Food blogger and author, Johanna Kramer, tells us about upcoming Foodie Events in February.
Bull City Vegan Challenge, February 1st - 28th, 2014
Who says love should only be celebrated one day of the year? Six restaurants are competing to see who can dish up the best love, in the form of a creative vegan entree and dessert, the entire month of February. (Two additional locations are participating in the dessert competition only.) http://www.trianglemm.com/love
How do I participate?
It's easy. Go to the participating restaurants throughout February. Eat, share the love, and vote.
Beyu Caffe, Dos Perros, Hummingbird Bakery, Parts and Labor, The Refectory Café, Taberna Tapas, The Cupcake Bar and The Parlour
• GO to one of the participating restaurants. Be sure to "scan" the promotional poster on the window for 5 Bull City BUCK$.
• ORDER the #eatvotelove dish
• SCAN. Ask to scan the Bull City BUCK$ QR code which your server should provide, to earn 30 BUCK$.
• SHARE. Snap a photo of the dish and share your experience both on Facebook or Twitter, and on the LOVE restaurant page. You will be entered to win a Go2Pro if your photo is selected (see below). You'll need to tag us and use #eatvotelove #bcvc
• VOTE once you feel confident in the "best in" categories listed below fill out your ballot. We'll be sharing the link to vote in the first week. If we get 100 or more votes, we're making a donation to Hayti Heritage Center. This is not a scientific survey but we highly encourage that you try as many competing restaurants/dishes as possible - both for the restaurants involved and for your enjoyment!
• PRIZES. Earn prizes for voting, sharing photos, and more
What are the voting categories I'm voting on?
• I love every part of you: Best overall LOVE conveyed by main dish and dessert.
• Love at first sight: Best looking.
• Best surprise: Chefs win for deception in hidden ingredients.*
• Sweetest love: Best dessert.
The link to vote will be posted after the first week of the event! Try to sample as many entries as you can before voting - there are 6 amazing dishes and more than enough love to go around. If 100 or more participants vote, we will make a donation to Durham's Hayti Heritage Center in honor of Black History Month. Share widely!
What does Bull City BUCK$ have to do with this? How do I earn BUCK$?
Bull City BUCK$ is a co-sponsor of this year's Vegan Challenge. Each time you visit a participating restaurant and order their competition LOVE dish, you can scan the QR code for 30 BUCK$ (once/day per restaurant). You can also scan the QR code for Bull City BUCK$ on the Vegan Love Challenge posters around town daily to earn 5 BUCK$. Get the Bull City BUCK$ app on your iPhone or Android so you can learn more and earn or redeem your BUCK$
Don't forget: please take the Meatless Monday pledge and encourage your friends and family to join you! (New pledgers can earn 30 BUCK$! from Triangle Meatless Monday)
By voting, you are entered to win one of the following prizes:
• Best photo: Go2Pro camera (tag #eatvotelove #bcvc)
• Most Bull City BUCK$ challenge points earned (3 winners)
Free Month Membership at YMCA Durham
Custom made Ladybug Lemonade pouches
Vegan Cookbook by local author Kathy Hester
• Most LOVE on social media: 6-meal package from local chef Maggie's Conscious Vegan Cuisine (tag #eatvotelove #bcvc)
• Random love: A randomly selected voting participant will win two 50-minute personal wellness coaching sessions with Louis Vitiello, Jr. and a voucher for a tub of Roots hummus
Share your Love Challenge photos on Facebook and Twitter at @bc_vc and use the hashtags #EatVoteLove and #bcvc
Brought to you through an affair between Bull City BUCK$, Bull City Vegan Challenge, and Triangle (Loves) Meatless Mondays.
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.
WINERY DINNERS • THUR, FEB 6TH • 7PM Hosted by Wineries and Sponsors, this evening pairs the Triangle's hottest restaurants and Chefs with some of the world's finest wines.
SPONSOR & PARTNERS BREAKFAST • FRI, FEB 7TH • 10AM 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.
TRADE TASTING • FRI, FEB 7TH • 2-4PM • MITCHELL'S CATERING Winery Partners highlight their wines to statewide trade - restaurants, wine merchants, Chefs and Somms. * Private, by invitation only.
SIP, SHOP & SIGN • FRIDAY • FEB 7TH • 4PM-6PM Wine Merchants host our Winery Partners to showcase their wines for consumers to taste and purchase. * These events are open to the public.
GRAND GALA & AUCTION • SAT, FEB 8TH • 5PM 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 www.etix.com
Tickets will also be available at the Cornerstone Tavern 603 Glenwood Ave.(Cash Only)
The walk begins at the Wine Walk Headquarters (TBA) where you present your ticket, or if the event has not sold out, purchase your ticket the day of the show. You must check in to the Headquarters no later than 3:00PM, which is when check-in ends. You will receive your "official" Wine & Beer Walk ID and a map of the participating establishments.
As you walk through the various locations you will receive 2 wonderful samples (per venue) of a specially selected wine or beer. We encourage patrons to be responsible as they visit the hosting venues, and to always remember to TIP your servers! All participants must be at least 21 years of age, and have a valid ID readily available for establishments to verify.
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.
White Street Brewing Company dinner at G2B Gastropub, Wednesday, February 19th at 7:00pm
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. http://www.chopnc.com
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. www.aspokendish.com
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.
LOCALS SEAFOOD ANNOUNCES WINTER SEAFOOD JUBILEE
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 winterseafoodjubilee.com, and follow event news @localsseafood via #winterseafood. Please contact Amanda Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by cell at (917) 548-1591 with additional questions.