The Honeysuckle Tea House and Farm, a working farm that is open seasonally to visitors, has acquired the Looking Glass Cafe in Carrboro.
Owner Erik Lensch said that Honeysuckle serves as a gathering place to the community and offers a variety of locally sourced food and beverages. The Looking Glass will provide some of Honeysuckle’s products to Carborro year round.
“It’s sort of a honeysuckle experience in town,” Lensch said.
Honeysuckle is also in the process of obtaining a license to serve a honey-based wine. The wine would be made with their own fruit.
The Root Cellar Café & Catering will be opening a second location in Pittsboro this winter. In an email interview, owners Sera Cuni and Susan White said that the new location will offer an expanded menu.
“Although the new café will not have a pizza oven as the Chapel Hill location does, it will focus more on dinner service with an expanded menu featuring seasonal flavors from locally sourced ingredients,” Cuni and White said.
The new cafe will be 3,725 square feet and will offer additional outdoor seating. The Pittsboro location will also features the family dinner and paleo family dinner programs available at the Chapel Hill location.
Midway Community Kitchen will offer a four-course pop-up dinner on Nov. 12.
The event will feature food from Chef Ashleigh Scherman, the former executive chef for The Carolina Club in Chapel Hill. The pop-up dinner will benefit local charity TABLE, which provides food aid to children in the Carrboro/Chapel Hill area.
Owner Kathy Gunn said the chef chose TABLE as the beneficiary because she feels strongly about making sure people in the community are fed.
Although the event has sold out, Gunn said that pop-up dinners are held six to eight times per year and have been well received by the local community.
“It’s a different kind of event,” Gunn said. “It’s not like just going out to a restaurant. And our space is set up so that you’re going to be sitting with people that you don’t know, so it’s also a way to get to know other people in the community.”
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