The Glass Jug – Craft Beer Store Extraordinaire!

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If you live in SW Durham and are a lover of craft beer, then you know just how awesome this past year has been for our little pocket of Durham. Sam’s Bottle Shop, Growler Grlz, Beer Durham and The Glass Jug all opened and good beer is now no more than a mile or 3 away.

Read through to the end to find out how to win a swag bag of great Glass Jug gear!

My husband and I happen to live in Parkwood, which is just up the road,  so our go-to stop for a tasty pint has become The Glass Jug. A mere mile-ish away, it is the closest stop to fill our growlers, sit and socialize with old friends and new, over said tasty pints, and grab beers to bring home.

Part of what makes it our go-to destination are the owners Katy and Chris. They’ve really made Glass Jug a fun place to hang out. From weekly tastings, to the NC Brewery of the month events, Knitting and Craft Club and special events, there is always something to look forward to.

Along side having a great selection of beer, you can also grab snacks on site or bring your own food. We regularly bring subs, BBQ or gyros to devour. Fun too to pair your food with a beer. The Glass Jug offers hummus and pita, chicken salad and pita, Spiced Cackalacky nuts, local cheese from Prodigal Farm, and treats like Chapel Hill Toffee, The Mad Popper popcorn, cookies, cheese straws and of course, treats for your furr baby from Barley Labs. Did I mention cigars. Yup, they also carry Bull City Cigars. Oh and Brood sodas. As you can tell, there is always something new to discover, which I love!

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The Glass Jug is a retail craft beer store with a great selection of local and craft beer, featuring 16 rotating taps with an emphasis on seasonal brews, one-off special releases, and new collaborations with local breweries, in addition to all of your favorite craft beers, specialty wine, and cider.”

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For the holiday season, Glass Jug has put together various gift packs for that beer lover in your life, and yes, if you want to get me one, I will gladly accept, lol.

Holiday gift packs are:

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$20 ($26 value): Any t-shirt or tank top, one 64 oz growler, one 32 oz growler
$25 (30 value): Single growler cooler, one 64 oz growler, one 32 oz growler
$45 ($51 value): Double Growler cooler, any t-shirt or tank top, one growler of either size
$50 ($56 value): Wooden growler box, two growlers of either size, any t-shirt or tank top

Of course they sell gift certificates too :)

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Have you heard of Stealz? This is a new phone ap that allows you to check in to various retail stores for a point and add additional points by sharing pictures to twitter and Facebook. Depending on how many points you accumulate, you are eligible for certain prizes. At The Glass Jug, I happened to get enough points to get the 32oz growler (empty), growler coozie or box, and two t-shirts. Since I happen to have all of these already, I want to give mine away.

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Do you love beer? Comment on this blog about your favorite NC Beer for a chance to win the whole shebang. Enter between now and Friday, December  19th at noon. Winners will be announced by 3pm and the winner can pick-up their prize at The Glass Jug. (And maybe fill your growler too =)) While the “Stealz” deals have since changed at The Glass Jug, it is definitely worth downloading and popping in for a brew and collect your points.

So jump in your car and visit any one of the SW Durham’s new craft beer stores, you won’t be disappointed.

Happy Drinking!

Johanna

 

 

 

Cookbooks to Drool Over, and a giveaway too!!

This month on My Carolina Today I had the awesome opportunity to chat about some of my favorite cookbooks. Written by local food writers and authors, not to mention friends of mine, these are great holiday gifts for your friends and family.

To watch the  “Great Gifts for the Chef in Your Life” clip, go here

I’d like to thank the authors and UNC Press for sending me copies of their books, it was very kind and I’d like to return the favor.

In return, I am offering a giveaway of each individual cookbook. To enter, just tell me your favorite Southern dish or holiday tradition in the comments section. I’ll be running this promo until  noon on Monday December 15th. I’ll be giving away one copy of each of the cookbooks with a grand prize opportunity to win the entire set of Savor the South series.

Note: only one entry per person. winners will be chosen using the online tool “Random Picker”. The first winner chosen will win the Savor the South series. Each winner there after can chose the book they would like to receive. I am using RandomPicker.com to chose all winners. I think you can actually go to the site and see the official results or track entries. (Project: Cookbooks to Drool Over (id:134218×50013). If the winner is from the Triangle, I will let you know where you can pick it up. If you are not from the immediate area, I will mail it to you. Good Luck =)

All of these cookbooks celebrate the bounty of the south; from the Outer Banks to the Mountains to BBQ across the state. They help bring the spirit of the Southern table to your home with delicious recipes, stories and tidbits of information you may have not known. What can I say, I love them all!

Below is information about each cookbook with links to where they can be purchased.

The Southern Living Community Cookbook: Celebrating food and fellowship in the American South

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 Overview: Southern Living Community Cookbook

Southern food and food stories are bound together. This book will reflect people, regardless of where they come form, who claim Southern food as their own, whether for a lifetime or a mealtime. People feel deep affection for their local community cookbooks, especially those well-worn volumes that serve as a timestamp of a particular place and time. No other type of recipe collection is more generous, gracious, and welcoming. Before we give you a bite, we Southern cooks have to tell you about what we’ve made. Southern food is evocative, so our food and food stories are bound together in our communities. A memorable Southern cookbook holds good food and a good read, the equivalent of a brimming recipe box plus the scribbled notes and whispered secrets that cover the tips, advice, and stories that a generous cook shares with family members, friends, and neighbors. These recipes bring all sorts of cooks, recipes, and stories to a common table to bring readers a cookbook filled with good things to eat that have something to say.

Meet the Author

Sheri Castle is a writer who cooks and a cook who writes. She’s known for her ability to see out the story behind Southern recipes and foodways. She has worked on multiple cookbook projects, as a solo author, collaborator, ghostwriter, and recipe tester. Her solo title, The New Southern Garden Cookbook, was named by the Southern Independent Booksellers Association as the best Southern cookbook of the year. It received a notable mention in the NY Times and was a recommended cookbook in the Washington Post. Sheri resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

For over 40 years, Southern Living magazine has delivered definitive Southern food, decorating, and entertaining ideas to 16 million readers monthly, making it one of the most trusted lifestyle brands in the country. With thousands of Southern Living Test Kitchen-approved recipes in the archive, Southern Living publishes superior cookbooks with recipes guaranteed to yield successful, flavorful results. Information via the Barnes and Noble Website

Savor the South Cookbook Series

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Each little cookbook in (the) Savor the South® cookbook collection is a big celebration of a beloved food or tradition of the American South. From buttermilk to bourbon, pecans to peaches, bacon to catfish, one by one each Savor the South® cookbook will stock a kitchen shelf with the flavors and culinary wisdom of this popular American regional cuisine. Written by well-known cooks and food lovers, each book brims with personality, the informative and often surprising culinary and natural history of southern foodways, and a treasure of some fifty recipes–from delicious southern classics to sparkling international renditions that open up worlds of taste for cooks everywhere. You’ll want to collect them all. Information via the UNC Press Website

Farmer & Chef Asheville Cookbook

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Meet the farmers who preserve our Appalachian mountain heritage and the chefs who make our city a” Foodtopia” ® destination, as branded by the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

With this book, you can take home a slice of Asheville’s award-winning dining and craft-beverage scene, with recipes from local restaurants, bars, farms, and farmers markets. Recreate dishes handed down generation to generation. Discover new ideas for family suppers and parties.

Filled with stunning photographs, informative sidebars and essays, Farmer and Chef Asheville will offer over 200 easy-to-follow recipes from area chefs, farmers and food artisans.

Food Lovers Guide to the Outer Banks

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The New Blue Ridge Cookbook

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About the Author: Elizabeth Wiegand

Behind every taste, each bite of food, there’s a story.

My mission is to explore the food that’s brought to our Southern tables. . . .to share the passion of the crabbers who scoop up soft shells, “salad bar” ranchers who pasture-raise their beef, bakers who arise at ungodly hours to bake their loaves, and farmers that raise the pumpkins or turkey for my Thanksgiving dinner.  What’s the traditional way of cooking them?  The newest culinary approach?

Come explore the culinary wonders I’ve found from the mountains to the sea, in THE OUTER BANKS COOKBOOK:  Recipes & Traditions from NC’s Barrier Islands, and THE NEW BLUE RIDGE COOKBOOK:  Authentic Recipes from North Carolina’s Mountains to Virginia’s Highlands.

Check out my BLOG, CAROLINA FOODIE for recipes, seasonal goodies, foodie road trips, and more. Information via Carolina Foodie Website

Tupelo Honey Cafe:  Spirited Recipes from Asheville’s New South Kitchen

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Tupelo Honey Cafe: New Southern Flavors From the Blue Ridge Mountains provides a gastronomic tour of the flavors and tastes of the region considered the Mountain South.  From Appalachian Egg Rolls With Smoked Jalapeno Sauce, Pickled Onions and Pulled Pork to Acorn Squash Stuffed with Bacon Bread Pudding and Maple Sweet Potato Bread Pudding, each recipe tells a story about the traditions, inspiration and history of the southern mountains.  The result is an assembly of 125 imaginative, delicious and approachable recipes to be enjoyed by the home cook, the avid reader and book collector, and the hungry appetite alike.  A foreword by Chef Sean Brock and gorgeous photos of the surrounding area and food complete this collection. Information via the Tupelo Honey Café Website

The Great NC BBQ Map

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With over 400 restaurants, shacks, and eateries, The Great NC BBQ Map is the most comprehensive guide to the original barbecue state. In a printed, road-map format, you can use our guide to hit the road and create your own BBQ tour or find a stop along your route. Our map symbols define each restaurant’s BBQ using an infographic approach. With a glance, you can tell whether each restaurant cooks the whole hog or part of the pig, what cooking method is used, and what style of sauce is served. We also give you a timeline on the history of BBQ in America and information to help you differentiate the BBQ styles of NC, which give perspective to your travels.

Happy Eating

Johanna

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“Bubbles: Sip into the Season” at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

‘Tis the season for entertaining and the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club’s Fairview Dining Room is offering an evening full of festive fizz.

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Join this elegant holiday soiree — appropriately named “Bubbles: Sip into the Season” — to sample a flight of four sparkling wines perfect for entertaining and gift-giving during this festive time of year. In addition to tasting bubbly from around the world: a Spanish cava brut, an Italian lambrusco, a French brut rose and the Californian brut by Gloria Ferrer — a domestic favorite — guests are treated to tasty canapés and seasonal tunes amidst a festive atmosphere.

Drop in on Friday, December 5 from 5:30 p.m. to closing. The cost is $18 per person. All guests must be 21 years of age or older. Make reservations online at OpenTable or by calling the Fairview Dining Room at 919.493.6699.

The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is located on the campus of Duke University, off HW751. For more information visit www.washingtondukeinn.com.

Happy Eating and enjoy a bubbly time!

Johanna

 

Win Tickets to the Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, Final Fire!!

Get ready folks, the Final Fire is finally here and this is your chance to read more about it and win 2 tickets to the dinner tomorrow night November 20. Or you can purchase your tickets through the links below. To purchase tickets for tomorrow night go here: https://finalfire2.eventbrite.com

Winners will  be notified at noon tomorrow!

The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series highlights products from across North Carolina . The Competing chefs are notified at noon on the day of their battle as to which NC ingredient is the “secret ingredient”. So let’s make this contest fun. To enter, comment below as to what your favorite North Carolina ingredient is. It can be anything from pork to sweet potatoes, chocolate to Cheerwine.

Mine would be Cheerwine poured over a pork butt in the crock pot. Throw in a few garlic cloves, set the pot to low and walk away for 8 hours. Oh ya, yummy yummy in your tummy.

Having been a past guest judge, I can tell these dinners are well worth their price in gold. You will NOT go hungry and you WILL be excited by the creativity of the chefs. It’s just plain fun!

Good Luck, and let the games begin………..GO!!!!! 

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The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, a tournament highlighting the best of the state’s food, agriculture and culinary talent, is gearing up for its Final Fire series in which five chefs from across North Carolina will battle it out to take home the statewide championship. Community members are invited to attend the tournament’s four live dinner events, savoring the six-course meal and serving as judges, from November 19 (TONIGHT) to November 22 in Raleigh.

The five competing chefs won their regional series to move on to earn a place at Final Fire. It’s all part of the 2014 Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, a single-elimination, Iron Chef-style challenge between local chefs across North Carolina.

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The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series Final Fire schedule is as follows:
Nov. 19 Dinner: Fire on the Dock Champion Antoine Murray of Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington, versus Fire on the Rock Champion Michelle Bailey of Season’s at Highland Lake in Flat Rock
Nov. 20 Dinner: Fire in the City Champion Jon Fortes of Mimosa Grill in Charlotte, versus Nov. 19 winner
Nov. 21 Dinner: Fire in the Triad Champion Tim Thompson of Marisol Restaurant in Greensboro, versus Fire in the Triangle Champion Dean Thompson of Flights in Raleigh
Nov. 22 Championship Dinner: Nov. 20 winner, versus Nov. 21 winner

At stake is a grand prize of $4,000 cash, two handmade chef knives by Ironman Forge and a trip to the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley, California, compliments of Kikkoman and the Pro Chef Program.

In each of the Final Fire dinner battles, two participating chefs each prepare three courses centered on a secret or featured ingredient that comes from a North Carolina farmer or artisan producer—ingredients are revealed to the chefs only an hour before they start cooking that day and must be used in each course.

Ticketed dinner guests get in on the action, savoring the combined six courses without knowing which chef prepared each plate. Alongside culinary and guest judges, diners rate each dish using an interactive app, ultimately determining who moves on to the next round and who goes home.

All Final Fire events are held at Renaissance North Hills Raleigh, located at 4100 Main at North Hills Street. Tickets to attend the first three battles are $129 each excluding beverage, tax and tip. Tickets for the final championship battle are $139 each excluding beverage, tax and tip. Learn more at www.competitiondining.com.

For more information, visit www.competitiondining.com or get in on the conversation at www.facebook.com/competitiondining and @CompDiningNC on Twitter or Instagram.

The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series is sponsored by the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Pate Dawson-Southern Foods, Certified Angus Beef®, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, the NC Wine & Grape Council, Hits Technology and local partners in each region of the state.

Happy Eating

Johanna

 

 

“Cheese Nights” at Whole Foods Market Durham

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Lately I’ve realized I have an obsession for cheese. I can’t stop trying new varieties and nibbling on them for lunch or a late afternoon/evening snack. I’ve found I like the slightly nutty, sweet cheeses along with those that carry a slightly pungent bite.

It always excites me when Whole Foods Market hosts their  “Cheese Nights”. It’s the perfect opportunity to sample a selection of cheeses and learn about the various techniques of making cheeses so special.

I’ve had great success purchasing cheeses from Whole Foods Market in Durham and appreciate the cheesemongers expertise when looking to try something new, and they love talking cheese. Please join them at the upcoming “Cheese Nights” tasting and enjoy an array of delicious cheeses and pairings. This event is free to the public.

I added a great recipe to the bottom of this post for MINI HAM AND CHEESE QUICHES. These are fun and easy and the meat and cheeses can be substituted for whatever suits your fancy.

Got a favorite cheese recipe? Share a link to that recipe for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Whole Foods Durham. Contest will run until Dec 1, 2014.

Whole Foods Market is sampling a unique selection of cheeses brought to you from the Alps at our quarterly Cheese Nights event. The free event will be on Tuesday, December 9th from 6-7:30 p.m. Come taste a diverse selection of delicious Alpine-style cheeses and see what makes their traditional techniques so special.

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What are Alpine-style Cheeses?

They involve communal farming and cheesemaking with the peak season happening in winter.

Traditionally made in the Jura Mountains and the Italian Alps
Animals are moved up the pasture starting in May or June and moved down in Mid-September, this is known as Transhumance.

Each region developed its own style and flavor due to herd size, remoteness and local preference.

Cheeses are produced in mountain chalets where the cows graze.
The buttery and nutty Alpine cheeses reflect rich, grassy flavors because of grazing.

Wheels are stored in curing rooms or caves and kept at 50°-55° F for 4 months to a year or more.

Cheesemakers check the cheese by thumping to hear if the cheese is ripening to expectations.

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Some favorite Alpine-style cheeses include:

Le Maréchal
• A handmade raw milk cheese that is sprinkled with herbs while it matures, giving it a savory, rustic flavor.
• Pairs with: Shiraz, wheat beer, olives, dried figs, crostini, arugula—great in fondue.

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Pavino
• Created just for us by celebrated American cheesemakers in Wisconsin, this cow’s milk cheese has a crave-worthy piquant bite.
• Pairs with: Pinot grigio, pears, walnuts or dried apricots—great in grilled cheese sandwiches and fondue.

Comté Les Trois Comtois
• Aged raw cow’s milk cheese from the Jura region of the French Alps. Buttery, rich, mild and sweet.
• Pairs with: Chardonnay, altbier, dried apricots—great in French onion soup and cheese tarts.

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Emmentaler
• The best version of the original Swiss cheese that we all know and love. Made with raw milk. Sweet and nutty overtones and a sharp finish.
• Pairs with: Riesling, brown ale, green olives, Dijon mustard, baguette—great in ham and cheese sandwiches, scalloped potatoes.

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Grand Cru Surchoix
• An award-winning washed-rind, raw milk cheese made with single-sourced milk. Nutty with notes of caramel.
• Pairs with: Rioja, pilsner, nuts, dried figs or apricots, cured meats—great in risotto.

Uplands Cheese
Pleasant Ridge Reserve
• Raw-milk, Alpine-style cheese from Wisconsin. One of the most-awarded chesses in American history. Smooth and earthy with mushroom overtones.
• Pairs with: Cabernet sauvignon, barleywine, pineapple, green grapes, brown bread, honeycomb—great in omelets.

What: Tasting of Alpine-style cheeses for your holiday get-togethers

When: December 9th, 2014, 6-7pm

Where: Whole Foods Market Durham

MINI HAM AND CHEESE QUICHES

Ingredients:
Pre-made pie crust
8 eggs
2/3 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheese (Goat Gouda or Cheddar)
1 cup ham, chopped

Method:
Preheat oven to 375°F. Using a pre-made pie crust sheet, cut out 6 circles (about 3 1/2-inch) and place in the cups of a large muffin tin. Chill crust in tin while you prepare filling. In a small bowl beat together 8 eggs, 2/3 cups milk, 1 cup shredded cheese (Goat Gouda or cheddar) and 1 cup chopped ham. Fill prepared muffin tins, season and bake 20—25 minutes until puffed and lightly brown. Let cool slightly and remove from tins.

Nutritional Info:
Per Serving:Serving size: 1 quiche, 310 calories (180 from fat), 19g total fat, 8g saturated fat, 270mg cholesterol, 490mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (0g dietary fiber, 4g sugar), 18g protein

Happy Eating

Johanna

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Hone in on your knife skills…meet Harald Wusthof of Wusthof knives at WHISK!

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Saturday, December 6 from 11am to 2pm

Seventh generation owner, Harald Wusthof of Wusthof knives will meet and greet Whisk shoppers on Saturday, December 6th from 11 am until 2 pm. Watch product demonstrations, enter a drawing to win a 16-piece kitchen knife set, enjoy one day sales discounts of 20%, and more.

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Harald Wusthof will be in the Whisk kitchen to greet customers, take photos, sign memorabilia and answer questions. There will be contests with prizes for customers who bring in the oldest or the most unique Wusthof products.

One lucky Whisk customer will walk away with a brand new Wusthof knife block set valued at $1,420.00. To enter the drawing, customers may fill out an entry form in the store beginning November 15th. The drawing will take place at 2 pm on Saturday, December 6th at Whisk.

The original Wusthof factory dates back to 1814 and the business remains family owned to this day. Wusthof knives come with a lifetime warranty.

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Whisk is an independently-owned, full-service kitchen store located in the Waverly Place Shopping Center in Cary, NC. For more information about Whisk and to see a complete listing of its cooking classes, visit www.whiskcarolina.com. To find out more information about Wusthof knives, visit, http://www.wusthof.com/usa.

Whisk is located at: 316 Colonades Way, #214, Cary, NC 27518.
Telephone 919/322-2458

The Big Eastern Regional Coffee Competition

November 21-23 at the Durham Convention Center, 301 W. Morgan St., Durham, NC

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Counter Culture Coffee and Wilbur Curtis Co. will host the annual Big Eastern Regional Coffee Competition, the last leg of this year’s US Regional Coffee Competition season. Produced by the Barista Guild of America and the Specialty Coffee Association of America, the event has two divisions: the Barista Competition and the Brewers Cup, both platforms for baristas to exhibit their individual pursuits of excellent coffee.

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Open to the public and free to attend, the Big Eastern will host several opportunities for attendees to learn more about the world of specialty coffee and taste coffees from local roasters. For the full three days, the Barista Guild will set up a pop-up cafe that will feature rotating coffees from top roasters including Counter Culture, Octane Coffee, Slingshot Coffee Company, and others.

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In the Barista Competition, 46 qualified baristas compete in front of four sensory judges, two technical judges, and one head judge as they present, prepare, and serve four espressos, four cappuccinos, and four signature espresso beverages during a 15-minute race against the clock.

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In the Brewers Cup, 32 competitors are judged between two rounds by skilled coffee tasters. The first round is a blind tasting; the competitors all brew the same coffee on their chosen manual devices. Those who advance to the second round will brew and present their chosen coffee to the judges’ panel.

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For more information visit: http://uscoffeechampionships.org/participate/participate-big-eastern/ or visit your local hosts at: https://counterculturecoffee.com and http://www.wilburcurtis.com.

Here’s the schedule:

What: Big Eastern Regional Coffee Competition

Who: 78 coffee professionals from the Big Eastern region

Where: Durham Convention Center, 301 W Morgan Street, Durham, NC

When: Friday, November 21–Sunday, November 23

Times (EST):
Friday, November 21: 10:30am-5pm
Saturday, November 22: 8:15am-5:30pm
Sunday, November 23: 8:15am-3:30pm

Regions represented:
Northeast: OH, WV, MA, DE, PA, NJ, CT, RI, MD, VT, NH, ME and NY
Southeast: KY, VA, TN, NC, SC, AL, GA and FL