September/October 2021

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I scoured Nextdoor at the beginning of the pandemic for someone with an extra coffee machine to use for a few weeks of working from home. A neighbor named Paul had one to spare and left it in his garage for me. But as we all know by now, those weeks became months. Thanks to the borrowed Keurig and bags of Little Waves Coffee Roasters beans, those months were blissfully caffeinated. When we returned to the office last fall, Paul’s machine was relegated to a closet. And on a shelf it remained for an embarrassingly long time (though Paul, by now, insisted I keep it). I finally returned the Keurig to its rightful owner this summer along with a thank-you note and gift certificate.   

In late July, I received a letter in my mailbox from Paul, who used the Antonia’s certificate for lunch – a Caesar salad and con salsicce on a bed of fettuccine – on a day where 10% of revenue was donated to a nonprofit. “Today’s fundraiser [benefited] the Exchange Club of Hillsborough and our continuing work with The Exchange Club’s Family Center of the Central Piedmont,” he wrote. “So not only [did] your kind gift help feed this old guy, but it will also help us work with families in crisis and hopefully prevent some child abuse. Pretty good twofer.” 

Thank you to Paul for your continuous generosity. For another example of paying it forward, turn to page 66 and read about the women of WE Power Food – cover subject Samantha Swan of Cottage Lane Kitchen is a member – who share their knowledge with new entrepreneurs. Elsewhere in our 12th annual food, drink and farm issue, dig into Ackland art-inspired dishes from local chefs, four new or nearly open restaurants, a changing of the guard at Breadman’s and more, starting on page 56. But first, coffee. – Jessica Stringer


62 Rise & Shine
Longtime breakfast restaurant Breadman’s enters a new day

64 The Spice of Life 
Cottage Lane Kitchen’s founder reflects on a decade of business

68 Lavender Fields Forever
A visit to Lavender Oaks Farm

70 New Kids on the Block
Four recent and soon-to-open restaurants add flavor to our dining scene


36 Fall Arts Checklist
Can’t miss concerts, events and more

46 Garden Galleries
View stunning sculptures en plein air

56 The Local Palette
Chefs dream up dishes inspired by a new Ackland exhibit


30 Carolina on Our Mind
Two Morehead-Cain scholars from Chapel Hill share their experiences

32 Gotta Getaway
Find inspiration for your own fall trips as a few of our neighbors share their recent and upcoming regional travels


90 Right Plant, Right Place
Our readers’ favorite landscapers talk planting roots in Chapel Hill, design philosophies and how to add curb appeal to your home

92 Back to the Future
A Chapel Hill change agent renovates a 1965 prefab home, keeping its soul and story


6 Letter From the Editor

8 About Town 
Events not to miss

18 Noted 
What we’ve heard around town … 

26 What We’re Eating 
News from our restaurant community, plus a dish we love

80 Dining Guide 

83 Joyous Cooking
Crook’s Corner: yesterday and tomorrow 

110 Weddings
Fisher & Lucha
Kait & Vlaar
Kenny & Martin


10 The Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro Women’s Social

12 Triangle Bikeworks

14 Juneteenth Celebration

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