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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 20, 2018

Amuse-Bouche: Viva Chicken Lands in Raleigh with Its Signature Pollo a la Brasa

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 2:42 PM

Viva Chicken 4361 Lassiter at North Hills Avenue, Raleigh 984-222-7104 Chicken is typically regarded as a ho-hum weeknight dinner staple, but Viva Chicken’s Pollo a la Brasa, a Peruvian dish of herb-rubbed rotisserie chicken, makes the case for elevating it to a crave-worthy lunch or dinner entree any day of the week. Founded by restaurateurs Randy Garcia and Bruno Macchiavello, Viva Chicken first opened in Charlotte in 2013. The business has grown to eight locations, including six in Charlotte, one in Utah, and now, one in Raleigh, which opened in North Hills on June 13. In addition to its...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

This Summer’s Tour de Pork Celebrates the Whole Hog—and Ethical, Sustainable Sourcing

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

Bull City Burger’s “bull nuts”—peanuts tossed in a sweet and salty glaze and studded with chewy bacon morsels, made with bacon from whole-animal distributor Firsthand Foods—are perhaps the perfect snack to munch on while learning about Firsthand Foods’ Tour de Pork, a summer food event taking place throughout Durham from June 4–July 29. Tour de Pork aims to celebrate pasture-raised pork by taking diners on a tour of pork-centric dishes at twenty participating Durham restaurants. By dining and sharing photos of featured dishes, diners earn points to cash in for prizes along the way and earn entries for a grand...

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Summer of Frosé: Acme's Rosé Soirée is Back for Round Two

Posted By on Fri, Jun 8, 2018 at 7:45 AM

Acme Food & Beverage Co. 110 East Main Street, Carrboro 919-929-2263 First, rosé earned its place in mainstream drinking with monikers like "summer water." Then came #roséallday and #yeswayrosé. Then came brosé, for dudes who embrace drinking pink, so naturally it was only a matter of time before frosé—frozen rosé—became a thing, too. At Carrboro’s Acme Food & Beverage Co., frosé debuted as rosé snow cones at its first Rosé Soirée in April. Frosé will make its return as rosé and blueberry popsicles, along with rosé sangria and a bevy of blush-hued beauties, on June 28, the second soirée...

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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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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Amuse-Bouche: Celebrity-Owned Burger Chain Wahlburgers Comes to Downtown Raleigh

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2018 at 2:58 PM

Wahlburgers 319 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh 919-703-0833 Wahlburgers, one of the Triangle’s most buzzed about restaurant openings of 2018, is now open on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. What’s with the hype? It’s the first North Carolina location for the Boston-based fast-casual burger chain created by the Wahlberg family, which includes celebrities Mark and Donnie and their chef brother, Paul. Wahlburgers is also the subject of an Emmy-nominated A&E reality show of the same name, which follows the restaurant chain’s expansion (it's now up to twenty-five locations). Vibe: Sports bar meets fast-food joint. The décor is an homage to the brothers’...

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Thrive NC Taps Top Culinary Talent to Drive Critical Food Conversations

Posted By on Tue, May 8, 2018 at 4:45 PM

On May 10 and 11, chefs, activists, and volunteers will gather at City Market in downtown Raleigh for the inaugural Thrive NC, a two-day event that will feature a summit, day of service, and a two-night culinary festival of tastings, chef demonstrations, and live music. The event is presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, which created it in the belief that communities thrive when they are healthy and active. “Blue Cross N.C.’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of our customers and communities. Simply stated, we want to see our state thrive,” says Patrick Conway,...

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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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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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Monday, July 11, 2016

On Tuesday, a Longtime Durhamite Celebrates Twenty Years at Ninth Street Bakery

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 5:47 PM

If you frequent Ninth Street Bakery in downtown Durham for your morning coffee, you’ve likely been greeted as “darling” or “sweetheart” by Jacqueline Wilkins. Depending on how long you’ve been self-identifying as a Durhamite (as Wilkins does), this might have been your morning routine for two decades. “The people I see every day, I’ve seen for twenty years,” she says. “A lot of the workers downtown, I’ve known them since they got their jobs.” Tomorrow, Ninth Street Bakery recognizes Wilkins’s twenty-year tenure. Owner Ari Berenbaum began telling regulars last week to come in on Tuesday for special celebratory treats....

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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, December 14, 2012

At the vigil for Kabab & Curry owner Mohammed Arfan Sundal

Posted By on Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 11:39 AM

A candlelight vigil was held Thursday, Dec. 13, for Mohammed Arfan Sundal, the owner of Kabab & Curry House at 2016 Guess Road, Durham. Mr. Sundal was fatally shot in the restaurant's parking lot Dec. 6, leaving behind his wife, two daughters and two sons. ABC11 reports that Durham police went door-to-door Wednesday seeking clues and witnesses. Anyone with information should call CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200....

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Former Frazier's chef joins Piedmont

Posted By on Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 11:05 AM

After a nationwide search, the Piedmont restaurant in Durham announced today it has hired Jeffrey Satterly of Frazier’s in Raleigh as the new Chef de Cuisine. According to Jamie DeMent, one of the partners of Eno Hospitality Group, which owns the Piedmont, hiring a new chef entailed not only interviews but also a “local Iron Chef-style” competition. “We showed up with ingredients and (the chefs) created meals,” she said.The challenges were held at Piedmont’s sister restaurant, Zely & Ritz in Raleigh, which is also owned by Eno Hospitality Group. The group opened Zely & Ritz eight years ago to create...

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Blend arrives at Durham's Golden Belt

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 8:04 AM

The newly opened Blend Cafe, 807 E. Main St., offers customers good coffee, pastries, breakfast and lunch in a convenient and growing location in Durham. Courtney Smith, the manager and operator of Blend, says the cafe offers a diverse crowd and "a place for anyone from anywhere to come." The cafe shares the Golden Belt campus with technologists, graphic design specialists, artists and event planning specialists. Golden Belt also houses loft apartments and a tattoo company, among many other businesses. Smith noted that the Golden Belt location is interesting because of the incorrect perception that the area is an unsightly...

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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Meet-and-Three: Durham's Current Cafeteria

Posted By on Sat, Dec 31, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Debra Craig and Sook Rha at Current Cafeteria in Durham.Sook “Sue” Rha, a Korean native and former bookkeeper with no formal cooking experience, surveyed the sandwich stand she purchased with her husband, Bong Kya Rha, on North Roxboro Road. There was eight-month old food in the refrigerators and a menu she knew little about: hot dogs, hamburgers and biscuits. New to Durham, however, she needed the work that the shuttered restaurant, Mama Ann’s, could provide. “We had to have a job,” she recalls. “We had to do something.” The answer was stuck to a wall. A yellowing piece of paper...

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Bull Street Gourmet & Market opens in Durham

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Coming soon has finally arrived. For many months, an empty storefront in Durham's Hope Valley Square has promised that the Bull Street Gourmet & Market would open—and now the small, cozy shop is in business. From chocolate to charcuterie, wine to wasabi pistachios, the store also stocks North Carolina products, including cheese by the Goat Lady Dairy and nut butters from Big Spoon Roasters. The deli serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in the cafe. On the lighter side, choose from oatmeal, yogurt and fruit, and for heartier appetites there is a bagel topped with sausage, cheese and egg. Lunch and...

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Meet-and-Three: The Coffee Pot of Smithfield

Posted By on Sun, Nov 27, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Owners Carolyn Artis and Tyron Pearce at The Coffee Pot in SmithfieldWhen I set out to write a column on Southern plate lunch restaurants, I had one thing in mind: The Coffee Pot of Smithfield. Anchoring one end of a small strip of rotating shops (vacuum repair, tattoos, Internet sweepstakes) on a stretch of Highway 301 known as Brightleaf Boulevard, the meat-and-three is no more than a mile from the house where I grew up. It's the restaurant where I learned to like collards. It's where, as the daughter of a single working parent, my mother and I ate a...

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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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Friday, November 11, 2011

Meet-and-Three: Ye Old Country Kitchen of Snow Camp

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Model John Deere tractors fill every shelf and display cabinet in the three dining rooms at Ye Old Country Kitchen in Snow Camp. And not just tractors. There’s a John Deere airplane, a truck that’s integrated into a tractor-pull scene, and a snow mobile. John Deere stockpiles like Ye Old’s aren’t rare. Similar to Coca Cola memorabilia (which also hangs on a few of the walls), the green-and-yellow farm machinery inspires random, obsessive collectors (see www.bleedinggreen.com). But I can get behind a tractor collection. My family owned a farm implement business in Johnston County for decades, and my toy box...

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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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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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