The coming year promises new events and long anticipated business openings in the Triangle, including crowd-funded restaurants, new breweries and a few fabulous events (even some with cookbooks). Let’s take a peek at a few future favorites:
A projected opening date has yet to be announced, but Durham’s favorite donut trike, Monuts has selected its downtown Durham shop location. Many Triangle locals have followed the Monut venture and raved about the unique flavors, like Blueberry Cabernet, Cinnamon Hibiscus and the marshmallow-creme filled, chocolate iced Hot Chocolate donut. In December, the duo behind Monuts ventured north to Toronto to compete in a Food Network donut making showdown. Anticipation’s certainly building for the Monut’s shop opening as well as for watching Monuts work donut magic on national television in 2013.
Another person-powered mobile cart has been hard at work creating a unique space that reflects the community spirit & worldly aesthetic of Cocoa Cinnamon. Twitter followers were excited to learn that barista training began in December, a sure sign that an opening date for the Durham restaurant venue couldn’t be far off. I know I’ve been thinking fond thoughts for a hot cup of cocoa lately.
More tasty treats will find a permanent home in Durham when The Parlour ice cream bus “parks” on Market Street in downtown. A building permit was issued in late December, so it’s far too early to estimate an opening date. But it sure would be nice to spend at least part of Summer 2013 in a Durham ice cream shop, wouldn’t it?
It won’t be much longer until the opening of Fiction Kitchen, a 100% vegetarian/vegan restaurant coming to downtown Raleigh. Once a popular “pop-up” vegan brunch concept (frequently found at The Pinhook in Durham), the bright green building front on Dawson Street seems to foretell a fresh, brilliant, locally-sourced, seasonal menu I’m sure will delight diners of many persuasions.
On the brewed beverage front, North Carolina’s brewery industry should see further expansion in the near (and farther) future. Out of state (at present) craft breweries have announced plans to build facilities in our state, while home-grown breweries look to open in the Triangle in the coming year. Look for Deep River Brewing in Clayton, Haw River Farmhouse Ales in Saxapahaw, Raleigh Brewing Co. (which will be the first female owned brewing company in NC), Crank Arm Brewing Co. (on Davie Street) and Trophy Brewing Co. in Raleigh, Hosanna Brewing Co. in Fuquay-Varina, and Fortnight Brewing Co. in Cary. Plus, the first ever Bull City Food & Beer Experience event is planned for February 24, 2013 at Durham’s DPAC, promising a banner year for beer fans in every corner of the Triangle.
On the cookbook front, UNC Press’ “Savor the South” series will release two more ingredient-themed books in March 2013. This time, we’ll learn how we can prepare “Peaches” and “Tomatoes” via each self-titled cookbook. McIntyre’s Books, found in Pittsboro’s Fearrington Village, has some wonderfully enticing “Cooks & Books” lunch events planned for the first few months in 2013, including “Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking” with Nathalie Dupree on January 23rd and a newly announced event with Smitten Kitchen‘s Deb Perelman on February 22nd.
Four new dining venues, at least seven breweries, one new food/beverage event, new cookbooks and delicious cookbook author events add up to more than a dozen ways to enjoy a new year in the Triangle. Happy 2013!