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Weekend Picks! September 13-15th


Weekend Picks! September 13-15th

There are so many fun things going on this weekend it is really hard to narrow it down to just handful of picks! My picks span from local beer in Wake Forest to a fashion show in downtown Raleigh to a pepper festival in Oxford and live music in Chapel Hill. No matter where you are in the Triangle this weekend there are great things going on!

Friday September 13th
Sparkcon – circusSpark Circus Under The Sea – Raleigh
Sparkcon is going on all weekend but this is my top pick for Friday night. Starting with circusSPARK showcase: Under the Sea Friday at City Plaza in Downtown Raleigh from 8-9p. This event is a showcase for all circus talents in the Triangle– clowns, magicians, jugglers, fire performers, hoop dancers, aerialists, unicyclists, mimes, make up artists, acrobats, belly dancers, stage hands, costume designers, balloon twisters, etc…
Info: website

Live Music at Motorco – Dirty Bourbon River Show – Durham
An awesome band playing is at Motorco in Durham tonight at 9pm! The Dirty Bourbon River Show is comprised of Noah Adams (vocals, piano, guitar, accordion, trumpet), Charles “Big Charlie” Skinner (vocals, trombone, wind toys), Matt “Slyfox” Thomas (vocals, tenor, bari and Mississippi saxophone, clarinet), Jimmy Williams (bass, sousaphone) and Dane “Bootsy” Schindler (drums). See website below for ticket information.
Info: website

North Hills Friday Night Tribute Music Series – Raleigh
Every Friday from September 6th through October 11th, Midtown Events will be hosting a block party from 7-9pm on Park Street at North Hills. This new series will pay tribute to some of your favorite music legends and is sure to have something for everyone! This Friday enjoy the tunes of Jimmy Buffet tribute band Coconut Groove.
Info: website

Saturday September 14th
Big Boss Brewery Tour – Raleigh
Guided by the staff of well-oiled brewers, tours of the brewery take place the second Saturday of each month at 2 p.m. The 30-minute tour takes you through the entire facility where you will learn about Big Boss’s beer-making process. And afterward you can try a few sample brews for $1 each (limit three). There are usually a handful of food trucks there as well. Please bring a valid ID. They must ID everyone!
Info: website

Friends of Wake County Animal Shelter Mega Adoption Event – Raleigh
Mega Adoption Event for the Wake County Animal Center Saturday Sept 14 and Sunday Sept 15th at the Capital Bld PetSmart (2800 Milbrook Road) . Come out from 10am-4pm to meet animals from the shelter who are up for adoption. The shelter has a goal of 100 Adoptions in 2 days!
Info: wesbite

Spakcon – fashionSpark Runway Show – Raleigh
fashionSPARK runway show!at City Plaza in Downtown Raleigh from 8-9:30 pm. Activities all day lead up to the fashion show with 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.
Info: website

North Carolina Hot Sauce Festival – Oxford
The NC Hot Sauce Contest brings thousands of people to downtown Oxford to interact with friends, merchants, fans, artisans and vendors.   North Carolina’s finest hot sauces and  barbeque sauces, along with breweries and wineries spice up the blends and texture of downtown’s historical streets. Enter the NC Pepper Eating Contest. Watch as Artist Dan Nelson creates our Festival on Canvas.  NC Hot Sauces and Barbecue Sauces, all will be competing for the title of North Carolina’s Best!!!!!!!
Info: website

Live Music at The Bar – Beauty Operators – Durham

Great music and fun with an all ladies band playing rock, blues, and funk this Friday at “The Bar” in Durham 8-10pm w/$5 cover.
Info: website

Sunday September 15th
White Street Brewing 1st Anniversary Celebration – Wake Forest
Wake Forest’s White Street Brewery Celebrates its one year Anniversary Sunday September 15th! Noon-9pm There will be a full day of live music, food trucks, raffles & prize give-aways and much more! Alivia’s and Red, Hot, & Blue food trucks, Lumpy’s ice cream. Music by Todd Harris, The Andy Coats Trio, and The Will McBride Group. 96.1FM broadcasting live from 12-2pm and giving away prizes every 5 min for an hour. $3.00 pints (most beers) and $6 growler fills all day! All About Beer Magazine on site to give away World Beerfest tickets and a subscription to the magazine.
Info: website

Sundays at Six Music Series – Chapel Hill
FREE Sunday evening concerts, beginning each week at 6 pm at Southern Village in Chapel Hill.  Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating, and to bring a picnic, or purchase food from any of the Southern Village food establishments. All performances are free, and will be held on the stage at the Village Green in Southern Village.This Sunday’s performer is  Bluegrass Battleship.
Info: website

Magnificent Mile Race – Raleigh
The 8th annual Magnificent Mile Race will be held in Raleigh, NC on Sunday, September 15, 2012 to benefit the Spastic Paraplegia Foundation.The Magnificent Mile features a men’s and women’s competitive mile, a recreational mile, and two kids’ races. The race begins at 2 pm at 330 Hillsborough Street. The Magnificent Mile is part of the fall portion of the Second Empire Grand-Prix Series. Food courtesy of The Q Shack and Whole Foods, as well as face-painting, a bouncy house, a mobile video-gaming van,  and great door prizes.
Info: website


Looking ahead to October
Pepper Festival in Chapel Hill on  October 6th!


Make sure you save the date and get your tickets today for the 6th annual Pepper Festival. It is a celebration of sustainable agriculture, farmers, renewable energy, and the creativity of the Piedmont’s chefs, brewers and artisans! Live Music by Big Fat Gap, Loamlands, and Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends!  Cash bar with pepper-infused beers, wines, and liquors!  Interactive exhibits & kids’ funzone with face-painting, giant bubbles, circus performers!

Sunday, October 6th, 3-7pm at Boulder Park in Briar Chapel, Chapel Hill, NC
$25 before Sept 13 at midnight, $30 after Sept 13, $35 at the gate.  Kids under 12 get in free! With your ticket you get an endless supply of pepper-themed dishes from some of the Piedmont’s best chefs and food artisans, made with locally-sourced pepper varieties! You can buy tickets hereFor more details about the Pepper Festival website.


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White Street Brewing Co. Taproom in Wake Forest Opens Sept. 15th


Beer lovers take note. A new North Carolina Brewery is opening up in downtown Wake Forest this weekend! I plan to visit the brewery soon and will share my pics with you here on my blog in a future post.  In the meantime check out the official press release below for all the details about this latest addition to the local beer scene.

White Street Brewing Co., Wake Forest’s first brewery and North Carolina’s 70th, welcomes the public to the opening of its taproom on Saturday, September 15, noon – midnight. The 4,000-square-foot beer manufacturing facility, located at 218 South White Street, will produce 1,200 barrels (Bbl) of craft beer annually with capacity for up to 4,000 Bbl/year.

Initial offerings will be White Street Brewing Co. Pale Ale, Scottish Ale, Black IPA and Kolsch served in flights, pints and growlers. Ales and lagers will be added by season and at the discretion and creativity of the head brewer. The craft beer will be self-distributed by the brewery and sold in bars, restaurants and other establishments in addition to what’s served in the on-site taproom.

“White Street Brewing Co. is thrilled to be part of the vibrancy of our historic downtown and the craft beer renaissance,” says Dino Radosta, owner of the new brewery with his wife, Tina. “The unique setting of the beer factory combined with the taproom is a first for Wake Forest. We invite beer enthusiasts and others to visit us as well as request White Street Brewing Co. beer at their favorite establishments,” he adds.

The microbrewery is in a building that was originally a 1930’s automobile dealership. Throughout the years, it was many things, including a furniture store, repair shop and vintage car sales showroom. Radosta, who owns three buildings in downtown Wake Forest, began renovations for the brewery in January 2012 and received the certificate of occupancy in July. Brewing commenced and was perfected in preparation for the Sept. 15 opening.

The beer manufacturing equipment is in full view of the taproom for an overall open space that features original brick walls and an exposed ceiling. The 36-foot-long, wrap-around bar is made of hand-stained red oak. Dart boards occupy a nearby wall for one of the many activities and events that will take place at the brewery. Sodas and snacks will be available and food can be brought in or ordered from nearby restaurants. The brewery does not have a full kitchen for food service.

White Street Brewing Co.’s Head Brewer Chris Bivins recently moved to Wake Forest from Atlanta, where he worked as a brewer at a local pub and homebrewed while he earned a finance degree from Auburn University.

To learn more, visit www.FaceBook.com/WhiteStreetBrewing or WhiteStreetBrewing.com.


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Local Flavor ~ Lumpy’s Ice Cream in Wake Forest!

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Lumpy's Ice Cream

Wake Forest just got a whole lot more flavorful.  Lumpy’s Ice Cream has been serving up some of the best locally made ice cream at events around the Triangle since 2001, but this weekend they make the leap to opening up their first brick and mortar location in downtown Wake Forest. Their grand opening celebration is scheduled for this Saturday, March 24, 2012 with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 11am.

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Lumpy's Ice Cream ~ 306 Wait Avenue, Wake Forest, NC

Earlier this week I was lucky enough to be invited to attend a food blogger preview of Lumpy’s to sample some of their flavors and meet with the owner Buck Buchanan. Buck is a great guy who clearly has a passion for what he does and supports the community by using all natural ingredients from local producers to create his ice cream. All of the ice cream at lumpy’s is made using hormone free cream from Maple View Farms in Hillsborough, NC and contain no artificial coloring, flavors, or corn syrup.

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Lumpy's Ice Cream

Lumpy’s currently produces over 200 gallons of ice cream a week and makes over 200 different flavors. At any given time they feature 14 different flavors in the case at their shop with 6 or more flavors offered off their mobile cart at events.  One of their operation goals is to maintain a proper balance of production vs. demand so their ice cream is always as fresh as possible.

Of the various flavors I tried on my visit two of my favorites were “Baklava” (with cinnamon, honey, and walnuts) and “Drunken Berry”, a celtic flavor inspired by the Highland Games that features vanilla ice cream with rasberries that have been soaked in 12 year old scotch.  Lumpy’s also offers more traditional flavors including “Sally’s Silly Strawberry”, “Kickin’ Kenny’s Chocolate” and “Bernie’s Butter Pecan” (made with real butter).

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Seating Inside Lumpy's

I found that I really enjoyed the unique texture and consistency of Lumpy’s ice cream. It isn’t soft serve, but it also isn’t hard like the typical ice cream you buy at the grocery store. Buck  explained that they strive to serve their ice cream at just below 5 degrees. Once you get over 5 degrees ice cream begins to start melting, but just below that it is the optimum temperature at which the flavors of the ice cream are fully expressed.

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Lumpy's Buck Buchanan (left) talking ice cream w/ EatRaleigh blogger (center)

In addition to serving ice cream, Lumpy’s future plans include offering hamburgers and hot dogs made from locally sourced beef supplied by Harris Robinette Farms out of Pinetops, NC.  This is a family farm that has been managed by the same family for over 100 years and practices sustainable and environmentally friendly practices to raise 100% grass fed cattle free of hormones and pesticides.  The hamburger and hot dog samples I had were very juicy and  flavorful. The hot dog is not your traditional type of hot dog but more of an Italian sausage made with flavorful spices.

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Lump's Ice Cream Pints

In the future Buck  hopes to sell Lumpy’s ice cream through grocery stores throughout the Triangle, but in the meantime you can purchase their ice cream by the pint at the store and find it for sale by the scoop at local restaurants, sporting events, and concert venues (full list of location here). To learn  more about Lumpy’s check out their website or watch this cool Hartford Insurance commercial below that features Lumpy’s story as one of their small business clients.

Website: http://www.lumpysicecream.com

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/LumpysIceCream


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Cafe’ Prost of Wake Forest: German Pretzels Arrive in The Triangle!


Cafe Prost Gourmet Pretzel Truck out of Wake Forest

I’ve been following this Cafe Prost for some time now and happy to see they are now out on the Streets of the Triangle on a regualr basis adding to the local foodie scene!  Their truck is based out of Wake Forest and serves up the most incredible German pretzels I’ve ever had. They keep it simple by focusing on gourmet German pretzels but also offer some amazing oatmeal walnut raisin cookies and fresh brewed coffee as well.


Today's Menu

Last week I caught up with the Cafe Prost truck while it was parked at the Star Mart Service Station at 818 South Main Street in Wake Forest across the street from the blue Aqaurium Outfitters building (Link to Map). You can typically find the truck parked in this spot Wednesday through Friday from 8am to noon throughout the month of February. On Saturdays they are usually set up across the street from the Durham Farmers’ Market and they are starting to make regular appearances at Fullsteam Brewery.


Pesto Romano Pretzel from Cafe Prost

When I stopped by their truck last week in Wake Forest they were offering three kinds of pretzels: traditional Swabian-German pretzels topped with sea salt, pesto romano pretzels, and jalapeno provolone pretzels.  They were just pulling a tray of freshly bakes pesto roman and jalapeno provolone pretzels out of the oven when I arrived so I bought one of each and a coffee. The pretzels were amazing!  The pretzels are soft and fluffy on the inside with warm toasted exterior that provides a synergistic texture on your tounge.


Jalapeno Provolone Pretzel from Cafe Prost

The pesto romano pretzel was my favorite with just the right balance of herb and cheese. I would have never thought of adding peppers as a topping to a pretzle, but I found the jalapeno provolone pretzel to be delicious as well. The jalapeno was not too hot and went incredibly well with the toasted cheese to compliment the pretzel.  Both pretzels were so flavorful I found I didn’t even need mustard (which I love) and instead enjoyed them both “as is”. I would recommend trying both of these pretzels and look forward to having more of them and other pretzle offerings from Cafe Prost in the future.


Cafe Prost

Cafe Prost accepts both cash and credit cards as methods of payment.  To keep posted on where they will be each week you can follow them on twitter @cafeprost.  If you are interested in having Cafe Prost park their pretzel truck at your place of business or special event or buying their pretzels for resale you can contact them through their website for more information. I think they  would make a great addition to the food truck rotation at both Fullsteam and Big Boss brewery as well as the soon to open White Street Brewery in Wake Forest. I mean who out there doesn’t like warm soft pretzels and beer?


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New Local Coffee Discovery: Red Rooster Coffee Company of Wake Forest!


So it has been a while since my last post, but with the start of a new year I am determined to keep the blog rolling with a new entry every week or so as I continue to discover new things in the Triangle. This first post for 2012 deals with one of my favorite topics … locally roasted coffee! On Saturday I was driving by the North Raleigh Farmers’ Market in the Falls River Shopping Center off Falls River Avenue and Durant Road and noticed a black trailer with the name Red Rooster Coffee Company and a big Rooster Logo painted on its side.


Since I am always on the prowel for the latest local coffee offerings I stopped and chatted with the owner Steve. He told me that and he and his wife run their coffee roasting business out of Wake Forest. They have been coming to the farmers’ market for about three months now but they also offer free home delivery in the Raleigh and Wake Forest area and are scouting out other local spots to sell brewed coffee and beans.


Red Rooster is a “micro roaster” meaning they roast small batches to order so their beans are always fresh. The coffee beans they were selling at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday had only just been roasted the day before! On this particular day they were offering beans from Hondurous, El Salvador, and a decaf roast. I ended up getting a half pound of the decaf roast and had a sample of the Hondurous coffee which was excellent. As an added plus most of their coffee beans are either organic, fair trade, and/or rainforest alliance certified.


As you probably kow he cost of coffee has been creeping up over the past year, but the Red Rooster coffee bean prices are excellent at just $6  for 1/2 pound and $12 for a full pound of beans and decaf at $7 1/2 pound and $14/pound. When you purchase their coffee, the beans are packaged in a biodegradable paper bag.


You can read more about red rooster coffee company on their website and facebook page. The folks at Red Rooster do special events and are on the lookout for additional locations to offer their coffee so give them a shout if you want them at your place of business and don’t forget to check them out at the North Raleigh Farmers’ Market each Saturday from 9am-12pm!


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