SOLD OUT! Meals From The Market: Moroccan Madness atop the Kress

Join us for elegance, conviviality, and an event that is now a tradition: dining under the stars atop the historic Kress Building in Downtown Durham. Personal Chef, Culinary Instructor and Food Writer Amanda Cushman will lead this journey to North Africa where guests can immerse themselves in the taste sensation that is Moroccan cooking. Flavored with cinnamon, lemon, mint and saffron, Moroccan cuisine is sure to satisfy and delight.
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Cost: $125

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Chili-Fest in Cleveland-Holloway

Maybe you’ve seen the houses being built along Elizabeth Street. These colorful houses are walking distance to Seeds, Golden Belt, Ponysaurus, and Durham Central Park! Come see this changing neighborhood first hand and join us as we enjoy tasty chili …
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Cost: $5-15

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Mussels and Blondes: A Belgian Night in Trinity Park

Come join us for a night of Belgian food and Belgian beer as we bring Brussels to Trinity Park and promise you a Jean Claude van Damme good time! Belgian themed trivia to follow dinner with wonderful prizes potentially worth many Belgian francs.
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Cost: $75

Eventbrite - Mussels and Blondes: A Belgian Night in Trinity Park


Trucks from the Market

Over the past several years, Durham Central Park, Inc. has produced dozens of Food Truck Rodeos in the park that have been wildly successful. The good folks at Pie Pushers and Only Burger are teaming up to organize this special opportunity to experience a private “mini-rodeo.”
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Cost: $50

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SOLD OUT! 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!
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Cost: $45

Eventbrite - Esperanza’s Mexican Mole and More!


Jerk & Jammin’: A Caribbean Night

Take a brief staycation to the Caribbean via Downtown Durham. The evening will feature a savory home-cooked Caribbean dinner and the rhythmic sounds of steel pan drums, calypso and reggae music.
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Cost: $35

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Art Brunch at Cassilhaus

Enjoy a delicious brunch in a stunning home on the edge of Duke Forest while seeing the current show curated by Courtney Reid-Eaton including paintings by Saba Taj and photograph based work by Gabriel Garcia Ramon. Meredith from The Durham LGBTQ Center will give an update on the LGBTQ Center and Ellen will give an update on the latest developments in and around Durham Central Park.
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Cost: $50

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All You Need is Love: A Beatles PopUp Chorus!

“This is going to be so much fun!  As if anyone needed help with the words to a Beatles song, Amelia Shull, PopUp Chorus conductor, will be on hand with lyrics as she leads the party in singing songs from the sixties.”
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Cost: $50

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Sommelier Challenge: Who pairs it best?

A great meal can become an experience with the right wine pairing. Our wine gurus, Erin Mosier and Yianni Papinakas will each select wines to be paired with the evenings four course menu. During each course, you get to decide, who paired it best!
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Cost: $125

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Cocktails atop The Lakewood

Chef Phoebe Lawless is in the kitchen to benefit the park again this year. This year the timing is perfect to debut her new restaurant, The Lakewood. Sponsored by the Durham Central Park Co-Housing community, the venue will be the Lakewood’s rooftop bar atop the renovated Davis Bakery building. Come out for an al fresco cocktail party featuring appetizers from the new menu.
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Cost: $60

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Put on your Dancin’ Shoes!

THIS EVENT HAD TO BE CANCELLED. We are hoping to hold it sometime in 2018 instead. We’ll keep you posted.

Join us at The Blue Note Grill for an evening of old tunes and great dancing music! For over 30 years, Lise Uyanik and the Mobile City Band has been legendary in Durham for playing lots of old time blues and rock n’ roll to get you up and dancing even if you aren’t an avid dancer! And one of DCP’s own board members, Ann Alexander, is a Mobilette (ie. back up singer:)! So come, put your dancing shoes on and have a big ole time with lots of fun Durham folks. And feel free to grab a bite to eat and a beer while you listen to some great tunes with friends.
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Cost: $15



SOLD OUT! Diggin’ Downtown Durham at Church & Main

Come join some folks who live at Church & Main in downtown Durham for a bodacious progressive dinner, good conversation and lots of laughter. The evening will begin with inspired cocktails & nibbles at Joshua Allen’s unit. Then we’ll move down the hall to Ann & Lex Alexander’s spot to have a dinner provided by Hich Elbetri of Bar Virgile fame and wine curated by Jason Tippitts & Adrienne Stacy of Barrique Wines of Durham. Lastly we’ll move upstairs to the home of Charlie Witzleben for some delectable desserts and after dinner drinks.
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Cost: $95

Eventbrite - Diggin’ Downtown Durham at Church & Main


Live Local Blues and Brunswick Stew

The River Otters from Hillsborough will be delivering a piping hot mix of psychedelic country blues while your hosts provide freshly cooked Brunswick stew on the The Yard at Bull McCabes. Your ticket will get you access to the concert, a bowl of freshly made Brunswick stew (yes, there will be a vegetarian option!) and a pint of beer!
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Cost: $45

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An Evening with the Malpass Brothers

Be a part of this wonderful evening concert! The Rickhouse provides an intimate setting for this duo as guests dine at tables of eight. It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re a fan of classic old-time “real” country music when you take your seat. You WILL be by the time you leave when you’ve spent time with The Malpass Brothers.
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Cost: $45

Eventbrite - An Evening with the Malpass Brothers


Suman’s in the Kitchen! Indian Dinner for the Park

Durham favorite, Suman Bhatia, is bringing her Indian spices and delicious chutneys to the CoHousing kitchen to prepare a fantastic meal to benefit the park. Famous for her “Bolly Mondays” at Fullsteam, and her booth at the Durham Farmers’ Market, Suman’s cooking will not disappoint! Those who have not visited the Co-Housing high rise will also enjoy seeing their beautiful community spaces including a professionally appointed commercial kitchen.
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Cost: $45

Eventbrite - Suman’s in the Kitchen! Indian Dinner for the Park


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.
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Cost: $35

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Big Time at Littler!

Enjoy a delectable, exquisite and  intimate “New York” style meal at the wildly acclaimed restaurant, Littler, prepared by chef de cuisine Amanda Orser (formerly with Magnolia Grill) and owner, Gray Brooks (Pizzeria Toro).   It will be an evening of epicurean delights that you won’t want to miss!!
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Cost: $70-$100

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Meals from the Market Sponsors

Special thanks to our Meals from the Market sponsors! Their generous support helps make everything we do in the park possible.

Urban Durham Realty
Coulter Jewell Thames, P.A.
Kompleks Creative
Acme Plumbing
Duke Office of Durham and Regional Affairs
Hamilton Hill Jewelry
Traditional Neighborhood Development Partners
Measurement Inc.
Liberty Warehouse Apartments
Stone Brothers and Bird
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Center Studio Architecture
Ellen Cassilly Architect
Vert and Vogue