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Triangle Chefs Will Compete in The NCRLA Chef Showdown Competition in Charlotte

No one person from the Triangle has ever brought home the coveted titles of Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year or Mixologist of the Year, but maybe this is the year and third time's the charm? In 2016, Tim VanBeek of Durham's Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club won People’s Choice Mixologist. Nobody else since has gotten their hands on any of the coveted titles. This is the first time the main NCRLA Chef Showdown event...

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...

Enjoy All Things Local, Southern Style at Local 22 Kitchen + Bar in Durham

Local 22 Kitchen + Bar is truly a hidden gem, located somewhat off of the beaten path in the Erwin Square directly on W. Main Street. This is between Duke's central campus and the 9th Street district. It’s worth hunting down, as this local spot is a unique farm-to-table gastropub serving up modern Southern fare in a relaxed, casual vibe that is all about "sharing what they love." The first thing you will want to do when you walk...

JB Duke Hotel Staycation — Great Local Spot To Immerse in All Things Duke University

A much needed long weekend or a holiday rolls around and you want to take advantage of that extra day or two off from work to scratch your traveler’s itch. What if you could experience an excursion without the long travel time by car or airplane? I was introduced to the idea of a staycation, and the JB Duke Hotel proved that you can truly escape in your backyard. The JB Duke Hotel hosts 198 guestrooms and suites in the...

Farm Table Kitchen & Bar in Wake Forest: Staying True to The Seasonal Promise

With the highly anticipated recent grand opening of Buku's second location in Wake Forest in addition to many other foodie delights around town that have been popping up as of late, Wake Forest is well on its way to becoming a powerhouse foodie destination of its own in the Raleigh - Durham region! Helping it along is Farm Table, a unique farm-to-table kitchen & bar that has been around for four years. This unique large and well-appointed restaurant can accommodate...

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...

The Triangle’s First Year-Round Indoor “Public Market” Launches in Chapel Hill

There really is no shortage of popular mobile food purveyors in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill "Triangle area" such as food trucks and on-the-go mobile vendors, but another food movement that has been taking off as of late revolves around a new kind of convenience for customers: the food market or food hall. This brand new business model allows multiple different vendors to create and offer their delicious creations under one roof. Food markets have been on the horizon for some time in...

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...

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...

Poke Burri Brings Creative Asian Fusion Fare to the Raleigh Food Scene

If you love sushi and burritos, we have amazing news for y'all - now you can have both, served fusion style! Atlanta-based Poke Burri has opened its first North Carolina location in North Raleigh. The creative and award-winning Asian fusion menu includes Hawaiian poke bowls, sushi burrito rolls, and even sushi donuts. Owner Seven Chan originally opened Poke Burri in Atlanta with Chef Ken Yu in 2016. Their restaurant quickly became very popular and has been featured on Eater and...

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...

Take Your Crew Out for Brunch on a Budget in Raleigh or Durham

Many times, a social gathering for new friends and old usually consists of either drinks out one evening, or a meal shared on the weekend when life has (hopefully) slowed down a little. One of the more leisurely meals to suit most occasions is, of course, brunch. With such a busy social life, those brunches can add up quickly. No worries though! There are a number of options in Raleigh and Durham to get the most out of your brunching...

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...

5 Great Local Spots With Rooftops To Enjoy Your Next Brunch Outdoors

It took a little longer this year, but winter coats have finally been sloughed off and replaced with a comforting breeze blowing the green, leafy tree branches to welcome in warmer months. On a most ideal of weekend days, there is nothing quite like basking in the sun and enjoying brunch, a favorite of lazy weekend fare. Part of the dining out experience is the atmosphere, and with these idyllic rooftops in Raleigh and Durham, you may find that your...

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...

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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...