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A Quick Visit to Beer Study in Chapel Hill

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Beer Study – Chapel Hill

Back in April I ran in the Tar-Heel 10 Miler in Chapel Hill and did a little exploring after the race. I met up with some running friends from the Big Boss Brewery Run club who were meeting at a new bottle shop called Beer Study for a little post race celebration. I was pretty beat after running 10 miles and was looking forward to enjoying a cold beer and sharing stories about the race.

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Enjoying Post Race Beers

Beer Study is tucked away in the little brick store front on Graham Street just off Franklin Street. It is Chapel Hill’s very first bottle shop with in-store drafts. They have a great rotating draft selection that features both local brews and quality beers from across the country.

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Bottle Selection

The shop also has an extensive selection of bottled beer that offers something for just about every type of beer drinker. I tend to favor local beers (which they had represented well) but it is nice to have the opportunity to explore other quality craft brews from other regions too.

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The Bar

I loved that beer study has seating and a small bar to hangout at while sampling different beers. It makes for a great hangout and provides a lot of interaction between customers and the staff. I understand that customers can even order food and have it delivered to the shop so they can have a bite to eat while enjoying their beer.

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Shuffleboard

Beer Study is a great place to chill with friends, try new beers, and simply enjoy hanging out. They even have a foosball and shuffleboard table located in the seating area in the front of the shop. I had a fun time there on my first visit and look forward to stopping by again the next time I am in Chapel Hill.

Beer Study
106A N  Graham St
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
phone: (919) 240-5423
Website: http://www.beerstudy.com
Facebook: Beer Study on Facebook
Twitter: @BeerStudy

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Third Annual TerraVITA Food & Wine Event – November 1-3, 2012

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With Terra meaning “of the earth” and Vita meaning “life,” the name captures the very spirit of the Triangle’s premier foodie event which returns to the area this November 1st through the 3rd. The third annual TerraVITA Food & Wine Event will bring together some of the finest biodynamic and organically-grown wines and microbrews in the world with some of the very best North Carolina chefs, known and celebrated for their outstanding reputations and chosen for their devotion and allegiance to locally-grown ingredients.

TerraVITA 2012 will offer a stellar line-up of the best chefs, from the coast to the mountains of North Carolina, and unite their amazing food with select beverages produced by some of the best craftsmen in the world.

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TerraVITA Grand Tasting Event 2011
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The “Grand Tasting on the Green”, the headlining event of TerraVITA, takes place on Saturday, November 3, from 1 – 4:30 p.m.

This event brings together some of the best sustainably-produced wines, microbrews, coffees and spirits and offers them side-by-side with culinary tastings by James Beard-nominated chefs, artisan chocolatiers, charcuteries and cheese makers from across the state of North Carolina.  Advance tickets are $65 for the all-inclusive event with a special designated driver/no alcohol ticket offered for $55. Tickets can be purchased on the event website here.

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3 Cups
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Participating restaurants and food artisans:
Herons Restaurant (Cary), Dan and Jael Rattigan from French Broad Chocolate Lounge (Asheville), Acme Food & Beverage Company (Carrboro), Knife & Fork (Spruce Pine), Elemental Chocolate (Raleigh), Little Hen Restaurant (Holly Springs), Mandolin (Raleigh), Chefs 105 (Morehead City), On The Square (Tarboro), Harvest Moon Grille (Charlotte), Il Palio (Chapel Hill), Crippen’s Restaurant (Blowing Rock), Crumb (Raleigh), Chapel Hill Creamery (Chapel Hill), Green Valley Grill (Greensboro), 518 West (Raleigh), Oakleaf (Pittsboro), Hillsborough Cheese Company (Hillsborough), Farmhand Foods (Durham), 18 Seaboard (Raleigh), Weathervane (Chapel Hill), Rose’s Meat Market & Sweet Shop (Durham), Market Restaurant (Raleigh), Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen (Greensboro/Cary), The Chef’s Academy (Morrisville), Escazu Artisan Chocolates (Raleigh), Sandwhich (Chapel Hill), and NamaKiss Chocolates (Raleigh).

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The Market Restaurant
(photo courtesy of TerraVITA)

Beverage participants:
De Maison Selections, Sour Grapes, SIP…A Wine Store, Authentique Vin, Tryon Distributing, Highland Brewing Company, Peak Organic Beer, New Belgium Brewing, Mystery Brewing Company, and Full Sail Brewing, as well as Carrboro Coffee Company, Joe Van Gogh, Slingshot Coffee Company and TOPO Spirits and more. More than 100 beverage samples will be available for tasting.

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Carrboro Coffee
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In addition to the marquee Grand Tasting, three other events occur during the festival: Chefs’ Harvest Potluck,The Sustainable Classroom, and The Carolina TableEast Meets West Dinner. 

Additional Event Information:

Chef’s Harvest Potluck
When:
Thursday, November 1st (7-9pm)
Where:
Town Commons in Carrboro, NC
Cost: $55 
(for tickets purchased before Oct 15)

The dinner will feature dishes from 20 top chefs in the Triangle, including Andrea Reusing from Lantern, Sara Foster from Foster’s Market, Bill Smith from Crooks Corner, Sean Fowler from Mandolin, Adam Rose from Il Palio, Kevin Callaghan from Acme Food & Beverage Company, Bret Jennings from Elaine’s On Franklin, Seth Kingsbury from Pazzo, Vimala Rajendran from Vimala’s Curryblossom Café, Jim Nixon from Panzanella, Marshall Smith at Glasshalfull, Aaron Vandemark from Pancuito, Sam Suchoff from The Pig and more.  All the featured chefs use Carrboro Farmers’ Market as a consistent resource for ingredients and 100 percent of the money raised through ticket sales will go to the Market for physical improvements to its current location.

The Sustainable Classroom
When: Thursday, November 2nd (9:30am-4:15pm)
Where: TOPO Distiller & Greenbridge – Both in Chapel Hill
Cost: $35 for two sessions, or $50 for four consecutive sessions.

A combination of culinary workshops, tastings, and beverage and food demonstrations featuring food and beverage experts and aficionados. The Sustainable Classroom sessions will be held in two locations, just one block from one another in Chapel Hill: The new TOPO Distillery on Graham St. near the intersection of West Franklin, and the event space at Greenbridge on Graham St. Each session lasts an hour and fifteen minutes and will include multiple experts specializing in different facets of food and/or drink.

Session Sampler:  One session pairs chef and cookbook author Bill Smith from the James Beard-winning restaurant Crooks Corner in Chapel Hill with NC native and author Sheri Castle; they’ll offer tastings of favorite recipes and discuss the whims and woes of putting together a winning cookbook. Another session combines cheesemonger Alexander Kast (Southern Season, Chapel Hill) with Triangle chef/instructor Breana Lai, and sommelier and proprietor Inez Ribustello (On the Square, Tarboro) to do the ultimate wine, cheese and food tasting. Guests will choose among eight sessions and each guest may select a maximum of four sessions to attend throughout the day.

Other Sustainable Classroom experts: Dr. Bernie Herman from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tom Gallivan from Shooting Point Oysters (coastal Virginia), Scott Maitland from TOPO Distillery (Chapel Hill),  Scott Conary from Carrboro Coffee Company (Carrboro), Cassie Parsons from Harvest Moon Grille (Charlotte), Cheese Expert Sasha Shreders from Southern Foods (Winston-Salem/Greensboro), Jay Pierce from Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen (Greensboro, Cary), Leah Wong Ashburn from Highland Brewing Company (Asheville), Amanda Hodge from Great Lakes Brewing Co. (Cleveland, OH), Wine educator and consultant Mary Margaret McCamic from The Clever Vine (Carrboro), Sherry Stolfo from The Chef’s Academy (Morrisville), Marilyn Markel from A Southern Season (Chapel Hill), and more.

A full list of speakers and session descriptions can be found on the event website here.

The Carolina Table: East Meets West Dinner at Chatjam Mills in Pittsboro
When:
Friday November 2nd (7-10pm)

This event began as an exclusive “thank you” event for sponsors. This year, it’s open to the public for the first time and showcases three chefs–one from eastern NC, one from western NC, and one from the Triangle. The chefs work together to prepare a six-course meal centered on local ingredients. This year, the chefs include James Beard nominee Vivian Howard from Chef and The Farmer (Kinston), Cassie Parsons from Harvest Moon Grille (Charlotte), and Adam Rose from Il Palio (Chapel Hill).  Dessert will be prepared by Jael and Dan Rattigan from French Broad Chocolate Lounge (Asheville, NC).

For more information on attending  TerraVITA 2012, please visit their website and Facebook  Page or follow them on twitter at @Terravitafoodie.

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Paperhand Puppet Intervention “City of Frogs” Giant Puppet Pageant!

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City of Frogs runs August 10th thru September 9th at the Forest Theatre in Chapel Hill with performances every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day at 7:00. Matinee shows will be held September 2nd and 9th at 3:00. Tickets are General Admission at the door for a suggested donation of $12 for adults and $8 for children, 2 and under get in free.

Additional performances can be seen atthe North Carolina Museum of Art September 14, 15 & 16.  Tickets forthese performances can be purchased online at www.ncartmuseum.org.

Both venues have pre-show performances each night at 6:20 from local bands and musicians. Matinee pre-shows are at 2:20.

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Photo Courtesy of Paperhand Puppet Intervention

City of Frogs weaves together folktales and myths into a modern fable of a wooden boy seeking to find what itmeans to be alive. Along his journey the boy meets a menagerie of oddcharacters:  a junk collector who seeslife in garbage, an ancient witch who has lived so long the forest hastransformed around her, a golem of mud who stops to listen whenever music isbeing played, and so many more.

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Photo Courtesy of Paperhand Puppet Intervention

“The stories we tell are a big part of who we are.” says Jan Burger, director of this year’s show. “Our dreams, ourimage of ourselves, and where we came from are just as important, maybe moreimportant, than what we do for a living.”

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Photo Courtesy of Paperhand Puppet Intervention

For months leading up to opening night the Paperhand studio is a busy hive of creation. Together with apprentices, andupwards of a hundred volunteers, Burger and co-founder Donovan Zimmerman bringthe puppets to life. “Paperhand has evolved with the help of our community and friends. Our vision has become grander than it ever could otherwise. We couldn’t do it without them.” Says Zimmerman.

ABOUT PAPERHAND PUPPET INTERVENTION:

Paperhand Puppet Intervention was born from the creative collaboration of Jan Burger and Donovan Zimmerman  in 1999.  Their vision isinspired by their love for the earth and its creatures as well as their belief in justice, equality and peace.  Paperhand’s mission is to produce workthat inspires people, promotes social change, and is deeply satisfying for everyone involved.  The puppet shows they create are a synthesis of manyartists and art forms including, but not limited to: sculpting, painting,music, dance, improvisation, costume/set design and theater.

To find out more about the show, theopening acts, volunteer opportunities and sneak peeks behind the scenes visit www.paperhand.org.

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