The makers of my favorite raspberry scones are heading off into retirement. But, wait, there will still be raspberry scones! How can this be? Divine intervention? Nah, just a business transaction. Bob and Joan Krueger, proprietors of Great Harvest Bread Co. (229 S. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill, 932-1112, freshbakedbread.com) have sold the business to new owners, Martin and Rebecca McCorkle. The McCorkles have trained at both the corporate office and the local store, Bob Krueger says, and both couples want a smooth transition for customers. So there will be scones, still, and all kinds of yummy bread, but, alas, no more silly puns from Bob, like "We knead your dough."
There are two other Triangle locations of Great Harvest (with different owners): 1220 N.W. Maynard Road in Cary (460-8158) and 8801-119 Lead Mine Road in Raleigh (845-8122).
Even though its formal campaign ended in June, we're all still grooving on the whole Eat Local (www.eatlocaltriangle.org) thing, right? But, we might need a boost. Local chef Sheri Castle will help us keep up the momentum with her class "Local Fare with Flair." The class, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Whole Foods Raleigh store (3540 Wade Ave., 828-5805, www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/calendars/RAL.html) will feature "generous recipe samplings and a wine pairing" of local, seasonal produce and locally raised meat. Cost is $20, and registration is required. Check out Castle's full class schedule at www.sheri-inc.com. She teaches at several places and offers custom classes.
A very big, Triangle-wide welcome to the new brew guys in town, Rick the Brewer and Andy the Bloke. Hailing most recently from Connecticut, the guys (whose real names are Rick Tufts and Andy Miller) have come south to open Triangle Brewing Company (918 Pearl Street, Durham, 683-BEER, www.trianglebrewery.com). But before you head over to pass on our mutual thanks for bringing us locally made "well balanced, full-flavored, yet highly drinkable Belgian and American style ales," be aware that their location is a brewery, not a storefront. However, their first creations are available at several locations, including Carolina Ale House in Raleigh's Brier Creek; Satisfaction and Tyler's Taproom in Durham and The Spotted Dog in Carrboro. See their Web site for a complete list.
This weekend, the Southern Foodways Alliance (www.southernfoodways.com) brings a collection of culinary experts and adventurers to Chapel Hill. In honor of SFA, the Carrboro Farmers' Market will feature Southern fare in its annual "Chefs Who Shop the Carrboro Farmers' Market" event. Chefs from Jujube, ACME, Elaine's on Franklin, The Barbecue Joint, Lantern and Watts Grocery will showcase what's in season in early September—all for tasting, of course. Recipes will be available at the event and online at carrborofarmersmarket.com. (For more on the Southern Foodways Alliance, see "Cliff's: The place for meat.")
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