Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Durham's King's Daughter's Inn: Hot Spot for Pop Up Dinners

As a top ten finalist on Southern Living’s “The South’s Tastiest Towns” list, and home to four James Beard Award Semifinalists in 2013, Durham continues to garner acclaim nationally and internationally as a place with an intense food scene. It is also a place on the cutting edge with a growing roster of dining opportunities at pop up restaurants, a trend sweeping the nation.

Durham's The King’s Daughters Inn has embraced the town’s food scene by lending the Inn’s main dining room and commercial kitchen to up-and-coming chefs for monthly pop up dinners. The dining experiences are open to the public and exhibit chefs that plan to open Triangle restaurants in the near future.

April’s pop up dinner will be held on Sunday, April 28th at 6:00 PM hosted by Chef Justin Rakes and Chef Scott Martin.  With plans to open a permanent location in Downtown Durham in late Fall 2013, the restaurant will be named The Salted Pig. The venture will be a "pork centric" modern American eatery serving inventive interpretations of pub food. They will focus on utilizing the whole animal and local produce to create snacks and small plates, shared plates, and an extensive charcuterie program. Chef Rakes explains the cohesion of his and Chef Martin’s culinary styles, 

“Scott and I are working on the project together because our difference in style compliments each other. I am very aggressive and 'out there' when it comes to creating new dishes and Scott is more grounded in precision of flavor and technique. It is really a perfect combination to bring out our strengths. I will be responsible for daily operations of the entire restaurant giving input on the menu but Scott will be the Executive Chef." To showcase their unified talents, Chef Rakes and Chef Martin will create a pork-based menu for a four-course dinner.

The dinner will consist of a greeting course of Crispy Chicharron Slider on Parker House roll with local lettuce, confit tomato, dukes on the front porch. The first course will be Deep Fried Brussel Sprouts with red eye aioli, second course will be Sunset Ridge Bison Tartare, kewpei mayo, spiced cucumber, nasturtium, third course will be Thin Cut Pork Chops with charred ramp and shallot gravy, herb salad. The dessert will be a Roasted Banana Budino, salted NC peanuts, candied bacon. Mutual Distributing Company will assist in the wine and beer pairings that can be added for an additional charge.
The King’s Daughters Inn has gained a local and national following of supporters and patrons.  Located adjacent to Downtown Durham in the Trinity Park neighborhood next to Duke University's picturesque East Campus, the Inn blends the charm of a historic bed & breakfast with all the modern amenities of a luxury hotel. 

Guests can register for April’s pop up dinner online. For more information about where to stay or eat in Durham, visit the offiicial Durham visitors website.

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