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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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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, 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, 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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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, July 26, 2016

Chef James Clark Leaves Crossroads, Kickstarts Campaign to Open Postal Fish Company Next Year

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 3:13 PM

Customers in the elegant dining room of Crossroads at The Carolina Inn may not have noticed anything out of the ordinary lately. But Chef James Clark isn’t running the kitchen of the landmark dining institution in Chapel Hill these days. In late June, Clark ended his nearly four-year tenure as executive chef. That same day he announced that he would leave to open his own eatery, Postal Fish Company, in Pittsboro in 2017. (Tentative plans are to refurbish the vacant post office off Hillsboro Street.) Executive sous chef Bill Hartley, who started working with Clark nine years ago in Myrtle...

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Drink This Now (Well, Tomorrow): Crank Arm Brewing’s BMX, a Powerhouse Limited-Release Barleywine

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 4:40 PM

To my mind, there are few styles of beer more versatile than barleywine. The European-style versions are often sweet in that malt-heavy way and boozy, dark, and complex, almost approaching old ales. The American take on it, meanwhile, is traditionally more hop-centric and bitter (sort of like a better-balanced double IPA) and often paler, with subtle sweetness. See Dogfish Head’s excellent Olde School Barleywine, one of my favorites of the genre. It is decidedly into the latter category that BMX, a barrel-aged barleywine that will be released by Raleigh's Crank Arm tomorrow, falls. In fact, the beer is reminiscent of Sam Calagione’s...

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

No, WTVD, restaurants aren't closing because of changing Raleigh ordinances

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 3:17 PM

Last night, Raleigh television station WTVD 11 published a story lamenting the rash of restaurant-and-bar closings in downtown Raleigh of late. Fair enough—I’ll miss The Borough, too. But reporter Anna Laurel—with help from the story’s only quoted source, Shop Local Raleigh director Jennifer Martin—stepped beyond mere eulogy to suggest that these closures stem from new Raleigh DrunkTown-related ordinances concerning noise, parking and public alcohol consumption. And while those issues will require adjustments from current and future downtown bars and restaurants, none of the businesses she’s lamenting closed for any of those reasons at all. Not one! In her fearmongering report,...

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Farmworker groups welcome governor's 'Farm Safety and Health Week' with caution

Posted By on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Photo by Jonathan Mendez, youth farmworker and photographer. A child working in a North Carolina field. Governor Pat McCrory issued an official proclamation declaring Sept. 16–20 Farm Safety and Health Week. Agriculture and agribusiness combined are a top industry in North Carolina, providing more than $77 billion in revenue with $14.9 billion directly coming from farm production, according to the governor’s statement. The governor’s proclamation came at the urging of the Agromedicine Institute. The institute is a partly state-funded, nonprofit research facility at East Carolina University that works in conjunction with North Carolina State University and North Carolina Agriculture and...

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Ari Berenbaum buys Ninth Street Bakery

Posted By on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Durham's Ninth Street Bakery was officially acquired today by baker Ari Berenbaum. Ninth Street Bakery was originally founded by four partners in 1981. Among them, owner Frank Ferrell, who, along with his family, operates the bakery at its current 136 E. Chapel Hill St. location. "We are all extremely excited about this opportunity," Berenbaum tells the INDY. "The Ferrell family has been very kind to us in allowing us to take up their mantelpiece. We look forward to carrying on the Ninth Street tradition—in effect, to modernize a brand while retaining its integrity." Berenbaum previously served as the bakery's head...

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Biker Bar NC in Durham launches this fall

Posted By on Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Pub crawls, food tours, a rolling party, a night of gallivanting: Downtown restaurateurs and entrepreneurs Seth Gross and Martha Philpott King are launching Biker Bar NC, a 14-seat human-powered bicycle with riders facing one another around a center bar area while a bike captain steers, brakes and provides a guided tour along your route. The bar route begins and ends at Bull City Burger and Brewery, 107 E. Parrish St. You supply the beer or wine (none of the hard stuff, though) and the Biker Bar provides the driver. Prices and policies are on the bar's FAQ page. Raleigh has...

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Monday, July 15, 2013

The Roxy in Durham to close, reopen as Triangle Pint and Plate

Posted By on Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 9:25 AM

"I tried but I could not find a way ... " So sang Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry on "Remake/Remodel" from the band's 1972 album. In that spirit, we say adios to The Roxy, an upscale bar on West Main Street near the Brightleaf District, closed Saturday night, shortly after it had gone on a two-week hiatus for summer vacation. The owners announced the closing on The Roxy's Facebook page, noting that within the next six weeks the establishment will become Triangle Pint and Plate, with help from new partners at the Triangle Brewing Company. The Roxy opened two years ago,...

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Chef Ashley Christensen working on first book

Posted By on Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Ashley Christensen pre-ordered a copy of Smoke & Pickles, a book by her friend Edward Lee, so she could be among the first to read it. “You’re immediately engaged based on what a great storyteller he is,” Christensen says of Lee, who she met a few years ago through the Southern Foodways Alliance. “He’s a brilliant writer. His food is beautiful, thoughtful and bold. Those are things that, in combination, create something very special.” Christensen said she was struck by Lee’s honesty in sharing so many personal stories and how they shaped him as a chef. “As chefs and restaurateurs,...

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Chapel Hill paves the way for more food trucks

Posted By on Tue, May 14, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Good news for foodies in the Triangle: Chapel Hill's Town Council has cut fees and amended rules to make the town more food truck friendly. With new policies, the council hopes more food trucks will come find their home on the hill. Currently only one food truck—Baguettaboutit, which sells North Carolina-made sausage tucked in French baguettes—is approved to sell in Chapel Hill. This likely will change after Monday night’s meeting, at which council members unanimously agreed to reduce the annual regulatory fee for food trucks from $600 to $200. They also approved measures allowing trucks to provide catering services and...

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Monday, May 13, 2013

INDY's Jill Warren Lucas to participate in NYT Recipe Lab

Posted By on Mon, May 13, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Jill Warren Lucas, who writes about food for INDY Week and her blog Eating My Words, is the only home cook in the South invited to join The New York Times' Julia Moskin for an online chat as part of the Recipe Lab series. The event will be streamed live Wednesday, May 15, at 8 p.m. It focuses on a specific recipe in the new cookbook The Way to Fry by Norman King, a lifelong Southerner and Test Kitchen pro at Southern Living magazine. Lucas also is managing editor of Philanthropy Journal, a program of the Institute for Nonprofits at...

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bar Lusconi opens in downtown Durham

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Among a string of historic storefronts on Durham's East Main Street—torn down and rebuilt during the Prohibition era—the new Bar Lusconi is luring modern drinkers into a new era of beer and wine. Narrowly tucked into 117B E. Main St., Bar Lusconi presented a thriving and casual soft opening last night. It is the second bar by Timothy Neill and Jesse Gerstl, owners of the slick, unmarked speakeasy, Peccadillo, in Carrboro, which opened less than two years ago. With a well-curated repertoire of international beer and wine, Neill aims to "get the best beer and wine possible," paying close attention...

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A sneak peek at The Pit's new location in Durham

Posted By on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 1:57 PM

The best barbecue joints often boast piles: a cord of wood, visible by the side of the restaurant; a heap of slaw, ready to cool pepper-spiked pork; a mess of banana pudding, to finish things off. At yesterday's private viewing of The Pit, a barbecue restaurant scheduled to open this July at Durham's former 7UP bottling plant, the piles were different. Old sinks, toilets and pipes filled one side of the warehouse in the Central Park district. Computer monitors were stacked in another, and a 7UP vending machine peeked from behind an oversized board. But among all the mess...

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Yum, Durham is the tastiest, says Southern Living

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM

If you work in tourism or the food business in Durham, the phones may have already started ringing. Durham was named the Tastiest Town in the South by Southern Living , which announced the winner of the contest this morning. Those getting Southern Living love: Fullsteam, Geer Street Garden, Scratch Bakery, Counter Culture Coffee, Nana's, Cocoa Cinnamon and Monuts Donuts, Pizzeria Toro and Mateo Tapas. Now, if the Bull City could only make a decent bagel....

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Top of the Hill beers, spirits take top honors

Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Good timing: Three days before Top of the Hill’s TOPO Piedmont Gin debuts on Sunday, the company has announced its brewery and distillery won a total of four medals in beer and spirits competitions this week. The Chapel Hill brewery won two platinum medals for its Rams Head IPA and Singleton Ale at the World Beer Championships in Chicago. The distillery’s vodka and Carolina whiskey earned silver medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Sixty-three countries and 1,407 spirits competed for honors. TOPO beers are available only at the brewery. The spirits are available in ABC stores and bars...

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Monday, January 21, 2013

3Cups in Chapel Hill closing Feb. 2

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 3:32 PM

3Cups, a popular purveyor of wine, beer coffee and tea, is closing on Saturday, Feb. 2, owner Lex Alexander announced today. In a blog post on the eatery's website, Alexander said the "business model is no longer financially sustainable." The business at 227 S. Elliott Road has been open for eight years....

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Durham in the running for Southern Living's Best Food Destination

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Durham, we’re at it again, making national headlines with our hard work and pride in local cuisine. Southern Living Magazine just named Durham one of the Tastiest Towns in the South in 2013. I’ll bet you a steaming Watts Grocery grits bowl, a glazed Monut and an Old Havana pork sandwich (pulled and pressed just right) that most of us saw this coming. Sam Poley, longtime chef and now director of the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau, praised the city’s food scene in an official statement: "Durham's food scene is on par with the best in the nation. Chefs here...

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Wilmoore Cafe sold to Ashley Christensen

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 10:57 AM

The Wilmoore Cafe in downtown Raleigh is being sold to chef Ashley Christensen. David Fowle, who co-owns the Wilmoore, confirmed the deal. The eatery will close temporarily on Jan. 18 and remain shuttered until Christensen re-opens it. Fowle said daytime business at the South Wilmington Street restaurant has increased as much as 40 percent each month. Although the Wilmoore is open three nights a week, business at that time is slow. "I don't have the energy to do nights," Fowle said. The Wilmoore will be fifth local venture for Christensen, who is the culinary mastermind behind Poole's Downtown Diner, Chuck's,...

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Was it something we said? Bella Mia being sold

Posted By on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 3:43 PM

We've featured them on the cover of INDY Week. We've lauded them as having some of the best pizza in the Triangle—David Ross called Bella Mia "a tireless exemplar of rigor and integrity"—the Mercedes Benz of pizzas. And now we regret to inform you that Bella Mia in Cary is being sold. The News & Observer is reporting that Dec. 22 is the last day the current owners will operate the Cary eatery. New owners are being trained but it is uncertain when Bella Mia will reopen....

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Jonathan Bonchak, Michael Harwood take top barista honors

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Michael Harwood of Caffe Driade in Chapel Hill and Carrboro Coffee Roasters is one won two awards in the Southeast Regional Barista Championship, held in Atlanta earlier this month. Jonathan Bonchak of Durham's Counter Culture Coffee, won top honors in the Brewer's Cup. Harwood, the 2010 champ, finished second in the Brewers Cup Competition and third overall. This is the second consecutive year he has placed in the top three. He advances to the national competition in Boston in April. The Specialty Coffee Association of America sponsored the contest....

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