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Raleigh’s Fat Tuesday Celebration on Fayetteville Street ~ Saturday Feb. 28th!


My top pick for this weekend is the Big Easy Restaurant Group’s “Fat Tuesday on Fayetteville Street” block party, scheduled for this Saturday, February 28th. All the fun will take place on the 200 block of Fayetteville Street in Downtown Raleigh (map).

“Our goal is to bring the downtown community together for a celebration before the traditional observance of Lent,” says Big Easy Manager Frank Ferlo. “We’re throwing a unique, New Orleans-style Mardi Gras party with live music, street performers, food trucks, games, prizes, giveaways and artisans.”

The event will take place from noon to 10 pm, is open to the public and free.

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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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Sparkcon Kicks Off Today in Raleigh!


If you are looking for something to do the next few days look no further than downtown Raleigh. SPARKcon, the Triangle’s annual creative explosion, September 12–15th, will assemble 2,000+ artists, performers and other creative folks for 200+ shows and exhibits on Fayetteville Street, City Plaza and beyond.

Festival Hours
Friday 5:30pm – 11pm
Saturday 11am – 11pm
Sunday 12pm – 4pm

Festival Location:
Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St area and 17+ local venues

SPARKcon2012 circus_photo by Makeda Sanford

Photo by Makeda Sanford

Kick Off: ideaSPARK Pecha Kucha Night (Idea Slam) Raleigh Volume 15
(pre-registration required)
Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Contemporary Art Museum (CAM ) in Raleigh’s Warehouse District.
Time: 6:40 to 8:40p (doors open at 5:40)

Friday Showcase: circusSPARK showcase: Under the Sea
Friday, September 13, 2013 at City Plaza in Downtown Raleigh
Time: 8-9p

Saturday Showcase: fashionSPARK runway show!
Saturday, September 14 at City Plaza in Downtown Raleigh
Time: 8-9:30 p

Saturday Highlights: A Main Stage line-up of music, dance and theater, street painting on Fayetteville Street and an art bazaar in City Plaza. Fashion show and film to screen in the evening. Galleries featuring design, art and new media/digital work in multiple venues.

Sunday Highlights: The bazaar continues, the music stage will present a full day’s lineup and the circus will take over a block of Fayetteville Street. View the finished Street Paintings.

A full schedule is on SPARKcon.com & available on an iPhone app.

SPARKcon2012 general_photo by Mary Kay Kennedy

photo by Mary Kay Kennedy

artSPARK: 700 streetpainters on Fayetteville Street, art galleries in downtown venues including Visual Art Exchange (VAE), installations featuring three local artists in the Fish Market Gallery and a mural at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM Raleigh) entitled What are Your Roots? All weekend.

bazaarSPARK: On-the-street bazaar of 50 local crafters and designers selling their latest handmade wares. Saturday and Sunday.

circusSPARK: Acrobats, aerialists, face-painters, fire dancers, jugglers and more perform, parade and host interactive workshops. All weekend. Showcase Friday at 8pm on City Plaza.

comedySPARK: A book release party, Clean Stand UP, Stand Up showcase and a swearing competition. All weekend.

geekSPARK: A showcase for the creative use of new and interactive media and technology featuring a showcases of digital motion, a games, open source as well as interactive events including robots, a city model, Godzilla and more on Fayetteville Street and CAM Raleigh. All weekend.

danceSPARK: Dance performances and workshops showcasing a wide variety of local dancers and styles. All weekend.

designSPARK: An interactive map project Our City, Your Design on Fayetteville Street, a green fuel showcase, studio tours, architecture walking tours. All weekend.

fashionSPARK: Runway show, featuring 10 local fashion, accessory and green designers in the largest annual fashion show in the Triangle. Saturday at 8p, on City Plaza. A jewelry Trunk show on Friday @ VAE.

filmSPARK: Local filmmakers present their work through shorts screenings, a 48-Hour film challenge and a panel discussion on local resources. Saturday and Sunday.

ideaSPARK: Community-oriented presentations from a variety of community leaders, artists, and entrepreneurs in a fast-paced format. Showcase Saturday night at CAM. Smaller idea sharing events all weekend.

musicSPARK: Over 55 acts performing throughout the weekend on four outdoor stages. musicSPARK mainEVENT: Friday, September 13th, 9p at Kings Barcade

poetrySPARK: Local poets, professional and amateur, featured in readings, workshops and panel discussions. All weekend.

tastySPARK: A food truck rodeo on E. Martin. All weekend.

theatreSPARK: A full day of theatre performances by local theatre groups, including NC Theatre and Burning Coal Theatre on Saturday in City Plaza Pop-up theatre all weekend.

About VAE and SPARKcon
Visual Art Exchange produces SPARKcon to celebrate and highlight diverse creative efforts in the Triangle and is a part of the VAE mission to support and provide opportunities for artists and connect the community to the arts. This festival gives an unusual opportunity for the community to be directly involved with a public art / performance art project in downtown Raleigh. SPARKcon is unique because it is an event fully developed by artists and the creative community, who are encouraged to use their creative talent and insight to produce their own engaging and inspiring programs. SPARKcon was founded in 2006 by Aly and Beth Khalifa.

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Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo Success!


Food Trucks on Fayetteville Street

In case you missed it, this past Sunday downtown Raleigh was the host of a huge food truck rodeo – the biggest ever in Raleigh with over 40 food trucks in attendance. Trucks were set up along Fayetteville Street starting just south of the Capital Building. The inaugural event ran from noon to 5pm on Sunday, but if you missed it don’t worry, similar food truck events will be held on June 9th, August 11th, and October 13th. Visit DowntownRaleighFoodTruckRodeo.com for updates about future events.


Barone – New Meatball Food Truck

Raleigh has checkered past with food trucks. While the food truck rules in the City of Oaks are not quite as lenient as in Durham, contrary to popular belief foods trucks are allowed in Raleigh. This was just the first time so many of them were all together at one time here in Raleigh. All in all I think the event organizers did a good job with this first event. There were over 40 trucks spanning a wide range of cuisine including meatball sandwiches, pizza, Korean bbq, and dumplings. Several of the local fan favorites were on hand like Klausie’s Pizza, Chirba Chirba, and American Meltdown. There were also a few new trucks I’ve never seen before from neighboring Greensboro like Urban Street Grill, and Great Escape.


Seating Area

Everyone I talked to was appreciative of the seating areas provided so people had a place to sit and eat instead of being forced to stand and balance their plates. Of course there were some complaints about the usual long lines and wait times for some of the more popular trucks, but I have been to enough of these events to know it comes with the territory. Some say you should have more trucks, but honestly that just draws even more people and the popular trucks will always have a big fan base waiting in line. In general a good rule of thumb is to come early and come with a game plan so you don’t waste time looking for trucks you want to try.


Local Beer – Aviator Brewing out of Fuquay Varina

Another great aspect of the rodeo was that it featured some of our great local breweries too. Three local breweries, Aviator Brewing, Carolina Brewing Company, and the City of Oaks newest addition Raleigh Brewing Company, were all on hand selling their brew. All three did a great job of ensuring they had enough beer and kept the line of thirsty rodeo fans moving.


Sweet Stacey Cakes – Cupcake Food Truck aka “Smiles”

Several of my favorite trucks were at the rodeo and I made a point of hitting them first before the long lines started forming. I got a smoked turkey sandwich from Sympathy for the Deli and followed it up with a “Thin Mint” cupcake from Sweet Stacey Cakes. I never miss a chance to get food from these trucks when I see them and they never disappoint. Both really hit the spot on Sunday! Another favorite of mine is the Parlour Ice Cream truck. Their salted caramel ice cream is heavenly!


Food Truck Fans

Looking back on Sunday’s event I think this first large scale rodeo in Raleigh will go down as a big success for the city and serve as an example of the growing demand for such events in Raleigh. Hopefully city leaders will continue to recognize the positive role food trucks play in the evolving downtown scene and will create an environment that encourages more of these events in the future. For information about future food truck rodeos in Raleigh check out DowntownRaleighFoodTruckRodeo.com or follow them on facebook.


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The Foundation – Subterranian Cocktails in Downtown Raleigh


The Foundation is a relatively new bar that opened up on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh early last summer.  This unique bar is located in what was once the crawl space of an older building . The owners spent several months “digging out” the  crawl space space area to create enough living space to establish the bar. I beleive much of this excavation was done the old fashioned way, by hand.  The entrance to the bar is a set of stairs leading down from the street level sidewalk along Fayetteville Street. There is a small window on the wall facing the stairs that kind of reminds me of the window from the bar in Cheers were you can see a view of the ankles and knees of everyone coming and going.

The bar area itself is not huge but could comfortably fit between 40-50 people. The atmosphere is somewhat dark but at the same time inviting with a rich wood bar and exposed brick walls with a glimer of natural light coming in from the small windows by the stairs. They sell only NC beers and have various wines from NC, VA, and a few from Washington state. They have all kinds of bourbon and make some fantastice mixed drinks. The last time Iwas there I had a Sangria that included in its recipe some Junior Johnson moonshine.


They don’t serve food so they are considered a “private club” but membership only costs $1 and you can bring any number of guests. The bar was smoke free even before the recent statewide ban, but I they do have a few tables outside up on the sidewalk level where smoking is allowed if that is your thing. To keep tabs on what they have on tap and any new arrivals or drink specials you can check out their facebook fan page for regular updates.  

I hear they can get pretty busy in the early evening when folks are just getting out of work from the nearby office buildings and they draw quite crowd on weekend nights as well. If you are checking it out for the first time I recommend dropping by early on the weekend when it is a  less likely to be busy so you can take in the subtleness of the design of the unique interior and strike up a converation with the friendly bartenders there. If you are lucky, they may even show you the earthen tunnel where they store the beer kegs to keep them cold. You can my other photos of the bar on flickr. Check it out!


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