Cheese, other foods at Cookery event

May. 28, 2013 @ 01:39 PM

Cheese event at The Cookery: Fourteen vendors of cheese or complimentary food items will offer free samples and will have products for sale at a free event at Durham’s The Cookery on June 29.
Participants will be able to try samples of cheese, charcuterie, bread, and cheesecake at the event. In addition, vendors will also have products for sale. It will take place at the Front Room, which is the event space at the commercial kitchen The Cookery.
“Our ultimate goal is for everybody to leave with a new knowledge about how cheese is made, and a new tasting experience,” said Rochelle Johnson, The Cookery’s co-owner. “It’s a great way for the local producers around here to have a little bit more time to talk with the public about their products,” she added.
Participating businesses include the gourmet cheese melt food truck American Meltdown as well as the Chapel Hill Creamery, Cultured Cow Creamery, Elodie Farms, Hillsborough Cheese Co., Holly Grove Farms, La Farm Bakery, Southern Season, Whole Foods, as well as Milk and Honey Bakery and This Little Piggie Charcuterie, according to Durham News Service.
There will also be a “Dueling Ricottas” demonstration by Billy Cotter of the downtown eatery Toast and Matthew Daniels of Triangle Raw Foods, as well as wine tastings by the Durham wine shop Wine Authorities.  Beer, wine and cocktails will be offered for sale.
Johnson said she expects several hundred people to attend the event.
The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Front Room at The Cookery, which is located at 1101 W. Chapel Hill St. in Durham.

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Food truck rodeo: A piano on wheels and mobile food vendors selling dinner and dessert items are expected to be a part of a food truck rodeo at Northgate Park on Thursday.
The rodeo, an event organized by the Northgate Park Neighborhood Association, is scheduled to be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the park at 300 W. Club Blvd. Tom Merrigan, the man behind the Durham Street Piano Project, is planning to perform.
Merrigan is the 37-year-old Durham architect who plays an upright console piano and harmonica in public spaces around the city.
He has been playing piano in the city since 2011. He started out as a street piano player since he said it is better for his schedule as a father with a full-time job.
“I just don’t have the time to pour myself into a music project that can’t be spontaneous,” he said.
He keeps his piano in his downtown office and pushes it out into the street to perform, or he totes it by trailer to venues that are farther away.
He plays boogie-woogie blues, blues and pop music.
“It’s a natural marry between a piano on wheels and a restaurant on wheels to sort of set up the caravan … and have a bunch of restaurants and some live music,” Merrigan of Thursdays’ rodeo. “The weather should be a little warm but it should be nice to eat some good food and listen to some good music.”
If you’re in the market for another rodeo, there’s one planned to be held at Durham Central Park on Sunday, June 16, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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