Triangle Raw Foods opening café
Triangle Raw Foods to open café: The two people behind Triangle Raw Foods are planning to open a brick-and-mortar café called CAFÉ L.O.V.E (which stands for “Live Organic Vegan Eats”) at 3219 Old Chapel Hill Road.
The business already offers delivery of raw, gluten-free, dairy-free meatless meals, and they have a food truck that offers prepared and pre-packaged options.
The owners plan to open the café by the end of January. They’re planning for the menu to include current customer favorites, including manicotti, falafel, green tacos and burritos, in addition to a few new creations. All of the food will be raw, organic, gluten-free and vegan.
To start, the café will be open four days each week for lunch and dinner.
The location will be in the same small shopping center as Piper’s Deli, in the area near what was at one time South Square mall.
Soul food downtown: A restaurant and catering business called 118 Got Soul has opened on West Parrish Street downtown.
The menu that they have posted online includes dinner options such as fried and roasted chicken, smothered pork chops, a chicken wing dinner, and grilled fish.
Sides included fried okra, mashed potatoes, candied yams, cabbage, steamed rice, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, mixed greens, onions and gravy, Southern-style green beans, dinner rolls, and cornbread pancakes.
And the posted dessert options included peach cobbler, sweet potato cobbler and banana pudding. And they also have daily specials with items such as barbecue ribs, meatloaf, lasagna and garlic bread, roasted oxtails, or smoked turkey legs and wings.
They’re open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 118 W. Parrish St. For information, call 919-667-0899.
Farmers’ markets to hold pre-holiday hours: Farmers Markets across the Triangle will be open on Tuesday, Nov. 26, to allow shoppers to buy ingredients for their Thanksgiving Day meals.
There will be cheeses, green beans, broccoli, sweet potatoes, salad greens, potatoes, baked goods, and pastries, as well as turkeys according to a news release.
The downtown Durham Farmers’ Market will hold pre-Thanksgiving market hours from 2 to 5 p.m. Although the market is typically holds winter hours on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, it will be closed on Saturday, Nov. 30, after Thanksgiving.
The South Durham Farmers’ Market, which is in the Greenwood Commons shopping center off N.C. 55, will hold pre-Thanksgiving market hours from 3 to 6:30 p.m. It is also open on Saturdays during the winter from 9 a.m. to noon. It, too, will be closed the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
For information, including recipe suggestions and hours for the Chapel Hill and Carrboro markets, go to the website http://trianglefarmersmarkets.wordpress.com.
A new locally blended bourbon liqueur: A locally blended bourbon liqueur has hit the shelves of Durham County ABC stores.
Called Mystic, the liqueur is made with bourbon sourced from a distillery in Indiana and blended with honey.
Jonathan Blitz, an attorney who is one of the two partners behind the new business, said the liqueur has “all the flavor of bourbon,” but it’s more approachable due to the sweetness.
Blitz said it’s being made in shared space with Durham’s other permitted distillery, Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Co.
Brothers Vilgalys, led by Rimas Vilgalys, makes a honey-spiced liqueur called Brothers Vilgalys Krupnikas.
Krupnikas is made with a neutral alcohol that’s combined with wildflower honey and a spice reduction that's made with 16 different spices or plant substances.
Like Mystic’s product, it’s also blended in Durham, but the alcohol is made by an out-of-state supplier.
Blitz said Mystic’s honey liqueur was inspired by a honey Scotch liqueur that his partner tried on a trip to Scotland to learn more about his family heritage.
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