Monthly Archives: April 2012

Hot pies at new pizzeria

April 30th, 2012 (No Comments)

Nino’s Pizza & Pasta is up and running at the former Sunset Cafe and Rooftop Patio, at Market Street and Eastwood Drive. The family-owned shop is inside  the Promenade at North Market shopping center, that interesting, butter yellow building near the College Road overpass. Nino’s owners Chris and Joanne Diamond decided earlier this year to close their five-year-old […]

Marrakesh opens downtown

April 30th, 2012 (No Comments)

The brown paper covering the windows of  downtown Wilmington’s former Rum Runners, 21 N Front Street, has come down and the new Mediterranean restaurant Marrakesh is open. Read my report today in the Greater Wilmington Business Journal. Marrakesh serves lunch today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Owner Sam Raman already has two successful Marrakesh units […]

Midtown gets urban Asian spot

April 30th, 2012 (No Comments)

The red neon sign that reads “Open” next door to Lowe’s Food on College Road hardly speaks city chic. But inside, the new restaurant Blue Asia transports diners to an urban scene. A single-file bamboo forest divides a quiet row of booths from the main dining room’s subtle light. Taupe and black tones anchor the decor, […]

Hog roasting with ‘Top Chef’

April 28th, 2012 (No Comments)

When Bravo TV’s new, upcoming show “Life After Top Chef” airs, look for a Cape Fear cook and a North Carolina pig in the mix.

Winning classic French sauces

April 26th, 2012 (No Comments)

Pitted against the clock in an unfamiliar kitchen and forced to use ingredients of someone else’s choosing, chefs in the heat of competition might be tempted to trade fine sauces for doctored-up bottled salsa. That’s not been the case during the Fire on the Dock cooking tournament at Shell Island Resort in Wrightsville Beach. More than one […]

Is everything really better with chocolate?

April 25th, 2012 (No Comments)

In times of crisis, chocolate is the great soother — unless one’s talking cooking competitions. Throw chocolate into that mix, demand more than desserts and there may be a meltdown in the kitchen.

Sweet ‘n’ Savory restaurant grows

April 24th, 2012 (No Comments)

That always-busy-on-Sunday-mornings cafe and bakery Sweet ‘n’ Savory, off Eastwood Road near Wrightsville Beach, is expanding. The restaurant’s owners announced on Facebook they have leased the former Kefi building next door to Sweet ‘n’ Savory, 1611 Pavilion Place. “More parking, live music on the patio, new games, great drink specials and of course culinary delights from Sweet […]

Learn more about raw food options

April 24th, 2012 (No Comments)

Want to learn more about raw foods like the East restaurant desserts I wrote about earlier today?  Attend the EarthSave April dinner tomorrow night in Wilmington. Organizer Pat Delair stages the monthly potluck meeting where you can find out not just about raw foods but also other healthy menu options you can prepare at home. All you […]

Considering raw foods? Try dessert for free

April 24th, 2012 (No Comments)

…at Blockage Runner’s East restaurant, on the Wrightsville Beach oceanfront, and you can sample one of the dishes for free. Check East’s Facebook page for weekly code words you’ll need to say when you visit the restaurant for a free serving of one of the raw desserts available each Friday Night.

Crackling candy, chocolate bacon and sugar-coated pork rinds

April 19th, 2012 (No Comments)

Fire on the Dock chef referee Laurence Willard always gives competing cooks this advice: “Dessert wins this thing.” OK, but what if the mystery ingredient is pork? Doesn’t matter, Willard says. “I’m telling you. Dessert wins this thing.” Looks like chefs took Willard’s word for it during the cooking competition’s Battle Pork last night at […]