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Monuts Donuts of Durham – The Best Donuts Ever! Period.

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Monuts Donuts!

I’ll be honest with you, I have a lot of experience eating donuts. I grew up in New Jersey eating Dunkin’ Donuts and currently work around the corner from a Krispy Kreme in downtown Raleigh. On a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest I even made an early morning excursion to the famous Voodoo Doughnut shop in downtown Portland to try their famous donuts.

Well, I am here to tell you that none of those places even come close to the awesomeness of the donuts made by Monuts Donuts in Durham. As the title of this post states, Monuts make the best donuts ever! Period.

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Monuts Donuts at the Durham Farmers’ Market

I first heard about Monuts through facebook when they opened a little over a year ago in Durham.  It started off as a two person operation by Lindsay Moriarty and her partner Rob Gillespie but their reputation and popularity has quickly blossomed requiring them to expand their team to include Lindsay’s father and a new employee to help meet the growing demand for their donuts.

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Monuts & bike coffee setting up along Hunt Street in Durham

Lindsey and Rob started off making a few dozen donuts each week in the  professional shared space kitchen at the Cookery. Now it isn’t unusual for them to make 60-70 dozen doughnuts each week. Customers can pre-order their donuts online and receive them by delivery each Friday or you can find them at the Durham Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings. They typically set up their donut table on Hunt Street each Saturday morning alongside the cool folks at BikeCoffee.

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Fresh Monuts Donuts

Monuts Donuts are all hand-made. The dough is made the night before, and Lindsay and Rob get up well before dawn to perform the glazing process literally minutes before they head out the door to sell the fresh donuts at the Farmers’ Market.

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Monuts fans lining up at a recent RTP Food Truck Rodeo!

The donuts typically run around $2 each (well worth it) and they offer a limited number of Saturday pre-orders through their website providing a great deal at $12.50 a dozen. Their donuts are very popular and they often sell out within 2 hours at the market.

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Dulce de Leche Donut

In addition to their donuts being super fresh, Monuts Donuts stands out for their unique flavors using seasonally-inspired local ingredients whenever possible. On my recent visits to the market to buy their donuts I have experience everything from a Dulce de Leche donut, to flavors like Cinnamon Hibisucs, Maple Bacon Bourbon, and Blueberry Cabernet with Dark Chocolate Shavings (a favorite of mine).

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Maple Bacon Bourbon Donut

As mentioned above, their donuts are very popular and in high demand each weekend at the Farmers’ Market. Fortunately for donut lovers like myself, Monuts has plans to open a brick and mortar location in 2013. Planning for the store is still in the early stages, but we do know it will be located at 110 E. Parrish Street, right across from Bull City Burger and Brewery.

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Blueberry Cabernet Donut with Dark Chocolate Shavings

Recent updates on their facebook page indicate the store will feature 14ft ceilings, exposed interior brick walls and original hard wood floors in the dining room. Having their own store is an important next step for Monuts since it will mean more prep/ baking space allowing for them to increase production and experiment with even more flavors.  For a behind the scenes glimpse at their current donut making process check out this fun video below.

You can  read more about the cool people behind Monuts Donuts in a recent feature about them in last month’s Durham Magazine. Or you can also follow them on Facebook and  Twitter  to stay updated on the flavors they are working on and where you can find them each week.

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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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