Mother Earth Brewing 10 Year Anniversary Celebration – October 19th

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Kinston, NC is a fun day trip from Raleigh and has some very cool offerings in their downtown area including the famous Chef and The Farmer Restaurant and tasty beers from Mother Earth Brewing. Next month you will have the perfect excuse to visit Kinston as Mother Earth is celebrating their 10 year anniversary on Saturday, October 19, 2019!

To mark the occasion they will have the streets of downtown Kinston closed off for an all-day event featuring live music with four different bands with the high energy No BS! Brass Band headlining. There will also be a variety of food trucks, tours of our brewery, and of course, plenty of beer! The celebration will be capped off with Fireworks at 9:30 pm in Pearson Park.

Details are below – you won’t want to miss this FREE event!

Mother Earth Brewing
311 North Herritage Street, Kinston, NC

Live Music:
12:00 pm – Driskill
2:30 pm – The Monterio Experience
5:00 – The Forest Hill Band
7:30 – No BS! Brass Band

Food Trucks:
Dank Burrito food truck
Mari’s Hella Fat Food food truck
King’s BBQ food truck
and a variety of downtown Kinston restaurants to choose from as well!


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Fall Race Plans: Mother Earth Half Marathon & Runologie “Trophy Trot”

Last weekend I went out to cheer on the Runologie 8K in Dix Park with my friend @ruwandering. It was a beautiful day for a race in Raleigh – the weather was perfect.  This year the race fell on the same weekend as the popular Hopscotch music festival and was appropriately named the Hopscotch 8k. Heading out to the race served two purposes for me. It allowed me to practice taking race shots with my new Fujifilm X-T20 camera and it helped get me motivated for the fall races on my calendar.

Runologie’s Hopscotch 8K at Dix Park

In October I’m running the Mother Earth Brewing Iron Clad Half Marathon in Kinston. My training for this race has been a bit sporadic over the summer, but I have 5 weeks left to get ready and I am really looking forward to it. This is a super fun small town race that has a nice fast and flat course. The race is the same day as Mother Earth Brewery’s 10 Year Anniversary Celebration so there are lots of exciting festivities going on after the race making it the perfect time for a day trip to Kinston. If you are interested in signing up for the Half Marathon of 5K use discount code 2019RunKisntonWithJH to save 10% off registration.

Runologie’s Hopscotch 8K at Dix Park

In November Runologie will host the final event of their 2019 Race series with their annual “Trophy Trot” 10k on Thanksgiving Day. Turkey Day races are always a lot of fun and a great way to start the holiday before settling down for a big meal with family that night. The 10K takes places in Dix Park with an after party at Trophy Brewing. I haven’t done a Thanksgiving Day race in a long time, but would like to get it back in the mix this year. Use code TRIANGLEEXPLORER to get a discount on your race registration.

Whatever your fall race plans are I hope you get out there this weekend and enjoy some fun training miles!

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Hopscotch 8k this Saturday at Dix Park!


It’s not too late to register for Runologie’s Hopscotch 8k this Saturday at Dix Park! You can save $5 off registration using the code “TRIANGLEEXPLORER”.

Runologie does a great job with their races, medals and after party. This race will be particularly fun because it all goes down Hopscotch weekend so you can enjoy an awesome Hopscotch Day Part at Trophy Brewing on Maywood after you run. There will be plenty of live music and beer to celebrate with friends!

To register for the race visit Runologie’s official race website here.

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Durham’s 4th Dimension Coffee Announces New Name: “Little Waves Coffee Roasters” & La Marzocco Cafe roaster residency in Seattle!

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I received some exciting coffee news today out of Durham! North Carolina-based 4th Dimension Coffee, from the team behind Cocoa Cinnamon, will officially change its coffee-roasting company name and branding to Little Waves Coffee Roasters, effective Sept. 4th.

In addition to the name change the roastery will also be featured at La Marzocco Café in Seattle as the roaster-in-residence later this month (from September 17th through October 21st). Little Waves will be one of just 18 selected roasters from seven countries, chosen among hundreds of applicants to be featured in the cafe’.

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Back in May 2017, owners Areli Barrera de Grodski and Leon Grodski de Barrera began sourcing and roasting, all of their own coffees in-house under the name 4th Dimension Coffee, building from decades of roasting experience and the grower and importer relationships the pair have cultivated over the years through their coffee shops, Cocoa Cinnamon.

“Our roastery continues to blossom,” says Areli Barrera de Grodski. “Next month we’ll be taking over at La Marzocco to share our way of doing coffee and coffee houses with the Seattle community and the coffee professionals who keep an eye on LMC from around the world.”

“Having started with true love and $75 to our name, building and launching bikeCOFFEE by 2012 and now with three locations and a coffee roastery, we are a team of 41 kind and quirky individuals of so many beautiful backgrounds, languages, beliefs, and stories,” says Leon Grodski de Barrera. “We’re excited for the next steps. The residency prompts us to contemplate, distill and make a kind of living argument about what we believe the experience of being in the business of coffee entails and what it means to create and share coffee and coffeehouses.”

The idea for the name “Little Waves” began in the spring of 2010, when the coffee couple fell in love through an exchange of translating literature for each other, opening up new worlds through language and common passions after six years as acquaintances in the mountains of North Carolina. But then, one undeniable connection sparked through a message that included “little waves rushing up on the shore” in response to a magically real text from Areli led to love. Six weeks later, it was marriage, and six months after that they rode a little wave into a big coffee project.

“With wide eyes, empty pockets, and illogical optimism we started our business in Areli’s mother’s kitchen in the mountains of North Carolina,” says Leon.

Here is a public statement on behalf of Little Waves Coffee Roasters founders Areli Barrera de Grodski and Leon Grodski de Barrera:

“So much hard work has gone into developing our business, and so many near and far have contributed to our project.

We are ineffably grateful to our family, friends, and strangers, from the Bull City to Cherokee, Guadalajara to Germany, Malaysia to Montreal, who have pitched in, inspired us forward with their helping hands, thoughtful words, non-collateralized loans, gifts, loving feedback and daily patronage.These waves reverberate in us, giving us the current to work, improve and bring love and thoughtfulness to what we do each day.

Striving honestly for sustainability is a project that takes little waves every day, every connection, every decision. We believe that commerce, as it is, is the root of so many of the world’s ills. Since the beginning, we have asked ourselves: can we, knowing that our business would be an ongoing pattern of buying and selling, use that pattern to continually express the world we hope to see more honestly, more effectively, more realistically? That is Little Waves. The reverberation of the drip that sets free the aroma in a beautiful coffee is Little Waves.

And so we are opting to go back to our roots and follow the feeling that has that rightness about it. The one that brought us together. The one that attracts so many of our team members to our project and has steered us all these years. Our retail shops, Cocoa Cinnamon, will continue to be driven by the experience that is amazed by the marvel of cities and the roots of languages, whose blood rushes in the awe of landscapes, the wonder of travel and the history, colors, textures, and stories of coffee, chocolate, and tea.”

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Best of North Carolina Culinary Contestants Head to NCRLA Chef Showdown Final Event September 30th in Durham!


The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association (NCRLA), the voice of North Carolina’s $23 billion restaurant, foodservice and lodging industry, will host its fourth annual NCRLA Chef Showdown Final Event, presented by Got to be NC Agriculture, featuring creations from 20 of the best chefs in North Carolina, on Monday, Sept. 30 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Angus Barn’s Bay 7 in Durham.

Guests are invited to taste and sip their way through the savory, pastry and mixologist competitions, acting as judges for NCRLA’s People’s Choice awards. The culinary participants, all based in North Carolina, advance after cooking up the highest-rated dishes across five statewide preliminary rounds and partaking in regional rounds in Raleigh and Charlotte.


The selected chefs – sorted into two food categories, savory and sweet – are vying for the 2019 “NCRLA Chef of the Year” and “NCRLA Pastry Chef of the Year” awards. Their creations were judged by a panel of professional judges in the closed-door regional rounds, scoring on presentation, taste and use of local ingredients from North Carolina. Final results will be announced at the event at the conclusion of the night. Back by popular demand, NCRLA will also crown the “NCRLA Distillery and Mixologist of the Year,” as six North Carolina distilleries partner with hand-picked bartenders to craft cocktails for guests and judges to enjoy.

Savory Chefs

  • Thomas Card, 21C Hotels, Durham, N.C.
  • Nicholas Chavez, Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Thomas Cuomo, Papa Shogun, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Amanda Ezzell, Ezzell’s Catering, Warsaw, N.C.
  • Steven Goff, AUX Bar, Asheville, N.C.
  • Richard Gras, Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, N.C.
  • Cory Haigler, The Westin Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Matthew Hannon, Ashten’s, Southern Pines, N.C.
  • Richard Miller, Butcher & Bull, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Adam Reed, Santé, Matthews, N.C.
  • Brandon Shepard, Urban Street Eats, Cedar Point, N.C.
  • Matthew Shephard, McNinch House Restaurant, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Kyle Teears, Whiskey Kitchen, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Paul Verica, The Stanley, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Jake Vollmar, Village at River Landing, Wallace, N.C.

Pastry Chefs

  • Gerald Hawkins, Gaston Country Club, Gastonia, N.C.
  • Ryan Stipp, Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, N.C.
  • Jamie Turner, Earl’s Grocery and Soul Food Sessions, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Tie Whittaker, Plates Neighborhood Kitchen, Buttermilk Boutique, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Mary Jayne Wilson, Amelie’s French Bakery & Café, Charlotte, N.C.

Mixologists & Distilleries

  • Johnny Burritt, representing Apothecary Beverage Company, Asheville, N.C.
  • Hannah Forde-Smith, representing Mother Earth Spirits, Kinston, N.C.
  • Nicole Gubitosi, representing Lassiter Distilling Company, Knightdale, N.C.
  • Shannon Healy, representing Durham Distillery, Durham, N.C.
  • Jimmy Huyhn, representing Copper Barrel Distillery, Wilkesboro, N.C.
  • Amanda Phillips, representing TOPO Organic Spirits, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Tickets for the NCRLA Chef Showdown Final Event cost $125 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

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