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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Triangle Chefs and Restaurateurs Rally to Make Meals, Donate Food, and Raise Funds for Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 10:02 AM

In the wake of Hurricane Florence, Triangle chefs, restaurateurs, and hospitality industry workers are coming together to raise money and volunteer their time to help relief efforts. Support your local restaurants and attend these benefit dinners as you're able; more updates to follow as more dinners are publicized. Dozens of Triangle chefs and hospitality industry workers have volunteered their time in support of World Central Kitchen, chef José Andrés's nonprofit dedicated to disaster relief and fighting poverty and hunger. As of September 17, World Central Kitchen’s Chef Relief Team has served eighty thousand meals to evacuees and local emergency response...

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Hurricane Florence Stress Eating: Scott Howell's DeeLuxe Chicken Opens Today

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 3:04 PM

My vow to eat light at DeeLuxe Chicken’s media preview on Monday immediately flew the coop once baskets of fried chicken and fish platters paraded from the kitchen. I love fried chicken, and with weather forecasts of "cones of uncertainty," I bee-lined to the counter to get my comfort-food fill. A platter of “Mighty Fine” fried chicken plus two sides, including spicy Asian cucumbers and Velveeta mac and cheese, fit the bill nicely. DeeLuxe Chicken (1116 Broad Street, Durham) is the latest restaurant from Scott Howell, who recently closed his beloved Durham fine dining restaurant Nana's. Howell and his business...

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Friday Night Bites: Raleigh Greek Festival, Fullsteam Turns Eight, Bites & Pints, and a Low-Country Boil

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 3:33 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. Editor's Note: We're gearing up for our annual Finder and Fall Guide issues, so this week's round-up is just events. Stay tuned next week for more news, events, and our bite of the week. EVENTS Opa! Raleigh Greek Festival Returns This Weekend The thirty-seventh annual Raleigh Greek Festival returns this weekend, September 7-9, at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Celebrate Greek culture with handmade Greek food prepared by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church family using generations-old...

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Friday Night Bites: Transfer Co. Food Hall Unveils Vendors, Triangle Chefs Take Home NCRLA Showdown Wins, and Guglhupf Launches New Menu

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 6:00 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. Editor's Note: We're gearing up for our annual Finder and Fall Guide issues, so this week's round-up is just news. Stay tuned next week for more news, events, and our bite of the week. NEWS Transfer Co. Food Hall Unveils Vendor Line-UpTransfer Co. Food Hall, which is expected to open in downtown Raleigh in early 2019, announced its vendor line-up this week. It includes household names such as Locals Seafood, which will open an oyster bar,...

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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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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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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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