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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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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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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

No, WTVD, restaurants aren't closing because of changing Raleigh ordinances

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 3:17 PM

Last night, Raleigh television station WTVD 11 published a story lamenting the rash of restaurant-and-bar closings in downtown Raleigh of late. Fair enough—I’ll miss The Borough, too. But reporter Anna Laurel—with help from the story’s only quoted source, Shop Local Raleigh director Jennifer Martin—stepped beyond mere eulogy to suggest that these closures stem from new Raleigh DrunkTown-related ordinances concerning noise, parking and public alcohol consumption. And while those issues will require adjustments from current and future downtown bars and restaurants, none of the businesses she’s lamenting closed for any of those reasons at all. Not one! In her fearmongering report,...

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Farmworker groups welcome governor's 'Farm Safety and Health Week' with caution

Posted By on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Photo by Jonathan Mendez, youth farmworker and photographer. A child working in a North Carolina field. Governor Pat McCrory issued an official proclamation declaring Sept. 16–20 Farm Safety and Health Week. Agriculture and agribusiness combined are a top industry in North Carolina, providing more than $77 billion in revenue with $14.9 billion directly coming from farm production, according to the governor’s statement. The governor’s proclamation came at the urging of the Agromedicine Institute. The institute is a partly state-funded, nonprofit research facility at East Carolina University that works in conjunction with North Carolina State University and North Carolina Agriculture and...

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Ari Berenbaum buys Ninth Street Bakery

Posted By on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Durham's Ninth Street Bakery was officially acquired today by baker Ari Berenbaum. Ninth Street Bakery was originally founded by four partners in 1981. Among them, owner Frank Ferrell, who, along with his family, operates the bakery at its current 136 E. Chapel Hill St. location. "We are all extremely excited about this opportunity," Berenbaum tells the INDY. "The Ferrell family has been very kind to us in allowing us to take up their mantelpiece. We look forward to carrying on the Ninth Street tradition—in effect, to modernize a brand while retaining its integrity." Berenbaum previously served as the bakery's head...

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Biker Bar NC in Durham launches this fall

Posted By on Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Pub crawls, food tours, a rolling party, a night of gallivanting: Downtown restaurateurs and entrepreneurs Seth Gross and Martha Philpott King are launching Biker Bar NC, a 14-seat human-powered bicycle with riders facing one another around a center bar area while a bike captain steers, brakes and provides a guided tour along your route. The bar route begins and ends at Bull City Burger and Brewery, 107 E. Parrish St. You supply the beer or wine (none of the hard stuff, though) and the Biker Bar provides the driver. Prices and policies are on the bar's FAQ page. Raleigh has...

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Monday, July 15, 2013

The Roxy in Durham to close, reopen as Triangle Pint and Plate

Posted By on Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 9:25 AM

"I tried but I could not find a way ... " So sang Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry on "Remake/Remodel" from the band's 1972 album. In that spirit, we say adios to The Roxy, an upscale bar on West Main Street near the Brightleaf District, closed Saturday night, shortly after it had gone on a two-week hiatus for summer vacation. The owners announced the closing on The Roxy's Facebook page, noting that within the next six weeks the establishment will become Triangle Pint and Plate, with help from new partners at the Triangle Brewing Company. The Roxy opened two years ago,...

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Chef Ashley Christensen working on first book

Posted By on Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Ashley Christensen pre-ordered a copy of Smoke & Pickles, a book by her friend Edward Lee, so she could be among the first to read it. “You’re immediately engaged based on what a great storyteller he is,” Christensen says of Lee, who she met a few years ago through the Southern Foodways Alliance. “He’s a brilliant writer. His food is beautiful, thoughtful and bold. Those are things that, in combination, create something very special.” Christensen said she was struck by Lee’s honesty in sharing so many personal stories and how they shaped him as a chef. “As chefs and restaurateurs,...

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Chapel Hill paves the way for more food trucks

Posted By on Tue, May 14, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Good news for foodies in the Triangle: Chapel Hill's Town Council has cut fees and amended rules to make the town more food truck friendly. With new policies, the council hopes more food trucks will come find their home on the hill. Currently only one food truck—Baguettaboutit, which sells North Carolina-made sausage tucked in French baguettes—is approved to sell in Chapel Hill. This likely will change after Monday night’s meeting, at which council members unanimously agreed to reduce the annual regulatory fee for food trucks from $600 to $200. They also approved measures allowing trucks to provide catering services and...

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Monday, May 13, 2013

INDY's Jill Warren Lucas to participate in NYT Recipe Lab

Posted By on Mon, May 13, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Jill Warren Lucas, who writes about food for INDY Week and her blog Eating My Words, is the only home cook in the South invited to join The New York Times' Julia Moskin for an online chat as part of the Recipe Lab series. The event will be streamed live Wednesday, May 15, at 8 p.m. It focuses on a specific recipe in the new cookbook The Way to Fry by Norman King, a lifelong Southerner and Test Kitchen pro at Southern Living magazine. Lucas also is managing editor of Philanthropy Journal, a program of the Institute for Nonprofits at...

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bar Lusconi opens in downtown Durham

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Among a string of historic storefronts on Durham's East Main Street—torn down and rebuilt during the Prohibition era—the new Bar Lusconi is luring modern drinkers into a new era of beer and wine. Narrowly tucked into 117B E. Main St., Bar Lusconi presented a thriving and casual soft opening last night. It is the second bar by Timothy Neill and Jesse Gerstl, owners of the slick, unmarked speakeasy, Peccadillo, in Carrboro, which opened less than two years ago. With a well-curated repertoire of international beer and wine, Neill aims to "get the best beer and wine possible," paying close attention...

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A sneak peek at The Pit's new location in Durham

Posted By on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 1:57 PM

The best barbecue joints often boast piles: a cord of wood, visible by the side of the restaurant; a heap of slaw, ready to cool pepper-spiked pork; a mess of banana pudding, to finish things off. At yesterday's private viewing of The Pit, a barbecue restaurant scheduled to open this July at Durham's former 7UP bottling plant, the piles were different. Old sinks, toilets and pipes filled one side of the warehouse in the Central Park district. Computer monitors were stacked in another, and a 7UP vending machine peeked from behind an oversized board. But among all the mess...

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Yum, Durham is the tastiest, says Southern Living

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM

If you work in tourism or the food business in Durham, the phones may have already started ringing. Durham was named the Tastiest Town in the South by Southern Living , which announced the winner of the contest this morning. Those getting Southern Living love: Fullsteam, Geer Street Garden, Scratch Bakery, Counter Culture Coffee, Nana's, Cocoa Cinnamon and Monuts Donuts, Pizzeria Toro and Mateo Tapas. Now, if the Bull City could only make a decent bagel....

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Top of the Hill beers, spirits take top honors

Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Good timing: Three days before Top of the Hill’s TOPO Piedmont Gin debuts on Sunday, the company has announced its brewery and distillery won a total of four medals in beer and spirits competitions this week. The Chapel Hill brewery won two platinum medals for its Rams Head IPA and Singleton Ale at the World Beer Championships in Chicago. The distillery’s vodka and Carolina whiskey earned silver medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Sixty-three countries and 1,407 spirits competed for honors. TOPO beers are available only at the brewery. The spirits are available in ABC stores and bars...

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Monday, January 21, 2013

3Cups in Chapel Hill closing Feb. 2

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 3:32 PM

3Cups, a popular purveyor of wine, beer coffee and tea, is closing on Saturday, Feb. 2, owner Lex Alexander announced today. In a blog post on the eatery's website, Alexander said the "business model is no longer financially sustainable." The business at 227 S. Elliott Road has been open for eight years....

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Durham in the running for Southern Living's Best Food Destination

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Durham, we’re at it again, making national headlines with our hard work and pride in local cuisine. Southern Living Magazine just named Durham one of the Tastiest Towns in the South in 2013. I’ll bet you a steaming Watts Grocery grits bowl, a glazed Monut and an Old Havana pork sandwich (pulled and pressed just right) that most of us saw this coming. Sam Poley, longtime chef and now director of the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau, praised the city’s food scene in an official statement: "Durham's food scene is on par with the best in the nation. Chefs here...

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Wilmoore Cafe sold to Ashley Christensen

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 10:57 AM

The Wilmoore Cafe in downtown Raleigh is being sold to chef Ashley Christensen. David Fowle, who co-owns the Wilmoore, confirmed the deal. The eatery will close temporarily on Jan. 18 and remain shuttered until Christensen re-opens it. Fowle said daytime business at the South Wilmington Street restaurant has increased as much as 40 percent each month. Although the Wilmoore is open three nights a week, business at that time is slow. "I don't have the energy to do nights," Fowle said. The Wilmoore will be fifth local venture for Christensen, who is the culinary mastermind behind Poole's Downtown Diner, Chuck's,...

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Was it something we said? Bella Mia being sold

Posted By on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 3:43 PM

We've featured them on the cover of INDY Week. We've lauded them as having some of the best pizza in the Triangle—David Ross called Bella Mia "a tireless exemplar of rigor and integrity"—the Mercedes Benz of pizzas. And now we regret to inform you that Bella Mia in Cary is being sold. The News & Observer is reporting that Dec. 22 is the last day the current owners will operate the Cary eatery. New owners are being trained but it is uncertain when Bella Mia will reopen....

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Jonathan Bonchak, Michael Harwood take top barista honors

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Michael Harwood of Caffe Driade in Chapel Hill and Carrboro Coffee Roasters is one won two awards in the Southeast Regional Barista Championship, held in Atlanta earlier this month. Jonathan Bonchak of Durham's Counter Culture Coffee, won top honors in the Brewer's Cup. Harwood, the 2010 champ, finished second in the Brewers Cup Competition and third overall. This is the second consecutive year he has placed in the top three. He advances to the national competition in Boston in April. The Specialty Coffee Association of America sponsored the contest....

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Friday, December 14, 2012

At the vigil for Kabab & Curry owner Mohammed Arfan Sundal

Posted By on Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 11:39 AM

A candlelight vigil was held Thursday, Dec. 13, for Mohammed Arfan Sundal, the owner of Kabab & Curry House at 2016 Guess Road, Durham. Mr. Sundal was fatally shot in the restaurant's parking lot Dec. 6, leaving behind his wife, two daughters and two sons. ABC11 reports that Durham police went door-to-door Wednesday seeking clues and witnesses. Anyone with information should call CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200....

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Reliable Cheese in Durham closing

Posted By on Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Reliable Cheese Co., which sells artisan cheeses and meats from its cozy storefront at 405 E. Chapel Hill St. in Durham, is closing Friday, Oct. 19, according to an announcement in its weekly newsletter. Patrick Coleff opened the store in the summer of 2011. In the Indy's profile of Coleff, the Brooklyn expat discussed one of his reasons for locating his shop in Durham: "We felt that Durham was where the exciting culinary action was happening." The shop sells a variety of cheeses showcasing, as the profile said, "North Carolina's fromage chic." The cheeses are cut to order and chosen...

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Community, city efforts slowly move urban agriculture forward

Posted By on Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Eric WatersFarmhands help wash just-harvested produce at Homegrown City Farms. Under a new city proposal, urban farms could not sell on-site without obtaining a $1700 permit. The City of Durham and local food advocates are pushing for reform that will allow for more lenient rules on growing food within city limits. Last night, Durham community members gathered at 801 Gilbert St. for a public information session provided by the Durham City-County Planning Department and community group Durham Food Prosperity Council. As agriculture spreads throughout developing and revitalized American cities, Durham is among the leaders in urban food movements. Current zoning...

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Clucking now legal within Cary town limits

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 11:58 AM

A flyer designed by advocate group Cary Chickens after Cary Town Council voted to allow backyard chickens. On Aug. 23, Cary Town Council officially approved a Backyard Chicken Ordinance that now allows residents within town limits to legally keep a chicken coop on their property. The ordinance was approved by a 4-3 vote. Cary Chickens, a group of backyard chicken advocates who "give a cluck about Cary," has been trying for more than four years to lure local government in their favor. According to the Cary Chickens blog post announcing the change, "Countless hours were spent collecting signatures, spreading the...

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Restaurant workers find respite in late-night soccer tournament

Posted By on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 9:10 AM

As a waiter at La Cocina Mexican restaurant in Mebane, Cesar Arturo Flores Valadez has got a tough set of feet. His nine-hour days include the tedium of wiping sticky food scraps off dining tables and repeatedly hauling bus bins back to the kitchen sink and its soggy vapors, all while never letting his friendly smile falter. He says he loves it. On weekdays, he’s out by 10 o'clock at night. By 10:30 p.m., he’s kicked off his slip-resistant work shoes and has laced up a pair of cleats. As captain of recreational soccer team Equipo La Piedad F.C.,...

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

That summer feeling: ice cream-themed music

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Who knew there were so many ice cream songs? Here are dozen or so to get you through a long, hot summer. See related story in the June 20 edition of DISH, the Indy's special food section....

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