Summer is the season when sharing a meal with company feels most relaxing and almost necessary. And you're never late: Once the fireflies start blinking, you know it's suppertime.
On Thursday, June 14, Chapel Hill Creamery (chapelhillcreamery.com) hosts a family-style farm dinner in the casual atmosphere of Foster's Market (fostersmarket.com) in Chapel Hill. At $25 per person, the dinner includes hors d'oeurves and a three-course menu focused on hand-crafted, artisan cheeses and whey-fed pork from Chapel Hill Creamery. Wine pairings are an additional $12. Portia McKnight and Flo Hawley of the creamery will also give a talk on their cheese-making. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. For reservations, call 919-967-3663.
Daylight Magazine (daylightmagazine.org) and Panciuto (panciuto.com) launch their outdoor Single Source Supper series in Hillsborough on Friday, June 15, at a reduced cost of $80. The all-inclusive ticket provides a meal with food grown by John Soehner and Cindy Econopouly of Eco Farm and prepared by Panciuto chef and James Beard semifinalist Aaron Vandemark, plus local beer and wine, live music and a series of short film screenings. Attendees will also receive a copy of Daylight Magazine Issue #7: Agriculture. The 7–10 p.m. event seats 50 and requires a reservation; call 919-732-6261.
Fullsteam (fullsteam.ag) regularly hosts Olde Timey Funday every Sunday, with live music and barbecue. This Sunday, June 17, the brewery teams up with the Virginia Wine Board to host a Neighbor to the North Funday. North Carolina beer will be served alongside Virginia wines from eight vineyards. A bonus to keep the blood alcohol content in check: farmer-prepared lamb from Border Springs Farms and fresh oysters from Rappahannock River Oysters. Tickets are $9 for six wine samples and three plates of food or $14 for an unlimited selection. A souvenir wine glass is included. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For reservations, visit nttn.eventbrite.com.
Tour de Fat, a bicycle-themed countrywide tour sponsored by New Belgium Brewing (www.newbelgium.com), returns to Durham on Saturday, June 23, for the second year in a row. The first ride starts at American Tobacco at 10 a.m., and there's a free celebration at 11 a.m. Homemade bicycles are a riot to test out on the lawn, with free-flowing beer and local food making the rounds. The tour benefits the cycling nonprofit North Carolina Active Transportation Alliance.
Two new restaurant openings have the Triangle abuzz. After much anticipation by local food blogs, Lilly's Pizza (lillyspizza.com), the legendary pizza joint in Raleigh's Five Points, finally opened a second location last week in the former Pop's spot at 810 W. Peabody St. in Durham. And in Carrboro, the former Fleet Feet store at Carr Mill has transformed into Venable Rotisserie Bistro (venablebistro.com). Racks of running shoes have been replaced by a slow-turning chicken rotisserie in a revamped restaurant space with a farm-to-table focus. Chef and owner Drew Moore is locally known for being the Federal's first chef and manning the kitchen at Il Palio and Tyler's Taproom.
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