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Friday, November 6, 2015

Less than a year in, the Durham Co-op Market stirs up controversy

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 10:16 AM

It didn't take long for the Durham Co-op Market to find itself some controversy.  About seven months after opening, members of the market's board of directors will consider a vote Sunday to nix the worker-owner shares currently allowed in the co-op's bylaws. Modeled after Orange County's Weaver Street Market, the bylaws grant workers the ability to purchase a separate class of worker shares in the business, which would allow employees who buy in to leverage about 10 percent ownership of the business. The model also guarantees worker representation on the board. The proposed revision would allow workers to purchase...

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Chapel Hill food truckin’, What a long strange trip it’s been

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Chapel Hill inched closer to allowing food trucks within town limits Monday night at a Town Council public hearing. Council members received a proposed ordinance, already approved unanimously by the town Planning Board, which would: -allow food trucks to be located downtown in private lots, at least 100 feet away from a restaurant entrance, as long as the trucks and the lot owner each have a permit; -allow one food truck per 30 parking spaces in other commercial districts, with permits; -require food truck vendors to comply with local, county and state tax regulations and to display health permits at...

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Raleigh decides food trucks aren't the boogeyman after all, passes new rules to allow vendors in city

Posted By on Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Updated with additional reporting from Bob Geary After a year of wrangling, the Raleigh City Council finally approved new food truck regulations today that will allow mobile vendors to operate on private property. The vote was 6-2 with Councilmen John Odom and Thomas Crowder opposed. File Photo by Jeremy LangeThe new ordinance, which will take effect Oct. 1, provides that food trucks must be at least 100 feet from the main entrance or outdoor dining area of any brick-and-mortar restaurant and at least 50 feet from any food vending cart such as a hot dog stand. The trucks can operate...

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A year on, Chapel Hill still doing prep work on food trucks decision

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 3:47 PM

If Chapel Hill were a restaurant, it would be dawdling in the kitchen while diners impatiently waited for their meals. After 11 months of deliberation, town officials still may not decide on legalization of food trucks until an Oct. 17 public hearing, at the earliest. File photo by Jeremy LangeParlez-Vous Crepe owner Jody Argote serves up some fare at Johnny's in Carrboro, where food trucks have been allowed for three years.Trucks flourish in neighboring Durham and Carrboro, but they are less welcome in Chapel Hill, where mobile vendors can operate only if they have special-event permits or if they park...

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Stop Wining! Pt. 6: Resume Wining

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Is it really true what all those people say, that life is too short to drink bad wine? The more I think about it, the less I believe it. Most people don't drink wine at all—-so they're not drinking bad wine—-but to those who do, it isn't worth spending much time worrying about whether the wine they're drinking is good or bad, or what it is at all. Even professionals often advocate some sort of variation on that insouciance, including the Indy's own wine writer. And why not? If you can be happy walking into any old wine shop—-be it...

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Stop Wining! Pt. 5: In Which It Gets Boring

Posted By on Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Well, maybe this series already has gotten boring. But what I mean is that, having discovered that not drinking for an extended period really isn't that big of a deal, I have now reached the stage where I'm merely twiddling my thumbs, waiting for the experiment to lope to its appointed end; which is to say, in turn, that it is perhaps a bigger deal than I am able to recognize, since, if it wasn't, I wouldn't have much awareness at all of anticipating my next opportunity to drink. It'd be, "Oh, I haven't had a drink in a month?...

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Stop Wining! Pt. 4: Not Drinking for Lent Continues

Posted By on Sun, Mar 21, 2010 at 11:45 PM

I was writing last time about how it's been rather pleasant to think, fantasize, etc. about wine during this time of Lenten abstinence, as a surrogate for drinking it. (Practical note: two weeks to go!) I took this daydreaminess to a new level on Saturday by attending a wine auction. I'd never been to one, and I'm not sure there really are or have been (m)any others around here. But Leland Little, a local auction house, decided recently to add wine to its portfolio; their new wine director, Mark Solomon, a really nice guy whom I last spotted at our...

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Stop Wining! Pt. 3

Posted By on Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 10:51 AM

The abstinence marches on... A Brief History What is Lent, anyway, and why abstain? A time of penance, sacrifice, discipline; like Ramadan in Islam. (Many, many cultures have such a rite.) "Lent" comes from a Teutonic word that just means "spring," and it's appropriate symbolically if not quite linguistically: The period actually leads up to spring rather than falling during that season. The idea seems to be a dark-before-dawn one, in which you volunteer some late-winter forbearance and renunciation in anticipation of the glorious blooms of April. (But to leave it tied only to natural cycles rather than heavenly obedience...

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Stop Wining! Pt. 2

Posted By on Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 7:16 PM

I wrote at the end of my first post that, for the first Lenten week of not drinking, I was very, very hungry. No real surprise there: I was using alcohol less as an intoxicant than as fuel. It's got lots of calories in it, so a drink can substitute, to some degree, for food. It wasn't lost on me that I tended to get the hungriest after work, during which time I'd burned a lot of energy. I've been accustomed to sitting down to a drink after work because it marks the end of the labor period---I think a...

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Stop Wining!

Posted By on Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 10:31 AM

I love wine. I love to drink wine, think about wine, read about wine, talk about wine. I have a modest but thoughtfully curated cellar in my house. One of my jobs involves selling wine, so I not only enjoy knowing about it, I have to know about it, and I do. Although wine is nowhere near the most important thing in my life, the subject (and substance) occupies an important place in the hierarchy. It's a kind of refuge for me, a consolatory and contented place I can go whenever I want, which will provide comfort, pleasure and ideation....

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

NCSSM vies for Guinness record with massive food drive

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Students at the N.C. School of Science & Mathematics are hoping to break a world record on March 20 by gathering the most donations during a charitable food drive that lasts just 24 hours. To break the record, donations must top 509,147 pounds of food. (Yes, that's more than half a million pounds.) The food from the collection will be donated to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. To put that figure in perspective, that amount of food would last the food bank about a week, said Allen Reep, vice president of development for the food bank....

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Few food expenses for Chapel Hill advisory boards

Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Almost half of the Chapel Hill's standing committees and advisory boards served taxpayer-funded food at events from November 2008 to November 2009, receipts show. We wrote about the Town Council's meeting munchies expenditures in this week's Indy. Unlike the council, most of the town's other food-eating groups only order grub a few times a year. The Library Board of Trustees spent the most with $345.67 purchased....

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Durham Central Market receives $25K loan

Posted By on Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Even before the demise of the Durham Co-op grocery earlier this year (the space on West Chapel Hill Street slated to become an acupuncture clinic) there were rumblings about a new market to either supplement or replace it. Durham Central Market announced today it receive a $25,000 Sprout Fund loan from Food Co-op 500.  The loan program, financed by National Cooperative Bank (NCB), is designed to provide capital during the middle and late stages of co-op development.  According to a press release, over the last three years, only seven co-ops nationwide have been awarded a Sprout Loan.  The award was...

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Durham's George's Garage closes

Posted By on Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 12:17 PM

After 15 years of feeding big lunchtime crowds at its popular hot and cold buffet bar and offering sit-down fine dining featuring seafood and sushi,  Ninth Street institution George's Garage closed its doors last week. A spokesman for owner Giorgios Bakatsias says the lease has expired on the building, and that Bakatsias is pursuing "new ventures." The 15,000 square foot space also housed a bakery and a market for takeout food, as well as an adjacent private party space and lounge called the G-loft. Bakatsias welcomes feedback and input from former patrons and the public on the restaurant's Web site, www.garagerestaurant.com....

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Illness at Evoo explained

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Food safety inspectors have pinpointed the problem that sickened patrons at Raleigh's Evoo restaurant last month: Anchovies used in a Caesar salad dressing. At least 17 diners fell ill at the restaurant and in a nearby home, summoning multiple emergency medical teams to the scene. Test results by federal Food and Drug Administration (PDF, 228 KB) revealed poisonous levels of histamine, an agent resulting from the decomposition of fish muscles, which causes nausea, vomiting and allergic-like reactions very quickly after exposure. The resulting illness is called scombroid food poisoning, and is most commonly associated with anchovies and sardines, as well as tuna, bluefish and...

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Break out the jiggers in Chatham

Posted By on Wed, May 6, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Chatham County voters just said yes to mixed drinks this week. With 19 percent turnout, a referendum that was the only issue in a special countywide election passed 65 percent to 35 percent, according to complete but unofficial results from the Chatham County Board of Election. The change, which takes effect immediately, means that restaurants and bars in Pittsboro, Siler City and throughout the county can serve hard liquor by the drink. Previously, only beer and wine were permitted. PACs led by local elected officials and supported by business groups including the chamber of commerce raised funds in support of...

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Raleigh restaurant Evoo possibly tied to food-borne illness

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 4:48 PM

The 911 calls The names and phone numbers of the callers have been redacted. Call #1 (.wav, 3.7 MB) Friday, April 17, 9:48 p.m. from Evoo restaurant. Call #2 (.wav, 6.1 MB) Friday, April 17, 10:11 p.m. from an address in the 1000 block of Vance Street, where two people who had eaten at Evoo earlier in the evening were severely ill. Wake County health officials are trying to trace the source of more than eight possible cases of food-borne illness reported April 17, which may be connected to Evoo, a Mediterranean restaurant in Raleigh’s Five Points. “We are...

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Sign of the times: Hereghty's locked out

Posted By on Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 8:22 AM

Handcrafted pastries sit moldering in the display case as disappointed would-be customers stop at the door to Hereghty's patisserie and cafe in Raleigh's Glenwood Village Shopping Center. The owners defaulted on their rent, and the landlord changed the locks, according to a letter posted on the glass door, dated Feb. 25....

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

More on The Mint: Chef's out

Posted By on Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 12:19 PM

From VarmintBites, a restaurant industry blog, we learn that the chef's gone at The Mint, Raleigh's city-subsidized restaurant in the city-owned office building on Fayetteville Street; so, too, the operations manager and the pastry chef. NewRaleigh.com picked up on it -- that's where we saw it. Last month, NR was speculatin' that The Mint was maybe heading for the rocks in the current disaster downturn. Not so, the owners told the Indy....

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Capital City Grocery closes in Raleigh

Posted By on Sun, Nov 23, 2008 at 9:45 AM

The latest attempt to establish a locally-owned, downtown grocery has failed. New Raleigh has the story, and a passionate discussion thread....

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Monday, November 17, 2008

New farmers' markets for 2009

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 2:04 PM

The Triangle’s growing farm-to-table movement may sprout two new local markets next spring. Organizers for two new potential sites in Cary and Pittsboro will hold public discussions about the possibilities over the next two weeks. Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., residents of the Amberly subdivision will host a meeting about establishing a farmers’ market in their neighborhood, which is on the border of Wake and Chatham counties. A survey of 300 residents resoundingly supported a new market there, organizers say. The Western Wake Farmers' Market at Amberly meeting will take place at the Residents' Club, 1075 Residents' Club Drive...

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Raleigh's The Mint restaurant: We're not closing, either

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 7:04 PM

While speculation and snarkage about Raleigh's downtown restaurant scene continues unabated over at NewRaleigh.com, Indy food writer Jane Hobson Snyder caught up with Ryan Reavis, the manager of The Mint today, and here's what he had to say about Internet-born rumors that his place is closing: "We were really surprised and taken aback. I don't understand why someone would want to do that. . . . The Mint is not closing. We're here to stay." Reavis says reports of The Mint's imminent demise have no basis in fact, and no one at the restaurant was asked about them until the...

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Raleigh's Fins restaurant: We're not closing

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 5:40 PM

Contrary to Internet rumors over at the NewRaleigh blog, the principals of the beloved seafood restaurant Fins are happy to be in business on East Davie Street downtown and have no plans to close. Lisa D'Auvray, who runs the front of the house and is married to the chef, was shocked to hear of online speculation today that her restaurant was going the way of Riviera, which closed last week. Any official comment? "I don't know," Lisa D'Auvray told Indy food writer Jane Hobson Snyder, laughing. "We're surviving!" (More than surviving: Bon Appetit just named Fins No. 2 on its...

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Durham People's Alliance endorses meals tax

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 10:37 AM

The Durham People's Alliance, a progressive grassroots citizens' group, announced last week that its political action committee voted to support a ballot referendum to impose a 1 percent sales-tax surcharge on restaurant meals in the city order to fund a minor league baseball museum and other cultural amenities. "embers of the organization engaged in a spirited discussion over the wisdom and desirability of the proposed one percent prepared meals tax," the release said. "During the discussion, PA members sharpened their understanding of the balance between the impact of the tax on ordinary citizens and the local governments’ need for a...

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

A pub into Yancy's

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 10:41 AM

Jedidiah dishes the news over at New Raleigh....

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