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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Where to Savor Our Favorites from the Got to Be NC Festival Year-Round

Posted By on Thu, May 24, 2018 at 10:31 AM

For one weekend each May, the N.C. State Fairgrounds becomes the happiest place on earth for fans of local food. From May 18-20, the fairgrounds were home to the annual Got to Be NC Festival, which celebrates the agricultural bounty that’s grown, caught, raised, and made in North Carolina and the imaginative, hard-working farmers, artisans, and others who create them. Ensconced in our sterile, wifi-enabled world, it’s sometimes hard to remember that North Carolina began as and continues to be one of the most agriculturally profitable and diverse states in the nation. According to N.C. State University's College of...

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Amuse-Bouche: Celebrity-Owned Burger Chain Wahlburgers Comes to Downtown Raleigh

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2018 at 2:58 PM

Wahlburgers 319 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh 919-703-0833 Wahlburgers, one of the Triangle’s most buzzed about restaurant openings of 2018, is now open on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. What’s with the hype? It’s the first North Carolina location for the Boston-based fast-casual burger chain created by the Wahlberg family, which includes celebrities Mark and Donnie and their chef brother, Paul. Wahlburgers is also the subject of an Emmy-nominated A&E reality show of the same name, which follows the restaurant chain’s expansion (it's now up to twenty-five locations). Vibe: Sports bar meets fast-food joint. The décor is an homage to the brothers’...

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Thrive NC Taps Top Culinary Talent to Drive Critical Food Conversations

Posted By on Tue, May 8, 2018 at 4:45 PM

On May 10 and 11, chefs, activists, and volunteers will gather at City Market in downtown Raleigh for the inaugural Thrive NC, a two-day event that will feature a summit, day of service, and a two-night culinary festival of tastings, chef demonstrations, and live music. The event is presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, which created it in the belief that communities thrive when they are healthy and active. “Blue Cross N.C.’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of our customers and communities. Simply stated, we want to see our state thrive,” says Patrick Conway,...

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Taste the Rainbow: lucettegrace Brings Back the Gay Bar for Out! Raleigh to Raise Money for the LGBT Center of Raleigh

Posted By on Thu, May 3, 2018 at 10:38 AM

Lucettegrace has earned a reputation for its whimsical and meticulously crafted pastries, and while you can find macarons in every hue of the rainbow year-round, every year, pastry chef-owner Daniel Benjamin creates a special rainbow-inspired treat for Out! Raleigh. The annual event, taking place this Saturday, May 5, celebrates the LGBT community and raises funds to support the LGBT Center of Raleigh. This year, lucettegrace is bringing back the Gay Bar, which features its perennially popular candy bar cake (and one of Benjamin’s personal favorites), in which the almond brown butter cake, layered with crushed wafers and milk chocolate, hazelnut...

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Now in Its Seventh Year, Brewgaloo Celebrates Not Only N.C. Craft Beer, but the Rise of Women in the Industry

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 5:46 PM

When Brewgaloo launched in 2011, the craft beer festival was the new kid on the block. Craft beer was young then, too; you couldn’t find it on shelves and in restaurants and bars like you can now, and festivals were often one of the only marketing tools breweries had to promote themselves. The challenge the breweries faced, though, was that most festivals expected them to donate their beer. Jennifer Martin sought to change that. As the executive director of Shop Local Raleigh, Martin’s mission is to highlight local businesses and connect consumers to those places so that they think,...

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J. Cole is Launching a Music Festival in Dix Park, Scheduled for September 15

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 12:58 PM

Raised in Fayetteville, J. Cole is arguably one of the biggest rappers to ever come out of North Carolina. In a few months, he'll return to his home state for the Dreamville Festival, slated for September 15 at Dorthea Dix Park in Raleigh. That adds another music festival to an already packed September. If you're keeping track: that's Hopscotch September 7-10 , Beats N Bars September 22 and 23, Art of Cool from September 28-29, and the International Bluegrass Music Association's Wide Open Bluegrass on the 28th and 29th, too. There's also Sparkcon (September 13-16) and Centerfest (September 15-16), two...

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Making Sunday Funday Plans? A $20 Sunday Supper Durham Ticket Buys You Brunch and Bottomless Brews While Helping to End Food Insecurity

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2018 at 4:18 PM

I might be new in town, but I don’t know of any restaurant where you can get a multi-course brunch and bottomless beer for $20. But at the first-ever Sunday Supper Durham, taking place this Sunday, April 29, from twelve p.m. to three p.m. at the American Tobacco Campus Amphitheater, it’s a delicious reality. Even better, 100 percent of the event’s proceeds will benefit two local organizations fighting food insecurity in Durham: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, which will soon open a food pantry in the Lakewood Shopping Center that aims to conquer the estimated one-million-pound annual food...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Brewery Bhavana Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary with Six Barrel-Aged Beer Releases and a Week-Long Bash

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 5:36 PM

It’s been quite a year for Brewery Bhavana, the Raleigh brewery, restaurant, flower shop, and bookstore that quickly captivated the taste buds of locals and gained national recognition as one of Forbes's top ten places to eat and Bon Appetit’s "Hot 10" restaurants. Starting tonight, the brewery is toasting its first birthday with a week of dinners, parties, and bottle-release and tap-takeover events. Actually, the party started last night with a sold-out beer-pairing dinner at Herons at The Umstead. But don't worry if you missed that—you’ll have plenty of chances to sample new bottles and oldie-but-goodie Bhavana beers on tap...

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Power Lunch: Africana Market & Food Truck Rodeo Will Give BLACK COMMUNITIES Conference Attendees a True Taste of the Bull City

Posted By on Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 10:21 AM

If you’ve ever traveled to attend a conference, you know how challenging it can be to actually experience the city you’re visiting or taste food beyond the sad plastic-wrapped sandwiches, limp salads, and pallid buffet-style entrees. But the BLACK COMMUNITIES Conference, taking place April 23–25 at The Carolina Theatre, hopes to remedy that by giving the expected five hundred conference-goers a taste of Durham’s entrepreneurial spirit and food scene with an Africana Market and Food Truck Rodeo. The three-day multidisciplinary conference, organized by the Institute of African American Research, NCGrowth, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, and other partners at UNC-Chapel...

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Hakurei 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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