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Friday, April 20, 2018

Harukei Turnips Will Convert Even the Staunchest Turnip Hater

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 11:55 AM

The Saturday Durham Farmers Market is a well-known local institution; it’s been held every Saturday at Durham Central Park since 1998 and boasts more than seventy vendors (each of whom must come from no further than seventy miles away) selling produce, meats, and hand-crafted products, including jams and jellies, baked goods, and hand-milled soaps. But from April to October, Durhamites have a second chance to visit and shop. The Wednesday Market, held every Wednesday afternoon from three to six, is perfect for folks who want food for dinner so fresh it’s still warm from the field, and for those who...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Saddle Up: County Fare Durham’s Food Truck Rodeo Kicks off Today

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 9:38 AM

Saddle up, partner. There’s a food truck rodeo in town—and it’s here to stay. Opening today in the Lakewood Shopping District, Country Fare Durham (1920 Chapel Hill Road), is the Triangle’s first food destination devoted solely to food trucks. Owner Steve Frasher was inspired to open the venue out of his own love of food truck rodeos (a popular foodie event where multiple food trucks gather together) and to support the Triangle’s strong food truck scene. Every day will feature a different line-up of the area’s best trucks, which sling sought-after nosh like top-notch ‘cue, pizza rolls, tacos, dumplings, and mole-sauced...

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Alligators, Pythons, and Tarantulas, Oh My! Welcome to Bull City Burger’s Exotic Meat Month.

Posted By on Fri, Apr 13, 2018 at 3:55 PM

“The first year we did it we got hate mail—emails and letters. I was worried we crossed the line,” says Seth Gross, owner of Bull City Burger and Brewing, talking about BCBB’s annual Exotic Meat Month. Gross’s idea for Exotic Meat Month came from thinking about the fact that not everybody eats beef as their main protein and learning about how two-thirds of the planet relies on bugs as a protein source. “It led me to thinking about different cultures and how we could think about diversity,” Gross says. He started by serving up a bug burger—a beef patty topped...

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Not Just for Club Kids: Red Bull’s New Sodas Make for Surprisingly Good Cocktail Mixers

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 4:14 PM

Partygoers, Red Bull fans, and media gathered at Whitaker & Atlantic last night to celebrate the launch of ORGANICS by Red Bull, a new line of organic sodas that made its stateside debut in the Triangle, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem, as well as San Diego. The caffeine-free sodas, all made with organic sugar and clocking in under one hundred calories, come in four flavors: Simply Cola, lightly carbonated and spicier than your average cola; Tonic Water, with lemon-lime flavors and a touch of herbal bitterness; Ginger Ale, a spicier, more grown-up take; and Bitter Lemon, full of citrus notes with an...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Petey Pablo Teams Up with Neuse River Brewing Company for a New Beer

Posted By on Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 2:26 PM

When you think about Petey Pablo, the rapper behind "Freek-a-Leek" and the all-time North Carolina anthem "Raise Up," the thought of "personally branded craft beer" probably isn't one of your most immediate associations. But that might change this spring. In a few weeks, Raleigh's Neuse River Brewing Company is releasing Petey's Pale Ale, a guava-infused beverage that the brewery promises will be light and refreshing. The beer's label notes that it's "light bodied, full of flavor with a hint of tropical fruit." It also includes the phrase "Hate is ugly on everyone," which, while not a Petey Pablo lyric,...

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Kick Off Beer Month at Raleigh Beer Garden with a National Craft Brewing Legend

Posted By on Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 3:17 PM

ICYMI, April is Beer Month, and all around the Triangle breweries are hosting tap takeovers and beer dinners, launching new brews and generally geeking out over all things craft beer. We’ve got a wealth of local talent (who we’ll be highlighting throughout the month), but first, one of the most legendary names in the craft beer scene is coming to Raleigh: Sam Calagione, who, along with his wife, Mariah, founded Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware. Tonight, Friday, April 6, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, you can meet and chat with Sam and Mariah while sampling more than twenty...

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Red Bull Launches New Line Almost Exclusively in N.C. It's Not What You Were Expecting.

Posted By on Mon, Apr 2, 2018 at 12:43 PM

Red Bull has chosen North Carolina as the testing ground for a new line of drinks. But unlike its trademark product, they don’t purport to give you wings. Instead, Organics by Red Bull, which features four organic premium soda flavors, takes a decidedly toned-down approach. Out of four new options—Simply Cola, Bitter Lemon, Ginger Ale, and Tonic Water—the cola is the only one that contains caffeine, and it’s only a small amount, similar to other colas on the market. A Red Bull, on the other hand, contains roughly the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. Red Bull...

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Farm to Fork Announces Annual Picnic Feast to Give Emerging Farmers a Boost

Posted By on Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 3:59 PM

Farm to Fork's annual picnic pairs many of the area's best farmers and chefs for unique, collaborative bite-size dishes. This year, it's set for June 3 on the grounds of Fearrington Village in Pittsboro. The celebration of local food, considered by Bon Appetit to be "the country's best all-you-can-eat feast," brings together dozens of chefs, artisans, farmers, and beverage-makers for initiatives that provide support to emerging local farmers. According to the USDA Census of Agriculture, North Carolina lost almost 2,600 farms from 2007 to 2012. At a time when North Carolina's agriculture industry continues to decline, Farm to Fork provides...

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Come Drink Glitter Beer and Watch Stormy Daniels Talk About Donald Trump’s, Er, Manhood at Durty Bull Sunday Night

Posted By on Sat, Mar 24, 2018 at 6:20 PM

Glitter beer is a gimmick, and Matt Pennisi doesn’t normally do gimmicks. His Durty Bull Brewing Company, whose brewery opened a year and a half in downtown Durham, is known for its IPAs and funky, inventive sours. Make a beer sparkle with edible glitter is the sort of thing brewers do to get attention; he and his colleagues had only joked about it—wouldn’t it be funny if … They never actually considered doing it, not for real. It’s not that kind of brewery. But then he heard that porn star Stormy Daniels was giving an interview to 60 Minutes on Sunday...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Owners of Old Havana Are Back with COPA, America's First Farm-to-Table Cuban Restaurant

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 2:50 PM

COPA, the nation's first farm-to-table Cuban restaurant, opens its doors in downtown Durham this Friday, March 23. Co-owners Roberto Copa Matos and Elizabeth Turnbull, who previously operated the now-closed Old Havana Sandwich Shop in Durham, are back with a new venture that is highly inspired by nineteenth-century Cuban recipes, including many that have been all but lost today, even in Cuba. The recipes hark back to a time when Cuban was a central trading hub in the Western hemisphere. Turnbull says that was a rich time period to draw from since merchants from nearly every continent shared ingredients and cooking...

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Five Fun (and Maybe a Little Drunk) Ways to Spend Your St. Patrick’s Day

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 4:26 PM

There's an almost overwhelming number of parties and events happening across the Triangle on St. Patrick's Day—and even more so this year, as the holiday fortuitously falls on a Saturday, so no one has to worry about going to work hung over the next morning. Which means: Revelry will abound. Green beer will flow. Drunk people will stumble about with T-shirts that say, “Kiss Me, I’m Irish”—even though they are not in any way Irish, nor would you want to kiss them—and ridiculous hats with illuminated shamrocks on the front. In short, St. Paddy’s Day will be a big, sloppy...

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Ten Meat-Centric Durham Restaurants Will Participate in the Bull City Vegan Challenge in April

Posted By on Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 12:00 PM

The Bull City Vegan Challenge will return to Durham for the fifth time in April, with chefs at ten downtown meat-centric restaurants creating specialty plant-based dishes that their menus will carry throughout the month, culminating in a competition decided by diners’ votes. This year’s participants, all full-service restaurants, are: Dos Perros, Parizade, Pompieri, M Kokko, Juju, Guglhupf, Counting House, Jack Tar Diner, Unscripted, and Grub. At M Kokko, a joint known for its Korean fried chicken, you’ll be able to get Biang Biang noodles with soy-braised shiitake, ground tofu, blanched iceberg, cucumber, radish, black vinaigrette, and chili oil. Pompieri, the...

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Fish-Eaters of Downtown Durham, Rejoice: Saltbox Has Reopened on Mangum Street!

Posted By on Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 12:37 PM

Saltbox Seafood Joint's original location is back. The acclaimed seafood spot expanded to a new location, on 15-501, last December. And while Saltbox's new location offers a more extensive food and beverage selection, there's something charming about the original location's atmosphere—a tiny, pastel-colored hut that wouldn't seem out-of-place in a quaint coastal town. The reopened location, in downtown Durham's Little Five Points neighborhood, will feature a slimmer express menu with a choice between fish or shellfish rolls—no full plates from now on, sorry—and a few side options. Thank god: Saltbox's famous hush-honeys are still on offer, glazed with spiced local honey....

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Appalachian Food Journalist Ronni Lundy Gives a Public Talk at UNC This Thursday

Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 10:43 AM

The point of academia is to research themes and ideas that we can later make useful for the rest of society. It doesn't always function as gracefully as we'd hope, though. But with food studies, a topic rich in both history and contemporary trends, the transition is much more seamless. Ronni Lundy, an inimitable food writer and scholar (and cook) of Appalachia, is the first food journalist to visit as an artist-in-residence at UNC-Chapel Hill. On Thursday, March 1, Lundy will give a public talk: The (Rough) Magic of Collaboration. In 2017, Lundy's book Victuals (pronounced “vittles”), won the...

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Locals Ashley Christensen, Vivian Howard, Sean Lilly Wilson, Cheetie Kumar, Gabe Barker, Brewery Bhavana Among Semifinalists for James Beard Awards

Posted By on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 12:18 PM

Today, the James Beard Foundation released its list of semifinalists for its prestigious Best Chef and Restaurant categories. Several Tar Heels, including notable chefs Ashley Christensen (Poole’s), Vivian Howard (Chef & the Farmer), Cheetie Kumar (Garland), Gabe Barker (Pizzeria Mercato), and Fullsteam brewer Sean Lilly Wilson, made the cut, as did Brewery Bhavana in the Best New Restaurant category. Christensen is a semifinalist for Outstanding Chef, Howard and Kumar are both included in the Best Chef: Southeast category, Barker is a semifinalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year, and Wilson is nominated for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional. These six comprise...

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

O Moldy Night Celebrates Jiggly Foods at The Durham Hotel

Posted By on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 3:34 PM

There was a time in American food history—and beyond—when gelatin molds added a touch of minimal effort to cooking and entertaining during an era of convenience. These were artistic centerpieces on the dinner table, congealed galaxies on display studded by melon balls, marshmallows, and even peas and boiled chicken. (Aspic, ladies and gents.) And now they're kitsch (and perhaps back?). On March 4, The Durham Hotel hosts O Moldy Night: The Art (and Consumption) of Shaped Food Traditions in the 21st Century. This "pop-up museum of molded foods" is presented through the hotel's Lobby Call series, curated by Heather Cook....

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Old Havana Sandwich Shop's Last Day Is Sunday. New Restaurant COPA To Open Down Main Street By Mid-March.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 9:47 AM

The owners of Old Havana Sandwich Shop announced today that the restaurant will serve its last Cuban sandwich on Sunday. The original location at 310 East Main Street is closing to make way for COPA,  Roberto Copa Matos and Elizabeth Turnbull's new restaurant, to open by mid-March at 107 West Main Street. Read more about COPA here, when the owners revealed plans to the INDY back in November. Old Havana's press release is pasted below. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Old Havana Sandwich Shop will Serve its Last Meal Sunday, February 18 DURHAM, NC – Old Havana Sandwich Shop, which has served its...

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Amuse-bouche: Tonbo Ramen Dedicates Its Menu to Ramen and Izakaya Fare in Downtown Raleigh

Posted By on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 4:28 PM

Tonbo Ramen 211 S. Wilmington Street, Raleigh www.tonboramen.com Tonbo Ramen, open for lunch and dinner, is a dedicated ramen shop in downtown Raleigh offering seven composed ramen bowls, where the broths—several purported to take up twenty hours to make—vie for equal billing with the noodles. There’s also an upstairs izakaya lounge next door where you can sip craft cocktails and nibble on Japanese small plates, like pork belly buns and karaage, or Japanese-style fried chicken. Ramen is usually available upstairs, too. (The ramen bar opens at 11:30 a.m. every day, closing at 10 p.m. Sunday through Friday, 11 p.m. on...

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Feasts for Prosperity at Saturday's Vietnamese New Year Festival in Raleigh

Posted By on Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 5:11 PM

Tho Nguyen remembers his college days at N.C. State University in the 1990s, when he and his friends began craving the celebrations—and the foods—of home in Vietnam. It was at least twenty-five years ago, he says, that they began hosting a Vietnamese New Year festival in Raleigh. On Saturday, the Vietnamese-American Association of Raleigh (VAAR) will host its annual Tết Festival at Dorton Arena, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Tết, or Vietnamese New Year, is shortened from Tết Nguyên Đán, which is Sino-Vietnamese for "Feast of the First Morning of the First Day." The feasts, says Nguyen, are meant to be...

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Today, Raleigh Restaurants Stand Up to Anti-Immigrant Legislation

Posted By on Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 2:18 PM

Today, TIPS Raleigh and event organizer Trey Roberts are teaming up with Raleigh restaurants to help stop the passage of Senate Bill 145, which proposes sweeping anti-immigrant legislation in North Carolina. Though the state Senate won't go into its short session until May, TIPS and Roberts are taking a proactive stance by launching a letter-writing campaign in hopes of squashing any proposed legislation. Starting at eleven a.m., anyone can visit a participating restaurant to write and send letters to state senators, with the help of nonprofit organizations El Pueblo and ACLU North Carolina, who will have representatives on hand. Eight restaurants...

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Friday, February 2, 2018

By Late Summer, Bulldega Will Move to Prime Spot at One City Center

Posted By on Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 1:38 PM

Downtown Durham’s neighborhood (and gourmet) bodega is finally going to gain some more visibility. Bulldega Urban Market will move from its tucked-away spot across City Hall to the under-construction One City Center by mid-to-late summer. Owner Yvettte West says the Bulldega team is excited about the move. The new spot provides thirty-eight-hundred square feet of space (a generous jump from its current twenty-two-hundred-square-foot location). One City Center, at 110 Corcoran Street, is a twenty-seven-story condo and office tower currently under construction. And the fact that at least one local business is going into its ground-floor retail space—as opposed to...

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Hungry Harvest Salvages Ugly Food and Delivers It to Your Doorstep

Posted By on Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 12:14 PM

At least forty percent of food is wasted in America. Much of that is because, as consumers, we're pretty picky. In turn, imperfect produce—whether bruised, too small, or misshapen—isn't even allowed to hit the grocery store shelves per USDA regulation, which factors in a two percent "tolerance" rate for selling ugly produce. But companies like Hungry Harvest are part of a viable solution. The subscription home delivery service recovers delicious produce deemed "ugly" from local farms and grocery stores and delivers it to consumers' doorsteps. Last week, the Maryland-based company launched its Triangle service with the help of chef Ashley Christensen,...

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

A Smoked Oyster Stout from The Cortez and Crank Arm Brewing is 100% Made in North Carolina

Posted By on Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 8:49 AM

With the popularity of local seafood on the rise, chef Oscar Diaz couldn't help but think about a very weird way to celebrate the oyster. Diaz, who co-owns The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail in Raleigh with Charlie Ibarra, decided to start experimenting with ideas for beer and seafood. More specifically, to brew beer with oysters. He and Mike Morris of Crank Arm Brewing came up with an uncanny combination: a smoked oyster stout. We can imagine something decadent, maybe. A combination of salt, smoke, and sweetness, with a touch of funk. "Mike , the beermaster, really did his homework before making...

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Amuse-bouche: Locopops Expands Into an Old House on Hillsborough Road

Posted By on Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 2:56 PM

Locopops 2618 Hillsborough Road, Durham www.ilovelocopops.com In its newest (and biggest) location, Locopops has diversified its dessert menu to feature non-frozen and liquid treats. A spiffy new shop on Hillsborough Road, down the road from their original store, also expands hours, and parking to be enjoyed all year. Locopops has been making Mexican-style popsicles for more than a decade, but scaled back from multiple storefronts in Raleigh and Chapel Hill in 2013 to focus on the “mothership” in Durham, plus coolers in select retail stores, as well as a VW bus food truck. With room for groups and options...

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Scratch Announces It Will Close Its Original Downtown Location End of February

Posted By on Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 11:19 AM

Just a few minutes ago, Scratch Baking announced it will close its downtown location in the upcoming weeks. The bakery and breakfast and lunch cafe opened eight years ago. In a Facebook post on the business's page, owner Phoebe Lawless writes about the decision to close Scratch's original Orange Street location by the end of February and focus on "Baby Scratch" and the Lakewood on Chapel Hill Street. Lawless writes: "We’ve had an amazing eight years in that bakeshop on Orange Street. But now everything is different. [...] That sleepy block now bustles. And, especially, downtown Durham has transformed. All...

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