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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Triangle Chefs and Restaurateurs Rally to Make Meals, Donate Food, and Raise Funds for Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 10:02 AM

In the wake of Hurricane Florence, Triangle chefs, restaurateurs, and hospitality industry workers are coming together to raise money and volunteer their time to help relief efforts. Support your local restaurants and attend these benefit dinners as you're able; more updates to follow as more dinners are publicized. Dozens of Triangle chefs and hospitality industry workers have volunteered their time in support of World Central Kitchen, chef José Andrés's nonprofit dedicated to disaster relief and fighting poverty and hunger. As of September 17, World Central Kitchen’s Chef Relief Team has served eighty thousand meals to evacuees and local emergency response...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Behind the Scenes of the Fifth Annual Dinner in the Meadow Fundraiser

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 4:36 PM

Shortly after I take a right off a two-lane country road, I find myself driving onto and parking atop a freshly mowed green meadow. As I approach the big white tents, Martha Mobley greets me with a hug. Mobley owns and operates the one-thousand-acre farm we are standing on, where she hosts her annual Dinner in the Meadow fundraiser event. Mobley works full-time for Franklin County as an agricultural extension agent, providing scientific advances and livestock-management guidance to area farmers. She also finds time to serve on several farm association boards and sell her vegetables, flowers, and pasture-raised beef, pork,...

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Hurricane Florence Stress Eating: Scott Howell's DeeLuxe Chicken Opens Today

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 3:04 PM

My vow to eat light at DeeLuxe Chicken’s media preview on Monday immediately flew the coop once baskets of fried chicken and fish platters paraded from the kitchen. I love fried chicken, and with weather forecasts of "cones of uncertainty," I bee-lined to the counter to get my comfort-food fill. A platter of “Mighty Fine” fried chicken plus two sides, including spicy Asian cucumbers and Velveeta mac and cheese, fit the bill nicely. DeeLuxe Chicken (1116 Broad Street, Durham) is the latest restaurant from Scott Howell, who recently closed his beloved Durham fine dining restaurant Nana's. Howell and his business...

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Friday Night Bites: Raleigh Greek Festival, Fullsteam Turns Eight, Bites & Pints, and a Low-Country Boil

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 3:33 PM

Welcome to Friday Night Bites, your weekly roundup of local food and drink news and events. Have a tip for us? Email food@indyweek.com. Editor's Note: We're gearing up for our annual Finder and Fall Guide issues, so this week's round-up is just events. Stay tuned next week for more news, events, and our bite of the week. EVENTS Opa! Raleigh Greek Festival Returns This Weekend The thirty-seventh annual Raleigh Greek Festival returns this weekend, September 7-9, at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Celebrate Greek culture with handmade Greek food prepared by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church family using generations-old...

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Make This: Durham Distillery's French 75 in the Garden Cocktail

Posted By on Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Best served ice cold, the French 75 is a classic cocktail that is perfect for the late summer. We call this one the "French 75 in the Garden" because its ingredients are an homage to the fresh flavors of summer. Using our garden-to-glass Cold Distilled Cucumber Vodka (best kept in the freezer for optimum enjoyment!), the crisp, refreshing flavors are sure to cool you down. Makes one cocktail 2 basil leaves 1 tsp sugar 1 lime wedge 1 lemon wedge 1.5 oz Durham Distillery Cold Distilled Cucumber Vodka 2.5 oz prosecco In a shaker, muddle 2 basil leaves with...

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Friday Night Bites: Transfer Co. Food Hall Unveils Vendors, Triangle Chefs Take Home NCRLA Showdown Wins, and Guglhupf Launches New Menu

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Welcome to Friday Night Bites, your weekly roundup of local food and drink news and events. Have a tip for us? Email food@indyweek.com. Editor's Note: We're gearing up for our annual Finder and Fall Guide issues, so this week's round-up is just news. Stay tuned next week for more news, events, and our bite of the week. NEWS Transfer Co. Food Hall Unveils Vendor Line-UpTransfer Co. Food Hall, which is expected to open in downtown Raleigh in early 2019, announced its vendor line-up this week. It includes household names such as Locals Seafood, which will open an oyster bar,...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

A Late-Summer Farmers Market Haul Includes Gems Such as Heirloom Italian Wax Beans and Maypops

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2018 at 3:16 PM

Over the last several months, I've visited a different Triangle afternoon farmers market in an effort to both satisfy my yen for seasonal produce and avoid the early morning hours of traditional Saturday markets. During my April visit to the Durham Farmer’s Market, I discovered Hakurei turnips, and last month at the Raleigh State Farmers Market I experimented with pattypan squash and lion's mane mushrooms. The Wednesday Carrboro Farmers Market was the setting for my third farmers market dispatch. Surrounded by charming, brightly colored cottages, the market is held at Carrboro Town Commons (301 Main Street). In addition to...

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Friday Night Bites: Wonderpuff Turns One, Hello Kitty Cafe Truck Rolls into Raleigh, and MILPA / CRAVINGS Opens Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2018 at 2:20 PM

Welcome to Friday Night Bites, your weekly roundup of local food and drink news and events. Have a tip for us? Email food@indyweek.com. NEWS Wonderpuff Turns One, Seeks FundingRaleigh artisanal cotton candy company Wonderpuff is celebrating one year in business. Wife-husband team Jackie and Rem Morin have earned a loyal following for their colorful and inventive flavors of organic cotton candy, such as the fan-favorite orange-cardamom. The Wonderpuff cart is a regular fixture at Triangle events and pop-ups, but the couple is hoping to expand the business further. To that end, they've launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money...

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Good News, Raleigh: Morgan Street Food Hall's Doors Are Finally Open

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 7:00 AM

After a few false starts, Morgan Street Food Hall officially opened this morning at 7:00 a.m. (Note: Only two vendors with breakfast items will be serving food in the early morning hours, but a cuppa and a crepe from Morgan Street Java Crêpes makes for a compelling reason to go early.) Over the weekend, vendors such as Sassool, Carroll's Kitchen, and Makus Empanadas hosted a friends-and-family preview and put the finishing touches on their stalls and menu. During a sneak peek of the twenty-thousand-square-foot Warehouse District space in late May, owner Niall Hanley told the INDY, "Essentially what we're opening...

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Friday Night Bites: Durham Food Hall Reveals Vendors, Slingshot Slings New Coffee Sodas, Tacopalooza Takes Over

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2018 at 3:55 PM

Welcome to Friday Night Bites, your weekly roundup of local food and drink news and events. Have a tip for us? Email food@indyweek.com. NEWS Slingshot Coffee Co. Launches Coffee Sodas Raleigh's Slingshot Coffee Co. announced the opening of a new thirteen-thousand-square-foot production facility in downtown Raleigh's Anchorlight complex, and with it, the roll-out of its new line of coffee sodas. The black cherry cola and citrus vanilla cream flavors were inspired by co-owners Jenny and Jonathan Bonchak's favorite fountain drinks. Each is crafted using certified organic and Kosher, directly traded coffee, sweetened with fruit juice and natural cane sugar. Slingshot...

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Yo Quiero WTF: Raleigh’s New Taco Bell Cantina Doesn’t Suck as Bad as You Think

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2018 at 2:18 PM

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, they put frosé and margaritas on the menu. Oh, and draft beer, too. I’ll now need to defend myself less when I argue that Taco Bell is the best fast-food restaurant—at least the Raleigh location that opened earlier this week. Located in a convenient section of Hillsborough Street near N.C. State—best believe they know the target demo—Taco Bell Cantina is the first Taco Bell of its kind in North Carolina. You’ve got outdoor tables, indoor booths, and bar stools. There are flatscreen TVs on which to catch the game, or you...

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Friday Night Bites: PopUp @ American Tobacco Campus, Hummingbird's Coleen Speaks Wins BevCon Contest, TerraVita Welcomes Chef Carla Hall, and More

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 11:41 AM

Welcome to Friday Night Bites, your weekly roundup of local food and drink news and events. Have a tip for us? Email food@indyweek.com. NEWS Coffee Roaster Caballo Rojo Kicks Off PopUp @ American Tobacco Campus Artisan coffee roaster Caballo Rojo is set to be the inaugural tenant of PopUp @ American Tobacco Campus, selling pour overs, cold brew, drip coffee, and bags of freshly roasted coffee from August 20 to 31. PopUp will feature a rotating showcase of new small businesses, aiming to help entrepreneurs get on their feet and fulfill Durham’s role as “The Startup Hub of the...

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Friday Night Bites: The Lakewood Nominated for BA's Hot 10, Durham Distillery's Canned Cocktails, a Batalá Durham-Inspired Beer, and More

Posted By on Fri, Aug 3, 2018 at 2:43 PM

Welcome to Friday Night Bites, your weekly roundup of local food and drink news and events. Have a tip for us? Email food@indyweek.com. NEWS The Lakewood Nominated for Bon Appétit's Hot 10 ListThis week, Bon Appétit magazine revealed the fifty nominees in contention for its annual Hot 10, a list of the ten best new restaurants in America, according to Bon Appétit's editor at large, Andrew Knowlton. Brewery Bhavana made the Hot 10 last year, but even being named to the top fifty is a big deal for a restaurant. That's why it's simultaneously thrilling and heartbreaking to see...

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Friday Night Bites: The Lakewood and Scratch are Suddenly Closing, Cucciolo Osteria Is Opening, Saltbox Lands on Taste of the South's Hot List, and More

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 4:20 PM

Welcome to Friday Night Bites, your weekly roundup of local food and drink news and events. Have a tip for us? Email food@indyweek.com. NEWS Today, chef Phoebe Lawless broke the news on Instagram that both The Lakewood restaurant and Scratch bakery will cease operation after this weekend. The surprise closure of the two establishments, which opened in the Lakewood area last year, follows the closure of the original Scratch downtown earlier this year, removing Lawless's significant thumbprint from the Triangle food scene entirely. "It's with great sadness that I let you know that this Sunday will be our last day...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Lonerider Brewing Company Gets Ahead of the "Brew-Stillery" Trend by Launching Lonerider Spirits

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 3:46 PM

Raleigh's Lonerider Brewing Company announced the launch of its sister craft-spirits company, Lonerider Spirits, which will debut with a sherry-cask-aged bourbon in North Carolina this September. Rather than create its own distillery, Lonerider Spirits has tapped N.C. distillers to bring the company's vision—driven by Lonerider Spirits chairman Sumit Vohra (who is also Lonerider Brewing Company's founder and CEO) and president Chris Mielke—to life. The pair are self-described whiskey aficionados who felt the time was right to bring their craft-distilling dream to fruition. "The craft spirits industry is in its infancy, basically where the craft brewing industry was eight or...

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Friday Night Bites: TerraVita Food & Drink Festival, Hummingbird's Heirloom Tomato Dinner, Taste of Soul NC, and More

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 4:06 PM

Welcome to Friday Night Bites, your weekly roundup of local food and drink news and events. Have a tip for us? Email food@indyweek.com. NEWS Sean Umstead Advances to Bedlam Vodka Cocktail Competition Quarterfinals Sean Umstead—owner of craft cocktail bar Kingfisher, which is set to open this fall in downtown Durham—is a quarterfinalist in BAR FIGHT!, Bedlam Vodka's first ever cocktail competition. Umstead plans to use North Carolina-sourced produce as the core of Kingfisher's trademark cocktails, and he's applying the same practice to the BAR FIGHT! competition; his latest creation, "Under The Big Top," combines Bedlam Vodka with a simple...

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday Night Bites: Al's Burger Shack Voted Best Burger in America, PickleFest 2018, the Whiskey Kitchen Supper Club, and More

Posted By on Fri, Jul 13, 2018 at 2:32 PM

Welcome to Friday Night Bites, your weekly roundup of local food and drink news and events. Have a tip for us? Email food@indyweek.com. NEWS Morgan Street Food Hall to Open This August A sprawling European-style food hall—basically, an upscale food court—is finally making its way to the Triangle. With more than twenty different restaurant and retail vendors, a full bar, and abundant indoor and outdoor seating, Morgan Street Food Hall will open in Raleigh in August. There will be fried seafood at Oak City Fish & Chips (calamari, scallops, mussels, shrimp, and more), indulgent stuffed strawberries at Fancy Berries...

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Friday Night Bites: Kaiju Bowl & Bao is Open, Hardywood Beers on Tap, and Other Food News You Need to Know this Week

Posted By on Fri, Jul 6, 2018 at 4:32 PM

Welcome to Friday Night Bites, your weekly roundup of local food and drink news and events. Have a tip for us? Email food@indyweek.com. NEWS Kaiju Bowl & Bao is Officially Open Today, the downtown Raleigh restaurant Kaiju Bowl & Bao completed its first lunch service. For now, the restaurant will only serve its menu of shareable bowls, bao, and hot or cold bowls at lunch (from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). The bao, Chinese-style steamed buns, are listed under a mix-and-match menu (two for $9) and include classic options like pork belly and fried chicken and the vegetarian-friendly sesame-glazed...

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

At Cocoa Cinnamon, Breaking Bread & Borders Pop-Up Brings New Meaning to Independence Day

Posted By on Wed, Jul 4, 2018 at 9:31 AM

Inspired by the injustices happening at our borders, local cook and writer Gabrielle Eitienne has teamed up with Black Joy PopUp and Alerta Migratoria NC for Breaking Bread & Borders, a pop-up dinner with a mission to cultivate a safe, healing space to share stories and find solutions. The event will be held from six to eight this evening at Cocoa Cinnamon's Chapel Hill Street location. All proceeds will benefit Alerta Migratoria NC, which helps reconnect displaced migrant families. Eitienne was inspired to create the pop-up after seeing an Instagram post by her friend, Victoria Bouloubasis, a local journalist,...

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Friday Night Bites: Scott Crawford’s Jolie, Christopher Prieto on the Food Network, and Other Food News You Need to Know This Week

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 2:44 PM

Welcome to Friday Night Bites, your weekly roundup of local food and drink news and events. Have a tip for us? Email food@indyweek.com. NEWS Chef Scott Crawford Announces Second RestaurantChef Scott Crawford announced plans to open his second restaurant, Jolie, a French bistro named after his daughter. The restaurant is slated to open this fall and will be located next door to his first restaurant, Crawford and Son, in Raleigh. Chef Teddy Diggs Announces His First Solo Restaurant Teddy Diggs, who served as the executive chef at Il Palio for five years, is striking out on his own with a...

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Chef Teddy Diggs Will Open His First Solo Restaurant, Coronato, a Roman-Style Pizzeria

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 3:04 PM

Chef Teddy Diggs, most recently the executive chef at Chapel Hill Italian restaurant Il Palio, announced plans to open his first restaurant, Coronato, in early 2019, most likely in Chapel Hill. The news comes on the heels of the announcement that chef Adam Rose will return to Il Palio as its executive chef. Coronato will be a Roman-style pizzeria serving pies that are characterized by their cracker-thin crust, alongside trattoria- and street-food-inspired snacks and antipasti. "There’s a lot of different pizzas in the world, and in Italy," Diggs says. "I've been to Rome a few times and I keep going...

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From the State Farmers Market, Lion's Mane Mushrooms and Patty Pan Squash Make for Satisfying Summer Dishes

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 9:53 AM

In my ongoing attempt to both buy fresh, local produce and avoid the crack of dawn, I’m visiting a second farmers market that operates in the afternoon. Last time it was the Durham Farmers Market, where I discovered Hakurei turnips; this time, I checked out the Raleigh State Farmers Market. First up, Carolina Mushroom Farm sold me two types of shrooms, King Oyster and Lion’s Mane, the latter of which looks like a cluster of white pom-poms. Most mushrooms are full of vitamin D, but Lion’s Manes are purported to elevate mood and improve cognitive health. On the flavor front,...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Chef Scott Crawford to Open a Second Restaurant, a French Bistro Named After His Daughter, Jolie

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 2:03 PM

Chef Scott Crawford announced today that he will open his second restaurant, Jolie, this fall, next door to his first restaurant, Crawford and Son. The concept for Jolie, which is named after Crawford's daughter and means "pretty" in French, will be modeled on the classic Parisian bistro. To help bring the cozy-French-neighborhood-restaurant concept to life, Crawford and his family traveled to Paris, where they gleaned inspiration for the decor, menu, and ambiance. “It’s always been part of our plan to bring this iconic restaurant experience to Raleigh," Crawford said in a press release. "We’re excited because we believe this classic French...

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Make This: Debbie Moose's Greek Baked Sea Trout

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 7:44 AM

This recipe is a favorite at my house and is a great way to serve any flaky, medium-thick fish fillets. Cover the fillets completely with the sauce to keep them moist. You can find good cherry or grape tomatoes year-round, making them a nice choice for the sauce. Of course, the sauce will taste best with summer tomatoes. Alternatives: sheepshead, grunt, flounder, snapper Makes 6 servings 2 cups cherry tomatoes ½ cup chopped white or yellow onion 2 medium cloves garlic, chopped ⅓ cup olive oil, plus more for the baking pan 1 tablespoon dried oregano or marjoram ¼ teaspoon...

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday Night Bites

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 5:47 PM

Welcome to Friday Night Bites, your weekly round-up of  local food and drink news and events. Have a tip for us? Email food@indyweek.com. NEWS Il Palio Welcomes Back Executive Chef Adam Rose Adam Rose, who served as Il Palio's executive chef from 2007 to 2013, will once again lead dining operations at the Chapel Hill Italian restaurant beginning July 1. Current executive chef Teddy Diggs plans to open his own restaurant focusing on Roman pizza and fried snacks. Kaiju Bowl & Bao Will Open July 6 Kaiju Bowl & Bao announced on Instagram that they will open for lunch on...

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