Edenton NC Beer Month Edenton, NC - Make your own history in “one of America’s prettiest towns” as recognized by Forbes.com while celebrating NC Beer Month. History, Beauty and Charm will highlight your visit as you walk in the footsteps of your colonial forefathers for tastings, learning and experiencing some of North Carolina’s finest brews. National Historic Landmarks with outstanding architecture nestled along the Albemarle Sound will be your spring-time setting for tours, gardens, art, and music. After a paddle along the creeks, touring or shopping, a refreshment stop along Broad and Water Streets at 309 Bistro, Waterman’s Grill or on the Edenton Bay Trading Patio for one of NC’s favorite craft beers will be the best way to end a perfect day. So if NC Beer, NC Peanuts and NC River Lighthouses are among some of the things you enjoy most, we invite you to make Edenton a visit decision especially during the month of April. Saturday, April 5 and 12, 2014 Taverns and Trollies In Celebration of NC Beer Month: “Step onboard the Edenton Trolley and explore Colonial America’s connection to beer and drinking culture. See former sites of Taverns and the role they played in Edenton and its people. While touring stop at historical locales and taste some of the present day craft brews of our great State.” Trolley Torus leave from the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center, 505 South Broad Street, at 3:30 pm and a cost of $10. Saturday, April 5, 2014 Brews on the Bay at Edenton Bay Trading Company Come and join us for an Edenton Bay Tasting Festival of North Carolina Craft Beers, represented by 10 NC Breweries, 30 + Beers, and a “Cask Conditioned Ale” from the Duck Rabbit Brewery. Enjoy a real North Carolina Pig Pickin’ by the “Brews Brothers” with all the fixins’ and Ms. Leslie’s Famous Banana Pudding! And don’t forget your dancin’ shoes! – “Out ‘N the Cold” will be playin’ up a storm with their classic rock sounds with that bluegrass twang! Tickets available at Edenton Bay Trading Company, 113 West Water Street – 5 – 9 pm; $50 (designated driver tickets are $40), all major credit cards accepted; 252-482-4045. Friday, April 25, 2014 Boogie on Broad with the Embers “Don’t miss this Family-Friendly Street Dance on South Broad! Come Boogie to The Embers, widely considered a musical MARVEL, the band is responsible for laying the groundwork for Beach Music in the Carolinas, Virginias, the gulf coast region of North America and every beach in between. Held annually, this great event is sponsored by Destination Downtown Edenton and will Celebrate NC Beer Month by offering select NC Craft Beers.” Time of event is 7 – 10 pm; free and contact is 252-333-0655. Celebrating all Month Long NC Hometown Flavors come to 309 Bistro & Spirits An addition of selected NC Brews are offered during the month of April featuring Natty Green’s Southern Pale Yale from Greensboro and Torch Pilsner Hoppyum IPA from Winston-Salem for those that love warm citrusy American hops; Monday 11 am – 2 pm, Tuesday – Thursday 11 am – 2 pm and 5 – 9 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am – 9 pm; 309 South Broad Street; 252-482-0997 Edenton Bay Trading Company Patio A selection of NC Craft Beers from Mystery Brewing, Duck Rabbit, Rail House, Lone Rider, Aviator and Weeping Radish can be enjoyed; Monday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday 12 noon – 5 pm; 113 West Water Street; 252-482-4045 Celebrating NC Beer Month and EARTH DAY at Waterman’s Grill Waterman’s Grill will feature a selection from Mother Earth Brewing Co. in Kinston, NC beers for only $3 a bottle in addition to their Highland Brewery Beers. Be good to your Mother! Earth Day is April 22nd! Open Monday – Saturday 4:30 pm – until; 427 South Broad Street; 252-482-7733 The celebration of NC Beer Month is in cooperation with the NC Division of Tourism, Film and Sports. To find out more about the program, please go to www.ncbeermonth.com.
A Colington Classic - The Saltbox Café By Rosie Hawthorne Kitchensaremonkeybusiness.com Colington has an unexpected gem – the Saltbox Café. Located at 1469 Colington Road, the Saltbox Café provides a much needed niche for both the Colington crowd and beach diners. The previous restaurants at this location, more than I can count or name, have been mostly dives, with a focus on the bar and sports patrons, the Colington Café being the exception. The Saltbox Café is unique in that it’s focusing on darn good food, with a changing menu according to availability and seasonality. Local seafood and fresh meats and vegetables are showcased in this intimate, pleasantly appointed restaurant. The décor is relaxed, comfortable, and friendly, featuring whimsical, beachy artwork by local artist, Elly Ehrnst. The chefs/owners are Colington Harbour residents, Team Amanda Wolf and Randolph Sprinkle, formerly of Bambino’s in Corolla. I’m so very glad they got tired of that drive from Colington Harbour to Corolla and decided to open the Saltbox on Colington Road. The Saltbox Café serves an 8:00 breakfast Thursday through Saturday, the first restaurant here to do so, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, and a Sunday Brunch from 8:00 - 2:00. On our first visit to the Saltbox Café, the Hawthornes started with a soup course. Mr. Hawthorne ordered a delicately flavored and balanced, sweet and creamy tomato soup with fresh basil and Parmesan shavings - a light, bright, and refreshing starter. I opted for the heartier wild mushroom soup. Velvety and earthy, this was accented with a complementing drizzle of truffle oil. I was impressed by both soups so much that I was inspired to make them at home. Rarely does a restaurant motivate me to do that. Mr. Hawthorne’s entrée was the breaded flounder. We actually had to ask if it was baked or fried. That’s how light it was. It turned out to be perfectly fried with no oily taste whatsoever and with a very light, delicate crust surrounding the fish. This was served on a toasted bun with thin, crisp fries and coleslaw with a hint of coriander in it. Very nice touch. My entrée was the Classic Cuban – roasted pork, ham, fontina cheese, spiced chipotle mayo, pickles, and tomato, pressed together between some very good bread, and grilled, served with chips. One of our dining companions, Titania, had the crab cake with remoulade sauce, served on a toasted bun, with slaw and fries. I had one bite of the crab cake and my bite was all crab meat. I know there’s got to be some filler in there, but it wasn’t in the bite I had – simply sweet crab flavor. Mr. Titania ordered the oyster po-boy with a spiced chipotle/mayo sauce, accompanied by slaw and crisp fries. I didn’t try the oysters since Mr. Titania never looked away from his plate so I could spear one on the sly, but if Mr. Hawthorne’s fried flounder is any indication, I’m sure the oysters were perfection, too. I thought the prices quite reasonable. Ten bucks for the po-boy and I counted seven oysters. We so enjoyed our lunch at the Saltbox Café that we came back for Sunday brunch. Our son had a huge BLT, served with chips which I was not allowed to touch. He scarfed it down and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our son’s friend had the French toast stuffed with cream cheese and strawberries. This was served with a sprinkling of blueberries and was accompanied by what tasted like a delicious Crème Anglaise. My breakfast was a most excellent Crabby Benedict – 2 perfectly poached eggs on toasted English muffins, each with a heaping of crab meat, a healthy napping Hollandaise, and a sprinkling of chives. This has to be my favorite breakfast. Except for what Mr. Hawthorne had – the shrimp and grits. I’ve had shrimp and grits before, but nothing like this. This was so much more than shrimp and grits. Tender, succulent, sweet shrimp on creamy grits swam in a heady broth consisting of andouille sausage, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and spinach. You know it’s good when I used my toasted English muffin to sop up the last drops of the subtly spiced broth. Bottom line, the Saltbox Café serves well-prepared, thoughtfully-made food, lovingly produced and presented. Very nicely executed! The pleasant wait staff is both attentive and knowledgeable and Chefs Sprinkle and Wolf both come out from the kitchen when they have time to chat with their diners. I thank you, chefs, for two wonderful meals and I look forward to many more. Do yourself a favor and visit the Saltbox Café. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Please visit with Rosie Hawthorne at Kitchensaremonkeybusiness.com for good food, gardening, and travelogues. For any culinary questions, email me at email@example.com.