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Top eatinginraleigh Events of 2009

2009 was an interesting year for eatinginraleigh. The first postings began in April. Since that time, there have been 20,000 page views.

Food, Inc arrived in theaters showing at the Colony and Galaxy in Wake County and then on DVD opening the eyes of many to food issues. I became aware of a number of food movies such as Food Fight and Fresh.

I’m reading Barry Popkin’s the World is Fat and Michael Pollan’s Food Rules which came out in 2009 helping people to see the changing role food is playing in the world.

Will Allen spoke at NC State University spreading his message of Growing Power and discussing his work in Milwaukee.

We saw increasing opportunities for NC residents to get fresh local foods to their tables through farmers markets, community supported agriculture and community gardens. My family bought an increasing amount of its food from Vollmers CSA and the State Farmers Market.

We ate food at restaurants this year like Zely and Ritz and Watts Grocery, leaders in serving great meals made from local foods.

I was able to visit and write about a number of restaurants, many in North Raleigh where I live and work. My favorite has become Chubby Taco which opened on Lake Boone Trail this year. There were lots of visitors checking out the openings of Captain Stanleys, Don Dons and the Japan Inn.

In NC, state lawmakers passed law to create a food policy council, state laws brought the end of smoking in restaurants and there was that discussion in Raleigh about dogs and restaurants.

Nationally, there was the planting of the White House garden and Michelle Obama’s leadership on food issues. Congress considered and some states put into effect requirements for restaurants to disclose calories on menus and supermarkets began providing nutritional rating systems for products.

Thanks to Michael Pollan, Will Allen and Marion Nestle for their work this year, as well as Dr. Nancy Creamer, Richard Holcomb, Sarah Blacklin, Amy Tornquist and the folks at the Interfaith Food Shuttle.

I’m looking forward to what 2010 will bring.


Triangle food insecurity

NC Policy Watch’s Clayton Henkel interviewed Jill Staton Bullard and Jason Boone of the Interfaith Food Shuttle about the recent increase in food insecurity in the Greater Triangle. You can listen to the interview here.

Walter Royal to open Fieri show in Raleigh

The Independent notes that when the Food Network’s Guy Fieri brings his roadshow to Raleigh on Nov. 21, Chef Walter Royal of the Angus Barn will serve as opening act. Royal will do a cooking demonstration to open the 8 p.m. show. The Guy Fieri Roadshow will be at Memorial Auditorium at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

More thoughts on Will Allen

The more I reflect on what I heard from Will Allen, the more I am impressed with Growing Power.

Even the name of the organization speaks volumes. What Allen has done in Milwaukee and shared with us in Raleigh was the idea of growing power.

Its all about the food. His idea that food is an organizing tool is powerful. We can bring people together around food and growing food. the starting point for Allen was the 2 acre farm. The barren discarded land in the pictures he showed us of the site in 1993 provided the place. The igniting idea was bringing youth together to plant and grow food. And in the process, grow community.

Allen repeatedly discussed the importance of building community. With youth planting flowers and establishing gardens in blighted area, establishing a co-op to provide fresh produce in an area ignored by supermarkets, ensuring neighborhood support for his farming operation so that he did not have to fence out people, Allen built community.

The youth that attended his talk in Raleigh give witness to the power of his message. He talked about working with youth at Growing Power, their after school programs and building reading and writing instruction into the community gardening work. Youth from the Wayne Food Initiative in Goldsboro and from the Interfaith Food Shuttle community gardens in Wake County were at the Raleigh talk, recognized and applauded.

Allen is also willing to share his good news. He built credibility with his work with Growing Power and his circle of support has grown. Its grown for ideas like community gardens which he’s developing in more cities and the soil building concepts he’s sharing in places like Kenya.

Allen has continued to build on the concepts of the organization, moving from a farm to a greenhouse operation to a community development tool to a soil building enterprise and now a teacher of growing power.

If you can see the movie Fresh, you’ll get a good look at his work. While the movie features Michael Pollan and Joel Salatin, the segment with Will Allen is the heart of the movie.

There is much to learn from Will Allen.

Traders Joe’s opens in Raleigh

News and Observer reporter Sue Stock in the article “Shoppers pack Trader Joe’s for opening” writes that mroe than 200 shoppers were waiting to enter the store when it opened its doors for the first time Friday.

Krispy Kreme Opens new Raleigh location

On Saturday, October 24th, the doors to the new Krispy Kreme Neighborhood Shop — located at 442 Fayetteville Street in the new City Plaza in Raleigh, NC — will be open at 11 a.m.

The first customer to walk through the door will receive a free dozen Original Glazed doughnuts every week for a year and the next 11 customers will receive a free dozen Original Glazed doughnuts every month for a year. In addition, the first 50 customers through the door will get a Krispy Kreme travel mug with a coupon for a free medium coffee, and the first 100 customers will receive an official Krispy Kreme Raleigh T-shirt.

New Krispy Kreme opening in Raleigh

Krispy Kreme is opening this Saturday in the new City Plaza in downtown Raleigh. Following the opening of City Plaza at 11 a.m., the greater Triangle community is invited to be among the first customers at the new shop for a chance to win prizes. Select prizes include: one free dozen Original Glazed® doughnuts and one cup of coffee every week for a year; one free dozen Original Glazed doughnuts and one cup of coffee every month for a year; or an official Krispy Kreme Raleigh T-shirt. Free samples of Kool Kreme soft serve and other Krispy Kreme treats will be available throughout the day.

The 900-square-foot store will feature Krispy Kreme’s unique offerings, including its one-of-a-kind doughnut varieties, signature coffees and espresso drinks, Krispy Kreme Chillers® and iced beverages. The shop will also be the second in Wake County to offer Krispy Kreme’s Kool Kreme® soft serve menu. Offered in Very Vanilla and Deep Chocolate, Kool Kreme soft serve is available in traditional cones, shakes and sundaes, all paired with a toppings bar.