Monthly Archives: March 2012

P.F. Chang’s looking at Wilmington

March 30th, 2012 (No Comments)

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro is checking out Wilmington, according to a spokeswoman for the international restaurant chain known for its Change Chicken Lettuce Wraps. “We are evaluating the market, but we have not identified a specific site at this time,” Rachel Gillman Rischall. Excitment stirred this week when P.F. Chang’s issued a Craigslist call for […]

Farmers market, cooking classes, Manna

March 29th, 2012 (No Comments)

Wilmington’s Riverfront Farmers Market opens this week, but you don’t have to wait. Get produce from the farm that fuels local chefs’ imaginations along with delicious dishes tonight at Manna. Each Thursday, the downtown restaurant, 125 Princess St., hosts a themed tapas night at the bar. Local farmers have been March’s focus, and the month ends with special guest […]

New Cafe Johnnie centers art museum

March 29th, 2012 (No Comments)

For years, Wilmington-area gourmets have tapped Pine Valley Market for top meats and fine fare. Today, the market officially opens its first restaurant, Cafe Johnnie at Cameron Art Museum. During a grand opening celebration 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., diners may sample Cafe Johnnie’s menu rooted in Southern and Lowcountry dishes, with a few modern […]

Cheerwine collards via Fire on the Dock

March 28th, 2012 (No Comments)

What’s more Southern than Cheerwine? Collards, especially when they’re braised in Cheerwine. That combination helped downtown Wilmington chef Joshua Woo win round two of Fire on the Dock last night, and today he and his team share the recipe. Woo, of Chinese descent, cooks modern and traditional Asian food at YoSake, 33 S. Front St., near Dock […]

Italian restaurant opens today at Mayfaire

March 28th, 2012 (No Comments)

Roko’s tomato bruschetta with fresh basil and mozzarella, roasted peppers and balsamic reduction (photo courtesy of Roko). Italian food fans, especially those who remember late Nikola’s in Morehead City and New Bern, get a big treat today when Roko Italian restaurant opens at north Wilmington’s Mayfaire Town Center. Roko is located inside what was Yuki […]

Fire on Dock chefs share recipes

March 27th, 2012 (No Comments)

Six dishes were presented at Monday night’s Fire on the Dock chef contest, but two stood out, and, bonus! The competing chefs shared their recipes. Cape Fear Country Club chef Antoine Murray’s blackened flounder over sweet potato polenta was the hands-down winner of the night. As I examined dishes alongside my fellow professional judge, longtime Greensboro News & Record restaurant […]

Battle Flounder at Fire on the Dock

March 27th, 2012 (No Comments)

Hardcore seafood lovers, the people who prefer oily mackerel and pungent bluefish, often refer to flounder as the fish for people who don’t like fish because of its mild flavor and delicate meat. Those plain-jane characteristics fired chefs’ imaginations at  Monday night’s Fire on the Dock contest at Shell Island Resort in Wrightsville Beach. During the […]

Contest lets you be the restaurant critic

March 26th, 2012 (No Comments)

Look closely, take a whiff, sample small bites of individual and blended ingredients, but, most importantly, don’t eat the whole thing. That’s my advice to diners who, like me, will be judging tonight’s opening round of Fire on the Dock, a restaurant competition running weekly through May 22 at Shell Island Resort in Wrightsville Beach. Some of […]

Soup is on!

March 23rd, 2012 (No Comments)

The kitchen is steaming today and the aroma rising from soup pots is mouth-watering at Empty Bowls, a dining event that raises money for Wilmington’s Good Shepherd Center soup kitchen/homeless shelter and the city’s Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard food pantry. Some of Wilmington’s best restaurants — Manna, Port Land Grille, Catch, The Eat Spot, Deluxe, to name […]

Best of Wilmington Restaurant Week

March 22nd, 2012 (No Comments)

“This, this, this and this. That and that, plus some of this, and maybe this and most certainly that and that,” is probably how the collective Wilmington foodie mind is thinking this Restaurant Week. Running through March 28, Encore magazine’s Restaurant Week is the time to sample some of the Port City’s best dishes at […]