Category Archives: Durham LifeStyle

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 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.
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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

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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Picture of the Week: Benelux Coffee

Benelux Coffee – Cameron Village

Benelux Coffee is a nice local coffee shop located in the Cameron Village area of Raleigh along Oberlin Road. It’s a spacious cafe with lots of seating making it perfect for meeting friends or just lounging around nursing a hot mug of coffee on a quiet morning in the Oak City. They roast their own coffee beans and offer a full menu of coffee, espresso, and cold brew drinks. They also have baked goods and Belgian Waffles. One thing I really like about this shop is they offer one free refill on their drip coffee. Next time you are over in Cameron Village check them out!

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Pork, Pickles, & Peanuts: Tastes of NC

07/14/2018 to 07/14/2018 –

Celebrate North Carolina food culture and history. This extremely tasty event includes a BBQ and Pie contest. Guests can taste the BBQ and pick a People’s Choice winner of their own.
In the morning, join junior interpreters for special demonstrations in the Historic Area. The Duke’s historic house will be open to walk through with costumed interpreters and historic music.

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ADF’s Movies by Movers Winter Screening

01/28/2018 to 01/28/2018 –

This event will feature four films that celebrate the conversation between the body and the camera:
1. Early Mourning, directed by Ben Hartley
2. Behind the Wall, directed by Bat-Sheva Guez
3. Walking the Green Sound: a Dance Film for the Trees, directed by Yulia Arakelyan, Erik Ferguson, and Grant Miller
4. Apostasy, directed by H. Paul Moon

Free and open to the public!  

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Durham County Library Presents News Voices Workshop on How to Access Local Media

Program: News Voices Workshop on How to Access Local Media
Date: Tuesday, January 23
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd., Durham, NC 27707
Cost: Free and open to the public

Durham, NC – Durham County Library presents News Voices Workshop on How to Access Local Media on Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd., Durham, NC 27707. This event is free and open to the public.

Join News Voices: North Carolina Director Fiona Morgan for an in-depth look at local media, how it works, and how everyone can have a voice in local news. This presentation and interactive workshop will show community members how they can contribute to local journalism and advocate for media that better serves their needs.

This program is sponsored by the Durham Library Foundation. For more information, call 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Stephanie Bonestell
919-560-0151 or [email protected]

Source: Durham County Library
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