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Join us for BRUNCH our next Triadfoodies Chef’s Table

Happy 2018, foodies! I hope your Christmas was spectacular and warm and loving and we’re excited about the year of food ahead of us.

We’re celebrating a brand new year with a fun and new Chef’s Table at a recent favorite, Vin205 Farm to Table Bistro. We loved how Chef Oren Feuerberg dazzled us with family-style deliciousness this past fall. Read about that here! Owner Caleb Flint wanted to have us back to enjoy a bubbly brunch on Sunday, January 21 at 12:30pm. 

Let me tell you, Caleb knows how to throw a party. And he’s excited to share some bubbles with you and Oren is ready to bring it and show you why Vin205 is the place to be for brunch.  Not only that, but a great coffee bar for a yummy coffee concoction and a few other New Year surprises are up our sparkly sleeves!

Here’s how it works:

Reserve with a ticket here and you’ll join us at our table on Sunday, January 21. A reminder of our pricing: Your ticket price of $30 INCLUDES your multi-course brunch as well as tax and gratuity associated with the meal. Beverage (and gratuity for the purchase of beverages) are not included in the ticket price. Please take care of your server on any beverage service. 

Come a little early to enjoy coffee, drinks or do a little shopping at Wine Merchant’s. 


We’ll see you on January 21!

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foodie b’eat: Krispy Kreme bringing back Doughnuts AND Coffee #cuptocup

From Chow in YES! Weekly.  The article referred to one of the managing partners as John Hart, but John’s last name is Ward. We apologize for the error.

When Krispy Kreme invites you to a tasting, the answer to whether or not to attend the tasting is obvious. And when the company tells you it’s a tasting of doughnuts AND coffee, well that’s a no-brainer. The food writing business can have its perks (pun intended).

Last week, Krispy Kreme invited all of us lovers and sharers of food (and coffee) to an event they called Cup to Cup…a very unique BlogWorthy Beverages, Baristas and a Bold New Store. Not only were local food writers invited to get an inside look and tour of the new Krispy Kreme in Clemmons, but the purpose was to really show us how Krispy Kreme is looking at changing future models to elevate their coffee and beverage business and make each location more welcoming. Look around the new store and you’ll see soft seating, screens, USB ports, electrical outlets so that you can work or just kick back for a while. The new location has set a goal to be a place of relaxation and fellowship but if you need to get a little work done, you can. And it has the super-fun element of watching the doughnuts being made and seeing them come ‘round on the conveyor. Kids love it and I dare say, adults do too. This newest location is a test model for future Krispy Kreme stores and is the only one like it in the world. For now.

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You’d think that coffee and doughnuts go hand and hand, right? We jokingly refer to cops enjoying their coffee and doughnuts on or after their shift. But at Krispy Kreme, that hasn’t been the case, at least not recently. Krispy Kreme Director of Beverage Operations Branan Wagaman says, “We want customers to know that we are more than just a doughnut shop. People walk in and they have doughnut blinders on. They’re not thinking about how a cup of coffee can enhance their experience.”  And Krispy Kreme is training their baristas to know which coffee will pair great with a specific doughnut. 

Interestingly, this was set up much like a food and wine tasting would be. We were introduced to several coffee beverages, each paired with a popular doughnut. And throughout each “pairing” we tasted the coffee and the doughnut and allowed our senses to take over, smelling the coffee and the doughnut, tasting each and learning how a bold coffee is enhanced by the light and fluffy doughnut that’s been filled with a sweet and fruity raspberry filling or a tart lemon filling for that matter. And how the coffee enhances the doughnut too. We later moved on to pairing #2 to taste how a Valentine’s doughnut can pair nicely with a latte or cappuccino. For pairing #3, A Caramel Mocha (a hot version and a frozen version) and how the world’s favorite, glazed and doughnut holes matches up.

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Did we get a little full tasting all of this?  Yep. And I literally just had a bite (maybe two) at each course. It’s a tough job, ya’ll.

S & D Coffee, which provides the coffee for Krispy Kreme, has taken whole-hearted approach to educating the company’s employees about coffee. Master roaster, Toby Foreman shared his passion for roasting coffee and finding the best ways to bring out the nuances of the bean. “The bean comes back to life with something dormant to its destined complexities. We want to take the mystique out of coffee. And we want the customer to accentuate that experience and have a conversation with the barista and complement that moment, just like you would with any other culinary experience. My job is to create coffee but you get the sensory experience to create a memory.” 

The Clemmons Krispy Kreme is a bustling location. When they’re making doughnuts, they can produce 2,400 dozen glazed doughnuts a day. One Friday evening, at 6:00, the line for the drive-thru was literally wrapped around the building. Managing partner, John Ward, says that’s nothing unusual for them. “You’d think a Krispy Kreme would be busiest from 6-8:00 in the morning and traditionally that has been the case. But my morning business is actually a bit lighter. I’m an afternoon and evening store. After 3:00 we are rocking and rolling. It changed our business model across the country.” He attributes it to the beverage business and said they adapted to the customer’s needs. “People are coming home from work or school, they’re getting a frozen drink, setting up their laptop or picking up doughnuts for dessert and for the next morning’s business.” Ward says the business overall hasn’t changed, it’s just when business happens has changed. “It’s encouraging to me, because this is a test concept for beverage and people are getting doughnuts, but also the coffee. And this doughnut guy is okay with that.” Ward has been with the company for 22 years in various corporate and training positions and jumped on the opportunity to have a vested interest in the business last July as an operating partner (much like Chick Fil-A). The Clemmons location is testing this managing partner concept as well.

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Managing Partner, Clemmons location-John Ward

The building’s foundation had already been laid when executives with Krispy Kreme got the notion to do something a little different, eliminate what wasn’t working and dive into a fresh approach. Granted, not all Krispy Kreme’s are going to have the beverage program that the Clemmons location offers, but officials are hoping to change that. KK’s Wagaman says, “We’re proving to ourselves that it can be done.”

Wanna go? The new Krispy Kreme is located at 2442 Lewisville-Clemmons Road, Clemmons.  krispykreme.com.  If you dare, there’s an app for the “hot light” that will tell you where the freshest doughnuts are on the road or activated in your neighborhood.

The Table Farmhouse Bakery

I have this “vision” in my head. A vision of what MY restaurant would look like if I was crazy enough to open one (I’m not–but I’m glad some of you are!). Imagine my surprise when I walked inside of The Table Farmhouse Bakery in Asheboro (of all places!) and there was my vision. At least on the inside. Milky white walls, farm-style tables and chairs, rustic floor, delicious products on the wall, simple, relaxing decor. Cool chandelier bottles, Edison lightbulbs. Ahhh… I fell in love at first glance.

Then we got to eat!

We just came in for coffee and dessert, mr. foodie and me. Easy. Then we saw The Table’s super simple ever-changing menu and he thought, “I could eat,” and I thought, “I could eat too!” So we did. When a place like this offers rustic homemade sandwiches with freshly made bread and yummy, warm soup…we felt, well those things are not heavy and we still will likely have room for dessert. We did!

So Mr. foodie ordered a Brisket sandwich with housemade BBQ, red cabbage slaw on Tuscan Onion bread. Wow. Crazy good. Tender, smoky brisket, crunchy slaw nearly like a salad inside the bread with a light BBQ sauce on their freshly made bread. He got a salad too. Good, crisp as it should be.

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Now, I’m not a breakfast person and I don’t normally consider quiche for dinner especially when I came in for dessert, but it just sounded so warm and tasty. I ordered their Farmers Rosemary Ham Swiss Quiche. The quiche was perfectly set but still had a glorious, golden brown cheesy crust, with meaty ham, hints of rosemary and the tanginess of Swiss that goes so well with ham. Yum. And on the side a nice warm Italian Sausage, White Bean & Spinach soup. I think I’m not eating light anymore, but I digress.

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For dessert, we ordered a Buttermilk Pie (yum) and a Salted Caramel and Chocolate Brownie Trifle that I did take a picture of, but it disappeared in the cloud somewhere, but if you squint you can make it out in the case.

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See? That’s the trifle right there!

And we just had to get a White Chocolate Baguette to take home. Let me tell you a little bit about a White Chocolate Baguette…

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I can’t. You gotta taste it to believe it.

My motherfoodie-in-law lives in Asheboro. You’d think there’s not much there, but the little downtown is just presh! And I’ve been wanting to try The Table so MIL was watching the microfoodies and we shopped then went back to get them. The Table Farmhouse Bakery is just lovely and homey and serene. Owner, Dustie Gregson is also a designer and you can certainly tell as the decor gets a little change season by season. In addition to the sandwiches and soups, The Table offers an incredible, deletable selection of desserts, pastries and other baked goods and fresh coffee drinks for when you need that afternoon pick me up…or breakfast if you prefer.

I’m looking forward to going back and trying The Table Farmhouse Bakery again. And exploring a bit more of Asheboro now that I have multiple reasons to return. Enjoy the photos—sorry I might have gotten a little carried away with the “tilt”, lol.

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The Table Farmhouse Bakery

Hours:
Tues-Wed: 7am-2:30pm
Thurs-Fri: 7am-10pm
Saturday: 7:30am-10pm

Table Farmhouse Bakery on Urbanspoon

Donuts or Donutz? Battle of the Fried Dough Confectionary

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What prompted this battle? Well, Kernersville, NC was blessed late last year with its first doughnut shop. Then about a month and a half later, its SECOND doughnut shop. Donutz vs. Donuts in the war of Doughnuts (this spelling is the dominant spelling in the US and I will use it when I speak of these delightful rings). I figure the first one took so long to open and had its little “coming soon” sign up for so long that someone got wise and thought they’d join them in a little friendly competition, lol.  The first to open was the super popular, Intown Donutz. They got a lot of buzz and Facebook “likes” very quickly because they were so friendly, they just handed out free doughnuts right and left (especially to kidlets) and have locally roasted coffee. Then along came Granny’s Donuts and Bakery. The only thing I’d heard about them is that they were really good too and that they have locations in High Point and Thomasville. So today the kidlets and I decided we’d visit BOTH, do a little taste test and give our foodies the rundown on who is we think is #1 in Kvegas!

The competitors…these guys are literally a half mile from one another:   

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Intown Donutz

Granny's Donuts
Granny’s Donuts

The service:

Intown Donutz and “T” were friendlier. A great friendly staff that promotes, promotes, promotes! And they still offer free doughnut holes when you come in. I don’t know if it’s because I’m always with kids but if that’s the reason, then I will always bring them along 🙂

The Goods…for this test we did Battle: Glazed! And, Battle: Lemon-Filled!

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Granny’s on Left
Intown on Right (a little deeper in color)

Battle: Glazed! result: No discernible difference. Whaaa? Sorrrrryyy.  Maybe Intown tasted a bit fresher. I kept having to go back and try and by the time I was done I’d eaten 2 doughnuts almost and still no real winner.  Next, Battle: Lemon-filled!—I can’t believe I’m saying it because before today Intown had the BEST lemon-filled ever but Granny’s filling was lighter and a little more lemony fresh. Both still beat KK and DD. By a MILE.

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Granny’s lemon-filled

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Intown’s lemon-filled

Really this was just an excuse to buy twice as many donuts/donutz/doughnuts as our household needs. We affectionately call them “do-NOTS” because that’s what kidlet #1 used to call them when she was a wee little one….”Mommmmyyyy…can we get a ‘do not’?” I thought it a most appropriate name. We bought a few extra varieties too (chocolate glazed with sprinkles, chocolate glazed with chocolate chips, Old-fashioned). Both locations have a great selection and these incredibly delicious, ridiculous apple fritters that are to. die. for. Mr. foodie said I should’ve tested them out as well so if I do so, then you’ll see an update within this blog post. I will let you know, foodies!

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Intown’s case

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Granny’s case

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Granny’s has a few more cakey, innovative doughnuts like red velvet, coconut and some with funky icing. They also have a large selection of baked goods like cookies and macaroons.  Both have coffee and blended coffees.

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Granny’s baked goods

Granny's Red Velvet

Granny’s Red Velvet

So, since they are so close, depending on the direction you are driving, perhaps you just stop at the spot is convenient for you. The traffic is not as bad at Intown and they are easier to see from the road, because East Mountain Street is not as busy as Highway 66. Both have just a few parking spots. Both make doughnuts to order for your party or event. I hope there’s enough business to go around. And though I know that one big chain is still locally owned (and they will always have our hearts), these little locally-owned doughnut shops give them a run for their money. In the end, Kernersville is the winner of this battle. Now, wouldn’t it be fun if they really start playing with flavors. Like Maple Bacon? Chocolate Stout? Who knows!

You know what else we have a lot of? Coffee shops! We have 3 Starbucks across the street from one another and 2 independent coffee shops (that I know of—one’s just a drive-thru) not to mention the coffee bars at chains AND the coffee at these two little doughnut shops.

I hope it’s not bad “business” to put these guys’ addresses in the same spot, but my people deserve to be informed. Neither place has a website but both have Facebook pages.  Have you tried either one of these shops? What’s your favorite?

Intown Donutz on Urbanspoon
Granny’s Donuts & Bakery (no Urbanspoon review for the Kernersville location). Their address is:
806 NC Hwy 66 South, Kernersville,NC 336.992.9595

Iron Hen Cafe

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The sign says it all.  Fresh. Local. Good. The Iron Hen Cafe in Greensboro is what sustainability is all about. Locally owned, local ingredients and a full house of happy local folks. Iron Hen Cafe reminds me of the tiny little cafes I LOVE in Charleston. The blink and you miss it kind of places. Of course on this Sunday when we all met up for brunch, the line was literally out the door so, not so easy to miss this time.

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Jammin’ it was. Here’s when the line was a bit shorter well after we’d been seated. The vibe is casual but not hurried. Though it was packed, the patrons waiting didn’t seem to mind that the patrons eating were in no rush to leave. Everyone was ENJOYING themselves.

Iron Hen serves local, organic, seasonal food daily. Usually you’ll know from whence the egg, cheese, bread, meats, etc. came. In addition, they do their part in being an eco-friendly cafe. Here’s their motto….right on their website

Why Local? Food brought in from local resources supports local farmers and businesses. Locally produced foods also help maintain and create jobs within the community. Local food is fresher because it is seasonal- the distance from farm to table is shorter, resulting in a better, fresher product.

This is a great segue into the food. We were there to experience breakfast/brunch, although Iron Hen does serve a full lunch and SUPPER (that’s what they call it) menu. I ordered the Guilford Mill Grit Bowl an item touted as “lighter fare.” When did grits become lighter fare? I’ll take their word for it :).  I added two eggs to the top. It was incredible. Creamy yellow grits, chopped bacon (another option is sausage) and scallions, Chèvre cheese and of course two eggs, sunny side up that ran nicely when opened. That added to even more creaminess on those delicious local grits.

IMG_2537After I dug in I should’ve taken another pic of all those layers and colors beneath the egg. I forgot about it while I enjoyed it. And this photo doesn’t exactly capture that it is a good size bowl and I even took a third of it home, reheated it in their “to go” container and had it a day later.

Mr. foodie ordered the Crab Cake Benedict, with 2 crab cake medallions seared and served over grilled Asiago peppercorn toast, topped with poached eggs and Cajun hollandaise, served with fresh fruit. Delicious flavor.

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Mom-in-law foodie ordered the Iron Hen Scramble. Now this has a very simple description but do not be fooled. That scramble was banging. Mr. thought it was the table’s winner. I thought it was great but it didn’t beat mine (he didn’t get enough grits and bacon in his bite or he might have agreed). This scramble is 2 eggs scrambled with bacon AND sausage AND home fries, and green onions. And she got home fries on the side. The home fries were almost like little potato chips just not crispy. I’ve never seen thinly sliced home fries before. So good!

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And of course, the kidlets came so we ordered an English Muffin with some cinnamon butter for wee boy and a egg and bacon plate for his sis.

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Iron Hen has delicious coffee and a full coffee shop and bar with local and regional beer as well. They also offer a full line of desserts. For lunch you’ll find a wide array of organic salads and sandwiches that have meat, veggies or even tofu and vegan options. They also have daily features. Check them out on Fridays for their Fried Chicken Skillet Dinner. It’s a breast and leg dusted in Espresso Flour fried in an iron skillet (what else?) and served with 2 sides for $16. In addition to their cafe, they also offer catering so you can bring that local goodness to your next function.

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Check out Iron Hen Cafe soon. There might be a wait. It WILL be worth it. And when the weather gets warm you’ll enjoy plentiful seating on their patio.
www.ironhen.com
908 Cridland Road, Greensboro, NC
336.617.7105
Iron Hen Cafe on Urbanspoon