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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Behind the Scenes of the Fifth Annual Dinner in the Meadow Fundraiser

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 4:36 PM

Shortly after I take a right off a two-lane country road, I find myself driving onto and parking atop a freshly mowed green meadow. As I approach the big white tents, Martha Mobley greets me with a hug. Mobley owns and operates the one-thousand-acre farm we are standing on, where she hosts her annual Dinner in the Meadow fundraiser event. Mobley works full-time for Franklin County as an agricultural extension agent, providing scientific advances and livestock-management guidance to area farmers. She also finds time to serve on several farm association boards and sell her vegetables, flowers, and pasture-raised beef, pork,...

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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, 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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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Sip for a Cause: The Triangle's Negroni Week Helps Fund a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis

Posted By on Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 12:17 PM

Surely you've encountered the Negroni by now. It's that moody, amber-hued beverage that turns heads, begging bar-goers to lean forward and ask, "What did they order?" It's the drink that's quietly taken over your Instagram feed in favor of frou frou cocktails, prompting you to Google the name. There's no better time to sate your curiosity—and your thirst—than now. The classic Italian aperitif, made with Campari—an Italian herbal liqueur—gin, and sweet vermouth, has a slightly bitter, citrus-tinged flavor profile that makes it perfect for summer sipping. The equal-parts cocktail also lends itself to endless interpretations, which are celebrated during...

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Where to Savor Our Favorites from the Got to Be NC Festival Year-Round

Posted By on Thu, May 24, 2018 at 10:31 AM

For one weekend each May, the N.C. State Fairgrounds becomes the happiest place on earth for fans of local food. From May 18-20, the fairgrounds were home to the annual Got to Be NC Festival, which celebrates the agricultural bounty that’s grown, caught, raised, and made in North Carolina and the imaginative, hard-working farmers, artisans, and others who create them. Ensconced in our sterile, wifi-enabled world, it’s sometimes hard to remember that North Carolina began as and continues to be one of the most agriculturally profitable and diverse states in the nation. According to N.C. State University's College of...

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Not Just for Club Kids: Red Bull’s New Sodas Make for Surprisingly Good Cocktail Mixers

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 4:14 PM

Partygoers, Red Bull fans, and media gathered at Whitaker & Atlantic last night to celebrate the launch of ORGANICS by Red Bull, a new line of organic sodas that made its stateside debut in the Triangle, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem, as well as San Diego. The caffeine-free sodas, all made with organic sugar and clocking in under one hundred calories, come in four flavors: Simply Cola, lightly carbonated and spicier than your average cola; Tonic Water, with lemon-lime flavors and a touch of herbal bitterness; Ginger Ale, a spicier, more grown-up take; and Bitter Lemon, full of citrus notes with an...

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Farm to Fork Announces Annual Picnic Feast to Give Emerging Farmers a Boost

Posted By on Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 3:59 PM

Farm to Fork's annual picnic pairs many of the area's best farmers and chefs for unique, collaborative bite-size dishes. This year, it's set for June 3 on the grounds of Fearrington Village in Pittsboro. The celebration of local food, considered by Bon Appetit to be "the country's best all-you-can-eat feast," brings together dozens of chefs, artisans, farmers, and beverage-makers for initiatives that provide support to emerging local farmers. According to the USDA Census of Agriculture, North Carolina lost almost 2,600 farms from 2007 to 2012. At a time when North Carolina's agriculture industry continues to decline, Farm to Fork provides...

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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, 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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Monday, October 9, 2017

Three Triangle Breweries Take Home Medals at the Great American Beer Festival

Posted By on Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 2:00 PM

The Great American Beer Festival—which features probably the most prestigious competition in the craft brewing industry, drawing nearly eight thousand entries in ninety-nine categories—took place this weekend in Denver. And while North Carolina breweries didn’t earn as much hardware as, say, Oregon, whose breweries nabbed seventeen medals, including seven golds, we did all right for ourselves. Across the state, N.C. breweries grabbed fifteen medals, including four golds and three silvers. Three of those winners—Lynwood Brewing Concern, Bond Brothers Beer Company, and Lonerider Brewing Company—are from the Triangle. The winners (with locals on top) are: Lynwood Brewing Concern (Raleigh), Saison Du...

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Fullsteam Brewery to Withdraw from State Promotional Programs over HB 2

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 6:43 PM

An astounding, reassuring number of companies, both local and global, have spoken out in opposition to HB 2. As of today, Durham's Fullsteam Brewery has joined those ranks and even gone a step beyond denouncing the discriminatory law. Fullsteam is a distinctly local operation; about 40 percent of its ingredients, from persimmon to honey to basil, come from North Carolina or the greater South. As owner of Fullsteam, Sean Lilly Wilson has often assisted with media missions that promote North Carolina travel and tourism, serving as an emissary for North Carolina craft beer. But today, Wilson announced on his personal Facebook page that he won't be doing...

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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 …

by Timothy Oswald on 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 (Food)

To be clear, I am referring to Victoria's incredibly biased negative review of The Lakewood when it first opened. Definitely …

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Congrats to the Indy Week food editor Victoria Boulabasis for her role in torpedoing The Lakewood. I am so thankful …

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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 …

by Timothy Oswald on 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 (Food)

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