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[13 Nov 2013 | One Comment | ]

The Cookery is hosting the inaugural (Thank you for not using ‘first annual’) Rent Party to benefit Housing for New Hope, an organization that aims to end homelessness through housing, healthcare, and other support.  The event is $50 with reservation required for the 11/23 soiree.  It will be a night of Gatsby reminiscent indulgence to include hors d’oeuvres from the Catering Company of Chapel Hill, open bar (including Ponysaurus brews on tap!), and the Mint Julep Jazz Band.

The event is a revival of the …

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[25 Oct 2013 | 3 Comments | ]

The temperatures have finally fallen, the leaves are starting to turn, and pumpkin is showing up on every menu in town – fall is here and with it comes an excuse to wear ridiculous costumes and parade or lurch around town. This weekend kicks off many of the Halloween events around town. Here is a quickly assembled, in no way complete, list of celebratory activities in the Bull City over the next week.

Friday, October 25

Widows & Wakes: A Victorian House in Mourning – Duke Homestead
Costumed guides …

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[11 Oct 2013 | One Comment | ]

 

It’s time for the second block party of the year in Old North Durham.  Will & Pop’s will be there.  So will Capt. Poncho’s, among others.  Though of particular interest is the presence of (former) Old North Durham resident, Pork in the Road.  It’s a great opportunity to taste some goodies from a food-truck-in-the-making.

Since I took a shine to Pork in the Road when it was campaigning for crowd-sourced funds, I contacted Mr. Thompson to catch up on his progress.  He has plans drawn up …

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[3 Oct 2013 | One Comment | ]

We stopped by last Friday night to check out the opening of a new exhibit of botanical themed art, the Paradise Garden Project, at the Carrack Gallery (one of our favorite spots in town). In addition to lots of cool garden and vegetable themed art, there was live music, cool plant themed food (charcoal cookies, pumpkin pie, rosemary bread, Loaf spreads) and free wine and PBR.

Turns out, they are having a similar “closing reception” this Saturday. The music will be from Katherine Whalen (of Squirrel …

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[1 Oct 2013 | 4 Comments | ]

If you ever find yourself taking a few wrong turns and ending up in Raleigh *shudder* you can take solace in the fact that there will soon be a bit of Durham there to comfort you.

Wine Authorities’ second location!

Coming this October to the Mordecai/Oakwood neighborhood at 211 E. Franklin Street.

The Raleigh location will offer the same great service and “wine is fun for everyone” attitude that has made Wine Authorities a Durham favorite since it opened its doors in September 2007.

To ensure that the …

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[24 Sep 2013 | One Comment | ]

This week in Durham, you have your choice of spoken word performance, a big beat dance party, the pride parade and more.

Tomorrow night, there is an opening at Outsider’s Art Gallery (sadly one of the last, as Outsiders Art is closing down later this year) and chicken shit bingo at Fullsteam.

The Outsiders Art Gallery reception is for Charlie Lucas “Tin Man” from 5:30-8 pm. In addition to art, there will be food trucks and live music. More information here.

An Austin staple, chicken shit bingo was a big hit …

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[18 Sep 2013 | 13 Comments | ]

Motorco announced today that it will begin serving food later this fall. From Motorco:

“The venue’s founding partners have tapped their longtime friend, Watts-Hillandale neighbor and Durham native Chris Holloway, to make good on their original 2009 plan to open a kitchen.

Holloway built his 20-year culinary reputation in Boston and DC before returning home in 2007 as executive chef at A Southern Season. In the last few years, he has opened two restaurants on Duke’s campus and most recently, one in Roxboro.”

Making this a cool partnership is …

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[17 Sep 2013 | One Comment | ]

Keil Jansen says he is “brewing the beers beer would drink if beer could drink beer.”  And I agree.

Jansen has long been involved in the homebrewing community (ie: TRiangleUnabashedhomeBrewers and Brew Durham) and recently quit his day job to pursue his nanobrewing aspirations.  He has teamed up with duo David Baldwin of Baldwin& (AdAge’s 2012 Small Agency of the Year) and Jennifer Gardner of prettyfab PR on the business end and Nick Hawthorne-Johnson of The Cookery for logistics.  Ponysaurus is the first commercial …

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[5 Sep 2013 | No Comment | ]

This Saturday, September 6, the Historic Stagville Foundation is hosting a food and history festival featuring food historian and chef Michael Twitty.  There will be mule and wagon rides for family fun as well as some free tastings of traditional grub.  The daytime events are free and open to the public.  Click here for more information about the festival.  The weather looks to be great for a stroll around an impressive and important piece of Durham history.

In the evening there is a 19th century dinner prepared …

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[29 Aug 2013 | 2 Comments | ]

If you haven’t checked out one of the Museum of Life and Science’s After Hours events, the Science of Beer is probably the one to attend. This is the fourth annual Science of Beer event at the museum and this year they’ll have brews from over 15 North Carolina breweries.

In addition to imbibing, folks will have the chance to learn about beer making, why certain beers appeal to certain people, excellent foods and beer partners and more.

There will be samples of beer from over 15 NC breweries, scientists …