Bull City Top 5 :: April 2019

Here's your Bull City Top 5 -- Lots of events and happenings to explore in Durham, NC heading into 2019. Enjoy all that the Bull City has to offer this April!



Battle in bull city

april 2, 2019 // durham bulls athletic park

You don’t want to miss this Durham rivalry! Join the community at Durham Bulls Athletic Park as The Durham Bulls take on the Duke Blue Devils in the Battle in the Bull City.

Enjoy all the Afforda-BULL Eats menu, featuring $2 Bright Leaf hot dogs and Pepsi products, $3 nachos and cheese, $4 sausages and chips, and $5 burgers, chicken tenders and select beers.

“The matchup is the second between the two DBAP tenants, as the Bulls edged a 2-1 victory over the Blue Devils on April 4, 2017. Later that season Durham would go on to win its first of two straight Governors' Cup titles, while Duke has earned an NCAA Tournament berth in two of the last three seasons.”


gary clark jr.

April 2, 2019 // DPAC

Get ready for a night with Gary Clark Jr.!

“Gary Clark Jr. won’t be going anywhere for a while, at least, and he remains the great living link between Hubert Sumlin and Childish Gambino.

As for his most recent album, Live/North America 2016, released in March 2016, that was not just a stopgap between his last studio release, 2015’s The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, and whatever comes next. “Some of my favorite albums of all time are live albums,” he points out. “Songs can take a different direction based on how the audience responds and how the band is feeling. They might switch things up, and it keeps it exciting. That walking the tightrope is something I’ve always respected in jazz, too — how somebody like Coltrane or Miles Davis or Billy Morgan can just take it out and then reel it back in, even though you’re gone.”

Maybe that’s as good a way as any to describe the appeal of Clark’s own playing, and the “danger” he says he looks for — taking a solo out until it’s gone, daddy, gone, only to let the music return to sender with the reassuring sound of his honey-thick vocals. Or, as John Lennon might’ve put it: “He roller-coaster.” In Clark’s dynamic musical world, combustible tension and exquisite release are the things that truly come together.”


Full frame documentary festival

April 4-7, 2019 // carolina theatre

We can’t wait to have the 22nd Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in historic downtown Durham, just steps from One City Center!

“The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public. The festival is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.”


Durham 150 Opening Celebration

April 13, 2019 // American tobacco campus

Come celebrate 150 Years of Durham!

The American Tobacco Campus will have themed neighborhoods highlighting the four pillars of Durham 150: history and education, innovation and entrepreneurship, social equity and robust democracy, and arts and leisure. You won’t want to miss this fun-filled day complete with complimentary birthday cake!


Food Traditions of the south: greens

april 27, 2019 // west point on the eno

You won’t want to miss a day of eating your way through a seasonal meal built around Greens! Chef and brewer, James Naquin, will guide visitors through the meaning of his beloved southern menu items - collards, turnips, mustard, and more!


Bull City Top 5 :: March 2019

Here's your Bull City Top 5 -- Lots of events and happenings to explore in Durham, NC heading into 2019. Enjoy all that the Bull City has to offer this February!



Beer, Beads, & Beignets at Durty Bull

March 3, 2019 // Durty Bull Brewery

Bourbon Street has come to Bull City with Beer, Beads & Beignets at Durty Bull Brewery! Enjoy King Cake themed beignets and more. Get your beads from the bartender


Look Homeward Album Release Show

March 8, 2019 // Motorco Music Hall

This brackish brethren is the perfect mix of old and new - true folk music. Hailing from our very own North Carolina, you will feel right at home listening to Look Homeward. Click here to get tickets!



March 15-16, 2019 // Durham Fruit & Produce Co

This two-day creative conference is one you’re not going to want to miss. Come get inspired through Design Empowerment, helping to enable social change through Design Impact and leave united as one creative body. Get tickets here!


Bull City Food & Beer Experience

March 24, 2019 // DPAC

Come out for the 7th Annual Bull City Food and Beer Experience! Local restaurants will be paired with breweries spread throughout all three DPAC floors featuring unlimited samplings and the Harris Onstage Experience showcasing live music & local food trucks. Get your tickets here!


Food Truck Rodeo

March 24, 2019 // Durham Central Park, Inc

Over fifty of North Carolina’s finest food trucks will be in Durham Central Park. Grab a chair and enjoy great food and local beer with friends and family! Click here for more info.


Bull City Top 5 :: February 2019

Here's your Bull City Top 5 -- Lots of events and happenings to explore in Durham, NC heading into 2019. Enjoy all that the Bull City has to offer this February!




Sunday, February 3 // Town Hall Burger and Beer - Durham // $35

You’re invited to the best party in the Triangle! Watch the big game on eight flat screens with your friends and family! Snacks, dinner, and dessert will be provided with a ticket purchase. The proceeds will go directly to The HEARTest Yard charity, founded by Kara and Greg Olsen to support families of children with congenital heart disease. Click here to buy tickets!



February // Durham Performing Arts Center
Don’t miss the upcoming performances at DPAC this month! Nominated for five Tony awards, The Rock of Ages Tenth Anniversary Tour is one to keep in mind! Support Durham Public Schools to help foster college scholarships for local high school seniors and buy tickets to An Evening of Entertainment! This event will feature the talented choral and dance students of Durham! Grab your friends for a drink at your apartment to watch the sunset, and then head to DPAC to watch the show of your choice!



Thursday, February 14th //Unscripted Hotel // $49

Spread the love in the neighborhood and celebrate Valentine’s Day with our friends at Unscripted! Make a special dinner with your significant other, and then head on over to enjoy champagne and desserts with friends! Buy your tickets here!



Saturday, February 2nd // Bar Brunello // $100

You get better with age, and so does wine! Grab your ticket to Bar Brunello’s wine tasting to learn more about vintage wine. It is the perfect event to unwind with your friends!



Wednesday, February 20th // The Carolina Theatre // $7

Change up your movie night with this retro film! Charles Bronson is a rogue cop pursuing a deranged killer in this action-packed suspense thriller. Don’t forget the popcorn!


Bull City Top 5 :: September 2018

Here's your Bull City Top 5 -- Lots of events and happenings to explore in Durham, NC heading into 2018. Enjoy all that the Bull City has to offer this September!

Labor Day Weekend Food Truck Rodeo

September 02, 2018 // Durham Central Park, Inc

Come celebrate Labor Day Weekend, with the Triangle's most popular food trucks! Make sure to come with empty stomachs, there's something for everyone and this can't miss event.


44th Annual CenterFest Arts Festival

September 15, 2018 - September 16, 2018 (Daily) // Downtown Durham Historic District

Art lovers rejoice! The Durham Arts Council is bringing the 44th Annual CenterFest Arts Festival to downtown Durham. More than 145 juried visual artists from 17 states will showcase their work and 75 performing arts groups provide continuous music, dance and entertainment throughout the festival including extended Saturday evening entertainment.


Octoberfest 2018

September 22, 2018 // Bull City Burger And Brewery

Ocotberfest in September!? We're not mad about it. Come out and enjoy live music, dancing, a kid's play area, brats, burgers, pretzels, Octoberfest Mustard/Mushroom Fries, wine, beer and of course our BCBB Octoberfest beer!

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Zimbabwean Wine Pairing Dinner

September 27, 2018 // Zweli's

Join Zweli's for an extravagant Five-Course Wine Dinner, featuring exquisite hand tailored flavors from the Southern African region, paired with delicious and exotic wine selections from Rickety Bridge, a South African winery. 

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Wicked Weed Beer Fest 

September 30, 2018 // County Fare

Come out for good, local North Carolina brews as County Fare hosts the Wicked Weed Beer Fest! Enjoy local food trucks as well

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Bull City Top 5 :: August 2018

Here's your Bull City Top 5 -- Lots of events and happenings to explore in Durham, NC heading into 2018. Enjoy all that the Bull City has to offer this August!



Durham Latino Festival and Soccer Challenge

Saturday, August 11th// 12pm-5pm// Free Event

Celebrate the Latino culture with food, sports, art, and music at this can’t miss festival! Cheer on your favorite soccer team while enjoying time with family and friends. Click here for details.

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The Views from The Durham

Tuesday, August 14th// 9pm// Free Event

Check out the views from above on the rooftop of our friends' at The Durham! You will get a glimpse of Mars, Saturn, and meteors. With music and celestial cocktail creations, it is sure to be a stellar time! Check it out here.


Durham Art Guild 64th Annual Juried Exhibition

Friday, August 17th

Don’t miss this exhibit when opens August 17th! The regional winners will be featured daily though October 13th, so don’t worry if you miss it in August. Click here for more details.


SW Durham Food Truck Extravaganza

Sunday, August 19th // Free Event

Give a meal, and get a meal! Bring canned food goods and help out the community at this food truck frenzy! Music, food, and children’s activities are just a few things to look forward to!


Beats and Bars Festival

August 24th-26th // $25

If you are a fan of hip-hop, then get ready to bump! This three day event helps to build stronger communities by teaching the immersive culture of hip-hop. From music to food, you’re bound to have a great time. Buy your tickets here!


Construction Update: July 2018

Greetings from One City Center in Downtown Durham! Time flies when you're having fun, and we've had a blast this summer working on the interior finishes, community spaces, and retail build-outs.

Quick update: 

  • Flooring, finishes, and appliances are all being installed in our 1 and 2 bedroom apartments
  • Railings are currently being installed on the spacious balconies
  • Landscaping on "The Park" should be installed shortly
  • Terrazzo tile has already been installed in the lobby!

Interested in renting a apartment at One City Center? Check out our apartment website for availability, floor plans, amenities & more. We're now offering Hard Hat Tours so you can experience a floor plan layout, view, and high-rise lifestyle in Downtown Durham before we open our doors. Contact us today to schedule a tour!

Bull City Top 5 :: July 2018

Here's your Bull City Top 5 -- Lots of events and happenings to explore in Durham, NC heading into 2018. Enjoy all that the Bull City has to offer this July!



Festival for the Eno

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 & Saturday, July 7th, 2018// 10am-6pm// West Point on the Eno City Park// $18

Kick your Independence Day off with a SPLASH on the Eno River! With a large assortment of food and drink vendors, 70 bands, and all types of goods from local craft artists, the 39th annual festival aims to help raise awareness and funds for the Eno River. If you can’t make it on July 4th, don’t fret because the festival will be open on July 7th too! Buy tickets here!


Mural Bike Tour

July 7th, 2018// Leaving from Durham Central Park

Take a tour of bull city bike style. Hop on two wheels and get a tour of the awesome murals that make Durham so unique! For more info click here!


Chefs for Change: Chef Phoebe Lawless

July 9th, 2018// The Rickhouse

If you want to show your love for the Bull City, while enjoying a fine dining experience, this event is for you! “Chefs for Change is a fundraising dinner series that pairs the burgeoning Durham food scene with the needs of families experiencing homelessness.

Phoebe Lawless was the owner and chef of Scratch Bakery. The James Beard semifinalist now owns The Lakewood, which serves an American cuisine with a focus on seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients. Chef Lawless will make sure you are well fed, with three or more courses! Sign up here!


PickleFest Durham 2018

July 15th, 2018// The Rickhouse

Pickles, pickles, pickles, and more pickles! Sample pickle-flavored foods and drinks all day from restaurants around the triangle! The proceeds raised will benefit the Durham Central Park. Buy tickets here!


Yappy Hour Workout

July 20th, 2018// Barley Labs

We can’t think of a better friend to workout with than your dog! Enjoy this Thrive Alive class together and make sure to stay afterwards for beer, wine, and Barley Labs homemade dog treats! Sign up here!

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Local Chefs of Durham

Durham boasts some of the best restaurants in the country, but it’s the talented chefs in the kitchen of these eateries that have exploded Durham’s food scene.

These culinary artists have been given awards that every maker dreams of receiving, such as the famed James Beard Foundation award (We’re looking at you, Andrea Reusing). Many of these Durham food gurus have collaborated and, in some way or another, have had a hand in each other’s success.

From Italian to Korean cuisines, the chefs behind the restaurants of downtown Durham will surely cure any culinary craving you might have!



Andrea Reusing

The Durham Hotel

In 2002, Andrea Reusing opened the Chapel Hill restaurant, Lantern. This blend of asian cuisine and fresh, local ingredients made it a hit, receiving awards such as one of  “America’s Top 50 Restaurants” and “Restaurant of the Year” from the News & Observer. Reusing’s success does not stop there. In fact, she was named the 2011 winner of the prestigious James Beard award for Best Chef in the Southeast.

Her talents can now be found at The Durham Hotel where she serves as the executive chef. Her seasonally-based dishes showcase her main focus to serve local and sustainably produced foods. Heirloom tomatoes, North Carolina oysters and blue crab are just a sneak peak of the local ingredients she uses in her dishes at The Durham.

You can find her recipes in leading cookbooks, like her famous grasshopper sundae featured in Cherry Bombe — perfect for hot, Carolina summer days. Reusing’s own cookbook titled Cooking in the Moment: A Year of Seasonal Recipes, was reviewed by the New York Times as one of 2011’s most notable cookbooks.

Get a taste for yourself and stop by the restaurant and rooftop bar at The Durham to try her amazing dishes!


Matt Kelly

Saint James, Mateo Bar de Tapas, Lucky's Deli, and Mothers & Sons Trattoria

Matt Kelly has a few restaurants under his belt, such as the new seafood restaurant, Saint James, Mateo Bar de Tapas, Lucky’s Deli, and Mothers & Sons Trattoria. Kelly’s reputation took off when he started working at Durham’s French eatery, Vin Rouge, where he is now a partner.

As a four year James Beard semifinalist, Matt Kelly is the real deal. You’ll find that Kelly’s style of cooking changes from restaurant to restaurant. For example, Mateo, a James Beard semifinalist for best new restaurant in 2013, “blends the flavors of Spain with beloved ingredients and dishes of the South,” while Lucky’s Deli is known for their amazing sandwiches that go easy with a cold beer. In 2016, Kelly opened Mothers & Sons Trattoria with Josh DeCarolis that features an Italian cuisine with handmade pasta.

The idea for Saint James came to Kelly on an airplane seven years ago, where he wrote the menu for his dream restaurant on a cocktail napkin! Saint James’ focus is centered around North Carolinian seafood and even includes many Calabash dishes. Oysters, crab dip, lobster, rum cocktails, and local fish are just a few of the items you can find on their menu! You could make a weekend of Kelly’s restaurants alone.


Billy Cotter

Dashi and Toast Paninoteca

Billy Cotter is a Durham native and can do it all! From Japanese to Italian cuisine, he is truly gifted. Cotter’s career started in the kitchen of his stepmother’s restaurant and eventually became the kitchen manager at Lantern in Chapel Hill, working alongside Andrea Reusing. Now, he co-owns Dashi, a Japanese ramen shop and pub, and Toast, an authentic Italian sandwich shop. Cotter’s wife’s family is originally from Italy, thus the inspiration for this type of sandwich shop became a reality.

Cotter likes to pair local ingredients with meats and cheeses from Italy to create the ultimate sandwich. Toast has been given multiple awards from Best of the Triangle and Best of Durham for “Best Sandwich” and “Best Soup.” While Dashi has been featured in Southern Living, the New York Post, and USA Today. Cotter blends Asian flavors with the traditional statements of North Carolina, like smoked pork and collards. Gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegans alike will relish Dashi’s accommodating menu too.

These two very distinct restaurants will not disappoint, so make time to stop by and give them a try!


Josh Decarolis

Mothers & Sons Trattoria

Josh Decarolis received his culinary degree from Connecticut Culinary Institute and got his start at La Morra Bacari in Massachusetts. Decarolis made his mark on Durham and Chapel Hill’s food scene when he was a chef at Mateo and Jujube. Matt Kelly, owner of Mateo, saw the skills that Josh possessed, and thus decided to partner up with Josh to open Mothers & Sons Trattoria.

With Italian roots, DeCarolis explains that the name of the restaurant comes from “the closeness he experienced amongst Italian families such as his own- especially between mothers and sons–often centered around cooking traditions and the dinner table.” In attempts to perfect those traditions, he spent four months in Italy learning how to properly make handmade pastas, a technique that is now a staple at Mother & Sons Trattoria. In fact, it is the first restaurant in the South to focus on handmade pasta.

Indy Week Magazine, the News & Observer, and Garden & Gun are just a few of the publications that Mothers & Sons has been featured in. 


Michael Lee

M Sushi and M Kokko

Not many people can successfully open and run two restaurants within months of each other, yet for Michael Lee it came naturally. Lee’s first restaurant, M Sushi, uses fresh, seasonal ingredients from the United States, Korea, and Japan to create a simple menu that gives customers an authentic omakase-style dining experience. On the other hand, M Kokko provides the traditional Korean cuisine with a focus on chicken (kokko is slang for chicken in Korea).

A component to experiencing Lee’s food is very much tied to the proper drink selection, which, according to Lee, can make or break a meal. Thus, you’ll find the drink menus are designed with the purpose of being small so that the food pairs well with the designated drinks.

Durham, get ready because Michael Lee is still expanding. His “vision includes a total of seven restaurant concepts, all within walking distance of each other in downtown Durham.” Residing in Scratch Bakery’s old home, Lee’s new endeavor, M Tempura, will have a tempura course menu, a Japanese dish of fish, shellfish, or vegetables, fried in batter. Soon after M Tempura takes off, Lee hopes to create a Korean BBQ and Taco joint!

We cannot wait to see what else Michael Lee has in store for downtown Durham.



Behind great food are people who have dedicated their lives to perfecting each flavor. Take the time to eat local and get to know the chefs behind some of Durham’s well-known establishments. We believe it makes the food taste better!

Which restaurant are you most excited to try? Have you eaten at any of these restaurants mentioned above? We want to hear your experience!