Triangle Food Fun!!

So many fun events happening this weekend, I wish there were several of me so I could attend them all.

The Retreat at Brightleaf will host its Grand Opening this Saturday with free chair massages, $5 facial waxings, complimentary Fullsteam beer and munchies, local  vendors and artists’ market. Don’t forget to enter the raffle drawing with prizes from Toast, The Garden Salon, Full Steam Brewery, Big Star Photography, SYNC Studio, Dermalogica, and more..

Pie Pushers will  be slinging pizza, while Parlour will be dishing up their delicious ice cream creations.

The Grand Opening Celebration will also include the unveiling of their new facials menu. Having had a sneak peek, I can guarantee you will be as excited as I was at the creative, and mouth-watering (that’s all I’m saying!) list of services that is sure to invigorate and renew…….and no doubt make you hungry.

What: The Retreat at Brightleaf Grand Opening Celebration

When: Saturday Sept 17, 1-6pm

Where: 815 West Morgan St, behind Clear Vue Glass

Eastern Triangle Farm Tour features sustainable farms, gardens, and urban chickens.

The 6th Annual Eastern Triangle Farm Tour will be held this weekend, September 17-18, 2011 from 1:00-5:00 PM.  Co-sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Whole Foods Market, the tour features sustainable farms located across the Eastern Triangle.

This will be the biggest Eastern Triangle Farm Tour yet with 25 farms in all, including 5 new farms. Advance tickets are $25 per carload or cycle group.  Tickets are good for both Saturday and Sunday and can be used to visit all of the farms on the tour. Day-of tickets are $30 or $10 per farm.

Info and tickets at: www.carolinafarmstewards.org.  Tour-goers can use the maps available on the website or in the tour booklet to decide which farms to visit and find their way.

Tour goers are encouraged to bring a cooler. There will be lots of fresh vegetables, eggs, cheese, meat, and other products for sale at the farms.

The Eastern Triangle Farm Tour gives small children the opportunity to interact with farm animals, while adults are inspired by seeing where their food is grown — seeing the farms that they buy from at the farmers market.  Great scenery, cute animals and historic farm buildings. Check out last years pictures on facebook.

Rising trend of urban, backyard chickens: Local expert, Bob Davis, will be available in Durham and Raleigh to field questions about caring for chickens in the city. His workshops will be at the Interfaith Food Shuttle Farm on Saturday at 1:30 PM (Contact: Sun Butler at 919-559-2391) and the SEEDS Garden on Sunday at 2:00 PM (Contact: 919-683-1197).

Animal welfare concerns: The cute piglet on the cover of the tour booklet this year is emblematic of the strong consumer interest in animal welfare and healthy meats. Eight farms on the tour are Animal Welfare Approved, a label which monitors the humane care of livestock.

What: 6th Annual Eastern Triangle Farm Tour

When: Sept. 17-18, 2011 from 1:00-5:00 PM both days

Where: 25 sustainable farms in Durham, Wake, Chatham, Franklin, Granville and Person counties.  See complete Google map of the farms or the farm tour brochure available for download at: www.carolinafarmstewards.org.

Cost: Advance tickets are $25 per carload to any farm for both days and can be purchased at Triangle Whole Foods stores, Harmony Farms, or online at: www.carolinafarmstewards.org.  Day-of tickets are $30 or $10 per farm and can be purchased at each farm on the tour.

Who: All tour stops are open to the public.

Bug Fest at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

This year’s theme: Spiders!

Jones Street, The Plaza, Edenton Street, and all four floors of the Museum
will be filled with buggy fun!
Enjoy the entertaining displays, exhibits and activities— both inside and outside the Museum.

Learn about arthropods, which make up three-quarters of all animals on
Earth, during fascinating presentations.

Taste delectable dishes featuring creepy crawlers as a major ingredient at
Café Insecta.

Buggy Menu (how can you resist)

Acro Café

Cricket & Crawfish Jambalaya
Mealworm Maque Choux

Market Restaurant

Chirps and Superworm Salsa

Spize Café

Cricket Costini with Thai Peanut Cream
Lemongrass Toasted Waxworm Spring
Salad

Thai Villa

Chirping Chilli Sauce
Ice Age – Thai Jelly w/ Mealworms

Whole Foods Market

Mealworm & Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mealworm & Cricket Cranberry
Chocolate Bark

Join the moths, fireflies and katydids for an exhilarating evening of
nocturnal activities at the Evening Insectival.

Learn how to keep your own hive at a Beekeeping Workshop

Bring an unusual bug to the Stump the Experts table

What: Bug Fest at the Museum of Natural Sciences

When: September 17, 9am-7pm

Where: Jones Street, The Plaza, Edenton Street, and all four floors of the Museum

Stir the Pot with John Fleer 

Poole’s Diner of Raleigh, North Carolina, is proud to sponsor Stir the Pot, a seasonal dinner and discussion benefitting the Southern Foodways Alliance’s documentary film initiative. This series is hosted and organized by SFA member and Poole’s Diner chef Ashley Christensen. Each Stir the Pot event takes place on a Sunday and a Monday evening. Click here to read more about this weekends event and for the schedule of upcoming dinners.

Sunday September 18th

The Sunday Stir the Pot dinner is a five-course meal with wine pairings, featuring a guest chef. Tickets are $150 per person. Dinners are held at Poole’s Diner in downtown Raleigh.

Monday September 19th

On Monday, the hungry and curious congregate at the home of chef Ashley Christensen for a potluck dinner. The potluck is for everyone—restaurant industry folks, writers, beverage enthusiasts, home cooks, and people with a general love for food and its history. For the potluck, Ashley Christensen and her guest chef will provide a main course and beverages. Guests are asked to bring a check for $35 to Southern Foodways Alliance and a dish to share that celebrates their sense of place, wherever that may be.

Sandra Gutierrez’s Book Launch Party

It’s Fiesta Time, Y’all!

You’re all invited to the launch party for The New Southern-Latino Table by Sandra Gutierrez. The event takes place Thursday September 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm at the Umstead Hotel in Cary, NC.

RSVP by September 16 to jherg@email.unc.edu or 919.962.0585

Open to the public so feel free to tell all your friends.

Door prizes and Appetizers. Valet Parking available.

Check out the New Southern-Latino Table Dinner Party! You don’t want to miss these great recipes from the new cookbook and blog posts written about them.

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