Exploring Durham: Celebrate the good times

Jun. 28, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

This month Exploring Durham is looking at places in Durham to celebrate life from a more personal perspective.

In life, there are many occasions to celebrate: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and homecomings, to name just a few.  The types of venues needed for these celebrations vary depending on the type of festivities planned, but luckily, Durham has plenty of options from which to choose for all of the above. 

Blu Seafood, Fairview at The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, Four Square, Nana’s, Parizade, Pop’s, Revolution and Tyler’s are some of the tried and true Celebrated Cuisine restaurants that have been handling these small private celebrations for years.  For those unfamiliar with the term, these are eateries with a locally based chef that have received national or regional media attention and write-ups for their food.  It comes as no surprise that the tastiest town in the South has more than four dozen local Celebrated Cuisine restaurants.

But there are some newcomers to the food scene that are wowing customers, too.  Conveniently, several happen to have rooms for private parties.

To drive up to Straw Valley – a newly remodeled retail center just off 15-501 at I-40 – one might not know that behind it is The Black House. A fine dining restaurant, this rambling 1950s-era mid-century modern home has been converted into a series of dining rooms offering innovative cuisine in a unique setting that is ideal for private functions small or large. The segmented dining space is ideal for hosting all manner of social gatherings, especially when the gardens are included.

Adjacent to the Durham Farmers’ Market on Foster Street is Piedmont. This restaurant has been open since 2006, but recently has come under new management in both the front and back of the house, as well as undergoing minor renovations to update the dining room and kitchen, making it new again.  Still a strong farm-to-table concept, the restaurant has 40 seats in an upstairs loft overlooking the main dining room where groups can enjoy themselves while still getting some of that busy restaurant energy.

On the northern side of Downtown Durham, at the corner of Rigsbee and Geer, is The Pit. A second location of a now well-known operation, this massive restaurant features a spacious dining room including private dining space, as well as Durham’s first roof-top bar. If a high-end BBQ experience is desired, The Pit is worth a look.

Big or small, young or old, Durham has great places to hold a party. Learn more about all of them at www.durham-nc.com.

Did You Know? For all event planning needs, the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau keeps a complete list of event venues and their features online at www.durham-nc.com/planners/meetings_events.

The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is Durham’s official marketing agency. For more information about things to see and do in Durham, visit www.Durham-NC.com and www.DurhamEventCalendar.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 101. E. Morgan St. in Downtown Durham and pick up the Official Durham Visitor & Relocation Guide.