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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.


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, and on Facebook at and on Twitter at

To learn more information about The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, including its upcoming events, please visit

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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 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

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




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Tasty 8’s Gourmet Hot Dog Co. To Open This Week in Raleigh


According to the N&O  Tasty 8’s Gourmet Hot Dog Co. is hoping to open for business this Friday. The restaurant featuring gourmet hot dogs has completely overhauled the space on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh where Spize Cafe was once located. I’m not a huge hot dog fan, but must admit I am intrigued by the menu which includes 8 different kinds of hot dogs, 8 types of dipping sauces, and yes 8 beers on tap.

I’m looking forward to checking this place out when they open and plan to report back with more pictures and thoughts about the food. I’m also interested to see how their takeout window service operates. Once they open their hours will be Monday-Wednesday from 11am to 10pm and Thursday-Saturday 11am to 3am (note the late night hours on weekends!). In the meantime follow them on their facebook page for updates.

Tasty 8’s Gourmet Hot Dog Co.
121 Fayetteville Street #108
Raleigh, NC 27601

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Second Saturday Raleigh ~ August 9th! Celebration of Food & Community


Second Saturday ~ August 9th

This Saturday, August 9th, is the “Second Saturday” of the month. This means you will have another chance to participate in a series of community events that celebrate food an community along the Raleigh Food Corridor. These fun and engaging food related events and projects rage from pop-up markets, city walks, urban farms, volunteer opportunities, community gardens, food installations along a two mile stretch downtown along Blount and Person streets.

A complete schedule of the August 9th Second Saturday events can be found here:


PopUp Market

There are MANY awesome individual events to attend as part of Second Saturday. One of my favorites is the Stanbury & Escazu Pop-up Market held from 10am-2pm in the parking lot at 938 N. Blount Street. This is a great PopUp neighborhood market featuring many local vendors like Locals Seafood, Old Milburnie Farm, Green Button Farm, Boulted Bread, Raleigh City Farm featuring Endless Sun and Kailyard Farm, Escazu Chocolates, Stanbury Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar, and wood-fired pizzas!

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TerraVita Food & Drink Event – Tickets on Sale Now!


Photo Courtesy of TerraVita

TerraVita Food & Drink Event is one of my favorite Triangle foodie events. It takes place this October 9-11 and is a foodie’s heaven highlighting local and sustainable food and beverages.  This year the event will host the North Carolina premiere of the second season of the award-winning PBS series A Chef’s Life, with Chef Vivian Howard – a longtime TerraVita supporter. Additional dinners, tasting events, educational classrooms, after parties, chef demos, and a special 3-day pass have also been added this year. Tickets for all festival events are on sale now on the TerraVita website at

Event Details

For the first time TerraVita is offering a limited number of 3-day passes for $425  The Whole Shebang  providing access to exclusive events. The pass includes admittance to three private, non-ticketed events and parties, including an intimate afternoon event at [ONE] restaurant in Chapel Hill with Chefs Kim Floresca and Daniel Ryan and two additional North Carolina chefs – Vivian Howard from Chef and Farmer in Kinston and Scott Crawford o Standard Foods and Nash Tavern in Raleigh. Also included is a hands-on bread baking class led by Lionel Vatinet of La Farm Bakery and author of “A Passion for Bread: Lessons from a Master Baker,” and a special TerraVita After Party at The Black House at Straw Valley in Durham with Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer and Chef Adam Rose.

The Southern Harvest Dinner on Thursday, October 9, will bring together chefs and producers from across the Southeast for an outdoor feast at Southern Season in Chapel Hill. Chef Kevin Johnson from The Grocery in Charleston, SC, and Weathervane chef Spencer Carter will collaborate with Border Spring Farms’ Craig Rogers and his grass-fed lamb for a casual dinner paired with craft beers, sustainable wines and live music. The cost of each ticket will be $85.

Following the Southern Harvest Dinner, the North Carolina Season Premiere Party for A Chef’s Life on October 9 will bring together the directors, producers, staff and stars of the show to celebrate the kick-off of the second season of the PBS award-winning series with family, friends and ticketholders. We’ll toast A Chef’s Life’s recent Peabody award – the broadcast equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize – and their nomination for a James Beard Foundation broadcast award.

“This will be my fifth year at TerraVita. It’s one of the rare food festivals that is about more than just having a good time,” said Vivian Howard. “I love the mission, the discussions, the people… and of course, the food.”

The Sustainable Classroom – a hallmark of TerraVita – introduces culinary workshops, food and beverage tastings, demonstrations and intensive panel discussions. Classroom sessions range in topic, but share a focus on sustainability and feature visionary producers, chefs, journalists and cookbook authors, including James Beard Foundation’s 2014 “Best Chef Southeast” winner Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner in Raleigh.  Participants may choose to attend up to three 1-hour and 15 minute classes, which take place Friday, October 10, from 9:30am until 2:30 pm; each ticket costs $60 and includes 3 classes.

The Carolina Table: East Meets West – TerraVita’s celebration of the rich culinary scene from NC’s coast to mountains – takes place Friday evening with a family-style seated dinner prepared by some of the most exciting talent in the region today. Chef Scott Crawford of the soon-to-open Standard Foods and Nash Tavern in Raleigh, Ben Adams of Piedmont in Durham, Matthew Dawes of The Bull and Beggar in Asheville are just a few of the chefs who will collaborate on a farm-to-table dinner, featuring the finest farms and artisanal producers in the state. Guests will dine with local food artisans whose cheeses, meats, artisan breads, brews and spirits will be highlighted in each dish. The cost per ticket is $100.

“We are grateful for the continued support from the community and beyond,” said Minton. “The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau, Southern Season, the NC Department of Agriculture’s Got To Be NC program, Mitre, and The Local Palate have supported the event in multiple ways and continue to encourage more growth and visibility each year to showcase the best our region has to offer.”

TerraVita culminates on Saturday, October 11 with the Grand Tasting on the Green, this year featuring live chef demonstrations for the first time, alongside tastings from 45 exceptional chefs & artisans from across North Carolina. Additionally, more than 100 sustainably-produced beverages from around the globe will be served, including organic coffee, biodynamic, organically-grown and natural wines, local microbrews and distilleries. Guests also will enjoy cookbook signings and intimate interaction with chefs, artisans and beverage producers from across the state. The all-inclusive ticket is $75; designated driver tickets are available for $60.

As in years past, TerraVita has set the additional goal of producing a zero waste event by employing the intensive use of compostable and recyclable goods and recycling nearly all of the waste produced at the event, made possible by a partnership with Orange County Solid Waste Management and Brooks Contractors, a commercial composting company located in Chatham County.

For more information please visit or email For updates, follow @TerraVitaFoodie on Twitter and Instagram.

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