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Friday, August 17, 2018

Friday Night Bites: Durham Food Hall Reveals Vendors, Slingshot Slings New Coffee Sodas, Tacopalooza Takes Over

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2018 at 3:55 PM

Welcome to Friday Night Bites, your weekly roundup of local food and drink news and events. Have a tip for us? Email food@indyweek.com. NEWS Slingshot Coffee Co. Launches Coffee Sodas Raleigh's Slingshot Coffee Co. announced the opening of a new thirteen-thousand-square-foot production facility in downtown Raleigh's Anchorlight complex, and with it, the roll-out of its new line of coffee sodas. The black cherry cola and citrus vanilla cream flavors were inspired by co-owners Jenny and Jonathan Bonchak's favorite fountain drinks. Each is crafted using certified organic and Kosher, directly traded coffee, sweetened with fruit juice and natural cane sugar. Slingshot...

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Yo Quiero WTF: Raleigh’s New Taco Bell Cantina Doesn’t Suck as Bad as You Think

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2018 at 2:18 PM

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, they put frosé and margaritas on the menu. Oh, and draft beer, too. I’ll now need to defend myself less when I argue that Taco Bell is the best fast-food restaurant—at least the Raleigh location that opened earlier this week. Located in a convenient section of Hillsborough Street near N.C. State—best believe they know the target demo—Taco Bell Cantina is the first Taco Bell of its kind in North Carolina. You’ve got outdoor tables, indoor booths, and bar stools. There are flatscreen TVs on which to catch the game, or you...

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Friday Night Bites: PopUp @ American Tobacco Campus, Hummingbird's Coleen Speaks Wins BevCon Contest, TerraVita Welcomes Chef Carla Hall, and More

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 11:41 AM

Welcome to Friday Night Bites, your weekly roundup of local food and drink news and events. Have a tip for us? Email food@indyweek.com. NEWS Coffee Roaster Caballo Rojo Kicks Off PopUp @ American Tobacco Campus Artisan coffee roaster Caballo Rojo is set to be the inaugural tenant of PopUp @ American Tobacco Campus, selling pour overs, cold brew, drip coffee, and bags of freshly roasted coffee from August 20 to 31. PopUp will feature a rotating showcase of new small businesses, aiming to help entrepreneurs get on their feet and fulfill Durham’s role as “The Startup Hub of the...

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Friday Night Bites: The Lakewood and Scratch are Suddenly Closing, Cucciolo Osteria Is Opening, Saltbox Lands on Taste of the South's Hot List, and More

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 4:20 PM

Welcome to Friday Night Bites, your weekly roundup of local food and drink news and events. Have a tip for us? Email food@indyweek.com. NEWS Today, chef Phoebe Lawless broke the news on Instagram that both The Lakewood restaurant and Scratch bakery will cease operation after this weekend. The surprise closure of the two establishments, which opened in the Lakewood area last year, follows the closure of the original Scratch downtown earlier this year, removing Lawless's significant thumbprint from the Triangle food scene entirely. "It's with great sadness that I let you know that this Sunday will be our last day...

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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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Friday, July 20, 2018

Friday Night Bites: TerraVita Food & Drink Festival, Hummingbird's Heirloom Tomato Dinner, Taste of Soul NC, and More

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 4:06 PM

Welcome to Friday Night Bites, your weekly roundup of local food and drink news and events. Have a tip for us? Email food@indyweek.com. NEWS Sean Umstead Advances to Bedlam Vodka Cocktail Competition Quarterfinals Sean Umstead—owner of craft cocktail bar Kingfisher, which is set to open this fall in downtown Durham—is a quarterfinalist in BAR FIGHT!, Bedlam Vodka's first ever cocktail competition. Umstead plans to use North Carolina-sourced produce as the core of Kingfisher's trademark cocktails, and he's applying the same practice to the BAR FIGHT! competition; his latest creation, "Under The Big Top," combines Bedlam Vodka with a simple...

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday Night Bites: Al's Burger Shack Voted Best Burger in America, PickleFest 2018, the Whiskey Kitchen Supper Club, and More

Posted By on Fri, Jul 13, 2018 at 2:32 PM

Welcome to Friday Night Bites, your weekly roundup of local food and drink news and events. Have a tip for us? Email food@indyweek.com. NEWS Morgan Street Food Hall to Open This August A sprawling European-style food hall—basically, an upscale food court—is finally making its way to the Triangle. With more than twenty different restaurant and retail vendors, a full bar, and abundant indoor and outdoor seating, Morgan Street Food Hall will open in Raleigh in August. There will be fried seafood at Oak City Fish & Chips (calamari, scallops, mussels, shrimp, and more), indulgent stuffed strawberries at Fancy Berries...

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Friday Night Bites: Scott Crawford’s Jolie, Christopher Prieto on the Food Network, and Other Food News You Need to Know This Week

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 2:44 PM

Welcome to Friday Night Bites, your weekly roundup of local food and drink news and events. Have a tip for us? Email food@indyweek.com. NEWS Chef Scott Crawford Announces Second RestaurantChef Scott Crawford announced plans to open his second restaurant, Jolie, a French bistro named after his daughter. The restaurant is slated to open this fall and will be located next door to his first restaurant, Crawford and Son, in Raleigh. Chef Teddy Diggs Announces His First Solo Restaurant Teddy Diggs, who served as the executive chef at Il Palio for five years, is striking out on his own with a...

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Chef Teddy Diggs Will Open His First Solo Restaurant, Coronato, a Roman-Style Pizzeria

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 3:04 PM

Chef Teddy Diggs, most recently the executive chef at Chapel Hill Italian restaurant Il Palio, announced plans to open his first restaurant, Coronato, in early 2019, most likely in Chapel Hill. The news comes on the heels of the announcement that chef Adam Rose will return to Il Palio as its executive chef. Coronato will be a Roman-style pizzeria serving pies that are characterized by their cracker-thin crust, alongside trattoria- and street-food-inspired snacks and antipasti. "There’s a lot of different pizzas in the world, and in Italy," Diggs says. "I've been to Rome a few times and I keep going...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Chef Scott Crawford to Open a Second Restaurant, a French Bistro Named After His Daughter, Jolie

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 2:03 PM

Chef Scott Crawford announced today that he will open his second restaurant, Jolie, this fall, next door to his first restaurant, Crawford and Son. The concept for Jolie, which is named after Crawford's daughter and means "pretty" in French, will be modeled on the classic Parisian bistro. To help bring the cozy-French-neighborhood-restaurant concept to life, Crawford and his family traveled to Paris, where they gleaned inspiration for the decor, menu, and ambiance. “It’s always been part of our plan to bring this iconic restaurant experience to Raleigh," Crawford said in a press release. "We’re excited because we believe this classic French...

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday Night Bites

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 5:47 PM

Welcome to Friday Night Bites, your weekly round-up of  local food and drink news and events. Have a tip for us? Email food@indyweek.com. NEWS Il Palio Welcomes Back Executive Chef Adam Rose Adam Rose, who served as Il Palio's executive chef from 2007 to 2013, will once again lead dining operations at the Chapel Hill Italian restaurant beginning July 1. Current executive chef Teddy Diggs plans to open his own restaurant focusing on Roman pizza and fried snacks. Kaiju Bowl & Bao Will Open July 6 Kaiju Bowl & Bao announced on Instagram that they will open for lunch on...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Where to Watch the World Cup and a Day-Drinking Primer

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 1:48 PM

Day drinking is one of life’s great joys. To drink in the morning is to surrender your time to leisure. To drink before noon is to enjoy a day of complete apathy; once your feet begin to feel a bit lighter in their shoes, the rest of the afternoon and a considerable part of the evening has already been spoken for. Which is why, even though team U.S.A won’t see any World Cup action until at least 2022, it’s exciting that the World Cup is not only upon us but is going down in a place so far removed...

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Taste the Rainbow: lucettegrace Brings Back the Gay Bar for Out! Raleigh to Raise Money for the LGBT Center of Raleigh

Posted By on Thu, May 3, 2018 at 10:38 AM

Lucettegrace has earned a reputation for its whimsical and meticulously crafted pastries, and while you can find macarons in every hue of the rainbow year-round, every year, pastry chef-owner Daniel Benjamin creates a special rainbow-inspired treat for Out! Raleigh. The annual event, taking place this Saturday, May 5, celebrates the LGBT community and raises funds to support the LGBT Center of Raleigh. This year, lucettegrace is bringing back the Gay Bar, which features its perennially popular candy bar cake (and one of Benjamin’s personal favorites), in which the almond brown butter cake, layered with crushed wafers and milk chocolate, hazelnut...

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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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Monday, April 2, 2018

Red Bull Launches New Line Almost Exclusively in N.C. It's Not What You Were Expecting.

Posted By on Mon, Apr 2, 2018 at 12:43 PM

Red Bull has chosen North Carolina as the testing ground for a new line of drinks. But unlike its trademark product, they don’t purport to give you wings. Instead, Organics by Red Bull, which features four organic premium soda flavors, takes a decidedly toned-down approach. Out of four new options—Simply Cola, Bitter Lemon, Ginger Ale, and Tonic Water—the cola is the only one that contains caffeine, and it’s only a small amount, similar to other colas on the market. A Red Bull, on the other hand, contains roughly the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. Red Bull...

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Come Drink Glitter Beer and Watch Stormy Daniels Talk About Donald Trump’s, Er, Manhood at Durty Bull Sunday Night

Posted By on Sat, Mar 24, 2018 at 6:20 PM

Glitter beer is a gimmick, and Matt Pennisi doesn’t normally do gimmicks. His Durty Bull Brewing Company, whose brewery opened a year and a half in downtown Durham, is known for its IPAs and funky, inventive sours. Make a beer sparkle with edible glitter is the sort of thing brewers do to get attention; he and his colleagues had only joked about it—wouldn’t it be funny if … They never actually considered doing it, not for real. It’s not that kind of brewery. But then he heard that porn star Stormy Daniels was giving an interview to 60 Minutes on Sunday...

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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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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Locals Ashley Christensen, Vivian Howard, Sean Lilly Wilson, Cheetie Kumar, Gabe Barker, Brewery Bhavana Among Semifinalists for James Beard Awards

Posted By on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 12:18 PM

Today, the James Beard Foundation released its list of semifinalists for its prestigious Best Chef and Restaurant categories. Several Tar Heels, including notable chefs Ashley Christensen (Poole’s), Vivian Howard (Chef & the Farmer), Cheetie Kumar (Garland), Gabe Barker (Pizzeria Mercato), and Fullsteam brewer Sean Lilly Wilson, made the cut, as did Brewery Bhavana in the Best New Restaurant category. Christensen is a semifinalist for Outstanding Chef, Howard and Kumar are both included in the Best Chef: Southeast category, Barker is a semifinalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year, and Wilson is nominated for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional. These six comprise...

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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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