Apr 3, 2024

Wilmington’s own Dean Neff, head chef and owner of Seabird, reached a new milestone in his career Wednesday after he was named a James Beard Foundation finalist for Outstanding Chef.   Neff was named a semifinalist both in 2019 and earlier this year. This is the first time Neff has made it to the final round of the national award. Other contenders for Outstand ...

Mar 20, 2024

Bowstring Owners Purchase Building For Nearly $3M

By Audrey Elsberry, posted Mar 20, 2024

After leasing for more than a year, the owners of Bowstring Burgers & Brewyard have purchased the building they've occupied at 1002 Princess St. in Wilmington's Soda Pop District for $2.8 million. BowString Real Estate Holdings Co LLC, which is associated with Bowstring co-owners Matt Golden, Ben Yannessa and Brad Bowles, bought the property this week from A ...

Mar 18, 2024

Downtown Coffee Shop Changes Hands

By Audrey Elsberry, posted Mar 18, 2024

After eight years, Bespoke Coffee & Dry Goods owner Chris Batten is selling the popular downtown Wilmington coffee shop. The sale to bar and restaurant owner Robby Dow was announced in a news release issued Monday afternoon. Dow created the beverage program at Olivero with Sunny Gerhart and Lauren Krall Ivey after a four-year career as the beverage director of a coc ...

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Food is the Foundation for Prosperous Communities

Posted Mar 15, 2024
Food is the foundation of healthy living and the key to building prosperous communities. Food and prosperity are intricately linked making it imperative to establish and cultivate community based food systems. 
This begins and ends with entrepreneurs and their commitment to sustaining the food system. Farmers and food producers are at the front of the food supply chain entire article
Mar 15, 2024

Expanding Tastes On Castle Street

By Meghan Corbett, posted Mar 15, 2024

As John Willse and Beth Guertin, owners of Wilmington Wine bottle shop and now the recently opened Creative Tastings restaurant on Castle Street know all too well, sometimes your purpose or direction in life chooses you rather than the other way around. After a career in the restaurant business elsewhere, Willse found himself pulled to move back to his hometown of Wilmi ...

Mar 13, 2024

Block Eatz To Host Chef's Vision Event

By Justin Williams Pope, posted Mar 13, 2024

Genesis Block and Block Eatz, in partnership with Cape Fear Community College, will host Chef’s Vision this month at the community college’s North Campus.  The event will feature Chef Yanni Lopez, owner of Cultura 311 and Paella Fusion, as the in-house chef at Block Eatz, a local incubator kitchen designed to foster business relationships in the food in ...

Mar 11, 2024

Burgaw To Get New Deli, Farm-to-table Restaurant

By Emma Dill, posted Mar 11, 2024

A new Southern-style, farm-to-table restaurant and a deli are coming to downtown Burgaw, according to a news release on Monday from Own Your Own, a local restaurant competition. The announcement comes after the contest’s original winner, Colorado-based chef Karoline Schwartz, opted not to move forward with plans for her Burgaw restaurant. The newly announced ventu ...

Feb 21, 2024

Coffee Shop, Bar Takes Flight In Downtown Wilmington

By Laura Moore, posted Feb 21, 2024

When the creative minds behind the recently updated Front Street Inn decided to add a coffee bar, they knew it couldn’t be just a coffee bar – it had to have the same international flair as the hotel. That’s how the Concorde Espresso Bar took off. The Alfalla Hospitality Group took over the Front Street Inn in 2021 and renovated the space, transforming ...

Feb 21, 2024

With an opening planned later this year, a new joint venture between Wilmington food truck Banh Sai and sandwich shop The Half is sure to be a hotspot for locals and tourists alike.  Banh Sai owner Austin Belt said the decision to partner with The Half was a no-brainer.  “It all started years ago when we were living in Charleston, South Carolina,&rdqu ...

Feb 16, 2024

Choosing beers for a taproom is not a one-size-fits-all scenario, said Alex George of Bowstring Burgers & Brewyard in Wilmington. George, who is part of Bowstring’s leadership team, chooses what to sell at the Soda Pop District establishment on Princess Street based on customer requests. They often want local brews, and social media can influence which breweri ...

Feb 16, 2024

Locals Cook Up Kitchen Concepts

By Randall Kirkpatrick, posted Feb 16, 2024

One of the unexpected impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic was the surge of shared and commissary kitchens, which partially filled the gap created by the need for restaurants to thrive or even survive in the altered food ecosystem.  The Wilmington area, with its condensed, restaurant-intensive locale, was at the center of this growth. Players in this arena include End ...

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As the Weather Warms, New Hanover County Remains Committed to Keeping Things Green

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government

Salling and Tate Dentistry Launches Annual "Gunner’s Runners" Shoe Collection Event, Aiming to Surpass Last Year's Success

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The Coastal Corridor is Helping Wilmington Startups With Connected Devices for Life Sciences Industry

Heather McWhorter - UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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