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Gluten Free Raleigh Petitions City of Raleigh

Zach over at Gluten Free Raleigh is seeking some help with food safety in Raleigh. Apparently the NYC City Council passed a law which requires restaurants to display a food allergy education poster. According to the NYC’s website,

There are eight foods which represent 90 percent of all food allergic reactions.  These foods, commonly referred to as the “Big Eight,” include milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans, many of which are also common ingredients in different types of prepared and processed foods.

Zach wishes for something similar to be passed here, and has set up an online petition to Raleigh City Council for a similar awareness campaign.


Halifax Park Community Center Plan Seeks Input

The City of Raleigh Parks & Recreation Department is planning to renovate and expand the facilities at Halifax Park and Community Center located at 1015 Halifax Street. The Community Center was originally built in 1972. The Raleigh Housing Authority provided financial assistance for the building construction to insure community facilities were available for recreation and other activities for the area residents and other City citizens. The 3.94 acre site is owned by the Raleigh Housing Authority. The Center houses a gymnasium, weight room, game room, meeting room, restrooms, office and storage. Other park amenities include play equipment, basketball courts and a multipurpose field.

The area surrounding Halifax Park and Community Center has experienced significant growth and change and is expected to continue developing into the future. The current facility is in need of renovation and expansion in order to accommodate the recreational and educational needs of the changing neighborhood. In addition to serving local residents, the center also expects to provide programs and services at the improved Halifax Park and Community Center for the business community in downtown Raleigh. Total funding of 3 million dollars has been budgeted in the 2007 Bond Program. Clark Nexsen, a local architectural and engineering firm, will be conducting an assessment and feasibility study of the facilities to address short-term needs and to plan for future growth opportunities to meet long-term recreational and educational objectives.

As part of this assessment and feasibility study, the City needs public input on the facilities and programs at Halifax Park and Community Center.  A public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 23 at 7:00pm at the Capitol Park Community Center, 871 Harp Street, Raleigh, NC 27604.

In addition to the public meeting, planners prepared a survey questionnaire to assess needs planning for the renovation and expansion of the facilities. Surveys need to be completed by April 24.


Triangle Restaurant Week Begins May 11

May 11 begins this year’s Triangle Restaurant Week. It’s a region-wide celebration of local culinary talents, exquisite cuisine, and dynamic atmospheres during which one can explore new offerings in neighborhood faves as well as new venues. Participating restaurants are offering fixed priced, three-course meals including an appetizer, an entree, and dessert.

Some details are still not ironed out, but at this point it appears the lunch meals will be $15 and dinner meals will be $25. It also appears that restaurants like Mura, The Oxford, Sono, Vic’s Italian (in City Market), The Mint, Irregardless, Globe, NoFo, Fraziers will be participating (more on that later)

It will be a busy week as “Chocolate::a gift for the gods” will be at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Artsplosure, and Strut ‘09 will be filling the bill.


Smart Communte Challenge Begins Wednesday

On April 15 sponsoring groups GoTriangle, SmartCommute@rtp, and Triangle Air Awareness will kick off the 2009 SmartCommute Challenge . The Challenge is an annual non-profit public service campaign aimed at reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality in the Triangle. The SmartCommute Challenge encourages commuters and college students who work or attend classes in Durham, Wake, or Orange Counties to try a different commute. Commuters can take the Challenge to try the bus, carpooling, vanpooling, teleworking, biking, or walking at least once.

The six-week challenge runs through May 30. The officially kicks-off celebration will be at The Research Triangle Park Headquarters (12 Davis Drive) on April 15 at 9 a.m. This year’s festivities will feature the kick off of the Triangle Air Quality Forecast Season, alternative fuel vehicles, and testimonials from Triangle commuters who use various forms of commuting alternatives.


Moore Square Farmer’s Market Returns Wednesday

On Wednesday (April 15) the Moore Square Farmer’s Market will re-open for its’ fourth season in Moore Square Park. It will take place through August every Wednesday from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm.

In celebration of the markets’ fourth season, and to raise awareness about its mission to bring the highest quality local growers and food artisans together in downtown Raleigh, select restaurants will feature a “Green Plate Special” in their restaurants the last Wednesday of each month this season. Each “Green Plate Special” will highlight farm-fresh ingredients from the Moore Square Farmers Market ; with each restaurant determining their own specific offering for lunch and/or dinner. The “Green Plate Special” will serve as a reminder about the outstanding local fare at this boutique market in the heart of downtown Raleigh. Current participating restaurants include Zely & Ritz (April 29), Second Empire (May 27), Poole’s Diner (June 24), Jibarra (July 29) and Moe’s Diner (August 26). (Other Triangle restaurants are welcome to join in support of the Moore Square Farmers Market with a “Green Plate Special” offered in their restaurant; please contact Market Manger Karen Sieber at 919-832-1231to join the promotion and for a calendar date.)

Also the Moore Square Farmers Market will be the first stop on Taste Carolina’s new downtown Raleigh walking tour, beginning April 22 nd . Their Wednesday tour will begin at the Moore Square Farmers Market where a chef will introduce participants to local growers before meeting them back at his Glenwood South restaurant for a dish prepared using local ingredients selected at the market. The tour will also make stops at Fayetteville Street and Glenwood South restaurants, with tastes offered along the way.

And in an effort to fulfill the markets’ mission to help build relationships between local farmers and chefs, Ashley Christensen (Owner/Chef of Poole’s Diner), who is also a market board member, will host a Farmer-Chef Meet & Greet for farmers/artisans and Triangle chefs on Tuesday May 12 th from 4pm to 6pm. Farmers will share information about their growing methods and crops, as well as wholesale pricing and delivery details for chefs.

Current 2009 Vendor List

  • Hilltop Farm
  • Lumpy’s Ice Cream
  • La Farm Bakery
  • Carolina Cut Flower Farm
  • The Handmaidens
  • Stir Studios
  • Lucky Accessories
  • Ball Berries and Produce
  • Artful Solace
  • Blue Dragonfly Cut Flowers
  • Annalore’s
  • Garrett’s Garden
  • Poplar Creek Farm
  • Coon Rock Farm
  • Norris Farm
  • Sweet T Cakery
  • Spain Farm
  • Southport Seafood
  • Celebrity Dairy
  • Wild Onion Farm

Hall of Fame Concert Returns

Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre will again play host to one of the country’s most unique music festivals as the 2nd Annual Benefit Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum (“Rock Hall”) returns on Sunday, September 6. Last year, a line-up comprised of some of Rock and Roll’s best-known front men, including Jack Bruce of Cream and current and former members of Jefferson Airplane, Styx, Traffic, Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad, Blue Oyster Cult, the Grateful Dead, Yes and others gathered to stage a two-day classic rock concert.

“The event was a huge success for the Town of Cary,” said Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht. “We are so proud to be able to bring this level of entertainment back to the area and I look forward to rolling out the welcome mat for this year’s artists, Rock Hall staff and our out-of-town guests.”

Ticket information and the show line-up, which is near completion, will be released next month.


O.A.R. Returns to Cary

oar_msg Still digging Palladia’s O.A.R. in MSG? The band will return to Cary for what will surely be another big audience on Sunday, August 23 at Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Tickets are on sale now.


Old Ceremony, Annuals Playing NCMA

oldceremony The North Carolina Museum of Art welcomes Chapel Hill’s The Old Ceremony as well as Raleigh’s Annuals on July 25. Tickets won’t be available until April 28, but NCMA members will have access to the presale from April 21 thru 27.


Durham Bulls Open Tonight

bulls Tonight marks the opening of the 2009 Durham Bulls regular season. Tonight’s game against the Norfolk Tides begins at 7:00pm. The opening-day roster features pitcher David Price , a 97-mph fast-baller who found himself on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ World Series Roster last season.

The Bulls have an interesting promotional campaign going this season. Each month the team will feature “ nine-inning vacation packages ” for only $9. April’s packages include: Field box seats, a Terrace Reserve seat plus a bag of peanuts, or the Tuesday two-fer (two Terrace reserve seats for $9). More about these deals is on the Bulls website.

Also available on the team’s website are multiple versions of the season’s schedule; printable , Home-only downloadable (for Outlook), complete , and more!


Beck’s Cutlery Going Out of Business

The area’s best knife store is going to close. Beck’s Cutlery, in Cary’s MacGregor Village, is running a fantastic sale right now. Problem is that when they close, our options will suffer.


Brooks Brothers Outlet Store Open Normal Hours

For those interested in visiting the Brooks Brothers overstock store in Garland, NC this weekend, they will be open their normal hours (9-5, M-Sat) this weekend. In other words, they will not be closed on Good Friday or Easter Monday. The store is a little over an hour down I-40:

Brooks Brothers
Garland Shirt Company Factory Outlet
15 East Front Street
Garland, NC 28441
(910) 529-1612

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The Tubes Playing Downtown Live

tubes Fee Waybill is back with The Tubes , and they are hitting Raleigh’s Downtown Live concert series on June 27. The band will surely feature great songs such as “Power Tools”, “White Punks On Dope”, “Tip Of My Tongue” (can you say Flight of the Conchords?), “Talk To Ya Later”, and, oh yeah, “She’s a Beauty”. No word on whether the stage show will be a full on theatrical production or just straight music.


U2 Tickets Available Next Week

theu2s As previously reported, U2 is returning to the Triangle for the first time in 26 years. On October 3, the band’s 360 tour will come to Raleigh’s Carter-Finley Stadium.

Tickets for the general public will go on sale Friday, April 17. Presale tickets , however, will be available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week (4/14-4/16). (Every show on the tour has sold out quickly, so presale is the way to go here.)

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