We’ve heard it called a “rite of passage” for Durhamites and visitors alike: our awesome rain or shine FOOD TRUCK RODEOS. They only happen five times a year: the winter rodeo in January, spring rodeo (usually when the clocks spring forward), Father’s Day, Labor Day weekend and Halloween weekend. All you have to pay for is your choice of food or beverage from 50+ local food, beer, cider and wine entrepreneurs. Here’s the line up, or check out the map. If you love LIVE music, Counterclockwise String Band begins three sets of progressive Bluegrass, Americana and string band music at 12:30 p.m.
Meals from the Market, including Trucks from the Market is DCP, Inc’s biggest fundraiser event. It is a series of meals from September to November that DCP enthusiasts offer to host at their home, restaurant or other venue. The meals have different themes and numbers of attendees. All the meals are donated by the hosts and the proceeds from ticket sales go straight to DCP, Inc. Tickets go on sale August 19 and sell out quickly. If you read some of these descriptions, locations and entertainment, you’ll see why. Buy Tickets!
Son of a Butcherman (SOB) DCP Board member Sioux Watson and her British husband Paul Savery, son of a Brighton butcher, and also grandson and great grandson of butchers from Bristol, England, serve a four course meal featuring Savery family favourites from his home country.
Chili-Fest in Love It or List It House in Cleveland-Holloway Maybe you’ve seen the houses being built along Elizabeth Street. These colorful homes are walking distance to Golden Belt, Ponysaurus, and Durham Central Park! One of them was one of the “list it” options on the 10-5-2015 episode of Love It or List It last year. Come see it first hand and join us as we enjoy tasty chili and beer.
Sylvan Salon Series: The Music of George Gershwin for piano To benefit both Durham Central Park and the Mallarmé Chamber Players. Your music loving host and hostess are so proud of their newly renovated, historic home that they are inviting us all in to enjoy a special musical experience and a tour of their unique garden. The first of the “Sylvan Salon Series” will feature the music of George Gershwin performed by Dorothy Lewis-Griffith. A concert pianist, Lewis-Griffith made her orchestral debut at the age of fourteen with the North Carolina Symphony, and later gave her New York Debut at Town Hall. She has transcribed and recorded her own versions for piano solo of all Gershwin’s major works except the Cuban Overture.These are published on two CD’s by Etcetera.
Vegan World Tour at Slaughterhouse Nein Slaughterhouse Nein is the name of an imaginary vegan pop-up restaurant that Greg uses when tagging photos on Facebook for friends to see what’s for dinner. Seitan, tempeh, and veggies are the only things on the chopping block here! Support Durham Central Park, and join us for a tasty vegan menu based on a mix of southern US, Indian, and Mexican cuisines.
Bourbon Street Cuisine on Gloria Ave The Big Easy is known for its round-the- clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine– a melting pot of Cajun, Creole, Caribbean, Southern, French, African, and Spanish cultures further influenced by the city’s proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. Come join us in our historic Trinity Park home as we revisit New Orleans cuisine and laissez le bon temp rouler!
Trucks from the Market! Durham Central Park, Inc. has produced several “food truck rodeos” in the park that have been wildly successful. Each one has been better than the last, with more food trucks participating and no long lines. The good folks at Pie Pushers and Only Burger are teaming up to organize this special opportunity to experience a private “mini-rodeo.” Each truck will prepare a sample of a special menu item they wish to share – to provide for a taste from each truck’s rolling kitchen! Bring out your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy this unique opportunity to sample multiple trucks in one evening! Fullsteam Brewery will be on hand offering two beers per ticket and a cash bar.
Esperanza’s Mexican Mole and More! Esperanza – we all know her as “Pela” – is generously opening her Trinity Park home for a Mexican dinner party. As a native of Mexico City, she is enthusiastic to share her specialties. And just what is an “impossible cake?” Come and find out!
Southern Supper honoring Pauli Murray at Cassilhaus To benefit both Durham Central Park and the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice. Enjoy delicious southern specialties in an architectural marvel at the edge of Duke Forest while learning about Pauli Murray- teacher, lawyer, poet, civil rights activist, Episcopal priest and writer. Enjoy a presentation by Barbara Lau, Director of the Pauli Murray Project in Durham, and special guests.
Jazz Rocks: Jazz, Gemstones, Cocktails, & Canapés Groove, nosh, wet your whistle, mix ‘n’ mingle when jewelry store-turned nightclub hosts jazz singer Rah Bickley accompanied by jazz composer/arranger/pianist Ed Paolantonio. Local libations and ample farmer’s market bites will be provided by bartender and chef friends from Clouds Brewing and Triangle Seafood Market. For additional sensory stimulation, feast your eyes on newly discovered, sustainable-in-every-sense-of-the-word, color-change gemstone, Csarite®, and way more.
An Encore Plus: Italian Feast to Warm the Heart Join us for another exciting multi course Italian feast, with premium wines, at Gocciolina’s, the 2016 Triangle Restaurant of the Year (N&O) and Durham’s 2015 Best Italian Restaurant (Indy) prepared by top chef Aaron Benjamin.
Southern Harvest Meal at Threshold To benefit both Durham Central Park and Threshold. For more than 30 years, Threshold has served residents of Durham with severe and persistent mental illness. Threshold is open 7 days a week providing support necessary to keep members out of the hospital, to advance their education, to succeed in their work and to improve the quality of life for them and their families. Threshold members also prepare delicious home-cooked meals each day. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to enjoy tried and true southern favorites from Threshold members, staff and friends!
A Catalan Evening in Downtown Durham Located in the the northeastern corner of Spain, Catalonia is the diverse region that reaches from the Costa Brava to the Pyrenees Mountains. Home to Barcelona and Salvadore Dali, Catalonia is proud of their independence of identity, language and food. Matt Kelly, and his stellar staff at Mateo, will once again be pulling out all the stops to treat you to a night of Catalan deliciousness in the private dining room at award winning Mateo in downtown Durham.
Sat. 10/22 (rain date 10/23)
An Iberian Garden Party Anabela and Rune want to treat you to the sights, sounds and tastes of Portugal and Spain! We will see images from Portugal, listen to classic guitar themes of famous Spanish composers, offered by DSA guitar students, and there will be tapas, typical appetizers of Spain. The evening will end with a brief look at the life of Christopher Columbus presented by Portuguese historian, Manuel Rosa, author of COLUMBUS: The Untold Story.
A Southern Italian Family-style Feast Chef Phoebe Lawless of Scratch will bring the experience of festive gatherings in this iconic region to our large tables at the Durham Central Park Cohousing Community. At the heart of the meal will be lamb, a celebratory food in the many diverse cultures that ring the Mediterranean Sea. The vivid seasonal produce of southern Italy will be in the foreground, contorni that highlight southern Italy’s extraordinary fertility. Vines are ubiquitous from Naples to Trapani, a tapestry of indigenous grapes and ancient wine traditions that produces more wine than any other region in the world. Jay Murrie of (Durham-based) Piedmont Wine Imports will pair small-farm organic wines of Puglia and Abruzzo to Phoebe’s family-style meal.
An Evening with Susan Werner for Durham Central Park What a concert this will be! And in the perfect location! Werner, critically acclaimed recording artist, is also composer and lyricist for the new Broadway-bound musical adaptation of BULL DURHAM, based on the 1988 film by Ron Shelton. The classic baseball film starred Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins — and for Werner’s performance, the Rickhouse provides a perfect panoramic view of the vintage Durham Bulls ballpark where much of the film was shot. “When it comes to crafting a song, Ms. Werner’s only peers are Jimmy Webb and Paul Simon.” – No Depression
Old North Durham: Sip, Savour and Laugh Three years in, the brothers and hosts are excited to turn heads and palettes. Expect nothing less than the whimsical wine and creative pairing from past years. An evening with Chef Sam Papinakas and Sommellier Yianni Papinakas carrying the tradition from Five Points to a new home in Old North Durham.
Local Vocal The agents of Urban Durham Realty enthusiastically sell the benefits of living in Durham from their offices just a few doors down from the park. More like an art gallery than an office building, their colorful space on Foster Street will be the setting for an evening of dinner and music. Several a cappella groups from local schools will perform. Tasty tapas dishes and yummy desserts will be prepared by neighboring Foster Street restaurants, Piedmont and Rise.
Sat. 11/5 Brunswick Stew + Soulful Tunes @ Bull McCabes
Jam to the smooth sounds of Durham’s very own NC cover band, Plan B, while enjoying a pipin’ hot bowl of freshly made Brunswick Stew in the yard at Bull McCabes!
Surprise! Sunday Supper under the Pavilion Experience the Pavilion as never before, transformed into a magical space in the heart of Durham Central Park. This will be a culinary experience you do not want to miss! Gather with us for a candle-lit, family-style feast celebrating our wonderful Durham Farmers’ Market and all it has to offer. Enjoy a surprise menu full of beautiful market produce and NC pasture-raised meats with gorgeous wines to match. We’ll share stories, pass bountiful platters, sway to music provided by a live folk-blues guitarist, and clink wine glasses over this multicourse feast – all while helping to support our beloved Durham Central Park. Please join us for an evening to remember!
The Rickhouse, an event space (and our neighbor, just a block up Foster Street) is hosting PickleFest Sunday, July 31, 12-4 p.m. It’s a tasting of the tangy, fermented deliciousness that is pickled food! Proceeds benefit DURHAM CENTRAL PARK, and it occurs in two sessions to help manage the crowd. Tickets $5 general admin; $15 VIP. Participating Vendors include:
Oval Park Grille
Green River Picklers
Two Chicks Farm
Haw River Farmhouse Ales
BLOODY MARY BAR SPONSORED BY TITO’S VODKA
Hail Mary Bloody Mary Mix
Durham Farmer’s Market
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We just put tickets on sale for our biggest fundraiser event of the year: the 10th annual Meals from the Market. http://durhamcentralpark.org/events/meals-from-the-market/2015-meals/ Let meals like the Oktoberfest themed “The Best of the Wurst” and “Gluten Free and Me” spice up your routine while you help Durham Central Park.
Meals from the Market is a series of meals from August to November that Durham Central Park enthusiasts offer to host at their home, restaurant or other venue. Meals have different themes and numbers of attendees but are huge fun. All the meals are donated by the hosts and the proceeds from ticket sales go straight to Durham Central Park, Inc.
8/31: Biker Bar NC Meal
9/19: Best of the Wurst
9/20: Tea and Tunes at the Escher Amphitheater
9/21: Pasta, Pizza, Lambrusco and Gelato
9/26: Gluten Free and Me
9/27: Trucks From The Market!
9/27: Carrots, Carats, Karats: Sustainable Food, Sustainable Jewelry
9/30: Esperanza’s Mexican Mole and More!
10/3: Sunset at the Kress – Local and Coastal Splendor
10/3: Cranford Crawl
10/4: An Italian Feast to Warm the Heart
10/4: Shut Up and Dance!
10/8: A San Sebastian Evening in Downtown Durham
10/18: Owner’s Suite Brunch atop the 21c Museum and Hotel
10/22: Local Vocal
10/24: Summer Dinner in the Community
10/29: Selections from the Seven Seas at Five Points
11/5: An Evening with Shana Tucker at Cassilhaus
Trucks from the Market, September 27, is similar to DCP’s wildly successful Food Truck Rodeos, but with only 125 tickets available, it is a much more intimate experience. Tickets are $50 and sharing a ticket between 2 or more people is highly encouraged.
Durham Central Park applied for Whole Foods Market Durham‘s 5% Day program, and won! On Tuesday, May 19, 5% of all market and cafe sales will be given to Durham Central Park. STORE HOURS ARE 7 AM-9 PM. Buy some groceries, have breakfast, lunch or dinner. Treat grandma to coffee and dessert, host a farm to table dinner with friends, get some take away, stock up on bulk items or wine–5% of everything goes to DCP, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Thank you! http://
Do you love our Food Truck Rodeos but crave something a little more intimate, with no long lines? Then give Trucks From The Market a try! It’s a private ticketed affair, (part of the Meals From The Market series) Sunday, September 28, where you sample food from 17 of the Triangle’s best food trucks. You can even SHARE your $50 ticket with a friend or two. http://durhamcentralpark.org/events/meals-from-the-market/meals-2014/
Food Truck map, so you can plot your course and choose from 50 local trucks. Limited number of hard copies will also be available Sunday at DCP welcome table. Need more info? https://www.facebook.com/events/490872007677447/
Art of Cool announces festival schedule
The Art of Cool Festival this week released the schedule of venues for local and guest artists who will perform at the inaugural festival April 25 and 26. Twenty-two local and guest artists will perform at nine outdoor and indoor festival venues.
The festival begins at 4 p.m. Aug. 25 with a free concert in Durham Central Park. Artists scheduled to perform during this free block are Raleigh-based Peter Lamb and the Wolves, the North Carolina Central University Jazz Combo, vocalist Yolanda Rabun, blues harmonica player Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos, and the Kidznotes Jazz Ensemble.
Thanks WRAL! A great weekend is in store for Durham and Durham Central Park. For full article visit http://www.wral.com/food-truck-rodeo-mardi-gras-kickoff-lead-weekend-best-bets/13313129/
Durham is the place to be this weekend with the year’s first food truck rodeo, a Mardi Gras kickoff party and more!
It is time for the first Durham Food Truck Rodeo of 2014. More than 40 trucks, including Chirba Chirba, Pie Pushers, Porchetta and Sarge’s, will be on hand at Durham Central Park from noon to 4 p.m. There will also be some local beer from Fullsteam and live music. Weather permitting, the lawn will be full of man-made snow for sledding. Bring a lawn chair and blanket and enjoy the afternoon.
Durham is getting into the carnival spirit Saturday night with a Mardi Gras kickoff party at The Pinhook. There will be music from The Bulltown Strutters and fire dancers. The event is also an official launch party for the Durham Mardi Gras parade Indiegogo campaign. Each year this walking parade heads through downtown Durham on Fat Tuesday evening. The crowd-funding project money will be used for decorations, beads, city permits and music. The parade and block party are free to join.
By Sarah Lindenfeld Hall
Durham Central Park announced this week that its Winter Food Truck Rodeo on Jan. 26 also will include a sledding hill.
Durham parks and recreation will transform the Great Lawn, which is the open green space that climbs the hill between The Leaf and The Skate Park, into a winter wonderland with artificial snow for sledding, according to a press release. There will be a section at the bottom of the hill for younger kids to play, build snow forts and make snow angels.
The rodeo, from noon to 4 p.m., Jan. 26, will gather 40 of the Triangle’s most popular food trucks under Durham Central Park’s Pavilion and along Foster Street. Among the trucks scheduled to attend: Dusty Donuts, American Meltdown, MaMa Dukes, Pie Pushers, Porchetta, Fosters, Chez Moi Bakery and OnlyBurger.
Fullsteam Brewery will have beer and there will be some live music too.
The Food Truck Rodeo is rain or shine. The snow and sledding will depend on the weather. Durham Central Park is at 501 Foster St. in Durham.