At the height of his fame, Mort Hurst ate 21 whole watermelons in 10 minutes. He gobbled 1,248 pistachios in half that time. He consumed 7.5 pounds of collard greens in front of a thousand screaming fans – a superstar of stomach-busting feats, until he suffered a stroke. Now at 68, he's training to stage his comeback.
Maggie Kane, executive director of A Place at the Table, describes how the nonprofit has found a permanent home in the former Cafe de los Muertos in downtown Raleigh. The new cafe will open in Fall 2017 and will let people pay or volunteer for their meals.
It took hammers, knives and a forklift, but the brewers at Bond Brothers Beer Co. eventually managed to get the agave they needed to make a new beer that's being released Wednesday at the Cary brewery, in partnership with Raleigh's Gallo Pelon mezcal bar.