Mystery Brewing Beer Dinner at The Washington Duke in this Thursday

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Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, the luxury inn and golf club located on the campus of Duke University in Durham is getting a jump on NC Beer Month with a Mystery Brewing Beer Dinner on Thursday, March 30 from 6:45 to 9 p.m.

Join head brewer Erik Lars Myers as he discusses the brewing process of your favorite ales and lagers and how they pair with fresh, seasonal courses. Pair your Mystery beer with a flavorful four-course dinner and enjoy an elevator ride home with a special $139 room rate for the evening. Here’s a peek at the menu and beer pairings planned for the evening.


The Mystery Brewing beer dinner will be held in the Fairview Dining Room, a AAA Four Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rated restaurant. The dinner costs $65 per person, or $54 for Executive Club members. To make reservations, please call the Fairview Dining Room at (919) 493-6699 or visit online registration for Mystery BrewingBeer Dinner.

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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 original 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. For more information or reservations call (919) 490-0999 or (800) 443-3853, or by visiting

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Level 7 Rooftop Bar Opens in North Hills Today at 5pm

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View from Level 7 atop the AC Hotel in North Hills
(Photo Courtesy @MetroMonk)

The Level 7 Rooftop Bar located on top of the new AC Hotel Raleigh in North Hills will open to the public today at 5pm. I got a sneak peek at the space a few weeks ago and it offers a beautiful modern space to enjoy tapas style bites and a full bar with offerings from small batch distillers, craft brewers and single vineyard labels.

Some of the local Triangle area distilleries that you will be able to enjoy at the bar include TOPO Organic Distillery, Durham Distillery, Oaklee Distilling and Raleigh Rum Company as well as local beers and barrel aged cocktails. And of course the outdoor seating area is a huge draw with the awesome views (thanks to @MetroMonk for the cool shot above!)

The indoor and outdoor seating area is spacious covering 5,100 sq ft of carefully designed mixed space that is great for both small and large groups.  The rooftop space is also available for booking private events.

I can see Level 7 being one of the hot spots to visit in Raleigh this Spring and Summer and the weather is already perfect for enjoying a drink outdoors. To keep up to date on events going on at Level 7 follow them on twitter, instagram and facebook.

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Weekend Picks: March 24th – 26th

Photo Courtesy of Havana Dave’s

This weekend’s picks focus on two things I share a lot about here on the blog: Music and Food Trucks. Tonight you have a chance to catch some amazing Blues over at the Bullpen in Durham. Then on Saturday there will be a rare North Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo. I’m hoping to stop by to try my very first Cubano from Havana Dave’s! I share the details for all of my picks below. Also, keep an eye out for some fun openings next week. Word is the Level 7 Rooftop Bar at the new AC Hotel in North Hills will open on Monday and I hear that the Sir Walter Coffee Shop in downtown Raleigh should be opening very soon as well!


Pat “Mother of Blues” Cohen performs at The Bullpen
For years, Pat sang in New Orleans six nights a week, performing at a wide array of venues including the House of Blues, until Katrina destroyed her home. She relocated to North Carolina and has recently started touring with the Music Maker Blues Revue. This Friday at 8:30pm you can hear her perform at The Bullpen in Durham right next to the Durham Bulls Stadium. The Bullpen is known for great wings and a nice selection of local beer.


North Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo
The first ever North Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo will happen on March 25 from 3-7pm at Lifepointe Church located at 9500 Durant Road in North Raleigh. This event is open to the public so bring a chair or blanket and come enjoy great food, local bands, and fun for all ages. Sales from the event will benefit Make A Wish of Eastern NC.

Food Trucks Scheduled:
Havana Dave’s
Sarges Chef on Wheels
JAM Ice Cream
Arepa Culture
Zekes Meats


Classic Hangs at Rebus Works
Oak City Chamber Players, Rebus Works, and Chef Battistella are excited to bring another Classical Hang. Music starts at 5pm. Classical Hang is an event to help bring together the community closer together using beer. Enjoy amazing food in a relaxed atmosphere (with no rules) to listen to great “classical” music played by a string quartet. Suggested $10 donation.

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Sola Coffee Celebrates 5 years with Fundraiser to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation

Hard to believe it has already been five years but next Monday, March 27th Sola Coffee Café in North Raleigh will celebrate its 5th year in business. Sola has always been a gathering spot for the community so it is no surprise to see they are encouraging the community to join them in supporting part of the “Sola Family” on this special day.

The anniversay celebration will include lots of surprises and an opportunity for customers to help families with children who have life threatening medical conditions. On Monday Sola will donate all coffee and espresso sales to Make-A-Wish Foundation. Customers will also be able to make insividual contributions as well.

“We wanted to express our gratitude to Raleigh by coming together and supporting a unique need within our community,” said Jeanne Luther, co-owner. “We received a request of support from one of our Sola families and we immediately began to think how we could help. After meeting for coffee with Grace, we began to make a plan.”

As Make-A-Wish parents, Colin & Grace McNevin are participating in the Trailblaze Challenge, a 26.5 mile day hike in honor of their son, Liam. He has been actively receiving chemotherapy treatments through Duke University Children’s Hospital since 2014, when he was first diagnosed with ALL Leukemia days after his 3rd birthday. In hiking, they are seeking to enable other families in similar situations to fulfill a wish. For more info on their story

About Sola Coffee Café

Since Sola Coffee Café opened their doors in March, 2012 they have been one of my favorite places to get a great cup of Counter Culture coffee and delicious healthy food. They have also been a great source of live music on weekends featuring talented local and touring acts. Sola has received numerous awards for excellence and has become an integral part of the Raleigh community. They recently finished an expansion of their kitchen to create a fresh juice bar, larger catering space and offer more outdoor seating. They are always adding cool things to their menu too. Like a toast bar in the morning and healthy acai bowls. For more details about their menu and schedule of upcoming events at the cafe visit

Sola Coffee Café
7705 Lead Mine Road
Raleigh, NC 27615
Open Monday – Saturday (Closed on Sundays)
Instagram: @solacoffee
Twitter: @SolaCoffee


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Inaugural RDC Marathon & Half Marathon ~ November 12, 2017

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I always love to share about local races around the Triangle so I am happy to pass along news of a the new Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill (RDC) Marathon and Half MarathonThis inaugural road race takes place this fall on Sunday, November 12, 2017, with the start and finish lines located at The Streets at Southpoint shopping mall in Durham.

The RDC Marathon and Half Marathon will host approximately 1,500 total participants (1,000 half marathon runners and 500 full marathon runners) on a USATF-certified course that features the popular American Tobacco Trail. This unique venue gives participants and spectators the opportunity to wine, dine, shop and run all in one place. There will be easy access to The Streets at Southpoint and the many restaurants, shops, breweries and recreational activities in the Triangle area.

“We are extremely excited about this race and what this unique venue offers both racers and spectators,” said Jason Biggs, race organizer and FS Series co-owner. “We wanted this to be a destination race, and this venue allows participants to enjoy the best of the Triangle area prior to Sunday’s events.”

The RDC Marathon and Half Marathon has proudly teamed with the Team Drea Foundation and will raise funds to find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Biggs watched Andrea Peet compete at past FS Series events while courageously battling ALS. Biggs is proud to join her effort to find a cure for ALS.

“I am deeply grateful to FS Series and the RDC Marathon for supporting our mission,” said Peet, namesake and founder of the Team Drea Foundation. “Being diagnosed with ALS at age 33 and told you only have two to five years to live puts things into perspective real quick. I pledged to spend my remaining time raising money for research and spreading awareness about this awful disease that leaves people paralyzed and unable to eat or breathe. Health-permitting, I’ll be out there taking on the RDCMarathon with you on my recumbent trike!”

Race Registration
Registration for the race opens Monday, March 20th. The cost is $70 for the Half Marathon and $90 for the Full Marathon. Registration includes a race sweatshirt, sponsor t-shirt, and finishers medal. For more information visit You can also follow them on twitter at @RunRDC and on instagram at @runrdc for race updates.






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