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Hot Diggety Dog it’s National Hot Dog Month

July is National Hot Dog Month

Not sure how we missed this, but July is National Hot Dog Month. And, we still have two to use this as an excuse to eat hot dogs for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Ok I know what you are thinking, hot dogs, really?  And to that we say yes, really.  Who doesn’t love a hot dog?!

Now, it’s time for a few, fun facts. Did you know that the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council estimates that over seven billion hot dogs will be eaten by Americans between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That is with a “B” for billion. During the July 4th weekend alone (the biggest hot-dog holiday of the year), an estimated 155 million are downed each year. That’s an aggressive amount of franks.

Best hogs in the CarolinasFor those curious, the term “hot dog” has been linked to the sports cartoonist Tad Dorgan. According to the history books in 1901, vendors began selling hot dachshund sausages in rolls at a baseball game the Polo Grounds in New York.  Dorgan was in the press box and could hear the vendors yelling, “Get your dachshund sausages while they’re red hot!” From that he sketched a cartoon depicting the scene but wasn’t sure how to spell “dachshund” so instead he called them, “hot dogs.”

So, now you must be asking where can I get the best hot dogs.  That’s where have you covered. (image of Robert’s list)

We did some digging around and found Guest CurEater Robert Donovan’s Carolinas Hot Dog list.  Listen to us when we say that this list is thorough and one that you need to get into before National Hot Dog Month ends. Hot dogs aren’t limited to N.C., and we know there are hidden gems around the U.S. We challenge you to make and share lists of the best hot dog joints in your city and state. Now, go forth and get your hot dog.

Where will you be eating on July 4th, give us a shout and let us know…

The holiday weekend is upon us and we at CurEat know that planning your culinary excursions can be tough especially at the last minute. That’s where we can help out.  We take on the heavy lifting with plenty of lists and locations to choose from.

Planning a NC beach escape over the holiday.  Find and follow Chana Lynn of Raleigh What’s Up Blog.  Her Wilmington list is spot on.

How about SC beaches?  Check out Justin’s Amick’s Edisto list:

Heading north instead, follow Terry Fox and check out his Providence and Beyond list:

Is the West Coast calling your name….track down Felicia Trujillo for her Santa Monica / Brentwood, CA list.

Or Ashley Christensen for her San Francisco, California list.

Whatever you are in the mood for or whatever city you are in, we have you covered.  And to top it all off, we will even map it out for you.  Don’t forget to give us a shout on Twitter and Instagram and let us know your holiday plans!

Big shout out to one of our faves

NC Food and Beverage Podcast

At CurEat it’s clear we love all things that are independent, local and have to do with food.  So it is no surprise we are huge fans of Max Trujillo, Matthew Weiss and their NC Food & Beverage Podcast.  We listen on our walks, our runs, our drives to and from the office, any chance we get (Quick disclaimer here: we are sponsors of the app).  And if you have downloaded it you know why.  If you have not had the chance yet, download it now…seriously don’t wait, click here to download and listen.

Max Trujillo and Matthew Weiss are both veterans of the hospitality industry and they use that along with their personalities to create an unbelievable auditory experience that will make you immediately hungry. Each new episode is release on Thursday and runs about hour.  So far they are up to episode 39 and with the holiday weekend coming up you have plenty of time to catch up.

It’s a great mix of the food and beverage world.  Their past guests have included Henk Schuitemaker (Angus Barn’s wine director), G. Patel owner of Echelon Experience and the founder of Larry’s Coffee, Larry Larsen.  Not to mention CureEaters Mattie Beason, who owns Black Twig Cider House and Mattie B’s Public House, Craig Rudewicz the founder of Crude Bitters, Piedmont restaurant’s Chef John May and Chef Cheetie Kumar of Garland.

While we give you the opportunity to find independently owned and operated restaurants, bars and bakeries, the NC Food & Beverage Podcast gives you the opportunity to learn more about North Carolina chefs, bartenders and bakers.  We are excited to see what they have in store as they bring on more guests from beyond the Triangle to share the North Carolina’s food story.

Where to Eat on the Road

Taking the stress out of restaurant research for your vacation is our pleasure.

Now imagine if you have 10 of your closest, vetted foodie friends telling you where to eat in those destinations. That would make things a lot easier, yes? That level of confidence in restaurant recs is what the app CurEat is designed to create.

Read more from the Greenville Journal here.

Where Local James Beard-Recognized Chefs Love to Eat in Raleigh, N.C.

visitRaleigh recommends CurEat to help plan your next adventure into our capitol city!

Local entrepreneur Steve Mangano has created a way to cut through the noise and find carefully selected recommendations from those in the know. CurEat, available for download in the iTunes App Store, spotlights prominent chefs, bartenders, craft-makers and other local influencers’ favorite local dining and drinking spots.

Read the post featuring some of our amazing CurEaters here.

2 Days till This is Fab!

This is Fab

This is Fab begins in less than 2 days and we at CurEat could not be more excited and ready!

Fab is the brainchild of one of our CurEaters, Randi Weinsten.  It is an incredible 48 hours of educational and inspirational workshops in Charleston, SC created by women, for women in the hospitality industry. At it’s core, Fab is all about connecting, sharing and learning about the business of food and beverage. It’s about moving forward, standing up for yourself and being brave.  If you are woman in the hospitality industry, you won’t want to miss out on all the fun!

Here’s a sample of the speakers that will inspire and move you…

Sarah Robbins (21C Museum Hotels – Chief Hospitality Officer), Carolyn Richmond (Partner, Fox Rothschild, LLP3), Tara Berman (TaraPaige Group), Camilla Marcus (Co-Founder, TechTable), Barbara Lynch (Barbara Lynch Grouppo), Marie Petulla (KP Hospitality Group), Sarah Abell (Partner, Baltz & Co), Angie Mosier (Placemat Productions and CurEater), Amanda Kuldt (Editor in Chief, Eater, NY), Helen Johannesen (Director of Operations, Animal, Son of a Gun, Jon & Vinny’s, Helens Fine Wine), Karalee Nielsen Fallert (Owner, Taco Boy, Monza. Closed for Business, The Park Café, Green Heart Project and a CurEater).

Eats in CharlestonIf you are going, please do us a favor and stop by to say hello.  Also don’t forget to grab the app, follow Randi and check out her lists on where to eat when you are in Charleston.  We are already dreaming about Martha Lou’s fried chicken, Michelle Weaver’s crab cakes and Negroni’s at We Are Warehouse.



Join CurEat at the 21c for Fork + Bottle

Fork + Bottle 2017

If you are a lover of wine, great craft beer and sipping bourbon then you are going to want to join CurEat at the Counting House for their Fork + Bottle dinner series.  The series highlights favorite guest brewers, distillers and winemakers with special pairings for tasting menus prepared by the Counting House’s executive chef Thomas Card.

On June 22nd, Durham-based Ponysaurus Brewing Company will partner for a five-course dinner with beer pairings featuring special guest, Keil Jansen, brewmaster at Ponysaurus. The evening will kick off with a reception with passed canapés in our art-filled gallery space. Featured pairings will include the Ponysaurus Weissbier, Don’t Be Mean to People: A Golden Rule Saison, India Pale Ale, Scottish Ale and Imperial Stout.  Check out the menu here.

It looks to be a great evening!  Seats are limited so call 919.956.6760 to reserve immediately.

It’s Negroni week!

Negroni week listHaving a rough start to the week?

We are here to make that transition a bit easier, because this week is Negroni week!  Today through Friday June 11th bars and restaurants around the globe are joining forces to celebrate one of the world’s great cocktails all the while raising money for a wide range of charitable causes!  Check out the list 2017 official charities and of course head on over to negroniweek.com to find a list of venues in your area.

Don’t have time for that, we did you a solid and created our list of favorite participating venues from Atlanta to Charleston to Raleigh Durham area.  Cheers!

CurEat is officially live in Atlanta!

Hey Atlanta, CurEat is officially live in your city!  Download the app and follow our Atlanta and other Georgia CurEaters:

Justin Amick of The Painted Pin, Billy Allin of Cakes & Ale, Pila Sunderland of Alleycat Lounge, Angie Bennett Mosier of Placemat Productions, Todd Ginsberg of The General Muir, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, Megan Brent of White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, Zeb Stevenson of Watershed, Steven Satterfield of Miller Union, Cody Henson of The Grey, Elaine Read of Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate, Robert Alexander of H&F Bread Co., John Roberts of Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery, Jason Restivo of Atlantic – a neighborhood eatery, and Craig Moore of Old 4th Distillery.

To celebrate and keep with our mission to have a positive impact on the culinary scene, CurEat plans to donate $1 to the Atlanta Community Food Bank for every friend tagged and who follows @CurEatApp during the week of June 5th – 12th.  The Food Bank helps more than 755,000 people receive healthy food every year. (Every $1 donated translates into nine dollars in groceries or four meals.) Help CurEat fund 10,000 meals by sharing and liking the CurEat app posts during June 5th – 12th 2017.

Also if you are down at the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival come meet our founder Steve Mangano on June 3rd as he hosts a cocktail hour at the Loews Atlanta Hotel (1065 Peachtree St NE) from 4-6 pm.  The party will feature cocktails from CurEater Craig Moore of Old Fourth Distillery. (Media are invited to attend. RSVP to [email protected]).  Hope to see you there and on the app!