Tickets on sale for dinner with modernist designers

January 8, 2013 


Phil Freelon, 56, in front of the Durham Station Transportation Center which he designed, established The Freelon Group architectural firm in Durham in 1990. The firm, which specializes in museum and cultural centers, higher education facilities, recently won the bid for the new Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. ____COREY LOWENSTEIN -


Triangle Modernist Houses is selling tickets to the Appetite 4 Architecture dinner series.

The dinners offer diners a chance to chat with “prominent members of the Triangle’s design community.” Each dinner starts at 7 p.m. at 18 Seaboard restaurant in Raleigh. It costs $59 per person for a three-course meal.

The schedule is as follows:

• Tuesday, featuring the winners of the 2012 juried Matsumoto Prize for North Carolina Modernist residential architecture: John Reese, Mike Rantilla and Vinny Petrarca.

• Jan. 22, The “People’s Choice” winners of the 2012 Matsumoto Prize: Adam Sebastian, Will Alphin and Scott Ogden.

• Jan. 29, architects Ellen Cassilly and Phil Freelon, along with jazz singer Nneena Freelon. (Cassilly designed the Freelons’ 2,200-square-foot penthouse condo in downtown Durham’s Kress building.

Another note about Katie’s Christmas cookies

After I reran the recipe for Katie’s Christmas cookies last week, I got an email from Katie’s mother, Chancy Kapp of Raleigh.

She wrote: The “Katie” in question is Katie Kapp Muto, now a happily married social worker living in Kernersville, N.C. She truly did invent the recipe when she was small as a sure lure for Santa. She made them herself every year. I debated about making them this year, as I knew that Santa would know that they didn’t have Katie’s special touch, but baked them on Christmas Eve morning anyway. They must have worked – Santa did leave plenty of goodies, including some for Katie and her husband Daniel. Thank you so much for bringing back many happy memories.”

If you would like to see the recipe, go to

Reader seeks recipe for chocolate pecan muffins

Reader Jeanne Austin sent a note asking for a recipe that appeared in The News & Observer in the 1990s. (Again, I cannot find it in our electronic archives.) Austin wrote: “It was a recipe for chocolate pecan muffins and I think it was originally from a cookbook from Old Salem. The recipe used chocolate syrup instead of dry cocoa, was absolutely wonderful and moist and made a large amount of muffins. My copy accidently went through the dishwasher (don’t ask!). Any help would be much appreciated.”

If you have this recipe, please send it to, call 919-829-4848 or mail it to Andrea Weigl, food writer, N&O, 215 S. McDowell St., Raleigh, NC 27601. And thanks for your help.

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