Monthly Archives: July 2012

New fall food fest coming to Wrightsville Beach

July 31st, 2012 (No Comments)

Autumn’s inaugural Taste of Wrightsville Beach food and drink festival will showcase the town’s many restaurants while boosting fall tourism there, organizers say. Small as it is, the shoreline town hosts more than a dozen places to eat and neighbors many others, any of which might show up for the 4-7 p.m. Oct. 27 event […]

Pizza, fresh bread from new Italian deli’s ovens

July 30th, 2012 (No Comments)

Long tables full of fresh bread in the kitchen of north Wilmington’s new Hungry Heroes gives the impression that Willy’s Bakery still lingers at the 8024 Market St. spot, but Hungry Heroes is all sub sandwiches, salads and pizza. Owner Pat Funigiello’s family spent 30 years in the deli business in Albany, N.Y., before bringing […]

Pulled pork BBQ coming to Leland

July 28th, 2012 (No Comments)

“This is our cooker, the Mercedes of cookers,” David McCall says of the giant steel box in the middle of the budding dining room at Duke’s Old South BBQ in Leland. McCall speaks with the authority of a seasoned pitmaster, but Duke’s is the architect’s first foray into the food business. McCall and his wife, […]

Olive Tree Deli Co. chef pops up at wine bar

July 27th, 2012 (No Comments)

When The Olive Tree Co. delicatessen closed its downtown store in 2010, fans bemoaned chef Paula Pacini shuttering the stove. The Olive Tree Co. was more like a deli/fine dining hybrid. Born in Ecuador, Pacini was the kitchen’s maestra, turning out lovely, Argentine-style beef cutlets, housemade kale empanadas and wild mushroom and spinach lasagna in […]

Crow Hill chef starts Cafe Johnnie tonight!

July 19th, 2012 (No Comments)

The always rapid change of Wilmington’s dining landscape was evident again late Wednesday night when Pine Valley Market announced that chef and Crow Hill owner Derrick Cook would join the Café Johnnie kitchen today at Cameron Art Museum. Cook and wife Anna Sharma just this past Sunday closed Crow Hill, 9 S. Front St. A […]

Crow Hill follow-up: Where will chef pop up??

July 18th, 2012 (No Comments)

Cook has his eye on a fresh option.

Lights out at What’s Cookin’???

July 17th, 2012 (No Comments)

What’s Cook’n in Castle Hayne appears to be a restaurant in transition. The 5212 N. College Road spot run by neighboring Lawler Catering has been locked for a few weeks. A sign on the door reads “Sorry for the inconvenience. We are closed for renovations.” Calls to the restaurant and Lawler Catering were not returned. […]

Crow Hill locks doors :(

July 16th, 2012 (No Comments)

One of my favorite downtown spots closed up shop Sunday night, July 15, at the end of dinner service. Crow Hill filled the 9 Front St. spot that Caffe Phoenix vacated in summer 2010. Read my full report at the Greater Wilmingotn Business Journal today and watch for my follow-up mid-week. Crow Hill owners Derrick Cook and his […]

Leland Italian spot adds Sunday brunch

July 14th, 2012 (No Comments)

Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., the restaurant presents a grand buffet …

Bastille Day specials

July 13th, 2012 (No Comments)

Francophiles grab your French flags! Saturday, July 14, is Bastille Day and Wilmington is celebrating. Le Catalan’s Bleu, Blanc, Rouge Menu includes Salad Nicoise, zucchini and sausage gratin made with sausage from Hallboro’s Pierce & Co. meat market (the store was founded in 1897!); fresh fruit sorbet and, of course, the famous Kir Royale cocktail. Pernot, escargot and lots of […]