Today I will finally have the option to walk to a food truck parked just around the corner from my office in downtown Raleigh. Food trucks have been part of the Raleigh food scene for more than six years now, but up until this point they have only been allowed to park on private property or at festivals. However the Raleigh City Council recently approved a Pilot Program that will allow food trucks to park at four designated locations on city streets across downtown: 100 E. Polk St., 300 S. Harrington St., 300 South Bloodworth St. and South State Street at the NCDMV Headquarters and N.C. State Employees Credit Union.
Trucks have to apply for a permit to park in these spots but once approved they will be able to get on the schedule for these spots which are available for use seven days a week between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Trucks will also be able to schedule to operate between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. It’s nice to see Raleigh adding more options for food trucks and I’m hopeful that this program will be extended beyond the originally planned six months and that even more locations will be added across downtown. To find out what trucks are scheduled at these locations you view the truck calendar here.
On Sunday I hit up the Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo. The weather was absolutely perfect for Raleigh’s first official rodeo of 2015. There were over 50 food trucks lined up along Fayetteville Street and nearby side streets, including the areas newest trucks Cousins Maine Lobster. This rodeo is a well organized event the features not only local trucks, but attracts trucks from throughout North Carolina with trucks traveling from as far away as Charlotte and the Carolina Coast. I snapped the picture above while enjoying some shade in one of the many seating areas provided by the rodeo organizers. If you missed this weekend’s rodeo you’ll have three more chances on the dates provided below. Of course there are many other food truck events to look forward to all spring and summer long. As always to stay up on all the Triangle food truck news and events check out the The Wandering Sheppard’s Food Truck Blog.
Upcoming Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo Dates
June 14th 1-6pm
August 9th 4-9pm
October 11th 1-6pm
A few weeks ago I finally made my first visit to Boulted Bread. They are a relatively new bakery located in downtown Raleigh near the historic Boylan Heights neighborhood that offers bread and pastries made with organic, heirloom and locally sourced grains. It was opened by Fulton Forde, Sam Kirkpatrick, and Joshua Bellamy, friends who grew up in Raleigh and reconnected later in life to find they shared a passion for baking and making an impact on their community through the creation of local sustainable food systems.
The bakery is a neat space. It occupies a small renovated storefront on W. South Street that has a rolling garage door on the front that can be opened during the warmer months. There is parking along the side of the building where you will also find a few raised bed gardens and picnic tables along the side wall of the building with a great mural backdrop. The inside space is small but cozy and has a warm vibe. The glass garage door ensures the seating area is basked in morning light. There are only a few tables inside but they are a perfect spot to enjoy a morning pastry and coffee while people come and go to pick up their baked goods for the day.
Boulted offers five primary breads: Levain, Seeded Rye, Seeded Levain, Ciabatta, and baguettes. They also offer a rotating menu of croissants and other pastry, showcasing seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. On the day I visited I tried an excellent raspberry danish that was perfectly baked with a slightly crisp exterior contrasted by a light and fluffy inside with just the right amount of raspberry. It was the perfect accompaniment to my cup of Counter Culture Coffee which you can also get at the bakery. They had a nice display of other pastries and baked goods and I look forward to going back to try even more of their great selection.
One unique feature about Boulted Bread is that they mill all of their flour and rye in house using a custom made mill they had made using stone from a quarry in Salisbury, NC. This specialized mill is what allows them to work with heirloom varities of the southern grains in their breads. To help fund the making of the mill Boulted obtained a low interest loan from Slow Money NC, a great organization that focus resources on the local community and works to “build resilience in the local food economy by catalyzing loans to local, sustainable food and farming businesses.” Slow Money NC has also played a role in funding other great local Triangle businesses like Big Spoon Roasters, and Cocoa Cinnamon in Durham. You can learn more about Slow Money NC at http://slowmoneync.org.
Boulted Bread is a cool place to check out and I am really impressed with their baked goods. I’d add this to the top of your list of places to visit in Raleigh if you are a fan of bakeries like me. To wet your appetite I highly recommend following Boulted Bread on instagram where they regularly share pictures of their delicious baked goods. Boulted Bread is open Wednesday–Friday 7am-6pm,Saturday and Sunday 8am-5pm. They also sell their baked goods at the Western Wake Farmers’ Market each Saturday.
614 W. South Street
Raleigh, NC (map)
Filed under Bakery, Raleigh
Downtown Raleigh at Night
Last week I took my camera with me as I embarked on a short run around downtown Raleigh. I snapped the picture above as I ran laps around the Halifax Mall government complex on the northern edge of downtown (near Peace Street). In case you were wondering, the walkway loop around the quad is approximately 0.35 miles making it a great spot to run laps at night after work if you are like me and work downtown.
Train Tracks by W. Martin Street ~ Raleigh, NC
Earlier this week I took a meandering run through downtown Raleigh. I like to take a small camera with me in case I come across anything new (and I always seem to stumble across a place I have never explored before). The photo I snapped above was taken just before the dead end of West Martin Street on the western side of downtown just past CAM Raleigh (map of location). There are many old warehouse buildings in this section of downtown and the area is currently receiving a lot of attention and undergoing a revitalization. It will be interesting to see how it evolves in the coming years.