefs, spend time in local kitchens, ask the area’s fleet of small organic growers what’s on their mind, and think about...

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Death & Taxes Edged Out at Last Night’s James Beard Awards

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2016 at 9:13 AM

North Carolina made a strong showing in the semifinal round of the James Beard Award announcements, but after last night's ceremony, the state went home empty handed. Only Ashley Christensen's Death & Taxes made it into the final round, which was announced in March. At last night's awards ceremony in Chicago, Death & Taxes was in the running for "Best New Restaurant" but was beat out by Shaya, an Israeli-inspired New Orleans establishment. Christensen won the James Beard Award for best chef: Southeast in 2014. This year, that honor went to Tandy Wilson of Nashville's City House....

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sangha—Durham's Mobile Teahouse—Is for Sale

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 5:39 PM

Sangha Teahouse is leaving Durham—well, maybe. The mobile tea venture that Jeremy Lipkowitz started in July 2014 is coming to a close unless Lipkowitz can find someone to take it over before he leaves North Carolina to return to his home on the West Coast. The business, which has gained traction over the past two years despite lacking a brick-and-mortar presence, sells ethically sourced teas from around the world, plus teaware and tea blends. Lipkowitz started Sangha—“community,” in Sanskrit—as a space for wellness and bringing people together. “I love tea, and a tea house is the perfect way to combine...

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Durham Beer Pioneer Triangle Brewing Company Talks Why it's Closing

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 4:18 PM

On Friday, rain poured down in Durham. Inside Triangle Brewing Company’s warehouse on Pearl Street, Prince’s hits reverberated from some hidden stereo. The towering final pallets of Triangle’s Strong Golden Ale and IPA stood, as if in vigil, across from empty brewing tanks, ready for impending disassembly. “It’s depressing to say the least,” offered Andy Miller, the brewery’s co-founder, as he poured me a pint of grapefruit pale ale. Less than a week earlier, Miller and Triangle’s director of sales and marketing, Timothy “Doc” Harvey, announced they’d be closing the nine-year-old operation, effective May 2. “Doc wrote most of it,” Miller...

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