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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 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, 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, 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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Friday, July 13, 2012

Former Frazier's chef joins Piedmont

Posted By on Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 11:05 AM

After a nationwide search, the Piedmont restaurant in Durham announced today it has hired Jeffrey Satterly of Frazier’s in Raleigh as the new Chef de Cuisine. According to Jamie DeMent, one of the partners of Eno Hospitality Group, which owns the Piedmont, hiring a new chef entailed not only interviews but also a “local Iron Chef-style” competition. “We showed up with ingredients and (the chefs) created meals,” she said.The challenges were held at Piedmont’s sister restaurant, Zely & Ritz in Raleigh, which is also owned by Eno Hospitality Group. The group opened Zely & Ritz eight years ago to create...

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Blend arrives at Durham's Golden Belt

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 8:04 AM

The newly opened Blend Cafe, 807 E. Main St., offers customers good coffee, pastries, breakfast and lunch in a convenient and growing location in Durham. Courtney Smith, the manager and operator of Blend, says the cafe offers a diverse crowd and "a place for anyone from anywhere to come." The cafe shares the Golden Belt campus with technologists, graphic design specialists, artists and event planning specialists. Golden Belt also houses loft apartments and a tattoo company, among many other businesses. Smith noted that the Golden Belt location is interesting because of the incorrect perception that the area is an unsightly...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Monday, October 17, 2011

N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 5

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 9:12 AM

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

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 4

Posted By on Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 7:18 PM

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

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 3

Posted By on Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 3:31 PM

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

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Friday, October 14, 2011

N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 2

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 9:32 AM

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

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 1

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 2:44 PM

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

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Meet-and-Three: Libby's Too of Durham

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Libby Green of Libby's Too behind the counter at her Durham restaurant.Libby Green pulls a chair up to my table, one of nine at her Durham restaurant, Libby’s Too. She eyes my plate. “You like those?” she asks of the salmon patties I’d ordered for lunch at a waitress’ suggestion. “I do,” I tell her, to which she grimaces. “I don’t.” Nearly 30 years deep in the restaurant business, salmon cakes are the one dish of which Green’s grown tired. “I used to like them,” she tells me. Green’s frankness is reflected in the restaurant itself, where a hand-scrawled sign...

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Meet-and-Three: Finch's of Raleigh

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Peggy Jin sells pecan pie to Antonio Lott at Finch's Family Restaurant in Raleigh.Finch’s Family Restaurant hasn’t changed its appearance much since 1945, when it opened on Peace Street. “Curb Service” remains stenciled in capital black letters on a front window, and the Raleigh institution still has a long covered walkway with diagonal parking spots from the days that it was a drive-in restaurant. Inside, Finch’s is known for its beige lunch counter, which stretches across a good length of the main dining room (there are three). Its worn formica top was one of the first things Peggy Jin wanted...

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Meet-and-Three: Campbell's Diner of Fuquay-Varina

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Dora Campbell opened Campbell's Diner in 1971.Dora Campbell didn’t want a diner. As a child, she watched her father, Carl Powell, run one of the only two eateries in Fuquay, the aptly named Fuquay Restaurant. He offered the place to her when he retired in the 1960s. But Campbell, now 82, declined, secure in a job at Cornell-Dubilier Electronics. “I said, ‘Daddy, I wouldn’t work myself and kill myself like you have.’” Never say never. Campbell ended up in the restaurant business. Earlier this week, she celebrated 40 years of running her own Fuquay establishment, Campbell’s Diner. “If you ever...

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