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Raleigh City Farm Annual Harvest Dinner – October 5th!

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Raleigh City Farm Harvest Dinner ~ October 5th, 2014
(Sean Barker – Kailyard Farm, Sean Wilson – Fullsteam Brewery, Christopher Rumbley – Raleigh City Farm, Chef Scott Crawford – Standard Foods, Graig Heffley – Wine Authorities)

Standard Foods is collaborating with Raleigh City Farm to host their second Annual Harvest Dinner at 6pm on October 5th, 2014. “It’s an honor to raise awareness and funds for our neighboring urban farm, Raleigh City Farm, so that it can grow into its full potential in serving this community,” explained John Holmes, who will open Standard Foods this winter with Chef Scott Crawford, and who is also responsible for revitalizing Person Street Plaza. “We’re especially proud of what we’ve accomplished, growing into a unique model of community-supported urban farming,” explained Christopher Rumbley, CEO of Raleigh City Farm. “The support of Raleigh’s extraordinary culinary community has been crucial and Standard Foods, opening directly beside the farm, has the potential to take it up another notch for all of us.” Raleigh City Farm is located at Person Street Plaza at 800 North Blount Street (map).

Harvest Dinner Details
Together, Standard Foods and Raleigh City Farm invite guests to join them Sunday, October 5th for an allvegetable family-style feast on the farm. Just as at Standard Foods, Chef Scott Crawford will let Raleigh City Farm’s fall harvest dictate the menu. Crawford will prepare a diverse selection of fall vegetables – raw, pickled, smoked, braised, and in desserts. This seated, multi-course, family-style dinner, will be paired with wines from neighboring wine retailer, Wine Authorities, who has developed a national reputation for their commitment to small estate, “farmer-grown” wines. Fullsteam Brewery of Durham will be providing plow-to-pint beer for the dinner. They use only local ingredients to give their beer distinct character and because they believe the act of local commerce creates jobs and wealth for North Carolina farmers and food producers.

MENU

Yellow Dog Bread with Butter & Pickles

Potato & Peanut Chowder
Smoked Apples, Lacinato Kale, Rosemary Croutons

Baby Lettuce
Pickeld Field Peas, Capers, Radish, Buttermilk, Herbs

Barely & Wheat Berry Risotto
Caramelized Onion, Crispy Mushrooms, Goat Parmesan

Paw Paw Pudding
Salted Butter Cookies, Coconut Cream, Hazelnuts

SIDES

Roasted Beets
Orange, Brown Butter, Pecans

Hot & Sour Eggplant
Sweet Pepper, Pac Choi, Thai Basil

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Ticket Information
For guests seeking a more intimate experience with the farm, they may attend at 5pm for a special program including wine cocktails and snacks, an opportunity to meet Chef Scott Crawford and learn about Standard Foods, and enjoy informative farmer guided tours, prior to the dinner at 6pm, for $200. Tickets for the farm dinner beginning at 6pm are $125. During the dinner, RCF will host a brief auction, including experiences such as a dinner prepared by Chef Crawford in his home, and a wine tasting for 10. All tickets can be purchased through http://raleighcityfarm.brownpapertickets.com.

About Raleigh City Farm
Raleigh City Farm, located at 800 North Blount Street, is a high-production, community-supported, urban farm in the heart of Raleigh. RCF accelerates new farm entrepreneurs through co-location, shared infrastructure, collaborative production planning, co-marketing and distribution. www.raleighcityfarm.org

About Chef Crawford
Inspired to pursue his own restaurant concepts and contribute to the burgeoning downtown Raleigh community, Scott Crawford joined forces with John Holmes to form Nash Square Hospitality and open Standard Foods this fall, and Nash Tavern in 2015. Renowned for elevating regional American cuisine in North Carolina, Crawford is now poised to share his progressive and much more casual, seasonal Southern cuisine with a broader audience, and ultimately, to have a transformative effect on his community. Under Crawford’s direction as Executive Chef at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Herons received the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond awards for the first time, and in 2012, Newsweek named Herons among the “101 Best Places to Eat in the World.” Prior accolades include Esquire’s “Best New Restaurant” which Crawford earned in 2006 at The Georgian Room at The Cloister Hotel in Sea Island, Georgia. Crawford is also a three-time James Beard Foundation semi-finalist for “Best Chef: Southeast.” Twitter: @chefcrawford; Instagram: @scrawford1340

 

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Weekend Picks: May 15th-18th

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Artsplosure ~ This Sat & Sun in Raleigh

Thursday May 15th

Find Your Cool Free Jazz Concert in Durham’s CCB Plaza
Vintage Jazz Band Tea Cup Gin will be putting on a Free show tonight in Durham. Due to the threat of rain tonight the show has been moved to inside at The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St. Music from 7-8:30pm. Make sure you stop in The Parlour just down the street for some of the best ice cream in the Triangle! Event Details

Friday May 16th

Relay for Life Food Truck Rodeo
Stop by RegEd for lunch and games on Friday, May 16th from 11am-2pm. Gussy’s Greek, Chick-N-Que, Stuft and LadyBug’s Desserts will be here to help support this year’s Relay for Life! All game proceeds and a portion of food sales will benefit The Relay for Life of Leesville/Brier Creek/RTP. Rodeo will be in the RegEd parking lot at 2100 Gateway Boulevard in Morrisville. Event Details

Blues on the Plaza at Northgate Mall in Durham
Free Blues show 6-9pm by Jimmy Haggard, Reverbnation Top 10 worldwide recording artist. “Jimmy’s Jam” will include some of the Triangle’s best blues artists playing electric blues fused with hot rock and funk grooves. (Food available for purchase from Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse and Pie Pushers; Beer available for purchase from Carolina Brewery). Event Details

City Market Summer Concert Series
Free Summer Concert Series on the cobblestone streets of City Market in downtown Raleigh. This Friday’s Show will feature tunes from the Magic Pipers. Music 6:30-9:30. Event Details

Saturday May 18th

Artsplosure
Artsplosure’s returns to downtown Raleigh this Friday, Saturday and Sunday with art, music and food. Check the event website for all the details of this great event that celebrates excellence in the performing and visual arts and brings artists and the larger community together to improve the quality of life and cultural environment. Event Details

Tour D’ Coop
Raleigh’s city chicken owners invite you into their backyards for a first-hand look at keeping chickens in an urban environment.  This self-guided tour provides the opportunity to see over 20 coops, from tiny urban gardens to sprawling suburban lots. This is your chance to glean creative ideas from neighbors who are incorporating chickens and permaculture garden designs into their home landscapes to create an inspiring urban adventure. Event Details

Wine Authorities Rose’ Garden Party
Wine Authorities in Raleigh and Durham are hosting rosé wine garden parties at each location Saturday from noon-3 p.m. Each will have a wide variety of rose wines to sample and purchase by the glass. They will also be offering fried fish from Walking Fish, a community-supported fishery that sources seafood from the North Carolina coast in addition to cheese platesCustomers wearing fancy garden party-style hats and bow ties could win a $100 gift certificate for the best Rosé Garden Party costume at each store. The event will benefit the Chapel Hill Breast Cancer Foundation. http://www.wineauthorities.com

Got to Be NC Festival
A free gate, family friendly event at the NC State Fairgrounds this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with an agricultural twist. Enjoy carnival games and rides, live music, food, animal and agricultural displays, antique tractors, and more. Festival Info

Meals on Wheels Food Truck Fest
Bag Of Llamas and Durham Jazz Messengers perform to benefit Meals On Wheels of Durham. There will be a silent auction, cakewalk, cornhole tournament and local beer/food for purchase from Chick-N-Que, Parle-vous Crepe, Only Burger, Valentino’s and Fullsteam. From 5-8pm at the Pavillion in Durham Central Park. Event Details

Whisk Carolina Canning Jubilee
All Day Canning Jubilee on Saturday, May 17th at Whisk Carolina located in Cary’s Waverly Place. They’ll be offering free demos and tastings, a canning contest with prizes.  Special 20% off canning supplies all day Saturday. Event Details

Sunday May 19th

Sunday Bluegrass at Midtown Park in North Hills
Free Live Bluegrass music this Sunday by Darin & Brooke Aldridge at North Hills new Midtown Park. Relax on the grass and enjoy music from 4-7pm. Beer and Southern BBQ will also be available for purchase. Event Details

SouthPoint Anthropology PopUp Market
Stop by SouthPoint Mall’s Anthropology Store this Saturday for a PopUp Market from 12-4pm featuring local businesses like Scratch BakingSlingshot Coffee CompanyThe Apothecary’s KitchenHumdinger Juice

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Wine Authorities in Raleigh – Open House January 11th

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Yesterday founder Craig Heffley opened the doors to Raleigh’s newest wine store – Wine Authorities – located downtown at Person Street Plaza (211 East Franklin Street).  To celebrate the opening of their Raleigh location Heffley will host an Open House January 11th from 11am to 5pm. The open house will feature at least two food trucks, beer & wine tastings, and local product demos. There will even be a magician for the kids.

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I had a chance to swing by the shop yesterday to take few pictures and sample some wine from the Enomatic wine machine. The shop has a great vibe with a fun lounge and bar area to sample beer and wine. I love their huge selection of affordable wines (all under $50) and great local product offerings: counter culture coffee, slingshot cold brew, big spoon peanut butter – just to name a few. The staff and owner were very helpful and friendly. I think this new local shop is a great addition to downtown Raleigh and I plan on being a regular there.

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OPEN HOUSE – January 11th (11am-5pm)
Heffley and his friendly staff will pour a variety of wines and beers at the open house this Saturday.  Their Enomatic wine dispensing machine will provide 24 wines for sampling before purchasing (1 ounce tastings range from 80¢ to $5). Visitors will also discover a wine-by-the-glass menu and cheese & charcuterie plates to enjoy in the indoor lounge seating and outdoor café seating.

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Local Products
Heffley, a longtime supporter of independently owned businesses, has invited local food and beverage entrepreneurs and vendors whose artisanal foods and brews will be available at the store regularly, to sample on January 11th.

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At the open house, and on-going, guests will find local craft beers like the much-anticipated Ponysaurus, as well as Trophy Brewing and Crank Arm, Scratch Bakery’s crackers and granola, Yellow Dog Bakery’s breads, Greensboro’s Giacomo Santomauro’s charcuterie, Toast’s salad dressings, Big Spoon Roasters Nut Butters, Counter Culture Coffee in bag, Slingshot’s coffees, as well as local and imported cheeses. Food trucks will also be part of the festivities.

Fun for the Kids
Children are welcome to join in the celebration! Just like the Durham store, Wine Authorities’ Raleigh store will be a family-friendly wine store, offering a kids coloring table for designing little works of art that will be displayed in the store. A kid-friendly magician will also be on hand at the open house.

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About Wine Authorities
Since opening in Durham in 2007, Wine Authorities has blazed a new trail in wine retailing. Eschewing big brands and critic-appointed ratings, Heffley has focused on a selective inventory, creative, informative and even humorous marketing, and wine education. As a result, loyal fans and national press followed; Wine Authorities has repeatedly won Durham Magazine and Indy Week’s “awards for Best Wine Shop, and in 2013 The New York Times’ wine critic Eric Asimov praised Wine Authorities as a “shop devoted to removing intimidation from the wine business.”

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“We believe that our customers care as much about what they put into their glass as they do about what’s on their plate, so we don’t carry any factory made wines… only wines made by small family-owned wineries; and we’re excited to finally bring these wines to Raleigh,” exclaimed Heffley. And what’s more, Wine Authorities focuses on value and doesn’t cater to collectors. As a result it’s become a haven for drinkers of everyday wine, all under $50 a bottle, with the majority of their selection under $15.

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Wine Authorities takes great pride in sourcing delicious, value-oriented wines and has even been quite successful as one of the largest retailers of artisan “bag-in-box” wines. Heffley continues to source delicious wines from small, estate-owned wineries in an effort to deliver hand crafted wines at an affordable cost – in the same way that he’s experienced at many tiny restaurants and corner markets in European villages.

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Since education is at the core of their mission, free tastings will take place every Saturday and Tuesday, with Tuesdays howcasing more obscure wines, and regular classes providing an opportunity for more in-depth tasting and study, often with winemakers and importers – just as they are at the Durham store. Tastings at the Raleigh store will begin immediately after opening, and the first wine class, “Vine to Wine,” will take place in January.

Wine Authorities – Raleigh
211 East Franklin Street
Raleigh, NC 27604 (map)
website: http://www.wineauthorities.com/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WineAuthorities
twitter: @wineauthorites

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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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Wine Authorities To Open in Raleigh! Residents Hunt for Wine Cards!

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Wine lovers take note, Craig Heffley, the Founder of Wine Authorities in Durham has been working tirelessly these past few months as he prepares to open a second Wine Authorities location in downtown Raleigh at Person Street Plaza (211 East Franklin Street).  

This is great news for downtown Raleigh and the Triangle wine scene. It is also a huge boost to the exciting Person Street & Mordecai area which has seen a surge of activity in recent years with local businesses opening up like nearby Yellow Dog Bakery, Slingshot Coffee, Oak City Cycling Project, PieBird, The Stanbury, Escazu and The Station. I drive by the future home of the Raleigh Wine Authorities every day on my way home from work and it warms my heart to see the area revitalized with local businesses. I look forward to the hub of activity it is transforming into right before my eyes with each passing day.

About Wine Authorities
The Durham Wine Authorities location was opened by Craig Heffley back in 2007 and has been a centerpiece of the Triangle wine scene ever since. This is due in large part to their commitment to artisan “farmer made wines” and their unintimidating and playful approach to educating consumers about the wines they purchase. Wine Authorities has repeatedly won Durham Magazine and Indy Week’s “awards for Best Wine Shop, and in 2013 The New York Times’ wine critic Eric Asimov praised Wine Authorities as a “shop devoted to removing intimidation from the wine business.” The store is the perfect place for drinkers of everyday wine, with all wines being under $50 a bottle, with the vast majority of the inventory under $15.

The new 3000-sq foot Raleigh store will be 50% larger than the Durham store, allowing for a larger lounge area for tasting more wines and beers, double the capacity for cheese, charcuterie, and refrigerated specialty items, and a more comfortable shopping experience.

To complement farmer-grown wines, the Raleigh location will sell hand cut local cheeses, breads, crackers and local charcuterie, including Wine Authorities’ own private batch made by Greensboro’s Giacomo Santomauro. Other coveted local products, such as Salad Dressings from Toast, crackers and granola from Scratch Baking, and Big Spoon Roasters Nut Butters, will be available.

Enomatic Wine Sampler

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The Enomatic – Wine Sampling Station
Wine Authorities has also won customers with the Enomatic – an Italian wine dispensing machine – ideal for sampling and tasting wines before purchasing. (1 ounce tastings range from 80¢ to $5) The Durham store was the first in the Triangle area to offer 12 wines for tasting throughout the day with the automated wine dispensers; the new Raleigh store will serve 24 different wines daily and boasts a larger lounge area. Wine Authorities will also serve local craft beers on tap, including Trophy Brewing, Crank Arm and the highly allocated Ponysaurus, once it’s available.

Wine Authorities Enomatic Card Contest

Art Sheppard of “The Wandering Sheppard” Travel Blog Discovers an Enomatic Card at Yellow Dog Bread

Contest – Win $20 Enomatic Wine Cards!!
Earlier this month Wine Authorities introduced Raleigh residents to the plans for their new store with a series of Enomatic cards strategically placed at historic sites and locally owned businesses in downtown Raleigh. Each day Heffley and his team discreetly reveal the location via social media, and those who discover the cards post a picture of them after finding the card on social media, then enjoy their Enomatic dollars once the store opens.

Art Sheppard, my friend and author of the The Wandering Sheppard travel blog used his sleuthing skills to discover one of the Enomatic cards at Yellow Dog Bread Co. earlier this month (victory picture above). Make sure you follow wine authorities on facebook, twitter, and instagram to follow future clues and your chance to win an Enomatic card of your own. The contest will continue for the next few weeks while final preparations for the grand opening of their store is underway.

Soon after opening, Wine Authorities plans on hosting an open house featuring neighboring businesses and food trucks. Once open I plan on stopping by to grab a few pictures of the store, and try some wines for a future feature on the blog. Happy hunting for those Enomatic wine cards!

Wine Authorities – Raleigh (Opening Soon!)
211 East Franklin Street
Raleigh, NC 27604 (map)
919-831-WINE

wesbite: http://www.wineauthorities.com
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WineAuthorities
instagram: http://instagram.com/wineauthorities
twitter: @WineAuthorities

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