Our Latest Obsessions: Cakes, Color and Craft Beer

Our Latest Obsessions: Cakes, Color and Craft Beer

We had our own hurricane party all through last week, tasting craft beers and cute cupcakes!

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cheese-pairingsWe had a great time sampling beers in anticipation for World Beer Festival (happening this Saturday, Oct. 15!) with the folks at All About Beer Magazine. We got a preview of the festival’s programming, including a few beer and cheese pairings provided by Whole Foods Durham. One of our favorite selections was a porter and blue cheese, which Porter the dog (below) especially enjoyed. porter20161007_115535_resizedJust a few of the breweries/cideries represented at this year’s World Beer Festival, including Durham’s own Bull City Ciderworks, plus White Street, Foothills, Bell’s, Sierra Nevada, Southern Tier and Sockeye.

20161006_161306_resizedThe team at Sew Fine IIErin Edwards, Katherine Gianakos, Paula Fullerton and Lori Paschall – hosted an open house at the Sutton Station interior design studio, featuring goods from The Flourish Market, wine from The Wine Cellar at Sutton Station, tasty bites from The Boot and dessert in the form of mini fall-themed cupcakes from Smallcakes (below).smallcakes-fall-cakeslocal-colorArts for Life, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting children and families facing serious illnesses and disabilities, held its Local Color benefit party at The Rickhouse to raise funds for its art, music and creative writing programs at Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center.

fullsteam-esbAt the event, we had the chance to try for the first time Fullsteam’s Fearrington Fall, an apple ESB brewed in partnership with The Fearrington House Inn in Pittsboro.

smallcakes-city-flagAnd we ate more Smallcakes, too! These little morsels, designed based on the Durham flag, were in competition to win the Sugar Showdown at Local Color.

20161009_134904_resizedA close friend of Executive Editor Amanda MacLaren was forced to evacuate her Charleston home as Hurricane Matthew approached. She came to stay in the Triangle, and when the rain, wind and clouds cleared on Sunday, they spent the day exploring Durham’s breweries, including Ponysaurus (above), Fullsteam (below) and Bull City Burger and Brewery.20161009_150618_resizedncma1Administration and Operations Assistant Caroline Kornegay escaped in style to the North Carolina Museum of Art this weekend to check out its cool Art Deco Cars exhibit.

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Laura Zolman Kirk
Assistant Editor Laura Zolman Kirk is a Kentuckian turned North Carolinian who can't get enough of this buzzing community.