Last week Facebook and Twitter lit up when Seth Gross, owner of Bull City Burger and Brewery (107 E. Parrish St., Durham, www.bullcityburgerandbrewery.com, 919-680-2333), announced that the restaurant would be "jumping on the bandwagon with a four-wheeled mobile vehicle." Fans were eager for another Triangle food truck. But it turns out that Gross used the word "wagon" literally. His new venture: a handcart called the Patty Wagon that will operate within a two-block radius of the downtown eatery.
One of Bull City Burger and Brewery's immediate neighbors is City Hall, whose employees Gross believes have limited time for a lunch break. "We decided we'd take the food to them," he says. One reason Gross selected the wagon over other modes of transportation was for its ability to travel where other things aren't allowed. "It can go in a building and up an elevator to an office," Gross says.
The wagon is decked out with Bull City glass growlers, which knock together to alert customers. "You hear clinging bottles coming down your hall and you know your lunch is ready," Gross explains.
However, you need to order your lunch in advance and the Patty Wagon will then deliver it. Orders must be phoned in to Bull City between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. The Patty Wagon then makes deliveries between noon and 1 p.m. Bull City charges a $2 delivery fee and requires a $10 minimum for orders.
For burgers at home, stock up on supplies from Chapel Hill's new butcher shop. The Meat House (1508 E. Franklin St., www.themeathouse.com, 919-240-7297) opened 10 days ago with an array of fresh meats. Beyond grass-fed beef, the shop stocks alligator, quail, rabbit and Boar's Head deli products. The Meat House also offers cheeses by Chapel Hill Creamery and bread from Guglhupf.
Cackalacky (www.cackalacky.com) will celebrate its 10th anniversary next month at The Cackalacky Cookout. Between 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on June 4, the company will cook and sell $5 barbecue sandwiches in front of A Southern Season (201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, www.southernseason.com, 919-929-7133), the store where it secured its first wholesale account. Proceeds will benefit the Diabetes Bus Initiative. In addition, The Guilty Pleasures will play bluegrass and Duck-Rabbit Brewery will sell its brews.
Learn how to make pickles and preserves at the Carrboro Farmers' Market's new "Year Round Food: Community Canning Series." The first class begins at 3:30 p.m. today at the market (301 W. Main St., www.carrborofarmersmarket.com, 919-280-3326). With grants from the BALL Jar Company and the Farmers' Market Coalition, classes will be offered once a month on a suggested $10 sliding scale. Each class has space for 10 paying, hands-on participants, though market manager Sarah Blacklin says there's room for "anyone to stand around and learn." Proceeds will benefit different hunger relief organizations. Visit the market's website for a schedule of courses. To register, contact Blacklin at email@example.com.
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