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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Bull City Race Fest & Food Truck Rodeo – October 18th

Bull City Logo

There is still a lot of summer left before us, but for those of you gearing up for fall race season you may already be looking ahead to your races scheduled for October and November. I’m registered to run in the Bull City Race Fest in Durham on Sunday October 18th and have already begun my 12 week half marathon training program. I was recently selected along with several other local runners to be a race ambassador for event. In the coming weeks I will be periodically updating you about the race day activities and sharing about fun local run clubs and interesting places to train around the triangle.

Price Increase

Bull City Race Fest Discount Code
As you know, the registration price for a race typically increases the closer you get to race day. You can beat the next price increase by registering for the Bull City Race Fest by this Friday, July 31st. You can also save $5 by using the discount code “USB10“.

About Bull City Race Fest & Food Truck Rodeo
This is the 3rd year for the Bull City Race Fest & Food Truck Rodeo. The event offers several race options with great courses through downtown Durham. After running you can enjoy a post-race Food Truck Rodeo and Beer Garden. Race day activities include:

  • Gorgeous Half Marathon
  • Fantastic 5 Mile Run
  • Family Friendly 1 Miler!
  • Food Truck Rodeo
  • Beautiful Octoberfest Beer Garden
  • Kids Experience Zone to keep everyone entertained

For more information about the Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo visit http://bullcityracefest.com.

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The Sir Walter Miler Returns August 7th

Sir Walter Miler 2015

Have you ever watched somebody run a sub-4 minute mile? Breaking the 4 minute barrier is amazing accomplishment in the running world and on Friday, August 7th, you’ll have a chance to watch some of the best local and national elite runners attempt this incredible feat. 

The event is called the Sir Walter Miler and it takes place on the track next Friday at Meredith College in Raleigh. This year’s event will be even bigger and better than 2014 with 33 men and women elite runners, including two Olympians. The event will also feature a “run store battle” and “run club relay” with some of your favorite local runners going head to head in a friendly competition.

The public is welcome to watch and cheer on the runners as well as attend a pre and post party at Raleigh Brewing Company, where there will be six breweries contributing kegs to raise money for The Umstead Coalition. There will also be food for sale by two great local food trucks: Hanu and CockADoodleMoo.

This is a great community event and a lot of fun to watch. I highly recommend you come out to show your support for these incredible runners. For more information about Sir Walter Miler and a full list of the elite competitors and their bios visit the 2015 event website here.

Schedule of Sir Walter Miler Events

Thursday, August 6th – Eat with the Pros (7pm – click link for tickets)

Friday, August 7th – Sir Walter Miler (RSVP on Facebook) | VIP Experience (click for tickets)

  • 6:00 Pre-party starts at Raleigh Brewing Company
  • 8:30 Running Store Battle (sign up by clicking link)
  • 8:40 Run Club Mile Relay
  • 9:00 National Anthem
  • 9:05 Women’s Elite Mile
  • 9:15 Men’s Elite Mile
  • 9:30 Post-party starts at Raleigh Brewing Company

Saturday, August 8th – Run with the Pros (8am – Umstead Park/Harrison Ave entrance)

For more information about the event or sponsorship, email sirwalterrunning@gmail.com or contact Pat Price at 919-260-8013. You can also get event updates by following them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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Midtown Grille Hosts Fundraiser to Benefit Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church

North Cook South

On August 23, Raleigh’s Midtown Grille will hold a large fundraiser to benefit the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, site of the recent tragic shooting. The event, called North Cooks South, will be a Chef Collaboration Dinner and all proceeds will be distributed through the church’s charity directly to the victims.

“This shooting was a horrific event and really hit home as I lived in Charleston for four years and drove past this church every morning on my way in to work,” says Midtown Grille Executive Chef Benjamin Harris. “An exciting lineup of chefs from some of Raleigh and Charleston’s finest restaurants will prepare wonderful food and drinks to enjoy and guests can relax to some outstanding live music. This is a fantastic opportunity to give back to a community that’s really hurting right now.”

Event Details:

Date: Sunday, August 23 | Cocktail Hour at 5pm, Dinner at 6pm

Tickets: Tickets will be $150 and are available starting 7/27/15 through Eventbrite.com. Up to 100 guests can be accommodated.

Dinner: There will be nine courses of authentic Low Country, Charleston cuisine. Each chef will prepare two courses with Midtown Grille’s Sous Chef, Bryan Squires providing the dessert course. Midtown Grille’s Sommelier Max Trujillo will be doing wine and cocktail pairings.

Entertainment: The Stephen Riley Quartet


  • Benjamin Harris – Executive Chef, Midtown Grille (Raleigh)
  • Daniel Doyle – Executive Chef and Owner, Poogan’s Porch (Charleston, SC)
  • Chris Coleman – Executive Chef and Culinary Director, The Asbury/Dunhill Hotel (Charlotte, NC)
  • Scott James – Executive Sous Chef, The Angus Barn (Raleigh)

Confirmed Sponsors:

  • Asbury at the Dunhill Hotel, Charlotte
  • Durham Distillery
  • Inland Seafood
  • Locals Seafood
  • Mutual Wines
  • Poogan’s Porch
  • Ray Family Farms
  • Angus Barn
  • Western Wake Farmer’s Market
  • Raleigh Brewing Company

Event inquiries may be directed to Max Trujillo, General Manager, Midtown Grille.

Midtown Grille
4421-115 Six Fork Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
Website: www.themidtowngrille.com/northcookssouth
Tickets: http://northcookssouth.eventbrite.com

About Midtown Grille

Nestled in North Hills, Raleigh, Midtown Grille is an intimate restaurant and bar offering seasonal, locally sourced produce and meats for our lunch, dinner and brunch menus. Our diverse wine list and on-staff sommelier specializes in all aspects of wine service and wine and food pairing.  Diners can enjoy meals and handcrafted cocktails in a casual-luxe atmosphere with private and open air dining options. Established in 2006, Midtown Grille is locally owned, and prides itself on providing Southern hospitality, while combining New American and classic Southern flavors with new fusion techniques and styles. For more information visit www.TheMidtownGrille.com.




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Johnny Cash Tribute Band this Thursday at Oak City 7

Folsom 4

Update 7/7/2015: This event has been cancelled due to the extreme weather foretasted for tonight

There is some great music to be heard this week in Raleigh. The Johnny Folsom 4 (Johnny Cash Tribute Band) is scheduled to perform this Thursday at the Oak City 7 concert series and I’m pretty stoked about it. If you’ve never been to one of the shows at Oak City 7 here’s what you need to know. Oak City 7 is a FREE summer concert series located in City Plaza (at the end of Fayetteville Street) in downtown Raleigh. Admission is free to the public and the events take place from 5:00pm to 10:30pm (rain or shine) every other Thursday, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 

Photo Courtesy Johnny Folsom 4

There are typically 3-4 bands with openers starting around 6pm and the headlining act at 9pm. Local craft beer is available for purchase and there are usually several great local food trucks. The event is pet friendly (dogs must be on a leash). You can bring a chair to relax, but there is also plenty of room for dancing.

Oak City Seven Music Lineup for July 23rd
Johnny Folsom 4 9:00pm
Megan Doss Band 7:45pm
Windsor Oaks Band 6:15pm

Food Trucks – July 23rd
Bam Pow Chow
Bulkogi Korean BBQ
CJ’s Street Food
The Humble Pig
Groovy Dog’s
Sweet Water Ices
Tar Heel Creamery
Element Juice

Oak 7 Schedule

If you can’t make it this week you have two more chances to catch the Oak City 7 series with shows on August 6th (Country Tribute) and August 20th (Jimmy Buffet Tribute). To learn more about this convert series visit the event website or follow them on facebook and twitter.

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