Featured Restaurant News
David Sadeghi's footprint in the Triangle (currently Bolt in downtown Raleigh; Town Hall Grill in Chapel Hill's Southern Village; and Town Hall Burger and Beer in Durham near the Streets at Southpoint) is expanding over into Chatham County. Sadeghi just announced that they have plans to open the Brier Chapel location of Town Hall Burger and Beer this fall at the entrance to the Brier Chapel development, just a few miles south of Chapel Hill on 15-501.
Wake County restaurant news
Ashton Mae Smith directed us to the New Raleigh post on Twitter that announced that in June Person Street Pharmacy Cafe will turn into an "ice cream cafe" in the evenings featuring ice cream, coffee, beer and wine. Stay tuned to see what else Daniel Parker has up his sleeve!
Also, Ashton Mae Smith noted that Leo Suarez indicated that China O has opened, replacing the short-lived International Breakfast and Burger on Glenwood South. China O will focus on serving Chinese and authentic Szechuan style cuisine and is owned by the same folks at Sushi O.
Thanks to a tip from Leo Suarez, it looks like TLC Wings and Grill is now open on Peace Street near Broughton High School. Nothing up on their website about the Raleigh location (another location in Pineville), but their Facebook page is up here.
Thanks to a tip from reader Andrew Hatchell, I learned that Peng's Asian Cuisine opened last week next to Carmen's in the outbuilding by the old Prime Outlets Mall off Airport Blvd. (the actual address is 108-A Factory Shops Rd, Morrisville, NC 27560).
Over in Cary, got word this week that there are plans to open Another Broken Egg Cafe this fall at 1111 Parkside Main St. in the Parkside Town Commons shopping center. This marks the fourth location in the Triangle, in addition to current locations in Durham, Morrisville and Raleigh.
Got a note from David McCreary that southern food outpost The Mason Jar Tavern has opened a sister location at 305 South Main Street in downtown Fuquay-Varina. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily. Check out their Facebook page here. The original location in Holly Springs is still going strong.
And if you live up in Wake Forest, I am hearing that Rudino's is actively looking for space to open another location. We will keep an eye on this for you.
Durham, Orange & Chatham county restaurant news
Got word from David Prestrud that Clouds Brewing Company is opening a second location (original location is on West Street in downtown Raleigh) in Durham at Brightleaf Square. No word on an exact open date. Thanks David!
The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham has opened its student-operated restaurant in Durham's American Tobacco Campus. The restaurant, The District at 410, is open for lunch from noon-2 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. The District is located in the lobby of the Fowler Building at 410 Blackwell St.
If you thought you missed the grand opening of City Barbecue (originally scheduled for May 7), you are in luck. They had to push back the opening to May 17, with the grand opening celebration to take place on May 21. They are located in Durham at Southpoint Crossing between McDonald's and Ruby Tuesday.
Beyu Caffe is in the process of moving into their new, larger space at 341 W. Main St. in downtown Durham. We just got word that they will remain in their current space through today (May 13) before beginning the move into their new space.
And the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club has a "son" on the way - well sort of. The JB Duke Hotel in Durham is slated to open in early January 2017 and will feature 198 guest rooms, a full-service restaurant, two bars and state-of-the-art meeting accommodations. It will be located at 230 Science Drive.
None to report. Keep eating local, folks!
With the warm weather returning, it also means the return of the Food Truck Thursdays in Knightdale. Every Thursday through June, the town will host a new truck at Knightdale Station Park for lunch and dinner. Just look for it from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. near the amphitheater (rain or shine - shelters are covered).
For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard, on all things food truck related here.
Tickets to one of my favorite annual events, Farm to Fork, have gone on sale. The event this year will be held on the weekend of June 3 through June 5.
The Piedmont Dinner Series continues on May 25 as Piedmont's Greg Gettles and The Boot's John May will host a late spring bbq in partnership with Locals Seafood. The multi-course dinner is $65, plus $20 for wine pairings.
The Boot’s chef John May has also teamed up with the folks over at Starpoint Brewing for a four course prix fixe dinner paired with a craft brew at each turn on Tuesday, May 17. It is $50 per ticket.
Vino!! Wine Shop and 458 West B&B are hosting Pittsboro’s first ever Wine Festival on May 21. The event will happen rain or shine from 1-4 p.m. at the bed and breakfast’s front lawn and porch. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Only 100 tickets will be sold for the event. Attendees will get to taste wine from seven vendors, savor appetizers and cheese from Goat Lady Dairy and enjoy door prizes and live music. Tickets can be purchased online here.
This year's edition of the Raleigh Food & Wine Festival, a four day event, will be held May 19-22.
The 2016 Doughman event being held in Durham on May 28. What is it? It is a "foodie" event that combines the elements of a triathlon with competitive eating. 4-member teams basically down a delicious treat from a Durham establishment which is then followed by a bike, run or "water activity" challenge of varying distances.
Arguably the area's biggest "foodie" event, TerraVita, recently announced the dates for this year's festival - September 28 through Oct. 1. The Chapel Hill-based festival, now in its seventh year, offers exceptional dinners, tasting events, after parties, chef demos as well as the "Sustainable Classroom" - educational experiences featuring renowned chefs, authors & national media. TerraVita concludes with a Grand Tasting on the Green featuring over 65 chefs, artisans and beverage producers for tastings, live chef demonstrations and cookbook signings. TerraVita's ticket launch and full schedule will be released in mid-June.
Ãn Cuisine in Cary is hosting its first ever Rosé Wine Dinner next Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m. It will feature a 5-course fare with rosé wine pairings. Weather permitting, this experience will be on their outdoor patio to match the jovial nature of cuisine and libations combined. The full experience is $85 per person and reservations must be made in advance.
The Museum of Life and Science in Durham will again host their Science of Eats event this year on June 2 from 6:30 'til 10 p.m. They are bringing sweet, sour, and science together for one grand night of eating and exploration. All of your favorite local food vendors will be on hand with samples while our friends from Duke, UNC and NC State share the latest in food science research. Chat with local chefs and explore demonstrations and experiments on everything from what happens to your brain on sugar to how your genes affect your perception of flavor. And if interested, there is a special reception from 5-6:30 p.m. with Vivian Howard. Get tickets and all the details here.
Food Bank Corner
The Letter Carriers Food Drive is back for its 24th year - and will be on Saturday, May 14. It's easy! Pack a bag of food and set it by your mailbox. Your letter carrier will do the rest! Check out the list of most needed items here!
Sean Lennard covers food news on his blog, Triangle Food Blog.