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National Sandwich Day Called and We Answered

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If you’re anything like us, you’ll find any excuse to go out for your favorite sandwich. Because let’s be real, sandwiches are always in season. With that being said, today is National Sandwich Day, so we perused our CurEaters’ lists to highlight five spots for sandwiches across the U.S. If you’re lucky enough to live near the restaurants our CurEaters recommend, then we highly suggest you skip over for a sandwich. Whether you’re in the mood for a pastrami on rye or pimento cheese on a warm croissant, we found a place for you.

La Farm Bakery in Cary, NC

North Carolina CurEater and master baker Lionel Vatinet is your guy when it comes to bakery recommendations, which is why you should take his advice when it comes to sandwiches. We looked through his “NC Bakeries to Know” list to find his very own La Farm Bakery. If you happen to find yourself in Cary today, stop by and snag a signature grilled cheese to celebrate National Sandwich Day because you’re never too old. Tell Lionel “bonjour” for us!

Victory Sandwich Bar in Atlanta, GA

With a name like Victory Sandwich Bar, you’d be crazy not try it. Atlanta CurEater Steven Satterfield has this winning sandwich shop on his “My Hometown Atlanta” list, and we can see why. From beets to kimchi, Victory uses some of the best ingredients to make some pretty unique sandwiches. Oh, and not to mention they have quite the cocktail menu, too.

Turkey and The Wolf in New Orleans, LA

Although New York CurEater and sommelier André Mack has a passion for wine, he also knows what’s up when it comes to sandwiches and traveling. We found Turkey and The Wolf on André’s “New Orleans Favorites” list, and we’re really into it. In addition to sandwiches, this restaurant also has tacos, deviled eggs, and pot pie. Count us in.

Huckleberry Café in Los Angeles, CA

No matter what you’re craving, this café is likely to have it.  Huckleberry Café locally sources their ingredients and most are exclusively organic. The café’s all-day breakfast menu, warm meatball sandwiches and crispy bahn mi’s, are just a few reasons why you should add it to your list of places to try when you are in La-La Land. With a full kids menu, coffees teas and cocktails, this place has something for the whole family. Check out CurEater Tom Gray’s “Los Angeles” list for more of his LA favorites.

 Lucky’s Delicatessen in Durham, NC

When a CurEater has a list called “The authoritative list for the Durham’s best sandwiches”, then you know they mean business. Durham CurEater John May clearly loves a solid sandwich and has mapped out his Durham favorites for us. We are pretty big fans of each restaurant on his list, especially Lucky’s Delicatessen. We aren’t lying when we say that Lucky’s is always packed and their meatball sandwich is the one.


These 5 CurEaters List and Share the Best Cocktail Bars

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The great thing about being an adult is that you not only get to enjoy the extra Halloween candy your co-workers bring to the office, but you can indulge in Halloween cocktails. It truly is a win-win. For  those of you who are looking for a good place to enjoy a solid, festive cocktail this weekend, we’ve rounded up 5 CurEaters (cocktail experts, mixologists and sommeliers) who have lists of the best cocktail bars.  We even took the time to choose a bar from each list and the cocktail we would drink for Halloween weekend. Cheers!

Sam Ross, NYC 

CurEater and owner of  NYC bar Attaboy, Sam Ross, is a cocktail genius, so it’s obvious that he is going to have CurEat lists of the best cocktail bars. Since he is one of our NYC CurEaters, we chose his “NYC Cocktails!” list to highlight. What would we choose from his list and what cocktail would we drink?

Bar: Dirty Precious

Cocktail: The Cathedral

Kevin Barrett, Raleigh, NC 

Raleigh CurEater and owner of whiskey bar, Dram & Draught, is one of the coolest mixologists in Raleigh and mixes up some of the city’s best cocktails. Along with Dram & Draught from his “Raleigh Bars” list, we would choose:

Bar: Bittersweet

Cocktail: Pumpkin Pie Cocktail

Bob Peters, Charlotte, NC 

It goes without saying that if you are looking for the best cocktail bars in Charlotte, NC, Bob Peters, the head mixologist at The Ritz-Carlton’s The Punch Room, is the CurEater to follow. If you’ve ever tried one of his cocktails, you would agree. From Bob’s “Charlotte Cocktails” list, we would visit:

Bar: Soul Gastrolounge

Cocktail: Smoke and Mirrors

Cocktail Bandits, Charleston, SC 

CurEaters Johnny and Taneka, of the Cocktail Bandits, are our craft cocktail advocates. These curly ladies, as they like to call themselves, share their favorite spots for the best cocktails from Kentucky to New Orleans. After perusing their CurEat lists, we decided to land on their “ATL 100” list.

Bar: White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails

Cocktail: Mint’s Mule

Hai Tran, Philadelphia, PA 

We always trust a sommelier when it comes to adult beverages. CurEater Hai Tran, beverage director for The Rittenhouse Hotel, has a hearty line up of CurEat lists. Seeing that Hai Tran is our resident Philadelphia CurEater, we thought it appropriate to choose his “Philadelphia, PA” list.

Bar: The Franklin Bar

Cocktail: The Death of the Duke

Download CurEat (available on iTunes and Google Play) and follow Sam Ross, Kevin Barrett, Bob Peters, the Cocktail Bandits and Hai Tran to see their full lists. While you’re in the app, check out CurEaters like Ryan Casey, beverage director at The Dewberry, and André Mack, sommelier-at-large, for their lists of the best cocktail bars.

For the Best Places to Eat, Follow These 6 CurEaters

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From Boulder to New Orleans or from Nashville to San Francisco, at least one or two of our CurEaters will have a list of the best places to eat in each city. We’ve rounded up the 6 CurEaters who have the most lists on CurEat and who you should 120% follow. Immediately.

Hungry Asian

Roanoke, VA CurEater Hungry Asian, also known as John Park, comes in at number one with 47 lists. The guy LOVES to eat. It says it on his CurEat profile, so we aren’t making it up. Among his 47 lists are his “Korean Restaurants” list and “Ramen” list that we are particularly excited about.

Robert Donovan

Charleston, SC CurEater Robert Donovan is not far behind Hungry Asian with 34 lists on his CurEat profile of the best places to eat. Robert is our resident hot dog expert and has 3 lists dedicated solely to the classic all-American food. One of our favorite things about Robert is his Instagram bio. Check it out. But first, follow him on CurEat to see where this man likes to eat and drink.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

We are endlessly grateful to CurEater Atlanta Food & Wine Festival for their 25 lists. You know when you go to a food or drink fest and you get a pamphlet with a list of all the chefs, etc. participating? By the end of the weekend (or first day), you’ve either left it in your Lyft on the way to a tasting tent or in your hotel room. We’ve been there. Thanks to CurEater Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, you can find all the festival participants in one place!

Chana Lynn

Raleigh, NC CurEater Chana Lynn is the voice behind the RALEIGHWHATSUP blog. She may be an expert when it comes to the best places to eat and drink in Raleigh, but she doesn’t limit her 23 lists to the Triangle. Follow Chana to see what’s up in Asheville, Brooklyn and Key West.

Kenny Gilbert

Jacksonville, FL CurEater and Chef Kenny Gilbert, of Underground Kitchen and Gilbert’s Social, has a solid line up of 21 lists, from Jacksonville to NYC and Los Angeles to Maui. Want to eat bbq in Sea Island, GA? Chef Kenny has a list for that, too. Follow Chef Kenny on CurEat and see if your favorite restaurant and bars match up with his. 

Mattie Beason

Durham CurEater and Cider King Mattie Beason, of Black Twig Cider House, tied with Chef Kenny with 21 lists. If you want to know where to drink the best cider, Mattie B. has a “Cider Centric” list. If you happen to find yourself in Boulder, CO, check out his “Boulder Stops” list for the best places to eat and drink. Mattie B. is someone who we would want to join us for a road trip, and now he can. Follow him on CurEat and take Mattie B. along with you on your next trip around the country.   

CurEater Nation Hahn Keeps a Legacy of Service Alive

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All of our CurEaters, whether they are prominent chefs, creatives or craft-makers, care about the communities where they live and work. You will often see our CurEaters like Vivian Howard, of Chef and the Farmer, and Lydia Clopton, of Pinpoint Restaurant, cooking to raise money for organizations like the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. There’s also CurEater and chef Chris Shepherd, of Underbelly, who changes the focus of his annual Southern Smoke event to benefit those affected by Hurricane Harvey. This week we want to highlight Raleigh CurEater Nation Hahn and what he is doing to impact his community.

Nation Hahn co-founded the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation, which officially launched in October 2013 with its Party with a Purpose, 6 months after the death of his wife. Jamie Hahn was passionate about solving food insecurity, educational disparity and poverty in the community.

This year Nation Hahn and the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation will celebrate their 5th Annual Weekend of Purpose on Saturday, October 14th. If you live in the Triangle, we hope you will join us for their Day of Service Saturday morning and/or their Party with a Purpose Saturday night. CurEaters Inez Ribustello, of Tarboro Brewing Company, Phoebe Lawless, of Scratch Bakery, Kevin Barrett, of Dram & Draught, and Sean Lilly Wilson, of Fullsteam Brewery, will be among the talent providing food and drink for the event. 

Tickets are on sale now. If you have CurEat Experiences, we will send you a discount code for VIP tickets or general admission tickets. Don’t have CurEat Experiences? You can snag a membership for $10. Once you have purchased your membership, we will send you your Party with a Purpose discount code. With a CurEat Experiences membership, you will also receive recipes,tips, first access to events, and other perks every month.

nation hahn, cureat, cureat app, Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation, food systems, eat local, local chefsAll tickets sales support connecting and equipping emerging leaders around the state of North Carolina through programs such as the JKHF Fellowship Program and Gathering for Good series. In keeping with Jamie’s passions, the foundation focuses on the betterment of North Carolina food systems and access to equal education. We hope you will consider supporting the great work of CurEater Nation Hahn to continue Jamie’s legacy of service and to spark change.

P.S. You can also follow Nation Hahn on CurEat to see where he eats and drinks around the U.S.

Meet CurEater Jenny Bonchak, Founder of Slingshot Coffee Co.

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It’s #NationalCoffeeDay, and we know what you’re  thinking. Shouldn’t everyday be National Coffee Day? Just like food, good coffee is always the starting point of a new relationship. They even have coffee ceremonies everyday in Ethiopia, so clearly the little bean is significant. In honor of this very caffeinated day (we’ve had about 3 cups each in the office already), we want to introduce you to one of our newest CurEaters, Jenny Bonchak, founder of Slingshot Coffee Co. in Raleigh, NC.

Jenny has been in the Specialty Coffee industry since 2006 and has carved her way in an industry dominated by men. She has won some pretty notable awards, including:

  • 2016 Southern Living Entrepreneur of the Year (Food & Drink)
  • 2016 U.S. Eastern Conf. Champion
  • 2015 U.S. Brewers Cup National Runner Up
  • 2012-2014 U.S. & Southeast Regional Brewers Cup Coach

We can’t forget to mention that Slingshot has been noted for a quality and taste that is second-to-none, and featured in the New York Times, Imbibe, Real Simple, Southern Living, Paste, Monocle, Bust, Sprudge and more. It was also named Best in the U.S. by Huffington Post and Boston Globe. It is really some of the best cold brew coffee we’ve had. 

If you haven’t already guessed, Jenny is basically our resident expert of specialty coffee and you better believe she has some solid lists on CurEat of the best coffee shops around the U.S. If you are in NYC and need a place to open your laptop and sip some liquid gold, she has a list for you. Atlanta? Yep, she’s got you. Follow Jenny on CurEat and never be left in the dark for where to find specialty coffee, especially on #NationalCoffeeDay.

Meet Guest CurEater, Kristi Martin, Founder of Charlotte’s FEAST Food Tours & Culinary Events

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Photo by Rémy Thurston

Hello, friends! My name is Kristi Martin, owner of FEAST Food Tours & Culinary Events here in Charlotte, NC, and CurEat guest blogger.

For some, the Queen City is best known for NASCAR and bankers. I remember thinking the same thing when arriving to Charlotte in 1991. However, so much has changed in the past 25 years. It just takes a peek beneath the surface to find a vibrant culinary community here full of chefs, farmers, service personnel, and restaurateurs working together to push the envelope on what’s new and tasty in town.

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Not Just Coffee, Atherton Market

Since starting FEAST over five years ago, I have had the honor and privilege to get to know many of these talented professionals, and through our food tours and custom events we get to introduce our guests to their stories, their craft, and their passion.

CurEater Clark Barlowe’s Heirloom Restaurant
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Dish by CurEater Matt Krenz, Executive Chef at The Asbury

We always love to support local business, and that’s really the foundation of the culinary community here. Whether it’s chefs and farmers working together through organizations like the Piedmont Culinary Guild, or bartenders serving up craft beer and local spirits, everywhere you turn you’ll find folks collaborating and supporting each other to help Charlotte be the best food city you’ve never heard about.

FEAST Food Tours are weekly tours of this awesome community. Join us on Fridays and Saturdays to explore the city as we gather around the table to savor local culinary gems and connect you with the people who make it all happen behind the scenes!

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Salude Cervceria is an extension of Charlotte’s Salud NODA.
Chef Matt Martin’s Fern Flavors

One of the questions I get most often is “What is your favorite restaurant in Charlotte?” The answer is that it always depends on what I’m in the mood for, so I love to use my CurEat lists to highlight different kinds of food around the city that match those occasions. Download CurEat to check out my lists in the app, to see some of my favorites.

For more information on FEAST, find us on Instagram at @FeastFoodTours or visit www.feastfoodtours.com.