September 2018 – The 9th Annual Food & Drink Issue

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In late July, I took Andrea Griffith Cash‘s advice and had myself a staycation. Now, I didn’t follow all of her guidelines (find them on page 54). I sort of did the CliffsNotes version; I only took one day off, and I was working maybe 30% of the time, but, hey, I wasn’t in the office – I was exploring my city.

And, being that when I was working it was on this, our ninth annual food & drink issue, I gravitated toward restaurants and bars, with a couple retail and cultural excursions in between. I started at Beyú Caffé for breakfast. I ordered a cup of coffee and the French Quarter Toast. Now, I don’t even like French toast all that much, but this challah bread with fresh blueberries, strawberries and the restaurant’s whiskey creme sauce immediately brightened my morning and had me ready to take on my Durham-filled day.

Other stops on my tour included The Wine Feed, where I got a flight of rosé and picked up a great deal on a bottle of it, too. At Jack Tar + the Colonel’s Daughter, I finally tried the poutine and an incredibly refreshing and interesting cocktail that combined vodka, Home:bucha blueberry kombucha and ginger (for more unique cocktails, flip to page 34). I dropped by Runaway to check out the talented Ryan Cocca’s art exhibit, Non-Legends, on view till October 18, and then went to the Artisan Craft Market at 305 to pick up a few gifts after browsing the unique items made by more than 40 local artisans. After that, I made a victory lap, perusing the galleries at 21c Museum Hotel, hitting up the new Snow Factory for some Thai pan-fry ice cream rolls and finishing the day at County Fare for a cider and Bulkogi food truck fare with a couple of good friends. 

It was a packed day, and I slept pretty well that night having accomplished most of my must-visit list. I’m not even bummed I didn’t make it to all of them – it’s easy enough to pop by another time when they’re just a few miles away instead of hundreds or thousands.

I hope this issue gives you some inspiration to plan your own staycation.


34 Creative Cocktails

Add a bit of intrigue next time you imbibe

41 Savor September

A few of our chefs share their tried-and-true recipes for late summer

45 Scott Free

The end of Nana’s marks the beginning of a new chapter for Scott Howell

48 Food for Thought

Meet the founders of Firsthand Foods, learn more about local CSA and produce box options, and why you should sign up for a GreenToGo box


54 The Ultimate Staycation

Skip the travel expenses and explore your own fabulous backyard

62 What We Love About Living in Croasdaile

The Foleys found their true home in this tight-knit community


8 The Scene

PictureDURM helps us showcase images curated by locals

10 Go. See. Do.

Our top events in September

22 Noted

What we’ve heard around town …

26 Cool Runnings

Duke’s Dr. David S. Pisetsky shares the highs and lows from his Durham Senior Games experience

28 Chicken Hut for the Soul

Author Carl W. Kenney II’s quest for authentic Southern food

30 Booze-Free Bull City Bevs

Bites of Bull City’s Amber Watson offers options for non-alcoholic drinks

76 Taste

Discover our city’s best restaurants

87 Engagement & Wedding

Tying the knot, Bull City-style


12 American Dance Festival’s opening night fête

14 16th annual Duke Hospice Gala

15 Students to Scholars

16 United Way of the Greater Triangle’s Day of Action

17 Liberty Arts Sculpture Studio & Foundry’s Feast From the Furnace

17 The 2018 Book Babies graduates

18 Housing for New Hope’s 2018 Annual Breakfast

20 Hamilton Hill’s Cocktail Party

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Amanda MacLaren

Amanda MacLaren

Amanda MacLaren is the executive editor of Durham Magazine. Born in Mesa, Arizona, she grew up in Charlotte and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in journalism. She’s lived in Durham for eight years. When she’s not at work, you can usually find her with a beer in hand at Fullsteam, Dain’s Place or Bull City Burger or getting takeout from Guasaca.

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