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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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Friday, December 29, 2017

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...

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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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