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New Feature: Localista Eat~Play~Shop Weekly Picks

In an effort to deliver a more balanced message, I’m trying something new on the blog this week. My goal is to select upcoming events from each corner of the Triangle in each of the Eat~Play~Shop categories. Midweek look for the “Localista Picks” post to highlight a few area activities and local businesses you might want to consider fitting into your very busy agendas.

So, without further ado, here are the very first Localista Picks for Sept. 3rd – Sept. 10th:

Eat Local

Durham’s Watts Grocery and Walking Fish Cooperative team up for what will be an unforgettable evening with Chef Amy Tornquist on September 9th. A five-course dinner will showcase an array of sustainably harvested “strange” seafood from North Carolina’s coast. Proceeds from the event will benefit Saltwater Connections, a project of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center on Harkers Island. Dinner service begins at 7 pm and is $70 per person ($100 w/ wine pairings by the Hope Valley Bottle Shop). To make reservations contact Watts Grocery at 919-416-5040.

Raleigh has a new bakery opening the in Person Street/Mordecai neighborhood, and we’re all invited to the grand opening of Yellow Dog Bread Company during First Friday on Sept. 6th. Expect to find baked goods, like French baguette, fig and walnut wheat bread and jalapeno cheddar rolls, as well as coffee beverages and fun activities during the special opening event.

Though Hot Tin Roof has been open in downtown Hillsborough since early July, they’re celebrating members with a special Grand Opening event on Sept. 6th. From 6:30 to 8:30 pm enjoy free BBQ, draught samples and live music from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Even if you can’t make the party this Friday, stop by most any Friday to find Barone Meatball food truck parked outside.

Barone Meatball truck at Hot Tin Roof Bar in Hillsborough

Play Local

It’s the weekend music fans wait for all year long. Hopscotch Music Festival takes over downtown Raleigh for three days beginning Thursday, Sept. 5th. In addition to the main event shows, fans will find Hopscotch-related day parties like The Art of Cool Project’s Bopscotch, a FREE day party event at The Pour House from noon to 5 pm on Sept. 5th. Visual arts are part of this year’s festival as SiteWork partners with the festival to explore the relationship between music and contemporary visual art. Each participating SiteWork artist is either an artist/musician or an artist working with sound or music-related ideas. In another part of downtown, Shopscotch at Rebus Works (in the Boylan Heights neighborhood) showcases a variety of handcrafts, as well as musicians, performers and food trucks!

The Durham Bulls enter playoff season this week (Go Bulls!) and fans will be treated to two special events at each of this week’s playoff games. Wednesday’s game (Sept. 4th) will feature another Food Truck Fest along the Diamond View Concourse level at the ballpark. Game 2 (Sept 5th) will feature the first ever Craft Beer Rodeo along that same concourse. Fans can sample and then purchase $5 tokens to enjoy pints from breweries including Anchor Brewing, Bear Republic, CBC, Cottonwood, Carolina Brewery, Foothills, Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams, Lagunitas, and Innis and Gunn. A portion of the proceeds from token sales will go to the Durham Bulls Youth Athletic League.

The very popular thematic, storytelling event The Monti starts its new season at Carrboro’s The ArtsCenter this Friday (Sept. 6th). Although this telling does not focus on a theme, the featured speakers are exceptionally interesting and include N&O’s Andrea Weigl, as well as her husband Matt Ehlers. Show time is 8 pm (and shows sometimes contain adult language and themes). You’ll have plenty of time to dine at one of Chapel or Carrboro’s fine restaurants before showtime too.

Shop Local

Now we’re talking… talking cookbooks that is, as local author Sandra Gutierrez launches her newest book “Latin American Street Food: The Best Flavors of Markets, Beaches, and Roadside Stands from Mexico to Argentina” TODAY (Sept. 3rd) at 7:30 pm at Raleigh’s Quail Ridge Books & Music. The cookbook shares with its readers a tasting tour of the most delicious culinary finds of 20 Latin American countries. Samples will be provided by Guasaca Arepa & Salsa Grill.

Durham’s Wine Authorities annual Rose Limerick Contest is now accepting your best five-line poems expressing your devotion to the sometimes maligned pink wines. Complete contest details and judge bios can be found here. You may find it necessary to seek inspiration from the Rose Garden in the Durham wine shop (I know I do), so stop by Wine Authorities soon and make sure you get your entry in before the Sept. 6th midnight deadline! Oh, and when in the Durham shop, ask them about the new location opening in Raleigh later this year.

Have you visited the recently remodeled Carrboro location of Weaver Street Market? This Saturday (Sept. 7th) might be a good time to drop in and help the local coop celebrate their 25th Anniversary with a limited bottle release from some local breweries. Weaver Street is marking the special occasion by ‘cooperating’ with Fullsteam Brewery, Starpoint and Mystery Brewing Company. The three limited editions beers are Hula Hoop Rye Ale from Fullsteam, Starpoint’s Weaverberry Patchwork Stout (made with local blueberries) and Mystery Brewing’s Local Pride Amber Lager. Stop in between 3 & 6 pm for free samples, $5 pints, food and music by Mary Johnson Rockers. Huzzah and long live Weaver Street!

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