My Carolina Today February Food Events Recap

A couple of times last year I had the opportunity to join Valonda Calloway and Mike Morse on My Carolina Today to talk about upcoming food events in the Triangle. It was a great experience and the perfect opportunity to do what I love most, promote local food and drink!

Starting this month (Tuesday Feb 4), I will be on the show every first Tuesday of the month. If you have an event for consideration, please add me to your media list. Thanks.

Here is the video from my February appearance and the events I had to a chance to chat about (also listed below)

Bull City Vegan Challenge, February 1st – 28th, 2014

Join the fun and vote for your favorite vegan entree and dessert. Six restaurants are competing to see who can dish up the best vegan entree and two restaurants the best vegan dessert. The contest is a collaboration between Bull City BUCK$, Bull City Vegan Challenge, and Triangle Meatless Mondays and will run the entire month of February. By going to one of the participating restaurants, you can order their vegan entry and earn prizes for voting, sharing photos, and more. The website has the full details.

Competing restaurants include: Beyu Caffe, Dos Perros, Hummingbird Bakery, Parts and Labor, The Refectory Café, Taberna Tapas, The Cupcake Bar and The Parlour

Triangle Wine Experience, February 2-8, 2014

“In the early 1990’s a group of friends gathered to celebrate their love of wine and to raise money for the Frankie Lemmon School. The gathering became a tradition that eventually resulted in the formation of The Frankie Lemmon Foundation, a non-profit organization that is the school’s primary funding source. Each year the foundation organizes a series of wine related charitable events, including the Triangle Wine Experience to generate proceeds which fund the tuition-free school” for children with special educational needs.

Hosted by Wineries and Sponsors, this evening pairs the Triangle’s hottest restaurants
and Chefs with some of the world’s finest wines.

This is an opportunity to tour the Frankie Lemmon School, enjoy breakfast with a brief
program by the FLS children and to see first-hand how your generosity supports and
helps these special children.

Winery Partners highlight their wines to statewide trade – restaurants,
wine merchants, Chefs and Somms. * Private, by invitation only.

Wine Merchants host our Winery Partners to showcase their wines for consumers
to taste and purchase. * These events are open to the public.

The weekend culminates with our grand gala and auction featuring entertainment and
world-class libations. This is also where you will experience our silent and live auctions
of fine wine, travel and unique luxury items.

Raleigh Wine and Beer Walk, Glenwood South, February 15, 2014, 1:00pm-6:00pm

Don’t miss out on this popular sampling tour of Raleigh’s finest venues!

Tickets are $15.00 each, or 2 for $25.00 and can be purchased online at

Tickets will also be available at the Cornerstone Tavern 603 Glenwood Ave.(Cash Only)

Participants will meet in a designated area to receive their “official” Wine & Beer Walk ID and a map of the participating establishments.

Each participant will you will receive two samples (per venue) of a specially selected wine or beer2 
wonderful samples (per venue) of a specially selected wine or beer. The organizers ask that “patrons to be responsible as they visit the hosting venues, 
and to always remember to TIP your servers!”


Solas – 419 Glenwood Ave.

The Raleigh Wine Shop – 126 Glenwood Ave.

Cornerstone Tavern – 600 Glenwood Ave.

Napper Tandy’s – 410 Glenwood Ave.

Natty Greene’s Pub & Brewing Co.-505 W. Jones St.

Havana Deluxe-437 Glenwood Ave.

Lucky B’s -609 Tucker St.

Clockwork– 519 W. North St.

The Wine Feed– 602 Glenwood Ave.

Flash House– 513 Peace St.

White Street Brewing Company dinner at G2B Gastropub, Wednesday, February 19th at 7:00pm (While I wasn’t able to mention this on the show, I think this is going to be a great beer dinner)

The dinner will feature four savory courses crafted by Chef Carrie Schleiffer followed by one sweet courses design by Pastry Chef Deric McGuffey. Each course will be paired with a beer brewed at White Street’s Wake Forest facility. The dinner will be $50 per person. Reservations are available via phone, 919-251-9451.

CHOP NC: “A Spoken Dish” Feb. 19th 7-8:30pm

Culinary Historians of Piedmont North Carolina (CHOP): Culinary Historians of Piedmont North Carolina is an organization of people with an interest in food and cooking, along with the history, stories and traditions behind them, from earliest times to present day.

CHOP meets the third Wednesday of each month at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. Meetings are from 7-8:30 p.m., all are welcome. Bring a snack or beverage to share if you like.752 MLK, Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC

On February 19, photojournalist and storyteller Kate Medley will talk about “A Spoken Dish” and storytelling in the South.

A joint endeavor from Georgia Organics, Southern Foodways Alliance and Whole Foods Market, A Spoken Dish is a storytelling project dedicated to celebrating and documenting food memories and rituals from people across the South. The storytellers featured include professional chefs, farmers, home cooks, writers, artist and children. Hearing Kate’s perspective, as a documentary film maker and producer on this project, will be great!

NOTE: If you go the “A Spoken Dish” website you can click on and watch the mini videos.


Inaugural event highlights bounty of winter seafood options in North Carolina

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – Locals Seafood announces its first Winter Seafood Jubilee, a series of NC winter seafood-centric events and promotions taking place in North Carolina’s Triangle region throughout February. Locals Seafood is working with area restaurants and social media foodie gurus to accomplish the following goals during the Jubilee:

1) Educate the public about the seasonality of seafood

2) Introduce the public to trending NC seafood items such as dogfish, ribbonfish, mullet and more

The Winter Seafood Jubilee kicks off online with the “3 on 3 at the Winter Seafood Jubilee”, which takes place during the first three weeks of February. Locals has engaged three area social media foodie gurus to participate, Kim Alexander (@trianglelocalista), Kristen Baughman (@knbaughman), and Johanna Kramer (@durhamfoodie). Each guru is responsible for one week, when they will be given three different species of winter seafood. They will prepare each product three different ways, and chronicle their culinary journey via three social media platforms of their choosing. Says Locals owner Lin Peterson,”3 on 3 is the epitome of what Locals is all about – introducing folks everywhere to fresh, local seafood that may or may not already be on their radar. We’re grateful that the social media community is eager to participate.”

Locals tapped several of their best restaurant customers around the Triangle to host events in conjunction with the Jubilee; Mandolin in Raleigh, Oakleaf in Pittsboro, and Carolina Crossroads at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill. According to Chef Brendan Cox at Oakleaf, “If we’re truly dedicated to seasonality, it cannot begin and end with produce but must include our fisheries. Everything including fish and shellfish tastes better in its time”. Each restaurant will host a dining event featuring a variety of winter seafood.

• Thursday, February 20th, 6:30pm – Mandolin Restaurant in Raleigh hosts a four-course winter seafood feast featuring a different item in every course. Reservations required, please call Mandolin at (919) 322-0365.

• Wednesday, February 26th, dinner service, 5:30 til – Oakleaf Restaurant in Pittsboro will offer a supplemental Winter Seafood Jubilee menu in addition to their regular menu that evening with a selection of small plates under $20 featuring winter seafood items. Reservations encouraged but not required, please call Oakleaf at (919) 533-6303.

• Thursday, February 27th, 6pm – Carolina Crossroads at the Carolina Inn invites guests to attend a cooking class in the Piedmont Room highlighting Chef James Clark’s techniques preparing three types of winter seafood. The event features the beers of Durham-based Fullsteam Brewery, with founder Sean Lilly Wilson on hand to speak to the importance of seasonal, local sourcing. Reception at 6pm, instruction begins at 7pm. Reservations required, limited seating available. Please call Lina at Carolina Crossroads, (919) 918-2735.

For more information, visit, and follow event news @localsseafood via #winterseafood. Please contact Amanda Miller,, or by cell at (917) 548-1591 with additional questions.

Happy Eating!



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