Raleigh City Farm Annual Harvest Dinner – October 5th!

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Raleigh City Farm Harvest Dinner ~ October 5th, 2014
(Sean Barker – Kailyard Farm, Sean Wilson – Fullsteam Brewery, Christopher Rumbley – Raleigh City Farm, Chef Scott Crawford – Standard Foods, Graig Heffley – Wine Authorities)

Standard Foods is collaborating with Raleigh City Farm to host their second Annual Harvest Dinner at 6pm on October 5th, 2014. “It’s an honor to raise awareness and funds for our neighboring urban farm, Raleigh City Farm, so that it can grow into its full potential in serving this community,” explained John Holmes, who will open Standard Foods this winter with Chef Scott Crawford, and who is also responsible for revitalizing Person Street Plaza. “We’re especially proud of what we’ve accomplished, growing into a unique model of community-supported urban farming,” explained Christopher Rumbley, CEO of Raleigh City Farm. “The support of Raleigh’s extraordinary culinary community has been crucial and Standard Foods, opening directly beside the farm, has the potential to take it up another notch for all of us.” Raleigh City Farm is located at Person Street Plaza at 800 North Blount Street (map).

Harvest Dinner Details
Together, Standard Foods and Raleigh City Farm invite guests to join them Sunday, October 5th for an allvegetable family-style feast on the farm. Just as at Standard Foods, Chef Scott Crawford will let Raleigh City Farm’s fall harvest dictate the menu. Crawford will prepare a diverse selection of fall vegetables – raw, pickled, smoked, braised, and in desserts. This seated, multi-course, family-style dinner, will be paired with wines from neighboring wine retailer, Wine Authorities, who has developed a national reputation for their commitment to small estate, “farmer-grown” wines. Fullsteam Brewery of Durham will be providing plow-to-pint beer for the dinner. They use only local ingredients to give their beer distinct character and because they believe the act of local commerce creates jobs and wealth for North Carolina farmers and food producers.

MENU

Yellow Dog Bread with Butter & Pickles

Potato & Peanut Chowder
Smoked Apples, Lacinato Kale, Rosemary Croutons

Baby Lettuce
Pickeld Field Peas, Capers, Radish, Buttermilk, Herbs

Barely & Wheat Berry Risotto
Caramelized Onion, Crispy Mushrooms, Goat Parmesan

Paw Paw Pudding
Salted Butter Cookies, Coconut Cream, Hazelnuts

SIDES

Roasted Beets
Orange, Brown Butter, Pecans

Hot & Sour Eggplant
Sweet Pepper, Pac Choi, Thai Basil

Raleigh City Farm

Ticket Information
For guests seeking a more intimate experience with the farm, they may attend at 5pm for a special program including wine cocktails and snacks, an opportunity to meet Chef Scott Crawford and learn about Standard Foods, and enjoy informative farmer guided tours, prior to the dinner at 6pm, for $200. Tickets for the farm dinner beginning at 6pm are $125. During the dinner, RCF will host a brief auction, including experiences such as a dinner prepared by Chef Crawford in his home, and a wine tasting for 10. All tickets can be purchased through http://raleighcityfarm.brownpapertickets.com.

About Raleigh City Farm
Raleigh City Farm, located at 800 North Blount Street, is a high-production, community-supported, urban farm in the heart of Raleigh. RCF accelerates new farm entrepreneurs through co-location, shared infrastructure, collaborative production planning, co-marketing and distribution. www.raleighcityfarm.org

About Chef Crawford
Inspired to pursue his own restaurant concepts and contribute to the burgeoning downtown Raleigh community, Scott Crawford joined forces with John Holmes to form Nash Square Hospitality and open Standard Foods this fall, and Nash Tavern in 2015. Renowned for elevating regional American cuisine in North Carolina, Crawford is now poised to share his progressive and much more casual, seasonal Southern cuisine with a broader audience, and ultimately, to have a transformative effect on his community. Under Crawford’s direction as Executive Chef at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Herons received the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond awards for the first time, and in 2012, Newsweek named Herons among the “101 Best Places to Eat in the World.” Prior accolades include Esquire’s “Best New Restaurant” which Crawford earned in 2006 at The Georgian Room at The Cloister Hotel in Sea Island, Georgia. Crawford is also a three-time James Beard Foundation semi-finalist for “Best Chef: Southeast.” Twitter: @chefcrawford; Instagram: @scrawford1340

 

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Beericana ~ Saturday September 27th in Holly Springs

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If you like craft beer & food trucks you wouln’t want to miss Beericana this weekend in Holly Springs. This Craft Beer & Music Festival will feature over 60 Breweries from across the state and beyond. There will also be 10 food trucks onsite and live Americana music all day. This event will take place outside at Sugg Farm Park and the weather forecast is looking beautiful with sunny skies and temps in the mid 70’s. The layout of the festival is provided in the map below.

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Tickets are $45 for general admission, $75 for VIP, and $15 Designated Driver. Tickets can be purchased online at Beericana.com. You can view the full list of breweries here. There will be plenty of great local trucks too, view the list of food trucks here. Parking is Free.

Beericana Craft Beer & Music Festival
September 27th, 2014 12pm-6pm
Sugg Farn Park – Holly Springs, NC (map)
www.beericana.com
For updates & inside notes follow them on twitter @beericana and @919beer.

All attendees are urged to taste responsibly. Please know your limits. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted into the show. Valid photo identification must be presented. Check out the FAQ on the the event website for additional details.

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Urban Artist Hosting Underground Exhibit in Durham ~ Friday Sept 19th


A one of kind exhibit of works by local artist Tony Waldron is scheduled for this Friday, September 19th at 8pm at 106 Main in Durham. Tony’s work has been shown in galleries around Durham and Raleigh; however this is his first solo exhibit. He wants to provide a totally unique experience for exhibiting his art. The space is not your typical white walled gallery and will provide the perfect setting for viewing his latest works. The exhibit space will only be open to the public for 3 hours before the lights go dim.

This show will take you underground into Tony’s world of art. It will feature five new pieces that have never before been seen by the public, in a space that has not been open to the public for 40 years. For one night only, the owner of 106 Main will open a 123 year old underground room that has been transformed into an exhibit space. Each piece of art will feature a custom built installation that will enhance the viewing experience, and is designed to stimulate your senses and set your mind racing with thoughts and emotions. Come for the experience, but stay for the party.

Continue your Third Friday festivities at street level in the main bar space. 106 Main is a throwback bar reminiscent of times past. The drinks here are made and served with pride, using nothing but the finest ingredients. This place has a great atmosphere and good vibes to spare. If you’ve never been here, this may just be the chill local bar you’ve always been looking for.

“It’s Coming” Exhibit by local Arties Tony Waldron
106 Main St. Durham, NC 27701
One night only, Friday September 19th
Show hours 8pm – 11pm; Art Party hours 8pm – 2am

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Picture of the Week: Biscuits & Coffee in Durham

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Wicked Biscuit at Cocoa Cinnamon

This week’s picture was actually taken last Sunday. My wife and I headed over to Durham to grab some coffee and tea at Cocoa Cinnamon. It is one of my favorite coffee shops and we enjoy sitting outside among their patio tables and people watch. This past summer food trucks have started showing up at the shop for “Sunday Brunch” and while the trucks tend to rotate, one of the regular trucks you can find there on Sunday is the relatively new Wicked Biscuit truck. I didn’t get the opportunity to try a biscuit on this visit (we were on our way to the park) but I plan to do so very soon. In the meantime you can track the truck to find out where they will be by following them on twitter at @WickedBiscuitCo.

Cocoa Cinnamon ~ 420 W. Geer Street – Durham, NC

I couldn’t possible share about Cocoa Cinnamon without at least one coffee picture! On this visit I tried their Middle Eastern Iced Coffee. Their menu describes it as a slow and cold brewed iced coffee brewed with cardamom, rose petals and vanilla bean. I found it delicious and I highly recommend it if you are looking for something a little different the next time you want an iced coffee. Cocoa Cinnamon is a great community space and one of my go to places in Durham. To keep tabs on their latest offerings and things going on at the shop follow them on twitter at @CocoaCinnamon.

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zpizza ~ Globally Inspired Pizzas

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Like many people out there I am a big fan of pizza. Over the years I have kind become a pizza snob. I’ve had my fair share of both good and bad pizza while growing up at the Jersey shore (although I have to admit that being from NJ does not make one a pizza expert). I have also found some really great pizza places here in Raleigh. While I typically stick to non-chain restaurants, one exception I regularly make to this rule is zpizza.  The reason why I frequent them is not only because their pizza tastes great, but they use really good quality ingredients in their pies and salads. The difference is in the fresh toppings, organic tomato sauce, GMO free wheat flour in their crust, and they even offer a gluten free crust options which makes my wife very happy.

Napoli Pizza

I recently had a chance to sample a few of their latest menu offerings now featuring new globally inspired ingredients and I continue to be impressed with the quality pizzas they offer. Now I am a bit of a bore when it comes to pizza. I typically stick to a basic cheese & pepperoni (zpizza’s pepperoni is MSG-free pepperoni with no added nitrites or preservatives). But on my most recent visit I tried something a little different. I ordered the Napoli pizza. This pie features tomatoes, parmesan cheese, mozzarella, basil, and roasted garlic sauce. I loved the combination of garlic and parmesan. It added a bit of a bite to the pizza and went well with fresh tomatoes and balanced well with the layer of mozzarella and crisp thin crust.

Below are a few of zpizza’s other popular pizza selections that I hope to try in the near future:

  • Greek – Features the rustic flavors of the Mediterranean with feta, Red onions, oregano and Greek olives
  • Thai Chicken – Pizza w/ an Asian twist that includes. Thai peanut sauce, Thai chicken, bean sprouts, carrots and cilantro
  • Mexican – Bueno con lime chicken, avocado and sour cream
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ZBQ Salad

zpizza also serves flat-bread sandwiches, pasta and salads. One of my favorite salads is their “ZBQ” salad with mixed greens, BBQ chicken, roasted red peppers, red onions, corn and chipotle dressing. I like a little protein with my greens and the zesty chicken goes really well with the mixed greens and chipotle. My wife enjoys the strawberry and fetta salad with balsamic vinaigrette. Both saldads are quite good and when paired with a large pizza could easily serve two people for a nice healthy dinner. I am sort of a creature of habit so the Napoli and ZBQ have become my go to choices at zpizza but there are many more pizza and salad options to choose from. You can view their full menu offerings on the Zpizza website.

Strawberry Feta Salad (1)

Pizza & Salad Giveaway
The great people at zpizza have provide coupons for a Free large pizza and salad for me to give away to one lucky TriangleExplorer reader. To enter the free giveaway simply leave a comment below. I will randomly select a winner on Tuesday September 16th. At this point there are only three zpizza locations that I know of in the Triangle Area. Two are in Raleigh and one is Cary. I’ve listed the locations below in case you would like to check them out.

Triangle Locations

zpizza Downtown Raleigh
421 Fayetteville St
Raleigh, NC

zpizza North Raleigh
9630 Falls of Neuse Rd
Raleigh, NC

zpizza Cary
96 Cornerstone Drive
Cary, NC

 

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