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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Weaver Street Market Co-op Opening in Downtown Raleigh

Posted By on Thu, Dec 7, 2017 at 6:35 PM

Great news, lovers of community-owned, -sourced, and -supported businesses: Weaver Street Market, the largest food co-op in the Southeast, is coming to the Warehouse District in downtown Raleigh. This will be the market's fourth store, and its first in Raleigh. Set to open in late summer 2018 in The Dillon building, the Raleigh location will offer much of what Weaver Street has become known and loved for since its founding thirty years ago in Carrboro: local produce, a kitchen and bakery with a hot bar and a salad bar, an event space for cooking demos and community events, and coffee,...

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A Camaraderie Among Local Brewers Grows with the Launch of the Triangle Craft Beer Alliance

Posted By on Thu, Dec 7, 2017 at 10:32 AM

One of the charms of the Triangle craft brewing scene is how collegial it is, with most of the people involved viewing one another not as competition but as additional sources of good beer. There are numerous tales of brewers helping out others with ingredients, equipment, and advice. Still, craft brewing is a big business. According to the N.C. Craft Beer Guild, the industry has created more than 10,000 jobs and paid more than $300 million in annual wages in the state, thanks to the 230-plus breweries that call North Carolina home. More than fifty of those breweries are...

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

After Seven Years in Business, Melina's Fresh Pasta Finally Opens a Storefront in Durham

Posted By on Wed, Dec 6, 2017 at 3:11 PM

Melina’s Fresh Pasta 2717 Chapel Hill Road, Durham www.melinaspasta.com Instead of a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Carmella Alvaro fittingly snipped a long strand of fettuccine to officially commemorate the opening of Melina’s Fresh Pasta in Durham on Saturday, December 2. For the last seven years, devotees of Alvaro’s artisanal fresh pasta have snapped up specialties like lemon ricotta and fig and gorgonzola ravioli at Triangle farmers markets and gourmet grocery stores. Now the full line of fresh pastas, sauces, and take-and-bake meals are available at Melina's Fresh Pasta storefront on Chapel Hill Road (across from La Vaquita). A steady stream of customers,...

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Amuse-bouche: Hummingbird

Posted By on Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 10:46 AM

"Amuse-bouche" is the INDY's new, sporadic series where we give you our hot take on a recent restaurant opening. It’s not a critique or a review, just a taste of what to expect. Hummingbird 1053 East Whitaker Mill Road, Raleigh www.hummingbirdraleigh.com In her restaurant debut, chef Coleen Speaks serves whimsical cocktails and small plates in an intimate bar and cafe setting at Raleigh's Dock 1053. Prior to opening Hummingbird, Speaks honed her restaurant chops in New Orleans under Emeril Lagasse and locally with chef Ashley Christensen before launching her catering company, PoshNosh. The culmination of her experience is reflected...

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Amuse-bouche: Guglhupf Chapel Hill Bake Shop

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 5:26 PM

"Amuse-bouche" is INDY's new, sporadic series where we give you our hot take on a recent restaurant opening. It’s not a critique or a review, just a taste of what to expect. GUGLHUPF CHAPEL HILL BAKE SHOP Eastgate Shopping Center 1800 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hillguglhupf.com Named for a plump, Bundt-molded Central European cake, Durham’s Guglhupf has grown since it opened in 1998 from a German bakery and patisserie to a sprawling café and restaurant. Serendipitously for those of us who live farther west, Guglhupf has now sprawled over to Chapel Hill, where cofounder and owner Claudia Kemmet-Cooper opened a...

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

DaisyCakes Plans to Set Up a Bakery in a Shipping Container

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 1:18 PM

Durham's DaisyCakes closed its Foster Street bakery and cafe the summer of 2015. But owner and pastry chef Tanya Matta recently announced a new plan on her Facebook page: setting up shop in a shipping container. In the meantime, Matta has quietly made a downtown comeback with a bit of her pastry repertoire for sale at Unscripted Hotel’s allday Cafe. Depending on the day, you’ll find her ham and cheese biscuits, ginger scones, dulce de leche napoleons, raspberry almond bars, and, my favorite, pumpkin bread pudding. Cramped quarters aren’t a challenge for Matta. DaisyCakes first traipsed the city in a...

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Friday, November 17, 2017

More Tasty Treats Are Now Available at Monuts. Which Means Fewer Donuts, But Happier Bakers.

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 3:49 PM

For years, the display case at Monuts in Durham has been reliably filled with four cake donuts and four yeast donuts of varying seasonally inspired flavors. The owners, Lindsay and Rob Moriarty, were so confident in the restaurant’s signature offering that they put it in the name—a portmanteau of Moriarty and donuts. So it may come as a bit of a shock to learn that, as of this fall, Monuts has scaled back its donut production in favor of other pastries. The long weekend lines of customers that snake through the restaurant and out the door are now met with a case filled...

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Writer Walks into a Bar: Read the Winning Entry of Foundation's Essay Competition

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 5:13 PM

Literary heroes throughout history have famously put pen to paper while nursing a tumbler of liquor. The bartenders and owners of Foundation, Raleigh’s longtime cavernous refuge for whiskey lovers and cocktail connoisseurs, know that introspection and creativity can be nourished by a good drink. Since it opened eight years ago, the bar has promoted local art and poetry by featuring both on printed seasonal cocktail menus. This summer, owners Vince Whitehurst and Will Alphin and bartender and writer Kari Smith launched an essay competition, prompting patrons to write about something weird or life-changing that happened at the bar. The...

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Farm Labor Organizing Committee Sues Governor Cooper on Behalf of Farmworkers, Saying a New State Law Is Discriminatory

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 9:24 AM

The Farm Labor Organizing Committee filed a lawsuit this morning against North Carolina governor Roy Cooper over a state law that prohibits farmworkers from organizing and collectively bargaining with their employers. According to FLOC’s press release, the lawsuit argues that “North Carolina Farm Act of 2017 impedes farmworkers’ First Amendment right to participate in unions and asserts that the law is discriminatory, as more than 90 percent of the state’s agricultural workers are Latino. The Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed that the government cannot impose special burdens on expressive associations such as unions.” Joining the lawsuit are civil rights...

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Despite Our Amazing Breweries, N.C. Law Still Bans Some Great Beers

Posted By on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 9:52 AM

The Big Bang for the teeming scene of craft breweries carpeting North Carolina occurred in 2005, when then-governor Mike Easley signed the “Pop the Cap” bill into law. It raised the state's limit on alcohol by volume for beer from 6 percent to 15 percent. Countless drinkers agree that's a good thing. Still, it could be better. A recent video on Huffington Post about the twelve states that ban Sam Adams limited-edition Utopias beer (at 28 percent ABV) reminded us as much. As the craft brewing industry continues to create higher-alcohol beers, caps such as North Carolina's shut out an...

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Monday, November 13, 2017

The Owners of Old Havana Sandwich Shop Reveal Plans for New Restaurant

Posted By on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 3:39 PM

Today, the owners of Durham's Old Havana Sandwich Shop revealed to the INDY that plans for a new restaurant are finally in the works. COPA will open at 107 West Main Street by mid-February. COPA, named after the family of co-owner and chef Roberto Copa Matos, will highlight an array of Cuban fare beyond the more popular pressed pork sandwiches we're accustomed to. Much like Old Havana's"Lost Dishes of Cuba" dinners, which we wrote about earlier this year, COPA's menu will highlight the various cultural influences of Cuban cuisine that are often forgotten. The new restaurant will offer a variety...

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Amuse-bouche: Saint James Seafood

Posted By on Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 8:57 AM

"Amuse-bouche" is INDY's new, sporadic series where we give you our hot take on a recent restaurant opening. It’s not a critique or a review. Just a taste of what to expect. SAINT JAMES SEAFOOD AND RAW BAR 806 West Main Street, Durham www.saintjamesseafood.com The popular idea that oysters are fresher in months ending in “r” is actually a myth. Still, those of us who love the funky bivalves have stronger cravings for them the colder it gets. Thankfully, Saint James has blessed us with a raw bar of heavenly proportions and an inventive menu blending Southern gourmet touches and...

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Local Favorites Advance as Finalists in Good Food Awards

Posted By on Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 12:50 AM

The Good Food Awards named its 2018 finalists yesterday in fifteen categories. Eight of this year's finalists are from the Triangle; fourteen total represent North Carolina. The Good Food Awards recognize American food producers on a yearly basis. The organization states: The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced. We grant awards to outstanding American food producers and the farmers who provide their ingredients. Winners will be named January 19, 2018, at a ceremony in San Francisco. Below are the proud Triangle finalists by category. Beer: Fullsteam Brewery,...

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Downtown Raleigh Residents, It's Finally Happening. You're Getting a Supermarket.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 12:27 PM

Lattes and nachos won't feed you forever. Downtown Raleigh continues to swell with new condos and apartments—and coffee shops and restaurants—and residents have long wondered if their grocery-shopping fate was sealed in the disaster that is the Cameron Village Harris Teeter parking lot on a weeknight. Finally (well, by 2020) Raleigh gets its downtown supermarket. Today, Kane Realty Corporation announced its plans to open Publix on the corner of Peace and West Streets. The Southern supermarket chain will anchor the Peace building, a twelve-story high-rise apartment, multi-use development with an adjoining parking deck. Read the full press release below. ...

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Mr. Fritters Teams Up with Crop Stories for Late-Night Pop-up at Fullsteam Brewery

Posted By on Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 11:31 AM

Fullsteam Brewery very recently debuted its food menu. But, sometimes, the Durham brewery ventures into late-night territory to serve fried treats with a personality. Tonight at ten p.m., Fullsteam hosts  Mr. Fritters: A Late-Night Fritter Pop-up, a monthly event that sells fried dough mixed with local, seasonal ingredients to support area nonprofits. Fullsteam owner Sean Lilly Wilson says the Mr. Fritters pop-up is "a great expression of what we at Fullsteam call 'beautiful/stupid,' that the best things in life are equal parts beautiful and stupid. The stupid: a brewery running a late-night fritter pop-up called 'Mr. Fritters." The beautiful: we're raising...

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Fair Food Dispatch: SPAM, A Lot.

Posted By on Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 9:55 PM

Well, butter my buns and call me a funeral sandwich. This Saturday marked my last judging gig at the State Fair. It was for SPAM, and had the most entries—twenty-three. The trepidation I had about sampling dishes made with this classic canned ham product was multiplied many times over. Every contest sponsor chooses their own rules and theme. For example, the sweet potato folks are looking for tailgating recipes. They also set the parameters of how it’s cooked and the type of ingredients that are allowed. The breakdown of scoring varies, too, by a certain percentage for each factor. Added...

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Fair Food Dispatch: Pecans (With a Side of Nerves)

Posted By on Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 11:33 AM

My kid was a little nervous. I was preparing for my second contest of this year’s state fair: North Carolina Pecan Association’s Pecan Recipe Competition. My culinary school-educated child was about to be a judge for the first time. “Don’t worry. It’s fun and relaxed," I advised. "Lisa [Prince, contest organizer] walks us through, and you’ll meet some really nice media and food people. And besides, folks that enter cooking contests know how to cook. In three years I’ve never eaten anything really horrible.” And then, twelve hours later, I literally spat out one contestant’s very ill-considered creation to...

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Monuts Donuts Makes Empanadas to Benefit Families in Mexico Affected by Earthquake

Posted By on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 11:05 AM

On its Facebook page this morning, Monuts Donuts in Durham announced a special that will raise money for earthquake relief in Mexico. On Sept. 19 the strongest earthquake of the century hit Mexico City and surrounding areas, killing hundreds of people, destroying thousands of homes, and toppling many buildings in the capital city. Monuts announced a seven-dollar empanada deal, explaining that proceeds will benefit staff members' families and friends. They wrote the following message: Like many restaurants here in town, we have a good number of staff members who have friends, family and loved ones affected by the Mexico City...

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Fair Food Dispatch: Sweet Potatoes at Ten A.M.

Posted By on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 11:03 AM

Along with the very stringent, state-sanctioned contests at the State Fair, there are more relaxed cooking competitions, whose announcements come liberally sprinkled with smiling mascots and cheerful illustrations. Lisa Prince, host of UNC-TV's Flavor, NC and From the Vineyard, along with the state's agricultural department, organizes these contests and recruits judges. Companies like King Arthur Flour and agricultural organizations like the North Carolina Egg Association serve as sponsors.  For the last three years, I’ve been a proud member of that posse. On Saturday at ten a.m., I claimed my spot on the sweet potato jury. There were pies, dips, soups, and even an...

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

The North Carolina State Fair Opens Today. Here's More on What to Eat.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 12:03 PM

(This is our second dispatch from the North Carolina State Fair. Read our first one here.) Some people pine for eternal youth, or throwing a winning touchdown at the Super Bowl, or waking up as a Kardashian. Since my family moved here from Elizabeth City in the mid-eighties, we have only missed the State Fair a couple of times, and only then because of literal life-or-death predicaments. Nowhere else can you see the entire spectrum of humanity that makes up our state, from farmers to socialites to hipsters. Inside one building you’ll find the Daughters of the American Revolution cheek...

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Monday, October 9, 2017

First in Fried: Here's What to Eat at the North Carolina State Fair This Year

Posted By on Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 4:06 PM

Today, the North Carolina State Fair hosted a media preview lunch that featured a sneak peek at one of the best things at the fair in any given year: the food. It’s one of the best and worst things I’ve ever had the privilege of doing, but journalism is a demanding and often difficult public service. Thus, my findings about this year’s new foods at the fair are below. First of all, yes, the hot Cheeto-encrusted corn is delicious. I had my doubts, because I didn’t think you could improve upon roasted corn, one of the fair’s greatest simple pleasure...

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Three Triangle Breweries Take Home Medals at the Great American Beer Festival

Posted By on Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 2:00 PM

The Great American Beer Festival—which features probably the most prestigious competition in the craft brewing industry, drawing nearly eight thousand entries in ninety-nine categories—took place this weekend in Denver. And while North Carolina breweries didn’t earn as much hardware as, say, Oregon, whose breweries nabbed seventeen medals, including seven golds, we did all right for ourselves. Across the state, N.C. breweries grabbed fifteen medals, including four golds and three silvers. Three of those winners—Lynwood Brewing Concern, Bond Brothers Beer Company, and Lonerider Brewing Company—are from the Triangle. The winners (with locals on top) are: Lynwood Brewing Concern (Raleigh), Saison Du...

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Friday, September 15, 2017

It's Been 24 Hours, But Mark Wahlberg Still Hasn't Responded to Raleigh Bar Owner's Challenge

Posted By on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 6:40 PM

Zack T. Medford loves a good hamburger. The owner of Isaac Hunter's Tavern and Great Crawl Events prefers a local burger, though, from Mecca or Chuck's. But he's kicked up some beef with Mark Wahlberg ever since the actor and his brother—actor and former New Kid on the Block Donnie Wahlberg—announced the upcoming Raleigh opening of their burger chain, Wahlburgers. Yesterday, Medford released a video (see below) challenging Wahlberg to visit his event on October 7. "I challenge you to come to the Sir Walter Smoke-Off and put your burgers against mine. We can raise money for the Raleigh Wake...

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Starting Tonight, Local Businesses Are Supporting Immigrant Community With Various Food-Related Events Through October

Posted By on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 1:06 PM

Triangle restaurants are no stranger to supporting urgent community causes. From the closing of restaurants during “A Day Without Immigrants” earlier this year to the rush of fundraisers to support victims of Hurricane Harvey just last week, local establishments are quick to mobilize. It comes as no surprise that many are also rallying to support another group in crisis. Since the announcement of the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, otherwise known as DACA, by the Trump administration at the beginning of this month, area food businesses have been more than ready to show their support for...

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Chef's Life Star Vivian Howard Premieres Season 5 in Durham

Posted By on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 3:23 PM

Kinston chef Vivian Howard and her crew celebrated the fifth season of A Chef's Life, the award-winning PBS series directed by Durham filmmaker Cynthia Hill, at Durham's Carolina Theatre Sunday. True to form, Howard enraptured the sold-out crowd with her playful charm and honesty. They chuckled and clapped throughout her introductory onstage monologue, in which she explained how she became "this awkward, accidental celebrity." After Howard thanked many local and national sponsors, which both she and Hill admitted took a long time to achieve, she screened the first episode of A Chef's Life's newest season. It tells the emotional story of Chef and the...

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