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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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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Local Efforts to Support Hurricane Harvey Victims Include Raleigh's Flying Saucer and Mellow Mushroom

Posted By on Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 4:15 PM

It's easy to find camaraderie at a table surrounded by friends and pints of beer or trays of pizza. Folks at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh are taking that vibe a step further in solidarity with their sister stores in Texas this month and communities devastated by Hurricane Harvey. For all of September, the Flying Saucer Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive is in effect. Every Wednesday, all proceeds of a select keg will be donated to on-the-ground efforts in Houston and Sugarland, Texas, where Flying Saucer has two of its sixteen locations (the company is based in Dallas). "Personally, being a...

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Durham’s All About Beer Acquires DRAFT, Becomes the Largest Beer Magazine in the Country

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 3:55 PM

Today the Durham-based All About Beer magazine announced that it will acquire DRAFT Publishing, including DRAFT magazine and other assets. According to All About Beer LLC CEO Chris Rice, the combined audience will make his publication the “largest, best-selling, and most engaged of the beer magazines.” As Rice points out, both are well-established brands in the industry, with All About Beer having existed since 1980, before there was anything resembling a craft beer movement, and DRAFT being around since 2006. “The DRAFT team recognized that we had a shared vision for what has happened and what will happen in the industry,” Rice...

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Good News: You Can Buy Beer at the N.C. State Fair This Year!

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 3:32 PM

Come October, the N.C. State Fair will no longer be the country’s only state fair to not allow any alcohol sales. For the first time in the fair’s 164-year history*, you’ll be able to buy beer and wine. Not a lot of beer and wine, but some beer and wine, and some beer and wine is better than no beer and wine. “It took a few years of trying,” says Margo Knight Metzger, who as the executive director of the N.C. Craft Brewers Guild convinced the fair to allow beer sales. As of about a month ago, Knight Metzger is...

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Monday, August 28, 2017

A Writer Walks Into a Bar: Raleigh's FOUNDATION Hosts Essay Competition

Posted By on Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 1:03 PM

Ernest Hemingway claims to have written The Sun Also Rises piss drunk. "Not drunk in any positive sense but just enough to be careless," he notes in the book. FOUNDATION, Raleigh's longtime cavernous refuge for whiskey lovers and cocktail connoisseurs, takes care of that feeling for you. But it also promotes local art and local poetry, which features on their seasonal printed menus. As an extension of its appreciation for the thoughts fueled by a good drink, the bar launched an essay competition this year. The gist of the prompt is this: "Did something incredible happen to you one night at...

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Slingshot Coffee Proves There's Nuance in Cold Brews at Counter Culture's Weekly Cupping

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 1:04 PM

To some, summer tastes of sweet tea and lemonade against a backdrop of freshly cut grass. For others, the epitome of the season comes in the form of a summer tomato sandwich with juicy slivers tucked between slices of soft white bread. But for me, summer tastes like cherry, like tobacco, like citrus, and sometimes, like chocolate; it tastes like good cold brew coffee. Slingshot Coffee Company in Raleigh, which is in its fifth year of operation, makes cold brew coffee and partners with Durham-based, globally recognized coffee stronghold Counter Culture Coffee. Last Friday, Slingshot took over Counter Culture’s...

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Monday, July 24, 2017

The World in a Pocket Explores Traditions of Comforting Foods Packed into Dough

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 12:02 PM

It’s difficult to sift through the media pile of trendy food blogs and Instagram accounts and find the one gem that makes you want to dig deeper, beyond just a double tap or “like.” The World in a Pocket—started by North Carolina native Lauren V. Allen, a photographer and food stylist, and photographer and creative consultant Mackenzie Anne Smith—is one that truly shines. The two friends launched The World in a Pocket as a storytelling platform to explore the common thread of “food inside other food” through different cultural traditions. Within the first few weeks, the pair featured a story about...

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Monday, July 10, 2017

The U.S. Open Beer Championship Taps Raleigh's Lynnwood Brewing Concern as the Country's Third Best Brewery

Posted By on Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 4:45 PM

Raleigh's Lynnwood Brewing Concern won third place at the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship, placing it among the top ten best breweries in the world. For the ninth year in a row, the competition included breweries from the U.S. and abroad, pitting talented home-brewers against professional operations. Another North Carolina outfit also made the top ten list: Boone’s Appalachian Mountain Brewing came in seventh. Competing among 6,000 beers, Lynnwood won third by taking home three gold medals and one bronze. The golds went to Lynnwood's Hop Sauce IPA, Hop on Top Strong Pale Ale, and the Once You Go...

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Glass Jug to Transform into a "Beer Lab" by September

Posted By on Wed, Jun 7, 2017 at 5:05 PM

Change can be scary, so if you've become a fan of Durham's The Glass Jug don't panic at the news that the Durham bottle shop and hangout is changing. Actually, you're one of the reasons why. The Glass Jug—known for its carefully selected retail choices, excellent lineup of brews on tap, and a welcoming vibe—is growing because it has won so many fans since opening in late 2014. As a result of that success, the spot is relocating inside the shopping center it currently occupies with such businesses as Sarah's Empanadas and Beneti's Restaurant, to a larger room a few...

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Erstwhile Raleigh Landmark Finch’s to Reopen in Durham in July

Posted By on Wed, May 31, 2017 at 3:55 PM

The best place to eat breakfast in Raleigh (if you ask me, anyway) will reopen in this summer—in Durham. Owner Peggy Jin, who ran the landmark former drive-in that was razed to make way for the new Peace Street overpass on Capital Boulevard, told me Wednesday that the new Finch’s will open at 3211 Chapel Hill Boulevard, probably in July. “We’ll have breakfast all day long,” Jin says. “We’ll probably have some new dishes, but a lot similar.” Jin’s company pulled a renovation permit in March for the site near University Drive. Diners can look forward to chicken pot pie and...

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Monday, May 15, 2017

A Sneak Peek at MOFU Shoppe, Pho Nomenal Dumpling Truck's New Brick-And-Mortar

Posted By on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 10:36 AM

MOFU Shoppe 321 South Blount Street, Raleigh www.facebook.com/mofushoppe Pho Nomenal Dumplings has come a long way since Sunny Lin and Sophia Woo started it in 2014. Only one year into business, the lavender-hued food truck entered Season 6 of The Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race—and won, earning a $50,000 prize. Now the folks behind Pho Nomenal are working toward creating its first physical location, MOFU Shoppe, slated to open in June. On Friday night, Lin and Woo parked outside their new restaurant’s home in Raleigh and hosted a sneak-peek event, with DJ Rhymic (Ryan McGuire), free beer, a...

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Appalachian Food Is Having Its Moment. Celebrate Tonight With Sheri Castle and Southern Cultures in Chapel Hill.

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 11:43 AM

Sheri Castle has happy memories of dinners in her childhood home in Watauga County, where nearly every meal included cabbage, potatoes, beans, or squash grown in mountain soil. “Or all of them,” says Castle, a prolific food and cookbook writer who has lived in Chapel Hill since 1978, when she came east to attend UNC. “I especially love cabbage and potatoes, though. I can talk about them until I cry.” Castle’s deep mountain roots have made her a de facto expert in the burgeoning field of Appalachian foodways, a topic celebrated in the new edition of Southern Cultures, the...

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

N.C. Brewery Wicked Weed Purchased by Anheuser-Busch InBev. Dammit.

Posted By on Wed, May 3, 2017 at 10:50 AM

Since its founding in 2012, the Asheville-based Wicked Weed Brewing has earned a reputation as one of the best and most innovative breweries in North Carolina, cranking out more than five hundred brews, everything from West Coast IPAs to a range of complex sours. (If you haven’t had the Oblivion, you haven’t lived.) Today, we learned that it’s being purchased by InBev. As in the company that owns Budweiser. Anheuser-Busch has dropped its latest news of acquisition, this time purchasing Asheville’s highly regarded Wicked Weed Brewing to join its craft line, The High End. […] In the press release that...

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Save Your Coins: Durham's Quarter Horse Arcade to Open by June 1

Posted By on Tue, May 2, 2017 at 12:42 PM

If you've heard the buzz about a new arcade and bar opening in downtown Durham and wondered what became of it, get your quarters ready. Quarter Horse Bar & Arcade will soon open its doors on the corner of Mangum and Main streets. Its owners say June 1 is the target date for the debut of the new space in the basement of the Kress building. Right now it's full of lumber, tools, and other construction materials, but Jon Williams, Brandon Mise, and Murphy Turner are working feverishly on transforming it into an eclectic hangout poised to appeal to...

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Fullsteam Ahead: Durham Brewery Finally Unrolls Food Menu This Weekend

Posted By on Sat, Apr 8, 2017 at 8:07 PM

On Friday night, Fullsteam started to unroll its latest undertaking: a food program. The almost seven-year-old brewery has always been a dynamic space in Durham, with board and arcade games, various events, from concerts to trivia night to yoga classes, and local food trucks, like Pie Pushers and American Meltdown. But as of this weekend, it will have its own menu for hungry customers. The trucks will stick around for now, but as Fullsteam’s food program matures, they’ll eventually have to relocate. “We always intended to have food at the brewery,” owner Sean Lilly Wilson wrote in an online...

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Looking to Indulge in NC Beer Month? We've Got You Covered.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 4:17 PM

We love our beer in North Carolina, with 203 craft breweries and counting. In April, we celebrate that love with North Carolina Beer Month, when breweries and bottle shops host special events across the state. We've digested some of the Triangle's best beery festivities in the coming weeks. For the impatient, Raleigh's BottleMixx on Creedmoor Road gets in the spirit early with an all-day kickoff event Friday (that's tonight, March 31), offering ten N.C. beers on tap. Two notable events Saturday get things kicking properly. The World Beer Festival at the NC State Fairgrounds ($45 - $90) does feature a cider...

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Sangha Teahouse Launches "Tea Trike" on Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 3:44 PM

Alisa Burns doesn’t seem like your average tea drinker. You know, someone mellow. She gives firm handshakes, talks fast, and moves quicker than the Roadrunner cartoon. She strikes me more as a coffee gulper than a tea sipper. At just over five feet tall, her bubbly energy could fit a person twice her size. Her secret? She drinks lots of matcha—the highly-caffeinated powdery green tea that’s almost as strong as a cup of coffee. She’s hooked and swears by the multitude of health benefits it provides, including a high level of antioxidants and vitamin C. Burns is the new...

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Triangle Restaurants to Close on “A Day Without Immigrants”

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 9:14 AM

A Day Without Immigrants, referred to as “Un Día Sin Inmigrantes” on social media, is a grassroots campaign to stage a one-day work stoppage. The campaign aims to highlight immigrants’ contributions to the economy in response to rising anxiety over deportation threats. This stands to affect restaurants in particular. According to the Pew Research Center, 1.2 million restaurant workers in the U.S. are undocumented (among the estimated eight million total in the labor force). Along with being the largest employer of workers who represent minority groups—including immigrants—the restaurant industry is the second largest and the fastest growing market in...

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Blind Barbour Celebrates First Anniversary With Free Tastings All Week

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 12:22 PM

The Blind Barbour, an excellent neighborhood craft cocktail and bourbon bar in Raleigh, celebrates its first anniversary this week. Beginning tonight, the bar will offer complimentary tastings every evening. From 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, a tasting of Jim Beam’s small-batch bourbons will feature pours from Basil Hayden’s, Booker's, and Baker's. As an added attraction, Jordan Joseph, from Chapel Hill's The Crunkleton, is taking a guest turn behind the bar from 6 until 11. Wednesday offers two tastings. Copper & Kings American Brandy is highlighted from 6 to 8 p.m., followed at 9:30 by a Jack Daniel's tasting which lasts...

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