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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New report highlights sexual abuse targeting farmworkers, including in North Carolina

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Courtesy of Peter Eversoll of Poder Juvenil CampesinoPhoto taken by North Carolina farmworker youth. This morning, Human Rights Watch released Cultivating Fear: The Vulnerability of Immigrant Farmworkers in the U.S. to Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment. The 95-page report includes 160 farmworker interviews in its research, with more than 20 of them from the fields of North Carolina. An estimated 1.4 million crop workers and 429,000 livestock workers in the U.S. harvest and raise our food. Of those, according to the National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS), about 72 percent in 2007-2009 reported they were foreign-born. Regardless of whether farmworkers possess...

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

East Durham's TROSA Grocery announces it will close

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 4:29 PM

The TROSA Grocery is near a prominent corner in a neighborhood that otherwise would not have a market within walking distance. Nonetheless, TROSA Grocery owners announced last week that it will soon close. "We lost over $100,000 out of our own operating costs," said Jeff Stern, TROSA director of special projects. The store was supported through donations, too, including a rent-free arrangement from the building's owners, Joseph and Elaine Bushfan and former city councilman Dan Hill. The small-scale grocery opened in May 2010 on the corner of Angier Avenue and Driver Street, offering fresh meats and produce, canned goods...

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Recent study reveals violations in North Carolina migrant farmworker housing

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 4:28 PM

A newly published research study conducted by the Center for Worker Health at Wake Forest University found violations in North Carolina migrant housing. The paper, published in the March edition of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, reveals several violations of the North Carolina Migrant Housing Act at the 183 labor camps that were inspected. It is the largest and most comprehensive study of farmworker housing in the southeastern United States. (Previous reports on N.C. labor camp conditions include A state of fear: Human rights abuses in North Carolina’s tobacco industry, produced by OxFam America and the Farmworker Labor Organizing...

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chapel Hill accepting food truck applications beginning March 1

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Food truck vendors hungry to do business in Chapel Hill can apply for a permit beginning Thursday. From the town's press release: The process will require several permits, including applications from the food truck vendor and the property owner, and business licenses, as well as documentation from the originating county's health department showing that approval has been given. The Town of Chapel Hill's annual fee for the food truck vendor is $718 while the annual fee for the property owner is $118. In addition, the food truck vendor must have a business license to operate in Chapel Hill. Food truck...

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Restaurant workers demand higher wage

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 10:24 AM

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, as the waiters and waitresses of America braced themselves for the flood of well-intentioned dinner dates, activists gathered in Raleigh to argue restaurant workers should be paid more. The representatives from the NC Justice Center, N.C. Council of Churches, North Carolina MomsRising, and the North Carolina AFL-CIO met in Nash Square Park on Monday chose the date—Feb. 13—to symbolize the subminimum wage that many restaurant and service workers earn. At $2.13 an hour, the subminimum wage, also called a tipping wage, is the portion of the minimum wage that employers must guarantee their workers....

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Cary: no chickens—yet

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 1:32 PM

There was no chicken coup in Cary Thursday night, as the Town Council postponed a final decision on whether to ease restrictions on backyard hens within the town limits. The council voted 5-2 to direct town staff to draft an ordinance that would allow backyard hens, albeit with some restrictions. A public hearing will be held on the ordinance before the Town Council takes a final vote. Mayor Harold Weinbrecht and Councilman Jack Smith cast the dissenting votes. Weinbrecht said he is concerned about the enforcement of the ordinance, real estate values of properties near homes with backyard hens and...

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

A chicken coup? Cary Town Council to consider back yard hens tonight

Posted By on Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Buckeyes and Buttercups, Lakenfelders and Leghorns: So many breeds of chickens, so few yards in Cary in which to raise them. But Cary's great back yard chicken controversy could peak tonight as the Cary Town Council reconsiders an ordinance that would allow residents to raise hens in their back yards with some restrictions. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 316 N. Academy St. With the exception of some rural areas in Cary, back yard chickens are prohibited within the town limits. But the tide may be turning for urban fowl: Even Councilman Don Frantz, a former opponent...

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Order up: Chapel Hill OKs food truck rules

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 12:16 PM

The Chapel Hill Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to allow food trucks to do business there, joining the party that Carrboro and Durham have long hosted and Raleigh and Hillsborough recently hopped aboard. Food trucks can grace Chapel Hill streets beginning March 1. After 16 months of consideration, the council gave its seal of approval Monday following a brief presentation by Principal Planner Kendal Brown and no discussion. File photo by Jeremy LangeFood trucks like the Grilled Cheese Bus, shown here at a roundup at Rebus Works in Boylan Heights of Raleigh, can serve in Chapel Hill beginning March...

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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Meet-and-Three: Durham's Current Cafeteria

Posted By on Sat, Dec 31, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Debra Craig and Sook Rha at Current Cafeteria in Durham.Sook “Sue” Rha, a Korean native and former bookkeeper with no formal cooking experience, surveyed the sandwich stand she purchased with her husband, Bong Kya Rha, on North Roxboro Road. There was eight-month old food in the refrigerators and a menu she knew little about: hot dogs, hamburgers and biscuits. New to Durham, however, she needed the work that the shuttered restaurant, Mama Ann’s, could provide. “We had to have a job,” she recalls. “We had to do something.” The answer was stuck to a wall. A yellowing piece of paper...

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cupcakes and pizza coming to downtown Durham

Posted By on Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Cupcakes, pizza and bicycles will anchor the corner of Morris and Chapel Hill streets in Durham by mid-summer. Scott Harmon of Center Studio Architecture announced that construction on the Five Points Project will start tomorrow. When finished, the building at the corner of Morris and Chapel Hill streets will house All City Pizza, The Cupcake Bar, Bullesye Bicycle and Harmon’s architecture firm. Construction is scheduled to be complete by mid-summer....

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Raleigh makes Southern Living's top tastiest towns; readers can vote for the culinary champ

Posted By on Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Southern Living has selected Raleigh as one of the Top 10 “Tastiest Towns in the South,” according to a press release issued by the magazine today. And now readers can cast their vote for the culinary champ—think of it as a Best in Show—from Dec. 23 through Jan. 31 at southernliving.com/tasty. One vote per day is counted toward the final tally. Each finalist will be profiled in the April 2012 issue, when the winner will also be announced. The other cities in the Top 10 are listed in the January edition of Southern Living. According to a magazine press release,...

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Rollin' the Stollen at Guglhupf Bakery

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Christopher Astraikis is only scratching the surface of his enormous holiday baking task. It’s barely 8 a.m. a week after Thanksgiving and already Astraikis, a head baker at Durham’s Guglhupf Bakery Patisserie and Cafe, is facing down a few dozen mounds of flesh-colored dough, lumpy with assorted dried fruits. In a few hours, these will be rolled into “stollen,” a traditional southern German sweet bread that has helped turn Guglhupf into a nationally recognized bakery—and that turns the kitchen into a madhouse. To say Astraikis is up to his ellbogen—that’s German for elbows—would be an understatement. He will make about...

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Chirba Chirba hits teenybopper stardom with guest employee Joey Fatone of *NSYNC

Posted By on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 9:27 AM

UPDATE (Jan. 15, 2012): The Chirba Chirba Dumpling episode of My Family Recipe Rocks premiered yesterday, Jan. 14, on the Live Well Network. Catch it in full here and embedded below. ORIGINAL POST FOLLOWS Last Wednesday, the Chirba Chirba Dumpling truck doled out paper trays of porkedame and juicy buns as part of a routine lunch stop in Morrisville. Employees at ChannelAdvisor, an international e-commerce software company, lined up as as usual, though most of the women in line, and a couple of guys, squirmed, eagerly giddy. Victoria BouloubasisFormer *NSYNC member Joey Fatone spends a day with Chirba Chirba for...

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Bull Street Gourmet & Market opens in Durham

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Coming soon has finally arrived. For many months, an empty storefront in Durham's Hope Valley Square has promised that the Bull Street Gourmet & Market would open—and now the small, cozy shop is in business. From chocolate to charcuterie, wine to wasabi pistachios, the store also stocks North Carolina products, including cheese by the Goat Lady Dairy and nut butters from Big Spoon Roasters. The deli serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in the cafe. On the lighter side, choose from oatmeal, yogurt and fruit, and for heartier appetites there is a bagel topped with sausage, cheese and egg. Lunch and...

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Meet-and-Three: The Coffee Pot of Smithfield

Posted By on Sun, Nov 27, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Owners Carolyn Artis and Tyron Pearce at The Coffee Pot in SmithfieldWhen I set out to write a column on Southern plate lunch restaurants, I had one thing in mind: The Coffee Pot of Smithfield. Anchoring one end of a small strip of rotating shops (vacuum repair, tattoos, Internet sweepstakes) on a stretch of Highway 301 known as Brightleaf Boulevard, the meat-and-three is no more than a mile from the house where I grew up. It's the restaurant where I learned to like collards. It's where, as the daughter of a single working parent, my mother and I ate a...

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Congress deals setback to healthy school lunches

Posted By on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Students in public schools who want healthier food options will have to wait a little longer. On Nov. 11, Congress blocked proposals from the USDA to strengthen nutritional guidelines for school meals. The proposals were part of a spending bill introduced to Congress earlier this year, and would have been the first updates to school nutritional guidelines in 15 years. The proposed changes would have: • Limited starchy vegetables, such as white potatoes, corn, lima beans and green peas and potatoes to two servings a week. Currently, many schools serve French fries daily. Senators from potato-growing states such as Maine...

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Chapel Hill to talk food trucks again, eyes January vote

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Update: The Chapel HIll Town Council recessed its meeting at 11:30 p.m. Monday and opted to delay food trucks debate until Nov. 28. A protracted decision on whether to allow food trucks in Chapel Hill is expected to inch closer tonight as the town council holds another public hearing on proposed rules for mobile food vending. The council plans to vote Jan. 23 on a draft ordinance change that would clear a path for food trucks. The town has been mulling the issue since September 2010. Tonight the group wants to know if trailers should be allowed in addition to...

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Thanksgiving Prep

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

Emily Wallace...

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Update: Hillsborough to consider food trucks tonight

Posted By on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Update: The Hillsborough Town Board unanimously passed the food truck ordinance last night, The Daily Tar Heel is reporting. Potential vendors can apply beginning Jan. 1. Original post:Hillsborough is considering allowing food trucks within its town limits, but you may not see the stoves on wheels in the heart of downtown. The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the issue tonight at 7 p.m. in the Town Barn, 101 E. Orange St. Under the draft ordinance, the town could issue up to 10 active food permits; qualified applicants would receive the permits on a first-come, first-served...

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Meet-and-Three: Ye Old Country Kitchen of Snow Camp

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Model John Deere tractors fill every shelf and display cabinet in the three dining rooms at Ye Old Country Kitchen in Snow Camp. And not just tractors. There’s a John Deere airplane, a truck that’s integrated into a tractor-pull scene, and a snow mobile. John Deere stockpiles like Ye Old’s aren’t rare. Similar to Coca Cola memorabilia (which also hangs on a few of the walls), the green-and-yellow farm machinery inspires random, obsessive collectors (see www.bleedinggreen.com). But I can get behind a tractor collection. My family owned a farm implement business in Johnston County for decades, and my toy box...

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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

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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