Food | Indy Week
Food
INDY Week's food blog

Archives | RSS

Monday, January 22, 2018

Triangle Restaurant Week Launches Its Tenth Year Today

Posted By on Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 12:23 PM

Triangle Restaurant Week begins today, celebrating its tenth year on the scene. Now through Sunday, January 28, almost one hundred restaurants, bars, and breweries are offering three-course prix fixe menus at a steal. Lunches start at fifteen dollars; dinners range from twenty to thirty-five. It’s a good chance to try somewhere you’ve never been or roll into an old haunt like a regular and check out its new menu. In 2016, writer Angela Perez broke down her seven days of TRW indulgence. She delighted in everything from fondue gimmicks and sushi specials to contemporary Mexican and classic shrimp and...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Fullsteam Brewery, Escazu Chocolates, Boxcarr Cheese, Fiddlehead Farm Among N.C. Winners of 2018 Good Food Awards

Posted By on Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 3:44 PM

Our local food products continue to gain national acclaim, to the delight of tastebuds everywhere. A few Triangle favorites were honored with Good Food Awards this weekend in San Francisco. Fullsteam Brewery, which won in 2013 and 2016, won again this year for three distinct beers from its Farm's Edge series. Each beer offers a direct connection to local ingredients.  As described by the brewery, they are: Alexis, a blackberry Brett saison brewed in collaboration with Hillsborough, N.C.-based Seal The Seasons, using local grain, Fullsteam’s house mixed culture, and blackberries from Lineberger's Maple Springs Farm in Dallas, N.C. Brumley Forest,...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

"Dinner with Friends" at Alley Twenty Six Will Raise Money All Year for Jose Andres's Efforts to Feed the World

Posted By on Tue, Jan 16, 2018 at 1:13 PM

Cocktails are often an afterthought when thinking about your next dinner indulgence. Durham's Alley Twenty Six opened a full kitchen in February 2017, hoping to change that. Today, the cocktail bar and restaurant announced a monthly dinner series, "Dinner with Friends," that will raise money for World Central Kitchen, the nonprofit run by famed chef José Andrés. It also gives chef Carrie Schleiffer free rein to concoct a menu inspired by monthly guests who are making a mark on the national cocktail scene. On January 29, Alley Twenty Six hosts Bob Peters of the Punch Room at the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte,...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Monday, January 8, 2018

Amuse-bouche: Jack Tar and The Colonel's Daughter Serves an Upscale Diner Menu From Morning to Midnight

Posted By on Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 12:51 PM

"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. Jack Tar and the Colonel’s Daughter 202 Corcoran Street, Durham Facebook page What defines a diner? An around-the-clock menu, counter and booth seating, or snappy kiss-my-grits service? Jack Tar and the Colonel’s Daughter—commonly known as the Jack Tar Diner—takes fine-dining food and puts it into an available-all-day format, delivering a downtown neighborhood restaurant that’s both friendly and upscale. The newest entry on the ground floor of...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Thursday, January 4, 2018

East Durham Pie Company Announces Plan to Be a Full-Fledged Bake Shop

Posted By on Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 5:56 PM

The freezing temperatures have thrown an unexpected wrench into Ali Rudel’s plans to open her long-awaited pie shop in East Durham. But that doesn’t stop her from being optimistic. She started 2018 announcing a surprise on Instagram: “New year, new shop, new name!” she wrote. What was known to local pie fans and Kickstarter supporters as the East Durham Pie Company will open its doors as the East Durham Bake Shop within the next couple of weeks. And with the name change comes the pleasant prospect of all sorts of baked goods. “The intention was always to expand our...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Friday, December 29, 2017

Neomonde Breaks Ground at New Durham Location

Posted By on Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 4:48 PM

Yesterday, Neomonde officially began construction at its first Durham location right underneath the Unscripted Hotel downtown. Growing up in the family business, Chris Saleh, Neomonde’s vice president of retail, says he’s excited about the latest iteration of the deli and bakery. “This one’s my baby,” he says. If all goes according to plan, the newest Neomonde could open by early April. It’s smaller than the other shops (located in Raleigh and Morrisville) at just three thousand square feet. Which means there won’t be a market, but there will be a pita bread oven with packages of pita for sale...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Public Service Announcement: You Can’t Load Up on Booze on New Year’s Eve, Because North Carolina’s Liquor Laws Are Dumb

Posted By on Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 3:22 PM

Hosting a New Year’s Eve party this year? If you plan on serving cocktails, plan ahead. January 1 falls on a Monday, which means New Year’s Eve takes place on Sunday—and under an anachronistic state law passed in 1981, “No ABC store shall be open, and no ABC store employee shall sell alcoholic beverages, on any Sunday, New Year's Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, or Christmas Day.” You will, however, be able to purchase champagne (as well as other beer and wine) from retailers starting at noon on Sunday, which makes North Carolina’s laws less asinine than...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Amuse-bouche: Saltbox Seafood Joint Opens Its Second Durham Outpost

Posted By on Wed, Dec 27, 2017 at 1:05 PM

"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. Saltbox Seafood Joint 2637 Durham Chapel Hill Boulevard, Durham www.saltboxseafoodjoint.com We've patiently awaited the opening of Saltbox Seafood Joint's second location since news broke in February. (And since I can walk there from my house, I've been waiting much more impatiently.) A surge of seafood restaurants opened this year, but Ricky Moore was among the first to make coastal fare accessible to a more landlocked audience here...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

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,...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

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...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

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,...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

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...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

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...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

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...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

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...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

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...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

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...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

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...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

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...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

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...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

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,...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

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. ...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

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...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

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...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

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...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Calendar



Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

Serious question - is this paid copy by redbull? or did your writer just publish their PR copy?

by durhamconcern on Not Just for Club Kids: Red Bull’s New Sodas Make for Surprisingly Good Cocktail Mixers (Food)

Thank you for the article info about recipes when Cuba is in the western hemisphere to develop an authentic multicultural …

by Jinnan on Owners of Old Havana Are Back with COPA, America's First Farm-to-Table Cuban Restaurant (Food)

Why doesnt this article say where this restaurant is located?

by Michael J. Bruno on Owners of Old Havana Are Back with COPA, America's First Farm-to-Table Cuban Restaurant (Food)

Thanks to The Durham Originals for creating the gorgeous poster and t-shirt for the 2018 Bull City Vegan Challenge!

by bullcityvegan on Ten Meat-Centric Durham Restaurants Will Participate in the Bull City Vegan Challenge in April (Food)

No matter what anyone wants to think, you can't grow a business. You can grow a carrot. You can grow …

by Ron Asher on Scratch Announces It Will Close Its Original Downtown Location End of February (Food)

Comments

Serious question - is this paid copy by redbull? or did your writer just publish their PR copy?

by durhamconcern on Not Just for Club Kids: Red Bull’s New Sodas Make for Surprisingly Good Cocktail Mixers (Food)

Thank you for the article info about recipes when Cuba is in the western hemisphere to develop an authentic multicultural …

by Jinnan on Owners of Old Havana Are Back with COPA, America's First Farm-to-Table Cuban Restaurant (Food)

Most Read

© 2018 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation