Two events that may not be on your radar for the weekend:
- Counter Culture Coffee is hosting a free event from 7-9 p.m. Saturday featuring 2012 U.S. Barista Champion Katie Carguilo. The topic is "Fruit Bombs & Fermentation." Attendees will taste exotic and experimental Ethiopian coffees along with Carguilo's award-winning fermentation-inspired signature beverage that helped her win. The event is at 4911 S. Alston Ave., Durham. For more information, go HERE.
- Durham's Southwest Regional Library is hosting a Southern food cultures panel discussion at 3 p.m. Sunday. The panel will be moderated by N.C. barbecue expert Bob Garner and the panelists include chef Ben Barker of Durham's now closed-Magnolia Grill, chef Billy Cotter of Toast in Durham, chef Amy Tornquist of Watts Grocery and Hummingbird Bakery, both in Durham, and chef Walter Royal of Raleigh's Angus Barn.
Chef Amy Tornquist is having a grand opening at her new Durham bakery, Hummingbird, from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday. The new bakery is located down the street from her restaurant, Watts Grocery, at a renovated building at 721 Broad St.
In the email that went out this afternoon, it says, "The bakery will put a sweet spin on Tornquist's ingredient-driven, locally-sourced cuisine. Indulge in treats such as syrups, jams, pickled green tomatoes, homemade marshmallows and ice cream sandwiches. Watts Grocery's wildly popular cocktail, "Watts New," a refreshing blend of house-made hibiscus tea, ginger infused simple syrup, fresh lemon juice and ginger soda, will be available for the first time as a take-home mix."
Beyond the bakery and Watts Grocery, Tornquist also owns Sage & Swift Catering.
I have a story today profiling the second-in-command in well-known Triangle kitchens. Meet Jimmy Alfano and Jim Long of the Angus Barn, Amanda Forsyth of Magnolia Grill, Miguel Torres of Lantern and Sunny Gerhart of Watts Grocery.
And Greg explores the Triangle ethnic food world with a new Cheap Eats column. His inaugural column explores Mongolian barbecues.
One of my neighbors' daughters did a lemonade sale on Sunday, and so I couldn't resist sharing this note from Chef Amy Tornquist of Durham's Watts Grocery about her daughters' bake sale tomorrow. If you are in the neighborhood, you should stop by. Tornquist wrote:
"My girls are very concerned about the fate of sea turtles after the oil spill and are participating in a nationwide bake sale tomorrow "for ocean's sake." [That would be the Great Bake for Oceans' Sake.] Watts Grocery along with my girls and a few friends will have a table set up near Watts (in front of the Green Room) tomorrow from 10-1. We will be selling iced sea turtle cookies, brownies, homemade lemonade and other treats." All proceeds benefit the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center on Topsail Island.
- Roasted butternut squash and pea shoot salad with spiced pecans and Elodie Farms goat cheese with dijon vinaigrette
- Deviled ham-filled eggs with artichoke pickles
- Creamed pea soup topped with house ham
- New Orleans barbecued shrimp over local tomatoes with garlic basil sauce
- Succotash cakes topped with corn and tomato salad and shitake bacon
- Banana pudding parfaits
Sounds delicious. Mark your calendar for 6 p.m. Sept. 16.
The social costs $23 in advance and $26 at the door. Go here to reserve tickets.
Tornquist will be at the Carrboro Farmers' Market at Sept. 19 so mark your calendars if you are a fan.