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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The stunner and the sausage biscuit: Temple Grandin at the Carolina Meat Conference

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Temple Grandin doesn't like the phrase "harvest plant." It is a livestock-industry euphemism for a slaughter floor, where animals are killed for food. "I think that's absolute B.S.," said Grandin, who has redesigned livestock handling facilities. "That's the kind of stuff that the P.R. people make up, and I'm just not gonna do that. That's just ridiculous. I'm gonna use the S-word." The S word is "slaughter"—the topic and process on which Grandin has spent her career—but it could have been "straight talk," because that's what Grandin gave in her keynote speech during a nose-to-tail pork dinner here Monday night....

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sixth annual Empty Bowls benefit for Urban Ministries

Posted By on Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 11:57 AM

The sixth annual Empty Bowls benefit for Urban Ministries of Durham is today from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Durham Armory. Eleven restaurants are providing soup for the event and soup contest, including Thrills from the Grill and Mad Hatter Cafe and Bakeshop. There will also be bread and donated desserts. This year, Empty Bowls' first after-party will take place at Fullsteam brewery, with area food trucks donating 10 percent of their profits. Ticket prices to the Armory are $15 for a meal only and $30 for a meal and handcrafted bowl. Children six and under eat free. UMD...

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Day 1 of Shared Tables Symposium poses bold challenge

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 8:02 PM

A food symposium runs the risk of becoming a mawkish gathering of foodie intelligentsia basking in the glow of the locavore's paradise that is here in Durham and Chapel Hill. Except on the first day of Shared Tables: A Triangle Symposium on Global and Local Food Studies, sitting in UNC-Chapel Hill's Hyde Hall listening to a lecture on food and fuel, I heard this from a professor on the distinguished panel: "We have a food system that sucks." And then I heard it again, coming from the moderator. These people are serious. The bold approach to food issues began around...

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Meatless Mondays as a New Year's resolution

Posted By on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 8:00 AM

If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution that’s simpler and less taxing than sweating on the elliptical machine, pledge to go meatless each Monday in 2012. The Meatless Monday Pledge-olution was created by Eleni Vlachos, who co-organized last year’s Bull City Vegan Challenge and hosts the annual Vegan Thanksgiving Record Party. “We want to do it in a fun way,” she said. “And harness the power of new years and resolutions. And address reasons why resolutions fail.” Our best intentions fail because we take on too much—thus the one-day-a-week pledge—and we keep them private. Peer pressure has its benefits....

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Prep

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 9:58 AM

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Chefs share farm-to-table philosophy at CFSA Sustainable Agriculture Conference

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Rex MillerFile photo of Chapel Hill's Lantern Restaurant, 2007A group of Southern agriculture enthusiasts—advocates, if you will—descended upon Durham this past weekend for Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s 26th annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference. The Pittsboro-based nonprofit advocates for and helps create sustainable food systems within the Carolinas. What sort of folks spend three days in back-to-back ag-focused workshops, lectures and tours? I ran into the usual suspects from last year’s conference held in Winston-Salem: organic farmers, chefs, policy analysts and agro-ecology professors. But this year, fittingly enough for our area, CFSA added a separate category to the list of Horticulture, Livestock...

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

"BURLAP: Portraits of Piedmont Farmers" at Bull City Arts Collaborative and Piedmont restaurant

Posted By on Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 8:06 AM

On a recent afternoon at Durham’s Piedmont restaurant, I noticed a towering version of a familiar face. George O’Neal, the somewhat proverbial young farmer of Lil’ Farm, was suspended from the ceiling in the form of a powerful and serious 16-inch-by-24-inch rectangular photograph. His image is part of a row of 15 portraits using local farmers and farmhands as the subjects. The collection is titled BURLAP. Portraits of Piedmont Farmers, the latest exhibit by Raleigh photographer Raymond Goodman. Bull City Arts Collaborative at 401-B1 Foster St. opens the exhibit on Nov. 12, extending the display to the back wall of...

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Capital 16 Club celebrates Game Week, as in wild game, not Twister

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 3:13 PM

"The Meat Stall" by Pieter Aertsen, 1551 After a long election season, nothing satisfies a politico's hunger like a big slab of wild boar and a napkin the size of a head sail. Tonight Capital 16 Club in Raleigh launches Game Week, when the menu features food you hunt in the woods or fields—as opposed to raising on farms—including wild boar, rabbit, venison and pheasant. Game Week runs through Saturday, Nov. 12. According to the eatery's newsletter, the menu "spans from rustic, earthy recipes to those inspired by meals served at the grand restaurants of the early 19th and 20th...

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

On Cloud Wine: Book signing and Burgundy tasting Tuesday

Posted By on Sun, Nov 6, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Photo: Vintage '59 ImportsWho knew that the genre Memoirs By American Wine Importers would vie for its own Dewey Decimal point? Following in the footsteps, physically and literarily, of trailblazer Kermit Lynch's Adventures on the Wine Route (1988), and then, much later, Neal Rosenthal's Reflections of a Wine Merchant (2008)—Lynch and Rosenthal were onetime partners, later competitors—along comes Roy Cloud and his To Burgundy and Back Again (Lyons Press, 216 pp.). Cloud is the founder and President of Vintage '59 Imports, which, like Lynch's and Rosenthal's outfits, specializes in small-production, grower-made, predominantly French wine "whose common thread is a respect...

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Tonight: Visiting Chef/Writer Tamar Adler in Five Points, Raleigh

Posted By on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 10:39 AM

This evening from 7-9:30 p.m., meet Brooklyn-based chef Tamar Adler on the occasion of her new book, An Everlasting Meal, inspired by M.F.K. Fisher's classic How to Cook a Wolf. Tonight is Adler's only North Carolina appearance. This is a book launch party like you may never have seen before: The event will take place on the patio at the former Bickett Market in Raleigh's Five Points. Expect bluegrass and old-time music; sausages on the grill; sides by the new Pullen Place Cafe; beer tastings from super-local Sub-Rosa; wine poured by the Raleigh Wine Shop; and a whole lot of...

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 11

Posted By on Sun, Oct 23, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Emily WallaceFinal post in a series of drawings to coincide with the North Carolina State Fair (October 13-23)....

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 10

Posted By on Sat, Oct 22, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Emily WallaceTenth post in a series of drawings to coincide with the North Carolina State Fair (October 13-23)....

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Meet-and-Three: St. Paul's State Fair Restaurant

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Judy Caves arrives at 6:30 a.m. each day of the North Carolina State Fair to make biscuits for St. Paul's.Judy Caves has worked through 100 pounds of flour in two hours. “It’s been really busy,” she says. It looks like things will continue that way. The tables are packed at a restaurant operated by St. Paul’s Christian Church at the North Carolina State Fair, and a line continues to grow. Across from the Raleigh church's spot in a permanent building that’s in an area known as restaurant row, vendors sell deep-fried candy bars and cotton candy. But it’s no frills...

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N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 9

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Emily WallaceNinth post in a series of drawings to coincide with the North Carolina State Fair (October 13-23)....

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 8

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Emily WallaceEigth post in a series of drawings to coincide with the North Carolina State Fair (October 13-23)....

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 6

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 9:41 AM

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Monday, October 17, 2011

N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 5

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Emily WallaceFifth post in a series of drawings to coincide with the North Carolina State Fair (October 13-23)....

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 4

Posted By on Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Emily WallaceFourth post in a series of drawings to coincide with the North Carolina State Fair (October 13-23)....

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 3

Posted By on Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Emily WallaceThird post in a series of drawings to coincide with the North Carolina State Fair (October 13-23)....

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Friday, October 14, 2011

N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 2

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Emily WallaceSecond post in a daily series of drawings to coincide with the North Carolina State Fair (October 13-23)....

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

N.C. State Fair Illustrated: Day 1

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Emily WallaceFirst post in a daily series of drawings to coincide with the North Carolina State Fair (October 13-23)....

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Recipes With Refugees launches Thursday with Iraqi cooking class

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 5:41 PM

In a food scene peppered with ethnic cuisine, Church World Service now offers people an opportunity to learn how to cook directly from natives, while giving refugee cooks a chance to share their culture in Durham. Recipe with Refugees launches Thursday with an Iraqi cooking class led by Donia Khalas, a wife and mother of two who fled Baghdad less than two years ago. The class is hosted by Church World Service, a nonprofit aiding immigrants and refugees, and Durham Spirits Co., a food and beverage company that regularly hosts cooking classes. Khalas will make biryani (a traditional Iraqi dish...

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Jim Anile to open L'Uva at American Tobacco

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Jim Anile, chef and owner of Durham's Revolution, has a new venture planned for the former space of Cafe Zen (410 Blackwell St., Durham) at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham. L'Uva, an Italian restaurant and wine bar, is set to open in July, after Independence Day. "I don't want to be there before July 4," he explains, alluding to American Tobacco's holiday baseball crowds. "I don't want to get off on those sort of feet." Anile says the restaurant will feature "simple, straightforward Italian food, all handmade." Weekly menu changes that incorporate fresh, local options will be announced regularly...

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dillard's Bar-B-Q: Back in Moderation

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 8:17 PM

There is a way back into Dillard's Bar-B-Q: host an event. The Durham restaurant, which closed in March after nearly 60 years in business, recently announced that it will open its doors for special occasions. "If someone wants to hold an event in the restaurant, we'll rent the restaurant out," says Wilma Dillard, who ran her family's business until it closed last month due to an uncertain economy. As for the new use of the former dining space, Dillard explains, "The building is still ours and it felt wrong to put someone else in it. I don't know how...

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Dillard's Bar-B-Q Closes Its Doors

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 8:40 PM

On the serving line at Dillard’s Bar-B-Q this evening, a hand scrawled sign hung in sad irony: “New Item . . . Diced Potatoes.” The Durham restaurant, a staple since 1953, served its final customers today—or, at least it tried. Twenty minutes after the restaurant was scheduled to close at 5:30 p.m., Kim Walker, a longtime customer who volunteered to help on the final day, called a winding line of customers’ to attention. “We don’t think we’re going to have enough food for everyone left in line,” she told the crowd. “But that’s just a testament that you’ve been...

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