Cúrate, a Spanish tapas restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina, has made Food & Wine’s list of the 40 most important restaurants of past 40 years. Executive chef Katie Button was credited for the restaurant’s success.
Raleigh’s Lonerider Brewing is branching out from beer, and will release a bourbon this fall. The popular brewery is spinning off Lonerider Spirits, a sister distillery that will produce whiskey, as well as other liquors in Durham.
A new Taco Bell that serves alcohol is now open on Hillsborough Street in Ralegh. The Taco Bell Cantina near NC State’s campus, one of the first in the country, will serve draft beer and frozen drinks with alcohol.
Celebrity chef Carla Hall, best known for Bravo’s “Top Chef” and ABC talk show “The Chew,” joins Chapel Hill food festival TerraVita. This is the ninth annual TerraVita, celebrating chefs from North Carolina’s Triangle and the Southeast.
Herons at the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary serves an eight-course tasting menu called “The Art Tour.” Executive chef Steven Devereaux Greene has created a menu that’s inspired by the hotel’s art and uses Umstead’s produce.
Phoebe Lawless unexpectedly closed her restaurant The Lakewood and acclaimed Scratch Bakery on Sunday. Tuesday, Bon Appetit named The Lakewood one of the country’s 50 Best New Restaurants in the country.
Time magazine names 31 leaders remaking the American South. Raleigh chef Ashley Christensen is on the list for her downtown restaurants and activism. Mexican restaurants The Cortez and Jose & Sons are profiled for evolving Southern food.
Jack Tar and the Colonel’s Daughter, from the owner of Pizzeria Toro, is in Durham’s Unscripted Hotel. The restaurant serves breakfast all day and a menu billed as “a modern spin on classic diner fare.“ The Colonel’s Daughter is the adjoining bar.
Chapel Hill food festival TerraVita will be held in October, the ninth year for the Triangle festival focusing on sustainability. The lineup traditionally has included well-known chefs like Vivian Howard and Ashley Christensen.