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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Hurricane Florence Stress Eating: Scott Howell's DeeLuxe Chicken Opens Today

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 3:04 PM

My vow to eat light at DeeLuxe Chicken’s media preview on Monday immediately flew the coop once baskets of fried chicken and fish platters paraded from the kitchen. I love fried chicken, and with weather forecasts of "cones of uncertainty," I bee-lined to the counter to get my comfort-food fill. A platter of “Mighty Fine” fried chicken plus two sides, including spicy Asian cucumbers and Velveeta mac and cheese, fit the bill nicely. DeeLuxe Chicken (1116 Broad Street, Durham) is the latest restaurant from Scott Howell, who recently closed his beloved Durham fine dining restaurant Nana's. Howell and his business...

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Make This: Durham Distillery's French 75 in the Garden Cocktail

Posted By on Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Best served ice cold, the French 75 is a classic cocktail that is perfect for the late summer. We call this one the "French 75 in the Garden" because its ingredients are an homage to the fresh flavors of summer. Using our garden-to-glass Cold Distilled Cucumber Vodka (best kept in the freezer for optimum enjoyment!), the crisp, refreshing flavors are sure to cool you down. Makes one cocktail 2 basil leaves 1 tsp sugar 1 lime wedge 1 lemon wedge 1.5 oz Durham Distillery Cold Distilled Cucumber Vodka 2.5 oz prosecco In a shaker, muddle 2 basil leaves with...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Lonerider Brewing Company Gets Ahead of the "Brew-Stillery" Trend by Launching Lonerider Spirits

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 3:46 PM

Raleigh's Lonerider Brewing Company announced the launch of its sister craft-spirits company, Lonerider Spirits, which will debut with a sherry-cask-aged bourbon in North Carolina this September. Rather than create its own distillery, Lonerider Spirits has tapped N.C. distillers to bring the company's vision—driven by Lonerider Spirits chairman Sumit Vohra (who is also Lonerider Brewing Company's founder and CEO) and president Chris Mielke—to life. The pair are self-described whiskey aficionados who felt the time was right to bring their craft-distilling dream to fruition. "The craft spirits industry is in its infancy, basically where the craft brewing industry was eight or...

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

At Cocoa Cinnamon, Breaking Bread & Borders Pop-Up Brings New Meaning to Independence Day

Posted By on Wed, Jul 4, 2018 at 9:31 AM

Inspired by the injustices happening at our borders, local cook and writer Gabrielle Eitienne has teamed up with Black Joy PopUp and Alerta Migratoria NC for Breaking Bread & Borders, a pop-up dinner with a mission to cultivate a safe, healing space to share stories and find solutions. The event will be held from six to eight this evening at Cocoa Cinnamon's Chapel Hill Street location. All proceeds will benefit Alerta Migratoria NC, which helps reconnect displaced migrant families. Eitienne was inspired to create the pop-up after seeing an Instagram post by her friend, Victoria Bouloubasis, a local journalist,...

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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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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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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, 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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Friday, February 2, 2018

By Late Summer, Bulldega Will Move to Prime Spot at One City Center

Posted By on Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 1:38 PM

Downtown Durham’s neighborhood (and gourmet) bodega is finally going to gain some more visibility. Bulldega Urban Market will move from its tucked-away spot across City Hall to the under-construction One City Center by mid-to-late summer. Owner Yvettte West says the Bulldega team is excited about the move. The new spot provides thirty-eight-hundred square feet of space (a generous jump from its current twenty-two-hundred-square-foot location). One City Center, at 110 Corcoran Street, is a twenty-seven-story condo and office tower currently under construction. And the fact that at least one local business is going into its ground-floor retail space—as opposed to...

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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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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, February 22, 2016

Saltbox Seafood Joint Burglarized by Spineless Shrimp

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 3:05 PM

There ought to exist a code among thieves stating that a place as charming and modest as the Saltbox Seafood Joint—a 200-square-foot pescatarian paradise on Durham's North Mangum Street—is off-limits. No looting, no stealing, no lifting. Alas, we do not live in such a world. Last Wednesday morning, Saltbox owner Ricky Moore arrived to find that his hut had been thoroughly burglarized.    "I came in at 8:30 a.m., and the shed in the back was open. A window was broken. They'd taken a Honda generator, which was top-of-the-line," Moore tells the INDY. "They also took a four-by-two-foot cooler of seafood—shucked...

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Thanks so much Ciranna! Martha is a superwoman... it was a pleasure having you at Dinner this year again!

by Wendy Perry on Behind the Scenes of the Fifth Annual Dinner in the Meadow Fundraiser (Food)

David. I went back and read the article. It was truly disgusting. It represents the worst of what identity politics …

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