7th Annual Salt & Smoke Festival – November 9th in Chapel Hill!


On Saturday, November 9th ACME presents the 7th Annual Salt & Smoke Festival at Rock Quarry Farm in Orange County just outside of Chapel Hill. What is Salt and Smoke? Think whole hog BBQ, a heaping plate of southern sides, perfect raw oysters, the best local spirits and beer, and live music all day long.


This festival is a taste of the South. They pick the best farmers and musicians, brewers and fishermen, cooks and craftsmen–people who have built a life in a place they love. And then we bring these people and their passion together for an afternoon of good food, music, and community.


Chef Kevin Callaghan will be serving whole hog BBQ straight from the smoker, fresh Shooting Point oysters, steamed clams, and a whole bunch of delicious vegetarian southern sides. This year libations will be provided by have Foothills Brewing, DeMaison Selections pouring wine, TOPO Organic Spirits mixing up cocktails, plus non-alcoholic beverages as well.


Salt & Smoke is going to be a fun day to enjoy great food and drink while listening to musical performances by Big Fat Gap and Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys, followed by a dance party to close out the evening!

Each ticket includes:

  • Two drink tokens (local beer, cocktails, wine, or non-alcoholic beverages available)
  • Southern snacks
  • A heaping plate of BBQ and southern sides
  • 1/2 dozen raw Shooting Point oysters and steamed clams
  • S’mores bar
  • Music performances all afternoon
  • Surprise entertainment
  • Complimentary shuttle to and from Rock Quarry Farm (pick up at Carrboro Plaza Wells Fargo ATM).

To purchase tickets and read more about the festival info visit their website at https://saltandsmokefest.com/.

Salt & Smoke Festival – November 9th, 2019
Rock Quarry Farm
1700 NC Highway 54 West
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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Weekend Picks: October 25-27th


Friday – October 25th
Pumpkin Flotilla – Band Park, Cary
Dress in your favorite costume and join us for this special event! Bring your carved pumpkin from 4-5:30 p.m. and watch the pumpkins set sail across Bond Lake at twilight (6:30 p.m.). Enjoy food trucks, live music, face-painting, and discounted boat rentals prior to the flotilla. Float space is limited and is on a first-come basis. For more information, visit the Pumpkin Flotilla page.

Drum Circle – Downtown Cary
After the pumpkin flotilla head to downtown Cary for a family-friendly drum circle and the Cary Art Loop in Cary’s beautiful Downtown Park! One Tribe Rhythms will be hosting a drum circle with fire spinning by Caroleeena & Friends from 7pm to 8:30pm (the fire performance is at 8pm). Bring your instrument or borrow one of from the group! Join in the drum circle, singing and “low impact” West African dances. Downtown art galleries open their receptions at 6pm, new works of art are on display.

Saturday – October 26th
Roaring Raleigh Lawn Party at Moore Square – Downtown Raleigh
This unique 1920’s and 1930’s inspired event will feature dance performances and lessons, roving entertainers, model T cars, vintage clothing vendors and more in Moore Square from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.! Attendees are encouraged to dress in 1920’s attire. There will prizes for best dressed and best picnic set up. Entrance to his event is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on site. For more info visit the Raleigh Parks website here.

Al Strong Quintet at Irregardless Cafe – Downtown Raleigh
Every Saturday night, Irregardless Cafe hosts live jazz and cocktails starting at 9pm. Come join the fun with appetizers, hand-crafted cocktails, and jazz artists from around the country. On Saturday nights after 9pm, there is a $2.50 surcharge per person with a $10 minimum.

Sunday – October 27th
NC State Fair – LAST DAY!
Sunday is your last chance to catch the State Fair! The fair offers an experience unique to North Carolina for all who attend with free entertainment, thrilling rides and games, thousands of animals, endless family activities, competitions, vendors and creative deep
fried delights. For details visit https://www.ncstatefair.org.

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Wine Tasting & NC Bulkogi Food Truck this Friday at The Raleigh Wine


This Friday from 5:30-8:30pm Triangle residents can enjoy rare opportunity to taste wines with a Master Sommelier for while they enjoy delicious Korean Food from the popular NC Bulkogi Food Truck.

This a fun free wine tasting is a casual event hosted by The Raleigh Wine Shop on Glenwood Avenue in downtown Raleigh. Master Sommelier Desmond Echavarrie will be on hand pouring a lineup of select premium California producers while the Bulkogi food truck will be posted up in the parking lot selling delicious Korean dishes.


The Free wine tasting will include the following California wines:

  • 2015 Red Car Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
  • 2018 Red Car Rosé, Sonoma County
  • 2016 Kanzler Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
  • 2016 Vermillion Red Blend, California
  • 2016 Band of Vintners ‘Consortium’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Visitors will have the opportunity to taste wines with Desmond, order some food from the NC Bulkogi and bring it inside the shop to enjoy with the tasting lineup at special prices by the glass or by the bottle.

The Raleigh Wine Shop
126 Gelnwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27603

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NCRLA Chef Showdown Results


Mother Earth Distillery

Last Monday I attended the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association (NCRLA),  fourth annual NCRLA Chef Showdown at Angus Barn’s Bay 7 event space in Durham. It was a fun night of fantastic food and drink celebrating some of the best chefs and mixologists in North Carolina.

Twenty chefs from across the State were in the final running for the savory and sweet titles, judged by a panel of industry experts based on the presentation and taste of the dish as well as the best use and number of local North Carolina ingredients on each plate. Attendees also voted for their favorite dishes and drinks to determine the People’s Choice award winners for Savory, Pastry and Specialty Cocktail & Distillery.

NCRLA 2019 Chef Showdown Results:

  • Chef of the Year: Steven Goff, AUX Bar, Asheville
  • Pastry Chef of the Year: Jamie Turner, Earl’s Grocery and Soul Food Sessions, Charlotte
  • Mixologist of the Year: Johnny Burritt, representing Apothecary Beverage Company, Asheville
  • Distillery of the Year: Apothecary Beverage Company, Asheville

People’s Choice Awards:

  • Savory: Cory Haigler, The Westin Charlotte, Charlotte
  • People’s Choice Pastry: Tie Whittaker, Buttermilk Boutique, Raleigh
  • People’s Choice Specialty Cocktail & Distillery: Jimmy Huyhn, representing Copper Barrel Distillery, Wilkesboro

For more information about the NCRLA Chef Showdown, visit  ncrla.org/chefshowdown


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Skyfest This Saturday at Johnston County Airport!


Photo courtesy of Skyfest

Skyfest is a community festival featuring professional aerial demonstrations including parachute team jumps, flyovers, helicopter rappelling, and other amazing aerial performances. There will be also be musical entertainment, static displays, food trucks, a beer garden and a kids zone.

Skyfest is this Saturday, October 12th from 10am-3pm in nearby Smithfield at Johnston County Airport. It is a FREE event but there is a suggested $10 donation for parking (benefiting Civil Air Patrol). For more information about parking and events scheduled visit http://skyfestnc.com.

Skyfest Flyer.jpg

2019 Skyfest
 October 12, 2019 (10am-3pm)
Location: Johnston County Regional Airport
3149 Swift Creek Rd., Smithfield, NC 27577
Price: Free (parking $10 suggested donation)

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