Inspired by their travels abroad R.B. Fitch and his late wife transformed a central North Carolina farm into a charming elegant village replete with shops restaurants and the award winning Fearrington House Inn and Restaurant. Near one of the countrys most dynamic research and venture capital hubs the Research Triangle region encompassing Raleigh and Durham the farm like setting with white facades rocking chairs lush landscaping and intimate courtyards will transport you to a place far away from the ordinary. Between author readings spa treatments shopping and customized wine dinners you can discover the Jordan Lake nature preserve and nearby Chapel Hill home to the nations oldest state university. A made to measure retreat for lovers of good food fine wine and gracious hospitality. CLUB 5C Hotel welcomes Relais and Chateaux Club 5C members with a VIP Welcome and a Discovery Privilege. Please include the Club 5C membership number in the reservation and please show your Club 5C membership card on arrival.
At Spotted Dog Restaurant and Bar, you can enjoy a classic American burger or sandwich.
At Spotted Dog Restaurant and Bar, you can enjoy creative, healthy and vegan dishes.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Spotted Dog Restaurant and Bar.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Spotted Dog Restaurant and Bar, which embraces a casual vibe.
You can also serve food from Spotted Dog Restaurant and Bar at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Park on the street for easy access to name.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Spotted Dog Restaurant and Bar.
Spotted Dog Restaurant and Bar is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
Guests can opt to pay by credit card, and most major names are accepted.
Eat your way through the day at Spotted Dog Restaurant and Bar — diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.
So when you need to cure your hunger craving, visit Spotted Dog Restaurant and Bar and treat yourself to a tasty American dish.
So enjoy a casual lunch or dinner at Spotted Dog Restaurant and Bar and indulge in some America-inspired cuisine.
You deserve an excellent meal, so head on over to Spotted Dog Restaurant and Bar and enjoy some of the highly-rated American fare.
For top-rated Mexican fare that customers rave about, head to Carrburritos for a meal packed with bold flavor.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
At Carrburritos, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Carrburritos' patio.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Carrburritos is come-as-you-are.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Carrburritos cater for you.
Drive to lunch or dinner at Carrburritos and find easy parking in a lot close by or on the street.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Carrburritos, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
Taste why Carrburritos' Mexican food is highly-rated by all who dine there.
Pay Carrburritos a visit and enjoy a relaxing night filled with flavorful Mexican cuisine.
The Mexican eats at Carrburritos are filled with endless flavors, so come on by today and enjoy a taste of Mexico.
For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Tyler's Beer Shop for American-style cuisine.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
The noise level can often drown out conversation, so make sure your party is prepared to speak up.
Fridays and Saturdays really bring in the crowds, so make sure there's space for you by calling ahead for a reservation.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Tyler's Beer Shop prides itself in its delicious catering.
Drivers will find parking not far from the restaurant.
Tyler's Beer Shop's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Tyler's Beer Shop is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
What's your favorite meal of the day? Chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Tyler's Beer Shop and taste test your way through the menu.
Stop putting off the best meal of your year and come into Tyler's Beer Shop's restaurant for some good old American favorites!
So enjoy a casual dining experience at Tyler's Beer Shop and load up on some classic American dishes.
Visit Acme Food and Beverage Co. for some true American comfort food.
Acme Food and Beverage Co. is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
Sized just right for big groups, the private room at Acme Food and Beverage Co. would be an ideal pick for your next birthday party or family gathering.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Acme Food and Beverage Co.'s beautiful outdoor seating area.
Acme Food and Beverage Co. is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Acme Food and Beverage Co.
Drive to lunch or dinner at Acme Food and Beverage Co. and find easy parking in a lot close by or on the street.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant.
Your bill at Acme Food and Beverage Co. will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
Save the cash for another day and pay by major credit card at Acme Food and Beverage Co.
The restaurant is open from morning through evening, but the dinner menu serves the tastiest reviews.
You'll definitely want to reconsider going anywhere else when the food at Acme Food and Beverage Co. tastes like pure heaven!
Glasshalfull is a trendy tapas restaurant that takes small plates to the next level.
The restaurant's menu also includes options for those with gluten allergies or sensitivities.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
At Glasshalfull, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
Enjoy wifi here free of cost.
Come order a flavorful feast at Glasshalfull, and sit outside if it's nice!
Dog-owners can bring their pups with them to this canine-friendly establishment.
The after-work crowd can fill the place up, so be sure to take advantage of reservations at Glasshalfull.
Folks tend to dress down at Glasshalfull, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Glasshalfull is located near endless free parking options.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
A visit to Glasshalfull will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
Dinner is the real yum factor here, though breakfast bites and lunch are also featured.
When you need your trendy tapas fix, remember to make your way to Glasshalfull.
Put a spin on your regular dining routine this evening with a delicious round of tapas at Glasshalfull.
As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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A dainty sweet-potato bourbon cake (seen above). A deconstructed cheesecake topped with a sphere of fruit purée. A crème brûlée decorated with delicate, edible flowers. Ceviche plated to look more like a frothy cocktail than a bite of raw fish. These are just a few of the dishes that Chef Roque Heidler has conceptualized, plated, and posted to Instagram over the years.
Jump to his five tips for food photography.
This Tulsa chef is a bit of a Renaissance man. First and foremost, he works at The Chalkboard, an elegant New American restaurant where he does triple-duty as chef de cuisine, pastry chef, and resident plating expert. There, he quickly earned a reputation for his immaculate desserts, which helped him win the Sweets category in the first annual Taste of Groupon Awards. But that’s just his day job.
Over the years, Chef Heidler’s explored all sorts of facets of the art world. He experimented with street art in his youth, and, early on in his career, he took a two-year hiatus from the food industry to work as a tattoo artist. Today, he’s using those art skills to create the stunning desserts that first caught our attention.
We had the chance to chat with Chef Heidler after he won his award recently. Here are some of the highlights from our conversation.
Turning dining into an adventure
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For Chef Heidler, cooking is all about balancing the familiar and the surprising. “I generally like to do a take on my childhood favorites,” he explained. He starts with these classic dishes and infuses them with “some sort of whimsy” while maintaining their approachability.
Frequently, that whimsy he talks about comes in the form of some sort of sneaky molecular-gastronomy trick, be it dessert gels made with agar or fruit purées transformed into delicate spheres that crack open with the whack of a spoon. Or, consider his take on chocolate pie:
“I got ahold of some methylcellulose and I did this crazy, crazy mad-scientist chocolate pie … that had this strawberry-buttermilk foam and this methylcellulose chocolate filling. [The filling] would be liquid at 70 degrees, but once you heated it up to 140, it would turn into that custard state.” The resulting dessert balanced different temperatures, textures, and flavors—subverting the diners’ expectations about what a classic chocolate pie could be.
How his unique background inspires his food
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An artistic eye pervades everything Roque Heidler does. Though it’s been years since he did any street art or worked in a tattoo parlor, those experiences still give him a unique outlook on food: “I’ll look at flavors sometimes as colors, if that makes any sense. And I plate them out like that. Sometimes I’ll base a whole dish on a color and search for those flavors that go with it,” he said.
But over the years, he’s learned to let the flavors shine as much as the aesthetics. “Like, I mean, if you dig back a little deeper in [my career] ... you’ll see more of that really, really modernistic art on the plate, and I’ve dialed back from that a lot. I kind of learned, you know, you’ve gotta plate to the crowd.”
Working under the constraints of a traditional Lebanese restaurant helped him strike the right balance even more. “I just would take their classic flavors and would try to just distribute it out in that street-art form, like, layers and different takes and elevating it with different textures. But working under that [chef] taught me a lot about not detracting from the flavors so much that you couldn’t tell where it was from.”
Plating food like a pro
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Now that he’s traded in no-frills Lebanese cuisine for fine dining at The Chalkboard, Chef Heidler has a lot more room to experiment with his food’s presentation. But even though he knows that many of his diners will rush to snap and post photos of these beautiful plates, he tries not to let that Instagram culture shape what he does too much.
“I don’t think about 6 o’clock. I don’t think about any sort of clockwise on a plate. I more or less look for that overall balance from a bird’s eye view,” he said. That’s because when a plate is placed in front of a diner, that’s the first perspective they get. And this first impression is important—even if the guest immediately drops down to plate level to snap that perfect piece of food-porn photography.
They say that you eat with your eyes first, so moments like these are vital to a restaurant’s success. But last impressions are just as important as first ones at The Chalkboard. “I love doing the plate ups on desserts because it’s gonna be the last thing that sticks in your mind when you leave,” Chef Heidler said.
Five tips for improving your food photography
When his knack for plating, arts background, and love of Instagram, Chef Heidler is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to food photography. That’s why we took the opportunity to ask him for some of his best tips.
1. Find the best lighting.
Natural light is your friend.
2. Shoot on neutral backgrounds.
Chef Heidler works on gray tables at The Chalkboard, but he recommends photographing your own food on “anything black or white—that’s always going to give another element to your photo.”
3. Combine different textures.
Varying textures form the most interesting compositions. “Try to provide three different textures, be it a purée, be it a frozen element, be it something crunchy. ... That’s what’s going to give you that depth in your dish.”
4. Add some acid to boost the colors.
This is especially true if you’re photographing a dish you cooked yourself. “[Acid] will give you those bright, vibrant colors everybody tries to achieve,” he suggests. This usually means adding lemon juice or white vinegar to a dish to bring out its natural green, purples, or reds.
5. Try different angles.
He explains, “Take a step around, even if it’s like, I don’t know, 6 inches from where you were just at. You might capture a cooler way.”
Don’t roll up to the bar trying to stump Brandon Phillips. Brandon knows his cocktails. And he likes a challenge. As the bar director at Chicago’s The Duck Inn, he’s had more than a few. As he told us:
A neighborhood guest was positive I couldn’t make him an old-fashioned that tasted like a prime-rib dinner. A little beef bouillon, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, rum, and voilà, the Prime Rib Old-Fashioned was born.
In the video below, hear more on craft, cocktail culture, and good old-fashioned hospitality directly from Brandon, the winner in our inaugural Taste of Groupon Awards for the The Drink Award for the Advancement of Potent Potables.