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Durham Mardi Gras Celebration Tuesday February 17th!

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One of my favorite events is coming up next week! The 2015 Durham Mardi Gras Celebration will be held next Tuesday February 17th! The parade departs the plaza at 201 Corcoran St (by the bull statue) at 7pm and follows a short route along Foster Street down to Geer Street. A printable version of the route can be viewed here. The parade will be preceded by an opening ceremony at 6:45pm when The League of the Tutu will adorn Major the Bull in his very own tutu.

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This year event organizers are expanding the party by finishing the parade with an outdoor block party. They have added entertainment and activities on the closed section of Rigsbee Ave between Corporation and Geer Street. Paperhand Puppet Intervention will also be there to drum up some fun and folks are invited to jam in the streets.

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Live Music
Also following the parade there will be multiple bands playing at several great venues along Rigsbee Avenue and Geer Street. The performances are staggered so you can hop from venue to venue and catch portions of each act. Best of all the music is FREE. Check out the night’s music lineup below. For more details visit the Durham Mardi Gras website at http://www.durhammardigras.com.

Venue & Music Lineup
Motorco
Sidecar Social Club – as soon as the parade arrives
Bulltown Strutters – 9:15pm

The Pit
Archbishops of Blount St – 8:45pm
Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos – 10:30pm

Fullsteam Brewery
John Dee Holman – 8:15pm
Gasoline Stove – 9:45pm

Geer Street Garden
The Banished Fools – 8:30pm

Cocoa Cinnamon
Cajammers – 8:30pm

The Bar Durham
Durham Mardi Gras Drag Show – 11:00pm

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Durham Mardi Gras Celebration – March 4th 7pm!

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Tomorrow night, Tuesday March 4th, downtown Durham will showcase a taste of New Orleans Mardi Gras! The night kicks off with the Durham Mardi Gras Parade leaving from CCB Plaza at 7 p.m. From there the celebration travels to Rigsbee Avenue down by Fullsteam Brewey and Motorco  Music Hall for a big block party that runs from 7:30 p.m to midnight. The street will be closed to traffic, food trucks will line the block and Free live music will be going on simultaneously at five different stages. Full Music Schedule Below! Hope to see you there!

Motorco Music Hall Main Stage
7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. The Bulltown Strutters
9:15 p.m. – 11:15 p.m. Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos

Motorco Garage Stage
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The Beauty Operators
10 p.m. – 11 p.m. Children of the Horn

Fullsteam 
8:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Ironing Board Sam
9:45 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. The Screaming J’s

The Bar 
8 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Radar’s Clown of Sedation
10 p.m. – 11 p.m. Drag Show Spectacular

Cocoa Cinnamon
8 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Bull Bayou Ramblers
9 p.m. Old Time Corner

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2013 Durham Mardi Gras Celebration February 9th & 12th!

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Poster Art by Jamie B. Wolcott

Looking to celebrate Mardi Gras in the Triangle this year? Then check out some of the great local costume making and music events going on in Durham starting this Saturday followed by even more revelry with a local Mardi Gras Parade (with a second line band and all) on “Fat Tuesday” February 12th.

The fun kicks off this weekend on Saturday at Motorco with live music and costume making (materials provided by The Scrap Exchange). Then the good times continue on Fat Tuesday with a local parade and more music. On Tuesday musicians, dancers, and the public meet will meet at the CCB Plaza (the one with the big bull statue) in downtown Durham around 6:30pm. The group will then parade on down to Rigsbee Avenue near Motorco & Fullsteam at about 7pm where you can enjoy another great night of live music and dancing. Full details of the bands scheduled to perform are provided below. I’ll be joining the good times playing my trombone and the fabulous Bulltown Strutters. Hope to see you there! Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Saturday February 9th
(All events in Motorco Garage)

Kidz, Bands,Costumes

4 –6pm  kids & adults – Mardi Gras costume making party (material supplied free by the Scrap Exchange)
Music
4:00 Blue Tailed Skinks
5:00 Lester Fricks

Mardi Gras Extravaganza
8-10pm Adult Mardi Gras costume making party (material supplied free by the Scrap Exchange)
Music
8:00 Beauty Operators
9:00 The Bulltown Strutters
10:00 Tom Merrigan
11: 00 SWAG

Fat Tuesday February 12th

Durham Mardi Gras Parade:
6:30 Meet at the bull, CCB plaza, downtown Durham
7:00 Parade to Motorco

Motorco Main Stage:
7:45 Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos
9:15 The Bulltown Strutters
10:30 Atiba Rorie and Africa Unplugged

Motorco Garage Stage:
8:45 Rhonda Robichaux
10:00 Phatlynx

Fullsteam:
8:30 Haw River Rounders
10:15 The George Tisdale Band

For a glimpse at some photos taken during last year’s Durham Mardi Gras Parade visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicolepphoto/sets/72157629076073508/

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Sneak Peek At The Cookery’s Front Room ~ Grand Opening Celebration September 15th!!

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The Cookery ~ Durham, NC

Exciting things are happening at The Cookery in Durham! The Cookery opened a little over a year ago as a state-of-the-art rentable commercial kitchen and has already had a tremendous impact on the Triangle culinary scene.

Now the folks behind this culinary incubator have expanded beyond the kitchen and renovated the remainder of the old Food Co-op building the kitchen is located in along West Chapel Hill Street in Durham to create a unique new event space called the Front Room. The Cookery’s Front Room will be used to host a series of pop-up restaurants, specialty food events, culinary workshops and wine and beer dinners, as well as private dinners and receptions.

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Front Room Grand Opening!

A fundraiser event from noon-3p.m. on Saturday September 15th, featuring live music, food trucks, and local beers and wine will serve as the unveiling of the Front Room. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Durham Crisis Response Center’s emergency shelter, which provides a safe environment for women and children fleeing violent and dangerous situations.

Food truck favorites at the benefit will include Chirba Chirba DumplingMonuts DonutsThe ParlourPie PushersSympathy for the Deli, and Triangle Raw Foods. Each is a member of The Cookery, where they share a state-of-the-art  kitchen to prepare their culinary delights. Other Triangle chefs will participate, as will special musical  guest Justin Robinson and the Mary Annettes. The Clever Vine will host a free  wine tasting local brewers Bull City Burger and Brewery, Fullsteam, Lonerider  Brewing Company and Triangle Brewing Company will offer beer  tastings. Click on the flyer above for all the details about the Grand Opening Event.

My sneak peek inside the Front Room at the Cookery!

Back in late August, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to get a sneak peak at the Front Room during  the ongoing renovations as they prepared the space for the grand opening. It was awesome meeting Rochelle Johnson and Nick Hawthorne-Johnson, the husband and wife team who own and operate the Cookery and learn more about the space and their vision.

Below are a few pictures I took during my “sneak peek” of the Front Room that provide a  glimpses of the interior space during the renovation process. All signs point to this being an incredibly unique event space when all the hard work is completed and look I forward to attending culinary workshops and wedding receptions there in the future!

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Interior features exposed brick walls

The Front Room is both elegant and rustic at the same time.  It captures the perfect blend of a historic space infused with a modern feel that makes for a warm and inviting event space that  retains the character and charm of old Durham. The space can accommodate events with up to 200 guests and features a 20′ foot high ceiling,  exposed brick walls, and original metal work from local metal sculptors in addition to salvaged metal and woodwork rescued from historic Durham landmarks.

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The Bar Area

There Front Room will have full wet bar featuring several North Carolina beers on tap. The bar is constructed with a metal base made from repurposed metal salvaged from an old three legged water tower that use to stand high above Durham. There are plans to add a foot railing along the bottom of the bar made from old trolley ties from trolley tracks that use to run right along the street outside the Cookery back in the day.

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The Bar

The bar top itself is made from old wooden shudders that once belonged to an old tobacco warehouse in Durham.  I am a big fan of wooden bar tops and love that this one is made out of re-purposed wood that came from a source so closely tied with the city’s history.

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Bar-top made from old tobacco warehouse wood shutters

When I visited, Nick was working on applying additional coats of polyurethane top coat to seal the  bar top with a glossy, clear finish that brings out the character in the old wood. I think his hard work has paid off, as the bar looks awesome and I couldn’t resist taking a the close-up picture above to capture rich deep color of the wooden bar top.

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View down on the main area from the mezzanine

My pictures of the main area of the Front Room don’t do it justice becayse my visit was during the hustle and bustle of the renovation. However, I wanted to include the picture above as it shows the perspective looking down on the main area of the room from the mezzanine above. I enjoyed how connected the two spaces are making it easy for guest to flow from one area to the other.

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Metal Railings

As you ascend the stairs to visit the mezzanine you can’t help but admire the intricate metal work along the railings.  These functional works of art that adorn the interior were created by local metal sculptor Al Frega. Al is a large-scale metal sculptor, renowned for his ability to transform salvaged hunks of metal into beautiful pieces of art. Although it wasn’t installed yet when I visited, I was told Mr. Frega is now completing work on sculpting a beautiful metal gate that will be featured along the front entrance of the building.

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Mezzanine Area overlooking room below

The spacious Mezzanine area has loads of potential to be used for different functions at events and provides an unobstructed view of both the seating area and the large retractable doors opening to the outdoor patio.  During my visit a local professional photographer was using the mezzanine area to do a photo shoot.  I’m sure the exposed brick background and beautiful metal work made for fantastic shots!

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Drink railings along walls throughout the Mezzanine

Wooden drink railings will be installed along the walls throughout the mezzanine and on the outdoor patio, limiting the need for cocktail tables and freeing up space for guests to move around and mingle.

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Twenty Foot High Ceilings

The exposed brick walls throughout the space remind you of the building’s long history and are highlighted by the warm lighting and plentiful natural light that spills through the many windows. The high ceilings and ample space really open up the possibilities as to how the space can be utilized. There are plans to add full audio/visual equipment setup including a 15′ retractable projection screen and projector that can be used for presentations at business meetings, seminars, and luncheons.

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Lighting fixtures behind the bar

With a historic building like the one that is home to the Front Room, I think it is important that the fixtures, furniture & decor compliment the character of the historic backdrop.  I loved the attention to detail in the renovation of the Front Room space and how the choices like the metal light fixtures installed behind the bar, the reclaimed wood drink railings, and the acid etched stained concrete floors all go together so well and result in creating a modern space that retains its original character. I can’t wait to visit again once all of the renovations are completed. Don’t miss your chance too see it – Check out the Front Room at their Grand Opening event on September 15th!

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Large skillet & mural featured along the Cookery Building

For more information about The Cookery and the Grand Opening of the Front Room visit their website or follow them on facebook. You can view more of my pictures from my sneak peek at the Front Room in my flickr photo album.

The Cookery
1101 West Chapel Hill Street
Durham, NC 27701 (Map)
website: http://durhamcookery.com/
twitter: @Cookery

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Second Annual Triangle Canning Swap – August 19th

Photo Courtesy of Kendra Spencer of A Sonoma Garden Blog

About the event:

Fire up your pressure canners and break out the jams, the Second Annual Triangle Canning Swap is right around the corner! This event is hosted by Matt Lardie of Green Eats Blog and brings together home canners from across the Triangle to swap some of their best goodies, helps promote food preservation and the art of canning, and is just plain fun. Last year’s event was a blast with items like homemade limoncello, blueberry syrup, dill pickles, and Chef Chad McIntyre’s famous bloody mary mix from his Raleigh restaurant, Market.

Here are the details for this year’s event:

What: Second Annual Triangle Canning Swap

When: Sunday, August 19th at 3pm

Where: Fullsteam Brewery, 726 Rigsbee Ave, Durham

How: You bring up to 5 jars of your homemade jam, jelly, chutney, sauce, salsa, pickles, etc. Local ingredients encouraged, and bring copies of your recipe to share if you like! For each jar you bring you get a chance to swap. Names will be dropped into a hat and chosen at random, and we’ll keep drawing until everyone has gotten to make their allotted swaps.

To sign up: RSVP on Facebook: Second Annual Triangle Canning Swap or send an e-mail to matt@greeneatsblog.com

About Matt Lardie & Green Eats Blog:
Matt Lardie is a freelance food writer and blogger based in Durham, NC. He is the voice behind Green Eats Blog and a contributing writing to Ashvegas.com.

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