CockADoodleMoo Food Truck
“Takeover Tuesday” is a special night at the Berkeley Cafe in downtown Raleigh that gives some of your favorite local food truck chefs the opportunity to “take over” the cafe’s kitchen for the night and serve their popular fare. The next “Takeover” is Tuesday, January 12th, and will feature Chef Doug Rollins of the popular Triangle food truck CockADoodleMoo. The menu for this truck features traditional and global BBQ along with gourmet sandwiches made with fresh, all natural and local ingredients. To get a sense of just how good the dishes are I’ve heard their ribs described as “life changing”. The special Prix Fixe Menu for next Tuesday evening at the Berkeley Cafe is provided below. Cost is $25 per person. Dinner service runs from 5-9pm. Reservations not required but recommended (919) 821-0777. The Berkeley Cafe is located at 217 W. Martin St. Raleigh. Make sure you come hungry!
January 12th, 2016
Smoked Crab & Avocado Salad/Local Greens/Bell Pepper Coulis
Roasted Beets/Baby Arugula/Roasted fennel/Candied Pecans/Farmer’s Cheese/Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Pulled Pork and Crispy Slaw Spring Roll/DMZ Dipping Sauce
Raleigh Brewing Hidden Pipe Porter Braised Angus Beef Short Rib
Raleigh Rum-Browned Butter Smoked Spaghetti Squash
Local Mushrooms/Tangerine Gremolata/Crispy Leeks
Smoked Pork Belly/Stone Ground Polenta/Red Eye Gravy/Fried Collard Greens
Semi-Boneless Buttermilk Fried Chicken Breast/Sweet Potato Malted Waffle/Spiced Maple-Molasses Butter
Warm Bread and Butter Pudding/Whiskey Creme Anglaise/Almond Cookie
You can learn more about the husband and wife team (Jolie and Doug) behind CockADoodleMoo and their inspiration for the truck in The Wandering Sheppard’s “Behind the Wheel” post here.
This Tuesday, January 5th, Cousins Maine Lobster will be parked in front of White Street Brewing Company in downtown Wake Forest from 5:00-8:30pm for a Shark Tank “Viewing Party”. Then at 9pm the brewery will air the latest Shark Tank episode which will include an update on the local owners of this popular Triangle food truck. In addition to ordering a lobster roll from the truck, while you’re there I recommend getting a pint of White Street’s Hoptimist IPA. It’s one of my favorite local beers.
For more information about Cousins Maine Lobster and the local couple behind the truck check out this in-depth look by The Wandering Sheppard food truck blogger in his “Behind the Wheel: Cousins Maine Lobster” blog post. To find out where the truck will be next visit their facebook page and follow them on twitter.
Arepa Culture NC Food Truck
The weather is finally warming up and it’s time to get outside! This past Sunday I took advantage of the nice day and paid a visit to the Big Boss Run Club. While there I had the pleasure of trying the food from the Arepa Culture food truck for the first time after my run. The truck serves “Arepas”- a gluten free corn based flat bread formed into a patty that is grilled, split open and stuffed with a variety of ingredients. I enjoyed the “La Tica” which is an Arepa stuffed with shredded chicken, sauteed peppers & onions and melted cheese. It went great with a pint of Big Boss Angry Angel Kolsch.
They have several other Arepa offerings including ones with pulled pork bbq, shredded beef, chicken salad and avocado, and a caprese with fresh mozzarella, tomato pesto and olive oil. It’s a great truck and I suggest checking them out if you are on the hunt for a great Arepa or the next time you are looking to try something new. Arepa Culture is very good about letting people know where they will be parked each day by posting their location on social media. You can follow them on twitter, facebook, and instagram to keep tabs on where they will be next.
This was the last Sunday run with the Big Boss Run Club as they transition back to Tuesday night runs at the brewery starting Tuesday March 17th at 7pm. I highly recommend you check it out if you are looking for a fun social run club. It’s free and open to runners of all abilities. Routes offered include 3 and 5 mile options. After each weekly run there is usually a beer special offered by Big Boss with a select beer for just $3 a pint. Food trucks are regular visitors to the club as well.
Cheers to warmer weather!
Photo Courtesy Felicia Perry Photography
On the First Friday of the month local artists are featured at galleries throughout Downtown Raleigh. It’s a time for the community to celebrate the local art culture and meet the creative people behind the work. This Friday from 6-9pm four great local artists will have their talents on display at Brushstroke Studio & Gallery. Brushstroke is a working studio and art gallery located at located at 520 N. West Street in the Glenwood South District of Downtown Raleigh. On display will be paintings by acrylic artists, Susan Bolick, Shade Maret and Gail Scoggin; as well as photographs by Felicia Perry, which will include a series of photographs taken throughout North Carolina.
Image Courtesy Artist Susan Bolick
The art alone is more than enough reason to come out, but if you need a little nudge out the door the amazing Chirba Chirba Dumpling Food Truck will also be parked at the gallery this Friday selling their famous dumplings. To help wash it down free beer is being provided by Raleigh’s own Nickelpoint Brewing Company. In addition to all this there will be a special giveaway by Midtown Grille. Brushstroke Studio is easy to get to from Peace Street and with free parking available in their lot. The gallery is also easily accessible via the R Line, stop R4 West Street. Hope to see you there!
First Friday at Brushstroke Studio & Gallery – February 6th 6-9pm
520 N. West Street – Raleigh, NC (map)
Brushstroke Gallery: https://www.facebook.com/BrushstrokeArtStudio
Wicked Biscuit at Cocoa Cinnamon
This week’s picture was actually taken last Sunday. My wife and I headed over to Durham to grab some coffee and tea at Cocoa Cinnamon. It is one of my favorite coffee shops and we enjoy sitting outside among their patio tables and people watch. This past summer food trucks have started showing up at the shop for “Sunday Brunch” and while the trucks tend to rotate, one of the regular trucks you can find there on Sunday is the relatively new Wicked Biscuit truck. I didn’t get the opportunity to try a biscuit on this visit (we were on our way to the park) but I plan to do so very soon. In the meantime you can track the truck to find out where they will be by following them on twitter at @WickedBiscuitCo.
Cocoa Cinnamon ~ 420 W. Geer Street – Durham, NC
I couldn’t possible share about Cocoa Cinnamon without at least one coffee picture! On this visit I tried their Middle Eastern Iced Coffee. Their menu describes it as a slow and cold brewed iced coffee brewed with cardamom, rose petals and vanilla bean. I found it delicious and I highly recommend it if you are looking for something a little different the next time you want an iced coffee. Cocoa Cinnamon is a great community space and one of my go to places in Durham. To keep tabs on their latest offerings and things going on at the shop follow them on twitter at @CocoaCinnamon.