While I continue to catch up with my work, I thought I’d post a few tidbits on some news involving local chefs and restaurants.
- Phoebe Lawless’ Scratch Bakery will be opening a retail spot in the spring in downtown Durham at 111 Orange Street. The bakery will feature all of Phoebe’s great offerings, including pies and, of course, her legendary donut muffins. This doesn’t mean that Phoebe will stop going to the Durham Farmer’s Market, however, so you’ll have one more place to get her awesome stuff.
- Herons was awarded 5 stars by News & Observer restaurant critic, Greg Cox, the first place to receive a 5 star review. Other establishments have the full 5 stars, but at the time they were reviewed, they received 4 stars, which was the top mark at the time. The N&O has since moved to a 5 star ranking. Herons’ chef Scott Crawford and his right hand, Steven Greene, celebrated in part by dining at Chicago’s renowned Alinea. They had to suffer through 35 of Grant Achatz’s courses, the poor guys.
- Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner was recently honored by cooking at the prestigious Blackberry Farm’s “Taste of the South,” raising money for the Southern Foodways Alliance.
- Chef Rob Bland has parted ways with Urban Food Group’s Coquette. Bland was instrumental in bringing French brasserie fare to the Triangle. No word on what Bland will be doing next or who will be taking over that kitchen.
- Speaking of Urban Food Group, they have taken over as the exclusive food provider of the Woman’s Club of Raleigh, giving UFG a legitimate catering presence in the Triangle.
There’s a number of other interesting tidbits that I’d love to share, but I’m currently sworn to secrecy. Let me just say that there will likely be a lot more action in the Raleigh food scene in the coming year, and I’m pretty damn excited about that.