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foodie b’eat: Winston-Salem’s Getting an Open Market

If you have trouble like me getting to the farmer’s market on Saturday, then you might enjoy what’s coming to Winston-Salem…in what is the up and coming-est part of town.

Winston Junction Market, an open-concept indoor market, will be located at 901 North Trade Street behind Earl’s. 

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The market will feature food and beverage vendors, artisans and a handful of farmers.  David Dalholt, who also owns Sunnyside Millworks and Sunnyside Mercantile, says when the owner of the building showed him the converted warehouse space, we wanted to turn it into something special.  “It’s such a cool spot. It got my wheels turning.” Since it’s hard for some families to get out the door to a farmers market on Saturday mornings, he wanted to take advantage of the lunch crowd. “Folks can come in, grab lunch, grab a beer and get a little shopping done.”

Dalholt wanted to control the vibe and the look of the space so he and his team are providing tables and custom signage. Vendors won’t event have to bring tables or signs. Menu boards will also be very visible in the event that if you’re waiting in line, you can read the menu easily as you wait.  And just so you know, Dalholt has a way with aesthetic. His tables and woodworking are incredible, so this place is going to look great. 

Patrons are welcome to come and just hang out. Seating will be provided on the patio on top and rows of seating are provided throughout the length of the market indoors.  You’ll be able to shop for food,  order something from vendor like Wine Merchants and Vin 205 Bistro, Lavender and Honey Kitchen, Golden Rule Kombucha, buy plants from House of Plants. You’ll be able to find artisanal products and a few farmers will be there as well.

Wanna go? Grand opening is Saturday, March 30th 11:30am-2:30pm. It will be open each Saturday with hopeful plans to extend hours in the future. 

I’ll be stopping by there tomorrow to get a closer look so more information to come! Until then, follow Winston Junction Market on Facebook for updated vendor announcements and future dates. 

 

foodie b’eat: A New Concept by Chef Tim Grandinetti

And let me add…it’s about time!

Check out this press release from Chef Tim Grandinetti and his Rhubarb and Honey Hospitality Group…

Rhubarb & Honey Hospitality Group announces another GRANDinetti project:
Dr. Brownstone’s BBQ, a North Carolina BBQ Concept, opening Spring 2019.

Chef Timothy Grandinetti, of Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar, announces today that he will open Dr. Brownstone’s BBQ, Take Out & Catering; his take on “old-school” North Carolina BBQ, in the Spring of 2019. 

The 48-seat BBQ restaurant will be located alongside the Lowe’s Foods of Bermuda Run in the Kinderton Place Shopping Center on Highway 801 North, Advance, NC.  Just 10 miles from Downtown Winston-Salem – a short 15 minute drive;  and 30 miles from Statesville – a super easy drive down Highway 40.  Convenient to the vibrant communities of Clemmons, Lewisville, Bermuda Run, Kinderton Village, Oak Valley & Mocksville.

“The family-friendly ambiance allows for warm, lighthearted and genuine Southern hospitality,” said Grandinetti.  “Step right up to the counter for top notch NC-inspired BBQ, signature sandwiches, traditional sides & Chef-crafted desserts – take a chair and sit a spell in our comfortable dining room.”  “Dr. Brownstone’s BBQ is committed to creating delicious foods while striving to make the world a more wonderful place!  With a strong commitment to sustainability; all foods and beverages will be served with eco-friendly, compostable service ware.”  “And, like any good BBQ joint – an efficient, take-away program that will feature “Curb Service” for fast, convenient pick up.” 

A classically trained Chef, Grandinetti has a true passion for the art of BBQ!  He was invited to compete on the Food Network’s Chopped: BBQ Grill Masters.  Food Network traveled to the Arizona desert for a special five-part themed Chopped: Grill Masters Cooking Extravaganza. Over five-weeks based outside at the nostalgic Old Tucson Studios, Chef Grandinetti and 15 Grill Masters from around the country participated in this captivating Wild West showdown. Chopped favorites Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy and Aarón Sánchez presided at the judging table, with astonishing mystery ingredients and tremendously talented BBQ competitors. 

Chef Tim Grandinetti (1).jpgAs for the menu, expect an homage to authentic North Carolina BBQ and FLAVOR BOMBS that will be ingredient-driven, highly thoughtful, intensely flavorful and expertly prepared.  Specializing in Pork, Chicken and Signature Sandwiches; the menu will be anchored by Award-Winning Pork Spare Ribs, Slow-Cooked Chicken with Alabama-Style White BBQ Sauce, Smoked Pork Roast Au Jus and Classic Carolina Pulled Pork.  Grandinetti will be cooking with Southern BBQ influences: ingredients will be responsibly sourced and recipes will be steeped in North Carolina tradition, Grandinetti’s BBQ travels, and modern culinary techniques. 

10 Unconventional Ways to Heart Your Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day, foodies, when even the most begrudging partner puts on their big kid pants and heads out to romance his or her significant other. Love it or hate it, this is the one night most people do it up. But this year we’re bringing you a list of “not the usual suspects….” places you can go and have just as memorable a time as if you’ve drop a Benjamin or two at the finest eatery in the city.

You can see this story as written in YES! Weekly here. 

Small Batch Burger, 241 W. 5th St, Winston-Salem & 2760 Highway 68 S Unit 237, High Point

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Photo courtesy Small Batch Burger

 

Let’s take it back to the 50’s with a beautiful burger, fries and a milkshake. The shakes are so big you’ll be forced to share it with your beloved and maybe two other beloveds. Small Batch doesn’t look anything close to a diner or the 50’s though. It’s practically cosmopolitan. What a fun, casual night you can have and then you can take an evening stroll to burn off those calories. If you ask my husband, he’ll tell you I think fries are hot. Plus at Small Batch, Thursday is “pint night”. 

The Library Bar at Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar, 450 N. Spring St., WS

My favorite bar in all the lands, as I like to say. The sexy Library Bar is newly renovated and expanded with plenty of luxurious seating, opulent lighting and a warm cozy fireplace.  You can order your entree here, but I might suggest a selection of appetizers and one of there beautifully crafted cocktails.  From Thursday through Sunday, Spring House will offer a specially designed St. Valentine’s Day menu to give you plenty of choices to linger over.

For all you Pizza Lovers

Mission Pizza Napoletana, 707 N. Trade St., Winston-Salem

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Photo courtesy: Mission Pizza Napoletana

 

Owner Peyton Smith will be the first to tell you that pizza Napoletana is a sexy food, what with  roaring thousand degree vulcan oven all the fresh toppings and the light and chewy crust.  Mission Pizza Napoletana is intimate small, not necessarily intimate quiet, but it’s a fun and enjoyable date spot for sure.  It’d make a really great first date spot if you’re crazy enough to do that on Valentine’s Day. And for a bit more fancy schmancy to your typical pizza place, Mozzarella Fellas is offering a Valentine’s Prix Fixe menu $55/person. It’s the most cheffy of all the pizza places and they promise the menu will be sure to satisfy even the pickiest of dates. If you just want delicious pizza, you can order off the regular menu.  Reservations are required “to ensure that you get home early, wink wink. RSVP by email info@mozzarellafellas.com 

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For the Sushi Lover

In Winston-Salem, there’s Mizu Japanese Restaurant, 3374 Robinhood Road where there’s actually a sushi roll called the Sweetheart Roll. And it’s expertly rolled and shaped with tuna into a pretty little heart. It features spicy tuna crunchy inside and fresh tuna on top. It’s one of my favorite rolls ever at my favorite sushi place in Winston-Salem. In Greensboro and High Point, US Sushi has a Valentine Roll. It also features tuna. Sushi is fun Valentine’s Day food.

I’ll Make You Breakfast (or buy you breakfast, anyway)

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Mary’s Gourmet Diner

Who says you have to have dinner on Valentine’s Day?  Any number of our wonderful breakfast establishments in the Triad fit the breakfast for whatever meal bill, but we really do love Breakfast Queen Mary’s Gourmet Diner, 723 North Trade Street in Winston-Salem or Scrambled Southern Diner, 2417 Spring Garden Street, Greensboro, where you can get luscious pancakes all piled high with a number of finely crafted ingredients, eggs, bacon, biscuits, grits. Then you can go home and take a nap….together.

Tea for Two on 2.14

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The Flour Box Tea Room & Cafe in Old Salem, 137 West Street, SW, Winston-Salem is doing the regular full tea service ($18/person), but owner Ulyana Kay will have love-themed desserts. If you’re feeling bubbly, there will be Prosecco. Reservations for tea are always recommended. Located in Old Salem.

Desserts for Dinner

It’s only one day a year, y’all.

Order a nice dessert like a brownie or cookie from West End Coffeehouse, Black Mountain Chocolate (both also serve gelato) or at Twin City Hive or Camino Bakery, which stay open later. In Greensboro, Cheesecakes by Alex’s cheesecake could get you all four food groups in one “meal.” Get your fill of macarons from The Humblebee Shoppe or Tart Sweets. Valentine’s Day already is about love, so you can throw caution to the wind and show yourselves some love and enjoy your “just desserts,” literally. This day only, promise?

The “I Don’t Need No Man” Valentine’s Day

Enjoy “Galentine’s Day” at Fiddling Fish in the Big Winston Warehouse on Trade Street.  I feel you eye-rolling over there, but sometimes “girls just wanna have fun!” as Black Mountain Chocolate’s Marissa Joyce exclaims. Enjoy a “chick flick” movie by A/perture. A brews and snacks package will be available for purchase.  Load up before with truffles, macarons and all the chocolate from Black Mountain Chocolate, just across the way.   

Canteen Market & Bistro, 411 West Fourth Street, WS,  is doing a Galentine’s Day Rosè & Raw Bar happy hour as well as a Prix Fixe Menu (reservations accepted for 6:30 & 8:30 pm) .

Valentine’s Day for a Cause
Providence Restaurant,
5790 University Parkway, Winston-Salem…pick a night Feb. 14, 15, 16. Your meal supports Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.  $75 per couple with a pretty incredible menu and complimentary champagne.  See their Facebook page for details and for the link for tickets. 

The Porch Kitchen and Cantina & Alma Mexicana, both in Winston-Salem, will be donating 10% of their sales the entire day to the Parkinson’s Foundation – they will be selling items off of their usual lunch & dinner menu as well as offering Valentine’s Dinner specials

What are some of your most fun and unconventional ideas for Valentine’s Day? 

Podcast: At the Table w/Triadfoodies & Chef Adam Barnett

We just wrapped our Chef’s Table at The Katharine Brasserie & Bar last Tuesday and the next morning, I sat down with Chef Adam Barnett for my  podcast. Take a listen! And be sure to catch the latest YES! Weekly on Wednesday for a complete recap of the Chef’s Table, the food and a bit about Adam.

 

A Look Back at A Chef’s Table at The Painted Fish

We had such a wonderful experience at our latest Chef’s Table, the dinner series that’s taken the Triad by storm that is now catching on here in the High Country.  We had a great event a year ago at Vidalia Restaurant in Boone and we really thought Chef Tom Jankovich would be the perfect chef to celebrate as we relaunch our series.  We have always loved visiting the mountains for vacation (to get away from the summer heat) and when we visited we regularly enjoyed having brunch or dinner at The Painted Fish.  If you’ve been following along you know that in the summer of 2017, we took the leap and moved here.  Twenty-five of us gathered at The Painted Fish Cafe for multiple courses, each course so different from the rest and a full testament to Chef Tom’s cafe menu that is short and sweet but diverse with something for everyone.

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A Chef’s Table celebrates our local chefs and restaurants and the farms and makers they support. It’s food and fellowship at its most fun. Typically, a Chef’s Table is all about letting the chef surprise us, but Chef Tom let us have a sneak peek of his menu and he also told us what to expect when he greeted us before the courses came out. Let’s take a look back!

Course 1: Lobster Chili with lime sour cream, salmon caviar.

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This had all the elements of your traditional chilis with spices and smokiness but with lobster. The lime sour cream was a beautiful contrast to the earthy chili.

Course 2: Baby Kale Salad, toasted walnuts, dried cherries, shade radish, goat cheese, honey white balsamic vinaigrette

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This pretty salad made for a nice palate cleanser following that robust chili. Chef Tom made a little setting of goat cheese on the bottom so that every bite got a little bit of it. And cherries and walnuts were the perfect complements. 

Course 3: Tuna Tartar, wasabi cured egg, soy foam, pickled ginger, Asian micros, grilled crostini. The Painted Fish Cafe and Beer Bar

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I don’t normally declare a “favorite” dish of the night but this had everything I loved. Tuna tartar, cool and herby, a wasabi cured egg (that the chefs had been working on for three weeks)…it was ooey and gooey but not runny…oh yum and buttery crostini. A little of the soy foam on the crostini with the tartar…seriously I could eat something like this every day.

Course 4: Lamb Chop, rosemary pesto crusted, pear croquette potato, haricot vert, lamb jus lie The Painted Fish Cafe and Beer Bar

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At this point, we’re feeling good and full, but who’s saying no to a precious little lamb chop? Not me. It was perfectly cooked with herby crust and the little potato croquette (shaped like a pear …in the spirit of Christmas) was a touch of whimsy.

Course 5: Chefs Trio Dessert, chocolate Cabernet truffle w/sea salt, tomato stuffed strawberry with balsamic syrup, champagne shot.

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This dessert trio had strawberries and chocolate but not just strawberries and chocolate. Each berry half was filled with a balsamic-y tomato jam. The truffles were a riff on The Painted Fish’s Chocolate Torte which is on the menu. Just in truffle form. Incredibly rich and decadent.  Plus there was champagne. IMG_1955 2

In between courses we enjoyed hearing from Shannon Carroll who was there as my guest representing Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture’s High Country Food Hub, which serves as an online farmer’s market for residents in the High Country.  Definitely check them out as they’re a great supporter of our local farms and makers in this area.

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It’s always so fun to check out what’s going on behind the scenes and get an idea how the chef is handling all these dishes. Imagine 5 courses x 25 people and we’re all getting served pretty much at once, staffed by two servers. It’s intense but I can tell  you Chef Tom Jankovich is just go with the flow. He and his sous chef, Adam Johnson, actually looked like they were having fun! I’m guessing they did.

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Toward the end, this little one, Chef Tom’s granddaughter, Kaydn, was tuckered out enough to just catch some zzz’s. So cute.IMG_0188

We’re making plans for another Chef’s Table up here in the High Country. We would love your input and suggestions on where we should go in the future. We’re thinking late January and would love to have a Chef’s Table on a monthly basis or at least every other month. Yes, during all the seasons!

Those of you who attended, we’re so grateful for your support and fellowship and we hope we see you again. Those of you just taking a look here, we hope we see you soon!