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October: Five Outside

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Bestow Baked Goods

Earlier this summer, Bestow Baked Goods moved from Cultivate Coffee Roasters in Fuquay-Varina to a new brick-and-mortar space in Holly Springs to better showcase the bakery’s cakes, cupcakes, cookies and other sweet treats. Husband-and-wife owners Kyle and Heather Sutton—the mastermind behind the baked goods—began their baking venture as a side hobby, until demand got too high for them to keep up with orders in their home kitchen. Heather’s first, and still most loved creation, is the sweet potato cupcake, based off of her grandmother’s recipe for sweet potato pie and finished with a cream cheese frosting. This fall, they’re also bringing back a pumpkin chocolate cake and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

Zweli’s Kitchen

At Zweli’s Kitchen, one of the only Zimbabwean restaurants in the country, piri piri is the name of the game. A type of chili native to Africa and commonly used in Zimbabwean cuisine, chef Zwelibanzi Williams (Zweli, for short) lathers it on flame-grilled chicken (her most popular dish) and tofu. Williams started cooking as a young girl living in Zimbabwe. After high school, she migrated to Durham to attend North Carolina Central University where she majored in hospitality and tourism. Williams opened Zweli’s brick-and-mortar location in 2018 in an effort to “feed peoples’ souls” with her flavors; additional favorite menu items include samosas, braised goat curry and Zimbabwean peanut butter spiced collard greens.

Culinary Lavender Dinners: Bites, Brew and Bouquet

CHAPEL HILL | October 10 and 17 
Get a change of scenery at Lavender Oaks Farm, a beautiful lavender farm set in 60 private acres of forest in Chapel Hill, complete with dinner, drinks and live music. Choose from two nights, each featuring a different chef, or attend both! On October 10, chef Whitney Dane will prepare food while Penny’s Bend performs soulful acoustic covers. On October 17, Funky Fresh catering will provide the eats while CJ Baker Jazz Trio brings the music. On both nights, the Vita Miele Mobile Bar will offer craft beer, wine and Prosecco. Event organizers ask that you bring your mask or face covering; tables will be spaced 6 feet apart.

Bearded Bee Brewing Co.

Downtown Wendell’s newest brewery is buzzing with creative craft beers brewed with local ingredients. Bearded Bee’s signature brew is the Honey Come Back Hazy Honey IPA, which is dry hopped with chinook hops to deliver a bitterness on the back end while honey is added during fermentation to provide some sweetness. Other favorites include the Stop and Smell The Red IPA, an American red IPA with a unique caramel/toffee taste thanks to malts, and the Bee-Rista Coffee Amber, brewed with organic coffee beans from Benelux. On weekends, rotating local food trucks serve grub out in the beer garden. Bearded Bee’s goal is to become the “hive” of Wendell, gathering families, friends and furry friends over great beer.

Movies in the Beer Garden

DURHAM | October 10 and 24
Close out summer with a classic family-friendly movie on a 20-inch inflatable screen at The Glass Jug Beer Lab’s beer garden. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets or sit at one of the socially distanced picnic tables and grab a beer or two from the bar. The movie is free to watch. Past featured films include “The Sandlot,” “The Princess Bride,” “Space Jam” and “The Goonies.” The beer lab will announce October’s movies one to two weeks in advance.

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