After The Rockford (320-1/2 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh) announced its closing last week, A "Save the Rockford" Facebook group popped up within hours. Within a day, the group had accumulated more than a thousand fans. (See related story about its closing and that of Jackpot.)
All week, regulars have been mourning favorites like the "ABC," a famed sandwich of apple, bacon and cheddar on French toast bread, and sharing fond memories. The Rockford had a run of more than 15 years overlooking Glenwood South from one story up. It was one of the few places left on that strip where substance reliably trumped flash. It had an inventive menu of delicious sandwiches and salads, and the atmosphere was comfortable. The Facebook page notwithstanding, the owners reported that the closing was permanent.
In lighter news, our food scene features several events this week, many for a great cause. On Wednesday, Apri 14, the Carrboro Market Culinary Series kicks off Carrboro Farmers' Market with Chef Ricky Moore (of Giorgio's in Cary). The series will highlight uncommon uses of local, seasonal ingredients regularly available at the market. Chef Moore, a former Iron Chef contender, with spruce up chard today. Samples are available while supplies last. Info: www.carrborofarmersmarket.com.
In Raleigh, The Pit (328 W. Davie St., 890-4500, www.thepit-raleigh.com) hosts the 'Cuegrass Festival on Saturday, April 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pit master Ed Mitchell serves whole-hog barbecue, and local breweries, including Big Boss, LoneRider, Mother Earth and Carolina Brewing Co., offer samplings of their finest, all set to live bluegrass music. Admission is free, and proceeds from food and beer sales benefit W.C. Breeze Family Farm education programs in Hillsborough and the National FFA organization's chapters in eastern North Carolina.
This summer, an ice cream flavor of your design could be oozing out of waffle cones all over Weaver Street lawn. Bring your most-raved-about homemade ice cream to the Volunteers for Youth Scoop-off (Wallace Parking Deck Plaza, 150 E. Rosemary St.) on Saturday, April 17, from noon to 4 p.m. for a chance to have your flavor featured all summer at Carrboro's Maple View Ice Cream. The event includes all-you-can-eat ice cream and kids' activities for $5 per adult, $3 per child age 3 to 12 (no charge for children under 3). All proceeds go to Volunteers for Youth, an Orange County nonprofit benefiting at-risk youth. Info: www.volunteersforyouth.org or call 967-4511.
The SEEDS Pie Social celebrates its second year Sunday, April 18. Visit the SEEDS garden at 706 Gilbert St. in Durham and enjoy up to four slices of homemade pie for $10. The event will raise money for summer youth salaries at DIG, a youth-driven, urban farming leadership program. DIG youth are paid a stipend to cultivate produce and flowers, which they sell at the Durham Farmers' Market. At least 20 local restaurants are donating pie, including Watts Grocery, Scratch Bakery, Papa Mojo's Roadhouse, Mad Hatter, Parker and Otis, Pop's and Full Steam Brewery. Attendees can also bid in a silent auction of donated skills, with hopes of winning instruction in beer brewing, fire-spinning or flying a plane.