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ChathamArts, the Chatham County Arts Council, celebrates its Burrito Bash on Monday, June 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the General Store Café (39 West St., Pittsboro, 542-2432, Randy Whitt and the Grits will perform, you can bid on one-of-a-kind hand-painted patio umbrellas, enjoy a burrito dinner with all the fixings and support the local arts scene all for $15. Proceeds benefit ChathamArts. Those who buy tickets in advance will be eligible for prizes in a drawing. Advance tickets are available at Bluebirds and Hollyhocks in Fearrington Village and at the General Store Café and Chatham Arts (115 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro).

ChathamArts is also continuing its "Potluck in a Pasture" Summer Suppers. This summer marks the second series in which folks are invited to tour a working farm, share homegrown seasonal food and meet local artists monthly throughout the summer. The series takes place every third Sunday, and the next one is June 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Holly Hill Daylily Farm in Moncure.

Visitors are asked to bring a potluck dish for eight that includes at least one locally grown ingredient (and the recipe to share), as well as a beverage, a lawn chair or blanket and a $10 donation to ChathamArts, $5 for children over 6. For an additional $5, adults can sample the wines and take a wineglass home. The series will continue with other farms and artists: on July 15 at Pugh's Cedarbrake Sheep Farm near Silk Hope and Aug. 19 at Harland's Creek Farm west of Pittsboro. Information and directions will be available online at or by calling 219-9840.

The Borough's (317 W. Morgan St., Raleigh, 832-8433, monthly eating contest will be Monday, June 4, at 8 p.m. The mightiest pancake eater in the land will be established; owner Liz Masnik will be making the cakes herself. As usual, 10 contestants can enter for $5, which will benefit the Humane Society of the U.S.

Locally owned and operated Hibachi Xpress ( opened its third location May 15 at the Beaver Creek Crossings Shopping Center in Apex, 2021 Creekside Landings Drive, 290-1008. The sushi and Japanese fast food chain joins other locations in Cary and Raleigh.

Bin 54 (1201-M Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, 969-1155, will have live music and free wine Fridays through September from 7 to 9 p.m. They want you to check out their patio.

BakeHouse Bistro has opened its second location at the Renaissance Center at Southpoint in Durham. Go to for info.

And lovers of souvlaki, moussaka and baklava in Durham are lamenting the temporary (we hope) closing of Taverna Nikos in Brightleaf Square. Owner Basil Bakis says he has to focus on running his newest restaurant, Nikos Taverna (4075 Davis Drive, Morrisville, 462-1148, and is looking for someone to manage the original, 17-year-old location that was one of the early harbingers of Durham's downtown (and culinary) resurgence. We wish him the best of luck.


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