Honeygirl Meadery plans summer opening in Durham

Apr. 15, 2014 @ 11:23 AM

Durham-made mead: Durham-based Honeygirl Meadery plans to be making and selling a honey-based alcoholic beverage called mead in Durham.

Diane Currier said the meadery will be licensed as a winery and will be making honey-based wines with local seasonal fruits, flowers and herbs incorporated in. The drink will be made with honey, water and yeast, according to her Facebook website.

 “Mead is a very exciting and intriguing alcoholic beverage with a long history, and we hope to make it with a modern cook's perspective,” she said in an email.

Currier said she’s targeting opening the meadery to the public in the summer, selling mead from a location on Hood Street and from local stores.

However, she said they can’t sell mead until they have all of their licenses and permits in-place.


Update on new restaurant Primal: The planned new gluten-free restaurant Primal Food & Spirits could open in June, according to the marketing director for the restaurant.

“Our contractor has told us that the construction should be done by mid-May, so we are thinning an early June opening is possible,” said Rachel Lyons, marking director.

The restaurant is a new venture by Tim Lyons, the owner of the nearly 7-year-old Durham restaurant Blu Seafood and Bar.

It’s planned to open in the Kroger-anchored Southpoint Crossing shopping center off N.C. 54 near The Streets at Southpoint.

On Wednesday, April 16, Rachel Lyons said Blu will host a “Primal Wine Dinner” to give a sneak-peak of the new menu items at Primal.

The restaurant’s menu is expected to use naturally raised, local meats prepared into gluten-free entrees with seasonal side dishes. It’s based on a “primal” eating lifestyle.

The reservation-only dinner will be at 7 p.m. The cost is $50. It will include four courses with wine pairings. The menu includes pasture-raised pork belly, bacon-wrapped dates with chevre and a port wine glaze, a wine-braised short rib with roasted cauliflower and mushrooms, and coconut milk ice cream with local honey and pistachios.

For information, go to the website http://bluseafoodandbar.com/events.


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