Here we go again – another week of amazing amounts of good food & fun in the Triangle! Time for this week’s “Localista Picks” for your Eat~Play~Shop local consideration. Each week I highlight a few area activities and local businesses you might want to consider fitting into your very busy agenda (they’ll be worth the effort. I promise). So, without further ado…
The Fall Fundraiser for Farmer Foodshare is Wednesday (Nov 6, 5-7 pm) at Carrboro’s Steel String Brewery. Attendees will enjoy complimentary local snacks from Vimala’s Curryblossom Café, The Pig Restaurant and Neal’s Deli with the price of admission ($25 per person and tickets can be purchased here). Attire is casual and if you’d like, bring some extra cash to purchase a local Steel String Brew.
There’s one more Orange County event I’m throwing in the mix this week. RSVVP Day is Tuesday (Nov 12) at a number of restaurants, from Carrboro to Hillsborough and points in between. RSVVP stands for “Restaurants Sharing 10 Percent” and each participating restaurant will contribute 10% of their total proceeds on RSVVP Day to benefit the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service’s FoodFirst programs: Food Pantry and Community Kitchen. So make plans to eat out next Tuesday!
In case you missed it, the big blue Baguettaboutit food truck has opened a new brick & mortar location this week in the Durham/RTP area (much to the delight of the RTP lunch crowds). You’ll find the new cafe in the strip mall near the corner of S Miami Blvd and TW Alexander Drive. Hours of operation are 11 am to 2 pm, Monday through Friday. But never fear food truck fans, the truck’s still out and about in the rest of the Triangle.
In Cary a new pizza option has come to town, with the opening of Patrick Jane’s Gourmet Pizza Bar in the Shoppes of Kildaire last month. I’ve not had the chance to stop in yet, but their use of locally sourced ingredients, such as flour from Lindley Mills in Graham and unique menu items like the Bacon & Blueberry Jam Brunch Pizza has placed them high on my “gotta try ’em” list. The menu at Patrick Jane’s also includes Gluten Free options.
I confess I know little to nothing about the Arsenal Football Club, or why their supporters refer to themselves as “Gooners”. But I do know that they have a most enthusiastic fan base here in the Triangle Gooners. This Sunday (Nov 10) is a big match against Manchester United and the Triangle Gooners are meeting up at Bull McCabes (11 am – 1:30 pm). They’re calling it #PackThePub event with the goal of smashing their one-day match viewing attendance record of 85. The goal is “to surpass 100 Gooners in the pub, get loud and defeat ManU.” If they reach that goal, they will be raffling off some cool items for those in attendance after the match. Want to join in? Learn more here.
The second Friday night of each month brings Art After Hours to the streets of downtown Wake Forest. Everyone is invited to come and experience the dining, art and retail merchants. Many downtown businesses stay open until 9 pm and for the night owls, White Street Brewing will remain open a little later. 90s Rock cover band, Undercover, will be performing in the taproom and Red Hot & Blue food truck (out of North Raleigh) will serve some delicious barbecue… to pair nicely with a stout perhaps (more about that below)?
This Friday (Nov 8) is Second Friday Artwalk in/around Chapel Hill and Carrboro and four new venues have joined in the fun this month (read more about them here). It’s also the opening reception for “Artful Giving” at Frank Gallery (6-9 PM). The gallery’s collection of talented artists and invited guest artists will offer an array of items for our shopping pleasure: unique jewelry, scarves, handmade paper goods, ceramics, woodwork, fine art, and more.
Smitten Boutique in Durham celebrates its 5 year anniversary this Wednesday (Nov 6) with a store wide sale (10 am – 6 pm). Stop by the downtown Durham shop and register for a special raffle where the prize is one year of Smitten Boutique gift cards (One $50 gift card to spend each month and stay looking fabulous)! In addition to the raffle, there will be door prizes, sweet treats and store wide discounts on many items.
Local master baker and cookbook author, Lionel Vatinet of La Farm Bakery & Cafe in Cary, starts a local book tour this week for “A Passion for Bread: Lessons from a Master Baker”. One of the first stops is Raleigh’s Quail Ridge Books this Saturday afternoon (Nov 9, 2-3 pm). If you’ve ever felt intimated by the art of bread making, this new book may be just the right tool, one that demystifies bread making with step-by-step photographs. We all like pretty food pictures, right?
Friday is my favorite beer day of the entire beer year, Stout Day. You may have an entirely different opinion about stouts (and that’s ok, there are plenty of other beers on the shelf, leaving more stout for me thank-you-very-much). If you’re in the stout fan section (with me) you’ll find many area bottle shops celebrating the day this Friday (Nov 8), much like Chapel Hill’s Beer Study where they’ll be pouring several stouts starting at noon.
And don’t forget we’re in the midst of Craft Fair Season – Artful Shop-portunities abound this weekend too (read more about those here).