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B.Good serves Farm to fork food from local N.C. farmers. By Leigh Hines

B.Good, a farm-to-fork restaurant serving fast food in a casual atmosphere, is the first of its kind in Greater Raleigh and North Carolina.

The concept behind this new restaurant is simple: Real food sourced from local farms.

And by the looks of the line of customers on a Fri. evening, people have been waiting for a place just like this to open in Greater Raleigh.

B.Good at North HillsSteve Woodward, Greater Raleigh’s B.Good owner, and the first person to bring the Boston-based franchise down South, fell in love with the restaurant’s core concept of serving food sourced from local farmers.

There are 17 B.Good locations in the Northeast, and with N.C. being a top farm-producing state, Woodward felt the time was right to open B.Good in Raleigh’s North Hills.

food fresh from farms at B.Good“A lot of people only think of farm-to-fork dining in a high-end environment, and B.Good shows that you can eat real food that is good for you at all price points,” remarked Woodward. “I’m so excited to be in North Hills.”

B.Good keeps its menu simple and farm-fresh. It specializes in burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads and Kale and quinoa bowls.

all-natural farm-fresh burgers at B.Good at North Hills ; dining in Raleigh, N.C. As soon as you walk into the restaurant, a map showcases where all the food served is sourced locally.

N.C. farmers who partner with B. Good are pictured on the wall. The all-natural, local, grass-fed beef comes from Harris-Robinette in Pinetops. Milkshakes are made with ice cream sourced from Maple View Farm in Hillsborough. The sweet potatoes for the delicious sweet potato fries are from Burch Farms in Faison. The farmer, whose photo also graces the wall, is the largest sweet potato producer in the state.

Farm fresh dining in Greater Raleigh, casual, fast foodGreater Raleigh brews are also served at B. Good. Selections can be found from Big Boss Brewing Company, White Street Brewing Company and Lonerider Brewing Company.

B.Good burgers are about five ounces and are priced at $6.99. Add a side of farm-fresh fries and a handcrafted natural soft drink, tea or lemonade for an extra $3.79. A kid’s meal with a side and drink is $5.99. A kid’s meal with a side and smoothie/milkshake is $7.99. B.Good also has gluten-free options for diners.

I love this restaurant, and as a parent, it’s nice to know that your kids are being served the best possible foods straight from N.C. farms.

b-good_local-beer-selectionsB.Good serves lunch and dinner daily at Midtown Park in North Hills shopping center at 201 Park at North Hills, #100.

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White Street Brewing Company seasonal aleBy Leigh Hines

It may be cold outside, but these Greater Raleigh seasonal brews are sure to keep you warm this winter. Gather with friends at the breweries where these beers are made and celebrate the tastes of the season.

FrostNipper, Aviator Brewing Company
A collection of fall spices. The beer is a bit darker than brown ale. There is a combination of Perle and Willamette hops that provides a contrasting intensity with the fall spices.

Holly Daze Holiday Ale, Bombshell Beer Company
This spiced holiday ale showcases ginger, cinnamon and sweet orange peel on the front. It finishes with subtle chocolate notes from the Carafa2 grain and spice notes from the Pacific Jade hops.

Midnight Brüe, Brüeprint Brewing Company
This seasonal stout will keep you warm with hints of coffee, chocolate and fruit.

Carolina Winter Porter, Carolina Brewing Company
This winter porter is a black ale brewed in the style of a robust American porter. It’s a balance of roasted malt flavor from black and chocolate malts combined with hop bitterness and citrus-like hop aroma from Cascade hops.

The Miller’s Toll Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Raleigh Brewing Company
This winter beer brewed with roasted coffee, chocolate and highlights of rich caramel is on tap at the brewery through Mar.

White Street Stout, White Street Brewing Company
This winter seasonal from Wake Forest is brewed with notes of mocha to the U.K. export style: opaque and hearty, but not overpowering.

Red Nose Winter Ale, Natty Greene’s Pub & Brewing
The brewery starts with a classic American red ale and adds fresh ginger, orange peel and cinnamon. Like the winter season, it’s festive, warm-hearted, companionable and meant to be shared with your favorite folks.

Click through for a list of Greater Raleigh breweries, a Greater Raleigh Beer Trail map and more.

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Videri chocolate confections in downtown Raleigh NCBy Leigh Hines

Raleigh’s sweet chocolate secret is out.

Raleigh residents, like me, have known that downtown Raleigh’s Videri Chocolate Factory makes some of the best chocolate in the nation. The factory carefully curates its cocoa beans throughout Central and South America using fair-trade practices. It sources only the best organic cocoa beans, cocoa butter and organic sugar.

There is nothing artificial about Videri chocolate.

You can eat each bar, rich in antioxidants, and know you’re eating chocolate with whole, organic and fair-trade ingredients.

Videri Chocolate Factory in Downtown Raleigh, NCIt’s been a sweet year for Videri.

In 2014, Videri earned the coveted Good Food Award for its first single-origin chocolate bar 90% Dark Chocolate Ecuador Camino Verde. GQ magazine included the same bar among “The 50 Best Things To Eat Right Now: Chocolate to Die For” its Nov. issue.

Videri offers guests a true bean-to-bar experience. There is a fascinating self-guided tour that takes you through the chocolate making process. The trendy Warehouse District that Videri calls home is a thriving creative hot spot, and with a coffee bar inside Videri, you won’t want to leave.

Videri chocolate mocha in downtown Raleigh NCVideri’s confections make perfect holiday gifts.

This winter, Raspberry, Orange-Buttercream, Coffee and Pear-Mint. Lemon and Lavender vegan confections will be available through Valentine’s Day. Videri is also offering its first-ever 16-piece Valentine’s box in 2015, including French Martini and other seasonal flavors ($40). Six-piece boxes of any combination of truffles are available for $16.99 and individual confections are $2.50 each.

Videri Flagship Four in Raleigh NCVideri’s popular Peppermint Bars ($9.99) are a holiday season staple for the chocolate factory as well as its Flagship Four Gift Box–featuring 50% Dark Milk, 70% Classic Dark, Sea Salt and Pink Peppercorn Bars (four bars/$19.99)–and the S’mores Pack ($21.00).

My personal favorites are Sea Salt and the 70% Classic Dark. Who am I kidding? I’ll take one of everything, please.

Visitors are welcome at Videri Chocolate in downtown Raleigh NCVideri Chocolate Factory is located at 327 W. Davie St., Sweet 100.

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Faire, Raleigh, N.C.Barbecue–we’ve got that covered. Farm-to-table cuisine–it’s a culinary norm here. Notable chefs–yep, they call Raleigh home. New restaurants adding to the dynamic reasons the Raleigh area is one of the nation’s hottest culinary destinations–plenty of those too. And here’s a few new spots that must be tried (including a much-anticipated beer garden):

Faire

Opened Oct. 2014. A contemporary twist on traditional American seafood and steak, with locally and regionally-sourced meat, seafood and produce.

Tupelo Honey Café

Opening Dec. 1, 2014. A decidedly-spirited, independent and frequently-unscripted take on Southern comfort, farm-to-fork food.

Standard Foods

Opening Early 2015. Former The Umstead Hotel and Spa Chef Scott Crawford will soon open his much-anticipated restaurant-grocery hybrid featuring “Southern comfort food with a twist.”

Death & Taxes

Opening Early 2015. The newest addition to James Beard Award-winning Chef Ashley Christensen’s lauded restaurant empire will focus on wood-fire cooking.

Raleigh Beer Garden

Opening spring 2015. Making a run for the “operational beer tap” world-record holder, this new beer bar will offer 365 separate varieties daily.

By Ryan Smith

Coffee in Raleigh, N.C.There’s no better time than when the weather is cool to warm your hands and heart with a good cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Throughout the Raleigh area are numerous restaurants, cafés, coffee shops and artisanal chocolatiers that take pride in serving and creating unique and flavorful creations. This holiday season have an extra marshmallow or two and take a break from the holiday shopping madness.

Hot chocolate

There’s no HERSHEY’s chocolate syrup here! Two downtown artisanal chocolate shops use their award-winning bean-to-bar chocolates and, in addition to making small bites and bars, have turned them into drinkable chocolates.

Escazu Artisan Chocolates offers a hot chocolate bar featuring historically-accurate recipes from as early as 1644. Try the Xochiaya, a pre-Columbian brew with chili, jasmine flower and other spices, or the 1692 France, made with cocoa, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and chiles from India. If you aren’t feeling adventurous there’s always the Contemporary Hot Chocolate, made with their 74-percent-blended chocolate, milk and a small amount of sugar.

In downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District, Videri Chocolate Factory offers not only a sipping hot chocolate, but also a frozen hot chocolate, which is a year-round favorite. Take a few extra minutes while you’re there to tour the factory and see the chocolate-making process up close.

Coffee

If a good cup of joe is more your style, try Jubala Village Coffee in Lafayette Village where each drink is made to order using single-origin coffee from Counter Culture Coffee, a local coffee roaster.

Joule Coffee, which was recently named one of the “Top 20 Coffee Shops in America” by The Daily Meal is James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen’s newest venture serving a myriad of choices on its expansive coffee menu.

See a full list of Greater Raleigh coffeehouses here, and for a list of local eatables, including chocolatiers, click here.

By Ryan Smith

Cary, North Carolina, is home to Greater Raleigh’s first T.MAC restaurant. The popular Atlanta-founded restaurant, famous for its Buffalo-style wings and extensive craft beer selection, opened for business in Cary’s Waverly Place in Oct.

Restaurants in Greater Raleigh, Craft Beer, Wings, Burgers in Raleigh The craft beer selection at T.MAC is massive to say the least. The restaurant has 100 beers on tap, with a huge selection of Greater Raleigh brews.

Craft Beers on tap in Greater Raleigh, T.MAC. sports bars in Greater RaleighThe entire back wall is lined with beer taps. I also give the restaurant praise for its organization of its beer menu. It’s easy to read, and you can easily find N.C. brews at one glance.

100 beers on tap at T.MAC, beer places in Raleigh,  Restaurants in Greater Raleigh T.MAC is essentially a family-friendly, modern-day sports bar. There are 80 TVs in the place, and no matter where you sit, you have a good view of the telly.

The restaurant has a prestigious reputation for its authentic buffalo wings and homemade sauces, such as hickory honey BBQ and fiery chili citrus. Chefs make nine sauces in house, and I even had the hickory honey BBQ sauce on a burger with bacon, which was outstanding. T.MAC also serves roasted wings and boneless wings for the calorie-conscious and the lazy eaters like me. With boneless wings there is no working hard for your food, while roasted wings have 100 fewer calories per wing than their original culinary counterparts.

T.MAC serves wings in Greater Raleigh, places to  have wings in Raleigh, NCT.MAC prides itself on fresh and natural ingredients, and serves only hormone-free chicken and beef. I attended a media preview lunch and sampled a variety of items, and also dined with my family another night, when I devoured two helpings of chips and salsa. The chips at T.MAC are certainly addicting.

places to eat in Greater Raleigh, T.MAC in Raleigh, Desserts are simple at T.MAC, but decadent with the caramel apple cake and S’mores brownie.

Young diners have a choice of several items under $4.95 that include a juice box or other beverage and Oreo cookies. Another sparkling twist is flavored Dasani water, available in eight flavors.

T.MAC is open daily, and it also offers outdoor seating that may be a little more quiet for conversation. Located in Waverly Place at 309 Colonades Way in Cary.

See you there!

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Every Sat. morning, rain or shine, the Western Wake Farmers’ Market in Morrisville opens so that Greater Raleigh visitors and residents can benefit from locally-grown food.

Western Wake Farmer's Market Market offerings include fresh seasonal produce, flowers, herbs, baked goods, prepared foods, eggs, cheeses, meats and seafood, as well as coffee, beer, soda, local honey, crafts and more.

The Western Wake Farmers’ Market was conceived by a set of Greater Raleigh moms with a desire to feed their families with locally-grown food. The market is located on Morrisville Carpenter Rd. between Davis Dr. and Hwy. 55 in the Carpenter Village neighborhood.

Western Wake Farmer's Market FoodMarket staff works diligently to educate the public about the importance of locally-produced and sustainable food.

“To me, food is a way of lifewhy not make it good food?” stated Madison Whitley, marketing manager for the market. “I furthered my love of food by studying nutrition in college. I learned about the components of food, why they were important in the body and why it was imperative to eat fresh, local whole foods. They are not only better for you, our environment and economy, but they taste so much better.”

Western Wake LettuceAs the holiday season approaches, Western Wake Farmers’ Market will host the Fall Craft Fair on Sat., Nov. 1, from 8am-noon. In addition to its regular vendors, the fair will showcase approximately 30 local artisans and crafters at this year’s fair.

Craft Goods in Greater Raleigh, local good, farmer's market, sweatersGet a jump on your holiday shopping and support Greater Raleigh artisans. I bet those on your holiday shopping list will love it.

The 2014 Fall Craft Fair will take place rain or shine.

Western Wake Market3To learn about what is in season at the market, and browse through some great recipes, visit the market’s website.

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photoThe fall season is well upon us, and pumpkin beers are out and about this month! They celebrate the spirit of the season, and we pinpointed two Greater Raleigh craft breweries that are offering pumpkin-infused brews. Visit the breweries and taste these delicious beers!

Big Boss Brewing Company‘s Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale: “Goes great with: zombie rituals, vampire hunting and walks in a graveyard… after midnight.” A subtly-spiced fall ale brewed with real pumpkin and with the brewery’s own proprietary blend of spices. Available through Oct. in bottles and draft. ABV: 4.5 percent/IBU: 16.

10628323_10152436215532879_161550620909830716_nCrank Arm Brewing‘s Pumptrack Pumpkin Porter: Made with North Carolina-grown pumpkins, Crank Arm Brewing offers this tasty porter coming in at 21 IBU. Enjoy a pint at the brewery in downtown Raleigh while you sit on the patio and take in the cool, fall air. ABV: 5.2 percent.

10383560_967817173235437_5073017733717519367_nEnjoy, and cheers to the fall!

For a list of all Greater Raleigh breweries, the Greater Raleigh Beer Trail map and more, check out www.visitRaleigh.com/brew!

Photo credit: Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale: Big Boss Brewing Company; Pumptrack Pumpkin Porter: Crank Arm Brewing.

BREW Coffee Bar is one of the newest gathering spots for people to enjoy some of Greater Raleigh’s best local brews: hot brews and cold brews. It’s kind of like a match made in heaven, really. Beer and coffee, two of my favorite things, served together in one cool, urban space at Seaboard Station in downtown Raleigh.

BREW Coffee Bar Raleigh

It’s also ironic that two of the owners responsible for bringing these social drinks together are wedding photographers. Apparently, they know a good match when they see one.

Each month, BREW Coffee Bar will feature two draft beers from a local brewery and will also feature a guest coffee roaster with Raleigh Coffee Company, currently serving as a main supplier for its coffee drinks.

Brew Downtown Raleigh Coffee

Because BREW Coffee Bar has a draft beer tap, this coffee bar is also able to serve a nitro-cold brew that pours like a Guinness beer. It’s smooth. It’s so good that it doesn’t even need a sweetener, and this story is written by someone who has to have both cream and sugar in her coffee.

BREW Nitro Cold Brew

BREW Coffee Bar is the dream of two couples who are also longtime friends. Mike and Cindy Sholar and A.J. and Cynthia Viola developed their business plan around three things they adore: coffee, beer and people. Mike and A.J. founded the Raleigh Coffee Club together years ago, and their passion for high-quality, local coffee sparked the newly-opened BREW Coffee Bar.

BREW interior

“We asked each other what we loved most and what we’d like to see more of in our lives. Hands down the three things that stood out the most were coffee, beer and people,” said A.J. Viola as he prepared me a gorgeous cappuccino. “From that moment, we decided we wanted to create a space where those three could interact and thrive.”

BREW Downtown Raleigh2

A.J.’s wife, Cynthia, is the baker, and if you go to the bar and cannot find an Italian Amaretti cookie in-house then it is because I went before you and bought them all. They are light, sweet and, oh, so good. I bet you can’t eat just one.

BREW Sweets

BREW Coffee Bar also offers pastries, macaroons, bruschetta and some salty savories that also pair well with beer.

BREW Coffee Bar is open daily. Visit its Facebook page for its hours. Parking is free and plentiful. Located at 111 Seaboard Ave., Ste. 116.

BREW Coffee Bar

See you there!

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Craft Public House_EntranceCraft Public House is definitely one of a kind, and its spin on offering fresh, local ingredients paired with the best of craft brews is fueling its recipe for success in Greater Raleigh.

I tried Craft Public House for the first time this month, and my only regret is that I didn’t try the restaurant sooner. I’m now making up for lost time and have dined at the restaurant located off Tryon Rd., near the Cary Crossroads Plaza area, two times in two weeks.

Each time I dine here, I fall more in love with the menu. To me, it’s comfort food at its simplest. Owner Brian Cordileone likes to describe his restaurant as Cary’s first farm-fresh sports bar. He has partnered with several local farms to give his restaurant a fresh spin on serving casual dining at an affordable price point.

Craft Public House PretzelThe house pretzel bread is a restaurant specialty, and it’s delicious. My kids went wild over this entrée. Diners can also choose to have their burgers served on a pretzel bun as well. You can find anything on the menu here from fresh salads to gourmet pizzas to pub favorites like Shepherd’s Pie and fish and chips.

Craft Public House MenuOn my first visit, I tried the blackened salmon salad. It was outstanding, if you love salads. But sometimes I just love to order yummy comfort food that usually isn’t very skimpy on the calories. For my second visit, I ordered the personal-size BBQ chicken pizza with a N.C. seasonal brew, Pumpkin Pie Porter. I had enough to take home for lunch the next day, but the pizza was so good that I almost ate the entire thing in one sitting.

Craft Public House BeersYes, I love my N.C. seasonal beers, but Craft Public House also serves wine and house-crafted cocktails. The Elderflower Martini caught my eye. It is made with my favorite N.C.-made organic gin, St. Germain, basil-infused simple syrup and fresh lemon juice.

Craft Public House Outdoor SeatingCraft Public House has indoor and outdoor seating, and also features live music seasonally. It is family-friendly and has a good children’s menu, including fresh chicken tenders made to order.

See you around the neighborhood.

Craft Public House_LeighCraft Public House is located in Tryon Village Shopping Center, 1040 Tryon Village Dr. in Cary.

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