The Cookery – Front Room Grand Opening

On September 15th, from 12pm – 3pm, The Cookery will be celebrating the grand opening of it’s new event space called The Front Room.  Having had a chance to check out the building – which is directly attached to the Cookery’s kitchen – a couple of months ago (while under construction), I”m sure it’s going to be a lovely space and an awesome addition to the Triangle food scene.

The idea of the Front Room is to host pop-up restaurants, specialty food events, culinary workshops, and private parties, among other things.  It can accommodate up to 200 people, and includes a mezzanine and outdoor patio, as well as a full bar, audio/visual equipment, and, of course, access to the kitchen facility.  This will allows chefs, caterers, and others to create all manner of fantastic food events.

Members of the Cookery who will be at the opening serving up food will include Chirba Chirba, Monuts Donuts, Pie Pushers, Sympathy for the Deli, Triangle Raw Foods, and The Parlour.  There will also be wine and beer tastings, live music, and more.

Best of all, the grand opening is also serving as a fundraiser for the Durham Crisis Response Center’s Emergency Shelter.  Proceeds from food sales at the event will go towards remodeling the shelter’s kitchen.

I hope to see you there!

PieBird (Raleigh, NC) – Preview

I stopped by the soon-to-open PieBird in downtown Raleigh tonight for their “soft” opening (disclaimer: my wife designed the website, so we had the inside track).  The space is gorgeous, with plenty of table seating and a nice bar.  The details of the interior are really nice, like the cute little birdie salt and pepper shakers on each table and the sliding barn bathroom doors.  In the back of the space, there’s a very cozy nook complete with a fireplace.  Of course, we tried a few samples as well – an apple tart with caramel and crushed peanut brittle, a strawberry whoopie pie, and a chocolate bourbon pecan pie.  All were yummy.  We didn’t get a chance to try any, but there will be plenty of savory offerings as well.    In addition to the full bar, PieBird will also be offering its own custom coffee blend from Counter Culture Coffee.  It’s a great addition to Raleigh and we look forward to their official opening within the next few weeks.