pinecone-logo-webFINALFace of Folk: 30 Years of PineCone is an exhibit that celebrates the 30th anniversary of PineCone, Piedmont Council of Traditional Music. This exhibit, running during 31 Days of Art, honors the programming, artists, and music brought forward by PineCone, focusing on four artists and genres: John D. Holelman, Blues; Lena Mae Perry, Gospel; Jim Mills, Bluegrass; and Wayne Martin, Old-Time. “The exhibit highlights traditional forms of music and how they influenced and impacted one another,” said City of Raleigh Museum (COR Museum) assistant director Kimberly Floyd. “We’re asking people what they think of when they think of traditional music. What is traditional in Raleigh? We don’t want to answer that question for them. We want to present it and allow them to form their own conclusions.” Free. Click here for more information.

irishsession1_0_0PineCone and Tír na nÓg co-sponsor an open, Irish-style Jam Session each Sun. Open to musicians of all skill levels, these sessions also encourage singing. They provide an excellent venue for newcomers to delve into Irish music, as well as a great session for experienced players from eight to 80. If you’d rather dance, or even just tap your toes and listen, all are welcome! Free. Click here for address, times and details.

face-of-folkAnd along with the Shape-Note Singers, PineCone also sponsors a monthly event for shape-note artists to gather. Singers in this tradition sing without accompaniment and sit arranged by vocal part in a “hollow square,” facing one another across the square and taking turns at leading as rich four-part harmonies fill the room. Beginners are welcome and music is provided; no experience is necessary to participate. Taking place on the fourth Sun. of each month, Shape Note Sing is moving back to the historic chapel at Mordecai Historic Park where the Raleigh group began singing together almost 30 years ago. Free. Click for address, times and details.

eriksoncenter_shapenotesingConsidered the state’s largest, most active traditional music organization, PineCone is dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting traditional music, dance and other folk performing arts. Each year PineCone presents more than 150 events, with approximately 100 of those offered free. PineCone presents more than 30 roots music concerts per year, in addition to producing Wide Open Bluegrass in collaboration with the International Bluegrass Music Association and its World of Bluegrass events, City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee. PineCone also promotes area jam sessions, offers bluegrass camps for youth, a weekly radio show and more.

Written by Creative Genius Kristy Stevenson. You are invited to follow her online.

Photo credits: PineCone

DSC_0774Greater Raleigh visitors, get hip to this!

For your listening and drinking pleasure, Common 414 is now open in downtown Raleigh.

DSC_0759DSC_0768This Roaring Twenties-inspired jazz club might just be one of the best new bars in Raleigh. Fellas and flappers, come on over and see this tasty joint for yourself.

DSC_0747Every Fri. and Sat. night from 8-11pm, take in the hottest local jazz musicians playing at this chic venue. Justin Longoria Trio and Jim Harris Trio make frequent appearances, and I caught N.C.’s Daniel Stark Trio on this particular evening, treating the audience to a mixture of jazz, fusion and jazz-rock. Modern meets classic in this relaxing yet vibrant bar. Best yet, most nights don’t charge a cover, but just a one-time membership fee (yep, you can tell your friends that you’re a member of a jazz clubcool, huh?).

DSC_0734DSC_0744Formerly the Wake County Public Defender’s Office, Common 414 channels that need for a drink by serving some of the finest cocktails in the state. A sawbuck will get you about any fancy drink-avous. Pumpkin season brings The Reaper, a delectable concoction with house-made pumpkin and allspice Demerara syrups, 100-proof Old Grand-Dad Bottled In Bond bourbon, egg white and Regan’s Orange Bitters, all topped with freshly shaved nutmeg. This Music Maniac, despite my beer bias, also recommends Elixir of the Gods: Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Domaine de Canton, Looza pear juice, agave nectar and fresh lime, served on the cube with a garnish of candied ginger.

DSC_0737If you’re not up for the brown plaid and want to stick to beer, there’s a modest selection. Five drafts, including White Street Brewing Company Kölsch and Lonerider Brewing Company Shotgun Betty, keep an owl going late.

DSC_0748Chin with the knowledgeable barkeeps to learn more about upcoming events, such as the Halloween Masquerade Ball or the Nov. 7 show featuring local legends Tea Cup Gin.

DSC_0756What are you waiting for? Put on the ritz with your baby, spoon on the couches and punch the bag with friends. You won’t be disappointed, and anyone who says otherwise is pos-i-lute-ly screwy.

DSC_0746Common 414 is located at 414 Fayetteville St. in downtown Raleigh. Open Mon.-Sun. 4:30pm-2am.

Cary, North Carolina, is home to Greater Raleigh’s first T.MAC restaurant. The popular Atlanta-founded restaurant, famous for its Buffalo-style wings and extensive craft beer selection, opened for business in Cary’s Waverly Place in Oct.

Restaurants in Greater Raleigh, Craft Beer, Wings, Burgers in Raleigh The craft beer selection at T.MAC is massive to say the least. The restaurant has 100 beers on tap, with a huge selection of Greater Raleigh brews.

Craft Beers on tap in Greater Raleigh, T.MAC. sports bars in Greater RaleighThe entire back wall is lined with beer taps. I also give the restaurant praise for its organization of its beer menu. It’s easy to read, and you can easily find N.C. brews at one glance.

100 beers on tap at T.MAC, beer places in Raleigh,  Restaurants in Greater Raleigh T.MAC is essentially a family-friendly, modern-day sports bar. There are 80 TVs in the place, and no matter where you sit, you have a good view of the telly.

The restaurant has a prestigious reputation for its authentic buffalo wings and homemade sauces, such as hickory honey BBQ and fiery chili citrus. Chefs make nine sauces in house, and I even had the hickory honey BBQ sauce on a burger with bacon, which was outstanding. T.MAC also serves roasted wings and boneless wings for the calorie-conscious and the lazy eaters like me. With boneless wings there is no working hard for your food, while roasted wings have 100 fewer calories per wing than their original culinary counterparts.

T.MAC serves wings in Greater Raleigh, places to  have wings in Raleigh, NCT.MAC prides itself on fresh and natural ingredients, and serves only hormone-free chicken and beef. I attended a media preview lunch and sampled a variety of items, and also dined with my family another night, when I devoured two helpings of chips and salsa. The chips at T.MAC are certainly addicting.

places to eat in Greater Raleigh, T.MAC in Raleigh, Desserts are simple at T.MAC, but decadent with the caramel apple cake and S’mores brownie.

Young diners have a choice of several items under $4.95 that include a juice box or other beverage and Oreo cookies. Another sparkling twist is flavored Dasani water, available in eight flavors.

T.MAC is open daily, and it also offers outdoor seating that may be a little more quiet for conversation. Located in Waverly Place at 309 Colonades Way in Cary.

See you there!

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415963_10150655069267361_757258904_oDowntown Raleigh’s Artspace is a thriving visual art center offering provocative exhibitions, inspiring education programs and a dynamic environment with more than 35 studio artists. And during 31 Days of Art, you can also enjoy exhibitions like Render.

This two-person exhibition features photos and film by N.Y.-based Laura Heyman and oil paintings by Penn.-based Lea Colie Wight. Brought together, the artwork offers two distinctive and contemporary views on female identity. They demonstrate alternative ways that staging and self-consciousness may affect viewing experiences. Through both painting and photography, the exhibition celebrates and seeks complexity in the relationship between artists and the models they represent.

kimono-blue-room-final-copyLaura Heyman, Untitled from “The Photographer’s Wife” series. Courtesy of Artspace.

unnamedLaura Heyman, Untitled from “The Photographer’s Wife” series. Courtesy of Artspace.

In Heyman’s series “The Photographer’s Wife,” the images appear to be taken by the woman’s husband, but in reality Heyman embodies the role of both photographer and model. She creates a fictional dynamic between a model and a photographer, described in complementary video and printed journal entries that are also part of the exhibition.

Lea-Colie-Wight-JennLea Colie Wight, “Jenn.” Courtesy of Artspace.

Wight’s portraits are masterworks of color and composition, painted in a classical contemporary style. Works from two different series are on display; the first featuring one of her models, Jenn; the second featuring mother and child pairs.

In Gallery 2 through Nov. 1. Click for gallery hours and further information.

65078_10152400452817361_3093493591107436630_nLea Colie Wight talking about her work in the exhibition, Render. Courtesy of Artspace.

Artspace has a thriving figure study program where community members, college students and professional artists come together to draw live models every week, and Render will provide a complement to the program.

October Red is a solo exhibition by N.C. artist Mark Brown that is a group of reductive oil on panel paintings. It is the first public viewing of this series.

unnamed (1)Mark Brown, October Red IV. Courtesy of Artspace.

Two years of work went into this contemporary answer to such pillars of 20th century painting as Mark Rothko and Frank Stella. Brown’s paintings defy the easy application of outside narratives. His paint application and mark-making bring viewers back to the present moment.

MpocketsHwebMark Brown with October Red XIX and October Red XXI. Courtesy of Artspace.

Seeing a number of Brown’s paintings as a group can provide subtle instruction in how to view them. In the absence of figures–and in his words “limiting activity in the centers of the compositions”–a small omission from an established pattern may become an absorbing moment of drama.

My approach pays attention to the properties of paint…my work is reductive because I’ve learned that less is more, especially given a media-saturated culture. I don’t own a bell or a whistle. –Mark Brown

In Gallery 1 through Nov. 1. Click for gallery hours and further information.

Celebrate an artful October with #31DaysOfArt!

Written by Creative Genius Kristy Stevenson. You are invited to follow her online.

Other photo credits: Artspace exterior: Artspace

Every Sat. morning, rain or shine, the Western Wake Farmers’ Market in Morrisville opens so that Greater Raleigh visitors and residents can benefit from locally-grown food.

Western Wake Farmer's Market Market offerings include fresh seasonal produce, flowers, herbs, baked goods, prepared foods, eggs, cheeses, meats and seafood, as well as coffee, beer, soda, local honey, crafts and more.

The Western Wake Farmers’ Market was conceived by a set of Greater Raleigh moms with a desire to feed their families with locally-grown food. The market is located on Morrisville Carpenter Rd. between Davis Dr. and Hwy. 55 in the Carpenter Village neighborhood.

Western Wake Farmer's Market FoodMarket staff works diligently to educate the public about the importance of locally-produced and sustainable food.

“To me, food is a way of lifewhy not make it good food?” stated Madison Whitley, marketing manager for the market. “I furthered my love of food by studying nutrition in college. I learned about the components of food, why they were important in the body and why it was imperative to eat fresh, local whole foods. They are not only better for you, our environment and economy, but they taste so much better.”

Western Wake LettuceAs the holiday season approaches, Western Wake Farmers’ Market will host the Fall Craft Fair on Sat., Nov. 1, from 8am-noon. In addition to its regular vendors, the fair will showcase approximately 30 local artisans and crafters at this year’s fair.

Craft Goods in Greater Raleigh, local good, farmer's market, sweatersGet a jump on your holiday shopping and support Greater Raleigh artisans. I bet those on your holiday shopping list will love it.

The 2014 Fall Craft Fair will take place rain or shine.

Western Wake Market3To learn about what is in season at the market, and browse through some great recipes, visit the market’s website.

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photoThe fall season is well upon us, and pumpkin beers are out and about this month! They celebrate the spirit of the season, and we pinpointed two Greater Raleigh craft breweries that are offering pumpkin-infused brews. Visit the breweries and taste these delicious beers!

Big Boss Brewing Company‘s Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale: “Goes great with: zombie rituals, vampire hunting and walks in a graveyard… after midnight.” A subtly-spiced fall ale brewed with real pumpkin and with the brewery’s own proprietary blend of spices. Available through Oct. in bottles and draft. ABV: 4.5 percent/IBU: 16.

10628323_10152436215532879_161550620909830716_nCrank Arm Brewing‘s Pumptrack Pumpkin Porter: Made with North Carolina-grown pumpkins, Crank Arm Brewing offers this tasty porter coming in at 21 IBU. Enjoy a pint at the brewery in downtown Raleigh while you sit on the patio and take in the cool, fall air. ABV: 5.2 percent.

10383560_967817173235437_5073017733717519367_nEnjoy, and cheers to the fall!

For a list of all Greater Raleigh breweries, the Greater Raleigh Beer Trail map and more, check out www.visitRaleigh.com/brew!

Photo credit: Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale: Big Boss Brewing Company; Pumptrack Pumpkin Porter: Crank Arm Brewing.

BREW Coffee Bar is one of the newest gathering spots for people to enjoy some of Greater Raleigh’s best local brews: hot brews and cold brews. It’s kind of like a match made in heaven, really. Beer and coffee, two of my favorite things, served together in one cool, urban space at Seaboard Station in downtown Raleigh.

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It’s also ironic that two of the owners responsible for bringing these social drinks together are wedding photographers. Apparently, they know a good match when they see one.

Each month, BREW Coffee Bar will feature two draft beers from a local brewery and will also feature a guest coffee roaster with Raleigh Coffee Company, currently serving as a main supplier for its coffee drinks.

Brew Downtown Raleigh Coffee

Because BREW Coffee Bar has a draft beer tap, this coffee bar is also able to serve a nitro-cold brew that pours like a Guinness beer. It’s smooth. It’s so good that it doesn’t even need a sweetener, and this story is written by someone who has to have both cream and sugar in her coffee.

BREW Nitro Cold Brew

BREW Coffee Bar is the dream of two couples who are also longtime friends. Mike and Cindy Sholar and A.J. and Cynthia Viola developed their business plan around three things they adore: coffee, beer and people. Mike and A.J. founded the Raleigh Coffee Club together years ago, and their passion for high-quality, local coffee sparked the newly-opened BREW Coffee Bar.

BREW interior

“We asked each other what we loved most and what we’d like to see more of in our lives. Hands down the three things that stood out the most were coffee, beer and people,” said A.J. Viola as he prepared me a gorgeous cappuccino. “From that moment, we decided we wanted to create a space where those three could interact and thrive.”

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A.J.’s wife, Cynthia, is the baker, and if you go to the bar and cannot find an Italian Amaretti cookie in-house then it is because I went before you and bought them all. They are light, sweet and, oh, so good. I bet you can’t eat just one.

BREW Sweets

BREW Coffee Bar also offers pastries, macaroons, bruschetta and some salty savories that also pair well with beer.

BREW Coffee Bar is open daily. Visit its Facebook page for its hours. Parking is free and plentiful. Located at 111 Seaboard Ave., Ste. 116.

BREW Coffee Bar

See you there!

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DSC_0662After 23 years traveling and touring the national circuit, renowned bluegrass star Lorraine Jordan decided to bring a piece of the road home with her. And I don’t just mean her band, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road.

DSC_0666This summer, the Garner resident opened Lorraine’s Coffee Shop in her hometown, mindful of her growing town’s needs.

“I see a need for a small town community to have gathering places,” Jordan said. “I don’t think anytime you want to see live music you have to go into a bar scene to see it. Being a musician myself, I see how important music and entertainment is to a small community. My coffee house is the perfect place to bring your family. It’s peaceful.”

DSC_0727Greater Raleigh’s Town of Garner is certainly peaceful, with a listed population just shy of 27,000.

“I think Garner’s a perfect place to live,” Jordan continued. “I’m a country girl at heart. Garner’s only a few minutes from the big city, but you almost have that country feel.”

Outsiders may be surprised to learn that Garner gave birth to former American Idol winner Scotty McCreery, NBA stars John Wall and David West and the founder of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, Barbara A. Kelly.

On a Fri. night, I made my way out to Garner to see Jordan’s vision first-hand. The coffee shop stood alone, a much larger structure than I anticipated, complete with a drive-thru.

As I pulled around back to park, I noticed a sign for “Jordan Driving School.” The name is not a coincidence. Lorraine Jordan has operated her own private driver’s education school for 23 years, serving Greater Raleigh students.

DSC_0656The interior shone brightly half an hour before local guitarist Cliff Davis was set to perform. I sauntered over to the coffee bar, noting the absence of alcohol. Jordan truly believes in creating a family atmosphere, and the quiet country venue caters to a wide spectrum of guests. High schoolers mingled with the elderly, with Southern charm the prevailing attitude.

DSC_0671My camera attracted some attention. Several Garner residents and coffee shop regulars approached me to ask what I was doing. Upon hearing I was a Music Maniac, they each expressed their appreciation for what Jordan brought to their town. Most of them remarked that the lack of alcohol encouraged them to come out more often. I rarely find a venue that does not serve alcohol, but Jordan seems to be on to something here. Later, I would witness the reverence in which musical acts are held, as the crowd focused their full attention on the stage and not on their friends. If I were a touring musician, Lorraine’s Coffee Shop would be high on my list of places to play.

DSC_0685DSC_0682The coffee bar serves the standard variety of coffee and espresso-based drinks, available hot, iced or frozen. They also serve smoothies, water, sodas, juice, sandwiches and chips. Manhattan Bakery in Greater Raleigh’s Morrisville and Amish Country Market out of Clayton provide pastries.

DSC_0679DSC_0681The walls are decked with pictures, albums and press clippings from her time touring. In the back, facing the stage, I found her Wall of Fame. Photographs and autographs from famous musicians are proudly displayed, her vibrant personality helping to acquire many famous friends. Hank Williams, Eddy Raven, Kid Rock, Dolly Parton, Lynn Anderson and Jim Ed Brown were among the many musicians to wish her well in opening Lorraine’s Coffee House & Music.

DSC_0668DSC_0667On this night, Cliff Davis held court with his long-time musical partner Doug Pitts. The two play what Davis calls “Southern swamp music,” a blend of folk, gospel and blues that he developed in his hometown of Burgaw, N.C. Davis began playing guitar nearly 60 years ago, and he and Pitts record in a private studio Pitts set up in his home.

DSC_0713DSC_0722Davis and Pitts complement each other well. Davis strums a D35 Martin and a D26 Martin, while Pitts lays down some improvisational licks on his electric.

DSC_0714“I love storytelling and weaving an image,” Davis remarked. “I give Doug a palette to paint on, and he goes from there.”

DSC_0723DSC_0697Jordan’s musical tastes emphasize the down-home country feel that she seeks. Thurs. evenings, between Oct. and March, Lorraine’s Coffee Shop hosts live bluegrass. Fri. nights bring acoustic solo artists and duets. On Sat., full jazz bands own the stage. Jordan said she hasn’t had any trouble booking acts for her new venture.

“Everybody wants to come play Lorraine’s Coffee Shop. We have five national bluegrass bands booked in route coming through our area. We’ve got a whole lot of jazz bands in this area. We’ve been able to find plenty of musicians.”

Lorraine’s Coffee House & Music is open Mon.-Fri., 6:30am-7:30pm, and Sat. and Sun., 8am-7:30am. Nights featuring live music have extended hours, with bands playing 7:30-9:30pm. Check the venue’s website for a full event schedule.

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One of the very best parts of #31DaysofArt each year is the North Carolina State Fair, a first-class, family-oriented entertainment and educational event in the heart of Raleigh. The fair is the largest event in the state, and it offers a variety of artful experiences for all ages and tastes. You’ll find artwork that many consider more “crafty,” such as basket making, doll making and woodcarving. However, you’ll also find a lot of what people consider traditional art, such as sculpture, painting, drawing and photography. Exhibits attract all kinds of people for all kinds of reasons, from the history of the art form to simple aesthetic pleasure or even curiosity.

As one of the most popular and enduring attractions, the Village of Yesteryear features more than 75 artists and crafters creating, displaying and selling time-honored handmade crafts. Held in the North Carolina State Fairgrounds‘s Holshouser Building, this exhibit offers fairgoers a great opportunity to get a jump on their holiday shopping with items from all price ranges.

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Fair visitors can watch crafters spin wool into yarn, weave yarn into cloth, make rugs, turn pottery, carve wooden bowls and utensils, make split-oak baskets and more. Native American crafts, such as hand-coiled pottery, beadwork and stone carving are also featured. Kids and kids-at-heart can make their own dolls or stuffed toy to take home.

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There are also a number of artful competitions available for entry, or just to enjoy.

  • 4-H: crafts and photography
  • Arts and Photography: professionals, amateurs, individual students and schools

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  • Clothing
  • Decorated Cakes

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  • Flower and Garden Exhibits: flower arrangements and design; cut foliage, herbs and flowers in three different shows
  • Graphic Design: school competition
  • Handicrafts and Hobbies: experienced and novice categories
  • Home Furnishings: textiles and fine dining arrangements

“I think a lot of people go to the fair expecting to see only crafts, but there’s actually a big collection of all kinds of artwork to see by some very talented artists,” said Shelby Scattergood, a UNC-Greensboro student from Cary, who’s pursuing a BFA in drawing and printmaking. She’s participating for the first time this year in the Amateur Artist category with a colored pencil drawing on black paper entitled “Blind Faith.”

BlindFaithSelfPortraitShelby Scattergood, “Blind Faith”

Scattergood participated in the fair a few times while in high school. Now as an art major, she wants to show her work as often as possible. “For me, the North Carolina State Fair was one of the first times I ever won an award for my work. The fair really helped give me that initial push in confidence that led me to consider art as a career–and for me to be able to show my work now as an amateur makes me hope that another young artist-to-be can be inspired by my work to pursue art beyond high school!” she said. You can see Scattergood’s work up close and personal at the fairground’s Kerr Scott Building.

N.C.’s Arlene J. Medder makes tatted lace (lace entries can be found amidst the quilting, knitting and weaving). She’s been tatting for 25 years but has only competed since 2001. “There are so few tatters entering, I continue to help keep the category alive,” Medder said. “I’ve entered in several categories–baby clothes and jewelry in addition to non-threaded needlework–to give tatting a wider exposure. I also enter because I love to show off my work.”

tat1Arlene J. Medder (teapot pattern by Martha Ess)

Medder said that people who saw older relatives tat love to see crafters tatting. They are awed at the intricacy of the lace and admire the beauty. Some are also interested in the history associated with tatting.

tat2Arlene J. Medder (earrings pattern by Nina Libin)

N.C.’s Cheralyn Lambeth has seen a wide variety of arts and crafts exhibits and competitions at the fair over the years, from needlework (cross stitch, embroidery, quilting), to scrapbooking, egg decorating and even LEGO-building. She generally concentrates on the Miniatures section of Handicrafts & Hobbies, submitting dollhouse furniture pieces and/or miniature room boxes.

10689725_10152561138274055_6710228826337758383_nCheralyn Lambeth, Miniature Baby Bassinet

“I would probably call myself a professional crafter in the sense that I work in costume, prop and puppet building for film and television,” said Lambeth. “Dollhouse miniatures, though, have always been a fun hobby of mine ever since I was a child, and I’m always glad when I get the chance to build tiny things in my work as well (for puppets).” She first entered the fair on a whim, and won a blue ribbon for a miniature brass bed. She enjoyed the process and seeing her work on display so much that now she enters whenever she can.

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“One of my very favorite things to do at the fair each year is to walk through the craft exhibits,” said Cary’s Juliet Jarvis. “I am a lifelong needle worker and to see the creativity of other crafters is inspiring. It must be quite a reward for someone who has spent hundreds of hours working on a piece to receive recognition in the form of a North Carolina State Fair ribbon. It also makes me happy to see proof that handcrafting items is still alive and well and being passed down to the next generation.”

What form of art or crafting are you most interested in seeing? Spend a weekend in Oct. exploring the 31 Days of Art–and hope to see you at the fair!

Written by Creative Genius Kristy Stevenson. You are invited to follow her online.

Craft Public House_EntranceCraft Public House is definitely one of a kind, and its spin on offering fresh, local ingredients paired with the best of craft brews is fueling its recipe for success in Greater Raleigh.

I tried Craft Public House for the first time this month, and my only regret is that I didn’t try the restaurant sooner. I’m now making up for lost time and have dined at the restaurant located off Tryon Rd., near the Cary Crossroads Plaza area, two times in two weeks.

Each time I dine here, I fall more in love with the menu. To me, it’s comfort food at its simplest. Owner Brian Cordileone likes to describe his restaurant as Cary’s first farm-fresh sports bar. He has partnered with several local farms to give his restaurant a fresh spin on serving casual dining at an affordable price point.

Craft Public House PretzelThe house pretzel bread is a restaurant specialty, and it’s delicious. My kids went wild over this entrée. Diners can also choose to have their burgers served on a pretzel bun as well. You can find anything on the menu here from fresh salads to gourmet pizzas to pub favorites like Shepherd’s Pie and fish and chips.

Craft Public House MenuOn my first visit, I tried the blackened salmon salad. It was outstanding, if you love salads. But sometimes I just love to order yummy comfort food that usually isn’t very skimpy on the calories. For my second visit, I ordered the personal-size BBQ chicken pizza with a N.C. seasonal brew, Pumpkin Pie Porter. I had enough to take home for lunch the next day, but the pizza was so good that I almost ate the entire thing in one sitting.

Craft Public House BeersYes, I love my N.C. seasonal beers, but Craft Public House also serves wine and house-crafted cocktails. The Elderflower Martini caught my eye. It is made with my favorite N.C.-made organic gin, St. Germain, basil-infused simple syrup and fresh lemon juice.

Craft Public House Outdoor SeatingCraft Public House has indoor and outdoor seating, and also features live music seasonally. It is family-friendly and has a good children’s menu, including fresh chicken tenders made to order.

See you around the neighborhood.

Craft Public House_LeighCraft Public House is located in Tryon Village Shopping Center, 1040 Tryon Village Dr. in Cary.

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