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Raleigh, N.C. — one month after the old havana sandwich shop in durham ended a seven-year run, the husband and wife team of roberto copa matos and elizabeth turnbull will open the farm-to-table cuban restaurant copa today at 107 west main st. In the larger, renovated former revolution spot. Copa will start with lunch service this week, adding dinner and brunch in a week or so. The lunch menu is the old havana you may be familiar with, but the dinner menu is where copa separates itself from old havana, with a menu comprised largely of tapas and small plates.

We will begin our soft opening with lunch service on friday, march 23. We’ll serve a limited menu 11:30-2:30 through next week. Brunch and dinner menus will follow in the next week or two. Stay tuned for updates! Pic.Twitter.Com/lxhewxjwbz— COPA (@copadurham) march 21, 2018 wake county restaurant news

Just outside of raleigh up in franklin county, an email from russ vollmer of the vollmer farm indicated that he and his wife vanessa are going to open a restaurant, a true farm to table restaurant, right on their farm in bunn this fall.Their website called rustic root,it will tap into local farmers (including russ) to source their menu and vanessa’sbackground in the restaurant business.

In raleigh, reader morgan hinch-wood notified us that there is a sign up for a mega pizzain the old marco’s location at 9101 leesville road in the food lion shopping center. Not much of an online presence, so we will have to ask morgan to keep an eye on this for us.

Over in cary, saw in offline raleigh + durham that milk labhas opened at 6418 tryon road serving up ‘rolled’ thai ice cream with unlimited toppings and organic milk tea. Not much on their website yet, but out and about has a story about them.

Remember last week we told you that last weekend was the last chance to get by german grillebefore they were closing their doors? Well, WRAL learned that they realized they needed a bit more time to say goodbye to their customers. To that end, they will be open limited hours over the next 3-4 weekends and continue offering brats, schnitzel and beer.North carolina they will also be selling off some of their german décor. Best course of action is to make reservations through their website here and keep up with their plans to wind down on their facebook page.

While they have been open for a while now, the folks over at chronic tacos will hold their grand opening on saturday, march 24 at their raleigh location at 9424 falls of the neuse road (same shopping center as sprouts farmers market). The event will include a special appearance by TV personality wee man, live music, a taco eating contest and the opportunity for the first fifty attendees to win free tacos for a year. Durham, orange & chatham restaurant news

The wait is over. This past wednesday saw the opening of east durham bake shopat 406 south driver st. They specialize in handmade seasonally inspired pastries that can be paired with house-made soups and salads alongside locally roasted espresso beverages and organic teas.North carolina and of course their flaky, buttery, handmade sweet and savory pies.

Also in durham, glenn gillen notified me that urel’s jamaica houseis now open in the hope valley shopping center at 3825 S roxboro street. You can learn more about them on their facebook page here. Closings

Learned through the news & observer, just after greg cox had reviewed and given them a very favorable 3 ½ stars, that just cookin’ in garnerhas closed.

Reader chris creighton informed us that TGI fridays in cary on kildaire & tryon has closed. That leaves just one in raleigh and one in garner for our market.

The next wake forest food truck rodeowill be held on sunday, april 8 from noon to 4 p.M. At the over the falls shopping center located at 405 S. Brooks st. If you can’t make that, future rodeo dates are june 24 and oct. 28.

The knightdale food truck thursdays will be back in full swing come april 19. Trucks will be on hand for lunch and dinner each thursday at the knightdale station park.Shopping center get a full schedule and truck listing on their website here. Thanks to mark ginsberg for the heads up.

Art sheppard, the wandering sheppard, noted that the date has been set for the next edition of rodeo on rosemary over in chapel hill. This year it will take place on april 22 at 12 noon featuring 15 of the best trucks in the triangle.

The indy brought it to our attention that the bull city vegan challengewill return to durham for the fifth time in april (kicks off april 1), with chefs at ten downtown meat-centric restaurants creating specialty plant-based dishes that their menus will carry throughout the month, culminating in a competition decided by diners’ votes. This year’s participants, all full-service restaurants, are: dos perros, parizade, pompieri, M kokko, juju, guglhupf, counting house, jack tar diner, unscripted, and grub.

Durham magazine, chapel hill magazine and chatham magazine return with their popular culinary event, taste, to take place april 18-22 highlighting culinary talents.Shopping center the event will feature over 30 of the area’s top chefs at four unique events throughout the week.

The third annual big biscuit showdown will be held thursday, april 26 from 6-9pm at the rickhouse in downtown durham. This unique food competition features teams comprised of rise biscuits & donuts chefs and a local brewery or beverage company. Each rise chef will prepare a special biscuit and donut with inventive toppings and fillings that will be paired with a local craft-made beverage. Tickets are $50 and available in advance.

Want to enjoy food perfectly paired with some of the areas best brews among lions and tigers and bears…oh my? Well, maybe not bears, but lynxes and lemurs? Get tickets to the conservators center’s lions, tigers and beer event to be held on may 8 from 6 to 8:30 p.M. The event will feature six food and beer pairings from local chefs and breweries, as well as a walking tour.Their website all proceeds from the event go to the animal care fund at the conservators center. But hurry, only 80 tickets will be sold – $100 each or two for $180.

Tickets have gone on sale for thrive NC set to take place at downtown raleigh’s city market on may 10-11. The two-day event, presented by blue cross blue shield north carolina will highlight the fact that 1.5 million people in the state struggle to buy affordable and fresh foods. A highlight of the event will be a two-day food festival featuring top chefs from 50 north carolina restaurants serving food and drink samples against a backdrop of live music each night. All ticket sale proceeds will be donated to north carolina nonprofits that address issues related to food insecurity.

And the 2018 version of farm to fork expanded to three events over several seasons and tickets to all three just went on sale. The fun begins with the first event on june 3, the perennial favorite farm to fork picnic, where the area’s best farmers and chefs are paired.North carolina then on sept. 16 they’ll host a pop-up dinner featuring jacob boehm of snap pea underground & catering. And the series will conclude on dec. 6 with john T. Edge and a celebration of southern food on chapel hill’s lavender oak farm. You can buy ticket to each individual event, or all three.

The 2018 version of chefs for change, a fundraising dinner series that pairs the burgeoning durham food scene with the needs of families experiencing homelessness, is well underway. The first two events (featuring charlie deal on march 12 and scott howell on may 14) have sold out. And if last year is any indication, the next two dinners will sell out quickly. The july 9th event features phoebe lawless (the lakewood and scratch) and the sept. 10 event features gocciolina’s aaron benjamin. Each night the chef will serve three or more courses at a ticketed dinner with the proceeds benefiting families moving forward.Shopping center the dinners are held at the rickhouse and limited to 125 people. Food bank corner

Sadly, this article by matt kupacis one of the best reminders of what many folks in our community are faced with every day – having to put food on the table with just $4.70. The supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, is a federal program providing support to low-income, low asset people facing extreme food insecurity. Matt took the challenge to eat on $4.70 per day and here is what he experienced. Please support the food bank of central and eastern north carolina and their efforts right here in our community.