Upcoming Events Around The Triangle ~ August & September 2015


This is a quick list of some fun events coming up as we round out the month of August and enter September. The list includes several events I’ve either enjoyed in the past or have recently caught my eye.  Also, while I don’t have a specific dates listed below I highly recommend catching a Durham Bulls Game before the regular season comes to a close the first week of September. Not only is the weather perfect for a night at the ballpark, but you still have a chance to catch fireworks after their Friday & Saturday night home games.

Feel free to leave a comment below if you have a suggestion for additional events you think I should include.

August 2015

September 2015

Recurring Summer / Fall Music Series


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Grounds Cafe Brings Coffee & Craft Beer to Wendell


I recently attended a media event at Grounds Cafe in Wendell. The cafe is located in the “Farmhouse” building adjacent to the community pool and common area in the new Wendell Falls subdivision going up in eastern Wake County. The neighborhood is still in the early stages of development with just a few dozen finished homes at this point, but once built out it will be home to thousands of residents and the epicenter of activity in Wendell.


The cafe is just a 25 minute drive from my house in North Raleigh and is easily accessible from I-540 and US-264 Knightdale bypass. Now that I know how close it is I will definitely be making more visits in the future. And don’t worry, while the cafe is located within the neighborhood it is open to the public and is already becoming a popular place for locals to grab coffee and bite to eat.


The cafe serves Raleigh Coffee Company Coffee, and has a full menu of coffee and espresso drinks. They also serve wine and local beer on tap from Big Boss and White Street Brewery. There are baked goods and egg & cheddar biscuits for breakfast and a sandwiches offered during lunch and dinner. They recently added “DIY” grilled cheese sandwiches  to the menu where you pick out the ingredients from a wide range of cheeses, meats, and toppings and they grill it up for you. There are also other sandwich options like a chicken salad melt, a caprese, and the pimento and pulled pork sandwich.


The setting of the cafe inside the Farmhouse is spacious with tall ceilings and stained concrete floors giving it a modern vibe fused with the rustic exterior look of a barn. The walls of the cafe are made glass allowing a lot of natural lighting. With free Wi-Fi, ample parking, nice views of the grassy common area surrounding the building, and the quiet atmosphere I can definitely see the cafe becoming a popular place for people working remotely or looking for space to meet with a group.


The Farmhouse overlooks the community pool and stage where they host events for the community. Grounds also hosts music on the patio during the warmer months and there are now plans to host a weekly run club on Thursday nights at 6pm and weekly morning yoga classes on the lawn starting this Wednesday at 6:15am. You can read more details about both activities on the Grounds facebook event page.

I look forward to more visit to Grounds and enjoy having a new Triangle coffee shop option that offers a unique setting and a respite from the hustle and bustle of Raleigh. I recommend you check them out and let me know what you think!

Grounds Cafe
320 Vintage Point Lane
Wendell, NC 27591 (map)
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groundsnc
twitter: @Groundsnc
instagram: @GroundsCafe

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Rise Donuts Opening Several Locations Across the Triangle

Rise Donuts

Rise Biscuits & Donuts is expanding to all corners of the Triangle. The first Rise location opened in Durham’s Renaissance Village just behind Southpoint mall  back in 2012. Earlier this year they announced plans to franchise which has led to recent news of plans for additional locations throughout the area. As it stands there are currently plans for five additional shops to open over the next year with rumors of even more locations coming soon.

The newest Rise will open on August 22nd in Morrisville at the Park West Village Shopping Center . This will be followed by locations in Raleigh’s Cameron Village and North Raleigh’s Sutton Square later this fall. On Monday local blogger Carpe Durham broke the news on twitter that Rise would also take over the DaisyCakes space on Foster Street adding it’s first shop to downtown Durham. I’ve also heard news via the Triangle Business Journal that there are plans for a location on Main Street in downtown Carrboro.

Rise is popular for both their rotating donut menu and creative breakfast biscuits. They also feature locally roasted coffee from Bean Traders. I have been particularly impressed with their efforts to offer “trace of gluten” donuts at least once a week for customers trying to avoid gluten. As a donut fan I will continue to keep my eye on Rise and where they plan to open shop next. For now you can follow the newest locations on twitter and facebook (links below) for regular updates on their progress and grand opening dates.

Rise Durham (Original Location)
twitter: @RiseDurhamfacebook: https://www.facebook.com/risebiscuitsdonuts

Rise Morrisville (Opens August 22nd)
twitter: @RiseMorrisvillefacebook: https://www.facebook.com/risemorrisville

Rise Cameron Village (Opening Fall 2015)
twitter: @RiseCameronVlgfacebook: https://www.facebook.com/risecameronvillage

Rise Sutton Square (Opening Fall 2015)
twitter: @RiseNRaleighfacebook: https://www.facebook.com/risesuttonsquare

Rise Downtown Durham (TBD)
twitter: @RiseDtwnDurham

Rise Carrboro (TBD)
twitter: @RiseCarrboro

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Taco Revolution Brings Breakfast Tacos to the Triangle


Yesterday I had my first breakfast taco ever and I think it may be my new favorite way to start the day. Tacos made by Taco Revolution are now on the morning menu at both Brew Coffee Bar and and Cafe de los Muertos in downtown Raleigh. They currently offer steak, chicken, sausage, and vegetarian tacos, which are delivered fresh each morning and typically available until 11am or until they sell out.

I had a the steak taco stuffed with grilled beef tenderloin, cage free scrambled eggs, aged cheddar, and potatoes. It was delicious and just what I needed after my morning run through downtown. Taco Revolution tacos are also available at a few other locations around the Triangle with more being added each week.  To find a full list of places to find their tacos visit the Taco Revolution website http://tacorevo.com/.

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Washington Duke Inn Fullsteam Beer Dinner – August 12th


The Terrace on the Green
Photo courtesy Washington Duke Inn

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, the premier AAA Four Diamond luxury inn and golf club located on the campus of Duke University in Durham is hosting a  Fullsteam Beer Dinner on the beautiful Terrace on the Green Wednesday, August 12th.

Part of their ongoing  summer dinner series, this event will be hosted by the Fairview Dining Room, a Four-Star rated restaurant, and held at Terrace on the Green, the Inn’s spacious, outdoor patio seating area. To make reservations, please visit the event website, or call the Fairview Dining Room at 919.493.6699.

Fullsteam Beer Dinner Details:
Celebrate Durham-based Fullsteam Brewery’s fifth brewing anniversary with a special multi-course menu paired with Fullsteam’s Southern-style craft beer. Executive Chef Jason Cunningham and Chef de Cuisine teamed up with Fullsteam Founder and Brewmaster Sean Lilly Wilson for this festive fete. The menu will combine Fullsteam’s emphasis on local terroir and celebration of seasonality with the Fairview Dining Room’s seasonally-inspired cuisine and prominence of locally-sourced ingredients to create a true southern celebration.

Cost: $54 per person and $44 for Executive Club members. Seating is limited.
Register: https://www.eventville.com/catalog/eventregistration1.asp?eventid=1011500


The Terrace on the Green
Photo courtesy Washington Duke Inn

About The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is located on the campus of Duke University, only twenty minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport and ten minutes from Research Triangle Park. The Washington Duke Inn is the only AAA Four Diamond hotel in Durham, North Carolina. Nestled on 300 acres filled with tall pines and hardwoods, the Inn is known for its beautiful facility and grounds, 271 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, marvelous cuisine in the Fairview Dining Room — winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award, 2015 Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award and Wine Spectator Award of Excellence — the Bull Durham Bar, the Robert Trent Jones-designed 18-hole championship Duke University golf course, and its convenience to local points of interest.

It is set apart from other area hotels and conference centers by unparalleled service, a gracious staff, luxurious interiors and attention to detail. The Inn is owned by Duke University and is managed by WDI Hospitality, LLC of Durham, North Carolina. For more information or reservations call 919.490.0999 or 800.443.3853, or by visiting washingtondukeinn.com, and on Facebook at facebook.com/WashingtonDukeInn and on Twitter at twitter.com/washingtonduke.

To learn more information about The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, including its upcoming events, please visit http://www.washingtondukeinn.com/.

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