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Sunflower Fields in Bloom along the Neuse Greenway ~ Summer 2016

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This past weekend I ventured out on the Neuse Greenway to see if the sunflowers had started to bloom along the lower portion of the trail near the Wake / Johnston County boarder. To get to the fields I parked my car at the the parking lot along Mial Plantation Road, which is a little past mile 26.25 on the trail. I then ran about 2.5 miles to mile marker 23.75 which is where the fields are located. If you don’t want to run or bike there you can pull off the road along Brown Field Road and sneak a peek at the field (to drive there GPS 2600 Brown Field Road – map).

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The fields are beautiful but they do look a little smaller than last year, and I think the sunflowers are a shorter variety. I noticed many of them still have yet to bloom. I suspect they will be in full bloom within the next two weeks so try to get out there by July 10th – after that they will start dying off from the summer heat.

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Many don’t realize this, but these fields are actually owned by the City of Raleigh and are used to land apply treated wastewater. The plants are grown on the fields to take up the nutrients from the wastewater, which basically acts like a fertilizer for the flowers. Because it is City of Raleigh property you’ll need to enjoy the view of the field from behind the white fences that line the fields.To learn more about the Neuse Greenway and download a full map of the trail visit the Neuse Greenway website here.

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Free Screening of Brewconomy at Meredith College January 24th

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If you’re a fan of the local breweries in the Triangle and across North Carolina then you will not want to miss this documentary. Brewconomy is a film by  Raleigh based film director Camden Watts that looks at positive impact on local  brewers, farmers, community, and local economy that has come from the growth of North Carolina’s now 1.3 billion dollar craft beer industry.

The documentary will screen at the Meredith College Documentary Film Festival in Raleigh on Sunday, January 24th, at 2:00 PM. The festival is free and open to the public. A panel discussion will take place after the screening. A full schedule can be found on the event website here.  To get a sneak peek of Brewconomy watch the short trailer below.

 

 

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Signs of Christmas in Raleigh City Plaza

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Last week I took a quick trip to City Plaza in downtown Raleigh to check out the Winterfest ice skating rink. I always enjoy visiting this area of downtown this time of year. Especially at night when Fayetteville Street is decorated with wreaths and colored lights illuminate the plaza. The Christmas tree is lit and you can watch families enjoy skating on a  real outdoor ice rink. City Plaza is where I got my start playing Christmas Carols on my trombone. I play other places around the city now, but I still like to return to the plaza a few nights each season to play.

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I’ve actually never skated downtown, but there is still plenty of time to give it a try. The Winterfest ice skating rink is open through January 31st and it costs $10 to skate (includes skate rental). I suggest visiting on a weeknight as from what I’ve seen it tends to be less crowded on the ice. They also do a “Two for Tuesday” special when you can buy one skating ticket and get one FREE (excluding December 22, 29 and January 19). To view rink hours and more information visit the official Winterfest website.

 

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North Raleigh Rise Biscuits & Donuts Opens Saturday Nov. 14th!

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If you are a donut lover like me you probably already knew that Rise is planning to open several locations across the Triangle over the next year. Their new North Raleigh location is set to open this Saturday, November 14th at 7am. In case you didn’t know, the North Raleigh shop is located in the Sutton Square Shopping Center at the intersection of Falls of Neuse & Spring Forest Road (the one with a Fresh Market). They will be open daily from 7am to 2pm.

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Rise Raspberry Jelly Donut

The great thing about Rise is that they are well known for both their daily rotating donut menu AND creative breakfast biscuits. So even if you don’t like donuts there are great breakfast options for you to try. They also feature locally roasted coffee from Bean Traders in Durham. Chances are this location will be busy on weekend mornings much like the original so I would suggest checking them out on a weekday to avoid the crowd. Either way, I’m glad to see this new addition to North Raleigh and will be visiting very soon!

Rise Sutton Square – Grand Opening November 14, 2015
6325 Falls of Neuse Road
Raleigh, NC 27609 (map)
twitter: @RiseNRaleigh
instagram: @RiseNorthRaleighfacebook: https://www.facebook.com/risenorthraleigh/

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Midtown Grille Hosts Fundraiser to Benefit Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church

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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

Chefs:

  • 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
919.782.9463
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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