Wednesday – Sunday Food Fun!

I must admit, this is one seriously lame blog post, sorry for that! I find myself swamped with work and just didn’t have the time this week to actually sit down and write. I did not however want anyone to miss out on some really fun food events.

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 (TONIGHT!!!)

Culinary Historians of Piedmont North Carolina (aka. ChopNC)

Chop NC is the new organization founded by Nancie McDermott, who’s most recent cookbook, “Southern Pies” is a must have for any cook/baker.

The group is open to all individuals who “love food, history, and the traditions of the kitchen, the farm, and the table”. The organization is based in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, and meets twice a month at Fly Leaf Books in Chapel Hill.

Tonight come meet Charles B. Thompson, Jr, Author of “Spirits of Just Men.”

Spirits of Just Men tells the story of moonshine in 1930s America, as seen through the remarkable location of Franklin County, Virginia, a place that many still refer to as the “moonshine capital of the world.”

Charles B. Thompson, Jr is the curriculum and education director at the Center for Documentary Studies and a lecturer of cultural anthropology at Duke

Sept. 21, 2011 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Flyleaf Books 752 Martin Luther King
Junior Boulevard Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Free and open to the public! Bring snacks to share if you’d like.

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Beer dinner at Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, Cary

Coming down the Mountain…With Highland Brewing

Chef Jay Pierce cordially invites you to celebrate the coming of cooler nights with the latest installment in our 4/4/40 North Carolina Beer Dinner series at Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Cary featuring Highland Brewing Company on September 22 at 7 PM. We’ll put our Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen spin on local, seasonal ingredients and show how the food can be full of down-home goodness and pair wonderfully with Highland’s classic brews. Leah will be on hand from the brewery to provide thoughtful insight, informed context, and delightful anecdotes for both the pairings and the brews.

Check out the menu on the Lucky 32 website.

It’s Fiesta Time!

Please join us to celebrate the launch of Sandra A. Gutierrez’s The New Southern-Latino Table: Recipes that Bring Together the Bold and Beloved Flavors of Latin America & the American South.

Although the rsvp deadline for tomorrows launch party at the Umstead Hotel has passed, you can purchase Sandra’s book  via UNC Press here

Check out the weekly Southern-Latino Table Dinner Parties and join the fun.

Friday, September 23rd – Sunday September 25th, 2011

Southern Ideal Home Show (via press release)

Raleigh State Fairgrounds from September 23-25, 2011

Bravo Top Chef’s Kenny Gilbert, Bravo Top Chef: Just Desserts’ Erika Davis and The Kitchen Casanova are headlining an all-star lineup on the cooking stage.

The show brings three jam-packed days of activity designed as more than just a home show – it’s designed to inform, entertain and educate show guests.

As one of the oldest and largest consumer shows in the Triangle, the show brings more than 300 experts with the latest in home improvement products, services and values; celebrity guests who will share secrets to home and garden success, and features to entertain the entire family.

Both chefs will be sharing behind-the-scenes dish from the popular reality show, and arming guests with culinary tips and tricks just in time for the upcoming holiday season.

Guests can also get cooking demos AND remodeling tips with chef/contractor the Kitchen Casanova, returning to the cooking stage this year. In addition, local chefs from the Triangle’s top restaurants will be working their culinary magic on stage.

Show guests can experience hands-on, interactive exhibits, learn about the latest and greatest trends in living green, the 50+ Housing Pavilion, and check out the hottest products for kitchen and bath and get exclusive show-only specials to help save money.

Show hours are Friday Noon- 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.– 8 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission is $9 at the door and free for children under 15 years of age (with paying adult). Friday is 55+ Day, those 55 and older get $7 admission (no coupons accepted).  Discount coupons for $2 off admission are available at Parking at the North Carolina Fairgrounds is plentiful and free for guests.

Saturday, Septemeber 24th, 2011

Durham Farmers’ Market Chef’s Challenge (from DFM newsletter)

This Saturday starting at 8:30 is the 3rd Annual Chef Challenge!  3 Chefs (Bill Cotter of Toast, Andy Magowan of Geer Street Garden and Josh DeCarolis of Dos Perros) will each be cooking a dish that features a secret Market ingredient which will be unveiled at the start of the event!

Their dishes will be tasted by a panel of judges and one of the 3 of them will be named the 2011 Chef Challenge Champ.  All of our judges this year know and love food and are regular Market shoppers.  Here are your judges…

Brenda Brodie – founder of SEEDS and local food advocate

Johanna Kramer, local foodie runs the blog Durham Foodie

Bryan Christopher, runs the blog Searching for Sicily

Ross Grady, returning judge.

And the winner of the Customer Judge Contest is…. HEATHER GREER!!!  Congratulations Heather!

Don’t worry, you can taste what the Chef will be cooking next week too!  Samples will be available as the judges are deliberating between 10:30 and 11.  See you there.

Durham Farmers’ Market – Farmer Foodshare Challenge (Also this Saturday)

This year, for the Farmer Foodshare Challenge, we would like to raise $500 and 500 lbs of of food.  The money donated be used to start a fund so that we can be sure to be able to buy food for Urban Ministries during the Winter.  You can drop off donations at the FoodShare Donation Station at the center of the Pavilion. For more info about the Farmer Foodshare and the Challenge, take a look at

TerraVITA – 2011 (via press release)

The information below is from the TerraVITA website, but this is by far one of my favorite food and beverage events of the year. Organizer Colleen Minton knows how to host a top-notch event and I highly encourage people to attend!

Terra meaning “of the earth” and Vita meaning “life,” captures in its definition the very spirit of this event. Last year, TerraVITA Food & Wine Event brought
together some of the finest biodynamic and organically-grown wines and
microbrews in the world with some of the very best North Carolina chefs, known
and celebrated for their outstanding reputations and chosen for their devotion
and allegiance to locally-grown organic ingredients!

This year, expect the experience to rise a notch!  With TerraVITA 2011, we are adding the Sustainable Classroom – a new optional component that will offer an all-day experience that will stimulate your senses in every way!  If you choose to attend both the Sustainable Classroom and the Grand Tasting on the Green, you will begin your morning at 9:30 am with local pastries, organic coffee and tea – and jumpstart your classroom experience with your first of four 35-minute sessions (pre-selected by you).  Led by respected experts, the classroom tracks offered will be in one of four categories: wine, food, farm & garden, or sustainable culture.  You can focus your programming by attending all the tracks in one category or mix and match according to your specific interests.  Once you have attended your four sessions, you will get first dibs (early admittance) at the
Grand Tasting on the Green, officially beginning at 1 pm.

Event Schedule:

Grand Tasting On The Green

Saturday, September 24, 2011, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Village Green at Southern Village, 400 Market St. Chapel Hill, NC 27516

The Sustainable Classroom (Four Sessions Included Per Ticket)

Saturday, September 24, 2011, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Lumina Theatre at Southern Village, 680 Market St. Chapel Hill, NC 27516

* For more information on the speaking sessions click here.


Following the huge success of its “Rocktoberfest” celebration in 2010, Guglhupf Café has decided to make this popular festival into an annual event.  This year the contemporary European café and artisan bakery, located in Durham, looks forward to hosting its 2nd annual Rocktoberfest on Saturday, September 24 from 4pm to 10pm.  The “Oktoberfest-with-a-twist” party will feature toe-tapping live music, delicious German street food and great beer on tap – and promises to be a fun event for the whole family!

Party-goers will be tempted by the aromas of traditional German street fare cooked outside on the patio. The grill will be sizzling with Guglhupf’s house-made German sausages (Bratwurst, Weisswurst), and rôtisserie chicken (or Hendl, as it is called in Austro-Bavarian). The menu also includes Zwiebelkuchen (a single-crust pie of steamed onions, cream and caraway seeds) and soft Brezels baked fresh for the fête in Guglhupf’s adjoining artisan bakery.  Traditional sides of potato salad, cucumber salad, braised red cabbage and Sauerkraut accompany Guglhupf’s own spin on this tasty comfort food.  For the sweet tooth, indulge in Guglhupf’s freshly-made Berliner doughnuts, oozing with raspberry jam and coated in granulated sugar.  Choose from warm apple fritters just out of the fryer, or from two variations of home-made strudl: apple and cherry – both served with Guglhupf’s house-made ice-cream.

Beer is a central part of any Oktoberfest, and Guglhupf will offer some specialty German draft brews (Franziskaner Hefeweizen, Spaten Oktoberfest, Schneider & Sons, Gaffel Koelsch) plus local Duck-Rabbit beer and more!

Guglhupf’s patio will be alive with German tunes from three bands throughout the evening: The Oompah Trio (traditional Bavarian music); Gary Brunotte (strolling German accordion player); And from 6.30pm to 9pm, Tom Maxwell & The Minor Drag will perform their jazz-influenced, high energy “hot music” with roots from 1920’s America, plus some old German melodies.  Dancing is optional, but encouraged!  Reservations are not needed for Rocktoberfest.

Just come along and join the festivities.

Events listed below, pulled from the Durham CVB’s Event Calendar

Motorco Music Hall Community Appreciation Day/Anniversary Party
Enjoy FREE music throughout the day, Motorco merch, ticket give-aways, and drink specials. Food trucks Ko Kyu, Pie Pushers, The Parlour, Only Burger and Slippin’ Sliders will be on site.

September 24, 2011
Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave, (919) 901-0875

Annual North Carolina Gay Pride Parade and Festival
The largest lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgendered event in a five-state area. Day festival with vendors, displays, bands, drag king show, drag queen race, and a parade through the Ninth St. area. The festival provides a place to talk about how LGBT communities can work for social justice, while joining together in a festive, celebratory space.

September 24, 2011
10am-5pm. Parade begins at 1pm.
Duke East Campus, Ninth & Broad Streets
(919) 414-5555

Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tour
See a vibrant city in the midst of its revitalization and get to know the restaurants, shops and people that are making Durham one of the nation’s cultural hotspots. From crostini topped with local produce and house-smoked meats to gourmet popsicles to renowned pimento cheese to organic wine and local beer, you will discover all of Durham’s flavors. Reservations required.

Cost $43.43.
American Tobacco Warehouse to Downtown to Brightleaf Square

September 25th, 2011

Chef Stephanie Tyson The chef and co-owner of the award winning Sweet Potatoes restaurant in Winston-Salem will discuss her new cookbook and share her perspective on Southern cooking.


Southwest Regional Branch Library, 3605 Shannon Rd.
(919) 560-8590


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