Loosen Your Belts

Western Wake Restaurant News

By Sean Lennard Triangle Food Guy, trianglefoodblog.com

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That whole Amazon thing held up the opening of the new Whole Foods in west Cary. But what matters most (to me) is that it put a hold on the opening of the full-scale La Farm Bakery inside that Whole Foods! But the wait is over: November 7th is the date when La Farm Bakery and Cafe will open.

Also in Cary, the new Outback Steakhouse on Walnut Street has opened.

And down in Holly Springs we finally have an opening, after a series of back-to-back changes, at the 5217 Sunset Lake Road address. A quick recap: Ricci’s closed and the space became Springs Pizza & Wings, which closed to become Sunset Lake Bistro, which actually never opened. But now we can happily report that Cristo’s Bistro & Pizza, which has a sister location in Raleigh’s Quail Corners Shopping Center (Cristo’s NY Style Pizza), has now opened!

You can set your calendar for November 4th, when the 5th annual Salt & Smoke Festival, led by Chef Kevin Callaghan and his team from Acme, will capture a perfect autumn day in the South with bluegrass, whole hog barbecue, oysters on the half shell, and local drinks – so many rich traditions rolled into one singular and spectacular celebration at Rock Quarry Farm. This is a “don’t miss” event.

And then on November 5th plan for the 27th annual A Tasteful Affair. This event will be held at The Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium, where an estimated 500 guests will enjoy delicious samples from more than two dozen of the area’s best restaurants, catering companies, beverage purveyors, and food trucks – all to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill.

Mid-month you can reap the spoils of competition when top Triangle chefs compete to be named Soup-erior Chef at Urban Ministries of Wake County’s annual Stone Soup Supper, on Wednesday, November 15th, at the NCSU McKimmon Center. Funds raised from the event will be used to feed, shelter, and provide healthcare to low-income individuals living in Wake County. Guests receive unlimited bowls of specially crafted soup from more than a dozen chefs, plus one piece of artisan pottery, hand-crafted by the Triangle Potters Guild.

Mattie Beason of Black Twig Cider House will host TxotxFest on November 18th from noon to 4 pm. TxotxFest returns for a second year, offering award-winning regional and national ciders, with North Carolina cuisine, and the txotx – a traditional Spanish cider barrel. This year, Beason will kick off TxotxFest on November 17th with a prix fixe five-course cider-paired dinner ($50) at Black Twig Cider House, featuring Asheville’s Chef Steven Goff of Brinehaus Meat & Provisions and ciders from Noble Cider, Urban Orchard, Appalachian Mountain, and James Creek.


Pay It Forward with Food

Our friends at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina will be holding a Students Against Hunger food drive from October through December for schools in the area. Participants in the Students Against Hunger campaign collect food and funds from October 2nd through December 2nd. Competing schools must deliver their donations to their warehouse by noon on Saturday, December 2nd. There are lots of creative ways for your child’s school to participate.
To register your child’s school, visit FoodBankCENC.org.