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Triangle Foodie Happenings

It’s time for another Triangle Foodie Happening post, in large part because Dishcrawl is going crazy in the Bull City this week! What is Dishcrawl? It is a nationwide company that puts together one night events with the goal of focusing on a city or neighborhood’s cuisines. If you are thinking food tourism, you are right! But Dishcrawl has a twist: the four restaurants that are featured remain a secret until that evening’s tour. Dishcrawl first came to Raleigh in the spring, but now it’s set its sights on Durham, and demand has been so high, they added a second night for back-to-back events. I’ll be joining on a press pass on 7/9 at 7 pm for the Five Points Feast. Want to meet up with me and Dishcrawl? There are still a few tickets left here: $45 gets you four courses, and vegetarians can be accommodated. The originally scheduled event, on 7/10, is sold out so Tuesday night is your only chance!

Only chance for Durham, that is. Dishcrawl is also holding an event in Raleigh in July. On 7/24 at 7:00 pm the historic Moore Square district will be the tour’s focus. Tickets are again $45 and include four courses at four restaurants, locations to be revealed. Locations will remain secret until the reveal, but I can guess a few likely suspects...get your tickets here!


Zely & Ritz, in Raleigh, is gearing up for their annual series of tomato dinners. What more do you need to know than summer-fresh tomatoes? How about that it’s six courses for only $49? If you’re a drinker, that’ll be $75 with wine pairings, and the menu is as follows:

  • Reception, BLT Bite, Las Lilas Vinho Verde Blanco, Portugal, 2012
  • 1st Course, Coon Rock Farm Heirloom Tomato & Vegetable Gazpacho, possibly Michlits Frizzante Pinot Noir Rose
  • 2nd Course, Coon Rock Farm & Wild Onion Farm Heirloom Tomatoes: Cherokee Purple, German Green, Chocolate Stripe, Persimmon, Virginia Sweets & Richard’s Black with Chapel Hill Creamery Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Fresh Basil, and Sweet Balsamic Vinegar Glaze Wine, and likely the Domaine de Aubuisieres Cuvee de Silex Vouvray,(Chenin Blanc) Loire Valley, France 2011
  • 3rd Course, Assorted Heirloom Tomatoes Stuffed with Rabbit and Sweet Corn Served on a Bed of Creamy Sweet Corn Risotto with a yet to be determined Pinot Noir, from the Willamette Valley, OR
  • 4th Course, Harris Robinette Ribeye of Beef Roasted with Caramelized Onions and Tomato Guts, Served with Grilled Eggplant, Grilled Squash, Roasted New Potatoes and Finished with Over Dried Amish Paste Roma Tomatoes with a yet to be determined Zinfandel probably from Napa Valley, CA
  • 5th Course, Sungold Tomato Panna Cotta almost certainly with La Spinetta Bricco Quaglia Moscato D’Asti, Piedmont Italy 2012

Want in? Make sure to RSVP soon, because these dinners sell out! Available dates are 7/10, 7/18, 7/23, 7/25, and 7/31. Call 919.828.0018.

On 7/26 at 6 pm, Larry’s Beans in Raleigh is hosting a Hard Coffee Throwdown, a coffee cocktail competition, which sounds delightful! Bartenders will pair up with baristas to create the perfect cocktail made with Larry’s cold-brew coffee. For $5, you can sample their shots and get in on the judging. Now that’s a deal! It’s taking place at Foundation downtown, and more info can be found here.

Last for this Triangle Foodie Happenings post is the Red, White, & Blu American Classics dinner at blu Seafood in Durham on 7/17 at 7 pm. The wine pairings are from my favorite local wine shop, the Hope Valley Bottle Shop, and the menu is four courses for $50. That menu is…

  • Oysters Rockefeller with Benziger Chardonnay
  • Lump Crab Cobb Salad with A To Z Pinot Gris
  • Fresh North Carolina Catch of the Day with Stone Ground Grits, Collard Greens, and Local Oyster Mushroom Vinaigrette and Three Wine Co. Zinfandel
  • Caramelized Lemon Tart with Sawtooth Riesling

Make your reservations with the restaurant at 919.286.9777.


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Triangle Foodie Happenings

The exciting events for Triangle-based foodies are piling up yet again! Honestly, I’m not sure they ever stop piling — we seem to support an awful lot of delishness for a relatively small metro area. I think that means all us eaters deserve a round of applause … or of digestives. Ouzo, anyone?

I’ve cherry-picked a few upcoming dinners and tastings for this week among the press releases I’ve come across. Here they are in order of soonest to latest:

AndreaMoore-44Tonight at 6:30 pm, Antonia‘s in Hillsborough is hosting a five-course, family style, Italian meal including wine pairings and the very special entertainment of opera singer Andrea Edith Moore. Ms. Moore, a featured soprano with the North Carolina Opera, will perform select arias throughout the dinner. She “currently serves on the voice faculty at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has performed with companies including the Hamburg Kammeroper, Central City Opera, Aspen Music Festival and the North Carolina Opera. Her most recent roles are Micaela in Carmen and the Governess in Turn of the Screw. Among many honors, Moore has received the distinguished Yale School of Music alumni award twice.”

6/21 at 12 pm is a family-style lunch celebrating rose wine at Raleigh’s Zely & Ritz. For $20, you can try all these refreshing summertime sips:

Domaine Les Aphillantes Cotes Du Rhone, France
Marc Plouzeau Chinon Rive Gauche Rose, Loire Valley, France
Elio Perrone Bigaro, Piedmont, Italy
Tegernseerhof Zweigelt Rose, Krems, Austria
Markowitsch Pinot Noir Rose, Carnuntum, Austria

RSVP at 919-828-0018.

On 6/20 at 6 pm, Chef Steven Devereaux Greene of An is putting on a pop-up dinner at the King’s Daughters Inn bed and breakfast in Durham. It’s 5 courses, and the menu is $100 without pairings and $125 with. Chef Greene “is known for his unique take on modern Asian-inspired foods, using local vegetables as well as the freshest seafood and meats, and will be bringing this artistry to his meal.” The courses sound absolutely divine:

Course 1: Chef cocktails and Canapés

Course 2: Hamachi Tartare–Yuzu, Cucumber, Coriander, Barley, Aged White Soy

 Course 3: Sea Scallops–Tapioca, Asian Pear Salad, Ginger Puree, Thai Coconut 

Course 4: Border Springs Lamb–Marbled Potatoes, Preserved Lemon, 7-Spiced Honey

Course 5: Goat Cheese Cheesecake–Pickled Strawberries, Szechuan Dust, Moscoto Sherbet

For reservations, click here.

Bull City Burger and Brew is hosting Paul Saginaw, co-founder of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses at 6/22 at 8 pm on the patio in Durham. As BCBB writes,

Zingerman’s is an inspiration to Bull City Burger and Brewery….We are thrilled to have Paul visit and talk about his business and developing a business within a community….Zingerman’s Delicatessen was founded in 1982…Today they have over 500 employees with a family of 15 unique businesses all related to food, community, service training, and more.

The event is limited to 30 people, and for $16.50, you can build your own burger, get dirty fries, and an alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverage of your choice in addition to listening to Paul speak. Reserve a spot here.

On 6/26, Donatos Pizza, an Ohio-based chain, are opening a new restaurant at Seaboard Station in Raleigh. Donatos’s “golden crispy thin crust is legendary and when paired with the finest freshest toppings, the result is a pizza taste that you just can’t find anywhere else!” Donatos’s signature is the Edge-to-Edge pizza, meaning the toppings cover every inch of every slice. The menu is here, and Donatos offers delivery and limited in-house dining.

6/26 at 7 pm is the Elizabeth Spencer Wine Dinner, also at Zely & Ritz. The menu and wines are as follows:

Starter-Reception: Wine: Elizabeth Spencer Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino, CA 2012

1st Course: NC Mussels Steamed with Honeysuckle, Dried Pineapple and White Wine. Wines: Elizabeth Spencer Chenin Blanc, Mendocino, CA 2011

2nd Course: Tuna Tartar with Raw Chiogga Beets, Fresh Strawberries, Lemon Thyme  and Sweet Strawberry Vinegar. Wine: Elizabeth Spencer Grenache Rose, Mendocino, CA 2012

3rd Course: Duck Confit with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Braised Chinese Cabbage and Blueberry Sauce. Wine: Elizabeth Spencer Syrah, Sonoma Coast, CA 2011

4th Course: Ribeye of Beef with Creamy Risotto and Elderberry Sauce. Wine: Elizabeth Spencer Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA 2009

5th Course: Chocolate  Truffles. Larry’s Beans Coffees & Teatulia Teas

mystery beer dinner

For a third 6/26 option, try the Mystery Beer Dinner at the Washington Duke Inn at 6 pm. I’m just going to let the flyer speak for itself. Click it for all the details.


Is that enough for one week? Probably not, because I’m sure plenty of Triangle foodie fun in missing from this list. Enjoy, wherever your stomachs take you!

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Triangle Foodie Happenings

Time for another installment of Triangle Foodie Happenings! These are events coming up in the next week that I wish I could make, but hopefully you can! We really do have a ridiculous amount of foodie fun options in this area.

jujube logoSpanish Wine Dinner with Laurence Vuelta at Jujube! 4/30, 7 pm, $47. Jujube’s wine dinners are my favorite in the area, and they are usually pretty affordable, which is always a plus for a food blogger like me. Charlie Deal, Jujube and Dos Perros’s chef/owner, hit some highlights of the wines and menu, describing it thusly, “When we sat down and started tasting through them [the wines], I thought it might be fun to put together a Spanish-inspired menu using Asian touches, which should be really fun for me to make and really tasty for you to eat. If I had to pick a star in the line-up, it would be the refined and effusive Terras Gauda Albarino. … Minerally, briny, but so lush and supple, all at once.  In honor of its Basque origin, we thought we’d serve it with a few pintxos, just like they might in Donastia. Well, they might if someone was working out of an Asian cupboard .Bookending the meal are a bright and lovely Cava from Gran Bach (paired with what I think is going to be an exquisite croqueta of local ham) and a friendly, yet regal Priorat, paired, as I think it should be with roasted lamb.”

Here’s the dinner menu:

JohnstonCounty country ham croqueta with Asian pear coulis
-Gran Bach Cava Brut NV

Pintxos platter of friend anchovy with almond-chile sauce
and radicchio-mizuna “ramo” with Chinese olive aioli
-Terras Gauda Albarino Abadia de San Campio 2012

Grilled quail with peanut sauce and cucumber salad
-Raimat Tempranillo 2008

Shiitakes a la Plancha
-Vina Zaca Rioja 2008

Roasted lamb with grilled onion-mixed grain salad, and yogurt sauce
-Scala dei Negre Priorat 2011

Reservations can be made at 919.960.0555.

taste carolinaTaste Carolina Tours Artisan Series! Next one is 4/30, 6 pm, $45. Taste Carolina is in the midst of a series of events focusing on local food producers, farmers, and chefs, and the next one is coming up on Tuesday! The series is intended as a package deal, but two events have already passed us by. The good news is that there are four more coming, and you can still buy package deals for the remaining ones if you’d like. Single event tickets go on sale the week of the event. This time around it’s Cackalacky Hot Sauce, Fullsteam Brewery, Pie Pushers, American Meltdown, and The Parlour: An Amalgamation. The event is described as follows, “Beer, hot sauce, food trucks, and ice cream? Perfect! Learn about these five local companies while enjoying food and drink. The evening will begin with a tour of Fullsteam’s Brewery and a beer tasting. Over dinner prepared by Pie Pushers, American Meltdown, and the Parlour (with off-the-menu items) and featuring Cackalacky products, we’ll talk with owners and operators of the businesses collaborating on this event. Arrive at Fullsteam at 6pm sharp. Dinner will take place inside the brewery.”

Upcoming events will focus on TOPO Distillery and the Crunkleton, several of Durham’s taquerias, and Two Chicks Farms and Panciuto. For tickets or more information, head here


Derby Day at Washington Duke! 5/4, 11:30 am to 12:00 am. Washington Duke is hosting a variety of events to celebrate the Kentucky Derby this Saturday. They are having special brunch, tea, and dinner menus, and you can watch the race over three courses if you’d like. Most intriguing to me are the special cocktails of the day: Kentucky Derby: Mint Juleps, Belmont Stakes: Black-eyed Susan, and the Preakness Stakes: White Carnation. There’s also a Derby Day hat contest! Click on the image for the complete details. As the brochure describes it, “Join us for Derby Day at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club’s Fairview Dining Room and Bull Durham Bar while watching the early show coverage, race and post show coverage on the big screens with winning Derby Day cocktail and food specials.”


straw valley


Straw Valley Cafe’s Farmers’ Market! Thursdays, 4 pm to 6:30 pm. Last week, Straw Valley Cafe started hosting a farmer’s market in the parking lot in front of their cafe and Once and Again. That means you should actually be able to see it from 15-501, which is helpful for this notoriously hard to find, but amazing once you get there, cafe. Who doesn’t want another option for fresh produce in the area? Straw Valley says, “Come by to help support your local businesses and farmers and grab a snack or drink from the cafe or bar!” Their Facebook page is the best place to get more info.


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