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Friday Fun Food Facts – January 19, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

Featured Restaurant News

  • With 65,000 votes cast in his year’s WRAL.COM Voters’ Choice Awards, the winners were announced this past Tuesday at Level 7 at AC Hotels in North Hills. I am humbled to share that yours truly, Triangle Food Guy, was voted Best Blogger – so a huge thank you to the readers for throwing a little kudos my way. Lots of great people, programs and businesses were recognized – including some great restaurants throughout the Triangle. The highlight of the night was Ashley Christensen hauling in the Woman of the Year award! Get a full list of winners here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Two years after a fire completely destroyed their restaurant, Sushi Nine on Western Blvd. in Raleigh has reopened according to WRAL. Located at 3812 Western Boulevard the building is certainly new, but the menu will be just like their customers will remember – nothing changed there! Check them out here,
  • The North Ridge location of Zoes Kitchen on Falls of the Neuse Road (6004 Falls of the Neuse Road) opened this past week. Apparently this new store will be the prototype for all future locations. Check out Zoes here.
  • And if you were eagerly anticipating a location of Ed Mitchell’s barbecue in Brier Creek, the News & Observer reported this week that that project has stalled. Ed and his son have redirected their focus to online endeavors. He did leave the door open that at some point there would be another Ed Mitchell barbecue joint. The truck concept has been parked as well.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • WRAL’s Sarah Krueger reported that the Liberty Warehouse Apartments will not only have the Durham Food Hall locating in their first floor retail space, as well as Dame’s Chicken & Waffles, but apparently there is also a coffee shop in the works – Foster Street Coffee. Lots of exciting things happening there, just across from Durham Central Park. The Durham Dame’s location is closed in January for the move. Foster Street looks to open in February as well. And the Food Hall will open later in 2018. Check out the Durham Food Hall here. Dame’s Chicken and Waffles here. And Foster Street Coffee here.
  • Also in Durham, WRAL reported this week that Vegan Flava Café recently opened on Guess Road in Durham, near Northgate Mall. The menu has all kinds of comfort food, from curried lentils and rice to red beans and rice. Check them out here.
  • A quick update on Chapel Hill’s Monterrey Mexican Restaurant from reader Cassie Spracklen…she learned a little more about the move from the current restaurant to the Rams Plaza location in the former Bailey’s spot, but this is more to do with the current location. During a recent visit, she learned that the current location will be converted to a more casual “grab and go” concept (similar to Chipotle) which will have a completely different menu and will feature empanadas. Sounds great! Stay tuned and thanks Cassie for the updates! Check out Monterrey here.

Closings

  • Got word from reader Chris Creighton that the Bob Evans on Walnut Street in Cary has closed.
  • Also in Cary, got word from reader Rachel Goer that Uncle Maddio’s in Parkside Town Commons closed in December.

Food Trucks

  •  Two great sites to keep up with your favorite food trucks. Street Food Finder is one – find it here. And another, aptly named, is Roaming Hungerfind it here.

Events

  • Here’s a great time. I mean a really great time. The guys behind the NC Food & Beverage Podcast (Max and Matt) have teamed up with John May over at Piedmont in Durham to offer up their first dinner called “Pork & Rum” on Sunday, January 28th. They will be pairing rums from Lassiter Distilling with a menu by May – think Caribbean-meets-Hawaiian-meets-North Carolina. And for the best part, it’s family-style, i.e. big tables, big plates and flowing cocktails. Tickets are $65. Get your tickets and all the details here.
  • Also, the dates for the Lucy Daniels Center 2018 version of their popular Cooking for a Classic have been set. This year’s event consists of three rounds and eight chefs vying to win a restored ’49 truck. It is gorgeous! The first round kicks off on Monday, January 22 and continues through the week. The semifinals are the following week and the final showdown will be on Wednesday, February 7th. This year’s competing chefs are Trey Cleveland of Top of the Hill, Chapel Hill; Matt Hannon of Ironwoods Cafe, Southern Pines; Jonathan Ballard of Dean’s Kitchen and Bar, Cary; James Patterson, McConnell Golf Dining; Troy Stauffer, City Club, Raleigh; Aaron Matyac, Whiskey Kitchen, Raleigh; Dean Thompson, Raleigh Renaissance Hotel; and Nick Fay, Coquette, Raleigh. Get a peek at the truck and all the details here.
  • Mark your calendars for the return of Triangle Restaurant WeekJanuary 22-28, 2018. During TRW, participating restaurants offer special three-course menu options and fixed pricing, a great opportunity to try places you’ve never been before – or to enjoy your old reliables with a new twist. No reservations, tickets or passes required. Get all the details and a list of participating restaurants here.
  • The Cary Rotary Club is hosting its 15th annual Chili Dinner fund-raiser to Stop Hunger on Friday, January 26 at Kirk of Kildare Presbyterian Church (200 High Meadow Drive in Cary) between the hours of 12 and 2 p.m. and 5 and 7 p.m. This year they are working toward providing 94,000+ meals internationally and generating $11,000+ to support local hunger relief efforts. Each $8 ticket purchased will send ~19 meals internationally and $2.40 to relieve hunger in our own neighborhoods.  International meals are typically served in schools. Doing so encourages attendance and supports education/literacy. Delicious meals prepared by Whole Foods Market will be served at lunch and dinner. Get details on their Facebook event page here.
  • Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom and Sam’s Quik Shop will host the 6th Annual Bull City Food and Beer Experience on Sunday, February 25. The event features 30 restaurants paired with 30 breweries spread throughout all three DPAC floors featuring unlimited samplings and the Harris On Stage Experience showcasing local food trucks with the help of County Fare, a daily food truck rodeo opening soon. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • March 17th is the date for the second annual Food Shuttle Garden Gallop 5K to benefit the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Growing School Gardens program (better known as the Sean is Faster Than Gordon race). Put it this way, if I can do it, you can do it! Come on out and support a great cause. Register and get all the details here.
  • Durham Magazine, Chapel Hill Magazine and Chatham Magazine return with their popular culinary event, Taste to take place April 18-22 highlighting the culinary talents along the Durham/Chapel Hill corridor. The event will feature over 30 of the area’s top chefs at four unique events throughout the week. Keep up with the latest and get tickets here.
  • And looking ahead a bit, it was announced this week that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will host a culinary event called Thrive NC set to take place at downtown Raleigh’s City Market on May 10-11. The two-day event will highlight the fact that 1.5 million people in the state struggle to buy affordable and fresh foods. A highlight of the event will be a two-day food festival featuring top chefs from 50 North Carolina restaurants serving food and drink samples against a backdrop of live music each night. Tickets will go on sale in February. Keep up with the details as they unfold here.

Food Bank Corner

  •  Looking to get your company involved (in a very easy way) in fighting hunger in our community? Virtual Food Drives increase the impact of your donations! For every $1 donated, the Food Bank can provide $10 worth of food, thanks to their partnerships and buying power! Create a personal page and invite your friends and family to browse through our virtual grocery aisles, add items to a shopping cart, and check-out by making a monetary donation. Consider making it a team effort by organizing a competition between your neighbors, within your company, or among your community by easily setting up a team page. Find out how to set up a Virtual Food Drive here.
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Saigon Grill & Bar, Raleigh: A Creative and Modern Take on Asian-Fusion Fare

Front of Saigon Grill & Bar in Raleigh - nctriangledining.com
Front of Saigon Grill and Bar in Raleigh – nctriangledining.com

When it comes to restaurants in the Glenwood South neighborhood, it’s often a tough go! While this street typically gets a lot of pedestrian traffic, most of it is focused on bars, beer and cheap eats more than anything else. I had walked by the new Saigon Grill & Bar when it first opened up and grabbed a paper menu from the hostess out front. Hmm, looks like they’re doing some Asian-fusion which is pretty daring for this area! I had my mind on some barbeque so I put them on the mental back-burner for a future meal.

Colorful bar at Saigon Grill & Bar in Raleigh - nctriangledining.com
Colorful bar at Saigon Grill and Bar in Raleigh – nctriangledining.com
Dining room at Saigon Grill & Bar in Raleigh - nctriangledining.com
Dining room at Saigon Grill and Bar in Raleigh – nctriangledining.com

But you know what sometimes you do make mistakes and it would certainly be a mistake to miss out on the great Asian-fusion eats at Saigon Grill and Bar. While the focus is on Vietnamese fare, this restaurant goes beyond that with a very creative culinary touch. So I was finally able to make it in for a couple of visits to Saigon Grill and Bar and wow, what a pleasant surprise! Pop inside and you’ll find a large modern dining room with circular fabric lamps overhead, a colorful bar with back-lit glassware in the wall and plenty of sunshine.

Clay pot mussels at Saigon Grill & Bar in Raleigh - nctriangledining.com
Clay pot mussels at Saigon Grill & Bar in Raleigh – nctriangledining.com
Fried calamari at Saigon Grill & Bar in Raleigh - nctriangledining.com
Fried calamari at Saigon Grill & Bar in Raleigh – nctriangledining.com

All of my visits have been for lunch so far and they have a small selection of appetizers, along with a selection of banh mi and street tacos that are only available for lunch. With prices in the $6 to $12 range, it’s at a great price point for your mid-day meal. They also have a handful of entrees available during lunch if sandwiches and tacos are not your thang! The clay-pot mussels I ordered were really nicely done. Steamed with some tomato, onion and pungent black bean sauce, the flavors paired well with the succulent mussel meat. Clay pots are pretty common for certain types of braised Chinese food and they use them well here. Their fried calamari was perfectly fried with a light bumpy coating and paired with a sweet chili sauce, yum!

Taro chips at Saigon Grill & Bar in Raleigh - nctriangledining.com
Taro chips at Saigon Grill & Bar in Raleigh – nctriangledining.com
Pork banh mi at Saigon Grill & Bar in Raleigh - nctriangledining.com
Pork banh mi at Saigon Grill and Bar in Raleigh – nctriangledining.com

For two of my meals I ordered up the banh mi for lunch. Why? Because they are REALLY good here! Saigon Grill offers up five different types (pork, chicken, steak, duck, mushroom) at the $9 to $10 range and the banh mi come with a side salad and taro chips. The banh mi are constructed on nice, light French rolls and while a bit shorter, are nicely stacked with meat and filling. The grilled pork banh mi was fantastic, topped with fried shallots and pickled veggies. And the same goes for the delicious duck confit, excellent! But what really completes the meal is the fresh salad with vinaigrette and chips! If you’re not familiar with taro, it’s a white root vegetable and quite starchy. Saigon Grill thinly slices the taro and they come out super-light and crispy! Not sure if they’re baked or fried but there’s not much grease and they are fun to eat.

Fried calamari at Saigon Grill & Bar in Raleigh - nctriangledining.com
Pork belly tacos at Saigon Grill and Bar in Raleigh – nctriangledining.com

For my most recent lunch visit I tried out their Asian tacos which were really interesting. Seared pork belly topped with fried shallots, bean sprouts, daikon-carrot and cilantro made for a delicious bite. The house-made wheat-rice tortillas held all the deliciousness together and the mango chutney and fish sauce added some flair. A really creative take on tacos with a Vietnamese spin and very filling. I heard that the chef came over from the dearly departed An restaurant in Cary, which would explain why the food is so good at Saigon Grill and Bar!

Water bottle at Saigon Grill & Bar in Raleigh - nctriangledining.com
Water bottle at Saigon Grill and Bar in Raleigh – nctriangledining.com

Service at Saigon Grill and Bar is still finding its feet but that’s not unusual given how new the place is. That’s the one area where I think they could use some improvement but otherwise, they are nailing it for food and decor. Even after only three lunch visits, I feel comfortably sure that Saigon Grill and Bar will be one of the best dining options in this hood. So if you happen to be hanging out on S. Glenwood, stop on by at Saigon Grill and Bar for a delicious bite! I’m pretty sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the menu here, like I was.

 

Saigon Grill and Bar

222 Glenwood Avenue

Raleigh, NC 27603

919.271.5976

 

Location on Google maps

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New History Grove honors Trinity College/Duke University Professor

 

The MoDH partners with local organizations to establish “History Groves”: small groves of native plants, a bench, and a plaque to honor those who played significant roles in creating our unique community. Here visitors can pause and reflect, and every site has a durable marker naming the honoree. Check out a list of all of our History Groves and learn more here.

What a way to kick off the new year! On January 13th, we had the pleasure of dedicating a new History Grove at Trinity Park in honor of Dr. William Kenneth Boyd. Dr. Boyd was a history professor at Trinity College/ Duke University who dedicated much of his research efforts to early Durham history. His book, The Story of Durham: City of the New South, is an extraordinary chronicle of our city’s past.

The dedication ceremony was a wonderful tribute to Dr. Boyd and his family, who have resided in the Trinity Park neighborhood for generations. In fact, Cavett French, Boyd’s daughter, was in attendance and shared memories of her family and the community. Others in attendance also took the opportunity to share their stories and memories of the neighborhood.

The Trinity Park grove will be added to our History Groves page and map shortly! Special thanks to the Trinity Park Neighborhood Association, Shelley Dekker, Julia Borbely-Brown, Cavett French, and MANY others for their part in making this grove possible. Thank you to all of our generous donors, especially those who choose to specifically donate to the museum’s History Groves program; these groves provide the community with beautiful spaces to reflect on Durham’s history!

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All American Marathon Discount Code

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The 5th Annual All American Marathon is scheduled to be held on March 25, 2018 in Fayetteville. The race offers a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k option. This year I an Ambassador for the race and have a special All American Marathon Discount Code to share for this race. You can save 10% off registration using the promo code JOHNALLAMERICAN.

I’ve run the half marathon twice and this year I am going all in and running the full marathon. The Marathon and  Half Marathon starts in Festival Park in Historic Downtown Fayetteville and finishes on Fort Bragg at the Main Post Parade Field. The 5K starts and finishes at the Main Post Parade Field on Fort Bragg sharing the finish line with the Full and Half Marathon. Every registered participant receives a performance t-shirt & customized finisher medal.

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Last year there were over 3,700 runners at the event where runners were treated to a race course that gave them an inside look at Fort Bragg. The race has a lot of local support and everything about this race is done really well. I highly recommend you check it out if you are looking for a spring race to add to your calendar this year.

This time around I don’t have any specific time goals for this marathon. I’m just looking forward to running with friends and using the race as motivation to improve my overall fitness in the new year. One of my favorite places to train is the Raleigh Greenway so if you see a guy out there running with an All American shirt and have a question about the race feel free to chase me down! #RunStrong

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All American Marathon
March 25, 2018
Fayetteville, NC
www.allamericanmarathon.com
Discount Code: JohnAllAmerican

 

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Lessons Learned: Love for nature, books, the community, and of course, libraries!

Some of my favorite topics include nature, books, the community, and of course, libraries. It’s even better when I have an opportunity to weave the four topics together.

I want to share some details about my journey to Durham County Library. I grew up outside the city limits of Clinton, NC on a small farm that I didn’t learn to appreciate until I was much older. Little did I know the value of growing up so closely connected to nature and what great life lessons were being learned and applicable in so many aspects of my future.

My parents have always loved the outdoors – from growing corn, beans, and tobacco for the market to having a vegetable garden and a yard landscaped with pink azaleas, red rose bushes, marigolds and more. Each day after school included some tasks of watering, gathering, or in the words of my dad — watching nature grow before my very eyes. These daily tasks were teaching me responsibility, and the value of community, healthy eating, as well as the value of good old fashioned work and patience. Such teaching moments from my parents and a host of other relatives increased my interest to learn more — and always sent me on a quest for knowledge that I would gain from books; selected from the bookmobile – that in my mind, visited – ONLY ME.

The lesson of responsibility was what I considered a privilege of taking care of the gift of nature from the creator and knowing that with attention, love and care I could have a role in helping something grow into a consumable meal or flourish into a beautiful flower that would serve as a source for honeybees, prancing butterflies, and would be aesthetically pleasing for all passersby.

The lesson of value of community and one another was my favorite. You see, vegetables were not only grown for the family but for neighbors near or far, as well as any stranger that would happen by and give any inclination of need or desire for fresh vegetables. In fact the vegetables were grown in what I considered a huge sandbox filled with great fixings for a salad, side dishes and all one could possibly need for a happy stomach.

The other lessons can be summarized together — you couldn’t help but always make healthy eating choices, as fast food and processed foods were not daily options, and family always took time to gather around the dinner table for meals, and great conversation about the happenings of the day. The results were seen in what I thought was hard work — but now I know was just love disguised as work. I’m sure you know that the time it takes anything to grow to your satisfaction either drives you to impatience or teaches you patience. I hope the latter is the one each of you relate to most.

With all of these life lessons came what must have seemed like a zillion questions to the adults in my life. Each would dangle just a carrot of answers and then direct me to a source that has consistently been a part of my life — libraries.

I have always had a love for knowledge, for books, for libraries and could easily get lost and become the character of the novel full of joy, happiness, sadness and courage. This love has continued and fortunately led me on a path that surrounds me daily with libraries filled with books that holds great knowledge page after page.

All of this is why being Director of Durham County Library is so meaningful. It gives me an opportunity to use lessons learned to build a better community for Durham County. I’ve worked in several library systems – New Hanover County, Forsyth County, Mecklenburg County and Fulton County in GA, but I must say working in Durham County at the Durham County Library feels like returning home and it feels like the right place to be. Correction, not only does it feel like the right place to be, it is the right place to be and I hope Durham County Library and our staff make a lasting impression on each person we encounter whether visiting our brick and mortar locations or visiting us virtually.

Source: Durham County Library

9th Wonder: How To Get Nominated for a Grammy

01/18/2018 to 01/18/2018 – Patrick Douthit, a.k.a 9th Wonder, will discuss the work behind his two recent Grammy nominations. The producer received recognition for his work on Kendrick Lamar’s most recent release, which is up for Album of the Year, and his contributions to Rapsody’s “Laila’s Wisdom,” which is up for Best Rap Album.

Douthit is a lecturing fellow in Duke’s African and African-American Studies Department.

The talk is part of a reception and launch for “SexyNotSilent,” a visual arts exhibit by Edith Grey (Natasha Powell Walker) in the Jameson Art Gallery in the Friedl Building on East Campus.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Friedl Atrium. Refreshments will be served.

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About Tammy Baggett

Originally from Clinton, NC, Tammy has served as your Director of Durham County Library for the past seven years. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Parenza, who is also from Clinton, NC. Together they enjoy spending time with their families and friends, as well as their two horses.

Tammy received a B.A. in Speech Communications/Public Relations from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University where she received her Masters of Library Science. She has worked at William Madison Randall Library at UNC-Wilmington, New Hanover County Public Library, Forsyth County Public Library, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, as well as, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Tammy provides motivational speeches to groups concerning career growth, team building and goal setting and is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club of Durham. She is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), the Black Caucasus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA). She is immediate past President of the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association (NCPLDA). Tammy also serves on a number of boards in her community and is a member of the County Manager’s Executive Leadership Team. She is in her fifth year as a monthly presenter for the Durham County Leadership Academy.

She is passionate about delivering quality library services in Durham County where her team places a high emphasis on improving literacy in Durham and offering programs that enhance digital inclusion as it relates to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (S.T.E.A.M). Tammy believes that leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching. It’s her goal to give back to the profession by mentoring others. She is dedicated to helping youth capture a love of reading at an early age. It’s her philosophy that we should all work together to make the world a better place; and what better way to start than the power of reading for pleasure and knowledge.

Source: Durham County Library

Friday Fun Food Facts – January 12, 2018

Triangle Restaurant News

Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

Featured Restaurant News

  •  The News & Observer reported this week that Bu.ku, the restaurant that introduced global street food to downtown Raleigh, will open a second location by March or April in Wake Forest. This will be the third restaurant for owners Sean Degnan, Tony Hopkins and Todd Ohle, who also operate so.ca in Cameron Village. The new Bu.ku will be at 1228 Heritage Links Drive, in the Heritage development, next to Wine 101 wine shop. Check out Bu.ku here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • In Raleigh, got word that a new pizza franchise named Firenza will open in the McNeill Point development at the corner of McNeill Street and Wake Forest Road (next to Mami Nora’s). This will be the second location in the state (Charlotte has one) and the first in the Triangle. Get familiar with them here.
  • Speaking of pizza, blogger EatRaleigh reported last week that Brookside Market & Pizza is now open at 1000 Brookside Drive in Raleigh. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • And if that is not enough pizza news for you, the folks over at ITB Insider reported this week that Manhattan Pizza will be opening soon at the Falls Pointe shopping center at 9660 Falls of Neuse Road. While we are not aware of the timeline, the restaurant will open in the space once occupied by Greek Fiesta. The chain has locations in Virginia and Maryland and this will be their first venture into North Carolina. Check them out here.
  • We first told you about this back in June, 2017, but the Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Growler USA will open its first Triangle location this month at 314 S. Blount St. in the Moore Square Historic District. Apparently other locations are expected in Durham and Wilmington. Check out Growler here.
  • Got a note from reader Carole Walker that Creedmoor Café is now open for breakfast and lunch at 8315 Creedmoor Road. Check them out here.
  • And we are getting closer to the opening of the North Ridge location of Zoes Kitchen on Falls of the Neuse Road. There was an invitation-only event last night, and they are conducting staff training with invited guests on Saturday and next Monday. That usually means an opening immediately following that. Stay tuned. Check out Zoes here.
  • Over in Cary, reader Forrest Stroud sent me a note letting me know that the closed Peter Wang’s Asian Buffet and Szechuan on Kildaire Farm Road has been replaced by Silk Road Dim Sum & Sichuan. Couldn’t find an online presence for them – just their Yelp review here.
  • Down in Apex one of our readers brought it to our attention that Archibald’s Tavern at 5160 Sunset Lake Road fairly seamlessly transitioned to Shakey Ray’s Tavern. Might be too early to know what changes to expect, but the website suggests a new menu is forthcoming. Check them out here.
  • Also in Apex, reader Chris Creighton shared that a Mr. Dumpling has opened at 5470 Apex Peakway in the former location of Lee’s Garden Chinese Restaurant. They are serving up (you guessed it) dumplings as well as other Chinese food. Check them out here.
  • And finally a shout out to Chuck Russell over at D’Nardys Caterers. In addition to his catering, he has over 40 years of experience (he started when he was 6!) whipping cream cheese, sugar, and cream together to bring you the finest homemade cheesecakes. His D’Nardys Cheesecake Jars are now available in Whole Foods in the bakery department at nine locations in Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary. Kudos to Chuck and his success. Check his cheesecakes out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • In Durham, the newer, more casual feeling Piedmont Restaurant re-opened this week featuring lower prices, expanded beer and wine selections, and a menu that chef John May created chock full of whimsical dishes. Check out the new menu here.

  • In Ram’s Plaza in Chapel Hill I noticed this week that the newest location of Firehouse Subs opened. It is in the new standalone building near the front of the shopping center. Check out Firehouse here.

Closings

  • Got word from a colleague that the Tossed location in Morrisville closed. The Tossed site suggests it might be relocating – so stay tuned.

Food Trucks

  •  See, even Mother Nature loves a good food truck rodeo. The single digit temperatures are gone and a warm(er) sunny Sunday is in the forecast for this Sunday’s Winter Food Truck Rodeo at Durham’s Central Park. Located at 501 Foster Street, the rodeo will take place this Sunday, January 14th from 12-4 p.m. Get all the details here.

Events

  • And here is a great event to kick off your 2018… Can you say sausage!?! Durham’s first Sausagefest will take place this Sunday January 14th inviting meat-lovers to taste and stock your fridge with locally crafted sausages from your favorite restaurants and butcher shops! VIP tickets include early entry from noon-1 p.m. with passed appetizers, t-shirt and an exclusive sausage-making demo. General Admission entry from 1-4 p.m. Sausages of all kinds will be available for take home from First Hand Foods, Left Bank Butchery and more. Restaurants providing bites to include Gocciolina, Dashi, The Root Cellar, Black Twig Cider House and more. VIP tickets are $45; General Admission is $25. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • Here’s a great time. I mean a really great time. The guys behind the NC Food & Beverage Podcast (Max and Matt) have teamed up with John May over at Piedmont in Durham to offer up their first dinner called “Pork & Rum” on Sunday, January 28th. They will be pairing rums from Lassiter Distilling with a menu by May – think Caribbean-meets-Hawaiian-meets-North Carolina. And for the best part, it’s family-style, i.e. big tables, big plates and flowing cocktails. Tickets are $65. Get your tickets and all the details here.
  • Also, the dates for the Lucy Daniels Center 2018 version of their popular Cooking for a Classic have been set. This year’s event consists of three rounds and eight chefs vying to win a restored ’49 truck. It is gorgeous! The first round kicks off on Monday, January 22 and continues through the week. The semifinals are the following week and the final showdown will be on Wednesday, February 7th. This year’s competing chefs are Trey Cleveland of Top of the Hill, Chapel Hill; Matt Hannon of Ironwoods Cafe, Southern Pines; Jonathan Ballard of Dean’s Kitchen and Bar, Cary; James Patterson, McConnell Golf Dining; Troy Stauffer, City Club, Raleigh; Aaron Matyac, Whiskey Kitchen, Raleigh; Dean Thompson, Raleigh Renaissance Hotel; and Nick Fay, Coquette, Raleigh. Get a peek at the truck and all the details here.
  • Mark your calendars for the return of Triangle Restaurant WeekJanuary 22-28, 2018. During TRW, participating restaurants offer special three-course menu options and fixed pricing, a great opportunity to try places you’ve never been before – or to enjoy your old reliables with a new twist. No reservations, tickets or passes required. Get all the details and a list of participating restaurants here.
  • The Cary Rotary Club is hosting its 15th annual Chili Dinner fund-raiser to Stop Hunger on Friday, January 26 at Kirk of Kildare Presbyterian Church (200 High Meadow Drive in Cary) between the hours of 12 and 2 p.m. and 5 and 7 p.m. This year they are working toward providing 94,000+ meals internationally and generating $11,000+ to support local hunger relief efforts. Each $8 ticket purchased will send ~19 meals internationally and $2.40 to relieve hunger in our own neighborhoods.  International meals are typically served in schools. Doing so encourages attendance and supports education/literacy. Delicious meals prepared by Whole Foods Market will be served at lunch and dinner. Get details on their Facebook event page here.
  • March 17th is the date for the second annual Food Shuttle Garden Gallop 5K to benefit the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Growing School Gardens program (better known as the Sean is Faster Than Gordon race). Put it this way, if I can do it, you can do it! Come on out and support a great cause. Register and get all the details here.
  • And looking ahead a bit, it was announced this week that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will host a culinary event called Thrive NC set to take place at downtown Raleigh’s City Market on May 10-11. The two-day event will highlight the fact that 1.5 million people in the state struggle to buy affordable and fresh foods. A highlight of the event will be a two-day food festival featuring top chefs from 50 North Carolina restaurants serving food and drink samples against a backdrop of live music each night. Tickets will go on sale in February. Keep up with the details as they unfold here.

Food Bank Corner

  •  Looking to get your company involved (in a very easy way) in fighting hunger in our community? Virtual Food Drives increase the impact of your donations! For every $1 donated, the Food Bank can provide $10 worth of food, thanks to their partnerships and buying power! Create a personal page and invite your friends and family to browse through our virtual grocery aisles, add items to a shopping cart, and check-out by making a monetary donation. Consider making it a team effort by organizing a competition between your neighbors, within your company, or among your community by easily setting up a team page. Find out how to set up a Virtual Food Drive here.
...[READ MORE]   Source: Triangle Food Blog

Sausagefest at The Rickhouse

01/14/2018 to 01/14/2018 –

Durham’s first Sausagefest invites meat-lovers to taste and stock your
fridge with locally crafted sausages from your favorite restaurants and
butcher shops!

VIP tickets include early entry from Noon – 1pm
with passed appetizers, T-shirt and an exclusive sausage making demo.
General Admission entry from 1 – 4pm

Sausages of all kinds will
be available for take home from FIRST HAND FOODS, LEFT BANK BUTCHERY and
more! Restaurants providing bites to include GOCCOLINA, DASHI, THE ROOT
CELLER, BLACK TWIG CIDER HOUSE, and more!

The event benefits Durham’s transition age youth, via non-profit organization LIFE Skills Foundation. They are improving lives of young adults who have aged out of the foster care system or are at risk of homelessness and exploitation. LIFE Skills provides them with housing, independent living skills classes, counseling and wraparound supports to help them thrive as independent adults. LIFE Skills is starting a young adult resource center called The HUB where youth can meet immediate needs like showers, clothing, food and safety as well as connect with mental health services and work on securing permanent employment and housing. There is nothing like The HUB in Durham, and through Sausagefest, we can help LIFE Skills fund this space.  

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