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Weekend Picks! Nov. 1st-3rd

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Weekend Picks! Nov. 1st-3rd

I’ve been busy preparing for my first marathon so this week’s list of picks isn’t as comprehensive as in the past, but I still think I’ve picked some great stuff going on each day nonetheless. I’ll admit I added the City of Oaks Marathon as the lone event Sunday because I want everyone to come out and watch me run – just kidding! This will be my first marathon, but I really didn’t include it because I’m running it. In fact I happen to think being a spectator at a road race is actually a lot of fun and the cheering and encouragement from people along the course is really appreciated by the tired runners. No matter how you choose to spend it, I hope you have a great weekend!

Friday November 1st

Music & Coffee at Oak City Roasters – Downtown Raleigh
Jacob Dixon and Candice Young are the headlining musicians for November’s First Friday celebration at Oak City Roasters tonight. Oak City recently opened their new roastery location in the Boylean Heights Area of downtown Raleigh right next to the Boylean Street Brew Pub. Stop by tonight for an evening of great music and coffee and check out their new place!
https://www.facebook.com/OakCityRoasters

“Last Waltz” Outsiders Art Gallery Closing Sendoff! – Durham
Outsiders Art Gallery is closing and they want to go out with a last hurrah! So, on November 1, they are having their “Last Waltz” which will include an auction of one piece per artist that they’ve shown over the last four years. Please join them a night of art, a food truck mash-up with Only Burger, Pie Pushers & Ko Kyu and music performed by Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic, Katharine Whalen, The Blue Tailed Skinks, The Bulltown Strutters and special guests. $10 suggested donation at the door.
https://www.facebook.com/events/584242534976691/

Baguettaboutit Grand Opening Celebration – Raleigh
Another Triangle Food truck has opened a brick & mortar restaurant (don’t worry they will still do the food truck too!). Check out the Grand Opening Celebration of their Baguettaboutit’s new brick and mortar location Friday from 5-8pm. The event will feature several food trucks in the parking lot out front including American Meltdown, Captain Poncho’s Tacos, and Red Hot & Blue, Chick-N-Que and Sweet Traditions Cupcakes.
http://baguettaboutit.com/

Saturday November 2nd

Pop-Up Market at Sola Coffee & Cafe’ – North Raleigh
Sola Coffee & Café in North Raleigh is hosting their first Pop-Up Market this Saturday from 10am-2pm. At least 12 vendors will be set up in the parking lot outside selling and array of art, jewelry, vintage clothing and other handmade items. While you’re there I recommend popping inside for one of their great lattes made with locally roasted Counter Culture Coffee and trying one of their new gluten free scones.
http://solacoffee.com/

Whisk Grand Opening Celebration – Cary
To help kick off the opening of this locally owned & operated store and in anticipation of the upcoming holiday baking season the folks at Whisk are holding a Grand Opening Event all weekend long (Nov. 1st-3rd) . The event will feature a series of free in-store cooking demonstrations and special discounts on cookware & bakeware. I’m a huge local coffee fan (surprise!) so I am hoping to stop by Saturday for the free coffee cupping being hosted by local roaster Muddy Dog Coffee. For a full list of their cooking demonstrations see the link below.
http://www.whiskcarolina.com/event-classes-calendar/2013-11

Oktoberfest at West 94th Street Pub – Durham
Celebrate Oktoberfest at West 94th Street Pub in Durham this Saturday from 2-6pm. They will hold the event in the parking lot in front of the pub and will have live music, German Style food and local beer from LoneRider, Triangle Brewery, White Street Brewery, and Foothills Brewery. The event is a benefit for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC. Tickets are $5 per sample station of $15 to sample all stations. If you donate 5 canned food items you can sample all the stations for just $10.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/West-94th-St-Pub/216732515166

Sunday November 3rd

City of Oaks Marathon – Raleigh
Come on out and cheer on the runners of the half and full marathon this weekend! Bring a cowbell! This is a great way to spend Sunday morning outside on what is forecasted to be a beautiful day! I’ll be out there running my first marathon so keep an eye out for a guy wearing maroon Virginia Tech Hokies visor! If you snap a picture of me in the race feel free to tag me in it on instagram so we can all have a good laugh at how funny I look running!
http://www.cityofoaksmarathon.com/

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Food Trucks in Raleigh for August “First Friday” & Food Truck Rodeo at North Hills Monday August 6th!

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American Meltdown Food Truck

As many of you know, Raleigh’s restrictions on food trucks are a little stricter than those in Durham. As a result the food truck scene in Raleigh is often a little less active than the Bull City. However, when First Friday rolls around you can count on finding trucks in downtown Raleigh. Below is a quick list of trucks that will be out and about in Raleigh today (Friday 8/3/12) and info about a food truck rodeo going down at North Hills on Monday 8/6. As always, follow your favorite food trucks on twitter to keep tabs on where they will be each week!

Food Trucks in Raleigh Today!

Friday Afternoon
11:30am-1:30pm – News & Observer Food Truck Rodeo
Only Burger
Klausie’s Pizza
The Parlour

Friday Night
Sympathy for the Deli – Lonerider Brewery from 5-9pm
Baguettaboutit – Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) from 6-10pm
American Meltdown – Marbles Museum IMAX Theater from 5-9pm tonight

MondayAfternoon (8/6/12) – North Hills Food Truck Rodeo
North Hills mall (in parking lot behind Bruegger’s) from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 

Captrust, is hosting a food truck rodeo to benefit the the Payton Wright Foundation. 10% of all sales to be donated to the foundation, which raises money for pediatric brain cancer research.

The trucks scheduled to be there:
Klausie’s Pizza
Chirba Chirba Dumpling
Captain Ponchos Taco Truck
Gussy’s Greek Street Food
Olde North State BBQ
Big City Sandwiches
Big John’s Hot & Spicy
Kona Ice
Lumpy’s Ice Cream

More info on North Hills Food Truck Rodeo on their event facebook page here.

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Food Truck Rodeo at Chatham Hill Winery Friday June 29th!

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Klausie’s Pizza Truck

If you live in Raleigh or Western Wake County and missed the recent food truck rodeo in Durham a few weeks ago you are in luck. The Chatham Hill Winery in Morrisville will be hosting a food truck event this Friday, June 29th from 4-9pm.

Featured Food Trucks
Klausie’s Pizza
American Meltdown
Baguettaboutit
Dang Good Dogs
Chirba Chirba Dumpling
Chick N Que
Old North State BBQ 

Read the event press release below for full details:

“Wine & Food Trucks?  Yes, indeed!  Chatham Hill Winery, the oldest winery in the area, has teamed up with local food trucks for the first-ever Wine & Food Truck Pairing.  The event will be held at Chatham Hill Winery on Friday, June 29th from 4:00 to 9:00 PM at 3800 Gateway Centre Blvd. in Cary/Morrisville.

From its inception, Chatham Hill Winery has been an innovator by being one of the first wineries in the country to mix old world wine tradition and new world wine bravado.  The winery’s grapes are grown offsite in the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina.  As an Urban Winery, Chatham Hill’s award-winning European style wines are made right here in the Heart of the Triangle.  In another cutting edge movement, Chatham Hill Winery is blending the latest culinary craze, Food Trucks, with the Urban Winery experience.

The unique twist on this Wine & Food Truck event is that owner and winemaker, Marek Wojciechowski, will be available to make recommendations for wine and food pairings throughout the event.   After seeing the burgeoning food truck scene, Wojciechowski knew what he had to do:  “Food trucks are such an amazing idea.  Why not push the notion that wine can be enjoyed with most any foods?  We just had to figure out a way to bring our wines and food truck offerings together and to the local community.”  

There is no admission fee for the event. The food trucks will be charging their regular prices and the winery will have wine available for purchase by the glass or by the bottle.  The trucks participating are:  Klausie’s Pizza, American Meltdown, Baguettaboutit, Dang Good Dogs, Chirba Chirba Dumpling, Chick N Que and Old North State BBQ.  Music provided by DJ Trav Gales.  In their continuing support of Operation Homefront, the winery will donate a portion of the evening’s sales and encourage participants to donate as well.

About Chatham Hill Winery:

Chatham Hill Winery, established in 1999 as the 14th winery in the state, is a boutique winery hosting wine tasting, winery tours as well as private, corporate functions and team building events. Its mission is to produce distinctive, handcrafted wines of high quality from the best grapes grown in North Carolina and share information and education about wine in a friendly and non-intimidating manner.

The winery currently produces two distinctive brands of wines:

French style wines under the Chatham Hill label and the line of unique, semi-sweet fruit-infused wines under the Sweet Carolina label.  Conveniently located moments from I-40, south of the RDU Airport, Chatham Hill Winery is accessible to all areas of the Triangle.  For additional information, contact Jill Winkler or visit www.chathamhillwine.com

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