The mirror-backed bookshelves at The Crunkleton (320 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, 969-1125, www.thecrunkleton.com) hold more than 300 bottles of distilled spirits, but the bar still makes room for a book or two, not to mention a lecture series. At 7 p.m. on April 7, bring your notebook to the bar and follow Dale DeGroff through "The Social History of the Martini." DeGroff is the recipient of the 2009 James Beard Award for Wine and Spirits and the man recognized for kick-starting an international cocktail renaissance. He will mix five variations on the classic cocktail, from its inception in the late 1800s to some of its current interpretations.
Canapés will accompany each drink, and three original members of the Firehouse Rhythm Kings will play jazz throughout the evening. Bar owner Gary Crunkleton says DeGroff will be the star of the event. "The big deal will be listening to Dale give his spiel," he says. "The guy has so much experience, he's probably forgotten more about mixing drinks than any of us will ever know." Tickets are $75 each. Call 265-9413 to reserve.
A number of Triangle restaurants are moving next month. Shifting a few doors east from its current spot in the Courtyard of Chapel Hill is Sandwhich, an artisan sandwich hub. At its new location in the former Patio Loco building (407 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, 929-2114, www.sandwhich.biz), the restaurant will serve much more than its namesake. Expect classic sandwiches alongside entrée and brunch offerings.
Time Out (133 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, 929-2425, www.time-outrestaurants.com) is expanding its business to include a location at 3001 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. "At my age it's kind of stupid, I guess," says owner Eddie Williams of his decision to open a new branch. After 32 years, the Franklin Street store is a UNC institution. At the same time, he feels that the restaurant's "university concept" (which includes chicken and cheddar biscuits or fried chicken 24 hours a day, 365 days a year) will make the place a late-night fixture near the N.C. State campus.
Miss Taffy's Cheesecakes has already settled into a retail space at Six String Cafe and Music Hall (1040 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh, 418-8161, www.misstaffyscheesecakes.com). For the past year, Cathy Wood operated the business out of her home, where she filled custom orders only. Customers can still order custom cakes through the business' Web site. Miss Taffy's placement at Six String will allow visitors to enjoy cheesecake by the slice.
Drag out your picnic basket and head to Elodie Farms (9522 Hampton Road, Rougemont, www.elodiefarms.com) between 2 and 5 p.m. on March 27 for Durham Central Market's first Family Farm Day. Dave Artigues, the farm's owner, will offer 45-minute tours to be followed by tastings of Elodie Farms cheeses, Benjamin Vineyards wines and Dolly Mama chocolates. Admission is $10 for adults 21 and older, $5 for those under 21 and free for children 3 years and under.
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