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N.C. Symphony Pub Series begins with afterglow

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While most folks are looking ahead to upcoming holidays and festivities—I spotted at least one plastic Santa sitting beside a jack-o-lantern last month—one Triangle group is looking back for inspiration. On Nov. 22, members of the North Carolina Symphony (www.ncsymphony.org) will perform at an Oktoberfest afterglow party at Humble Pie in Raleigh (317 S. Harrington St., www.humblepierestaurant.com, 829-9222) for the first concert in the symphony's third annual Pub Series. The series is designed to connect symphony musicians and locals in a setting less formal than a concert hall.

The dinner at Humble Pie will begin at 6 p.m. Jeannie Mellinger, director of communications for the symphony, says a local beer expert will offer information about the German beers that Humble Pie will serve that evening. Starting at 8 p.m., a horn quartet composed of symphony members Christopher Caudill, Michael Hrivnak, Rachel Niketopoulos and Kimberly Van Pelt will perform tunes by Kerry Turner and Eugene Bozza, in addition to a number of traditional German songs.

Tickets for the dinner and musical event are $60 and can be reserved in advance by calling 733-2750 or visiting www.ncsymphony.org/pub. A series package is also available for $150, and includes admission to the Humble Pie Concert, as well as a performance at Irregardless Cafe (901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh, www.irregardless.com, 833-8898) on Jan. 16 and at Buku (110 E. Davie St., Raleigh, www.bukuraleigh.com, 834-6964) on May 16.

Glancing ahead, vegetarians in the Triangle and beyond should make reservations now for the Triangle Vegetarian Society's Annual Vegetarian Thanksgiving on Nov. 25 (www.trianglevegsociety.org). The meal will be served during the day at Parizäde (2200 W. Main St., No. B100, Durham, www.parizade-ghg.com, 286-9712) and in the evening at Spice Street (201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, www.spicestreetchapelhill.com, 928-8200).

According to Dilip Barman, president of the Triangle Vegetarian Society, the vegetarian dinner is the largest event of its kind in the nation. Last year, the event drew a crowd of 640 during the day and 148 in the evening, with diners coming from around the country. Since the Triangle Vegetarian Society began accepting reservations on Nov. 5, most of the seven daytime seatings have been filled. Seats for the 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. dinners at Spice Street remain and can be reserved online at the group's website, where the lunch and dinner menus are also available for viewing. Tickets to the meal are $23 for current Triangle Vegetarian Society members, $26.50 for nonmembers, $7 for children 5–10 and free for those under 5.

For nonholiday-related dining, check out Only Burger—Durham's famed food truck—in its new brick-and-mortar location at 3710 Shannon Road, Suite 118 (www.durhamcatering.com/onlyburger, 937-9377). The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. (8 p.m. on Sundays). Also in the Hope Valley Square shopping center, be on the lookout for two new eateries. Signs hang in two storefront windows advertising Tutti Fruitti, a frozen yogurt business, and Bull Street Gourmet and Market.

Know about a fun food happening in the Triangle? Send it to Now Serving at food@indyweek.com.

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