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AUGUST FEATURES

30 Fall Arts Preview Mark your calendar now for these upcoming creative events and festivals 34 The Best of Durham 2016 Results from our annual reader poll 76 How They Live Lyn Gagnon and Steve Kaiser used their ingenuity – and a little elbow grease – to drive the design of their south Durham home

DEPARTMENTS & COLUMNS 18 The Durham Difference The Longleaf Collective, a group of Triangle residents ages 18-40, assists North Carolina nonprofits through grant donations and volunteer work

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94 Hot Spot Seasonally driven Boheme takes over Straw Valley space

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24 Our Latest Obsessions Saving the planet with Fillaree, fall fashion jewelry from Fernweh and the must-read book by a Durham author that’s getting all the buzz 26 Shop Local Just a few of our favorite Bull City products 28 Go. See. Do. 6 can’t-miss events this month

96 Dishing with … Mothers & Sons chef and owner Josh DeCarolis 99 Taste Find our city’s best restaurants 111 Engagements & Weddings Tying the knot, Bull City style

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32 Durham’s Entrepreneurs In an effort to rebuild healthy honey bee populations, Bee Downtown is taking to our roofs

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74 Adopt A Pet Meet a few pets from The Animal Protection Society of Durham

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90 5 Burning Questions with Dr. Bobby Schopler, staff veterinarian at Duke Lemur Center

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Twenty-one North Carolina breweries came together alongside food trucks to offer one big night of fun and fundraising at the second annual Durham Blues and Brews Festival at Durham Central Park for local charities like the Exchange Family Center, Durham’s child abuse prevention center. Hosted by The Exchange Club of Greater Durham, this year’s music lineup included Cool John Ferguson, Handsome Al and the Lookers featuring Emma Davis and Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials. DM A u g u s t

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1 Garrett Dixon and Leah Josephson. 2 Christin Lampkowski and Damian Smith. 3 Hannah Christy

and Paul Gulley of Bull City Burger and Brewery. 4 Brian Ezekian, Jordan Norris and Matt Varrelman. 5 Cathy Thacker, WNCN’s Sean Maroney and Jennipher Branch. 6 Rashad Moore and Jillian Mack. 7 Cool John Ferguson performs. 8 Brad Freeman, Steve Schwanke, Will Blackwell and Brian Beggs. d u r h a m m a g . c o m

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BEAVERS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN PHOTOGRAPHY BY DYLAN BEDELL

The 12th annual Beaver Queen Pageant attracted about 1,000 people to Duke Park. In keeping with the festival’s theme, contestants and audience members alike showed off their best ’80s attire, including Michael Jackson and Madonna costumes. The pageant started in 2005 when the construction of I-85 threatened the local Duke Park beavers. More than $18,000 was raised this year for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association as it continues to improve local ecosystems and protect them from harm. DM 6

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1 David Solow, Ruby, 3, and Elizabeth Peel show off their dance moves. 2 Dexter and Kerri Scott with Noah, 2. 3 Judges and

spectators alike joined in on a rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” 4 2016 Beaver Queen “Beaver Juice” Anastasia Maddox performs in the talent portion of the competition. 5 Cathy Kielar, Judie Adams, Christine Westfall and Allyn Meredith show off their outstanding tails. 6 Tracy Gill along with twins, Ethan and Sammy, 3. 7 Reigning Beaver Queen “Mz. Polly Nator” Joanne Andrews and founding pageant member “Swarmi.” A u g u s t

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TAKE A WALK PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMANDA MACLAREN

The annual Walk for the Animals invites pets and their owners on a morning walk around Duke’s East Campus, all to raise money for the Animal Protection Society of Durham, which cares for nearly 6,000 animals annually. A total of 439 people registered for this year’s event, with more than $65,000 raised. DM 8

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7 1 APS Shelter Operations Manager Leah Santelli and Bocce kicked off the walk around Duke’s East Campus. 2 Melissa Esmacher and Josh Hevert with their pup, Joy. 3 Gary Paschall with Milo, an APS alumni who was adopted in 2012. 4 Durham Magazine Assistant Editor Laura Zolman Kirk and her pup, Winston. 5 APS volunteers Harmeet Kaur and Laurie Amagan. 6 Michelle Shaffer and Stephanie Brinn of Banfield Pet Hospital. 7 Abby Pineda, Dr. Mark Cagle and Jess Harris of Willow Oak Veterinary Hospital.

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HOMES & GARDENS PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURA ZOLMAN KIRK

In celebration of its 29th anniversary, the Durham Community Land Trustees (DCLT) – a nonprofit organization focused on providing affordable housing for low- and moderateincome people in Durham – held a reception before Leyla McCalla Trio’s Music in the Gardens performance at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. The annual fundraiser was a success, as DCLT exceeded its fundraising goal of $20,000. DM 10

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Charla Hodges and Cantrice Janelle Penn. 3 DCLT Board Treasurer Susan Callaghan, Margareta Claesson and Beth Fowler. 4 DCLT Executive Director Selina Mack, Sandee Washington, DCLT Board President Stacey Poston and Sandy Demeree. 5 Donnie Mack, Tradell Adkins, Pamela Pinnix and DCLT Project Manager Karl Hammond. 6 Andre Johnson and Rita McDaniel. A u g u s t

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FOOTLOOSE ON THE PLAZA PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURA ZOLMAN KIRK

Zydeco band Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos performed with blues legend John Dee Holeman  during a lively Blues on The Plaza concert at Northgate Mall. Bull City Burger and Brewery and  Big C Waffles provided the event’s libations and grub.  DM 12

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HEARTS OF VALOR PHOTOGRAPHY BY RACHEL GREENE

Hundreds of athletes and volunteers filled Cameron Indoor Stadium on Duke University’s campus for the second day of the 2016 Valor Games Southeast. Disabled veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces joined in this friendly competition, which included nine adaptive sports, at locations across the Triangle. The event was organized by Bridge II Sports, a Durham-based nonprofit that aims to provide athletic opportunities for youth and adults with physical disabilities.  DM

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ROCKING FOR A REASON PHOTOGRAPHY BY MELINA CASADOS

Habitat for Humanity of Durham’s first “The House That Music Built” benefit concert at the Hayti Heritage Center included performances from Nnenna Freelon, BJ Barham and Phil Cook & the Guitarheels. DM

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Make an impact. That’s the goal of so

many young professionals these days. But how can 20-somethings really do that when they are busy building a career and a network, and still have time for a social life? College friends Adam Compton and John Coggin – wanting all of those things – decided to put those goals together and created The Longleaf Collective, a giving circle of young professionals in the Triangle. “We wanted to find a way to get young professionals more involved in nonprofits, so we thought if we banded together, we could make a bigger impact,” Adam explains. Adam and John called their college friend Jessie Birckhead, who lives in Durham, and The Longleaf Collective kicked off with a party. “We had to explain that everyone could be a philanthropist, but still be fun.” In its first year, the collective had 30 paying members who each contributed a minimum of $100 to a fund at the Triangle Community Foundation. “We [didn’t want to] just give money to 18

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an organization, but to [also] become involved,” John says. “So we decided that we would pick one organization a year and commit fully to it.” FOCUS GROUPS After a year of study and planning, the group determined that they would concentrate on education, poverty, the arts and health in a yearly rotation. Jessie, a member of the grants committee, explains that poverty was selected as their first issue to tackle. “We chose the East Durham Children’s Initiative as our first grantee from the 28 organizations that applied.” Lauren Stephenson of EDCI was thrilled that The Longleaf Collective picked them. “Our grant is for mental health workshops for parents, something that is hard to get funded, but the collective really studied the need,” she says. The members of the collective not only provided EDCI with $5,500; they also are spending the year volunteering. A u g u s t

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Jessie Birckhead, one of the collective’s Durham members, helps EDCI students at the program’s Live2Build LEGO camp at at the Maureen Joy Charter School.

“We are not mental health professionals, but we are able to volunteer to help with the STEAM summer program,” Jessie says. (STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, and is a 10-week camp held at the Maureen Joy Charter School for kids in east Durham, where they learn through fun activities and enjoy a healthy lunch every day.)

have experts come and talk with us,” Adam says. “Gene Nichol from the N.C. Poverty Research Fund is the one who educated us on the connection of poverty to mental health.” While giving to EDCI this year, the collective Longleaf Collective President Adam Compton is simultaneously searching for their next grantee was one of Triangle Business in the education sector. “All paying members have Journal’s 40 Under 40 a vote, and people are as involved as they have Leadership Awards winners for 2016. time,” Jessie says. ‘MOVE THE NEEDLE’ “We are hoping to grow our giving circle, The Longleaf Collective has a social and educational [targeting] people in their 20s and 30s,” Adam aspect to it, too, holding monthly gatherings around the Triangle. It most explains. “Together we can move the needle, have fun and meet new recently hosted a social event at Ponysaurus Brewing Co. in June. “We people at the same time.” DM

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The Carrack Modern Art gallery moved to the Torus Building at 947 E. Main St. in July after five years at its former West Parrish Street location.

Duke Children’s Hospital cancer patients

participated in a special Make-YourOwn Headband Day with Raleigh-based Headbands of Hope and reusable water bottle company Bobble.

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Durham Academy celebrated longtime teacher Marian Saffo-Cogswell’s retirement with a

surprise celebration and fountain dedication.

 Headbands of Hope founder Jess Ekstrom assists a hospital patient in making a one-of-a-kind headband.

The League of Women Voters of OrangeDurham-Chatham elected Pam Oxendine (right) and Eva Rogers as its 2016-17 President

and Vice President, respectively.

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Lindsey Lang, a Riverside High and UNC School of Nursing grad, returned home in June after nearly a year volunteering in Toamasina, Madagascar with Mercy Ships, a nonprofit delivering free surgical care to Africans. Upon her return, Lindsey, the daughter of Ron and Paula Lang of the Croasdaile Farm neighborhood, returned to her former position in the emergency department at UNC.

 A team at Duke Health performed North Carolina’s first hand transplant in May on a 54-year-old man from Texas who lost his hand in a childhood accident. The procedure was 12 hours long and was led by Associate Professor of Surgery Dr. Linda Cendales.

Business Briefs North Carolina-based fitness brand Burn Boot Camp has opened a new location at 3702 Hillsborough Rd. Their fitness program is aimed at busy moms and offers short workouts paired with free childcare.

 The Scarlet Rooster, a locally owned gift and home decor shop, is now open at 721 Broad St.

 The Forest at Duke is the sponsor of LEGENDS Concert and Comedy Series coming to Durham Performing Arts Center this season, which includes highlights

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Hillside Park was selected by the Parks Build

Community – a national campaign that revitalizes local parks – to receive a $20,000 grant from the National Recreational Park Association and The Walt Disney Company. Renovations will include landscape, beautification and seating improvements, as well as resurfacing of the existing outdoor roller rink to a futsal court.

What an Honor The Makers Mercantile, an online shop

Paul Clark of the Durham Police Department’s Community Resource Unit

authored, illustrated and published a children’s book: “Nibbles the Squirrel Explores Durham.” Nibbles’ story can be found around town at local shops such as The Regulator Bookshop and Parker and Otis.

 Pierce Freelon launched Blackspace, “a

hub for Afrofuturism, digital media and social entrepreneurship,” for youth in Durham.

 Instacart, a grocery delivery service, is now available in Durham for Whole Foods Market, Costco, Harris Teeter, Petco, Food Lion and Total Wine & More.

and blog featuring hand-picked local artists and artisans such as Evie Watts, Liz Kelly of Liz Kelly Pottery (above), and Lizzie Chadbourne of Lo and Behold Natural Body Care, launched in June.

New Developments The Brannan, a new condominium complex that will overlook Durham Central Park, is

currently under construction and will have 35 units available.

 Wetrock Farm, an upcoming 230-acre development dedicated to sustainability, has secured preliminary plat approval and, in the coming months, will start pre-sales for the 140 homesites. The northern Durham neighborhood is slated to include more than 140 acres of conserved open space and a functioning farm.

City Planning Durham Arts Council was recommended

Lush Cosmetics opened its first Durham store at The Streets at Southpoint in June.

 21c Museum Hotel now offers a Kid’s

Exploration Package that includes a special “I Spy” guide of the museum/hotel, two tickets to the Museum of Life and Science and an in-room camping adventure complete with milk, cookies and a tent! A u g u s t

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as one organization to receive a $100,000 award to support Phase 1 implementation of the Durham SmART Vision Plan presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. The SmART Vision Plan will utilize public art and urban design to create an Arts and Entertainment Corridor downtown.

 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Durham County’s population estimate is 300,952 and the city’s population is 257,636 as of July 2015.

In an article for tastingtable.com, Abby Reisner spotlighted Durham’s band of local breweries, highlighting favorites such as Fullsteam, Durty Bull Brewing Company and Bull Durham Beer Co.

 Durham was listed as one of nonprofit KaBOOM!’s 2016 Playful City USA communities for making balanced and active play easily available and for pledging to integrate play as a solution to the challenges facing our city. 

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The website 24/7 Wall St. listed Durham-Chapel Hill as the No. 5 best city for single mothers, based on hours of work per week for a single mother to afford rent (49.6 hours), market rent for a two-bedroom apartment ($922), median income for a single-mother household ($26,132) and number of 3- to 4-year-olds enrolled in school (50.1%). They also factored in the numerous educational and occupational opportunities available in the Triangle and the fact that this area is above average in number of single mothers with college degrees and employment.

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Durham native and gospel singer Shirley Caesar was honored with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star under the Recording category to commemorate her 50 years as a solo artist.

Music Fest Success Instead of remaining biannual, Moogfest will be back in Durham next year from May 18-21. About 7,000 people participated per day in the festival this year. Phyliss Craig-Taylor, dean at North Carolina Central University School of Law, was nominated to serve on President

Obama’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

 Art of Cool Festival’s third year in Durham

drew more than 8,500 attendees and participants.

 Duke graduate Tatiana Birgisson of MATI Energy was featured by inc.com in their “30

Under 30” list of entrepreneurs.

Bikram Yoga Durham student Theo Reeves, 11, placed third in the Boy’s

Division of USA Yoga’s national championship in Wyoming this year.

Grad Brag Spanish teacher Ellen Holmes wanted to brag about the following Riverside High students: Axel Hererra is a QuestBridge finalist, Washington Duke Scholar and Golden Door Scholar headed to Duke University on a full scholarship this fall; Morgan Whithaus and Pamela Gonzalez will attend Meredith College on a collection of honorary scholarships. Naomi Van Horn and Meg Van Horn will attend UNC-Chapel Hill; Abigail Rivera will attend Appalachian State University; Ally Zilles will attend NC State University; and Austin Avery will attend Durham Tech. “All of these students have worked very hard and left their mark on Riverside and myself,” Ellen says, “I look forward to watching them grow, succeed and change the world!”

In order to earn his designation as Eagle Scout in Troop 405, Marcus Willoughby, also a recent Riverside grad, designed and constructed an exercise platform for Durham Technical Community College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training students, which is located at the college’s Northern Durham Center. The son of former collegiate athletes Marvin and Jacquline Willoughby, Marcus will be a member of the Elon University football team when he attends this fall.

 Durham Academy alumni Alex Bassil and Naomi Lerner were players on UNC-Chapel

Hill’s men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, which both won the national championships this year.

Celebrity Sighting

Civil rights activist Ann Atwater (pictured right in 1971) passed away June 20 at the age of 80. She is perhaps best known for her role assisting in the peaceful desegregation of Durham schools and is featured in the Durham Civil Rights History mural downtown.

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In Memoriam Sia and her husband, Erik Anders Lang, visited The Salvation Army Family Store in Durham on their way to a wedding up north. “They were both very down to earth, friendly and excited to spend a relaxing day ‘treasure hunting,’” Salvation Army Public Relations/ Outreach Coordinator Katherine Bellamy says. Sia asked the staff (including Emily Cervantes, pictured) to be part of a video she was doing for the friend’s wedding, and she left with a few thrifty treasures. DM A u g u s t

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Keeping Our Hands and Planet Clean

We all want to reduce the amount of waste we put into the world, right? The eco-friendly nature of our residents leads many local businesses to be more environmentally conscious, and it’s also helped jump-start small companies like Fillaree, a line of handmade liquid hand and body soaps, all-purpose cleaning sprays and body butters that are both organic and vegan with refillable bottles. Started in 2014 by Alyssa Cherry (pictured), the first refill station went into Stone Brothers & Byrd. “I had no idea if people would actually refill,” Alyssa explains, “so when the refills started happening it was like, ‘Yeah, great, this is going to work!’” A second refill station was added at Bulldega this year, and the products are carried at Standard Foods and Ramble Supply Co. in Raleigh, and Pine State Flowers and Indio, as well as the South Durham Farmers’ Market on Saturdays. Alyssa’s end goal is to post refill stations throughout the country; in the meantime, she’s just gone through a rebranding and is launching a new website, online store and wholesale campaign to strengthen the company’s reach in and beyond Durham. Look for Fillaree to participate in a CSA that delivers refills to customers; to launch a commercial refill 24

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I had no idea if people would actually refill, so when the refills started happening it was like, ‘Yeah, this is going to work!’” program where restaurants can buy, use and refill the soaps; and to triple the number of refill stations within the next year. In order to find this success, Alyssa knows, it all comes back to the people. “Fillaree would not exist without the fine folks of Durham who choose to reduce their waste in a meaningful and significant way by refilling their soaps and cleaners,” she says. – Amanda MacLaren A u g u s t

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More Than a Statement

Durhamite Rachel Widmark is the co-founder of Fernweh Jewelry, a line inspired by faraway lands and dedicated to giving back to women in developing countries where the jewelry components are made. Growing up, Durham was “a place filled with creativity” for Rachel, whose family lives in Forest Hills. She attended Durham Academy through eighth grade and graduated from Jordan High School in 2010. Her skills were shaped in high school art classes and workshops offered by the Durham Arts Council and Rare Earth Beads, where she fell in love with her current medium – jewelry. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University, Rachel moved to NYC with business partner and former college classmate Amelia Tonelli to launch a fashion jewelry company that utilizes handcrafted ceramics to curate statement pieces designed with geometric shapes and vibrant patterns. We asked Rachel to pick a few of her top pieces that are perfect for transitioning our wardrobes from summer to fall. – Laura Zolman Kirk Embodying the front-to-back trend, these earrings can be worn with the rhinestones peeping from the back of the ear, turned around with the solid gold showing or just as small, blue-and-white studs. “A perfect transition piece to wear when switching from a conservative work outfit to a fun night out.”

“The tapete bracelet adds deep colors to a fall outfit, as well as texture. It can be layered with smaller, more delicate bracelets [or] worn as a stand-alone. A great weekend piece with jeans and an oversized sweater.”

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“The deep cobalt blues and the rich reds both go great with warm, [neutral] fall layers.”

Setting the Record Straight

Bronwen Dickey, a Durham resident, Duke grad and contributing editor at The Oxford American, appeals

for the Pit Bull breed in her new book, “Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon.” In his “New York Times” review, “‘Pit Bull’ Traces Path From Fighter to Pet to Demon,” James Gorman says: “Ms. Dickey not only writes about the ebb and flow of public fear and loathing, she takes the reader on a thoroughly comprehensible tour of genetics and behavioral science to explain why breeding never guarantees an individual dog’s personality, and shouldn’t be used to condemn it.” DM

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Pack up a pile of melons to share with your favorite pigs, bears, opossums and lemurs at Museum of Life and Science, and then dig into some melon-themed experimentation inside at The Lab.

North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Aug. 12-20

Offering a worldwide glimpse into the lives of people in today’s LGBTQ community, this film festival held at The Carolina Theatre attracts thousands of patrons yearly.

Bring blankets, snacks and friends to the last installment of this summer-long audio festival at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, featuring stories that follow the theme of “Work It: Stories of Labor and Leisure.”

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Baseball Card Family Day ➤ Aug. 13

An afternoon full of food trucks, live music and baseballrelated activities, you don’t want to miss this party at Museum of Durham History prior to the evening’s Durham Bulls game. While there, be sure to check out the “Durham and The Rise of the Baseball Card” exhibit, which closes in early September.

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Rock the Park Aug. 20

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Watermelon Day Aug. 8

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Audio Under the Stars Aug. 26

The free concert and movie series hosted by Durham Parks and Recreation wraps up with a kid-friendly movie (check dprplaymore.org for the selection) at Durham Central Park.

Newsies Aug. 16-21

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Based on the newsboys’ strike of 1899, this Tony Award-winning musical comes to the Durham Performing Arts Center with high-energy song and dance to tell the story of a group of underdogs who stand up to the most powerful men in New York. A u g u s t

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2 “Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art” Exploring the complex and contested space of the American South, this exhibition at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University includes work

from 60 artists like Amy Sherald (image above) and sources from images dating as far back as the Civil Rights era. Sept. 1 – Jan. 8

Want More? Check off a few more artsy endeavors this fall

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5 Durham Art Walk Holiday Market Celebrate local artists like Cinc Hayes (responsible for the work above), at this weekend-long event stretching over several walkable Durham sites including Durham Arts Council, Vega Metals and Durham Armory. Nov. 19 – 20

Shara Worden moves between indie rock and classical music as My Brightest Diamond in a Duke Performances show at Motorco Music Hall on Nov. 19. • UNEXPOSED Microcinema hosts the fall portion of its annual film festival, taking place Sept. 17. • The alter ego of comic Roy Haylock, Bianca Del Rio, comes to

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7 Phoenix Fest Celebrate Durham’s Hayti community with this street festival that features a bazaar, parade, all-day music, food and more. Oct. 1

8 62nd Annual Juried Exhibition Presented by the Durham Art Guild, this exhibition features work from a plethora of regional artists, such as Brian Gonzales, whose “Machine Dream” (above) was featured in last year’s exhibition. Aug. 19 – Oct. 15

Join the Band

He was brought on as a temporary director of the Durham Community Concert Band in 1991, but Tom Shaffer just couldn’t be replaced. He has nurtured the growth of the band ever since.

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f you play a band instrument, you need to come and join us,” Tom says. It’s the first thing he says to folks. The second? “Do any of your friends play a band instrument?” Under his watch, the Durham Community Concert Band has grown from just 15 members in the 1980s to a strong 130 today. Every time they meet and perform, membership gets larger. “I believe our biggest accomplishment has been making the band more visible with 7 to 10 performances a year [including many benefit concerts for nonprofits], which has created more public visibility,” Tom says. Thus, larger numbers: “Each time, we attract more players and they bring more friends. “Membership has always been inclusive,” Tom continues. “No one has to audition, and no one has been asked to leave because of their abilities.” Members come from every corner of our community, and no one has to pay to be in the band. “There are no dues, and all concerts are free,” Tom says. A benefit for both the audience and the players, the Durham Community Concert Band holds a special place in Tom’s heart. “I approach our rehearsals as being music therapy,” Tom says. Players come for the musical outlet and leave with their minds off work and other stresses. “Some people use golf,” he says. “We use music.” – Laura Zolman Kirk Check out the Durham Community Concert Band this fall at Durham Central Park Oct. 19, the Durham VA Medical Center Nov. 8, Durham Arts Council Nov. 23, and First Presbyterian Church Nov. 24 and Dec. 1.

The Carolina Theatre Oct. 26. • “RENT,” the 1996 Tony Award-winning rock musical, takes the DPAC stage Oct. 11 – 16. • Innovative theater company The Civilians perform “The Undertaking” through Duke Performances Sept. 29 – Oct 1. • The Scrap Exchange hosts a four-day Creative Reuse Center Boot Camp Sept. 13 – 16. • Durham’s Bartlett Theater tackles Tennessee Williams’ classic play, “The Glass Menagerie,” at the PSI Theater Nov. 6 – 15.

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a shot of espresso once I get to work, a second shot after the first, a third after the second – just to make sure the coffee is still delicious – and then a pour-over before I sit down in front of my computer. All before 9 a.m. After 9 a.m., anything can happen, and it usually does. Pour-over or French press? Pour-over. Counter Culture blend of choice? Hologram. The easiest way to improve your brew? Weigh the coffee

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Coming Home Recent trips to his native Cuba leaves Old Havana Sandwich Shop’s Roberto Copa Matos and his wife, Elizabeth Turnbull, grateful for the opportunity to share the country’s food and culture in Durham

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oberto Copa Matos and Elizabeth Turnbull never take for granted the success of their Old Havana restaurant. Whether it’s choosing local heritage pork to make dishes that reflect Havana’s heyday as a bustling 19th-century port city or creating modern meals that reflect the diversity of the Latin experience in America, they ground every decision in a guiding principle of authenticity. So when they agreed to take two groups of travelers on a trip to newly opened Cuba in February, they likewise wanted their guests to have an authentic experience. Little went as planned, but they enjoyed a range of cultural exchanges that could not have been imagined just a few years ago. “When you go to Cuba, you pack sunscreen, bug spray and flexibility,” Elizabeth says, recounting harrowing tales of overbooking and disreputable go-betweens who expected bribes. “In the end,” she adds, “there’s no better experience to uphold the value of a free market, and the value of capitalism, than to bring guests to Cuba.” They eventually secured accommodations in casa particulares: private residences only recently allowed to rent rooms. The couple was glad to direct resources to locals desperate for income and pleased that guests got to see both the daily deprivations and hopes for brighter futures among native Cubans. „

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They spoke with people who were surprisingly candid about entrepreneurial endeavors, including a young doctor who gave up her low-paying government career to become an in-demand tattoo artist and caterer. And they toured the historic district of Old Havana with a city architect passionately involved in restoring once grand landmarks. “I was very pleased to see how Cuba is changing,” Roberto says, noting that poverty and hunger are beginning to decrease thanks to an economy that now values farming. “It is changing in a positive way. ... It’s a step to get to a better place.” A highlight for both groups was a visit with Roberto’s family. They hosted rooftop dinner parties made possible by three months of careful shopping for ingredients. “We take it for granted that when you go to the store they not only have bags of rice, but different kinds,” says Roberto, who imported enough dishes, glasses and flatware for everyone, and then left it all behind. “There, you might only be able to buy a scoopful a day.” While proud to have been able to show guests his homeland, Roberto returned to Durham more convinced than before that he made the right choice to leave – and, especially, the decision to build a full life in Durham. He appreciates the opportunity to introduce locals to Cuban fare through special dinner events, The Lost Dishes of Cuba, on the third Friday of each month. “Raised under communism, I think about what is the responsible thing to do or not do,” he says. “Having this restaurant gives us a platform. We’re proud to do our part, however small, to help Americans learn about Cuba and Cubans learn about America. It brings me a lot of joy.” – JWL „

Taste for Yourself The next Lost Dishes of Cuba dinner takes place Aug. 19 – visit oldhavanaeats.com/events to peruse the four-course menu and buy your tickets (just $45, plus tax and gratuity). Or come to the shop at 310 E. Main St. for lunch Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and for Sunday brunch. We recommend the El Caney with a side of croquetas!

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seasonal chalkboard. There are often locally sourced twists on standard menu items. CLASSIC ROMANCE Nana’s When to Go This is the place to have your date, your way, and ensure it feels special. Indulge on a Tuesday night or get gussied up on a Saturday. Dinner service starts at 5 p.m.

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to suit early eaters and stays open until the last diners finish, no matter how late. Where to Sit There are three main dining rooms, and the first tends to be full of neighborhood regulars. While it’s a congenial atmosphere, create a special occasion by choosing one of the two purple rooms in the back. They’re guaranteed to be quiet and intimate. What to Drink You can’t go wrong with the spirit-forward University Manhattan, made with rye bourbon and heavy on the orange liquor. With this meal, though, you’ll probably want to share your preferred bottle of wine. What to Eat The menu is so seasonal that features can change mere hours before Nana’s opens. Ordering the chef ’s tasting menu is a way to have your cake and eat it, too, quite literally – five courses offer smaller portions of various dishes and often reflect the staff’s favorites. Leaving the choices to them allows you to sit back and enjoy the date. (If you must pick one thing, though, the risotto is famous for a reason.) Worth the Splurge Go beyond dessert – ask for a specialty port or sweet wine pairing. Pro Tip Parking can get tight – leave it to the valet. And call ahead! When you make reservations, let the staff know you’re coming in for a date. They welcome table preferences, are happy to make suggestions, and will honor any requests to leave you and your significant other alone throughout the night. EASY ELEGANCE

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made with tequila, lemon, grapefruit and spicy tincture. It’s refreshingly tart with just enough kick to be a palate-cleansing sipper. What to Eat What used to be a small plates menu now has full dinner options that marry Moroccan and French influences with American dishes. Start with chicken wings – they come with harissa ranch – and then

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balance a creamy pasta dish with a fresh and seasonal salad. Worth the Splurge Ask about any bar snacks and specialties that aren’t on the menu: peanut-caramel kettle corn served in a martini coupe or a roasted vegetable dish may be up for grabs. Pro Tip No need to shirk the bar just because it’s date night. Intimacy is not lost by sliding into side-by-side bar stools, and your companions will likely be other couples. NIGHT OUT The Durham When to Go A stop at The Durham is meant as the trendy Friday or Saturday night precursor to a concert, art opening or other fun happening. Where to Sit The Roof at The Durham offers tables al fresco – covered for reprieve if it’s rainy or hot – and also uncovered couches to lounge on. And the view that everyone raves about really is that good. What to Drink The Stormfield is a citrusy concoction made with rhubarb aperitif, pomegranate and some of the smokiest mezcal we’ve ever tasted. What to Eat Make a light dinner of the snack and seafood menu at The Roof. Guacamole is served with just-fried warm tortilla chips; you can’t go wrong with a few raw oysters; and the hickorysmoked carrot dog is a unique, standout vegetarian alternative to a hot dog. Worth the Splurge If a multi-course meal is more your style, treat your time on the roof as an appetizer to dinner downstairs at The Restaurant. James Beard Award-winning chef Andrea Reusing does not disappoint with elevated classics, like roasted chicken and a gourmet burger. Pro Tip Back upstairs, order at the indoor-outdoor bar, where you can watch the making of your artisan cocktail. Then grab a spot for a memorable sunset. – JA „

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hen a mechanical failure let a fire get out of control in his restaurant this past April, there may have been some resulting drama, but you wouldn’t know it by talking to Tommy Bullock. The son of the couple who started Bullock’s Bar-B-Cue 64 years ago, he grew up working the counter after school and has developed a lifetime of perspective. Maybe he sees difficulty as part of the industry. “It’s about hard work, perseverance,” Tommy says. “Back [in the 1950s], rent was $5 a week, and there were many weeks when my parents did not have that $5.” Bullock’s kept chugging along, and in 1970, the family built the restaurant that stands today. The barbecue is excellent, but don’t forget the 20 sides offered daily. Tommy mentions stewed apples, deviled eggs, collard greens, baked beans, fruit salad, macaroni salad and fresh cooked corn. All of them are a testament not only to Tommy but also to what seems to be a kitchen full of reincarnated Southern grandmothers. If there has ever been a great cook in your family, something at Bullock’s will remind you of them. With so many offerings, it’s probably not surprising that eventually a stove wound up in flames. “I worked around the clock to get this restaurant open,” Tommy says, “so we could serve our customers and get our employees back to work.” Three weeks later, Bullock’s was back. Tommy reflects on the time they were closed as “this fast, furious thing,” just a crazy blip in the long life of his family’s restaurant, a quick interruption in the daily making of slow, homestyle, feel-good meals for everyone who walks in. – VR „

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Bullock’s serves great barbecue – of that, there’s no doubt – but everything on the menu is worth trying. Some favorites: • Chicken and dumplings The cooks roll out fresh dumplings daily and simmer them in a housemade broth with pulled meat from hens. Pour your portion over the red-skinned mashed potatoes. Yes, it’s a lot of carbs. Now shush and enjoy. • Butter beans and fresh corn The second of our “mix-and-match” favorites, take an order of butter beans and stir in an order of corn. What you’ll get is a medley of sweet and creamy and sweet and crunchy that’s both humble and divine. • Fried chicken The skin is that perfect, extra-crispy goodness that’s delicious at any temperature. Hot, cold, room, whatever. It’s just going to be good. Grab some for a picnic! • Pot roast There’s something special about a new potato that has cooked in beef broth for what seems like since the beginning of time. Put this over the mashed potatoes, too – because, mashed potatoes. • Pineapple cake The 10-layer chocolate cake is rightfully revered, but know this: Tommy Bullock wears a huge golden pineapple around his neck because he loves the fruit so much. It’s a sparkly suggestion that a light, tart slice should be added to your dessert order.

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Matt Kelly of Mateo, Vin Rouge, Mothers & Sons and Lucky’s Delicatessen Billy Cotter of Dashi and Toast Amy Tornquist of Watts Grocery and Sage & Swift Gourmet Catering Best Server Casey Nichols of Primal Graham Weddington of Nana’s Ricky Glover of Bocci Trattoria & Pizzeria

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ave established Elodie Farms in October 2000 with eight goats, a few chickens, Ike the dog and Martha the cat. He made his first batch of chevre goat cheese in the spring of 2002, and his products have appeared on the menus of Durham’s finest restaurants and on the dining room tables of home chefs ever since. In May, Dave sold his farm to Ted Domville, who fell in love with Dave’s products at Six Plates (now Black Twig Cider House) when he served as a chef. Dave is in the process of moving to South Carolina, and Ted is now preparing to take over the herd and learn the art of cheesemaking. We asked Dave to reflect a bit on his time as goat farmer, cheesemaker and businessman. „

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intensive. The farmer is “on call” 24/7. Cheesemaking is as much art as it is science. If you can respect the science part, then the artistry allows you to be more creative with your product. Can you name a favorite dish made with Elodie Farms cheese?

[A dish] that stands out for me is a Camembert cheesecake that chef Daniel Benjamin (formerly of Herons at The Umstead Hotel and now [the owner and pastry chef of] lucettegrace bakery [in Raleigh]) made for one of the porch dinners with chef Scott Crawford. Wow, what a wonderful surprise that was! What’s your favorite chevre?

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“In this science-fiction retelling of Cinderella, Cinder is a teenage mechanic living in New Beijing, who also happens to be a cyborg. In a world where people with magic powers live on the moon, the average citizen hates cyborgs, and there’s a deadly plague sweeping the globe, what could go wrong? ‘Cinder’ is [the first book] in the Lunar Chronicle series.” – Isabel Coyne, student staff member/Tween2Teen.com blogger

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“John Dufresne’s first mystery is intelligent, funny and fastpaced. Wylie (a.k.a. Coyote) is a middleaged therapist who stumbles in and out of trouble, has a few cocktails and brings down the powerful and corrupt locals just in time to have a few more cocktails. His friends and enemies are an engaging group and the book takes some outrageous twists. The sequel to ‘No Regrets,’ called ‘I Don’t Like Where This is Going,’ was recently released as well.” – Tonie Lilley, special projects and sales associate

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Best Yoga/Pilates/Barre Center Blue Point Yoga Center Durham Yoga Company Hot Asana Yoga Studio Pure Barre

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Auburn Leathercrafters Rope Leash, $29.99 As a 2-year-old, 70-pound black Lab, Winston needs a strong leash. This one from Auburn Leathercrafters is durable and fashionable.

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Other End of the Leash Treats, $4.99-$8.99 Diane makes treats in flavors like peanut butter banana, turkey kale and chicken pot pie daily. „

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Toppl Treat Toy, $14.99-$19.99 “Stick a treat in it!” Winston says. He bounced this Toppl toy stuffed with Diane’s homemade bacon-cheddar treats all across the store.

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Bren Sparling Watercolors, $65-$325 Winston thought he was looking into a mirror when he spotted this watercolor by Durham artist Bren Sparling. More animal art is displayed throughout the store by other locals such as Barbi Bailey-Smith and Jewel Conway. You can buy a piece, ready to go, or commission a personal pup portrait.

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Best Spa Bella Trio Massage Envy Posh The Salon The Retreat at Brightleaf

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Best Real Estate Agent Justin Burleson of Fonville Morisey Realty Courtney James of Urban Durham Realty Bill Stevenson Paula Walls of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston

Best Salon Atmosp’hair 140 Salon & Blow Dry Bar Posh The Salon Wavelengths Salon

Best Real Estate Company 501 Realty Fonville Morisey Realty Keller Williams Realty Urban Durham Realty Best Builder BuildSense (L.E. Meyers Builders) David Crabtree Builder Inc. Durham Building Co. G. Crabtree Home Building Best Architect BuildSense (L.E. Meyers Builders) Center Studio Architecture Ellen Cassilly Architect The Freelon Group Best Landscaper Bountiful Backyards For Garden’s Sake Kiefer Landscaping and Nursery New Leaf Landscaping Best Landscape Architect Coulter Jewell Thames Garden Gate Landscaping Landscape Logic Tributary Land Design + Build Best Kitchen Designer CKS Design Studio Common Ground Green Building Center The Kitchen Specialist Linda Dickerson Interiors

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Best Dance Studio American Dance Festival’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios Dance Theatre South Nina’s School of Dance Ninth Street Dance Best Performing Arts Venue Common Ground Theatre Durham Performing Arts Center Manbites Dog Theater Reynolds Industries Theater (Duke Performances) Best Live Music Venue The Blue Note Grill The Carolina Theatre Durham Performing Arts Center Motorco Music Hall „ A u g u s t

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4 Are the kids coming with? A Yes – 2 B No – 1

5 What type of art most appeals to you?

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QUIZ RESULTS 0-3: The Durham Hotel This mid-century modern hotel on East Chapel Hill Street

features 53 rooms, a coffee shop, a rooftop bar and an American restaurant by James Beard Award-winning chef Andrea Reusing. The hotel partners with many local companies –

like Counter Culture Coffee, Burt’s Bees, Raleigh Denim, Escazu Chocolates and NC Made – to create a homegrown, grand experience. Reservations: thedurham.com 4-7: 21c Museum Hotel Located in the historic Hill Building on North Corcoran

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Museum Hotel to open nationwide, and is both a hotel and a 24/7 art museum. Its exhibitions and galleries are always free and open to the public, and you can even embark on a docent tour most Wednesdays and Fridays at 5 p.m. Don’t miss the bar and restaurant Counting House – led by chef Josh Munchel, its menu puts a global spin on regional cuisine, with a focus on seafood. Reservations: 21cmuseumhotels. com/durham/stay

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8-11: Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club This elegant hotel

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[To explain autism to my students], I turned on a boombox with one set of music, the computer with another, flashed something on our ActivBoard, had on a third set of music, and then I went over to the corner and started giving the kids directions on how to play

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This is a good one! I make mistakes every day! I hope I’m not being recognized for being perfect because I’m not, and it’s important for the kids to see that. Anyway, I’m from Hawaii, and on Halloween you can dress up as your favorite character, so I dressed up as Lilo from “Lilo & Stitch.” So I get dressed in the dark, early in the morning, put on my black leotard and pants over it (because I was going to change into my hula skirt at school). When it came time at school to change, I didn’t even look, took my pants off and realized I had put on pantyhose! You could see right through it. Fail! I ended up wearing the skirt over the pants, obviously, but it was pretty funny. What classroom staples can you not live without?

Scotch tape for everything, Sharpie markers, my pointer stick with the plastic hand, which I’m always losing. And in this day and age, my SMART Board remote control because we use that constantly now. These are Digital Age children, so it’s all part of one motion: I do my thing at the easel, on the board and then grab that remote control. – VR DM

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Meals are enjoyed in a breakfast nook that houses a table long enough to seat eight. A desk sits upstairs in a breezy throughway, giving life to what might have been a barely used alcove. And then there are two separate master bedrooms. “People are always shocked by that,” Lyn says with a laugh, “but we’re done with the snoring.” She has a walkin closet and powder room to herself downstairs, while Steve inhabits a former playroom upstairs. “We both love it.” The eccentric layout actually creates a seamless space, an open design that’s remarkably convivial. TIME MANAGEMENT The pair also minimized maintenance in a way that maximizes living. Lyn owns Atmosp’hair salon, just a few miles down the road – which is not a coincidence. “I fill up my gas tank once a month, maybe,” Lyn says. “I save so much time. I leave work, and 10 minutes later I’m at home jumping into my pool.” She’s referring to the saltwater pool that takes up most of the backyard. A screened porch draped with airy, gauzy curtains opens onto the pool, flanked by lush trees and brick accents to define the laidback outdoor area. The interior feels like a cozychic bed-and-breakfast, and the exterior is all luxury resort. “I designed the inside; outside, he does anything he wants,” she says. “Outside is amazing because of Steve.” Since the pool is saltwater, there’s no chlorine added, which means they never have to check or replenish chemical levels. “You don’t have to clean it. We never touch it,” she says. And since it consumes much A u g u s t

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Lyn poured her own unique style into the home with clever decorating hacks Fake it till you make it. The glass-fronted kitchen cabinets boast a rich, textured backdrop – that’s actually gift wrap. “It needed something extra,” Lyn says, but she didn’t want to commit to an installed backsplash or expensive detailing. “I bought some wrapping paper that I really like and used double-sided tape.” Be self-taught. Lyn is such an advocate for good lighting that she learned how to wire and install it herself, so all of the investment went to the actual fixtures. Utilizing her resources helped. “Luckily, our next-door neighbors have the same home model, so I used that as a reference for measuring and ordering in advance,” she says. Seize opportunities. The dining room bar came to be by happenstance. Lyn and Steve had already installed a refrigerator designed to store and dispense from kegs, also known as a kegerator – Steve loves beer – but were looking for a bar cart when a construction gaffe occurred. “They had messed up our countertop in the kitchen and gave us the extra,” Lyn says. “It happened to fit perfectly next to the kegerator.” She went to Lowe’s in search of an unfinished cabinet on sale. “I faux-finished the cabinet, we put in the extra countertop, and had somebody come do the wallpaper.” Waste not, want not. Inspiration for the 12-hour staircase project came from leftover wallpaper. “It was so expensive that I couldn’t waste it,” she says.

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of commercial goods from Djibouti. ... They also carried heavy loads of ticks and though we did not actually prove it, the evidence suggested that ticks were transmitting the disease. The study ended prematurely, [as] Asmara was being bombed, and my pregnant wife and I were airlifted out of the country. You’re a musician and have played in a band for years. Does that translate over to your work at all? Growing up, I played piano and clarinet, and then later the harmonica. I also played in the school band. [In my band,] Too Much Fun, I’m the lead singer in about a quarter of the songs and sing backup on the rest. The music we play is reminiscent of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. But no Beatles or “Free Bird.” Our music is about half original and half cover. I love music and find it to be a universal language. It crosses cultures. I bring my harmonica when I go into the field. ... Music helps to bridge cultures and generations, and it starts friendships. – as told to Allison Futterman DM d u r h a m m a g . c o m

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the look on customers’ faces when they first enter the gate at Boheme as one of the best sights of her day. “It’s a sense of awe,” she says. “It starts this journey that you’re taking along with us.” That journey typically begins in the restaurant itself – a former home of two artists, Robert Black and Ormond Sanderson – divided into several rooms both cozy and yet spacious enough that, even when filled with guests, it doesn’t feel cramped or overwhelming. There are plenty of semi-private corners and spaces in which to partake in an intimate meal for two or eight. Get a glass of wine in the foyer area bar while you wait for a table, or mosey on back to the outside bar to enjoy an appetizer. On a pleasant evening, take dinner on the patio surrounded by blooms and bamboo with taught awnings overhead, and explore the Bohemian Garden when live music is scheduled. “The space was a great opportunity to produce a community restaurant rather than a traditional restaurant,” says owner Giorgios Bakatsias, whose hospitality group is behind Boheme. “I think the space has success written all over it – it just needs the right food experience and the right hospitality, almost like when you walk into somebody’s house and all of a sudden, you don’t want to leave; you want to stay there and enjoy friendship, good food and good wine.” Which brings us to the food: The menu is carefully curated, seasonal and driven by local ingredients, meant to reflect the art of cooking in the moment – “the garden dictates the concept here,” Giorgios says. The staff A u g u s t

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tile from her kitchen that says “Kay’s Kitchen,” and it’s tiled into the wall. When she passed away and we cleaned out her house, I said, “I’m going to put that in the wall someday.” That was about eight years ago. Finally, it’s in the place where it belongs. Mothers & Sons centers on cooking traditions – what traditions are you bringing to the restaurant that your family taught you? The overall feeling of cooking out of love. There are all these – I sound like an old fogey – newfangled techniques and this sort of attitude that chefs have like, “You should be so lucky to eat my food;” that’s the opposite of what we do here. You want to feel fulfilled from eating and enjoying, but we also want you to feel comfortable, like you’re going to somebody’s house for dinner. One physical tradition that comes from my family – my grandma used to make it – is a bruschetta with tomato conserva. It’s like a tomato and pepper and you cook it down until it’s basically a paste, but it’s spicy and rich. My grandmother is 96 years old and she doesn’t cook anymore, and I never really got the full scoop from her. So, it’s been years of trying to figure it out, and finally, I got it. It was approved by my father. So we have a bruschetta here that has that on it. It’s traditional, but I was really trying to nail how my grandmother did it. There’s a pot of it cooking back there, and when I smell it, it’s like, “Oh, grandma’s house!” If you could take a guess, how many pounds of pasta did Mothers & Sons go through during its first week? About 100 pounds of pasta, maybe a bit more. Each day, I rolled probably 15 pounds. But that’s hand rolled, and then we have some that’s extruded from the machine. I never made that calculation, but it’s kind of alarming now that I have. Which restaurants in town do you frequent when you’re not at your own? What do you order? I definitely like the plateau [a combination of oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels, crab claws and lobster] at Vin Rouge. I’m from New England, so I just love poached seafood and oysters. I definitely like Dashi; I like the ramen shop for sure, but the upstairs, the izakaya, is kind of my jam. The flavors are so different than what I’m used to on a daily basis being here, and it’s a good change of pace. I like going for a steak, too. There’s this little place in Chapel Hill called the Farm House Restaurant. It’s been there forever, nothing has changed since the ’70s, and it’s great. Very low-key and quiet – it’s steaks, baked potatoes, iceberg lettuce salads. Do you have a fast food guilty pleasure? Oh, yeah – I have more than one. I would say the most frequent one is McDonald’s breakfast. I get the same thing every time: sausage McMuffin with egg. Part of it is … it was a thing when we were kids. My dad would A u g u s t

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Ruby Tuesday 919-286-5100 Gocciolina Upscale Italian fare in a cozy atmosphere. This wildly popular restaurant has graced our Best Of list again and again. 3314 Guess Rd.; 919-973-4089; gocciolina.com Hog Heaven Bar-B-Q Homestyle Eastern barbecue, fried chicken and seafood. Enjoy with a giant glass of iced tea. 2419 Guess Rd.; 919-286-7447; hogheavenbarbecue.com

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Picnic Locally sourced, Eastern whole-hog barbecue. Order the pulled pork, of course, but also the fried chicken, pimento mac & cheese and hushpuppies. 1647 Cole Mill Rd.; 919-908-9128; picnicdurham.com

Shanghai Chinese Restaurant Established in the 1980s, this Catonese restaurant offers both Americanized and authentic dishes. 3433 Hillsborough Rd.; 919-383-7581; shanghaidurham.com

Silver Spoon Restaurant Diner fare and Southern breakfast served all day. Try a “Golden Royal Skillet” (loaded homefries). 5230 N. Roxboro Rd.; 919-479-7172

Wimpy’s Grill Specializing in old-fashioned hamburgers and hot dogs. Open till 2 p.m. weekdays, cash only. 617 Hicks St.; 919-286-4380; wimpysgrillnc.com

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La Cacerola Cafe & Restaurant Honduran specialties such as pupusas and chorizo asado. 2016 Guess Rd.; 919-294-6578; lacacerolanc.com

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Thai Spoon All the trappings for a delicious Thai-food experience: pad thai, drunken noodles and curries. 3808 Guess Rd.; 919-908-7539

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BROAD STREET Joe Van Gogh This local coffee shop sources quality beans for a superior coffee. 1104-B Broad St.; 919-286-4800; joevangogh.com Oval Park Grille Regularly changing the menu, this innovative restaurant remains “local as heck.” 1116 Broad St.; 919-401-6566; ovalparkgrille.com The Palace International African cuisine including curry goat, dovi chicken and samosas. 1104-A Broad St.; 919-416-4922 Watts Grocery A Durham native, chef Amy Tornquist artfully develops Southern-inspired dishes with seasonal, local ingredients, like the shrimp and fish stew, which appears in summer and fall. 1116 Broad St.; 919-416-5040 ERWIN ROAD Another Broken Egg Cafe Unique breakfast and lunch menu including cinnamon roll french toast and “Popeye’s Favorite” scrambled skillet. 2608 Erwin Rd., Ste. 120; 919-381-5172; anotherbrokenegg.com Black Twig Cider House Cider-and-sausage focused restaurant with more than 80 ciders on draft and in bottles. Try the “Northern Spy” and join in a Txotx! 2812 Erwin Rd.; 919-321-0203; blacktwigciderhouse.com MediTerra Grill Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine, offering gyros, kabobs and curry. 2608 Erwin Rd., Ste. 136; 919-383-0066; mediterranc.com Nosh “Eclectic foodstuffs” like “Mike’s Breakfast Pizza,” “Coach’s Queso” sandwich and the brown derby chopper salad. 2812 Erwin Rd., Ste. 101; 919-383-4747; noshfood.com

Bullock’s Bar-B-Que A staple in the community since 1952, this barbecue restaurant serves up soul in Eastern-style barbecue, Brunswick stew and fried chicken. 3330 Quebec Dr.; 919-383-3211; bullocksbbq.com d u r h a m m a g . c o m

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Saladelia Cafe Espresso and organic smoothie bar, scratch-made pastries, gourmet sandwiches, salads and soups. Open for dine-in or carry-out. 2424 Erwin Rd.; 919-416-1400; saladelia.com Smashburger Unique burgers smashed on the grill, chicken and salads. 2608 Erwin Rd., Ste. 116; 919-237-1070; smashburger.com Sushi Love Specialty sushi rolls such as the “Honey Love” roll topped with mango and kiwi, as well as other Asian cuisine favorites. 2812 Erwin Rd., Ste. 204; 919-309-2401; sushilove.org ERWIN SQUARE Guasaca Arepas, salads and rice bowls with South American flavor. 2200 W. Main St., Ste. A100; 919-294-8939; guasaca.com Local 22 Kitchen & Bar Upscale Southern-inspired cuisine, with emphasis on food sourced within a 30-mile radius and local brews. 2200 W. Main St.; 919-286-9755; local22durham.com Parizade Sophisticated Mediterranean food like monkfish tangine, pepper-crusted beef tenderloin and a vegetable caponata made with quinoa. Full bar. 2200 W. Main St.; 919-286-9712; parizadedurham.com NINTH STREET DISTRICT Banh’s Cuisine Vietnamese and Chinese dishes with great vegetarian specials. Cash only! 750 Ninth St.; 919-286-5073 blu seafood and bar Upscale seafood restaurant featuring innovative regional classics and a complete oyster menu. Try the crab mac and cheese! 2002 Hillsborough Rd.; 919-286-9777; bluseafoodandbar.com Blue Corn Cafe Authentic Latin-American fare with fresh, organic ingredients. 716 Ninth St.; 919-286-9600; bluecorncafedurham.com

Burger Bach Signature New Zealand grass-fed beef burgers and fresh-cut fries. 737 Ninth St., Ste. 220; 919-973-4416 Cocoa Cinnamon Local shop with signature hand-brewed coffees and lattes such as the “Lion in the Sun” with rose water and cardamom. 2627 Hillsborough Rd.; cocoacinnamon.com Cosmic Cantina Authentic Mexican cuisine with vegan options. House-made mole and corn tortillas. Pair with a margarita pitcher. 1920 Perry St.; 919-286-1875; cosmiccantina.com Dain’s Place Pub fare centered around award-winning “thick and juicy and juicy and thick” burgers. 754 Ninth St.; 919-416-8800

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Dale’s Indian Cuisine Traditional Indian food like garlic naan, chicken tikka masala and matar paneer. 811 Ninth St.; 919-286-1760; dalesindiancuisine.net Elmo’s Diner Homemade Southern classics with breakfast favorites like cinnamon apple waffles and biscuits and gravy served all day in a casual, family-friendly setting. 776 Ninth St.; 919-4163823; elmosdiner.com EpaChamo Venezuelan arepas, burgers and sandwiches. 730 Ninth St.; 984-439-2923 George’s Java Coffee roaster specializing in organic coffees. 764-A Ninth St.; 919-797-0878; georgesjava.com Guacamaya (Chubby’s Tacos) Fresh Mexican favorites like burritos, nachos and salads with daily specials, a salsa bar and the “Chubbychanga.” 748 Ninth St.; 919-286-4499; guacamayafreshmex.com Happy + Hale Healthy salads, bowls, breakfast, smoothies, cocktails and cold-pressed juice. 703 Ninth St.; 984-439-1790; happyandhale.com Heavenly Buffaloes Chicken wings (bone-in and boneless), as well as vegan nuggets in more than 25 rubs, including sweet Thai coconut chili, peri peri and Jamaican jerk. 1807 W. Markham Ave.; 919-237-2358; heavenlybuffaloes.com Juju Asian fusion tapas including selections like crispy Texas wild boar dumplings and chicken-fried oysters. Try the crispy Brussels sprouts! 737 Ninth St.; 919-286-3555; jujudurham.com Locopops Gourmet frozen pops in a variety of rotating flavors like lavender cream, strawberry lemonade and malted milk ball. 2604A Hillsborough Rd.; 919-286-3500; ilovelocopops.com Metro 8 Steakhouse Classic American steakhouse with an Argentinean flair. Pair empanadas with a filet mignon or crabstuffed shrimp with a churrasco steak. 746 Ninth St.; 919-416-1700; metro8steakhouse.com Mesa Latin Kitchen Modern tapas-style restaurant offering an array of Latin cuisine such as malanga fritters and ceviche. 2701 Hillsborough Rd.; 919-973-2717; mesalatinkitchen.com Monuts Donuts Scratch-made, locally sourced doughnuts, pastries, English muffins, bagels and breakfast sandwiches. Try the bagel and lox. 1002 Ninth St.; 919-797-2634; monutsdonuts.com Ninth Street Coffee House Coffee and pastries with selections like vegan blueberry muffins. 714 Ninth St. Vin Rouge French bistro-style dinner with regular oyster specials and Sunday brunch. Get the hanger steak and frites! 2010 Hillsborough Rd.; 919-416-0466; vinrougerestaurant.com

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BULL CITY MARKET The Mad Hatter’s Cafe & Bakeshop Scratch-made pastries, organic salads, sandwiches and wraps, with breakfast all day and delicious brunch every weekend. Award-winning cakes. 1802 W. Main St.; 919-286-1987; madhatterbakeshop.com

DOWNTOWN BRIGHTLEAF DISTRICT Alivia’s Durham Bistro European-style bistro with breakfast, pub fare and upscale dinner options including paprika sweet potato fries and risotto. 900 W. Main St.; 919-682-8978; aliviasdurhambistro.com El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant Authentic Mexican cuisine like quesadillas, tacos and huevos con chorizo. 905 W. Main St.; 919-683-2417; elrodeonc.com The Federal Pub fare with bistro panache. Try the “Fed Burger au Poivre” with fries. 914 W. Main St.; 919-680-8611; thefederal.net James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant Traditional pub food and snacks like brisket cheese steak and Reuben sandwiches. 912 W. Main St.; 919-683-3022; jamesjoyceirishpub.com

Lilly’s Pizza Stone-hearth-baked pizzas with fresh, organic and local ingredients. 810 W. Peabody St.; 919-797-2554; lillyspizza.com The Little Dipper Fondue, salads and entrees with selections like cheddar ale fondue, seasonal spinach salad and filet mignon with mushrooms. 905 W. Main St.; 919-908-1023; littledipperfondue.com Mount Fuji Asian Bistro Sushi & Bar Thai, Japanese, Chinese and sushi. Try the duck wrap or pineapple shrimp fried rice. 905 W. Main St.; 919-680-4968; mtfujinc.com Parker and Otis A gift shop, coffee shop and restaurant all in one. First-timers should dedicate a good chunk of an afternoon to this delight. Try the No. 26. 112 S. Duke St.; 919-683-3200; parkerandotis.com Rose’s Meat Market and Sweet Shop Sandwiches, pastries - rhubarb galette, anyone? - and daily dinner specials. 121 N. Gregson St.; 919-797-2233; rosesmeatandsweets.com Satisfaction Restaurant & Bar Pub fare including selections like fried pickles, “Kitchen Sink Pizza” and footlong hotdogs. 905 W. Main St., Ste. 37; 919-682-7397; satisfactiondurham.net Torero’s Mexican Restaurant Authentic Mexican cuisine. Try the ceviche de camaron. 800 W. Main St.; 919-682-4197; torerosmexicanrestaurants.com Triangle Seafood Market Fresh seafood, Italian entrees and pastas including daily raw bar specials. 905 W. Main St.; 919-956-7360; triangleseafood.com

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WAREHOUSE DISTRICT The Blue Note Grill Vibe-driven restaurant with fantastic barbecue, ribs and live music. 709 Washington St.; 919-401-1979; thebluenotegrill.com Cocoa Cinnamon Signature hand-brewed coffees and lattes such as the “Tower of Babel” with honey and date sugar. 420 W. Geer St.; 919-697-8990; cocoacinnamon.com Geer Street Garden Simple, down-home fare in a cozy atmosphere. They make a mean “Dark and Stormy,” and be sure to order “The Pile” to split with friends! 644 Foster St.; 919-688-2900; geerstreetgarden.com Rise Biscuits & Donuts Daily-changing menu of doughnuts and biscuits. For vegetarians, the “Fried Eggplant ‘Bacon’” biscuit is hard to beat. 401 Foster St.; 984-439-2220; risebiscuitsdonuts.com Parts & Labor A variety of dishes meeting many dietary needs including veggie samosas, “Hipster Poutine” and falafels. Go with a group and get a couple items to share. 723 Rigsbee Ave.; motorcomusic.com/ partslabor The Pit Fried pimento cheese, whole-hog Eastern barbecue and Lexington-style pork shoulder barbecue. 321 W. Geer St.; 919-282-3748; thepit-durham.com

newsbites Hot Restaurants

Welcome To The Table

Boheme, Mesa Latin Kitchen and Black Twig Cider House were included in WhereTraveler’s “10 Hot Restaurants in the Triangle to Try Right Now” list.

HOMEY ITALIAN Matthew Kelly and Josh “Skinny” DeCarolis officially opened Mothers & Sons downtown in June, with Josh serving as chef/owner (find out more about Josh on page 96). The menu features regional Italian food including handmade pasta dishes and other delights such as sheep’s milk ricotta, olive oil and tomato bruschetta and housemade coppa.

Keeping Durham Durty Durty Bull Brewing Company’s Tap Room at 206 Broadway St. is now open Fridays and Saturdays, 5-9:30 p.m.

A Fond Farewell Respite Cafe and Four Square Restaurant closed their doors in late June after fourand-a-half years and more than 16 years in business, respectively. After 23 years, Spartacus Restaurant on Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard has also closed.

Piedmont Seasonal cooking inspired by local ingredients. Try the beet-pickled eggs with pimento cheese, crispy oysters or Mills Farm’s shortribs. 401 Foster St.; 919-683-1213; piedmontrestaurant.com CITY CENTER DISTRICT 2 Zero 1 Restaurant Breakfast, lunch and dinner, located in the Durham Marriott Convention Center. 201 Foster St.; 919-768-6000 Bar Virgile Artfully crafted beverages paired with an ever-changing dinner and small plates menu including selections like tandoori chicken, flat iron steak and garganelli. 105 S. Magnum St.; 919-973-3000; barvirgile.com Beyù Caffè Coffee shop meets restaurant, bar and live jazz club. “Bull City Beignets,” classic buffalo wings and ultimate mushroom burger. 335 W. Main St.; 919-683-1058; beyucaffe.com Bull City Burger & Brewery Local beef burgers with all components from bun to barbecue sauce made in-house. 107 E. Parrish St.; 919-680-2333; bullcityburgerandbrewery.com Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub Pub food and bar snacks like nachos, burgers and wings. 427 W. Main St.; 919-682-3061; bullmccabesirishpub.com Counting House Upscale restaurant featuring locally sourced entrees, as well as small plates featuring oysters, shellfish and meats and cheeses. Full bar. 111 N. Corcoran St.; 919-956-6760; countinghousenc.com Dame’s Chicken & Waffles Chicken, waffles, shmears. ’Nuff said. 317 W. Main St.; 919-682-9235; dameschickenwaffles.com

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Chefs on the Move Chef John May, formerly of Chef & The Farmer in Kinston and Durham’s The Boot, has been named the new executive chef at Piedmont. Chef Rob Kinneen, pictured above, who worked alongside John at The Boot, will replace him as executive chef at the Italian eatery.

Dashi Traditional ramen shop and izakaya with unique sake options. 415 E. Chapel Hill St.; 919-251-9335; dashiramen.com Dos Perros Sophisticated Mexican cuisine; plates include pork carnitas, shrimp a la diabla and chile relleno. Don’t skip on the guac! 200 N. Mangum St.; 919-956-2750; dosperrosrestaurant.com Littler Reservations are taken online only for this small restaurant with big tastes. Look for escarole, house spaghetti and guinea hen with herby dumplings on the menu.110 E. Parrish St.; littlerdurham.com Loaf Oven breads and pastries. Counter Culture Coffee, pain au chocolat and cumin gruyere loaf. 111 W. Parrish St.; 919-797-1254

DELIGHTFUL DELI Also in June, Matthew Kelly opened Lucky’s Delicatessen featuring a menu of handcrafted sandwiches, soups and salads, as well as artisan meat and cheeses by the pound. Diners can enjoy everything from a classic PB&J to smoked N.C. trout served with assorted pickles to a hot eggplant Parmesan sandwich. Both Mothers & Sons and Lucky’s are located on West Chapel Hill Street, and we hear Matthew has yet another downtown restaurant up his sleeve, this time of the seafood variety, in the former Fishmonger’s space. LITTLE SPACE, BIG TASTES Littler, a restaurant from the owners of Pizzeria Toro, is now open for dinner Wednesday through Mondays. All reservations are taken online. The menu is expected to change often, but will include dishes like raw oysters and house spaghetti with Spanish mackerel and cured egg. The cocktails will also be seasonal, and currently include “That Think” made with rye whiskey and “Summer Squeeze” with gin, elderflower syrup, lemon and thyme.

Lucky’s Delicatessen Deli crafted by chef Matthew Kelly serves seasonal soups and sandwiches like garbanzo with chickpea fritters and the super Reuben. 105 W. Chapel Hill St.; 919-864-8841; luckysdelinc.com Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas South American cuisine meets the American South. Wood-fired rotisserie meats, Andean-inspired braises, empanadas. 112 W. Main St.; 984-439-8702; lunarotisserie.com M Sushi Quality sushi from seasonal seafood, daily menu changes based on chef Michael Lee’s choice and creative rolls like “Unagi Maki” with barbecue eel and fried garlic. 311 Holland St.; 919-908-9266; msushidurham.com Mateo Highly acclaimed menu of tapas and small plates by chef Matthew Kelly. Great for a date night or night

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Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, a frozen treat franchise dedicated to slow-kettle processing and daily-made small batches, has opened a location near The Streets at Southpoint. The menu includes handmade waffle cones, milkshakes, freezes, Italian ices, sorbets, sugar-free options and a good old-fashioned scoop of ice cream.

Breakfast All Day

Charlie’s Pub & Grille on Ninth Street, which closed in 2015, is slated to become a Waffle House.

Foodie Capital of the South

“New York Post” named Durham the foodie capital of the South in an article posted in June, touting our diverse food landscape that includes “regional favorites like biscuits and barbecue to taste bud challengers such as beef tendon crackers and black garlic ice cream.” The article, written by Jennifer Ceaser, mentioned Scratch, Parker & Otis, Counter Culture Coffee, Pizzeria Toro, The Pit, The Nasher Cafe, Mateo, Counting House, Dashi, 21c Museum Hotel and The Durham Hotel as spots to hit while visiting.

Wine Winners

Wine Spectator recognized Fairview Dining Room, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Rue Cler and Piedmont with Restaurant Awards of Excellence for their dedication to wine.

Fire Up the Grill

“Grilling out with a beer in hand ranks as one of our top favorite things to do,” Ponysaurus Brewing’s website reads, introducing their new cookout concept. Reserve a grill online, order your grill-ready food, and show up at the appointed time. Grab a beer, and get to grilling selections like chicken sausage, veggie burgers and beef burgers that come in packs of four. You can also order sides by the quart like chowchow potato salad or southern slaw. There are no grill walk-ins accepted or outside food allowed (apart from dessert!), and if it rains on your grill date, your food is still available for pick-up that day.

That’s Some Pig

Picnic was listed by TIME magazine as one of “The 8 Best BBQ Spots in the Carolinas” in an article written by Rien Fertel, touting the restaurant’s commitment to using heritage-breed pigs raised on a farm only a few miles away.

Raise a Glass

Celebrity chef Alton Brown loved Mateo’s Cheerwine sangria so much he called the drink “one of those ideas that’s so brilliant that it actually hurts me to not have thought of it.” But he respects the restaurant too much to ask for the recipe; instead, he went to work to recreate it from memory. In June, he published his findings. Check out Alton’s attempt – altonbrown.com/cheerwinesangria-recipe – and see how it compares to the real thing.

out with friends. Order a pitcher of the “Cheerwine Sangria,” pollo frito, gambas and queso frito y huevo. 109 W. Chapel Hill St.; 919-530-8700; mateotapas.com

The Parlour Handmade ice cream in rotating flavors like Vietnamese coffee, banana pudding and rosewater. 117 Market St.; 919-564-7999; theparlour.co

Mothers and Sons Trattoria Italian restaurant by partners Matthew Kelly and chef Josh “Skinny” DeCarolis. Handmade pasta, bruschetta and antipasti dishes. 107 W. Chapel Hill St.; 919-294-8247; mothersandsonsnc.com

Pizzeria Toro Wood-fired pizza with selections like spicy lamb meatball with kale, fried eggplant ricotta and soft egg white pizza. Also, ricotta dumplings! 105 E. Chapel Hill St.; 919-908-6936; pizzeriatoro.com

Ninth Street Bakery Organic breads, pastries and lunch. Grab a “Wheel of Steel” (peanut butter, raisins and oats) before a hike and a blueberry cream cheese Danish for after. Both make rockstar breakfasts as well. 136 E. Chapel Hill St.; 919-286-0303; ninthstbakery.com

Pompieri Pizza A Neapolitan pizza joint with a family-friendly approach. Try the “Drunken Horse” pizza with beer crust dough and house-made sausage and mozzarella. 102 City Hall Plaza; 919-973-1589; pompieripizza.com

Old Havana Sandwich Shop Authentic Cuban sides and sandwiches like the “El Caney,” “Tampa” and “Santiago.” 310 E. Main St.; 919-667-9525; oldhavanaeats.com

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The Restaurant at The Durham Locally sourced Southern cuisine crafted by chef Andrea Reusing. Selections at the downstairs restaurant include beef tartare and spring pie with asparagus and mushrooms. The Roof focuses on shared plates. 315 E. Chapel Hill St.; 919-768-8830; thedurham.com/dining

Revolution Contemporary global cuisine with local ingredients. Spanish-style charred octopus salad, cast-iron New York strip steak and fun tasting options. 107 W. Main St.; 919-956-9999; revolutionrestaurant.com Rue Cler Restaurant & Cafe French bistro-style cuisine with lunch, brunch and dinner showcasing fresh ingredients. 401 E. Chapel Hill St.; 919-682-8844; ruecler-durham.com Saltbox Seafood Joint Local seafood that is delivered fresh from the Carolina coast and served griddled or fried in a simple, straightforward manner. 608 N. Mangum St.; 919-9088970; saltboxseafoodjoint.com Scratch Bakery Seasonal bakery serving sweet and savory pastries, plus a rotating lunch menu with offerings like apple rutabega bisque, meatball subs and pickle plates. Grab a pie, always. 111 W. Orange St.; 919-956-5200; piefantasy.com Taberna Tapas, paella and flatbreads like bacon-wrapped dates, sweet potato fries and gambas. 325 W. Main St.; 919-797-1457; tabernatapas.com Toast Italian paninis and soups. The warm goat cheese with honey and peppercorn crostini is our favorite. 345 W. Main St.; 919-683-2183; toast-fivepoints.com AMERICAN TOBACCO DISTRICT Basan A wide variety of fresh, specialty sushi rolls, modern Japanese appetizers and entrees, and an extensive sake selection. 359 Blackwell St., Ste. 220; 919-797-9728; basanrestaurant.com Cuban Revolution Restaurant & Bar Cuban tapas served amid ’60s-style decor, plus bolsitas, Cuban-style sandwiches and Havana pork. 318 Blackwell St.; 919-687-4300; 359 Blackwell Street Suite 220 Durham NC 27701 thecubanrevolution.com BasanRestaurant.com The District at 410 Lunch served Thursday and Friday by The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham. 410 Blackwell St.; 919-317-3200; artinstitutes.edu/raleigh-durham/the-district-at-410

NanaSteak Offers various cuts of beef and steaks, plus other meats like salmon and tuna steaks and pastas like beef short rib ravioli. 345 Blackwell St.; 919-282-1183; nanasteak.com

OnlyBurger The food truck’s brick-and-mortar version offers all the same build-your-own burger options and sides like bacon-wrapped mac-n-cheese squares. 359 Blackwell St.; 919-237-2431; onlyburger.com

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Saladelia Cafe Espresso and organic smoothie bar, scratch-made pastries, gourmet sandwiches, salads and soups. Open for dine-in or carry-out. 406 Blackwell St.; 919-687-4600; saladelia.com Tobacco Road Sports Cafe American dishes like “Country Frizzled & Drizzled Chicken” made with local ingredients; overlooks the Bulls’ stadium. 280 S. Mangum St.; 919-937-9909; tobaccoroadsportscafe.com Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom Hearty fare and huge beer selection. An order of garlic fries is a must! 324 Blackwell St.; 919-433-0345; tylerstaproom.com

Foster’s Market Brought to you by acclaimed cookbook author Sara Foster, look forward to fresh breakfast selections like cinnamon vanilla French toast, sandwiches like the Greek grilled cheese and salads. Also a great place to pick up specialty food items. 2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.; 919-489-3944; fostersmarket.com Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe and Restaurant German-inspired cuisine and artisanal bakery. Restaurant dishes include house-cut noodles, weiner schnitzel and pan-roasted duck. Bakery brings croissants, baguettes, kaiser rolls, Danishes and tarts. 2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.; 919-401-2600; guglhupf.com Kanki Steak, chicken and seafood cooked on hibachi grills, plus an extensive sushi menu. Come for a show! 3504 Mt. Moriah Rd.; 919-401-6908; kanki.com

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Fairview Dining Room Seasonally inspired contemporary cuisine with selections like bourbon-glazed pork chops and pan-seared NC grouper. Located inside the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. 3001 Cameron Blvd.; 919-493-6699; washingtondukeinn.com

Sitar Indian Cuisine Homemade Indian dishes at affordable prices, with daily lunch buffets and a weekend dinner buffet. 3630 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.; 919-490-1326; sitar-indiancuisine.com

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The Boot A neighborhood Italian-American Restaurant serving soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas and traditional Italian entrees, plus a full bar. 2501 University Dr.; 919-294-8383; thebootdurham.com Capital Seafood Market & Grill Fried catfish, porkchop sandwiches and collard greens. Raw seafood for sale. 1304 University Dr.; 919-402-0777 Mi Peru Peruvian fare like ceviche mixto, asado and leche de tigre. 4015 University Dr.; miperupci.com

Nana’s Restaurant Upscale seasonal dishes influenced by Southern, French and Italian cuisine. 2514 University Drive; 919-493-8545; nanasdurham.com

Vegan Flava Cafe Vegan/vegetarian menu with selections like carrot tuna, curry lentils and “Flava Cakes” for Sunday brunch. 4125 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.; 919-960-1832; veganflavacafe.com

NanaTaco Inventive taqueria that features locally produced meats and veggies. Enjoy with margarita in hand. 2512 University Dr.; 919-489-8226; nanataco.com

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The Original Q Shack “BBQ tender as a mother’s love,” includes signature chile-rubbed beef brisket and Carolina pork shoulder. 2510 University Dr.; 919-402-4227; theqshackoriginal.com Saké Bomb Asian Bistro Authentic Asian bistro and sake bar; enjoy specialty rolls like the “Green Monster” with spicy yellow tail and tuna. 4215 University Dr.; 919-401-4488; sakebombdurham.com Saladelia Cafe Delicious, healthy, homemade food with an espresso and organic smoothie bar, scratch-made pastries, gourmet sandwiches, salads and soups. Open for dine-in or carry-out. 4201 University Dr.; 919-489-5776; saladelia.com Tacos Nacos Tacos, papusas, tortas and horchata. 3411 University Dr.; 919-267-8226 Thai Cafe Authentic Thai cuisine: drunken noodles, curries and stir-fries. Don’t miss the coconut cake for dessert! 2501 University Dr.; 919-493-9794; thaicafenc.com MORE WEST CENTRAL DINING Amante Gourmet Pizza Gourmet pizzas and calzones. Try the “Via Bianco.” 3825 S. Roxboro Rd.; 919-572-2345; amantepizza.com

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Bull Street Gourmet & Market Fresh salads, breakfast and sandwiches like pulled pork-loaded hashbrowns and the turkey and Brie sandwich. 3710 Shannon Rd.; 919-237-2398; bullstreetdurham.com Hope Valley Diner Diner food and breakfast all day with selections like chicken and dumplings, fried pickle chips, biscuits and gravy. 3710 Shannon Rd.; 919-419-0907; hopevalleydiner.com

OnlyBurger The food truck’s brick-and-mortar version offers all the same build-your-own burger options and sides like bacon-wrapped mac-n-cheese squares. 3710 Shannon Road; 919-937-9377; onlyburger.com Randy’s Pizza Pizzas, garlic knots and stromboli. 1813 Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy.; 919-490-6850; randys-pizza.com Piper’s Deli Deli sandwiches and burgers like pimento bacon cheeseburger and French dip sandwich. 3219 Old Chapel Hill Rd.; 919-489-2481; pipersdeli.com

Tonali Restaurant Inventive Mexican cuisine such as chicken con mole, Mexican chocolate torte and adobo pork. 3642 Shannon Rd.; 919-489-8000; tonalirestaurant.com

SOUTHERN DURHAM / NEAR I-40 WOODCROFT SHOPPING CENTER Hope Valley Brewing Company Brew pub fare like cheesy buffalo dip and crispy Brussels sprouts. 4810 Hope Valley Rd.; 919-294-4955; hopevalleybrewingcompany.com Guacamaya (Chubby’s Tacos) Fresh mexican favorites like burritos, nachos and salads, as well as the “Chubbychanga.” 4711 Hope Valley Rd.; 919-489-4636 guacamayafreshmex.com Joe Van Gogh Cozy and full of natural light, this local coffee shop sources quality beans for a superior coffee. 4711 Hope Valley Rd.; 919-973-3950; joevangogh.com. Pulcinella’s Italian Restaurant Southern Italian dishes. Antipasto classico, baked ziti and tortellini alla panna. 4711 Hope Valley Rd.; 919-490-1172; pulcinellasitalianrestaurant.com Randy’s Pizza Pizzas, garlic knots and stromboli. 4810 Hope Valley Rd., Ste. 112; 919-403-6850; randys-pizza.com West 94th Street Pub Traditional pub fare: loaded fries, chili cheese tots and fish & chips. 4711 Hope Valley Rd.; 919-403-0025; west94thstpub.com

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Yamazushi Japanese fine dining, kaiseki-style, with seasonal menu changes and a multi-course menu, as well as sake. 4711 Hope Valley Rd.; 919-493-7748; yamazushirestaurant.com SUTTON STATION Pale + Porter Public House Modern American cuisine and cocktails, locally sourced and an ever-shifting menu. Beef puff pastries, house oven-roasted turkey sandwich and shrimp and grit cakes. 5850 Fayetteville Rd.; 919-544-8585; paleandporter.com Bocci Trattoria & Pizzeria
 Traditional Italian pastas, pizzas, crostinis and salads. 5850 Fayetteville Rd.; 919-206-4067; bocciitalian.com 
Dulce Cafe Espresso, gelato and sandwiches. Smoked salmon bagel, dulce Reuben and the “B-L-A-T.” 5826 Fayetteville Rd., Ste. 106; 919-797-0497 Nantucket Grill & Bar  New England-style cuisine known for their desserts like the “Unbirthday” and coconut cake. 5826 Fayetteville Rd.; 919-484-8162; nantucketgrill.com LINCOLN PARK WEST Danny’s Bar-B-Que Hickory-smoked barbecue: chopped pork, St. Louis-style ribs and fried catfish. 2945 S. Miami Blvd., Ste. 118; 919-806-1965; dannysbarbque.com Gussy’s Place Greek street food like gyro pita, Greek fries and baklava. 2945 S. Miami Blvd.; 984-439-8455; gussys.com

Piper’s In The Park Soups, salads, hoagies and burgers with selections like curried couscous and “South of Here” turkey sandwich. 2945 S. Miami Blvd.; 919-572-9767; pipersinthepark.com

Denny’s Diner fare serving breakfast anytime, lunch and dinner. 7021 N.C. 751, Ste. 901; 919-908-1006; dennys.com

Makus Empanadas A variety of meat, veggie and cheese empanadas, with vegetarian and vegan options. 1125 W. N.C. 54, Ste. 304; 919-390-7525; makusempanadas.com

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HOMESTEAD MARKET Bean Traders Coffee Coffee specialties and local pastries.105 W. N.C. 54; 919-4842499; beantraderscoffee.com City Barbecue Smoked meats, peach cobbler and hushpuppies. 208 W. N.C. 54. 919-237-9509; citybbq.com Shiki Sushi Sushi and pan-Asian choices like “Bang Bang Shrimp,” gyoza dumplings and beef pho soup. 207 W. N.C. 54; 919-484-4108; shikitasu.com SOUTHPOINT CROSSING Ai Fuji Japanese Steakhouse Hibachi dishes and buy-one-get-one sushi. 202 W. N.C. 54; 919-998-3988; aifujijapanese.com The Coffee Element Counter Culture coffee, tea, smoothies and pastries. Also, “Chunky Monkey Waffles.” 202 W. N.C 54; 919-361-3320; tce.coffee

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Spicy Green Gourmet Cafe & Catering Sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts with specialities like steakhouse grinder sandwich and Cuban flatbread. 2945 S. Miami Blvd.; 919-220-6040 HOPE VALLEY COMMONS Mattie B’s Public House Housemade burgers, N.Y.-style pizza, wings and potato chips. 1125 W. N.C. 54; 919-401-8600; mattiebs.com

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Primal Food & Spirits Gluten-free restaurant featuring wood-fired local meat dishes with seasonal sides with craft cocktails. 202 W. N.C. 54; 919-248-3000; primalfoodandspirits.com

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THE STREETS AT SOUTHPOINT AREA American Meltdown Signature gourmet melts; sides and desserts. Southpoint; 919-473-6358; americanmeltdown.org Bruster’s Ice Cream Hand-crafted ice creams, sorbets & sherbets in ever-changing flavors. 8200 Renaissance Pwy. Ste. 1002; 919-237-3537; brusters.com Porchetta Slow-roasted Italian-style pork sandwiches and sides. Southpoint; 919-607-7419; porchettardu.com Harvest 18 Local, seasonal eats. Try the pimento cheese dip and a Bloody Mary for brunch. Also ask about the house-infused spirits. 8128 Renaissance Pkwy., Ste. 114; 919-316-1818 Rise Biscuits & Donuts Daily-changing menu of doughnuts and biscuits. For vegetarians, the “Fried Eggplant ‘Bacon’” biscuit is hard to beat. 8200 Renaissance Pkwy.; 919-248-2992; risebiscuitsdonuts.com

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Town Hall Burger and Beer “Carolina Burger” with pork belly and pimento cheese, barbecue salmon burger and “Fries Poutine.” 7830 N.C. 751; 919-973-0506; townhallburgerandbeer.com N.C. 54 Akashi Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar Hibachi, sushi and noodle dishes like bento boxes, yakisoba and spicy scallop roll. 2223 N.C. 54; 919-572-9444; akashisushi54.com Na’Mean Asian fusion, Korean barbecue sandwich shop. A KoKyu joint. 4823 Meadow Dr., Ste. 108; 919-699-4667; kokyubbq.com/nmean Spice & Curry Traditional Indian, buffet-style or off the menu: chicken 65, idli and garlic naan. 2105 E. N.C. 54; 919-544-7555; spicencurry.net

RTP N.C. 55 Backyard BBQ Pit Barbecue and other Southern comfort foods: mac ‘n’ cheese, Brunswick Stew and pit-cooked barbecue. 5122 N.C. 55; 919-544-9911; sweetribs.com Brigs at the Park Breakfast selections like “Pineapple Bread Pina Colada French Toast” and sandwiches like the crab wrap. 4900 N.C. 55; 919-544-7473; brigs.com

Vit Goal Tofu Restaurant Korean dishes like fried dumplings, tofu soups and barbecue specials. 2107 Allendown Dr.; 919-361-9100; vitgoal.com GREENWOOD COMMONS Benetis Restaurant Classic breakfast with a Mediterranean lunch buffet. Frittata, gyro wrap and jambalaya. 5410 N.C. 55; 919-806-0313; benetisrtp.com Sarah’s Empanadas Homemade empanadas. 5410 N.C. 55; 919-544-2441 Tandoor Indian Restaurant Traditional Indian dishes like vegetable samosas, seekh kabob and keema naan. 5410 N.C. 55; 919-484-2102; tandoorinrtp.com

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Sansui Sushi Bar & Grill Hibachi dishes and sushi rolls like “Spider Man” with crab and crawfish. 4325 N.C. 55; 919-361-8078; sansuisushi.com

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Cafe Meridian Mediterranean and American made-to-order salads and sandwiches. 2500 Meridian Pkwy.; 919-361-9333; cafemeridian.com

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Thai Lanna Restaurant Authentic Thai cuisine like red curry, pad thai and larb. 5410 N.C. 55; 919-484-0808; thailannarestaurant.com True Flavors Diner Upscale Southern diner. Try the “Howling Moon French Toast” made with Howling Moon moonshine sauce. 5410 N.C. 55; 919-316-7978; trueflavorsnc.com IMPERIAL CENTER MEZ Contemporary Mexican Creative Mexican dishes, based on traditional recipes with a fresh, healthy twist. 5410 Page Rd.; 919-941-1630; mezdurham.com

Page Road Grill Traditional American dishes, from house-made soup and bread to burgers to vegetarian options. 5416 Page Rd.; 919-908-8900; pageroadgrill.com

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also check out these area restaurants … 411 West The menu – including fresh pasta, seafood and pizzas – is inspired by the flavors of Italy and the Mediterranean, with a healthy Californian twist. 411 W. Franklin St.; 919-967-2782; 411west.com Acme Soups, salads, seafood and entrees with a Southern touch; outdoor dining; all ABC permits. 110 E. Main St., Carrboro; 919-929-2263; acmecarrboro.com Akai Hana Japanese cuisine including sushi, tempura and teriyaki; beer and wine only. 206 W. Main St.; 919-942- 6848; akaihana.com Al’s Burgers Gourmet burgers and fries with local ingredients. 516 W. Franklin St.; 919-904-7659; alsburgershack.com Breadmen’s A variety of sandwiches, burgers, salads and grilled meat, as well as daily soup and casserole specials. Breakfast served all day; vegetarian options; outdoor dining; beer and wine only. 324 W. Rosemary St.; 919-967-7110; breadmens.com Cholanad Restaurant & Bar Contemporary and traditional South Indian cuisine. Catering available. 308 W. Franklin St.; 800-246-5262; cholanad.com

Chronic Tacos Mexican grill utilizing authentic recipes. 504 Meadowmont Village Circle; 984-999-4803; eatchronictacos.com Crepe Traditions Sweet and savory crepes, coffee and espresso. 140 W. Franklin St., Ste. 120; 919-391-9999; crepetraditions.com Crook’s Corner Southern classics like shrimp and grits, “Hoppin’ John” and jalapeno-cheddar hushpuppies. 610 W. Franklin St.; 919-929-7643; crookscorner.com Elaine’s on Franklin Fine regional American cuisine, made with fresh, local ingredients; all ABC permits. 454 W. Franklin St.; 919-960-2770; elainesonfranklin.com Elmo’s Diner Homemade Southern and American classics with breakfast all day in a casual, family-friendly setting. 919-929-2909; elmosdiner.com Glasshalfull Mediterranean-inspired food and wine; outdoor dining; all ABC permits. 106 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro; 919-967-9784; glasshalfullcarrboro.com

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

Radius Wood-fired pizzas, housemade pastas, sandwiches, salads and desserts. Outdoor dining; all ABC permits. 112 N. Churton St., Hillsborough; 919-245-0601; radiuspizzeria.net

Mixed Casual Korean Bistro Specializes in bibimbap, customizable bowls of rice, meat, vegetables and sauce. 1404 E. Franklin St.; 919-929-0047; mixedkoreanbistro.com

The Root Cellar Sandwiches, prepared salads, desserts and more. Beer and wine only; outdoor dining. 750 MLK Jr. Blvd.; 919-967-3663; rootcellarchapelhill.com

Oakleaf Farm-to-table menu specializing in French and Italian cuisine; kids menu; all ABC permits. 480 Hillsboro St.; 919-533-6303; oakleafnc.com

Spanky’s A Chapel Hill institution since 1977, the American bar and grill serves hamburgers, brown sugar baby back ribs, garden fresh salads and barbecue; all ABC permits. 101 E. Franklin St.; 919-967-2678; spankysrestaurant.com

Pazzo! Italian cuisine, takeout pizza. Southern Village. 700 Market St.; 919-929-9984; pazzo-restaurant.com/ Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store Hearty American entrees, burgers and salads; outdoor dining; beer and wine only. 39 West St.; 919-542-2432; pittsbororoadhouse.com

Maple View Farm Ice cream outpost of the Hillsborough dairy farm. 919-244-1949; mapleviewfarm.com

Squid’s The menu of fresh seafood options includes wood-grilled fillets, live Maine lobster, fried seafood and oysters; outdoor dining; all ABC permits. 1201 N. Fordham Blvd. (15-501); 919-942-8757; squidsrestaurant.com Talulla’s Authentic Turkish cuisine, including Mercimek soup, grilled whole fish and eggplant musakka; all ABC permits. 456 W. Franklin St.; 919-933-1177; talullas.com TOPO Chapel Hill’s only distillery also offers beers and American food, like burgers and flatbreads. 100 E. Franklin St.; 919-929-8676; thetopofthehill.com Trilogy American cafe featuring innovative twists on classic dishes. Silverspot Cinema, University Place, 201 S. Estes Dr.; 919-357-9888; silverspot.net Venable Upscale comfort food with a heavy emphasis on locally sourced and seasonal ingredients; all ABC permits. 919-904-7160; venablebistro.com

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Vespa Innovative Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in a setting that can accommodate parties, receptions and special events. Parking and patio dining. 306 W. Franklin St.; 919-969-6600; vespanc.com Weathervane Shrimp and grits, sweet potato fries and other gourmet takes on classic flavors. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr.; 919-929-9466; southernseason.com/restaurant/chapel-hill Yopop Frozen Yogurt Ice cream, smoothies and self-serve frozen yogurt. 1129 Weaver Dairy Rd.; 919-537-8229; yopops.com Yogurt Pump Since 1982, YoPo has served up frozen yogurt treats and shakes with unique flavors like mocha java and red velvet. Non-fat, low-fat and no-sugaradded available. 106 W. Franklin St.; 919-942-7867; yogurtpump.com

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graced the cover of our October/November 2014 issue), will serve as the ring bearer, with wedding bands from Jewelsmith. Hiking is one of the couple’s favorite activities – Greg proposed to Allison on Pilot Mountain after a two-hour trek – and so the couple will embark on a honeymoon marching across Argentina following their October nuptials. DM

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Change of Plans BY LAURA ZOLMAN KIRK PHOTOGRAPHY BY CONNIE TSANG PHOTOGRAPHY AND MARIA BRUBECK

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hen the 700-mile journey between Toronto and Durham became too much for Ariel Fielding (pictured above, in red) and Cindy Current, Ariel took the plunge and moved to the Bull City, where Cindy has lived for decades. Shortly after, Cindy proposed and the couple exchanged personal vows in two separate wedding services in both Canada and North Carolina last summer. Their Durham wedding was held at the old Murphey School (now the Shared Visions Retreat Center) with Ariel’s yoga teacher, Nina Be of Global Breath, leading the ceremony. Watts Grocery catered a Southern lunch, The Scrap Exchange and Pine State Flowers provided the décor, and guests enjoyed music from Durham cellist Isabel Castellvi of The Bell Cycle and DJ Yammy. While the pair was overjoyed all their guests could come, Ariel was especially lifted by one family member in particular: “My 90-year-old Uncle Don, a proud World War II veteran and the only surviving member of my grandparents’ generation, traveled from New Orleans to give us his blessing and dance the first dance with me.” Ariel, the marketing director at Duke Performances, and Cindy, an English professor at UNC, are happy to call Duke Park home. “It’s one of the friendliest neighborhoods I’ve ever lived in,” Ariel says. DM

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