{Localista Picks} Nov 13 – 19

Like clockwork, we’re in for 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… 

Eat Local

Here we go, the last mega food truck rodeo of 2013 this Sunday (Nov 17, 12:30 – 4:30 pm) at Durham Central Park. I’m going to suggest that you pack a lawn chair (and bring plenty of cash – helps keep the lines moving) for this event. With more than 50 trucks/food vendors, two local breweries (Fullsteam and Triangle Brewing), craft vendors along the bridge trail and live music, you’ll want to settle in for a while to soak up the fun (and let’s hope there’s plenty of sun).


Last week Plates restaurant opened on Glenwood South in Raleigh (in the former Zely & Ritz space) and rave reviews have been pouring in for the “globally inspired, locally produced” menu. Not unexpected for a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in London and former Umstead chef. Personally, I’m excited to find another Sunday brunch option in downtown Raleigh. If you plan to dine soon, making reservations is highly recommended.

Crook’s Corner has been treating us all to Carolina ‘Cue for the last couple of Wednesday evenings, saving us the gas and mileage by bringing a bit of the state’s best barbecue to Chapel Hill. Tonight’s ‘cue is Wilber’s Eastern style pulled pork, all the way from Goldsboro. Make sure you “like” Crook’s Corner on Facebook to keep up with the latest ‘cue heading to Chapel Hill.

Play Local

You can almost smell it by now…the Thanksgiving feast you’ll share with loved ones in just about two weeks. But there’s still time to fit in some fun before the holiday season really cranks up and LoneRider in Raleigh has just the right movie for the season, the classic “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” showing at The Hideout in Brier Creek on Nov 19 (7:30 pm). Bring your lawn chair, perhaps a cozy blanket and some popcorn. There will be plenty of brews on tap to enjoy during the show.

Wasn’t too long ago that sounds of Bluegrass permeated downtown Raleigh. If you’re missing the twang, Cat’s Cradle has the show for you this Friday (Nov 15, doors open at 8 pm) as the Steep Canyon Rangers return to the area. And the opening band in Chapel Hill’s “renegade traditionalists”, Mipso, fresh off the release of their latest album “Dark Holler Pop”. Just what you need to wind down the work week the right way.

It’s said to be “Legendary”, a “Thanks! Giving!” like no other at Fullsteam Brewery on Saturday (Nov 16, 5 to 10 pm). The folks from Cheerwine® and Cackalacky™ (who have collaborated on a very special sauce) are hosting an evening of music (from Durham’s own roving Piano Player and The Bulltown Strutters), food and fun to benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC. We’re all invited to come by and sample some very special Cheerwine-inspired eats and join in the celebration of community.

Shop Local

Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books turns four on Nov. 19 and if you’ve never been to this independent bookseller you need to visit soon. If you’re a cookbook fan (like me 😉 ), you might enjoy a visit on Nov 13 ( at 7 pm) when Lionel Vatinet stops in to discuss his book “A Passion for Bread”. Then again, another visit may be warranted on Nov 18 (at noon) when James Beard award-winning Chef John Besh stops in to sign his book “Cooking from the Heart”. Of course, there are dozens of additional reasons to visit Flyleaf’s shop (and perhaps dine at nearby restaurants like Kitchen, Foster’s Market or Luche Tigre). Happy Fourth Anniversary, Flyleaf!

Downtown Cary Shop Hop (Nov 14, 5 – 8 pm) is a holiday shopping event at 20+ downtown Cary shops and restaurants where one “hops” to each shop (actually, I think literal hopping is totally optional). Look for punch cards and a map of participating businesses to get started (after visiting 5 merchants, customers can enter to win products or services donated by the downtown shops). In addition to each participating business offering refreshments and/or discounts on products or services, look for food trucks and entertainment to round out a really fun event. One of the participating venues is JustNeem (normally not open to the public). Make sure you stop by their business to cut a soap sample and learn more about their sustainable products (which make great holiday gifts by the way). 

Durham’s Vert & Vogue celebrates its 5 year anniversary by donating 5% of sales the week of Nov 16 – 22 to SEEDS (sustainable fashion supporting sustainable agriculture – gotta love it!). Be sure to drop by Vert & Vogue to spruce up your wardrobe and help the Brightleaf Square boutique give back to the Durham community.

BONUS PICK this week for Redress Raleigh‘s Fall Fashion Expo at Durham Armory on Nov 16 (2 – 9 pm). This one-day mini-expo event features two fashion shows: one vintage collection (3:30 pm) and another for local designer collections (6:00 pm). Vintage brands at the event include Raleigh Vintage, Retro Tweet, Revolver Consignment Boutique and Lucky Strike Vintage. But that’s not all. The day long marketplace showcases a variety of responsibly made products. Find more details about the local designers and marketplace vendors (and purchase your passes) at the Redress Raleigh website.



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