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Time is Running Out for Local Raleigh Chef — Votes Needed to Win JBF Competition

Chef Sean Fowler Burger Raleigh NC
The prestigious James Beard Foundations' Blended Burger Project competition runs from May 28 to July 31, 2018. Currently, Mandolin restaurant chef/owner & Raleigh native, Sean Fowler's unique burger creation is not anywhere close to winning or making it to the top 20, in order to advance to the next stage of the competition which will conclude in NYC. But there is still a bit of time left for the popular Raleigh based farm-to-table restaurant operator to make some noise...

Some of The Most Delicious & Instagrammable Cupcake Shops in Raleigh

Everyone loves a delectable treat, right! And Raleigh has many decadent bakeries, cupcake and dessert shops that cater both to the sweet tooth and visual eye. So, whether you are heading out to work and just need a little something sweet to complement your cup of coffee, breaking away for an afternoon confection, or trying to find “the go-to place” to grab a late night pastry, consider one of these heavenly cupcake spots in Raleigh that will not disappoint. We...

The Haymaker Cocktail Bar — It May Very Well Knock You Out!

Tucked away discreetly in the back of the newly built Charter Square Building in Downtown Raleigh's City Plaza, you’ll find The Haymaker, one of Raleigh’s most unique new cocktail bars which recently celebrated its 2nd anniversary. Inspired by fighters and 90’s rappers, the decor is as fascinating as that combination. Manager Josh Gagne describes it, as “....if your rich Grandma was out of town and you threw a house party at her house.” This is a pretty accurate description, right...

Enjoy It While You Can — Global Street Food For Lunch @ Buku in Downtown Raleigh

Buku is a trendy dinner spot in the downtown Raleigh area, but did you know they also serve lunch as well? We can’t think of a better escape from the daily grind! Buku is known for serving the best in global street food. Their culinary team just launched a brand new lunch menu recently to add excitement to your lunch hour. Though there are fewer options on the lunch menu than the dinner menu, there is still a great...

At Soca Restaurant – You Can Get an Authentic Taste of the Caribbean, Right Here in Raleigh

Did you know that there’s a Caribbean paradise right here in Raleigh? At the corner of Oberlin and Clark, conveniently located in Cameron Village and just outside of Downtown Raleigh -- you will find Soca, a Cocina Latina featuring menu items found in regions such as Jamaica, Rio de Janeiro, Lima, and Fajardo. The name of the restaurant is the Peruvian word for sugarcane and is also a popular style of Carribean music. The new concept was brought to life...

A Few of Raleigh’s Most Popular & Iconic Video/Photography Spots

If you call the City of Oaks home, you know it isn’t short on scenic spots that look great in pictures and videos! However, if you’re shooting film for your local business, not just anywhere will do in Raleigh. You’ll want to make sure that the location you choose is easily recognizable and unique so you can identify with your target audience - the locals! To help you out, we’ve compiled a short list with the help of Raleigh-based professional...

Yummy Brunch Dishes in Raleigh Which You Won’t Forget Anytime Soon!

Trendy new restaurants pop up all over the Triangle with nary a complaint. And while there’s the desire to try every new diner, café and cinema drafthouse (looking at you, Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh) as soon as the Instagram photos appear on your feed, there is something about the “old reliables.” So yes, new places can be fantastic, and there is no shortage of food for every palette. But while in Raleigh for brunch, the holiest of meal outings when the...

New Raleigh Restaurants Shine at Thrive NC!

The month of May was definitely a memorable one that won't soon be forgotten for the local foodie scene here in Downtown Raleigh. Thrive NC, a two-day foodie festival & community gathering event attended by thousands, held in the historic city market near Moore Square, presented a unique opportunity for new Raleigh restaurants to provide samples of their best dishes and to also get to know the community. With so many fantastic restaurants, bars, and breweries in the Raleigh...

Thrive On, Raleigh! Foodie Wrap-Up of The 2018 Thrive NC Festival

The inaugural Thrive NC in 2018 opened stakeholders’ eyes and festival-goers’ palates to a cultural tool used to bring people together and create change: food. Thrive, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC, aimed to support eight of the area’s nonprofits in hopes of reducing food insecurity and addressing childhood nutrition. In addition to the community Summit hosted as an awareness event to bring community leaders together and open the discussion on food’s impact, Thrive was also a...

Thrive Festival Showcases Local Food Scene & Importance of NC Culture

The goal of the inaugural Thrive NC event was to bring the community together through food, culture, and community. The event featured a 2-day festival featuring food and drink samples, cooking demonstrations by the area’s most popular chefs, and live music by well-established local musicians. Though the true draw was definitely the foodie festival, Thrive NC, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield, also featured a Summit, which brought food policy thought leaders and community leaders together to address nutrition...

Cool Dog Friendly Restaurants Worth Checking Out in Raleigh

Warm weather often gives way to your desire to spend more and more time outdoors on the patio at most places, of course with your pets by your side. I’m completely objective in saying a meal shared with a pet is better than a meal shared with a Tinder date. So, I searched around Downtown Raleigh high and low to see what local restaurants not only cater to my human needs but also the needs of my furry side-kick! Here...

Taste Years of Mediterranean Traditions at Sassool in Raleigh / Cary

To tell the story of Sassool Mediterranean Cafe, you first have to tell the tale of Neomonde Bakery. When the Saleh family came to America, they longed for the Lebanese food they left behind, particularly fresh pita bread. Inspired by family recipes going back generations -- four brothers, Sam, Joe, Mounir, and DeGaulle, opened Neomonde Bakery in 1977. It eventually expanded into a standalone restaurant with multiple locations throughout the Triangle. In 2011, Mounir decided to start his own restaurant, Sassool....

Foodie Adventure Around The World @ The Newly Opened Buku in Wake Forest

The team at Buku is bringing their global street food concept to a whole new audience in Wake Forest! Why Wake Forest? Co-owner Todd Ohle lives in the charming and fast-growing town of Wake Forest and felt the Northernmost Wake County area was in need of a new restaurant concept. There’s certainly no other restaurant in Wake Forest quite like Buku! Though the space shares the same contemporary, modern look as its original Raleigh location, the Wake Forest location is...

Chef Sean Fowler’s Raleigh Restaurant is The Essential Farm to Table Local Spot

Sean Fowler experienced a long culinary journey before opening Mandolin, his debut restaurant in Raleigh back in 2011. He attended culinary school in Colorado and refined his skills at some of America's best fine dining establishments such as the award-winning Le Bernardin in NYC and Fearrington House in near-by Pittsboro over in Chatham County. Executive Chef/Owner Fowler is a Raleigh native, and the menu at Mandolin reflects his love for his home state of North Carolina. The unique, Southern-inspired...

Raleigh’s Hottest New Event Space “Whitaker & Atlantic” Helps Launch New Red Bull Organics Drink Line in Style

Energy drinks giant Red Bull selected Raleigh, North Carolina as one of the two exclusive markets for the launch of their new line of refreshing beverages called "ORGANICS -- authentic organic refreshment captured and canned." The other US city chosen was San Diego. The Raleigh crowd was most definitely thrilled to represent the east coast and did so to the fullest! The well-attended event took place at Whitaker & Atlantic, a new, hip event space located near Lynnwood Brewing...

New Pizza Food Truck Debuting in Raleigh – Enjoy Italian “Pizza-in-a-Cone” On The Go…

Kono Pizza will be officially launching in Raleigh this weekend. The authentic Italian mobile food truck will be the first of its kind in North Carolina, offering a menu of creative Pizza cones for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and of course dessert. The fun & unique menu at Kono includes over a dozen of the most popular all-time pizza varieties and legendary Italian desserts as well, all stuffed into a thick deliciously unique cone. Their flavors will include meat kones, veggie kones,...

Small New Brewing Company Hoping To Make It Big In Raleigh’s Craft Beer Scene

The soon-to-open Funguys brewery, a joint venture between three young beer enthusiasts, will be located just outside of Downtown Raleigh and off Capital Blvd / Wake Forest Rd. The area just east of Five Points and North of Mordecai has been solidly established as a "Craft Brewing District" and major beer destination with many other well-known local brewing companies who have set up operations near-by, including Big Boss, Lynnwood, Sub Noir, Clouds, Nicklepoint, and Neuse River just to name...

Marbles Kids Museum – Fun Downtown Raleigh Destination to Play & Discover

Marbles Kids Museum is an interactive children’s museum located in the heart of Downtown Raleigh. The museum features over 12 different interactive exhibits that are designed to be fun and educational at the same time. It is one of the most popular destinations for families with children in the state of North Carolina and has received national acclaim for its education through play programs and exhibits. Marbles Kids Museum delivers purposeful play in a big way. Children imagine, discover and...

Experience… “The Most Elegant, Immersive, Live Performance Venue in the Southeast”

The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts is the premier performing arts venue in all of Raleigh and one of the top in the entire Southeast. The center is well known for its outstanding venues and remarkable performances year-round. It hosts many events throughout the calendar year, including theater productions, symphonies, musicians, and speakers. The center has four concert and theater venues. They are the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Meymandi Concert Hall, Fletcher Opera Theater, and Kennedy Theater. You will...

Poole’s Diner – Really That Good or Super Hyped Up? Lets See!

The famous Poole's Diner, previously known as "Poole's Downtown Diner" celebrated its 10th year anniversary on Dec 13, 2017. It's a massive milestone for anyone in the restaurant business. Now, unless you live under a rock or have had no internet access and any sort of communication with humanity in Downtown Raleigh prior to reading this, you've probably heard of Ashley Christensen's name come up once or twice when talking about the best Raleigh hot spots and the exploding...

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XPA in Durham Offers Fun Interactive Activities For The Entire Family

Whether finding ways to occupy your kids’ time during the summer or cultivating a team-building opportunity for fellow staff, there is no shortage of activities for every skill level at Xtreme Park Adventures (XPA). From the newly-opened kid's gem mining zone, 26-obstacle ropes course and a couple escape rooms to the well-established paintball, airsoft...