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22 What We’re Eating 24 Chef’s Table 26 Carolina on Our Mind 30

Wellness Lennie and Dianne Rosenbluth spread the word about the prevention and management of osteoarthritis in recognition of National Arthritis Awareness Month in May

34 Noted THE WOMEN’S ISSUE 52 Lorie Clark 54 Celisa Lehew 55 Caroline Zarzar 56 Bailey Pons 58 Jennifer Ho 60 Katie Loovis 62 Jess Anderson 63 Jan Davis 64 Moreton Neal, Nancie McDermott, Keebe Fitch, Spring Council and Sharon Van Vechten 66 Rhonda K. Lanning FEATURES 8 In Memoriam

Bob Nutter In Memoriam Fred Battle 10

Into the Wild We chat with East Chapel Hill High School grad Sanni McCandless about appearing in the Oscarwinning documentary “Free Solo” and falling in love with climbing 28

In Harmony Chapel Hill Piano Salon provides a local venue to hear premier talent 42

In Full Bloom Put some spring in your step next time you go out 48

78 What We Love About Living In … Fearrington Village 94 Chapel Hill Champion State Rep. Graig Meyer 99 Dining Guide 103 Joyous Cooking: Cream of Spinach Soup 111 Engagement Katy Bales & Monica Zimmerman 112 Wedding Julie Crimmins & Jim Hilbert BUSINESS SECTION 36 Biz Briefs 38 Community Leaders Breakfast 40 A New Kind of Shack With Al’s Pub Shack, Al Bowers hopes to add a neighborhood feel to his burger enterprise PEOPLE & PLACES 16 Chapel Hill High School Hit-A-Thon 18 Dr. Timothy A. Turvey Gala Program 19 Student Choice Program at Carrboro High School 20 The Chapel Hill Nine 21 LightUp Festival



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501 to photograph and interview some of the founding members of Les Dames d’Escoffier North Carolina, a group of women in the food, beverage and hospitality industry. Around a table at The Belted Goat, we met Moreton Neal, Nancie McDermott, Keebe Fitch, Spring Council and Sharon Van Vechten. Our conversation moved from small talk to recipes to the group’s recent fundraiser, until Moreton posed a more provocative topic for the table: “Do you think women face the same kind of discrimination now that they did 10 or 15 years ago, or are we beyond that?” Sharon replied, “If you talk to people who have cooked in kitchens all over, people put up with [harassment in the kitchen]. But I think it drove a lot of people out of the business, too. I think now there’s really a voice out there for treating women in the kitchen with respect and as equals because they have equal credentials, equal talents, equal ability, equal work ethic.” Progress, she said, was “getting things out in the light and having it addressed as an industry problem.” Spring’s mother, Mama Dip, sometimes found kitchen help with prisoners on work release, a unique dynamic, she said, with universal lessons. “You really have to be tough because [some men] will pretty much try to [intimidate] you or let you know, ‘No, you can’t tell me what to do.’ I would walk in the kitchen, and they would just stick out their chests. And as I was thinking to myself, ‘Maybe that’s what they do in a prison yard.’ One day I came in and said, ‘I see you sticking out your chest. That doesn’t bother me not one bit.’ And then he stopped doing it.” Where and how women find empowerment has always been at the heart of our annual Women’s Issue. This month, in our sixth edition, we meet 14 women who, including the Dames, have seen setbacks and success. One theme that recurs time and again is that women thrive when they stick together. As Nancie said, “You know, there’s the old boys network. We’re the big girls network.” CHM


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Ro b e r t Nu tte r September 20, 1928 - March 8, 2019

ob Nutter grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Maine and had a knack for farmwork. He “liked everything about it.” But in 1962, when he was 33, it snowed 42 inches from Christmas to New Year’s. He told his father there was a better place to be in the dairy business and moved his family to Hillsborough, establishing Maple View Farm. In 1996, Bob realized that milk prices were so low that the only way to survive as a farm was to start doing their own bottling. He sold a chunk of the land and built a plant that would bottle Maple View’s milk in what has become their signature glass containers. The creative spirit that envisioned the bottling plant has kept Maple View growing and evolving for decades. In 2001, contemplating what could be done with the surplus cream they had from their best-selling skim milk, Bob hatched a plan with his daughter, Muffin. “I said to her, ‘Don’t you think we could make some ice cream?’” he told us in 2016. “And she thought about it a minute, and she said, ‘Yeah, we could!’ We went up to Penn State, and there was a man there who did ice cream tours, so I got him to draw us a plan.” In the years since, Bob grew Maple View Farm into more than just a place to get a scoop or two of a favorite flavor. Kids run on the grounds, grandparents rock on the porch, and everyone enjoys the view. It’s an experience, or as he put it, “just a chance to get out into the country.” Adapted from “The Man Behind Chapel Hill’s Iconic Ice Cream” by Virginia Robinson, May/June 2016 issue of Chapel Hill Magazine. CHM 8

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University Kia and Meals on Wheels Chapel Hill-Carrboro Join Forces University Auto Group has been serving the Triangle for over 30 years. Since inception, University Kia has made its mission to provide outstanding customer service and to create a one-of-a-kind car buying experience. In an industry that is ever-changing, University Kia remains committed to its customers, staff, and communities it serves. University Kia and Meals on Wheels Chapel HillCarrboro have joined forces to help feed the elderly and homebound in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area. With the generous donation of a New 2019 Kia Soul by University Kia, Meals on Wheels Chapel Hill-Carrboro will be able to continue to provide hot, nutritious meals and personal visits to more than 180 recipients in the Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and southern Orange County areas who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. “We are so grateful for University Kia’s partnership and their generous donation of a KIA Soul. CHCMOW is dependent on our amazing army of volunteers and our giving community to be able to bring food and a human connection to the elderly and homebound. With this donation University KIA is helping to not only bring attention to often isolated and forgotten members of our community but joy and recognition to our volunteers.” said Rachel Sobel Bearman, Executive Director, Meals on Wheels Chapel Hill-Carrboro.

University Kia, previously located in the heart of Durham, has moved to a new location closer to the Chapel Hill area. “With our store moving closer to Chapel Hill, we decided to partner with Meals on Wheels. We were able to donate the New 2019 Kia Soul to the program and we even had it custom vinyl wrapped so that it would stand out when people see it on the street. We are hoping that this raises awareness for the good that Meals on Wheels is doing for the Chapel Hill and Carrboro communities. We also could not have done this venture without the help of WCHL radio in Chapel Hill, which is promoting the University Kia Meals on Wheels Soul.” said University Kia’s General Manager, Aric Swanger. New location: 5105 Durham-Chapel Hill BLVD. Durham, NC 27707 For more information on Meals on Wheels Chapel HillCarrboro or to volunteer, please visit For more information on University Kia, please visit


Fred Batt le

red, who refused to leave a whitesonly lunch counter in Greensboro in 1963 and was taken to jail because of it; who helped create Hargraves Community Center; and who was a fixture in Chapel Hill from his days as a football star at Lincoln High School, died on April 1 at age 75. Two weeks later, Chapel Hill named a day after him. “We the Chapel Hill Town Council,” read an official proclamation, “declare April 17, 2019 to be Fred Battle Day.” Fred helped establish the Chapel HillCarrboro chapter of the NAACP and for years led Hargraves, the first recreation center for African Americans in Chapel Hill. He served on the school board and helped mentor countless young people, encouraging them to participate in local government and to attend town council meetings. He was among thousands of civil rights demonstrators arrested in the early ’60s, helping to desegregate the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, where he was attending college. Those demonstrations led to similar waves in Chapel Hill, where he returned to demonstrate again and, eventually, helped desegregate his hometown’s lunch counters and dining rooms. Likewise as leader of Hargraves, Fred was a consistent source of dependability, Nate Davis, one of his best friends and a fellow Hargraves leader, told Chapel Hill Magazine for an article in March. “Fred,” Nate told us, treated the “kids there like they were his own. [He] had a 1968 Buick Skylark, and every kid in Chapel Hill drove it on dates and errands. All he had to say was, ‘Mr. Battle, can we borrow your car?’” “When Fred became superintendent of programs for [the town’s] Parks and Recreation,” the article continued, Nate said he “learned a lot from Fred. He was someone who always cared about the young 10

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people and the community and helping people. It didn’t matter if they were in trouble. If it was about school, family, anything, he was there.” In a 2013 interview with WUNC, Fred spoke of his arrests during the civil rights protests, articulating both his place as part of a larger movement and his role in shaping the community. In the 1963 sit-ins, he said, “people were willing to go to jail for it. And as a result, you know, we filled up the jails. And they had to make added spaces for us in abandoned rest homes and stuff like that in order for us to get arrested.” The movement had gotten too big, he said, and he was a part of it. Greensboro and Chapel Hill, he said, “didn’t have” enough room “to house us.” And on April 17, the town that once pushed him to the back of its buses and to the balconies of its theaters, thanked him for his service. “The Chapel Hill Town Council wishes to express our deepest gratitude for his leadership, commitment and service to our community,” the proclamation said, and urges “everyone to follow his example.” CHM

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Bloom Fest Spring will be in full bloom during this arts, performance and floral festival at 140 West Plaza. Highlights include Blawesome’s 20-foot Carolina-themed floral archway, a live monarch butterfly garden, a performance from Paperhand Puppet Intervention and an exhibit of themed miniature gardens.


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Gala Brunch at Moorefields

Freight Train Blues Music Series Join the Music Maker Relief Foundation for free performances from blues, gospel and folk musicians select Fridays at Carrboro Town Commons. AJ Ghent, Chatham Rabbits, Alexa Rose, Eastern NC Gospel Jubilee, Cool John Ferguson, Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen and Cookie McGee round out the lineup.


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Enjoy an afternoon at Moorefields, the 1785 summer home of Supreme Court Justice Alfred Moore, with a buffet brunch and mimosas on the lawn provided by Southern Harvest Catering Company, live music by The JazzTones, house and ground tours and classic lawn games.

Annual North Carolina Symphony Pops Concert The renowned North Carolina Symphony JUNE performs under musical director Grant Llewellyn at Southern Village. Picnics on the Village Green are encouraged.


Dining For Others This year, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels hosts its annual silent and live auctions and Mediterranean Deli catered dinner on the Southern Village Green. Funds from this event will support the nonprofit’s mission to provide hot, balanced meals to people in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and southern Orange County.



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This family-friendly event put on by La Leche League features bounce houses, food trucks, crafts for kids and live music from America’s Got Talent contestant Adam Lee Decker at Carrboro Town Commons.

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Chapel Hill High School Hit-A-Thon In March, the varsity and junior varsity baseball teams at Chapel Hill High School hosted their second annual Hit-A-Thon, which gave supporters and younger baseball enthusiasts a chance to enjoy the fields and meet the players and coaches. The teams held a hitting contest as well as raffles to raise money to benefit the baseball programs and facilities. Tiger, the mascot, gave high-fives, and players from both teams helped with pitching, gathering balls in the outfield and encouraging the kids. Bryan Tuck, who took the head coach position this year, also met the kids who were participating and supported them during the contest. “We’re coming out with a lot of momentum this year,” he says. “I’m excited to build on what’s been built already.” Photography by Cara Siliakus



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Dr. Timothy A. Turvey Gala Program Dr. Timothy A. Turvey, former chair of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry and UNC Hospitals, was honored in March for his more than 40 years of service. Some 220 local, state and international representatives attended the evening celebration with awards and a light roast at The Carolina Inn, where he was recognized by friends, colleagues and family members. Dr. Turvey was surprised with an induction into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest honor bestowed by the governor of North Carolina. Photography by Alexandrea Lassiter DTownPerspective

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The Chapel Hill Nine On Feb. 28, the Town of Chapel Hill dedicated a historical marker outside the West End Wine Bar, the former site of Colonial Drug Store, to honor the Chapel Hill Nine. On Feb. 28, 1960, the nine young men from Chapel Hill’s all-black Lincoln High School, inspired by a sit-in at Woolworth’s in Greensboro, went to Colonial Drug and sat at the whites-only counter. They refused to move and were arrested. Their sit-in helped spark similar civil rights protests in Chapel Hill. Four of the surviving members attended the dedication ceremony, which was arranged by a task force created by Mayor Pam Hemminger to study Chapel Hill’s civil rights history. Photography by Mark Losey/ Town of Chapel Hill

1 The Rev. Albert Williams, James Merritt, David Mason, Jr. and Clyde Douglas Perry, the four surviving members of the Chapel Hill Nine.

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2 Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger with former Chapel Hill Mayor Kenneth Broun, who is a member of the civil rights history task force. 3 Prince Taylor.





LightUp In February, hundreds of people crowded 140 West Plaza and Carolina Square for the third annual Chapel Hill LightUp festival. The Sunday afternoon event included DIY arts and crafts, dragon dance and tai chi workshops, food tents selling authentic Chinese food, and more than 50 indoor and outdoor performances from local groups including the Chapel Hill Chinese Folk Dance Club, Chinese School at Chapel Hill and North Carolina Chinese Opera Society. Photography by Wenjin Yu

1 Dragon dance performance by Chinese School at Chapel Hill Dragon Dance Team led by Yu Lou. 2 Lisa Huang of Qipao Association of North Carolina, Qi Rui of NC Chinese Opera Society with Chapel Hill Town Council members Hongbin Gu and Allen Buansi. 3 Qipao fashion show by the Qipao Association of North Carolina led by Lisa Huang.



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WHAT WE’RE E AT I N G ➾ NEWS BITES NOW OPEN Don Rotisserie Chicken opened in the former Monterrey Mexican Restaurant location on 237 S. Elliott Rd. in March. Chef Brandon Sharp’s Hawthorne & Wood opened in April in East 54. Cindy and Dave Somasunderam opened Blue Spoon Microcreamery in the former Sugarland spot on East Franklin Street in April. RELOCATED In March, Mexican restaurant Pueblo Viejo moved across Churton Street and into the former Jimmy’s Famous Hot Dogs spot. COMING SOON Peño Mediterranean Grill will replace Tama Cafe on East Franklin Street that closed at the beginning of this year.

wish you could have tried Vimala Rajendran’s Seminole pumpkin erisheri at a food festival I attended in Raleigh in March. Her contribution to the menu at Brown in the South and the Holi Grail featured field peas over Kerala hand-milled rice, topped with a roasted coconut-shallot tadka. I definitely went back for seconds. The afternoon brought together 10 critically acclaimed Southern chefs of Indian descent from restaurants as far away as Nashville and Atlanta. I left the festival full and even more grateful that Vimala has called Chapel Hill home since 1985 and that we can all enjoy her cooking closer to home. And when I say all, I mean all – Vimala’s motto is “Vimala cooks, everyone eats.” No one is turned away at her restaurant for lack of funds. When I stopped by Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe for chicken curry not long after, a donation jar for this very purpose sat next to the register, confirmation that her heart’s as big as her talent. Lunch portion of chicken curry, $9, with garlic naan, $3.50 – Jessica Stringer VIMALA’S CURRYBLOSSOM CAFE 431 W. Franklin St., Ste. 16, Chapel Hill 22

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SAVOR THE DATE 2019 Grand Taste Experience June 27, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Spend the evening at the Durham Armory with hundreds of guests savoring dishes created by 30+ of the best chefs and artisans in the area. This “culinary experience of the year” will feature craft spirits and beer with an emphasis on wine in the Wine Garden. Taste 2019: Let There Be Brunch! June 30, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. At Clouds Brewing, enjoy brunch with sweet and savory food stations by five local chefs – plus, a Bloody Mary Bar with other daytime cocktail options and locally crafted beer selections.

Durham’s The Mad Hatter’s Café & Bakeshop is expected to open this summer on UNC’s South Campus outside of the Beach Café between the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Hospitals. Epilogue, an independent bookstore and Spanish-style chocolatería, is expected to open in July in the former FRANK Gallery location on East Franklin Street. Steel String Brewery announced plans in April to build Pluck Farms: a production brewery, working farm, festival site, culinary pop-up venue and disc golf course seated on 57 acres of farmland 10 miles west of their current brewery in Carrboro. Slated for completion this winter, the 6,000-squarefoot production brewery will double the annual production of Steel String’s current capacity. CLOSED Cuban Revolution closed in March after two and a half years of operation on West Franklin Street. LaPlace Louisiana Cookery closed on April 8 after five years of business in downtown Hillsborough. After some renovations, the space will reopen as James Pharmacy and specialize in seafood. CHM






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forgiving, but it depends on how much I am paying. The more I’m paying, the more critical I am. I am always checking out brands of plates, glassware and silverware. I also love studying restaurant and kitchen design. It is fascinating how much design and layout can affect guest experience, efficiency and productivity.

with the food, it’s not as much of a deal breaker as poor hospitality. Being in the industry, I understand how hard it is to deliver a top-notch guest experience on a consistent basis. That being said, it’s hard to take my ‘operator hat’ off when I go out. I’m always looking at the details – light bulbs, paint, cleanliness, culture of the restaurant (staff), management presence, execution of the food, etc. At the end of the day, however, when I go out, it’s to spend quality time and engage with my dining companions. Going out to eat should be fun after all!

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When I’m sitting there

I know how hard people

work in kitchens, and I know that most of the time we’re all striving for perfection. But we’re only human, and sometimes we make mistakes. When I’m at a table in a restaurant, I pay special attention to the quality of the ingredients, the plating, the diversity of textures and colors in the food, the aromas and the quality of service. I know how much attention goes into the details, and I think it’s right that we pay attention to them.

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at a table in a restaurant where something might be going wrong, I’m wondering if I could jump in the kitchen and help them out in any way, including washing the dishes! I never have, but it always crosses my mind. I like to think I’m very forgiving because I know I’ve made mistakes in the past. The thing I notice the most is the server’s knowledge of the food and drinks. It always makes my day when the person serving me my meal is as excited as I am to be there. That very often will make a good meal great!

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What’s Give Kids A Smile? Community service is part of the culture here at the school of dentistry. Give Kids A Smile is a national program, and the event occurs on the first Friday of February. Children are brought into dental offices – including the school of dentistry – and provided free examinations, cleanings and preventative services. If treatments are necessary, they get treatment, too. If there’s a significant need, they will be brought back for completing that treatment. We usually work with the Head Start programs in Durham for the A UNC Adams School of Dentistry student provides care to a child during project. The program’s been going Give Kids a Smile in February. on [at least] since I’ve been here at UNC [July 2013]. That’s a major program targeting children who don’t have a dental home. What about DEAH DAY? What’s the energy like that day? It’s a celebration that started after [second-year Yeah, the vibe is great. What’s really interesting here at the school is we work dental student Deah Shaddy Barakat, and his with other schools – the school of nursing, the school of public health, the wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and her school of medicine. They all have areas where the kids can learn – the kids sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salhaand] died. are running around all of these exhibits in the atrium area, and then they’re [The dental] school cancels classes that day and escorted up to the clinics where they receive their treatment. There’s the students, faculty and staff volunteer at a variety tooth fairy wandering around; there are stories being read. It’s a fun day. of community service areas in the Triangle. It’s And it takes the fear out of going to a dentist. One of the stations [shows] pretty amazing. They serve meals. They provide what’s it like to be a dentist, so there’s a dental chair there. There’s a giant supplies. They teach health instruction in stuffed animal with teeth, and the kids put on gloves and masks and gowns. schools, plant crops, purchase food and donate Then they examine the teeth of the stuffed animal. So it really makes them it. It’s about 1,200 hours provided by our think, “Perhaps, I could do this when I grow up.” students on that day. 26

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dean for community engagement and outreach at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry, about the service-minded students.

In February, UNC Adams School of Dentistry announced the largest ever single donation – $27.68 million – from the estate of Dr. Claude A. Adams III of Durham. “This is truly a transformative gift that changes everything for us – for our students, for our staff, for our faculty, for our alumni,” Dean Scott De Rossi said. “We have the best dental school in the world, and now, with this gift, we’ll be able to move beyond excellence.” SAVE THE DATE Cheer on the Tar Heels at Boshamer Stadium for their series against the Wolfpack May 16-18. Discover new talent at the Commons Festival, an initiative by Carolina Performing Arts to lift up art relevant to this time, place and community. The artist residency will begin May 7 and will culminate in a three-day festival at CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio from May 30 to June 1. – Ellie Glass

So DEAH DAY is not necessarily limited to dentalrelated volunteering? No, far from it. They could go to CORA, to Habitat for Humanity, any volunteer program where they can. They make cards for kids that are hospitalized. They go to the Ronald McDonald House. They’re just all over the Triangle area. Tell me about the clinics where students volunteer. There’s the Samaritan Health Center – the patients that are seen there are primarily homeless folks. Students volunteer on a weekly basis to go there and provide care under the supervision of a faculty member. There’s the CAARE Clinic in downtown Durham targeting primarily African American populations. There’s the VIDAS clinic in Siler City, which targets the Hispanic population. Again, it’s a voluntary program. Students go there and provide care under the supervision of a faculty member. There’s also Wake Smiles, a volunteer program in Raleigh. Is there a volunteer requirement being in the school of dentistry? As I said, there’s a culture, a commitment to service here, and that’s just part of who we are. It’s in our mission to provide care to all folks. When you come here, you kind of know that’s part of being a UNC Adams School of Dentistry student. They go on mission trips during the summer all over the world. The only requirement that they have is the summer between the third and fourth year, we have a program [where] students are required to spend eight weeks in local health departments, federally qualified health centers, correctional facilities and VA hospitals providing care under the guidance of an adjunct faculty member. That’s a requirement. In this part of the state, they go to Piedmont Health. They have a federally qualified health center with offices in Moncure, Prospect Hill, Carrboro and Siler City. They go to the Orange County Health Department and the Wake County Division of Public Health & Clinics, Lincoln Community Health Center in Durham or the women’s prison in Raleigh. CHM

Service and outreach truly cannot be explained; it has to be experienced. For me, volunteering with events such as Give Kids A Smile and DEAH DAY, and at the Student National Dental Association CAARE Clinic in Durham really reinforces why I began this journey in the first place. To be a part of something bigger than myself and to provide care to communities in need. – Michael Davis, Doctor of Dental Surgery candidate 2020

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We chat with East Chapel Hill High School grad Sanni McCandless about appearing in the Oscar-winning documentary “Free Solo” and falling in love with climbing herself

This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity. I’d love to hear about growing up in Chapel Hill. I was born in Washington state and lived there until I was 11. My dad’s work transferred, and we were relocated to North Carolina. I went to Ephesus [Elementary] for half a year, and then I went to Smith Middle School and East Chapel Hill High School. I went to college at UNC. I loved living in North Carolina. It was a really hard decision, actually, to decide to move back to the West Coast, but everyone in my family had already moved back. By the time I graduated in 2014, all my extended family was on the West Coast, and it turned out there was a job opportunity [for me] in Seattle. Any favorite spots in town? [Visiting] Whole Foods/PTA Thrift Store with my mom was definitely a childhood favorite. I love the Weathervane’s brunch. Every time I go to Chapel Hill, I have to go to Southern Season and get Chapel Hill Toffee. I actually have some Chapel Hill Toffee sitting on my desk right now for a rainy day. [Also] Lime & Basil and Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen [for] cinnamon rolls. Were you outdoorsy growing up? My parents were always really outdoorsy, and we did a lot of camping and backpacking trips. When we moved to North Carolina, it was definitely a step back from that way of life. I did do a sea kayaking trip through UNC and would go out to Eno River State Park a lot and hike around there. When I was in college, I was in an a capella group, and I was studying – I just had really different priorities. The second I moved back out west, I got kind of excited about backpacking more. What was your first impression of climbing? [My] older sister, Jaime, was the first person to take me climbing and the first person to take me backcountry skiing. She’s definitely kind of always pushed me in that direction. The first time I went, she just took me to a rope climbing gym in Seattle. I remember really enjoying it. The way that 28

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you move when you climb is really similar to how we play when we’re kids. So when I first learned, it felt really right. And then three or four months before I met [my boyfriend, professional rock climber] Alex [Honnold], I really decided I wanted to start climbing more. I canceled my other memberships, and I decided to start diving into climbing. [That] was almost four years ago. It’s what I love to do and always something I’m thinking about. And definitely something I share with Alex. We obviously climb at really different levels, but I think we both just love the act of climbing. How long was the whole process filming “Free Solo”? [Alex and I] met at the very end of 2015, and that’s probably right around the time that he was signing the contracts with National Geographic. Then he did the climb [the first free solo of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park] June 3, 2017, and then the film was released in September 2018. The film was a huge part of our relationship. It was an ongoing project throughout the course of us meeting, falling in love, and then dating and moving in together. It’s an hour-and-a-half-long film, and there’s probably 15 minutes

of relationship footage. That 15 minutes of relationship footage is about two-and-a-half years of dating condensed.

they felt like they should be living. And that’s what I get to do in my job every day. I love helping people find lifestyles that are more balanced, more driven by whatever it is that they value and love. I get to work with people in a really intimate way. I get to know them, I get to know about their lives, the trials, tribulations, highs, lows, all the good and the bad. It’s a really great career, and it also works really well with my lifestyle – the ability to work on the road, the ability to take phone calls anywhere. – as told to Jessica Stringer CHM

What was the filming like? Did you have any inkling “Free Solo” would get as much acclaim as it did? I definitely didn’t. I was sort of like, “Oh, I’m working on this film project, and so they might be hanging around a bit.” That was the first season, and then slowly they’re hanging around a bit more. By the end of it, they’re in our van – and it’s vérité, so you know – hanging out with us a fair amount of the time. I think everybody was truly amazed and delighted at how well it did. Winning a BAFTA [a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award] and an Oscar was all really exciting for everyone. I know that the filmmakers, when they were making it [said], “We want to create a really good film, we want to make a piece of art.” But I don’t know that anyone predicted just KERASTASE how well it would do. The process was really SHU UEMURA intense. Vérité shooting is really in your L’ORÉAL PROFESSIONAL face. You’re being followed by cameras, and BRAZILIAN BLOWOUT it’s capturing conversations that you maybe ESSIE would have rather had in private. This film crew was also largely made up of fellow EXCITING SPECIALS TO SUIT EVERYONE’S climbers, so a lot of them were our friends HAIR AND NAIL NEEDS! by the end, and we were all pretty close as CALL US FOR MORE DETAILS. a team. It was definitely a little awkward at first. But by the end, we just got used to it. What was it like to attend the Oscars? It’s pretty awe-inspiring – the red carpet and all of the people and just the craziness and people shouting everyone’s names. As far as the actual experience of watching the Oscars, I think Alex and I were both just really impressed at how well produced it was. What question did you get asked the most during award season? The first question most people ask us is, “Are you and Alex still together?” Which we are. Tell me about working with clients through Sanni McCandless Coaching. I love coaching. I studied psychology at UNC, and I kind of always wanted to pursue the coaching path. What I was always interested in when I studied psychology was just helping people lead the lives that they wanted to be living instead of the life that



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s a star of UNC’s 1957 undefeated national championship basketball team, Lennie Rosenbluth was never afraid of big games or big shots. But now, at 87, the Chapel Hill resident’s knees are not a fan of big stadiums. “I think I’m the only member of our team who hasn’t had knee replacement [surgery],” Lennie says. “Even though it takes me a while to climb stairs, I’ll do it. Every home basketball game, every football game.” It’s when the Tar Heels go on the road to bigger venues, Lennie says, that having osteoarthritis – or OA – in both knees makes him think twice about attending. The most common form of arthritis, OA occurs when protective cartilage wears down around the bones. 30

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The pain it produces can be constant and even debilitating. And the supersized stadiums that now host NCAA Final Fours – and their supersized staircases, Lennie says – are not built for those managing OA. “To be honest with you, when you get into one of these real big gyms, superdomes or whatever, if you have to go to the restroom, that’s a lot of stairs,” Lennie says. “At [the 2016 Final Four in] Houston, we were in the second row. We had great seats! But you turn around to go up, and you didn’t see the exit.” Lennie’s wife, Dianne Rosenbluth, also has OA in her hips and knees, so it was a serendipitous encounter in 2016 when the couple met Leigh Callahan, the associate director of the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center, at a basketball-related breakfast hosted by Roy Williams. Leigh asked Lennie and Dianne if they would consider being co-chairs of the center’s Osteoarthritis Action Alliance, the center’s arm for public outreach and education. Both Lennie and Dianne spent full careers as teachers, so the offer to help educate the public on the center’s work felt like a perfect fit. “We talk about when you get older, if you have bad knees, you should try to do whatever you can do,” Lennie says. “Don’t just sit at home – get up and walk, and don’t let it stop you from doing things you used to do.” OA affects almost 30 million adults, most older than 60, and as baby boomers age and obesity rates climb across all populations, that number is expected to surge. By far the most effective treatment, for both prevention and relief, is exercise, which the Alliance promotes through two programs: StandUp2OA and Walk With Ease. StandUp2OA promotes advocacy and awareness, encouraging weight management and physical activity. Walk With Ease is a walking initiative designed for people who have arthritis and are not getting the recommended amount of exercise. The program includes online tracking tools for taking low-impact walks and help finding local walking groups. After two hip replacements and walking on what she calls “half a knee,” Dianne says her OA hits hardest when she wakes up. “It hurts like the devil first thing in the morning,” she says. But she’s learned a trick to make sure pain doesn’t derail her day before it starts. “I put my clothes [out] the night before,” she says. “When you get up, they are looking at you, saying, ‘You need to get yourself up and out.’” After she’s up, Dianne says, she walks their dog, Luke, 1½ miles. She’s also joined UNC’s Walk With a Doc at the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont, a program where a group of walkers can stroll with a physician over a 1-mile course, asking questions about arthritis and health. “People talk to one another, and it goes in no time,” Dianne says. “One morning I found myself walking with a woman I didn’t even know, and we did [the course] again because we enjoyed it!” And Lennie and Dianne still make regular dates to Chapel Hill landmarks.

“Every Friday we go to Sutton’s for breakfast,” Lennie says. “And we go to Top of the Hill on Mondays for Roy

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Williams radio show. We don’t sit at home.” Though UNC basketball has played 62 star-studded seasons since Lennie’s senior year, few players have left as big a mark. A Bronx native, Lennie averaged almost 30 points per game as a senior to lead the team to a 32-0 record, still the most wins without a loss in NCAA history. In the national championship, Lennie and the Tar Heels beat the University of Kansas and its superstar, Wilt Chamberlain, in triple overtime, and he is one of eight players in UNC history to have his jersey retired. He’s also in Israel’s International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and, in the U.S., the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. He was inducted along with the likes of Howard Cosell and Mark Spitz. He sees the campus with different eyes these days. “When I was at UNC, I didn’t know there were any hills,” Lennie says with a laugh. “Now it makes a difference.” But, Dianne says, arthritis won’t stop either of them. “The [phrase] I like to use is ‘embracing it,’” she says. “It’s not gonna beat me.” CHM





In March, Carolina For The Kids hosted its 21st annual UNC Dance Marathon, a 24-hour, no-sleeping, no-sitting fundraiser benefiting patients and families served by UNC Children’s Hospital. The nonprofit organization, which has raised more than $6 million since its inception in 1997, raised $440,955 at this year’s event.

Longtime Chapel Hill resident Peter Guzzardi released his first book, “Emeralds of Oz: Life Lessons from Over the Rainbow,” in May. Working in publishing for more than 40 years, Peter has edited works for prominent figures like Stephen Hawking and Deepak Chopra.

SCHOOL MATTERS Margaret Samuels, chair of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education, announced her

will hang in the Raleigh office of N.C. Rep. David Price. Randy Trumbower, athletic director at East Chapel Hill High School, received

the North Carolina Athletic Directors’ Association Citation Award at the organization’s state conference in March. He previously served as assistant director and head baseball coach. Morris Grove Elementary student Ciaran Murphy won the Best Mannered Teacher essay contest for the Orange County Chapter of The National League of Junior Cotillions.

immediate resignation in March. She served on the board since 2015 and took on the role of chair in January this year.

IN MEMORIAM Margaret’s Cantina founder Margaret Lundy

died at her residence in Phoenix, Arizona, on Feb. 7. She opened the restaurant in 1992 and was a pioneer of the “buy local” movement. After falling ill, Margaret sold the restaurant in 2014 and moved to Arizona in 2016 to be closer to family. Musician Sara Romweber died at UNC Hospitals on March 4. She grew up in Carrboro and began playing the drums at a young age. At age 17, she rose to mainstream recognition with the formation of ’80s-era rock band Let’s Active. Sara and her bandmates released three albums and opened for R.E.M. on tour. She went on to play drums for some of North Carolina’s most popular bands, including Snatches of Pink and the Dex Romweber Duo. Sara reunited with Let’s Active bandmate Mitch Easter for her final performance at Cat’s Cradle in 2014. 34

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In March, UNC opened its new soccer and lacrosse stadium, built on the site of the demolished Fetzer Field. The stadium, which began construction in 2017, features a natural grass field, 4,200 individual seats, a Hall of Honor and a LED video scoreboard. LaToya Lain, assistant professor of voice at

UNC, joins the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of “Porgy and Bess” this fall. Before joining UNC last fall, she served on the voice faculties of Central Michigan University, New York University and Oakwood University. East Chapel Hill High School seniors Jihee Seo and Melissa Ordonez Gonzalez both

won awards at the Fourth District 2019 Congressional Art Competition. Jihee won first place with her painting, “You are Worthy,” which will hang in the U.S. Capitol. Melissa won third place with her digital illustration, “Los Tres Generaciones,” which


He wrote about Michael Butler, his former fifth-grade teacher at Morris Grove. Ciaran, pictured with Orange County Chapter Director Debbie Scully, was recognized for his achievement at the Spring Ball in March.

McDougle Middle School Choirs, along with their director John Benton, have been invited

by the Distinguished Concerts International New York to perform at Carnegie Hall on June 23. The students will perform two song cycles alongside other school choirs under the direction of guest conductor Maestra María Guinand and Venezuelan composer Alberto Grau.



The Raleigh Fine Arts Society awarded the Joyce Wilkins Pope Grand Prize to Carrboro artist Eric Serritella for his ceramic trompe l’oeil sculptural teapot, “Flow.” The award was presented in March during the opening ceremony of the North Carolina Artist Exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh.

Binkley Baptist Church was announced as

one of five winners of Interfaith Power & Light’s Cool Congregations Challenge. The church was awarded $1,000 for its efforts to address climate change and for serving as a model of sustainability.

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The North Carolina Museum of Art hosted its fifth annual Art in Bloom festival from March 21-24. The celebration featured floral interpretations of the museum’s art from more than 50 floral designers including Diane Elsass-Joyal and Lily Joyal of Bowerbird Flowers and Apothecary, Erica Greenwold Reisen of Folie à Deux Events, Amy Wurster of Knots ‘N Such and Morgan Howell Moylan of West Queen Studio.

Photographer Barney Koszalka received Top 20 recognition for his photo, “Winter’s Sentinels,” in the 2019 North American Nature Photography Association Showcase Photo Competition. His photo, which was taken at Yellowstone National Park in January 2017, won first runnerup in the landscape category and will be published in the organization’s annual journal.


The World Economic Forum named Bryony Winn, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina chief strategy and innovation officer, among the 127 individuals in this year’s class of Young Global Leaders. Before joining the health insurance company in June 2018, Bryony served as a partner in the Chicago office of global consulting firm McKinsey & Company.

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Also in March, the UNC Office of Trademarks and Licensing made Hanesbrands Inc. its primary licensee for apparel products. Two Chapel Hill startups, FeedStation, an integration management service, and Phyta which cultivates seaweed as an alternative to plastic, have been named among 27 semifinalists for $50,000 grants from the NC IDEA Foundation, an entrepreneurial support organization. Winners will be selected in May.


In March, Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger and the Town Council unanimously approved the addition of 100 parking spaces and funding repairs to the Wallace Parking Deck downtown.

JPMorgan Chase plans to open a branch in Chapel Hill’s Carolina Square development on Franklin Street by the end of 2019.


Fifi’s Fine Resale Apparel opened a location in Carrboro in the former Cameron’s space in mid-April.


In March, Seal the Seasons, a Chapel Hill-based company focused on supplying local food to grocery stores, was one of eight food and beverage startups selected for a spring 2019 Chobani Incubator class. Chobani, the yogurt maker, designed the incubator program to help invest in and mentor entrepreneurs trying to break into the food industry.

WHAT AN HONOR In March, the FDA approved Zulresso, (brexanolone), the first drug developed to treat postpartum depression. Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, a physician and researcher in the Department of Psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine, served as the academic principal investigator of the clinical trials of brexanolone.

In another SmartAsset study, Durham-Chapel Hill was ranked No. 9 among the top areas investing in retirement accounts, a ranking that fits nicely with a 2019 study by U.S. News & World Report that showed the area as among the best places to retire. Chapel Hill entrepreneur Joshua Esnard appeared for a second time on the TV show “Shark Tank” in March. He promoted his invention, the Cut Buddy, a haircut and beard shaping tool.

After more than 40 years in the heart of Hillsborough, the hardware store Dual Supply Co. will move in October to a building along U.S. 70 and St. Mary’s Road, the store owner, Jeffrey Woods, said. Be Pure Beauty, a nail salon and beauty supply shop, moved from University Mall to Carr Mill Mall in April.

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In February, SmartAsset released a study ranking the Durham-Chapel Hill metro area as No. 6 of 402 cities surveyed with the highest number of female homebuyers. In Durham-Chapel Hill, women were approved for 1,921 mortgages compared to 2,102 for men.

The agricultural technology company brought its Earthstream platform device to the CED Tech Conference on Feb. 25-26 at the Raleigh Convention Center for an audience of more than 100 investors. Earthstream measures and processes

Snap Fitness, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in April, hired Jeanne Gauthier in November as the marketing/ sales director and as a personal trainer at its two Chapel Hill locations. Jeanne moved to Chapel Hill from southern California, where she was the director of marketing at Momentous Sports Center.





The Hillsborough Young Professionals Group will host a networking event for professionals aged 21-40 at The House at Gatewood on May 8 at 5:30 p.m. On May 17, the Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce hosts the Business Excellence Awards, its annual ceremony awarding local business leaders. The ceremony will feature a red carpet and dessert reception, and will be held at 7 p.m. at UNC’s Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art. Central Carolina Women in Business meets for its quarterly luncheon at the Chapel Hill Country Club on May 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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With Al’s Pub Shack, Al Bowers Hopes to Add a Neighborhood Feel to His Burger Enterprise



L BOWERS was on the phone as he entered Al’s Pub Shack last month about 20 minutes before gotime. He was taking care of business. His two Al’s Burger Shacks, on West Franklin Street and in Southern Village, feed our town the best burgers in the country, according to TripAdvisor, and it was almost lunchtime. But, on this day, Al’s Burgers were on their own; his focus was on this venture. The pub shack was a day old. When he finished the call, he swooped behind the bar, looking everything over. To an untrained eye, everything looked ready. The kitchen clanged and hissed with preparation. A man with a hand towel over his shoulder wiped the bar counter with a clean rag. A server tidied supplies. Before introducing himself to a visitor, Bowers stopped by a seemingly neat collection of bottles and supplies. “Can we clean this up?” he said. He shook the visitor’s hand, then sat down to talk.

“Hey, can we just kind of clean up and get ready,” he called to his staff again. His staff moved efficiently. “We got 20 minutes,” he told them. “We have 20 minutes?” the visitor asked. “No,” Bowers said, “You and I have 10.” Bowers owns the three restaurants and a catering company with his wife, Melody Bowers, and they wanted to create something different with the pub. It is at the end of a row of shops in Governors Village – Subway, a nail salon, Papa John’s – and across the parking lot from a field of bare earth and machinery, the signs of more to come in this growing community. It was this sense of community that Bowers hoped to contribute to here, he said. There will be brunch. Afternoon beers. Sunshine on the patio seating. “This is our idea of what a neighborhood gathering house should be,” he said. “I think it’s a really cool spot. It has the feel that we were looking for, that neighborhood spot that looks like it’s been around a lot longer than a couple of days. This is a neighborhood pub, tavern, bar, whatever you want to call it, with elevated bar food.” It is a challenge of branding

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to offer both the unique and the familiar, to give customers what they expect and what also may be a pleasant surprise. The trick, he said, is to maintain the essentials. “The other places are focused on giving the best burgers possible,” and you can still get a righteous burger at the pub shack, he said. Customers can also expect “the same kind of service” and “southern hospitality” as they would find in the other shacks.


Al’s Burger Shack, established in 2013, has a deep footprint in Chapel Hill. They have long lines, numerous top rankings (including from this magazine’s readers) and consistently strong reviews. The business promotes “sustainable food and drink,” sources locally, and rejects hormones and antibiotics. They go through 700 pounds of meat a week, Bowers said.

But, successful recipes can be fragile things. Mess with it just a little and … Al and Melody Bowers, however, had no interest in making the pub a clone. In the new place, even the burgers are different. “We did a different blend of beef,” Al said. “We just wanted it to stand alone.” “When folks come out, have an open mind about the rest of the menu,” he said. “Don’t just jump on a burger.” As with his other places, Al names much of the rest of the menu after friends, family and community members. The Hugh Dang Right is named after a longtime friend, for instance. And then there’s the Otto, “a throwback” of turkey, ham, Muenster, bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo and sourdough, named after Dan Shannon, the founder of Chapel Hill Magazine. When the visitor’s 10 minutes were up, Bowers stood and shook his hand again and went back behind the bar amid the unmistakable sounds of a kitchen about to open. As the visitor left the Pub Shack, Bowers spoke again to his staff: “So before we open,” he said, “there are some things I want you to take care of …” It was five minutes until gotime. CHM

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Aleksandra Kasman, 23, plays a Bösendorfer 280 Vienna Concert Series concert grand piano during a Chapel Hill Piano Salon.

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he sun shined through the high windows of Ken Gorfkle’s modernist living room, splashing warm light onto the 30 or so classical music lovers, arranged in a semicircle around the hulking grand piano. Some looked on with studied intent as if the soloist’s playing might reveal the secrets of Medtner and Rachmaninoff. Others sat content with eyes closed, allowing themselves to be enveloped by the sounds of Ken’s world-class Bösendorfer 280 Vienna Concert Series concert grand piano. “I felt like I was bathing in sound in that room,” says 23-year-old pianist Aleksandra Kasman at the most recent iteration of Ken’s living room concert series, the Chapel Hill Piano Salon. 


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Aleksandra praises the piano, which, she says, was as much of a draw for the attendees as her. “It’s a special piano,” Aleksandra says, explaining that, in her travels through the world of classical piano, it was an instrument she had heard a lot about. “This model?” I ask. “No. This specific piano,” she says.


Ken’s love of classical piano has been a lifelong pursuit. He has been playing piano since he was a young boy. He appeared as a teenager with the Seattle Symphony and currently practices as many as three hours a day. When constructing his home, Ken – who works in real estate development, though he recently earned a Ph.D. in romance languages at UNC – wanted his piano, then a 7-foot Kawai, to be the home’s focus. Working with Chapel Hill-based architect Lyn McClay of DesignSpec Inc., Ken decided on a 22-by-32 living room, highlighted by an 18-foot ceiling, where his Kawai would reside. “You could say the house was built around the piano,” Ken says. It wasn’t until a few years later that the singular Bösendorfer would become the centerpiece of his home and eventually the impetus for the Chapel Hill Piano Salon. It was in late 2017, on a regular visit to his sister in Seattle, that Ken popped into a local piano dealer. Content with his Kawai, he had no intention of purchasing a new piano. That is, until the salesman instructed him to the bench of the Bösendorfer, where Ken lost himself in play for more than three hours on the showroom’s floor. “I had never heard anything like it,” he says, noting how the instrument’s rarity combined with its sound and playability is what has made these pianos arguably the most sought-after on Earth. Currently, there are roughly 90 Bösendorfer Vienna Concert Series pianos in the world, most of which reside in Europe and Asia. Ken’s is one of about 25



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in the United States. It was the piano that led Ken to begin hosting the now-beloved home concert series. After a month of playing the Bösendorfer alone in his living room, it dawned on Ken that he needed to share his instrument with his piano-loving friends, many of whom comprise the local Presto piano group, something of a meetup of intermediate-toadvanced recreational classical pianists. “This piano is just too much for only one person to enjoy,” Ken says, noting how, due to the high cost of a Bösendorfer, most of them end up cloistered in private homes. The Chapel Hill Piano Salon, where fans and friends can see and hear a world-class instrument played by world-class musicians, are Ken’s form of giving back to his community. Aleksandra’s appearance was the sixth iteration of the Chapel Hill Piano Salon, which began in May 2018 with a performance by Marina Lomazov, thenfaculty member of the University of South Carolina School of Music. Soon after that initial recital, Marina connected Ken with Greenville-based international concert and festival promoter John Holloway, who has been instrumental in helping fill the Chapel Hill Piano Salon’s roster with renowned pianists like Alexander Kobrin, Eric Lu, Anna Han and, of course, Aleksandra. With attendees traveling from as close as Governors Club and as far as Maryland, and a cadre of local teenage classical students in attendance, Ken’s recent Piano Salon is evidence of the significant regional draw for lovers of classical piano set in an intimate venue. Terry Melville, an expatriated New Yorker who lives in Chapel Hill and has helped Ken promote and publicize his Piano Salons, sees these home recitals as a way to bring worldclass talent to the humble and leafy environs of Chapel Hill. “Here we are in this beautiful home in Chapel Hill, yet it’s an international stage with international talent,” she says. “It’s just so incredibly special.” CHM Send Ken a note at to receive emails about upcoming concerts.

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magine you found a job listing in the newspaper and applied to it on a whim. What if someone told you that it would turn into your life’s work? Would you believe them? Well, believe Lorie’s story. Lorie always wanted to do social work since she was young. When she enrolled at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, that was her intention. But, then she discovered technical theater, which led to an interest in broadcasting. So Lorie changed her major to communications, taking advantage of an industry-wide demand for women and minorities. She spent more than 15 years working as a control room technician, from St. Petersburg to Dallas and Washington D.C. “It’s not that I didn’t enjoy what I did in broadcasting,” Lorie says, “but my heart wasn’t in it.” Her heart was back in Chapel Hill/Carrboro, her family’s home for seven generations. So she returned to Carrboro in 1998 and found work with Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, putting on events like the former Apple Chill festival. She later moved to The Sonja Haynes Stone Center. Then she found that newspaper ad: It was seeking a high school specialist for Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate (BMRA), a support program for students of color, which provides mentoring, tutoring, college and career preparation, and scholarships. “I had to resign at the Stone Center,” Lorie says. “I was the first new 52

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hire or extension of the program. They had pretty much been operating with just a director and part-time staff.” That was 17 years ago. “The most important thing for me is that I grew up in this community,” Lorie says. “So I feel like I’m giving back, and I’m paying it forward. Another aspect that’s really rewarding is a lot of our students that go through the program come back and want to be involved in some capacity.” Lorie has won several awards through her work, including WCHL’s Hometown Hero in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017, where anonymous community members nominate unsung heroes making an impact in the county. She won the Pauli Murray Award from Orange County Human Relations Commission in January for her pursuit of equality and service to younger people of color in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Along the way, that success influenced her to start her own nonprofit, the Hannah Ruth Foundation, naming it after her paternal grandmother, Hannah, and her maternal grandmother, Ruth. She also thought of her mom, who started an after-hours pediatric clinic in Ridgefield, which is now South Estes, for students who needed physicals in order to play school sports. Inspired by these women, Lorie shaped the nonprofit toward senior citizens, sponsoring events like dances, delivering food to their homes during the holidays or at-home spa treatments. “Charity begins at home,” Lorie says. “We looked at the gap around elderly people that are on disability or live on social security and their dignity in life and how they want to still engage in the community and do things, but their funds may be limited. And so we thought, well, let’s honor our seniors in the community – ask them about things that they want to have.” She recently celebrated her 60th birthday, but Lorie doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. “I love my job,” Lorie says. “I always say it was the job I was created to do.” – Hannah Lee 

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lthough Assistant Chief of Police Celisa Lehew has provided many years of service, while reflecting on her time with the Chapel Hill Police Department, the Canada native says she loves her job as much today as the first day. Her secret to a happy and successful career, including 15 years with the CHPD? The community that surrounds her. “It’s all about the people. Not only your community, but your employees,” she says. In her current role, Celisa oversees patrol and investigations, though she has held positions in various divisions from community services and investigations to traffic and K-9. These experiences have shaped Celisa into a knowledgeable and insightful leader. And that she does. Each day she may face traffic, parking, budget, homicide and roadway issues in addition to her public speaking calendar, which she describes as taking the shape of an inkblot test. “I think the word to best describe this job is that it is ‘energizing.’ I’m always learning something new and reaching our community in all different ways.” Her role has recently expanded to recruiting. “As of last fall I’ve been working closely with our patrol divisions and investigations, and of course with recruiting which I also love,” she says. “We are having hiring struggles across the nation, so it’s important to have that connection with the community.” The department partners with schools such as UNC, where officers meet and speak with students. “It’s not about finding the best in me, but finding the best in them and helping them to achieve it,” she says. As Celisa has been successful in spearheading a number of projects, including Chapel Hill’s most recent transition to a new parking system, though her active community service presence doesn’t stop there. Outside of her work with the department, Celisa volunteers on two nonprofit boards, Our Children’s Place of Coastal Horizons and Dispute Settlement Center. She often encourages her two daughters 54

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to get involved, just as she recalls her own parents doing for her and her sister. When Celisa’s not at work, her family enjoys traveling, especially back to Canada where they can unwind on a small island in Northern Ontario. As for her future, she says, “I would like to oversee a police department one day, but I love this position and I love Chapel Hill.” – McKenna Uhde


Caroline Zarzar PTA P R E S I D EN T AT M O R R IS G ROVE ELEMEN TA RY L IB R A RY VO LU N TEER GIR L S CO U T T RO O P LEA DER Caroline lives in Lake Hogan Farms with husband Ted, daughter Lucy, 9, and son Daniel, 5; both attend Morris Grove Elementary. In her leisure time, she enjoys visiting the Chapel Hill Public Library and running the Bolin Creek Trail.


aroline has lived in our area for most of her life; she was born in Chapel Hill and grew up in Cary and Burlington. “After graduating from UNC, I lived in town for three years, and then moved all the way to Morrisville,” she jokes, “and then to Durham, before returning to Chapel Hill for good (hopefully) in 2010.” During the 2017/18 school year, she began serving as PTA president at Morris Grove Elementary. “Our officer terms are for two years, so this is my second year as president,” she explains. “I would say that the work itself isn’t easier the second year, but I do have a better idea of what to expect.” She has also been the leader of a local Girl Scout troop since 2015. “That has definitely changed over the years – my coleaders and I are more confident in our roles, and the girls have grown four years older and have bigger goals and ideas,” she says. She is proud that the girls are becoming more interested in community service projects and building relationships with local nonprofits. “We don’t have to keep them motivated with Goldfish crackers and duck-duck-goose anymore,” she says, and this year, the girls decided to give away a portion of their cookie sale profits to charity. The dynamic nature of these roles means Caroline and her fellow volunteers are constantly responding to new issues and needs, with efficiency and effectiveness as their driving goals. She most loves “collaborating with smart, creative people” to create an event or program that kids find interesting and worthwhile. A typical day for Caroline involves waking up at 6 a.m., getting her kids to school and immediately starting work on whatever projects she has going. “On Monday mornings, I volunteer at our elementary school library, doing circulation and shelving, but on the other days, I might be meeting with other volunteers to plan a school event, creating a Scout meeting agenda, working on communications to parents for either group or taking photos for the yearbook.” One of her daily challenges is time management. “Balancing competing deadlines can be difficult, as is trying not to say yes to everything that comes my way,” Caroline says. But the result of that work has its own rewards – namely, a positive, lasting impact on children.

“In 2018, our PTA started Morris Grove’s first Multicultural Night. With the support of our teachers and staff, and the hard work of all the participating parents, we were able to create an event to celebrate the diversity of the student body and the school as a big, blended family,” she says. “That event will always stand out to me when I look back on my time volunteering at the school. All the participants came into this event with a lot of enthusiasm and goodwill, and as a result, our students were able to learn something new about, and from, their classmates.” Caroline also feels inspired by her network of strong women. “I’m grateful I can rely on a group of friends who also care about our schools and our community – women with a range of different interests and skills, who are always available to lend a hand and who I enjoy celebrating with when we’ve pulled off something great,” she says. “Whether we work full time, part time or in the home, we are all one another’s proofreaders, data analysts, focus group members and cheerleaders – and we do get a lot done.” – Morgan Cartier Weston  May/June 2019



Bailey Pons

H I G H S C H O O L SEN IO R AN D B O U N C IN G BU LLDO G MEMBER Bailey, 17, is a senior jumper with the Bouncing Bulldogs, one of the best jump rope teams in the world. The Bulldogs, founded 30 years ago by Coach Ray Fredrick Jr., have competed and led workshops in Costa Rica, Japan, China, Peru, France and many other countries. Bailey has won many individual awards and her group has been the best female group in the world for the last three years, and for the last two years it won the top prize at a double Dutch speed competition at the Apollo Theater in New York. This summer, she will graduate from Woods Charter School. In July she and her team will defend their title in Norway during her last competition with the group.


hen Bailey jumps, the ordinary quickly becomes miraculous. The first jump or two are familiar from any playground or gym in the world, the rope arching casually around her. But then the rope disappears in a blur, and Bailey is now on one hand and now she’s somersaulting. Now the rope is buzzing beneath and around her, and she seems immune to the normal bounds of speed and gravity. “It may seem simple,” Bailey says, “but it’s hard to understand the connection that can come from a single rope.” She’s been strengthening the connection for 11 years. Bailey came to the Bulldogs by way of a five-day summer camp when she was 6. She was excited from the beginning, she says, but not just because of all those amazing jumpers. When she first entered the gym, “they had all these awards on the table.” She remembers thinking, “I want those trophies just like them.” “It was pretty immediate for me,” she says. The bigger kids “were so good and so skilled,” and “I always wanted to be like that.” Bailey has several trophies of her own in those cases now, but, in April, when given a chance to talk about her accomplishments, she talked mostly about her group. Her senior group (ages 15 and up) has four other members – Jordyn Watkins, Megan Shohfi, Alex Bush and Ragan Copeland – and they’ve worked together for six years. 56

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“Our group is really close-knit,” she says, “and you create this language together.” That chemistry is at the root of their dominance. It is difficult, in fact, to separate her success from that of the group, she says. “I do my best when I’m jumping with my peers.” Communication, she says, is crucial in Double Dutch, when two members turn two ropes simultaneously, one member jumps, and another calls out encouragement and guidance. “You can have one of the best jumpers in the world in the middle of those ropes” she says, “but if the turners can’t turn, then it won’t work.” It is a sentiment at the heart of a lovely riddle in the Bulldogs’ teaching. “You always have to stay in your own lane,” Bailey says of a core principle handed down from coach to mentor to the littlest Bulldog. It means focus on your effort and don’t worry about what another team is doing. But when it comes to helping teammates, those lanes are wide. It’s what they teach the students. “We pair them in partners,” she says, “so they learn how to encourage their teammates and how to lean on one another. “I’ve been here for 11 years, and jump rope has been a huge part of my life, but the thing it’s taught me the most is the importance of serving others,” she says. “I think the opportunities this program gives you to literally connect yourself with a jump rope to people from around the world,” has “come to define who I am and how I live in the world.” Bailey, who will attend UNC in the fall and is considering majoring in public health, says the mentoring has been as rewarding as the success. “When [children] are really struggling and working to get this one skill, and then they get it for the first time, they get this huge smile on their face. And you give them this high-five and in that moment they feel so accomplished and proud of themselves. I love helping them find that confidence.” At a practice in April, Bailey monitored three younger double Dutch jumpers. One turner was smaller than her partners and the jumper’s feet caught in the rope. Bailey walked toward the smaller child and told her to watch the jumper’s feet, then stepped back. The small child turned the rope this time in deep, strong arcs, and the jumper cleared them until time was called and the rope fell slack. Bailey walked smiling to the small child and gave her a high-five. The child smiled back. – Michael McElroy 


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Jennifer Ho PRO F E SS O R AT U N C

Jennifer is a faculty member in UNC’s English Department, where she has worked since 2005. She received her bachelor’s from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1992 and her doctorate from Boston University in 2003. She has written three books: “Consumption and Identity in Asian American Coming-of-Age Narratives,” “Racial Ambiguity in Asian American Culture,” which won the 2016 South Atlantic Modern Languages Association award for best monograph, and “Understanding Gish Jen.” She lives with her husband, Matthew Grady, in Carrboro.


ennifer Ho doesn’t take her identity lightly. In fact, she

doesn’t take Asian-American identity as a whole lightly. She’s been educating and speaking about the subject for decades. She founded her career on it. But before it was her career, it was her life. Jennifer, born in Queens, New York, from a refugee father from China and an immigrant mother from Jamaica, has her childhood memories rooted in Hayward, California, where she lived in one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods. “I did not go to a school that felt predominantly white because even among the white students, they identified by their ethnicity, like they identified as Italian-American,” Jennifer says. “So the sense of whiteness that I feel here in North Carolina, that was really different for me growing up in suburban California in a kind of working-class, middle-class school.” That environment taught her a lot about herself – not everyone had the money for college, not even Jennifer. Only about a quarter of her high school, she says, went on to a four-year college. “I don’t know what it means not to work,” Jennifer says. “I think I have worked since the time I was 16 years old, if that gives you an idea. So that meant that I was pretty independent, and part of that has to do with growing up in the ’80s and my class background being the daughter of immigrant, refugee parents. “But I think that kind of independence bred a resiliency where I couldn’t rely on my parents or even my friends’ parents.” It wasn’t until college that she began to deeply immerse herself in Asian American studies.

“College was a really alienating experience,” Jennifer says. “Taking my first Asian American studies class was transformative because it made me realize that there were people like me, writing books about people like me. And if you’ve never felt yourself reflected in society before, that can be a really wonderful, wondrous experience.” That experience that propelled the trajectory of the rest of her career. Now, she shares her experiences and the research she reads about through lessons she teaches in the UNC’s English Department. Those classes include subjects like “Mixed Raced America” and “Critical Race Theory.” She was the first person hired in the department who is both an Asian American and whose research was in Asian American studies. And when she’s not teaching, she’s a voice for Asian American students who, for years, have been petitioning for an entire Asian American department. From 2010 to 2017, North Carolina’s Asian population increased nearly 45%, according to the U.S. Census. “The Asian American population in North Carolina has increased, which has seen an exponential rise of Asian American students at UNC,” Jennifer says. She’s taught those students more about who they are and what that means. But most importantly, she shows the Asian American student population on campus – more than 5,000 – that their representation should be valued – just like she learned during her college experience. The process comes full circle. “I like to think I make a positive impact on student life. I mean, that’s why I teach,” Jennifer says. And it is “incredible,” she says, “that I teach a subject that I love and I feel passionate about.” “Other people talk about retiring early or retiring at the age of 65 and I’m like, ‘If I like what I’m doing. I’m going to keep doing it until they find my body in my office and roll me out.’” Hard work and devotion pay off. In March, Jennifer was elected president of the Association for Asian American Studies, an international nonprofit. But she still has work to do. She’s working on more public, editorial pieces. In March, the Oxford American published her story on the first pro confederate protesters on campus. And she still continues to push for an Asian American studies department at UNC. Not even personal struggles can diminish Jennifer’s fervor. In April 2010, Jennifer was diagnosed with breast cancer. She and her husband had been trying to have a baby. A double mastectomy and chemotherapy took care of the two tumors in her left breast, but it left her unable to have children. But Jennifer hasn’t let that stop her. She keeps her head high. Like she always has. – Hannah Lee 

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Katie Loovis



atie has always seen the next big thing in Chapel Hill. As a high school senior in the mid-1990s, she was one of the most accomplished lacrosse players in the country as the captain of the U.S. Women’s under-19 squad. She was recruited by all of the biggest teams in the country, while UNC was only just preparing to launch a program. Still, Katie came to Chapel Hill and saw her future. “When I visited, I remember it was snowing in Baltimore, and I came down here and [saw] the red buds were blooming and the big blue skies,” she remembers. “There wasn’t even a women’s lacrosse team to show me around as a recruit! The women’s soccer and field hockey teams stepped up [as hosts]. I loved that school spirit and knew that coming to Carolina was going to be a part of something brand new.” With Katie as a four-year starter and eventual captain, the newly minted Tar Heel team made the semifinals of the NCAA tournament twice during her career. After her playing days, she enrolled at UNC for graduate school with an eye on the nonprofit world, but at a conference in Washington D.C., Katie heard about another new operation that she thought had promise: the Bush White House’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. George W. Bush had been president for less than a month when Katie arrived for what she thought was an internship interview. “They said, ‘You can sit here, get started,’” she remembers. It made for a hectic spring. She spent weekdays finishing her graduate degree at UNC, worked a waitress shift at Top of the Hill on Thursday nights when the tips were good, then drove to the White House to work Friday and Monday before returning to Chapel Hill on Monday nights. “It’s just one of those moments,” she says, when “you know you’re supposed to be a part of something.” She adds: “I didn’t come from a political family, I didn’t work the campaign or anything, but I knew that there was something special here.” For the next decade, at both the White House and afterward in D.C., she worked with nonprofits and service organizations, including Achieving the Dream, a community college advocacy group with roots in Chapel Hill. It was a job, she says, that opened her eyes to the role community colleges can play in an area, and it connected to memories of her mother’s life as a young woman. “My mom actually went to the local community college after she had my brother and my sister and me,” she says. “Once we got into school, she decided she wanted to go to college and become a nurse. I remember her falling asleep at night with a huge textbook on her chest and a highlighter. She got straight A’s, put herself through, earned her RN and had a really fabulous career working in the neonatal intensive care unit.” Katie returned to Chapel Hill for good in 2016 and joined the Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce in 2017, immediately helping rebrand the organization to The Chamber. Her first 18 months have been a mix of long-term programming and rapid reaction to local events as businesses weathered hurricane damage, a water main break and the disruptions of the Silent Sam protests. Katie helped author the Chamber’s letter to then-UNC Chancellor Carol Folt, laying out the business community’s support for the statue’s removal. She also revitalized the Chamber’s Policy Series connecting government and business leaders and has focused on putting the Chamber’s policy and marketing resources into plans developed by the Carrboro Business Alliance. Soon, Katie will attend NC State’s doctoral program in community college leadership. “When I wanted to move back here, some friends in D.C. were like, ‘Aren’t you going to be bored?’” she says. “It’s got every bit of the sophistication of D.C. and just a touch more kindness.” – Matt White  60

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Jess Anderson

MAYO R P R O TEMPO RE O F C HA PEL HILL S E N I O R P O L I CY A N A LYST AT U N C-G R E EN SBO RO In 2015, Jess was elected to the Chapel Hill Town Council; two years later, she was elected as Mayor Pro Tempore by her colleagues. During the day, she works as a senior policy analyst at UNC-Greensboro’s SERVE Center. Her husband, Karthik Shyam, is director of marketing communications for Duke Health’s Population Health Management Office. Their daughter, Elena, 5, attends Carrboro Elementary, and son Nico is 2. They also have a 9-year-old rescue pup named Dexter. 62

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ess, who has lived in Chapel Hill for nine years, could not be more proud of how the town is growing. “We are an amazingly talented, educated, engaged community,” she says. This year, Jess brought together several groups – including the police chiefs of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, advocacy groups and members of the public – to discuss campaigning for common-sense gun safety legislation. “We had a really inspiring conversation about what we can do to save lives and where we should put our advocacy efforts,” she says. “I’ve always been a gun safety advocate, but after the Carrboro Elementary lockdown last year – when I spent about an hour wondering if my 5-year-old was alive or not – I felt it was really important to bring people together to not only talk about our shared experience, but [also to] look for practical, community-wide solutions.” Jess is also making an impact as a senior policy analyst at UNC–G, providing technical assistance to various communities around the country that are trying to end youth homelessness through coordinated plans. “My role is to help integrate education into the plan and help education stakeholders with trainings, materials, outreach and understanding the national education law that mandates various supports and services for students experiencing homelessness,” she explains. “We all have a responsibility to work for the rights and safety of our most disenfranchised friends and family. Anything I want for my family, I want for others.” A typical day for Jess could mean visiting Nashville, Tennessee, to assist with its Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project, meeting with a Chapel Hill resident, attending an economic sustainability meeting or taming a tantrum at the grocery store. The common thread? Problem solving. Jess says that she loves “engaging residents in working toward our shared goals.” Though the outcomes are often positive, this work is not without its challenges. Given the trend of toxicity in the national dialogue, “It can be hard to refocus on solving problems together, rather than splitting into factions and entrenched positions,” Jess says. “But I think that’s a key responsibility of good elected leaders – to remind everyone that we are trying to work together, not win points against one another.” For those considering a career in the public sphere, Jess says it’s important to stay focused on what inspired them to pursue that job in the first place: “Make sure you know why you want to serve your community and what you want to accomplish; you can revisit your reasons any time you come across a tough issue and use them to recenter yourself.” She says this is especially important for young women, and encourages them to lean on their support system as they enter the workforce. “Look to people you trust to give you advice and support – you’ll need your team to help you through all sorts of challenges.” – Morgan Cartier Weston


Jan Davis

EN TR E P R E N E U RI N -R E S ID E N C E AT BOTH B L AC KSTO N E EN TR E P R E N E U RS N ETWO RK NO R TH C A R OLIN A AN D TH E M IN O R IN EN TR E P R E N E U RSHIP AT U N C Jan’s career in business began when she completed her MBA at UNC in 1979, after earning her BA to achieve “Double Heel” designation. Her work has taken her around the world – Boston, Chicago, and Warsaw, Poland – and she has now come full circle, returning to Chapel Hill to teach and and mentor undergraduates in the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship in UNC’s Economics Department.

You are a retired CEO of more than one company, yet you are very active as a mentor? What is most exciting about the work that you do? I believe in mentoring. Nothing makes me happier than to see someone in my organization go on to great things. I’ve always enjoyed the fresh approach of anyone I mentor, and the undergrads are amazing. Do you have advice for women, specifically, who are thinking of starting a business? I have never worked for a woman myself. I’ve spent most of my career as the first or the only. I think you just have to be intensely interested in succeeding in business, whether [focusing on] entrepreneurship or working for a big company. You have to be willing to organize your life around it. I have two children and we had [full-time childcare]. We did a lot of things to make it possible for both my partner and I to push ahead hard on our careers. What are some of the challenges you faced in your career as a woman, and how did you surmount them? What do you do at UNC to encourage women to succeed in business? With my first son, I was working for a startup, and it was very early stage. I took a 10-day maternity leave and then brought him to the office. Because I was co-founder of a startup, taking the baby to the office was possible. A lack of role models [in the business world] is an issue. Trying to find women and people of color to serve as mentors or to speak

[in the entrepreneurship program] is really hard. I’ve been kind of frustrated knowing that the university is over 50% female and yet the entrepreneurship students, after the introductory course, are maybe 35% female. It’s very hard to find teachers or speakers who are not white men. And I’m a big believer in: if you can’t see it, you can’t be it. So we put a lot of effort into identifying women and people of color [to participate].” How do you recharge away from work? In my spare time – I don’t have a lot of spare time! I love to read fiction and biographies. I’ll skim business books, because with business books usually you don’t have to read the whole thing to get the key lessons. – as told to Megan Bushnell  May/June 2019



What do you like about the organization? Keebe It gives me a chance to meet a lot of other women that are kind of up-and-coming as well as established in the food world. Nancie We all help one another, donating food to something or

publicizing one another’s events. It’s very generous. I think the food community tends [to attract] people who are generous, who want to feed, people who want to help, want to get people together.

Les Dames d’Escoffier They founded the North Carolina chapter of the women’s culinary group in 2016, but these women have been making an impact on the food scene for decades How did the chapter get started? Nancie There’s a Les Dames chapter in Charleston that was established 10 or 12 years ago. … So I joined and was a long-distance member. [South Carolina author] Nathalie Dupree for years kept trying to get somebody to take the reins [for a North Carolina chapter]. I think you have to organize 10 or 15 people to get started. By that point, it was easy because there’s so many of us: the front of the house, the back of the house, chefs, food writers, caterers. So I moved over to this chapter. Our first fundraiser was at The Root Cellar. Spring was the chair of that program. It was just a magical, fun evening. None of us knew exactly how to do it, but we did it. We have members in Chapel Hill, Cary, Raleigh, Asheville and Charlotte. Moreton It’s exploding. As membership chair, I can tell you that

people are now emailing me and saying, “How can I join this?” Sharon You need to be nominated and have a letter of recommendation.

Keebe My impression is that part of Les Dames also was to support

and create a network for women in the kitchen because ... it was all a club that women were not really welcome in. And it was only recently that women have been taking over kitchens and owning them. Moreton When I started working in a kitchen in 1974, women were in

the kitchen, but they didn’t really want to be. It seemed like, particularly in Chapel Hill, women were working in local restaurant kitchens, a lot of them, to work their way through graduate school to get out of the kitchen. It was the men discovering that the cooking could be really fulfilling and artistic. They were getting out of graduate school or dropping out of college, like Bill Smith, to get into kitchens or they were working in the kitchen to support themselves, and then they fell in love with it. Spring, I’m sure you have a completely different perspective. Spring The kitchen was where my mother worked, and she enjoyed

it. That’s one of the places they could get jobs back then. She loved it, and I love being in the kitchen, but I like being a part of organizations, [to meet] other folks in the industry and see what they’re doing. Sharon I think the mission has changed depending on the marketplace

that you’re in. The original founder was Carol Brock in New York. [She] wanted to form an organization [that] could help people with scholarships to culinary schools. She noticed in New York restaurants there was a very disproportionate number [of women]. We’re sort of the flip-flop here – we’ve got Ashley Christensen and Andrea Reusing and people who own their own restaurants. But that’s a lot of years later from the ’70s. I think [the mission of Les Dames] is a combination of helping people get ahead who are interested in the field and then supporting them through their journey. And then later working collaboratively.

The first chapter was in New York City, around 1974 or so. There was a men’s group, Les Amis d’Escoffier, and Les Dames thought, “Why don’t we have our own group?” We’re the only statewide chapter – everybody else is a city, and it’s scattered all over the world. There’s 40-something chapters and around 2,400 members. A Paris chapter opened this year.

Nancie You mean last week? (everyone laughs)

Nancie The group used to skew older as far as when you would come in. It

Spring I had this recipe failure. I was making these oatmeal cookies. I

was people who had reached their 40s or 50s who were established. So they were the head of a family business or winery, that sort of thing.

made this huge batch and forgot to put the eggs in it. So what I did was I turned them into a bar cookie. I left the oatmeal, and I put peanut butter and chocolate chips and then topped it with more oatmeal cookie batter. It was really popular. I call them peanut butter things because I got asked, “Spring, you have more of those peanut butter things?”

Moreton But I think the younger generation of Les Dames is seeing

their involvement in the food business [more] as a career than a job. They see that this is a viable career, and it’s an honorable career and it can be so creative. It’s not just really hard work that you get in and then you’ve earned a certain amount of money and then you get out. 64

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Anyone ever have a recipe that didn’t turn out?

Keebe A lot of things happen from mistakes. It’s, “what do you do?”

Motherhood of invention. – as told to Jessica Stringer 


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Dr. Rhonda K. Lanning

ASS I STA N T PRO FESSO R, UN C S C H O O L OF N U R S IN G PRO G R A M CO O R D IN ATOR, BIR TH PA R TNERS Rhonda moved to Chapel Hill about 13 years ago and has been at the School of Nursing for 11 years, earning the title of 2018 UNC Medical Center Nursing Faculty of the Year as well as being one of five UNC faculty members to receive the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching this year. She took on her role at Birth Partners, the UNC volunteer doula service program at UNC Medical Center, in 2012 and has helped to grow the program year after year. In 2014, Rhonda created a service-learning course through an APPLES grant with Carolina Center for Public Service that provides childbirth education, doula training and breastfeeding education over the course of a semester to a mix of undergraduate, graduate, medical and nursing students. Within the first six weeks, the doulas become hospital volunteers and serve in the Birth Partners program. She lives in the Blackwood Mountain neighborhood with her husband, Jason Child, and their children, Oliver Child-Lanning, 23, Leland Child-Lanning, 19, Violet ChildLanning, 16, and Eve Child-Lanning, 12, all of whom attended or still attend Emerson Waldorf School. 66

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first-generation college student, Rhonda quickly realized while attending Earlham College as an undergraduate that she “wanted to serve others.” Her interest in women’s health issues led her down the path to becoming a certified nurse midwife. “My whole life has really been around women’s reproductive health,” Rhonda says. “I’ve worked as a full-scope midwife. I’ve also worked in an abortion clinic and a family planning clinic. I’m also a lactation consultant.” Last May, she graduated from Duke with her doctor of nursing practice degree. “My time is really divided between teaching and running the [Birth Partners] program at the hospital,” Rhonda says. “The undergraduate nursing students are required to take a course that focuses on reproductive health and care of childbearing families. So a big part is working with those students, a little over a hundred each semester.” She also helps mentor students on honors and capstone projects, master’s theses and doctoral work. “I feel all of my hard work is worth it, seeing my students go out into the world and make important contributions to the health of others,” Rhonda says. With a mission to make doula care more accessible by having volunteer doulas on hand to assist with births at the UNC Medical Center, Birth Partners started in 2001 thanks to grant funding. “In the state of North Carolina, doulas are not reimbursed by Medicaid or any private insurance,” Rhonda says. “So the people who tend to have a doula for support are those who can pay for it out of pocket, and it can be very expensive.”


It was originally a small operation; run by a volunteer, only 12-15 doulas – a person trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical and educational support to a mother before, during and after giving birth – would attend six to eight births a month. Rhonda became involved seven years ago when the nurse manager of labor and delivery at the time asked if she would help lead the program. “Now we have about 80 volunteer doulas, we have our own training program that we created, we have about 200 people on our interest list who want to join us, and we are attending between 30 and 50 births per month,” Rhonda says, including cesareans, which is pretty uncommon. “We found that we really increased the incidence of skin-to-skin time [between mother and baby] in the operating room when we had our doulas present.” Birth Partners served 365 patients at UNC Medical Center in 2018, and expect to serve more than 400 in 2019. “Our goal is to have at least one doula present on the unit 24 hours a day,” Rhonda says. The organization also works with many underserved populations, partnering with Carrboro’s Refugee Community Partnership and El Centro Hispano; the Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh; the UNC Horizons substance use disorder treatment program for pregnant and/or parenting women; and UNC’s Perinatal Psychiatry Inpatient Unit, for women who have significant perinatal mood disorders. “Just thinking about all the different lives that we’re touching and influencing,” Rhonda says, “that’s part of what gets me up in the morning and keeps me going.” – Amanda MacLaren CHM

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or the 10th straight year, Chapel Hill Magazine commissioned a peer-to-peer survey of the local dental community – from endodontists to prosthodontists. The following rankings are the result. Dentists were asked the telling question: “If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to, other than yourself?” The Chapel Hill area is well-served by the dental community: Hundreds of dentists, specialists and support professionals have made this town their home, and the overall quality of dental care in our communities is second to none. What good dentist wouldn’t want to practice here?

A LITTLE BACKGROUND The topDentists list for Chapel Hill is the result of a rigorous evaluation process consisting of peer-topeer surveys of area dentists and professionals. This survey was conducted and managed by the nationally recognized third-party firm topDentists LLC of Augusta, Ga. The list is excerpted from the 2019 topDentistsTM list, a database that includes listings for dentists and specialists in the Chapel Hill area. The Chapel Hill list is based on detailed evaluations of dentists and professionals by their peers. The complete database is available at topDentists management has more than 40 years experience compiling peer-review referral guides in the dental, medical and legal fields. Working from this experience, along with the input of several prominent dentists from throughout the United States, topDentists created a selection process that has earned the respect of the country’s leading dental professionals. For more information call 706-364-0853; write P.O. Box 970, Augusta, GA 30903; email or visit The purchase of advertising has no impact on who is included in the topDentists list.

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Our team realizes the importance of your dental health and strives to provide all your endodontic needs in a clean, comfortable and stress-free environment. We utilize state-of-the-art technology to ensure you are receiving the specialized care you deserve.

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FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS, the practice of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates has been trusted to provide specialized care in the Chapel Hill, Durham, and Sanford communities. Our five board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons provide the highest quality of patient care with the latest diagnostic and treatment tools available to assure patient safety and comfort. Drs. Frost, Sacco, Vandersea, Ruvo and Serlo practice a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from corrective jaw surgery to wisdom tooth removal.



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ENDODONTICS Nona I. Breeland Breeland Endodontics 1506 E. Franklin St., Ste. 204, Chapel Hill 919-967-1776; Alessandra L. Ritter Ritter Endodontics 501 Eastowne Dr., Ste. 155, Chapel Hill 919-403-5000; Andrew L. Rudd Chapel Hill Endodontics 891 Willow Dr., Ste. 4, Chapel Hill 919-932-1616; Peter Z. Tawil UNC Adams School of Dentistry 919-537-3939; GENERAL DENTISTRY Laura A. Collatz Enchanting Smiles Family Dentistry 360 West St., Ste. 100, Pittsboro 919-542-2712;

Angela G. Ellis Ellis Family Dentistry 120 Conner Dr., Ste. 201, Chapel Hill 919-960-0155; Dennis W. Ellis Ellis General Dentistry 88 Vilcom Center, Ste. 190, Chapel Hill 919-968-9806;

Steven M. Hart Studio G Aesthetic & Family Dentistry 104 N. Elliott Rd., Ste. C, Chapel Hill 919-942-7163; Susanne P. Jackson Susanne Jackson Dentistry 77 Vilcom Center Dr., Ste. 180, Chapel Hill 919-968-9874;

James P. Furgurson Chapel Hill Family & Cosmetic Dentistry 501 Eastowne Dr., Ste. 150, Chapel Hill 919-213-9767;

Jeffrey R. Kennedy Chapel Hill Dental Group 1721 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill 919-967-9291;

Mandy Ghaffarpour Studio G Aesthetic & Family Dentistry 104 N. Elliott Rd., Ste. C, Chapel Hill 919-942-7163;

Jerre L. Kennedy Atkins Dentistry 50130 Governors Dr., Chapel Hill 919-537-8337;

Carol L. Haggerty UNC Adams School of Dentistry 919-537-3939;

David E. McGlohon Studio G Aesthetic & Family Dentistry 104 N. Elliott Rd., Ste. C, Chapel Hill 919-942-7163;

Credle A. Harris Chapel Hill Dental Group 1721 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill 919-967-9291;

Dr. Frederick G. Lehmann, DDS, PA 100 Europa Dr, Suite 310, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

The dental practice of Dr. Frederick G. Lehmann is conveniently located in the Europa Center offices, across from the Sheraton Hotel, at 100 Europa Drive in Chapel Hill. Dr. Lehmann has proudly served the community for 20 years in this location.

New patie are alwaysnts welcome.

Tamara C. Samuelson Susanne Jackson Dentistry 77 Vilcom Center Dr., Ste. 180, Chapel Hill 919-968-9874; Laura D. Tawil Parkway Dental Center 79 Falling Springs Dr., Ste. 110, Chapel Hill 919-636-9717;

General Dentistry | Family Dentistry Crowns & Bridges | Dental Implants Dentures | Preventative Care

Dr. Lehmann fosters a collaborative relationship with many of the area dental specialists to further facilitate all of your dental needs.

Keith A. Taylor 110 Banks Dr., Chapel Hill 919-942-5652;


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Bilal Saib Chapel Hill Advanced Dentistry 400 Market St., Ste. 220, Chapel Hill 919-933-3388; Allen D. Samuelson UNC Adams School of Dentistry 919-537-3866;

The quality of care is personal in a relaxed atmosphere, with the comfort of the patient as a priority.

The office is currently specializing in the latest CAD-CAM based Cerec Technology, allowing many dental restorations and individual crowns to be generated in a single visit.

Andre V. Ritter UNC Adams School of Dentistry 919-537-3939;

Frederick H. Vohwinkel, Jr. 143 Chatham Downs Dr., Ste. 301, Chapel Hill 919-933-9191 ď‚„

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Andrew J. Wagoner 77 Vilcom Center Dr., Ste. 110, Chapel Hill 919-968-9697; Joel M. Wagoner 77 Vilcom Center Dr., Ste. 110, Chapel Hill 919-968-9697; HOSPITAL DENTISTRY Lauren L. Patton UNC Adams School of Dentistry 919-537-3866;

ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY David E. Frost Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates 501 Eastowne Dr., Ste. 110, Chapel Hill 919-929-2196; David L. Hill, Jr. Chapel Hill Implant and Oral Surgery Center 77 Vilcom Center Dr., Ste. 120, Chapel Hill 919-238-9961;

Glenn J. Reside UNC Adams School of Dentistry 919-537-3404; Andrew T. Ruvo Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates 501 Eastowne Dr., Ste. 110, Chapel Hill 919-929-2196; Debra Sacco Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates 501 Eastowne Dr., Ste. 110, Chapel Hill 919-929-2196; Adam D. Serlo Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates 501 Eastowne Dr., Ste. 110, Chapel Hill 919-929-2196; Brian Vandersea Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates 501 Eastowne Dr., Ste. 110, Chapel Hill 919-929-2196; ORAL PATHOLOGY Valerie A. Murrah UNC Adams School of Dentistry 919-537-3939; Ricardo J. Padilla UNC Adams School of Dentistry 919-537-3939;


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ORTHODONTICS T. Lenise Clifton Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry 77 Vilcom Center Dr., Ste. 310, Chapel Hill 919-933-1007; Barbara T. Hershey Hershey & Heymann Orthodontics 1525 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill 919-967-0474 Gavin C. Heymann Hershey & Heymann Orthodontics 1525 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill 919-967-0474 Julie H. Mol Mol Orthodontics 400 Market St., Ste. 220, Chapel Hill 919-260-4269


Tung Nguyen UNC Adams School of Dentistry 919-537-3933; Tammy R. Severt Severt Smiles 101 Conner Dr., Ste. 401, Chapel Hill 919-929-2365; PEDIATRIC AND ORTHODONTIC DENTISTRY Lorne D. Koroluk UNC Adams School of Dentistry 919-537-3939; PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Alexandra Boudreau Chatham Pediatric Dentistry 79 Falling Springs Dr., Ste. 120, Chapel Hill 919-391-3813;

PERIODONTICS Craig Dorion North Carolina Periodontics & Implant Center 920 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd., Chapel Hill 919-636-3091; Timothy W. Godsey Chapel Hill Periodontics & Implants 150 Providence Rd., Ste. 200, Chapel Hill 919-968-1778;

Waka Kadoma North Carolina Periodontics & Implant Center 920 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd., Chapel Hill 919-636-3091; Arnold T. McClain 601 W. Rosemary St., Ste. 216, Chapel Hill 919-537-9774; ď‚„

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Kimon Divaris UNC Adams School of Dentistry 919-537-3939; Annelise C. Hardin Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry 410 Market St., Ste. 430; Chapel Hill 919-967-2773; Jessica Y. Lee UNC Adams School of Dentistry 919-537-3939;

Rocio B. Quinonez UNC Adams School of Dentistry 919-537-3939; Avni C. Rampersaud Chapel Hill Pediatric Dentistry 205 Sage Rd., Ste. 202, Chapel Hill 919-929-0489; Kevin Ricker Chatham Pediatric Dentistry 79 Falling Springs Dr., Ste. 120, Chapel Hill 919-391-3813; J. Tim Wright UNC School of Dentistry 919-537-3939;

Comprehensive pediatric dentistry and orthodontic care for your entire family. Get full service dental care at our modern, state-of-the-art practice located at 77 Vilcom Center Drive in Chapel Hill. Call 919-933-1007 to request an appointment. Celebrating 20 years of pediatric dentistry and orthodontic care in Chapel Hill.

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Triangle Restoration Dentistry A Prosthodontic Specialty Practice Mark S. Scurria, DDS | Rosanna Marquez, DDS 1920 East Hwy. 54 Suite 410 Durham | 919.544.8106

Doesn’t your smile deserve a specialist’s care?

We’re also proud to offer AVADENT digital dentures, which provide the best fit possible with fewer appointments.

Jonathan Reside UNC Adams School of Dentistry 919-537-3939; Alice Wu NC Periodontics & Implant Center 920 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd., Chapel Hill 919-636-3091;

As prosthodontists, we specialize in restoring and replacing teeth using the best technology available. TRIOS scanning allows us to provide crowns, bridges, and partials without messy impressions.

Antonio Moretti UNC Adams School of Dentistry 919-537-3939;

PROSTHODONTICS Ingeborg J. De Kok UNC Adams School of Dentistry 919-537-3939; We are conveniently located off of I-40, at the intersection of 54 and 55. Meet Dr. Scurria, Dr. Marquez, and the rest of our caring team and discover your dental home.

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Ibrahim S. Duqum UNC Adams School of Dentistry 919-537-3939; E. Leland Webb Chapel Hill Dental Group 1721 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill 919-967-9291;


Top Dentists for the 10th consecutive year

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Dr. Gavin Heymann

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Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Heymann at 919-626-9494.

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Fear r in gto n Villa g e The neighborhood is both one of Chatham’s most established and one of its fastest growing By M att Wh ite P h o to g rap hy by Bet h Mann


hen Barbara Blank and her husband, Stephen, moved to Fearrington in 2016, they expected that the neighborhood would be an easy place to make friends. There was the Roost Beer Garden at Fearrington Village, the Swim & Croquet Club across from their home and a long list of programmed activities for residents. But Barbara didn’t have to go looking for friends. Instead, a group in Fearrington found her. And remembering new names was no problem. “The first people I met were the Barbaras,” Barbara says. “Barbara Harris called and invited me to their meeting.”


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The Goolsby family on their front deck. Their home is part of the historic section of Fearrington (the first part of the neighborhood to be developed).

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The whole family usually finds something to enjoy at the Tuesday Farmers Market, whether it’s fresh produce, vibrant flowers or homemade cookies.

I work in Chapel Hill, but on weekends I try to find things more out in this direction. I like the vibe better. ... and there’s a lot of stuff going on here. – Rachel Goolsby


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It turns out that enough women named Barbara live in Fearrington to start a social group, the Barbaras of Fearrington (including Barbara Fearrington, whose husband, Jesse, is part of the original Fearrington family). The group meets monthly and sponsors annual events. “You just talk and get to know people,” she says. “Once a year, there’s a brunch at The Carolina Inn.” Barbara also joined the Women of Fearrington, a long-standing social and civic-minded group that raises money and donates to Chatham nonprofits. This year, the group donated nearly $35,000 to area causes. “They’re very proactive,” Barbara says.


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FEARRINGTON VILLAGE LOCATION Fearrington is located on the east side of Highway 15501, 10 miles from both Pittsboro to the south and Chapel Hill to the north. Fearrington Village is in the center of the neighborhood, with a highly walkable collection of shops, restaurants and event spaces, including The Barn, which is a longtime favorite for weddings and other events. Fearrington has approximately 1,400 homes, which range from condos and townhomes clustered around the village area to large estate homes. Some parts of the neighborhood date to the 1970s, while close to 20 new homes are built each year. STYLE OF HOUSES Most construction is custom-built by Fitch Creations, Fearrington’s original developer. Styles range widely, from duplexes and condos to 3,000-plus-square-foot, estatestyle homes with significant acreage. Older homes enjoy mature wooded lots. SCHOOLS Neighborhood students attend Perry W. Harrison Elementary School, Margaret B. Pollard Middle School and Northwood High School. PROPERTY TAX RATE In 2018, the property tax rate for homes in Fearrington was $0.73 per $100 of assessed value. Of that total, $0.63 goes to Chatham County, $0.10 to North Chatham Fire District. LOT SIZE Lot sizes in the community range from zero-lot line and partial acres to two acres. PRICE Home prices in Fearrington range from the mid-$200,000s to near $800,000. Among houses recently listed: a 2,380-squarefoot, three-bedroom home at 4 W. Madison for $394,000; a 2,456-square-foot, three bedroom home at 900 Burwell for $499,900; and a 3,745-squarefoot, three-bedroom home at 607 Stoneview for $599,000.

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Most famous, perhaps, for the Belted Galloway cows that draw stares from passing cars on Highway 15-501, Fearrington is both one of Chatham County’s most established neighborhoods and one of its fastest growing, with active building still underway in several corners. Once a 640-acre dairy farm, Fearrington passed from family control to developer R.B. Fitch in 1974. In the spirit of English farm villages, which R.B. and his wife, Jenny, enjoyed visiting, he remade the farm’s homestead into Fearrington Village, with restaurants, event spaces and boutique shopping. Original buildings were preserved to become landmarks, like The Barn and The Fearrington House Restaurant. The earliest residential phases – which residents today affectionately call the “historic district” – include about 250 homes north of the main village. Built in the 1970s and ’80s, the earliest homes now sit in a mature forest, the lots connected by a web of creeks, trails and treehouses. Further sections followed in the 1990s as townhomes and condos sprung up around the village and its adjacent parks, all designed and built by Fitch’s development companies. Walking and bike paths snake between streets, and few homes are more than a 10-minute walk from the central village. The latest offerings, east of the village and more secluded from 15-501, are the neighborhoods of Millcreek Circle, Burke Place and Richmond Close. New Millcreek homes












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start in the $400,000s, while Burke and Richmond’s begin in the $500,000s, primarily due to larger lots, according to Laura Morgan, general manager of Fitch’s real estate sales and construction. Nearby, a rare non-Fitch development, Henderson Place, is underway by Homes by Dickerson. Starting in the $600,000s, most of the neighborhood’s 44 lots are spoken for. In all, Fearrington today holds slightly fewer than 1,400 homes, with 200 still to be built in the next eight to 10 years. “We’re pretty happy to be building 18 to 20 homes per year,” Laura says. A NEW ERA

For decades, Fearrington was the only major development between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro, gaining fame for its bucolic event spaces but with a residential reputation that leaned toward older residents from out of state or Chapel Hill relocators who worked, shopped and saw themselves as a part of Chapel Hill. At its heart was always a question: Just how Chatham was Fearrington? No longer, says Rachel Goolsby, who moved into Fearrington with her husband, Brad, in 2005. “People are a lot more familiar with Chatham now,” says Rachel, a researcher at UNC. Rachel had lived in Chapel Hill since her undergraduate years at UNC, and Brad, a drummer, was active in the local music scene. If anyone would feel attached One of 14-year-old Stella’s favorite pastimes is feeding the property’s animals. She’s caught many box turtles and once even rescued two baby squirrels. to Chapel Hill, it would be them. When their daughter, Stella, was born, they considered homes in Hillsborough before finding Fearrington. Today, Pumpkinfest, held just before Halloween, now draws up to 1,000 with Stella now 14 and their son, Quinn, 9, Rachel says it’s her covisitors, many from well outside Chatham. workers at UNC who quiz her about the happenings in Fearrington Rachel says her school-aged kids keep active with friends on the trail and Chatham. system or at the pool. Brad, a Chapel Hill hairdresser, even arranged “People were always like, ‘What’s Pittsboro like?’” Rachel says. “I to swap haircuts for babysitting services with a neighborhood teenager. work in Chapel Hill, but on weekends I try to find things more out in And Rachel trained with a friend for a half-marathon almost entirely this direction. I like the vibe better. I’m not a college student anymore, on the neighborhood’s streets. and there’s a lot of stuff going on here.” “We pretty much did 13 miles in here,” Rachel says. “There are a lot To appeal to families like the Goolsbys, Fearrington has reoriented of good hills and then some flat areas, so we had some good routes.” its focus in recent years, opening the Roost Beer Garden with seasonal She also said she and Brad look forward to the annual Farm to live music while retooling restaurant and shopping offerings. The Fork Picnic in June. “There’s always a lot of fun events that bring a Fearrington House remains a fine-dining staple, but the recently ton of people in,” Rachel says. “It used to be just locals. Now people revamped Belted Goat offers lighter, easier options. The village’s drive in from all over.” CHM 88

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n a tour of the hobby farm N.C. House Rep. Graig Meyer calls home, you might meet the family’s chickens, three pygmy goats and their golden retriever, Maggie. The Meyers live 15 minutes west of Carrboro, beyond a long gravel driveway that runs over a small creek and leads to the home. During the summer, the kids and their friends play on the creek banks among the tall trees in the front yard, while Graig and his wife, Jennifer, host neighborhood gatherings by their fire pit. Graig says it was a good fit for the couple when they first looked at the home more than 20 years


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children of parents with college degrees fared much better in high school, and applied to and finished college at higher rates. “We ended up in very different places because of the opportunities that were presented to us,” Graig says. “And the opportunities that our families were able to procure for us.” That started him on a career of tackling barriers to education. Graig’s first job after getting his master’s in social work from the University of Chicago was in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools coordinating the Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate program, which prompted his move to Orange County in 1998. When he started, Blue Ribbon had 23 students and a $10,000 budget. By the time he left the towns’ public school system, the program had grown to several hundred kids and a half-million-dollar budget. Graig says some of the program’s success is due to the relationships built between the students and their mentors, which can last through graduation. In addition to tutoring help, the mentor acts as an advocate in the schools for the child and their family. In 2013, Rep. Valerie Foushee was selected to fill a vacancy in the state senate, which left her house seat open. Graig, a Democrat, felt


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public education was not well represented among the candidates being considered, so he decided to run himself. Graig says his focus on education resonated well with Democratic voters in Orange County. Now twice re-elected, Graig still enjoys his work in the legislature. He says every day is a learning experience, and he’s come to learn about issues he would not have known as much about otherwise, like rural access to broadband or water policy. Also, he says, his social work experience can sometimes come in handy. “The joke I tell people is that the General Assembly is social work heaven, because I get to study personal disorders and group dysfunction all day long.” Besides his work as an elected official, Graig is also a founder and principal consultant at The Equity Collaborative, which works with educational institutions across the country to help improve student and educator outcomes. Through it all, Graig looks back fondly on his 16 years as a social worker in local public schools. “There wasn’t a single day I didn’t want to go to work [or] where I didn’t feel like I was helping kids and families to have educational opportunities that could transform their long-term prosperity.” CHM

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CHAPEL HILL East Franklin Street Bandido’s Mexican Cafe Burritos, salads, quesadillas, tacos. 159-1/2 E. Franklin St.; 919-967-5048; Benny Cappella’s Pizza, by the slice or whole pie. 122 E. Franklin St.; 919-2405286; Blue Spoon Microcreamery Homemade cryogenic ice cream and fresh brewed coffee and espresso drinks. 140 E. Franklin St. Carolina Coffee Shop The mainstay serves casual American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 138 E. Franklin St.; 919-942-6875; Cat Tales Cat Cafe A two-story coffee/ beer/wine cafe home to 12 adoptable cats. 431 W. Franklin St.; Cosmic Cantina Burritos, salads, quesadillas, tacos. 128 E. Franklin St.; 919-960-3955 Four Corners American fare, nachos, wings, pasta. 175 E. Franklin St.; 919-537-8230;

LULA’S “Simple food made the hard way,” like fried chicken, homemade biscuits, farm-to-table veggies and more. Go upstairs for meals served family-style. 101 E. Franklin St.; 919-967-2678;

MIDICI Authentic Neapolitan pizza made with all-natural ingredients, plus appetizers, salads, desserts, craft beer and wine. 100 E. Franklin St., Ste. 100; 919-240-7454; Ms. Mong Mongolian BBQ, banh mi, fusion burritos. 163 E. Franklin St.; 919-933-5277 Shanghai Dumpling Dumplings, pork buns, hotpots. 143 E. Franklin St.; 919-914-6737 Sup Dogs Creative hot dogs and sides like jalapeño popper tots and funnel cake sticks. 107 E. Franklin St.; 919-903-9566;

Hibachi & Company Japanese fastcasual spot serving healthy hibachi- and teriyaki-style dishes. 153 E. Franklin St.; 919-903-8428;

Sutton’s Drug Store Old-fashioned diner known for its hot dogs, burgers and sandwiches like the “Dean Dome Deluxe” and “Roy’s Reuben.” 159 E. Franklin St.; 919-942-5161;

Imbibe Bottle shop and restaurant featuring pizza, salads and appetizers. 108 Henderson St.; 919-636-6469;

Time-Out Southern comfort food 24 hours a day. 201 E. Franklin St.; 919-929-2425;

Kurama Sushi & Noodle Express Dumplings, salads, noodle dishes. 105 N. Columbia St.; 919-968-4747; Linda’s Bar & Grill Local beer, sweet potato tots, cheese fries, burgers. 203 E. Franklin St.; 919-933-6663;

Top of the Hill A Chapel Hill brewery that also offers American food, like burgers and flatbreads. 100 E. Franklin St.; 919-929-8676; TRU Deli & Wine Sandwiches and wine. 114 Henderson St.; 919-240-7755; Yaya Tea Japanese cafe with a variety of bubble teas, onigiri (rice balls) and imported Japanese snacks. 157 E. Franklin St.; 919-914-6302;

Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe Waffles, pancakes, eggs. 173 E. Franklin St.; 919-929-9192; West Franklin Street 411 WEST The menu – including fresh pasta, seafood and pizzas – is inspired by the flavors of Italy and the Mediterranean, with a healthy California twist; outdoor dining; all ABC permits. 411 W. Franklin St.; 919-967-2782;

AL’S BURGER SHACK Gourmet burgers and fries with local ingredients. 516 W. Franklin St.; 919-904-7659; B. GOOD Seasonal, sustainably sourced burgers, salads and bowls that rotate with local harvests. 133 W. Franklin St.; 984-255-1455; Beer Study Bottle shop with in-store drafts and growlers to go. 106 N. Graham St.; 919-240-5423; Blue Dogwood Public Market Food hall with a variety of locally owned restaurants and small food businesses. Permanent vendors include The Bar at Blue Dogwood, Chocolatay Confections, Left Bank Butchery, Pizzelle Bakery, Rumi Persian Cafe, Soul Cocina and Vegan Flava Cafe. 306 W. Franklin St.; 919-717-0404; Bread & Butter Bread, cinnamon rolls, scones, desserts. 503 W. Rosemary St.; 919-960-5998;

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BREADMEN’S A variety of burgers, sandwiches, salads and grilled meat, with daily soup and specials. All-day breakfast; vegetarian options. Catering available. 324 W. Rosemary St.; 919-967-7110; BUNS Serves gourmet burgers, fries and shakes made from fresh ingredients. 107 N. Columbia St.; 919-240-4746; Carolina Brewery The fifth-oldest brewery in the state featuring Carolina cuisine. 460 W. Franklin St.; 919-942-1800;

Kipos Greek cuisine in a relaxed, upscale setting; outdoor dining. 431 W. Franklin St.; 919-425-0760; Lantern Pan-Asian cuisine. 423 W. Franklin St.; 919-969-8846; La Résidence French-inspired cuisine made from fresh ingredients. 202 W. Rosemary St.; 919-967-2506; Lime & Basil Vietnamese fare. 200 W. Franklin St.; 919-967-5055; LOTSA Stone Fired Pizza Choose from a menu of signature pizzas or build your own with a variety of sauces, cheeses and toppings. 100 W. Franklin St.; 919-391-4100;

CholaNad Restaurant & Bar Contemporary and traditional South Indian cuisine. Catering available. 308 W. Franklin St.; 800-246-5262;

MAMA DIP’S Traditional Southern specialties, including a country breakfast and brunch and dinner classics like fried chicken and Brunswick stew. 408 W. Rosemary St.; 919-942-5837;

Crook’s Corner Southern classics like shrimp and grits, Hoppin’ John and jalapeñocheddar hushpuppies. 610 W. Franklin St.; 919-929-7643;

CROSSROADS CHAPEL HILL AT THE CAROLINA INN New American cuisine and seasonal specialties; all ABC permits. 211 Pittsboro St.; 919-918-2777; Elaine’s on Franklin Fine regional American cuisine, made with the freshest local ingredients; all ABC permits. 454 W. Franklin St.; 919-960-2770; Frutta Bowls Serves bowls with bases of acai, pitaya, oatmeal or kale, in addition to smoothies. 140 W. Franklin St., Ste. 120; 984-999-4427; Heavenly Buffaloes Chicken wings (bone-in and boneless) as well as vegan wings in more than 25 rubs and sauces. 407 W. Franklin St.; 919-914-6717; Ice Lab Rolled ice cream and shaved ice. 405 W. Franklin St.; 919-240-5695 ITALIAN PIZZERIA III Pizza, calzones, subs. The “place to be” in Chapel Hill for 35+ years. 508 W. Franklin St.; 919-968-4671;


Mediterranean Deli Offers healthy vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options as well as delicious meats from the grill. 410 W. Franklin St.; 919-967-2666;

PHO HAPPINESS Pho noodle soup, rice plates, vermicelli plates and vegetarian/gluten-free options. 508A W. Franklin St.; 919-942-8201; The Pizza Press Build your own pizza with dozens of ingredient choices or choose a pre-designed signature pizza. Also enjoy salads and a large selection of craft beer. 133 W. Franklin St., Ste. 120; 984-234-0081; The Purple Bowl Acai bowls, toast, smoothies, coffee. 306-B W. Franklin St.; 919-903-8511; Spicy 9 Sushi Bar & Asian Restaurant Sushi, Thai curries, bibimbap and other Asian entrees. 140 W. Franklin St.; 919-903-9335; Talulla’s Authentic Turkish cuisine; all ABC permits. 456 W. Franklin St.; 919-933-1177; Trolly Stop - The Beach on Franklin Specialty hot dogs and burgers. 104 W. Franklin St.; 919-240-4206; Vimala’s Curryblossom Café Traditional Indian tandoori and thali. 431 W. Franklin St.; 919-929-3833;

Mellow Mushroom Classic Southern pizza. 310 W. Franklin St.; 919-929-1941;

West End Wine Bar Pastries, light tapas, 100 wines. 450 W. Franklin St.; 919-967-7599;

Merritt’s Store & Grill Sandwiches, breakfast biscuits, burgers. 1009 S. Columbia St.; 919-942-4897;

Windows Restaurant at the Franklin Hotel New American breakfast cuisine. 311 W. Franklin St.; 919-442-9000

Might As Well Bar & Grill Bar favorites like cheese fries plus pizza, burgers, wings, salads and more. 206 W. Franklin St.; 984-234-3333; chapelhill. Mint North Indian subz korma and chicken jalfrezi. 504 W. Franklin St.; 919-929-6188;

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Moe’s Southwest Grill Made-to-order burritos, nachos, quesadillas and more. 110 W. Franklin St.; 919-914-6217;

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Caffé Driade Carrboro Coffee, bowlsize lattes, local baked goods, beer and wine. 1215 E. Franklin St.; 919-942-2333; CAVA Customizable Mediterranean bowls, salads, pitas and soups. 79 S. Elliott Rd.; 919-636-5828;


In just one terrible week in February, Chapel Hill lost three of its best cooks. Karen Barker, Margaret Lundy and Mary Hill all passed away, leaving their friends and food enthusiasts in shock. The absence of these three amazing women leaves a vacuum in our local culinary scene. Chapel Hill food lovers have sweet memories of Karen, whose kind and approachable demeanor belied her celebrity status. Already nationally known as Bon Appetit’s Best Pastry Chef in 1999, she won the James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Pastry Chef award a few years later for her unforgettable desserts at Magnolia Grill, the iconic Durham restaurant she created with her husband and soulmate, Ben Barker. Her book, “Sweet Stuff: Karen Barker’s American Desserts” is a testament to her genius. Karen’s legacy includes the many acclaimed pastry chefs who learned their trade from her and also Gabe, the Barkers’ son, himself a James Beard Foundation semifinalist for his work at Pizzeria Mercato. The dessert menu at Gabe’s Carrboro eatery is based on his mother’s recipes. I’ll never taste a bite of Mercato’s incredible gelato and not think of Karen with awe and gratitude. Margaret, one of the first female restaurateurs in this area, brought us Chick It Out, a food delivery business featuring the best chargrilled chicken you ever tasted. When it closed, I went into withdrawal. In 1992, she rose from its ashes to open Margaret’s Cantina, introducing authentic Southwestern American cuisine to our town. Margaret sold the restaurant in 2014 and returned to her native Arizona in 2016. Thankfully, the new owner kept Margaret’s original menu including that amazing grilled chicken. Mary was not a professional chef, but one of the best home cooks in town. Along with Jenny Fitch, Carroll Kyser, Bill Neal and other local cooking enthusiasts who gathered for lessons at Chapel Hill’s first kitchen store, Danziger Design, Mary started a cooking group in the 1970s. The synergy of these trendsetting cooks inspired the creation of future Chapel Hill establishments: Bill’s La Residence, Jenny’s Fearrington House Restaurant and the deli at Southern Season originated by Carroll. We were all a bit in awe of Mary. No stranger to fine dining, she had lived in Geneva, Switzerland, and New York before landing in husband Watts’ hometown. Mary was known for her sophisticated taste, yet there was an earthiness about her, and she was a wiz in the kitchen. Dinner parties at the Hills’ art-filled home were legendary for lively conversation among the varied guests and for Mary’s incomparable food. Years ago, Mary gave me her copy of Craig Claiborne’s “The New York Times International Cook Book,” published in 1971 before anyone in these parts had ever heard of aioli or raita. Stained and well-worn, it’s one of my treasures. This elegant soup from the France chapter was one of Mary’s favorite first courses. The recipe is marked “Great!” in her handwriting. And it is.



CREAM OF SPINACH SOUP 2 Tbsp. butter ½ cup chopped onions 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour 3 cups chicken stock 2 cups coarsely chopped spinach ⅓ cup heavy cream Salt and freshly ground pepper 2 egg yolks Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the onion. Cook until the onion is translucent. Stir in the flour, using a whisk. When blended, add the chicken stock, stirring vigorously with the whisk. Bring to a boil. When the soup is thickened and smooth, add the spinach and cook briefly. Stir in the cream, and add salt and pepper to taste. Beat the egg yolks, then return to the saucepan while stirring. Cook briefly, but do not let the soup boil, or the yolks might curdle. Serve hot. CHM May/June 2019



Carolina 1663 Contemporary Southern fare at the Sheraton. 1 Europa Dr.; 919-969-2157 Cerritos Cantina Specialty dips, ceviche, street tacos, nachos, burritos and salads. 1502 E. Franklin St.; 919-929-6566;

Red Pepper Chinese restaurant offering traditional Szechuan dishes. 1704 E. Franklin St.; 919-968-3488; SQUID’S Fresh seafood options include woodgrilled fillets, Maine lobster, fried seafood and oysters. 1201 Fordham Blvd. (15-501); 919-942-8757;

Chopt Offers unique salads, grain, noodle and quinoa bowls. Eastgate Crossing; 919-240-7660; Clean Juice Certified organic juices, smoothies, bowls and snacks. Eastgate Crossing; 919-590-5133; Don Rotisserie Chicken Rotisserie chicken and sides, chicken wings, soups and salads. 237 S. Elliott Rd.; 919-903-9002

Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen Drive-thru biscuits, sandwiches. 1305 E. Franklin St.; 919-933-1324;

Dunk & Slide at Whole Foods Market All-day breakfast, sushi and more. 81 S. Elliott Rd.; 919-968-1983;

Sutton’s at the Atrium A cafe version of Sutton’s Drug Store with menu options including its famous hot dogs, salads and more. 100 Europa Dr.; 919-240-4471;

Guglhupf Bake Shop European-style breads, pastries and coffee. Eastgate Crossing; 919-914-6511;

Tandoor Indian Restaurant Traditional Indian cuisine, vegan options. 1301 E. Franklin St.; 919-967-6622;

Haw River Grill Crisp salads, roasted sandwiches, handcrafted burgers and a customizable burger and sandwich bar. 261 S. Elliott Rd.; 984-234-0395;

Twisted Noodles Thai noodle soups, pan-fried noodles. Eastgate Crossing; 919-933-9933;

Il Palio Ristorante at The Siena Hotel N.C.’s only AAA Four Diamond Italian restaurant. 1505 E. Franklin St.; 919-918-2545;

Zoës Kitchen Mediterranean soups, salads, sandwiches and kebabs. Eastgate Crossing; 919-883-9310;

Weathervane Restaurant & Patio Shrimp & grits, sweet potato fries, chicken & waffles and other foods with a southern flair. 919-929-9466; restaurant/chapel-hill Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (Airport Road) Hunam Chinese Restaurant Cantonese cuisine. 790 MLK Jr. Blvd.; 919-967-6133; KITCHEN Bistrostyle dining with a seasonal menu that always includes mussels. 764 MLK Jr. Blvd.; 919-537-8167; Lucha Tigre Latin-Asian cuisine and sake tequila bar. 746 MLK Jr. Blvd.; 919-904-7326; THE ROOT CELLAR Sandwiches, prepared salads, desserts and more. Beer and wine only; outdoor dining. 750 MLK Jr. Blvd.; 919-967-3663;

University Place

Timberlyne/Chapel Hill North Area

Alfredo’s Pizza Villa Pizzas, calzones, salads, subs, pasta, desserts. 919-968-3424;

The Bagel Bar More than 20 homemade bagel varieties. 630 Weaver Dairy Rd., Ste. 109; 919-929-7700;

The Loop Pizza Grill Pizzas, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers. Eastgate Crossing; 919-969-7112;

Bartaco Tacos of various styles like sesame ribeye and fried oyster, plus freshjuice cocktails, poke and mole options. 910-807-8226;

Farm House Restaurant Steaks, salads, potatoes. 6004 Millhouse Rd. (N.C. 86 N.); 919-929-5727;

Luncheonette Salads, soups and pasta dishes house-made with local ingredients. 100 Europa Dr.; 984-234-0644;

City Kitchen Wholesome American fare with a sophisticated twist. 919-928-8200;

La Hacienda Burritos, salads, quesadillas, tacos. 1813 Fordham Blvd.; 919-967-0207;

Market Street Coffeehouse Coffee, pastries and more. 227 S. Elliott Rd.; 919-968-8993; Min Ga Authentic Korean cuisine like bibimbap, bulgogi and variety of homemade kimchi. 1404 E. Franklin St.; 919-933-1773; Monterrey Traditional Mexican cuisine. Rams Plaza; 919-969-8750; Mr. Tokyo Japanese Restaurant Unlimited sushi and hibachi. Rams Plaza; 919-240-4552; chapel-hill Olio & Aceto Cafe Brunch and lunch options inspired by Blue Sky Oil and Vinegar products. 400 S. Elliott Rd.; 919-903-8958; 104

Maple View Mobile Ice cream outpost of the Hillsborough dairy farm. 919-244-1949; Red Bowl Sushi, bento boxes. 919-918-7888; Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill Southern favorites like deviled eggs meet steakhouse mainstays like the legendary 12 oz. filet. 919-914-6688; Trilogy American cafe featuring innovative twists on classic dishes. Silverspot Cinema; 919-357-9888; Village Burgers Gourmet burgers with sides like sweet potato fries and tater tots. 919-240-4008;

May/June 2019

Joe Van Gogh Coffee and pastries. Timberlyne Shopping Center; 919-967-2002; Magone Italian Grill & Pizza Neapolitanstyle pizza and Italian mains, plus wine and beer. Timberlyne Shopping Center; 919-904-7393 Margaret’s Cantina Mexican appetizers and entrees. Timberlyne Shopping Center; 919-942-4745; The Neighborhood Bar Classic cocktails, beer and wine and unexpected, creative bar food. 630 Weaver Dairy Rd.; 919-240-4715; New Hope Market Store and grill that uses local products and features breakfast and daily specials like burgers, soups and more. 6117 N.C. Hwy. 86 S.; 919-240-7851 Oishii Specialty rolls, teriyaki, stir-fry, sushi. Timberlyne Shopping Center; 919-932-7002;


The Pig Barbecue, fried tofu, collards. 630 Weaver Dairy Rd., Ste. 101; 919-942-1133;

Nantucket Grill & Bar Clam chowder, lobster rolls and more. 5925 Farrington Rd.; 919-402-0077;

Pop’s Pizzeria Pizzas, calzones, stromboli, pasta. 1822 MLK Jr. Blvd.; 919-932-1040;

Thai Palace Soup, curries, pad Thai. Glenwood Square Shopping Center; 919-967-5805;

Queen of Pho Vietnamese offerings like banh mi, stir fried egg noodles and, of course, pho beef noodle soup. Timberlyne Shopping Center; 919-903-8280;

The Egg & I French toast, pancakes and specialty omelets. 1101 Environ Way, East 54; 919-537-8488;

Rasa Indi-Chinese Indian and Chinese cuisine. 1826 MLK Jr. Blvd.; 919-929-2199; Sage Vegetarian Cafe Vegetarian fare. Timberlyne Shopping Center; 919-968-9266 Sal’s Pizza & Ristorante Thin-crust and deep-dish pizzas plus an array of Italian comfort food in a bright, casual eatery. 2805 Homestead Rd.; 919-932-5125;

Tobacco Road Sports Cafe Burgers, salads and sandwiches. 1118 Environ Way, East 54; 919-537-8404; Meadowmont Village Brixx Wood Fired Pizza Specialty pizzas and salads. 501 Meadowmont Village Circle; 919-929-1942; Cafe Carolina & Bakery Salads, sandwiches, breakfast. 601 Meadowmont Village Circle; 919-945-8811;

Special Treats Gourmet chocolates, cookies and biscotti made by people with disabilities. Timberlyne Shopping Center; 919-883-2151;

Chronic Tacos Mexican grill utilizing authentic recipes. 504 Meadowmont Village Circle; 984-999-4803;

YOPOP Chapel Hill Frozen yogurt shop featuring 14 flavors made daily and 36 toppings. Bubble tea and smoothies. Timberlyne Shopping Center; 919-537-8229;

Fusion Fish Eclectic menu including tapas, family-style dinners and sushi. 100 Meadowmont Village Circle; 919-903-8416;

N.C. 54 East/Raleigh Road Amante Gourmet Pizza Create-your-own pizzas. 6209-B Falconbridge Rd.; 919-493-0904; BIN 54 Steaks, seafood and other fine American food. Everything made in-house. Glen Lennox Shopping Center; 919-969-1155; Brenz Pizza Co. Specialty pizzas, subs, salads. 3120 Environ Way, East 54; 919-636-4636; Coco Bean Coffee Shop Locally owned coffee shop offering Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee and a vegan market. 1114 Environ Way, East 54; 919-883-9003; ELEMENTS Cuisine combining classical and modern Asian and European cooking techniques; check out the wine bar with full menu next door. 2110 Environ Way, East 54; 919-537-8780; Jujube Eclectic, modern cuisine inspired by the classic flavors of China and Vietnam. Glen Lennox Shopping Center; 919-960-0555;

Weaver Street Market Hot bar and salad bar for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 716 Market St.; 919-929-2009;

La Vita Dolce Pastries, sorbet, gelato. 610 Market St.; 919-968-1635; Pazzo! Italian cuisine, takeout pizza. 700 Market St.; 919-929-9984; Rasa Malaysia Authentic Malaysian dishes. 410 Market St.; 984-234-0256; Town Hall Grill Sandwiches, steak, seafood. 410 Market St.; 919-960-8696;

ACME FOOD & BEVERAGE CO. Soups, salads, seafood and entrees with a Southern touch. 110 E. Main St.; 919-929-2263; Akai Hana Japanese cuisine including sushi, tempura and teriyaki. 206 W. Main St.; 919-942-6848; Armadillo Grill Tex-Mex burritos, enchiladas, tacos, nachos. 120 E. Main St.; 919-929-4669;

GLASSHALFULL Mediterranean-inspired food and wine; outdoor dining; all ABC permits. 106 S. Greensboro St.; 919-967-9784;

Quickly Hot and cold tea drinks in addition to Asian street food. 503 Meadowmont Village Circle; 984-234-0401;

AL’S BURGER SHACK Gourmet burgers and fries made with local ingredients. 708 Market St.; 919-914-6694;


Carrburritos Burritos, tacos, nachos and margaritas. 711 W. Rosemary St.; 919-933-8226;

Meet Fresh Taiwanese desserts and teas. 407 Meadowmont Village Circle;

Southern Village


Gourmet Kingdom Sichuan cuisine. 301 E. Main St.; 919-932-7222; Honeysuckle Cafe and Bar Coffee house serving smoothies, tea and meads in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner fare. 601 E. Main St.; 919-967-9398; Market Street Coffee & Ice Cream Coffee, ice cream and pastries. 100 E. Weaver St.; 919-960-6776; MEL’S LUNCHEONETTE & CATERING Open for lunch, Mel’s serves up a changing menu of comfort food. 109 W. Main St.; 919-240-7700; Milltown Pub fare with an extensive beer list. 307 E. Main St.; 919-968-2460; Napoli Cafe Wood-fired pizza, espresso, artisanal gelato made from scratch, teas and local craft beer and wines. 105 E. Main St.; 919-667-8288;

May/June 2019



Neal’s Deli Buttermilk biscuits and traditional deli fare. 100-C E. Main St.; 919-967-2185;

Carr Mill Mall B-SIDE LOUNGE Small plates like flatbread, baconwrapped dates and fondue. Plus, inspired cocktails. 919-904-7160;

Oakleaf “Immediate” cuisine like pastas and seafood using ingredients from the chef’s own garden. 310 E. Main St.; 984-234-0054; Open Eye Cafe Locally roasted Carrboro Coffee and espresso, tea, beer, wine and baked goods. 101 S. Greensboro St.; 919-968-9410; Pizzeria Mercato Pizza, antipasto, soups and fritti. 408 W. Weaver St.; 919-967-2277;

Carrboro Pizza Oven Pizza, calzones. 919-904-7336; CROSSTIES BISTRO & BEER GARDEN Barbecue, peel & eat shrimp, lobster rolls and vegetarian options. 919-918-3923;

Provence Southern French cuisine. 203 W. Weaver St.; 919-967-5008; Spotted Dog Vegetarian-friendly appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, desserts. 111 E. Main St.; 919-933-1117; Tyler’s Restaurant and Taproom Specialty import beers on tap and traditional pub fare. 102 E. Main St.; 919-929-6881; Wings Over Has 18 flavors of wings. 313 E. Main St.; 919-537-8271; East Main Square

Elmo’s Diner Homemade Southern and American classics. 919-929-2909; Oasis Organic coffee, tea, beer and wine. 919-904-7343; Tandem Farm-to-table, modern American cuisine with full service bar. 919-240-7937;

Amante Gourmet Pizza Create-your-own pizzas. 300 E. Main St.; 919-929-3330;

VENABLE ROTISSERIE BISTRO Upscale comfort food with a heavy emphasis on locally sourced and seasonal ingredients; all ABC permits. 919-904-7160;

Gray Squirrel Coffee Co. Roastery and espresso bar. 360 E. Main St., Ste. 100; Hickory Tavern Burgers, sandwiches and build-your-own salads. 370-110 E. Main St.; 919-942-7417; One Fish Two Fish Hawaiian poke restaurant offering the traditional raw fish over rice and salad bowls, as well as poke burritos, nachos and tacos. 370 E. Main St., Ste. 140; 919-240-5532; Rise Southern Biscuits & Righteous Chicken Biscuits, chicken and coffee. 310 E. Main St., Ste. 100; 919-929-5115; Spike’s Hot Chicken N’ Dogs Nashvillestyle hot chicken and hot dogs. 370 E. Main St., Ste. 180; 919-249-5851; Vecino Brewing Company Dozens of craft beer choices plus dishes made with fresh, local ingredients. Flavorful small plates, salads and sandwiches. 300 E. Main St., Ste. C; 919-537-9591;


Weaver Street Market Hot bar and salad bar for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 919-929-0010; N.C. 54 West/Carrboro Plaza Aidan’s Pizza Pizza, wings and salads. 602-D Jones Ferry Rd.; 919-903-8622; Anna Maria’s Pizzeria Italian cuisine. Carrboro Plaza; 919-929-1877; Fiesta Grill Burritos, chimichangas, fajitas, tacos. 3307 N.C. Hwy. 54 W.; 919-9289002; Monterrey Traditional Mexican cuisine. Carrboro Plaza; 919-903-9919;

May/June 2019

Wingman Wings and hot dogs. 104 N.C. Hwy. 54 W.; 919-928-9200;

HILLSBOROUGH Antonia’s Italian cuisine. 101 N. Churton St.; 919-643-7722; Bandido’s Mexican Cafe Burritos, salads, quesadillas, tacos. 122 S. Churton St.; 919-732-8662; El Restaurante Ixtapa Authentic fromscratch Mexican dishes. 162 Exchange Park Ln.; 919-644-6944; ixtapa.homestead. com/homepage.html Hillsborough BBQ Company Barbecue plates and sandwiches, sides and desserts. 236 S. Nash St.; 919-732-4647; Hot Tin Roof Games and specialty cocktails. 115 W. Margaret Ln.; 919-296-9113; The House at Gatewood Chop house and oyster bar with dishes like signature cracker-crusted pork chop with grits and greens. 300 U.S. 70; 919-241-4083; Jay’s Chicken Shack Chicken, buffalo wings, breakfast biscuits. 646 N. Churton St.; 919-732-3591; Kimchi Yay! Korean dishes featuring kimchi jjigae, japchae and buchimgae. Sidewalk, 110 S. Churton St.; 919-732-6261; King Street Bar Beer, wine, specialty cocktails. 114 W. King St. Maple View Farm Country Store Homemade ice cream and milk. 6900 Rocky Ridge Rd.; 919-960-5535; Matthew’s Chocolates Gourmet chocolates, frozen treats and baked goods. 104 N. Churton St.; 919-732-0900 Panciuto Southern Italian cuisine. 110 S. Churton St.; 919-732-6261; Pueblo Viejo Traditional Mexican food. 370 S. Churton St.; 919-732-3480 RADIUS Wood-fired pizzas, housemade pastas, sandwiches, salads and desserts. Outdoor dining; 112 N. Churton St.; 919-2450601;


Saratoga Grill New England-style cuisine; 108 S. Churton St.; 919-732-2214; Steve’s Garden Market & Butchery Local meat, produce, baked goods, plus Steve’s brand products like pimento cheese. 610 N. Churton St.; 919-732-4712; Village Diner Southern diner, buffet. 600 W. King St.; 919-245-8915 Vinny’s Italian Grill and Pizzeria Italian favorites like spaghetti carbonara and chicken piccata. 133 N. Scottswood Blvd.; 919-732-9219; Weaver Street Market Hot bar for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 228 S. Churton St.; 919-245-5050; Whit’s Frozen Custard Ice cream and frozen treats. 240 S. Nash St.; 919-245-8123; Wooden Nickel Pub Pub fare like wings, sandwiches, tots and rotating drafts and specials. 113 N. Churton St.; 919-643-2223;

wood-fired pizza • housemade pastas sammies • salads • desserts



Breakaway Cafe A casual cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with coffee and Maple View Farm ice cream. 58 Chapelton Ct., Ste. 100; 984-234-3010;

Governors Club AL’S PUB SHACK Classic gourmet burger and fries joint, featuring an expanded menu with sandwiches, seafood, soups and salads along with a full bar. 50050 Governors Dr.; 919-904-7659

Capp’s Pizzeria & Trattoria Traditional Italian cuisine including fresh pastas, pizzas, salads, sandwiches and more. 79 Falling Springs Dr.; Sadie’s Southern Classic Southern comfort food. 72 Chapelton Ct.; 984-234-3017;

Flair Restaurant & Wine Bar Frenchinfluenced food, coffee and Sunday brunch. 50100 Governors Dr.; 919-967-9990;

Town Hall Burger & Beer Gourmet burgers plus shared plates, tacos, wings and salads. 58 Chapelton Ct., Ste. 140; 984-234-3504;

Ciao Bella Pizzeria Pizzas, pastas, sandwiches. 1716 Farrington Point Rd.; 919-932-4440


Tarantini Italian cuisine. 50160 Governors Dr. (Governors Village); 919-942-4240;

Allen & Son Bar-B-Que N.C. barbecue. 5650 U.S. 15-501; 919-542-2294;

Veranda (Briar Chapel) 501 Pharmacy Maple View Farm ice cream, plus malts and shakes. 98 Chapelton Ct., Ste. 300; 984-999-0501;

Angelina’s Kitchen Greek and Southwestern dishes including gyros and rice bowls. 23 Rectory St.; 919-545-5505;

A modernist approach to Vietnamese food with traditional integrity.

Starters | Wings | Banh Mi | Pho Vermicelli | Pan Fried | Rice Plates 508a West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 112 N. Churton Street • Hillsborough





Bella Donna Classic Italian dishes like lasagna and spaghetti carbonara. 440 East St.; 919-545-0900; THE BELTED GOAT Lunch, dinner and wine shop, offering salads and sandwiches. Fearrington Village Center; 919-545-5717; Carolina Brewery The fifth-oldest brewery in the state. 120 Lowes Dr., Ste. 100; 919-545-2330; pittsboro

COMPADRES TEQUILA LOUNGE Mexican restaurant with a variety of classic dishes. 193 Lowes Dr.; 919-704-8374;

ELIZABETH’S PIZZA Pizzas, calzones, sandwiches, salads and pasta. 160 Hillsboro St.; 919-545-9292;

Chatham Marketplace Sandwiches, baked goods. 480 Hillsboro St.; 919-542-2643; The City Tap Classic bar food. 89 Hillsboro St.; 919-545-0562;

HOUSE OF HOPS Relaxed bar and bottle shop with a large craft beer selection on tap. 112 Russet Run, Ste. 110; 919-542-3435; Moon Asian Bistro An Asian fusion restaurant offering sushi, Chinese dishes like sweet-and-sour chicken, Thai curry dishes, rice and noodles. 111 Knox Way, Ste. 100; 919-869-7894; THE MOD Wood-fired pizza, salads, small plates and a full bar. 46 Sanford Rd.; 919-533-6883;

THE FEARRINGTON HOUSE RESTAURANT Contemporary finedining. Fearrington Village Center; 919-542-2121;

The Phoenix Bakery Small-batch and seasonal baked goods and specialty cakes. 664 West St.; 919-542-4452;

Food is delicious. Service is quick and neat. This is the kind of place that Chapel Hill was missing. The atmosphere is really classy and you feel like in a fancy place but the prices are actually very reasonable and I would even say cheap for what they offer. You can see the guys making the pizza while sitting and I found that very cool. Have to go back to try everything on the menu. - Inesa L.








Dinner Nightly Brunch on Sunday reservations 919.929.2263 108

May/June 2019



Pittsboro Roadhouse Hearty American entrees, burgers and salads. 39 West St.; 919-542-2432;

S&T’s Soda Shoppe Soda fountain, American fare. 85 Hillsboro St.; 919-545-0007;

Postal Fish Company Fresh seafood from North Carolina’s coast prepared thoughtfully by chefs James Clark and Bill Hartley. 75 W. Salisbury St.; 919-704-8612;

Small B&B Cafe Offbeat, eco-friendly eatery with outdoor seating offering farmto-table fare for breakfast and lunch. 219 East St.; 919-537-1909;

Starrlight Mead

Heavenly Honey Wines

ROOST BEER GARDEN Wood-fired pizza, local brews and live music. 2000 Fearrington Village Center; 919-542-1239;

It’s Honey... All Grown-up!

Our internationally

STARRLIGHT MEAD Tastings of honey wines and honey. 130 Lorax Ln.; 919-533-6314; award-winning wines are expertly crafted on the

premises from fruits, herbs, and locally

sourced honey.

COMPADRES Mexican restaurant with a variety of classic dishes. 115 Siler Crossing; 919-663-5600;

Come relax in our

tasting room, the perfect place to sit, sip, savor, and learn about the art of honey wine.

Virlie’s Grill Soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches. 58 Hillsboro St.; 919-542-0376; Located in the Heart of Pittsboro at Chatham Mills

Thursday - Saturday 12-6 pm, Sunday 1-5 pm

THE ROOT CELLAR Sandwiches, prepared salads, desserts and more. 35 Suttles Rd.; 919542-1062;

Artisan Hub Scratch-made breakfast and fresh lunches including salads, sandwiches, burgers, and specials like chicken & waffles and shrimp & grits. 113 W. Raleigh St.; 919-663-1758;


480 Hillsboro St. - Around back, under the water tower

Oasis Fresh Market & Deli Local organic soups, sandwiches and Mediterranean specialties. 117 S. Chatham Ave.; 919-799-7434;

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A L S O C H E C K O U T T H E S E D URH AM RE STAURANTS … Bleu Olive High-quality comfort food with a Mediterranean flair. 1821 Hillandale Rd.; 919-383-8502; Cucciolo Osteria Italian fare. 601 W. Main St.; 984-243-8744; Duck Donuts Warm, made-to-order doughnuts and coffee. 5320 McFarland Rd., Ste. 140; 919-973-1305; Fairview Dining Room Washington Duke Inn’s AAA Four Diamond-rated restaurant. 3001 Cameron Blvd.; 919-493-6699; Geer Street Garden Simple, down-home fare in a cozy atmosphere. 644 Foster St.; 919-688-2900;

The Place to Be!

Mad Hatter Cafe & Bakeshop Scratch-made pastries, salads, sandwiches. 1802 W. Main St.; 919-286-1987; MarketPlace JB Duke Hotel’s main restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 230 Science Dr.; 919-660-6400; Mez Contemporary Mexican Creative Mexican dishes with a fresh twist. 5410 Page Rd.; 919-941-1630; Neomonde Authentic Mediterranean food like manousheh and kabobs, including a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. 202 Corcoran St.; 919-680-1886;

NanaSteak Offers various cuts of beef and steaks, plus other meats like salmon and tuna steaks, and pasta like beef short rib ravioli. 345 Blackwell St.; 919-282-1183; Page Road Grill Traditional American dishes. 5416 Page Rd.; 919-908-8900; Saladelia Cafe Espresso and smoothie bar, pastries, sandwiches. 2424 Erwin Rd., 406 Blackwell St. and 4201 University Dr.; 919-489-5776; Saltbox Seafood Joint Local seafood that is delivered fresh from the Carolina coast. 608 N. Mangum St. and 2637 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd.; 919-908-8970 and 919-237-3499;

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Voted Favorite Comfort/Southern Food! Meats • Chicken • BBQ/Ribs Chicken & Dumplings • Vegetables • Casserole Brunswick Stew • Gumbo Breakfast items include Chicken & Waffles • Sweet Potato Pancakes

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aty Bales and Monica Zimmerman met while working

as physical therapists in Central Carolina Hospital’s rehabilitation department. After several months of close friendship, they started dating in April 2014. They’ve spent the past five years together, taking trips to the Outer Banks and becoming regulars at their favorite restaurants, La Residence and Lantern. In 2017, the couple traveled to Monica’s hometown of New Orleans to participate in the annual Krewe of Boo Halloween parade. Katy was dressed as Captain Hook and Monica as Peter Pan. To Katy’s surprise, Monica had arranged for the parade to stop in front of the iconic St. Louis Cathedral. When it did, Monica dropped to one knee and proposed. Katy answered, “Yes!” Recently, Monica was diagnosed with breast cancer and had two surgeries in February and March. Although her complete diagnosis is still unknown, Monica and Katy realize how important their companionship has become and that every moment together is precious. The ceremony and reception will be held at Stephen and Ann Aylward’s Chapel Hill home on their lawn near their beautiful garden on Sept. 1, 2019. CHM

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May/June 2019





ittle did Chapel Hill native Julie Crimmins and Jim Hilbert know, but their respective moves to Washington D.C. wouldn’t just be the start to a new job, but also a new and rewarding relationship. The couple met at a birthday party for Jim’s friend (and future groomsmen) Ian Williams. Julie had been invited by her friend (and future bridesmaid) Emily Urquhart. Before they knew it, three years together exploring the District had passed. During a weekend hike in Sky Meadows State Park in the Shenandoah Valley, the couple paused at a bench. It was a peaceful spot under a grand old tree that overlooked the valley. Jim began talking about building a future together and as he bent down on one knee, Julie immediately said, “Yes!” They’ve now got a photo of that beautiful view framed in their home. On September 1, 2018, the couple married at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Julie wore her grandmother’s engagement ring and pearls and a dress made by her mother, Rosemary O’Mahony, based off the train of her own wedding dress. It was important to the couple that their wedding day also serve as a celebration for their family, including Timothy and Eileen Hilbert, and friends who supported them through the years. At The Great Room at Top of the Hill, the wedding party danced all night to The Finns with an emotional dance between Julie and her father, Michael Crimmins. They even surprised bridesmaid Kacie Neville for her birthday with a cupcake and song. The evening ended with Julie and Jim giving a sparkler send-off to their guests. The couple resides in Washington D.C. CHM


May/June 2019

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