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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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Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Lakewood Cocoa Cinnamon Hosts So Good Pupusas and Author Deborah Augustin to Raise Scholarship Funds

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 8:44 AM

First Name Unknown: A Benefit Reading Thursday, Jun. 21, 7 p.m. Cocoa Cinnamon (Lakewood), Durham Now more than ever, we need to think about how we treat immigrants in this country. I think that starts by listening. We only fear what we don’t understand, and for me, the best way to understand anything is to listen to someone else’s story. At seven o'clock tonight, the Lakewood Cocoa Cinnamon will host Deborah Augustin, a Malaysian-born author who will read an excerpt from her lyrical essay, "First Name Unknown," which explores themes of immigration, identity, and labels. She will also sell...

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Amuse-Bouche: Viva Chicken Lands in Raleigh with Its Signature Pollo a la Brasa

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 2:42 PM

Viva Chicken 4361 Lassiter at North Hills Avenue, Raleigh 984-222-7104 Chicken is typically regarded as a ho-hum weeknight dinner staple, but Viva Chicken’s Pollo a la Brasa, a Peruvian dish of herb-rubbed rotisserie chicken, makes the case for elevating it to a crave-worthy lunch or dinner entree any day of the week. Founded by restaurateurs Randy Garcia and Bruno Macchiavello, Viva Chicken first opened in Charlotte in 2013. The business has grown to eight locations, including six in Charlotte, one in Utah, and now, one in Raleigh, which opened in North Hills on June 13. In addition to its...

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Make This: Ashley Christensen's Homegrown Tomato Pie with Buttermilk Cheddar and Horseradish

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 9:18 AM

I call this Homegrown Tomato Pie, not as a sourcing requirement, but because the tomato pie is most present in the season where friends are pulling tomatoes daily from their own backyards. I imagine it came to be because when a fruit is plentiful, people always find a way to bake it into a pie. Basil is a natural complement for this dish (and I’ve included it as an option), but the thyme is delicious, and bit unexpected. In the months where delicious tomatoes aren’t flooding every backyard, our roasted Roma tomatoes sub in nicely, and equip you to...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Where to Watch the World Cup and a Day-Drinking Primer

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 1:48 PM

Day drinking is one of life’s great joys. To drink in the morning is to surrender your time to leisure. To drink before noon is to enjoy a day of complete apathy; once your feet begin to feel a bit lighter in their shoes, the rest of the afternoon and a considerable part of the evening has already been spoken for. Which is why, even though team U.S.A won’t see any World Cup action until at least 2022, it’s exciting that the World Cup is not only upon us but is going down in a place so far removed...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

This Summer’s Tour de Pork Celebrates the Whole Hog—and Ethical, Sustainable Sourcing

Posted By on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 5:12 PM

Bull City Burger’s “bull nuts”—peanuts tossed in a sweet and salty glaze and studded with chewy bacon morsels, made with bacon from whole-animal distributor Firsthand Foods—are perhaps the perfect snack to munch on while learning about Firsthand Foods’ Tour de Pork, a summer food event taking place throughout Durham from June 4–July 29. Tour de Pork aims to celebrate pasture-raised pork by taking diners on a tour of pork-centric dishes at twenty participating Durham restaurants. By dining and sharing photos of featured dishes, diners earn points to cash in for prizes along the way and earn entries for a grand...

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Summer of Frosé: Acme's Rosé Soirée is Back for Round Two

Posted By on Fri, Jun 8, 2018 at 7:45 AM

Acme Food & Beverage Co. 110 East Main Street, Carrboro 919-929-2263 First, rosé earned its place in mainstream drinking with monikers like "summer water." Then came #roséallday and #yeswayrosé. Then came brosé, for dudes who embrace drinking pink, so naturally it was only a matter of time before frosé—frozen rosé—became a thing, too. At Carrboro’s Acme Food & Beverage Co., frosé debuted as rosé snow cones at its first Rosé Soirée in April. Frosé will make its return as rosé and blueberry popsicles, along with rosé sangria and a bevy of blush-hued beauties, on June 28, the second soirée...

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Triangle’s First Food Hall Will Open This Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 4:01 PM

Blue Dogwood Public Market 306 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill 919-717-0404 Chapel Hill’s Blue Dogwood Public Market, the first of four food halls slated to open this year—along with Durham Food Hall and Transfer Co. Food Hall and Morgan Street Food Hall in Raleigh—will hold its soft opening this weekend. Food halls are new to the Triangle, but they’re definitely not a new concept. They’re popular in European and many large American cities, house a wide variety of artisan food vendors spanning multiple cuisines under one roof, and attract locals and tourists looking for a quick bite. With our...

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Sip for a Cause: The Triangle's Negroni Week Helps Fund a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis

Posted By on Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 12:17 PM

Surely you've encountered the Negroni by now. It's that moody, amber-hued beverage that turns heads, begging bar-goers to lean forward and ask, "What did they order?" It's the drink that's quietly taken over your Instagram feed in favor of frou frou cocktails, prompting you to Google the name. There's no better time to sate your curiosity—and your thirst—than now. The classic Italian aperitif, made with Campari—an Italian herbal liqueur—gin, and sweet vermouth, has a slightly bitter, citrus-tinged flavor profile that makes it perfect for summer sipping. The equal-parts cocktail also lends itself to endless interpretations, which are celebrated during...

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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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Deliciously written, Sharon. I want some of that chicken right now!

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