Food + Drink

Supporting Women in the Beer Industry with Mahalia Witter-Merithew

Thank you to Mahalia Witter-Merithew, owner of Casita Brewing Company in Wilson, for this insightful look into being a woman in the beer industry. All photos were provided by Mahalia. –PA The beer industry is a hard industry to be a woman in because women have long been objectified by marketing in the beer industry …

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Kumar and Moore Named Best Chef Southeast Finalists by James Beard Awards

Join us in congratulating Cheetie Kumar and Ricky Moore for their nominations for Best Chef Southeast by the James Beard Awards Foundation! Kumar is the head chef of Garland in downtown Raleigh, which focuses on seasonal produce crafted into Indian, Asian, and Southern dishes. Moore’s inspiration for Saltbox Seafood Joint originates with the American fish …

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Durham Welcomes Moonbelly, a New Woman-Owned Butcher Shop

I had the good fortune of chatting with butcher Anna Gibala recently about her new venture Moonbelly Meat Company, a Durham-based butcher shop specializing in handmade sausage and charcuterie made with humanely raised and locally sourced pork.  The charming name of Gibala’s store is an homage to her Korean heritage combined with a nod to …

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Single Mom From Raleigh’s Gardening Videos Go Viral On TikTok

As we head into spring, local nurseries will be overrun by eager gardeners who can’t wait for their sprouts to bloom. For those of you that want a colorful garden but don’t know where to start, local gardener Laura Driscoll has your back! The single mom of three boys runs an easy to follow TikTok …

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Millennial Sisters Want You To Support Minority Farmers 

Meet the Wright sisters, Brielle (33) and Michelle (29) – together they founded The Farmers B.A.G. – “Farmers reshaping the culture of farming to build the next generation of farmers. We are Blessed, Abundant, & Gifted Black Farmers!” They come from a family of black farmers and have a deep history and understanding of the …

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Meet The Marine Biologist Turned Kava Entrepreneur, Zoey Best

Zoey Best and her husband Brent Waffle are the co-owners of Durham’s first non-alcoholic bar, Da Kine’s Kava. The duo got the idea to bring kava to Durham in 2018, “We had a difficult time gaining traction because we have never started a business before and we didn’t have any money,” said Best.  Kava is …

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