don’t miss relish craft kitchen & bourbon bar’s2nd annual mac & cheese throwdown for hope on september 17th. photo by @raleighfoodpics

don’t miss relish craft kitchen & bourbon bar’s2nd annual mac & cheese throwdown for hope on september 17th. photo by @raleighfoodpics

Loosen Your Belts

Raleigh Triangle Restaurant News

By Sean Lennard, Triangle Food Guy,

Heirloom Brewshop, a specialty coffee shop, premium tea house and sake bar, will be opening their first location at The Dillon in downtown Raleigh. The Dillon is located in the Warehouse District at 223 S. West Street. Look for Heirloom to open in the summer of 2018.

Pickled Onion Restaurant & Bar will closed its current location on Falls of Neuse Road on August 27th and relocate to 10750 Wakefield Commons in Wakefield. Look for them to open in the new location mid-September.

Raleigh Downtown Living Advocates reported that a new BBQ joint called Southern Charred is coming to a spot at 510 Glenwood South. They will offer a NC-style ’que blended with Memphis and Texas influences. This is from the same folks behind Anchor Raleigh, The Milk Bar and Mofu Shoppe. No word yet on an opening date.

We got a little more detail this week on the opening of Morehead City’s HappyCakes Cupcakery in Cary. Reader and Morehead City native Monica Williams tells me that the Cary location will be at the Shoppes at Weston Corners off Chapel Hill Road.

Thanks to the sharp eyes of Barbara Calise we now know that PokeGo. Poke & Noodles is going into the former Yogurt Mountain location on Creedmoor Road (8107 Creedmoor Road) in Raleigh. No other details are available at this time.

The News & Observer brought it to our attention that tickets for Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival are on sale now. Beericana will take place again in Holly Springs on September 9th and will feature 70 breweries and 16 food trucks, and is expected to draw thousands of beer lovers.

On Sunday, September 10th from 2-5pm Raleigh’s Mandolin Restaurant will hold their second annual BBQ Fundraiser to benefit the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. It will be held across the street from Mandolin at the corner of Fairview and Oberlin Road. They will have live music and lots of great food and drink prepared by chef Sean Fowler; the food has graciously been donated by Cheney Bros. food distributors, Topo distillery, Locals Seafood, Videri Chocolate, Neuse River Brewing, Lynnwood Brewing, and Mandolin Sauces.

Also on September 10th, the Leonard-Mobley Small Farm Fund will host their 4th Annual Dinner in the Meadow benefit hosted by WUNC’s Frank Stasio, featuring dishes prepared by Triangle area and regional chefs. Held in Franklin County, the dinner is $100 per person. Visit their website to see the amazing list of chefs and menus.

Relish Craft Kitchen & Bourbon Bar will host their 2nd Annual Mac & Cheese Throwdown for Hope on Sunday, September 17th from 6-9pm. Benefiting the Hope Center at Pullen, the event features chefs from around the Triangle showing off their “mac and cheese” talent. They will have a bartender competition as well. Tickets in advance
are $25.

Mix 101.5 will host their Savor the Triangle event on Wednesday, September 20th to benefit the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. It will be held from 6-9pm at the Kerr Scott Building at the NC State Fairgrounds. Over
20 restaurants (so far)
are participating.

Pittsboro’s annual PepperFest will be held on Sunday, September 24th this year at The Great Meadow Park at Briar Chapel. PepperFest is a celebration of local food made by local chefs and food artisans, featuring 40 different kinds of locally-grown peppers prepared in hundreds of creative ways.

And on October 12th, the local chapter of the March of Dimes will bring back their Signature Chefs Auction. The gathering of talented chefs from around the Triangle will be held at The Garden on Millbrook beginning at 6:30pm. A full list of chefs will be released soon.

Sean Lennard runs his own online corporate catering business, Triangle Food Guy, serving the entire Triangle for any size event. Tapping into local restaurant partners, he is your one-stop order for any type of food or foods you want. Read and subscribe at for full weekly reports with links.