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Parking Lot Party w/ Food Trucks at Taylor’s Wine Shop in Raleigh Saturday June 21st

Taylor's Wine Shop

Taylor’s Wine Shop

Taylor’s Wine Shop is a hidden gem in North Raleigh. Don’t let its unassuming exterior fool you. This is a top notch wine shop with a nice selection of wines & craft beers offered by knowledgeable and friendly staff. Join them this Saturday, June 21st 1-4pm for one of Taylor’s famous Parking Lot Parties. The event will feature live music by Velvet Goldfish, Free beer and wine tastings, and two awesome local food trucks: Sol Tacos selling gourmet southern tacos & Not Just Icing offering delicious cupcakes. You can learn a little more about both of these great food trucks below.

Sol Tacos

Sol Tacos

Sol Tacos serves tacos in soft  hand made soft tortillas. Owner Andy Schaumann has worked in a kitchen his whole life and prides himself on using locally sourced southern organic ingredients whenever possible that compliment Mexican street food including herbs fresh from his own garden.

Sol Tacos Fish Taco

Buttermilk Fried Flounder Taco

I am a big fan of Sol Taco’s buttermilk fried flounder taco with cilantro sour cream, lettuce, and citrus radish salad. Other great menu offerings include the blackened chicken nacho taco, cheddar chuck burger and beer braised pulled pork tacos. I also here he may have a special side item this weekend. A stuffed avacado BLT with thick cut bacon, compari tomatoes, and maldon sea salt. You can read more about Sol Tacos in this great post about the truck by local food truck guru Art over at The Wandering Sheppard.

Not Just Icing

Not Just Icing

Not Just Icing  is the Triangle’s first mobile cupcakery making their cupcakes right there on the truck. They are committed to providing made from scratch, baked fresh daily on the truck scrumptious treats throughout the Triangle area. I’ve had their cupcakes a several times now and they are fantastic!

Not Just Icing Cupcake


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Not Just Icing’s cupcakes are made using all-natural ingredients with real butter instead of oils and real fruit instead of fruit flavored extracts. Their cupcakes are free of preservatives so they are best eaten the day you buy them. My current favorite cupcake is their “Strawberry Delight”, a vanilla cake with strawberry buttercream icing topped with a fresh strawberry slice.

Hope to see you at the party – make sure you bring a lawn chair and stay a while to enjoy the music!

Taylor’s Wine Shop Parking Lot Party –
When:
 Saturday June 21st 1-4pm
Where: Taylor’s Wine Shop & BP – 1005, Six Forks Road (just north of I-540)

For more info about Taylor’s Wine Shop visit:
Taylor’s Website: http://www.taylorswineshop.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wineman.cash
Twitter: @TaylorsWineShop

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Buy Local ~ Triangle Holiday Gift Guide

With the holidays right around the corner here are my suggestions for locally made products and locally owned shops to consider when doing your holiday shopping. Each suggestion includes a link to the shop or product website for more information and locations where they can be found. I hope you will help support our local community and considering buying local this year! Happy Holidays!!

Foodie Gifts
These items are perfect for the foodie friends and family members on your shopping list. They also make for great host gifts while doing the holiday party circuit and will ensure you are invited back next year!

1. Big Spoon Roasters Peanut Butter – Durham, NC
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Big Spoon Roasters makes handcrafted nut butters from scratch in Durham, North Carolina. Their carefully selected nuts and wildflower honeys are sourced from local and like-minded farmers who share their dedication to authentic quality. Each small batch is roasted, milled, and packaged while still warm to produce nut butters that are uniquely fresh, delicious, and nutritious.

2. Escazu Chocolate – Raleigh, NC
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Escazu Chocolate is a fantastic “bean to bar” chocolate maker located in Downtown Raleigh. They directly source fine cacao from small farms, they then roast and grind on antique equipment. Escazu handcrafts bars, truffles, confections and more at their workshop and store on Blount Street.

3. Videri Chocolate Raleigh, NC
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Videri Chocolate is another great chocolate maker in Raleigh. The company was started by group of friendly folks who wanted to create wonderful chocolate, from bean to bar, everyday. Operations are located in a cozy downtown chocolate factory in Raleigh’s warehouse district that scrupulously sources every ingredient to insure a high quality, responsible chocolate.

4. Nello’s Sauce – Raleigh, NC
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Nello’s Sauce was born in 2010 in Neal “Nello” McTighe’s kitchen with his now wife Heather by his side. Since then Nello’s has grown rapidly to become one of the leading premium tomato sauce companies in the southeast, gaining many loyal customers and rave reviews. The Nello’s mission is to create the world’s most outstanding and innovative tomato sauces and to be a better business by fighting hunger through a partnership with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

5. Topo Distillery Spirits – Chapel Hill, NC
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The Top of the Hill Distillery is the only USDA Certified Organic, local and suatainable distillery in the South. Their gold medal winning TOPO Vodka, TOPO Piedmont Gin and TOPO Carolina Whiskey are all hand-crafted from organic Carolina soft red winter wheat grown less than 100 miles from their Chapel Hill, NC home. They also have a cool “Age Your Own” whiskey kits that make for a great gift!

6. Vintage Bee Honey – Chapel Hill, NC
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Vintage Bee’s signature line of creamed honeys are made with 12 fruits and spices each with their own distinct character. The versatility of Vintage Bee Creamed Honey is only limited by the imagination. It’s perfect on toast, sandwiches, bagels, and in oatmeal. You can’t beat it as a topping for pancakes or waffles and it’s a healthy sweetener for coffee or tea. It’s great for baking and cooking, and is outstanding on seafood or as a marinade for vegetables or meats.

7. Cackalacky – Chapel Hill, NC
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Cackalacky is headquartered in Chapel Hil where they brew and distribute the famously original Cackalacky Spice Sauce, Spice Nuts and are now collaborating with Fullsteam Brewery to brew the awesomely hoppy and zippy Cackalacky Pale Ale! Founded by Page Skelton, they are a small family-owned and operated NC business dedicated to “making everyday food and drink an extraordinary experience.”

8. Crude Bitters & Soda – Raleigh, NC
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Crude Bitters & Sodas was started in 2012 with a DIY attitude and the thought that delicious cocktails and soft drinks could be improved upon. Each bitters and soda flavor is hand-made by human hands utilizing only the finest ingredients and careful attention. Crude Sodas are old-fashioned fountain sodas served via draft. The flavors are unique and crafted to be savored purely on their own, sweetened with a perfect balance of natural sugars. Crude Bitters are crafted from 100% maceration in alcohol, with no chemicals or dyes.

9. “A Passion For Bread” Book by Lionel Vatinet – Cary, NC
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In “A Passion for Bread” Lionel Vatinet, Master Baker of Cary’s La Farm Bakery shares his knowledge of bread, passed on from a long line of French artisan bakers, to the American home, with detailed instructions and dozens of step-by-step photographs. It covers everyday loaves like baguettes, ciabatta, and whole grain breads, as well as loaves for special occasions, including Beaujolais Bread, Jalapeño Cheddar Bread, and Lionel Vatinet’s celebrated sourdough boule. The book offers a detailed introduction to bread baking, 65 recipes, and 350 full-color photographs.

10. Huntington Kitchen GranolaRaleigh, NC
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Huntington Kitchen delivers classically inspired, artisanal foods with an innovative twist to the people of North Carolina. We specialize in nut butters, granolas & other specialty items. All of their products are scratch made using the freshest all-natural, locally-sourced ingredients available. When you place an order through their online store, you can now select FREE local pick up and pick up your goodies from Cafe Helios in downtown Raleigh (413 Glenwood Avenue).

Merchandise & Accessories – Local
The Triangle is also home to some great local businesses who make their products right here in North Carolina. In addition to the three local suggestions provided below, you should also check out local places like Deco and Cimos in Raleigh and Gather in Cary to find more products and gift ideas created by local artisans.

11. Mill & Bird Leather BagsDurham, NC
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Mill & Bird was started by designer Krissy Anderson of Durham and her hand crafted leather bags are made right here in North Carolina. Krissy has always been a bag addict and a sucker for all things handmade. She taught herself how to sew leather after she couldn’t find the simple, elegant leather bag she craved. No studs, no zippers, no bells and whistles – just beautiful, top quality leather cut in a timeless design. Mill & Bird leather bags are simple, chic bags made for everyday use. Available at select boutiques and online at millandbird.com. (Photo courtesy of Gretchen Mathison Photography)

12. HatchDurham, NC
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Hatch is a pop-up shop full of thoughtful home goods & gifts for the Modern Southerner. It is located on the American Tobacco Campus on Blackwell St. under the Cuban Revolution sign. Hatch is a concept born out of wanting a unique and dynamic shopping experience in downtown Durham. Guided by their love for excellent design, you’ll notice that all the products at Hatch fit a particular style of the Modern South – colorful, graphic, simple, approachable, and thoughtfully designed. As often as they can, they source goods made in the USA, often right here in the South, and often from suppliers that are small batch independent designer/makers, craftspeople, and/or eco-friendly producers. Products at Hatch have their own stories before arriving at the shop, stories that they hope you take home and make uniquely yours.

13. JustNeem – Cary, NC

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JustNeem is a Body Care company based in Cary, NC, specializing in natural premium Neem products for body and skin care. JustNeem is a certified B-Corporation which use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. All of their products contain naturally grown Neem and other pure ingredients that help sustain healthy and soothe irritated skin. Their Neem comes from their own orchards grown organically in the deserts of Africa. Products they offer range from soaps, creams, and lotions and they also have put together a special JustNeem Gift Guide just in time for the holidays.

Locally Roasted Coffee
I know this gift list includes a lot of coffee products but hey, you know how much I love coffee! This holiday whether you give the gift of coffee beans, gift cards, or coffee gear I suggest doing so from the following great local coffee businesses.

14. Slingshot Coffee Company – Raleigh, NC
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Sling Shot Coffee is a favorite of mine. It is my “go to” for a party host gift. Made right here in Raleigh, Slingshot was started Jennifer Bonchak a little over a year ago. Jennifer hand brews and bottles small batches of cold brew coffee using only two ingredients — quality, in-season, single-origin, organic coffee beans roasted locally by Counter Culture Coffee and filtered tap water from the City of Oaks. Slingshot can be found in several shops around the Triangle including Whole Foods. Check out some fun suggested cold brew drink recipes here.

15. Raleigh Coffee Company – Raleigh, NC
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Raleigh Coffee Company is a small batch roaster that operates out of North Raleigh. I’m a huge fan of the Ethiopian Yergacheffe and their Honduras Decaf is incredible and drinks just like regular. Visit their website to learn more about their ongoing Holiday Bean Project: Haiti Playground where $5 from every bag sold will benefit children in Haiti. Also, if you have a lot of coffee lovers on your list check out their Holiday Wholesale Program for special pricing on orders of 5 or more bags of coffee.

16. Carrboro Coffee Roasters Carrboro, NC
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Carrboro Coffee Roasters Company is Chapel Hill/Carrboro’s premiere small batch coffee roaster. With a worldwide reach that focuses on, works within, and gives back to the community they live in, and the world at large. The coffee is sourced with these ideals in mind. They source through Direct Relationships with the farmers, and offer Certified Organic & Fair Trade coffees. They are also careful to source coffee that is grown and processed humanely, and allows the farmers the means to live decently. Owner Scott Conary regularly travels to coffee growing countries around the world to establish and support their Direct Relationship model.

17. Counter Culture Coffee – Durham, NC
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Counter Culture Coffee is roasted right here in Durham. Each holiday season they release a special, limited edition coffee dedicated to celebration and good cheer. One dollar from every package sold goes to Counter Culture’s partners in Burundi to support their transition to becoming Certified Organic.

18. Larry’s Beans Coffee – Raleigh, NC
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Larry’s Beans is a great local roaster Raleigh. Their coffee is Fair Trade, Shade Grown, and Organic, all slow-roasted to bring out every note of indigenous flavor. Their green-o-vated facilities use passive solar construction, active solar systems, radiant floors, zoned heating, composting, and rainwater harvesting to minimize our impact on this awesome planet. They offer 15 Creative Blends and 15 Single-Origin Blends, along with limited-roast favorites like Rockin’ Holiday Blend.

Coffee Shop Gift Cards, Coffee Gear & Stocking Stuffers
Following up on the coffee bean suggestions, nothing beats a gift card to your favorite local coffee shop. There several great local coffee shops in the Triangle and most offer gift cards and sell cool coffee equipment for the home brewer. Here are a few of my favorite local shops that are the perfect place to shop for the coffee nerd on your list.

19. Jubala Village Coffee – Raleigh, NC
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Jubala has an array of coffee brewing equipment for sale in their shop. From pour overs to grinders to kettles. They also sell bags of Counter Culture Coffee and offer gift cards. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and enjoy explaining the different brew methods and equipment. They can help you find the perfect gift for the coffee lover in your life.

20. Cocoa Cinnamon – Durham, NC
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Cocoa Cinnamon is another great place for coffee gift cards, brewing equipment, and stocking stuffers. You will also find a host of teas and fine bean to bar chocolates for sale in their shop as well. While you’re there make sure you walk up the street to Fullsteam Brewery and buy a growler of beer for your holiday party.

21. Bean Traders – Durham, NC
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Bean Traders not only sells their own coffee beans (roasted in house), but the shop also has many different products from local artisans that make for great gifts & stocking stuffers. While you’re over that way you might want to drive down the road and swing by Rise Durham for a dozen donuts. They will be a hit at your next holiday party.

22. Sola Coffee & Cafe’ – Raleigh, NC
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Sola Coffee & Cafe is great spot to pick up a bag of locally roasted Counter Culture Coffee and purchase gift cards. Sola also has a great food menu in addition to excellent coffee & espresso drinks so a gift card can go towards coffee or a fun dinner out. Sola will play host to a Holiday “Pop-Up” Market on Saturday December 7th from 10am-2pm providing a great opportunity to purchase gifts from local artists.

23. Electric Beanz – Raleigh, NC
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Electric Beanz is a cool little coffee bar that has brought third wave coffee to southern Wake County. They are located at the junction of Raleigh, Garner and Fuquay. Electric Beanz serves Larry’s Beans coffee & Stockton Graham espresso, smoothies, frappes, tea, & baked goods. Coffee beans, mugs, and gift cards are available at the shop. This year they are having a “Black Friday” drink special. Buy One drink, Get One free from 6:30am ’til noon this Friday (11/29).

Specialty Stores
The Triangle also has great local places to find gifts for those who like to cook or enjoy a nice glass of wine. All of the places listed below have great staff to help you select the perfect gift.

24. Savory Spice Shop -Spices – Raleigh, NC
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Savory Spice Shop in Raleigh has Over 400 herbs & spices, 140 proprietary blends freshly ground weekly. This is a great locally owned and operated shop where you can buy spices in almost any size and even have the ability to purchase as little as a half ounce for your recipes. Bottles of unique fresh spices make for great hostess gifts and stocking stuffers. Spice gift packages and gift cards are also available.

25. Whisk Carolina – Cary, NC
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Whisk Carolina is a unique, independent and locally operated kitchenware store that offers kitchen, entertaining, and specialty gourmet food items as well as cooking classes and services for those who love to cook. Whether you are a casual home cook or a professional chef, you can find quality cookware and tools at Whisk to enhance your cooking and entertaining experience. Gift cards available.

26. Taylor’s Wine Shop – Raleigh, NC
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Taylor’s Wine Shop is a hidden gem in North Raleigh. Don’t let its unassuming exterior fool you. This is a top notch wine shop with a wide selection of wines offered by a knowledgeable and friendly staff. In addition to wine, they sell local products like handmade soaps, local craft beers, Escazu Chocolate, and Larry’s Beans & Carrboro Coffee.

27. Wine Authorities – Raleigh & Durham, NC
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Wine Authorities in Durham (and its soon to open Raleigh location) is the perfect wine store for drinkers of everyday wine, with all wines being under $50 a bottle, with the vast majority of the inventory under $15. They also feature online private wine purchase history for all customers with descriptions and label photos and have a super-friendly staff. Gift cards available.

Upcoming Holiday Markets
The annual Rock & Shop Market in Durham on Saturday Nov. 30th will feature over 75 artisans selling their wares alongside bands, DJs, and food trucks. To learn more about upcoming holiday markets follow my friend Kim over at TriangleLocalista.com. Kim has put together an awesome summary of upcoming Holiday Markets where you can find a host of locally made products from local artisans.


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Weekend Picks! Oct 18-20th

Weekend Picks October 18-20th

Weekend Picks October 18-20th

As we enter the third week of October one of the areas biggest annual event has come to town. The North Carolina State Fair kicked off this past Thursday and is one of my top picks for this weekend. If rides, petting zoos, and fried foods aren’t your thing, there are many other great events going on elsewhere in the Triangle this weekend worth checking out. Here are my top picks for this weekend!

Friday October 18th

North Carolina State Fair Kickoff Weekend!
The state fair has come to town and runs through Oct. 27th. There is something for everyone from the rides, fried food, animals, and live entertainment. Fireworks cap off each night too. Check the fair website for the full event schedule.
http://ncstatefair.org/2013/index.htm

Free Espresso Friday at Jubala Village Coffee – Raleigh
Did you know every Friday at Jubala Village Coffee in North Raleigh is “Free Espresso Friday”? Every Friday they buy 10 lbs of a “guest” espresso and give out free espresso shots until they run out. This Friday’s espresso is Counter Culture Coffee’s “La Golondrina”.
http://www.jubalavillagecoffee.com

Live Music at DeMarco’s – Donnie Howard Acoustic – Raleigh
Donnie Howard returns to the DeMarco’s Restaurant and Bar this Friday night at 8pm. Enjoy great pizza and Italian dishes along with a fantastic selection of wines and craft beers while listening to great live music.
http://www.demarcosnc.com

Saturday October 19th

Cooke Street Carnival – Downtown Raleigh
Cooke Street Carnival returns for a fifth year and this year they are having a block long cook-out. They will have bands and the art vendors like previous years, but this year they are focusing on food and drink with some of your favorite local food trucks, beer vendors, juices, vegan food, coffee, desserts, bread, a pickle eating contest and more.

This year they are partnering with Learning Together, a local non-profit children’s organization and inclusive daycare to help donate some supplies for the children and give the kids some fun activities at the carnival. Please bring some supplies to donate or you can donate money at the event. We will put a full list of needed supplies on our website.
http://cookestreetcarnival.com/

Bull City Coop Tour – Durham
The Third Annual Bull City Coop Tour gives visitors an up-close peek into the living quarters of some of Durham’s feathered residents.

Maps for the self-guided tour will be available at the Durham Farmers Market and Bull City Burger and Brewery for a suggested donation of $5.00 per adult and $20.00 per carload. Kids under 12 are free. No donation amount will be turned down. Tourists will visit each location at their leisure as long as it is within the time limit, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m on Saturday October 19th, 2013.
http://bullcitychickens.com/bull-city-coop-tour/

Chickensrock – Bull City Burger & Brewery – Durham
Following the Coop Tour, be sure to swing by Bull City Burger & Brewery for more fun at their “Chickenstock Festival” from 4-8pm. It is a free, fun and funky edu-party that brings the community together to learn about urban chicken-raising and sustainable living. The event will feature live music, vendors and awards for Durham’s top-rated roosts!
http://bullcitychickens.com/chickenstock-festival/

Raleigh Roundup “Bourbon & Bubbles” Benefit Event
The 2013 Raleigh Roundup will be held on Saturday, October 19th at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh. Join us for this fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society. Event includes live music, plenty of food and drink, a live and silent auction, a raffle, and plenty more fun. The 2013 Raleigh Roundup will take place on Saturday, October 19 at Marbles Museum in Raleigh. Tickets are $150 (see website for details)
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Taylor’s Wine Shop BBQ Event to benefit YMCA
This Saturday (October 19th) from 11am – 2pm, you can buy a plate of our very own pitmaster, Bill Brown’s BBQ. Plates are $10 each and include slaw, potato salad and a roll. BBQ sandwiches, handmade desserts and BBQ by the pound will also be available. All proceeds will go to the Gail Cash Memorial Endowment Fund to benefit the AE Finley YMCA.
Event Website

Sunday October 20th

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Pop-Up Sunday at Ornamentea – Downtown Raleigh
POP-UP Sunday is this Sunday from 12-5pm in the Ornamentea Parking Lot. The event provides local businesses, artists and the community a chance to mingle. This Sunday’s market will feature several artist vendors, local Beer, Food Trucks. Always a fun time and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
http://popupsunday.com/

“Surveying the Terrain” at CAM Raleigh – Downtown Raleigh
Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum has a new exhibit called “Surveying the Terrain” This exhibit explores how ten contemporary artists are using maps, mapping technologies, cartography, surveying, science and politics to create artworks. The exhibition focuses on the how the artists’ relationships to the Earth, the art they create, and our relationships to each other are condensed, extended, distorted and interpreted by beauty, politics, environmental degradation, poverty, surveillance, privacy and censorship. And do not miss Family Sundae from 12-3pm this Sunday: explore the Surveying the Terrain exhibition, visit the Creation Station for hands-on activities, meet our student docents and experience CAM Raleigh’s interactive Family Sundae Ice Cream Bar (patent pending). Family Sunday is FREE thanks to the generous support of the CAM Raleigh community.
http://camraleigh.org/exhibitions/

Bull City Racefest & Food Truck Rodeo – Durham
Over 5,800 runners will race in Durham’s Bull City Race Fest & Food Truck Rodeo Sunday. The family-friendly event will feature Food Truck Rodeo at the finish line by Diamond View Park. There will be live music on the course which highlights Downtown Durham, Trinity Park, Duke’s Campus, and Forest Hills. Check the race course on their website and go out and cheer on the runners – always fun to do (bring a cowbell!). Afterwards join the runners at the food truck rodeo!
http://www.bullcityracefest.com

Walking Dead – Watch Party at Motorco- Durham
Don’t have AMC but want to watch one of the most popular shows on tv? Afraid to watch a show about zombies alone? Then head over to the Garage Bar at Motorco in Durham and watch the show with friends while enjoying a beer or cocktail. They’ll show last week’s episode at 8pm followed by this week’s new episode at 8pm. All on the big screen!
http://motorcomusic.com/tv-nite-walking-dead-7


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Parking Lot Party This Wednesday at Taylor’s Wine Shop in North Raleigh!

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Taylor’s Wine Shop ~ North Raleigh

Taylor’s Wine Shop & BP has been around for over 30 years and is an institution of North Raleigh. Long ago, the savvy owners realized the need to diversify and have developed a great little shop offering an impressive selection of wines, local and other craft beers, local coffee (including Larry’s Beans and Carrboro Coffee) and even sell locally made Escazu chocolate and Pleasant Bee Honey along with an assortment of other items like handmade jewelry and Faerie Made Soaps.  Of course, you can still pick up bait there for your fishing trip to Falls Lake as well.

If you’ve never been to Taylor’s this week is the perfect time to check them out. They are holding a huge wine and beer sale, as well as a Parking Lot Party Wednesday July 24th from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

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Inside Taylor’s

Event Details
The parking lot party will feature food from C.J.’s Street Food truck, free wine and beer tastings (including French Broad Brewing & Bottle Tree Beer Co.) and live music from local band Velvet Goldfish. A big tent will be set up out in the parking lot with the band playing underneath and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to relax and enjoy the outdoor live music. Beer tasting will take place outside with wine tasting going on inside the shop. In addition, there will be a Larry’s Beans Cold Brew Coffee Demo and a demonstration booth by Green City Bottles.

Along with the food and entertainment there will be great beer and wine sales going on inside the shop including 10% off 4-packs and 6-packs & 20% off cases of craft beer, 10% 1-5 bottles of wine, 15% off 12 or more bottles, and 20% off select cases of wine.

When: Wednesday July 24th from 5:30-8:30pm
Where: Taylor’s Wine Shop & BP – 1005, Six Forks Road (just north of I-540)

For more info about Taylor’s Wine Shop visit:
Taylor’s Website: http://www.taylorswineshop.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wineman.cash
Twitter: @TaylorsWineShop

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Free Wine Tasting at Taylor’s Wine Shop December 9th 6-8pm

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The nice folks at Taylor’s Wine Shop will be hosting another free wine tasting this week on Thursday December 9th from 6-8pm.  Taylor’s is located in North Raleigh on Six Forks road just north of I-540.  If you haven’t been to by the shop yet, I recommend you check them out when you get the chance.  Taylor’s is not your typical convenience store. 

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Taylor’s has been around for over 30 years and is an institution of North Raleigh. Long ago, the savvy owners realized the need to diversify and have developed a great little shop offering  an impressive selection of wines, local and other craft beers, local coffee (From Larry’s Beans, Carrboro Coffee and, Tradewinds Coffee), and even sell locally made Escazu chocolate along with an assortment of other items like handmade jewelry and Faerie Made Soaps.  Of course, you can still pick up bait there for your fishing trip to Falls Lake as well.

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Taylor’s is the type of shop every town needs.  It isn’t just a place to fill up your tank and pick up a gallon of milk.  It is a neighborhood store that supports the local economy by offering locally made products sold by people you know.  It isn’t just that you need to go there; you actually want to go there.  I’ve made a habit out of making a Sunday morning trip to Taylor’s just to grab cup of Larry’s Beans coffee and say hello to the owners while browsing their latest offerings.  It is a great way to start the week.

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Oh, by the way,  did I mention I will be at the December 9th wine tasting playing Christmas Carols on my trombone out on the porch from 6-8pm? Come on by and say hello!

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