Old Salem Museums & Gardens to Bake Bread for Second Harvest Food Bank

During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Old Salem Museums & Gardens continues to look for opportunities to be helpful and support our community in these unprecedented times. The Old Salem Winkler Bakery Annex, which, on March 13, 2020, temporarily ceased operations due to COVID-19, is getting back to baking. Beginning Monday, April 6, Chad Smith, Head Pastry Chef, will bake approximately 50 loaves of bread per day, Monday through Friday, to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC.

“The health and wellness of our visitors and staff are our paramount concern during this crisis. But we continue to look for safe ways to make our resources useful during this ever-evolving situation,” said Frank Vagnone, President and CEO of Old Salem. “We are so glad that we can help those in need of food by using our already existing facilities and skills to bake bread.”

“Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC is deeply appreciative of the proactive and thoughtful ways in which the Old Salem community has stepped forward to support Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC and our local partner programs,” said Eric Aft, CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank. “From converting its gardens to Victory Gardens to help feed local families, to donating cases upon cases of fresh milk, to reopening its bakery to prepare fresh bread for partner programs of Second Harvest, Old Salem (staff and volunteers) are determined to help make the lives of local families who are struggling in the face of the COVID-19 public health threat, better. We welcome and appreciate their partnership in this important work.”

In addition to baking bread for Second Harvest Food Bank, Old Salem is transforming its garden plots for the 2020 growing seasons into “victory gardens” to grow food for those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Old Salem will partner with community groups and food banks who best serve this mission to ensure the food grown in Old Salem’s gardens is distributed to the people who need it.

Bootleg Ramen Menu and Operations Update

From Josh Trusler, owner of Bootleg Ramen (with edits):


Howdy, y’all!

Menu 2.0
Changed prices, added snowballs, and we’ll have Chrysanthemum Tea boxes for 1$ each.
Sanders Ridge Wine will be available for delivery as well, order through them and we’ll take care of the rest.

Here is a probably finished menu. Little changes but nothing major. Just a little update on us as well.
As many of y’all know, we were the frequent pop up known as Shokunin Ramen. Between the pandemic and a bit of chance, we’ve changed ideas and the name to help reflect that and a little homage to our old selves. The new idea is to bring y’all some homemade Japanese street food. Literally, we’re going to bring it straight to your door and within minutes of easy reheating, you can have some restaurant-at-home style food.

We will be working out of the Sanders Ridge Winery, Cabin, Wedding Venue and Farm, and will be able to deliver their wines as well. Just order wine from their site, and food from ours. It’s almost too easy, y’all. You can browse our site now, just to get a feel, but it will change a bit in the looks department soon for the better.

Easy ordering on the site, or if you have questions you can call us and order that way as well. Orders wanting to be delivered the same day must be placed by 2 pm. We begin deliveries at 3:30 pm, and will usually be done around 6:30. You can still place orders after 2 pm, they will just be placed on next day deliveries. You can also place future orders for up to 30 days out, and bulk orders hold very well in the freezer for long term storage.

Our delivery range, to start, will be:
Winston-Salem areas, Lewisville-Clemmons areas, Rural Hall/East Bend areas, and Kernersville.

We are working on getting Greensboro in our standard area but for now, we can only do bulk orders to Greensboro of at least $75. We can meet in a convenient delivery spot if you’re outside our range.

Sanitation is a big thing with us, so we’re taking extra steps to make sure everything is prepared and delivered in the cleanest way possible. Drivers will be wearing face masks and gloves (changed with every delivery), as well as having hand sanitizer in the vehicle at all times. Contactless Delivery is standard, where the driver will drop food off at the front door (or otherwise specified area) and will not leave until the food is picked up. We will text/call when food is dropped off, and maintain proper social distancing until you get it! We will take cards over the phone or website, but no cash, please. Drivers will not accept cash tips either. Pre and Post sanitizing of vehicles will happen daily to ensure the safest environment for your delivery.

We should be delivering to y’all soon, just need to finish a few important documents and we’ll be set!

And as always,
“Itadakimasu”

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 148

In Episode #148 proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios at The Lab at Industry Hill:

Tim, Ray and Lea talk about:

  • Daniel Butner of Carrabba’s is on to talk about the good he and his staff are doing in the world and how the crisis is affecting restaurants.
  • Winston-Salem Strong. This website includes the food and beverage list that we have been forging and resources for businesses and individuals that are needed at this time, including unemployment, SBA loans, tips for servers, and many other services. All this in one place. Winston-Salem Strong!
  • Food holidays and history.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Healthy, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas, fresh ingredients, and phenomenal wine dinners. That’s just some of the offerings of Carrabba’s. And, Daniel Butner, the local proprietario, is salt of the earth and a pillar of good in the community. Go taste the goodness that is Carrabba’s and see why Tim and Ray are always talking it up!

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

Burke Street Pizza to Unveil New “Stay At Home” Menu

Uncle Buzzy’s closed last year and while it was a smart business move, the loss left its rabid fan base devastated. “Buzzy’s” wasn’t the “carnival food” extravaganza that it was made out to be in the beginning. That, at least to me, was more of a gimmick than the focus of the food. To me, the sandwiches, dogs and burger menus were the focus. I had never had, and haven’t since, as good a Philly as I had at Buzzy’s. The burger would have been in my top 10 list, probably top 3, had it been available when I did it. The footlong Nathan’s hotdogs were delicious. The sandwich menu brought a few things you don’t find around here. Like “Beef on Weck” (a Buffalo staple), the Italian Beef (Chi-town-inspired) and others were what helped make Uncle Buzzy’s a favorite among those who looked past the “carnival food” schtick and went for the real, may I say, damn good food.

Dave Hillman, the owner of Uncle Buzzy’s as well as Burke Street Pizza, Quiet Pint Tavern and West End Poke, told me that a lot of people had been asking about some of the offerings they loved at Uncle Buzzy’s being offered at one of his other restaurants. He’s been mulling options since Buzzy’s closed and he’s had some conversations with me about doing it for a while. But, the timing was never right. Until now.

This “Stay-At-Home” order and pandemic crisis has brought, along with the obvious bad things, a world of innovation and risk-taking to the restaurants of WSNC; everywhere, really. Dave, being a good businessman and restaurateur is no exception. Even before the pandemic, we got good, authentic poke in West End Poke and that was something this area, especially downtown, needed. Yes, there is another poke restaurant in town and, I will admit (and I think Dave agreed with me) that it was good. But, something about this is magical. But, that’s not the point. The point is Dave tries things. Some magic is being brought to Burke Street, hopefully, this Tuesday.

Now, let’s not get our collective hopes up for an Uncle Buzzy’s revival. That’s not what this is. But, it’s the best possible scenario and it offers the best of two worlds: Uncle Buzzy’s specialness to Burke Street Pizza’s solid food foundation via a new “Stay-At-Home” menu.

This new menu features some welcome favorites!

First, there’s the famous Nathan’s Foot Long Hot Dogs. The “original” grilled hotdog, for sure. The Classic Carolina with chili, onions, and slaw. The Swiss Mountain Dog with sauteed garlic and thyme mushrooms, swiss cheese, crispy onion straws, and horseradish aioli. The Smothered & Covered Tater Dog with, of course, tater tots, melted chipotle cheese, grilled onions, diced tomatoes, and green onions. The Chili Cheese Frito Dog with chili, melted chipotle cheese, Frito corn chips, diced tomatoes, and jalapenos. Is your mouth watering, yet? Wait, there’s more…

Double Stack Burgers are made with 6.5oz of fresh, never frozen, 100% choice beef on a potato roll. Featured is a Griddle Burger with pickles, lettuce, tomato, and onion (you can add cheese for a nominal fee). The Sweet Luther: donut glazed bun, American cheese, spicy candied bacon, and chipotle mayo. Mushroom Swiss pretty much the way the Swiss Mountain Dog came. The Greek with tzatziki sauce, tomato, cukes, onion, and Feta cheese. Pork Belly Burger with a sweet soy glaze, crispy pork belly, Asian slaw, and wasabi aioli. Then… yeah, then there’s they Frat Burger which sounds like a dare gone deliciously wrong: FOUR patties. FOUR slices of American cheese. Caramelized onion, pickles, ketchup and mustard. Whew!

If you want to pull back on the red meat for a bit, there’s the new chicken options: A fried chicken sandwich with provolone, sweet bbq sauce, and a honey mustard slaw. A Sriracha Ranch Fried Chicken with pickles, lettuce, tomato, onion. A Three-Alarm Hot Chicken dipped in habanero hot sauce, topped with pickled jalapenos, provolone cheese, lettuce, and a side of ranch. Chicken! Bam!

Then it’s roast beef time! Beef on Weck, that lovely Buffalo-inspired sandwich that features seasoned au-jus dipped, rare roast beef topped with horseradish cream, served on a sea-salt crusted caraway roll. Now, some will say this is not from Buffalo, and they’d be correct. It’s Buffalo-INSPIRED. But, I’ve had it and it’s fantastic. I’ve never had the actual Buffalo sandwich. The Nacho Beef Sandwich, with melted chipotle cheese, jalapenos, Queso Fresco, sour cream, served on a sub roll. And, finally, that Chicago-esque Italian Beef. I have had an Italian beef at Portillo’s in Chicago and this was just as delicious. Roast beef in seasoned au-jus, with giardiniera Italian relish, hot cherry peppers (if you’d like) and served on a sub roll.

Some of these things were my favorite things at Uncle Buzzy’s. The only thing missing is the cheesesteak and since that’s already served at Burke Street Pizza and is their top-selling sandwich. I’ll just go with what they’re doing well, and be happy about it. My The Less Desirables co-host Danielle Bull said she’d put the Burke Street Pizza chicken Philly up against any in town. That’s a big ringing endorsement.

So, keep an eye on the Burke Street Pizza Facebook and Instagram page for when this becomes “official.” Dave told me he is definitely hoping for Tuesday. Note, too, that this is only available at the original Burke Street location. It will not be at the Sherwood/Robinhood location. As with everything else currently going on, you can get these selections for takeout, curbside, and delivery. Order by phone (336) 721-0011 or online.

Is everyone else as excited as I am? I know that you are. Take pics when you get these delicious items and send them to me. I’d love to see it.

Canteen Market & Bistro to Hold Sidewalk Sale on Sunday

Canteen Market & Bistro will open for a couple of hours this Sunday for a Sidewalk Sale! Stop by anytime between 2 – 6 pm to stock up on items from their market! If you BYOB (bring your own bottle 😉) they will fill it with draft beer or wine for free with any $50 or more purchase!

Duke’s Restaurant Update

I checked in with Duke’s Restaurant this morning and this is what they sent me:


©Lucas Bourne

We are open with limited hours, takeout and delivery and we offer curbside to those who prefer we bring their food out to the car for them! You may call (336)768-3108 and ask to speak to Spiro or Jimmy for more details!

WSNC Local Musicians, Filmmakers and Hospitality “Work Together”

Tommy Priest, Dale Cole, Chad Nance, Gabriel Higgins and a slew of local WSNCites are working on a project to raise funds for local restaurants’ and bars’ staffs. This is from the amazing Tommy Priest:


Humbled to be a small part of this collaborative effort to raise funds for some of our favorite local watering holes and eateries with Gabriel Higgins. Dale Cole made a pitch-perfect cover selection soliciting help from the deep bench of WS talent; Chad Nance crafted the locally crowdsourced footage and live footage together. The rapidly assembled team hopes you enjoy seeing a few fantastic humans in the WS-NC express “Work Together” in this video project. (see video below)

Our first eatery is…
Mary’s Gourmet Diner
My love for Mary predates my kids. She fed them while in utero and she has fed our community with honest to goodness nourishment, both dietary and spiritual. Please help Mary support her restaurant family. Please use CashApp and donate at $Marysofcourse *all proceeds go to staff.

Our first watering hole is…
Hoots Beer Co.
This WS gem tucked away in the Mill District is everything I love about a neighborhood haunt… Real, human interaction, Food trucks, strong pours and genuinely lovely human beings committed to community. Please use CashApp and donate at $trak3000 *all proceeds go to staff.

Much love to all of you. Work Together.

#WSNC #supportlocal #arts #music #worktogether #flattenthecurve #winstonsalem

Cobblestone Farmers Market Offers New Service

In this continued time of innovation and regrouping, Cobblestone Farmers Market has a new service they’d like to share with you.


ATTENTION – NEW Market Option!
Wednesday Pre Order and Pre Paid Pick Up 🚙

Pre Order through your individual vendors and come drive through 1001 S Marshall to safely pick up on Wednesday from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Quick Link for all Vendor Pre Order Information: https://tinyurl.com/preordercfm @ Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 147

In Episode #147 proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios at The Lab at Industry Hill:

Tim, Ray and Lea talk about:

  • Social distancing again, and the starting and implementation of the website: Winston-Salem Strong. It includes the food and beverage list that we have been forging and resources for businesses and individuals that are needed at this time, including unemployment, SBA loans, tips for servers, and many other services. All this in one place. Winston-Salem Strong!
  • Food holidays and history.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Healthy, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas, fresh ingredients, and phenomenal wine dinners. That’s just some of the offerings of Carrabba’s. And, Daniel Butner, the local proprietario, is salt of the earth and a pillar of good in the community. Go taste the goodness that is Carrabba’s and see why Tim and Ray are always talking it up!

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

Anonymous Donor Feeds 100 at Bethesda Center

Grecian Corner posted on their Facebook page yesterday that an anonymous donor paid to feed 100 homeless citizens at the Bethesda Center in Industry Hill. That’s 100 people fed and a local food staple that was supported. I love this town!

Here is the post from Angelo:

Good morning Facebook Friends. I’d like to share with you something that touched my heart last night. Last night an anonymous donor hired us to feed 100 homeless people at the Bethesda Center. That’s right…100 people. This person has a heart of gold. They not only supported my business, but more importantly they supported those who are less fortunate. I want to thank this person, and you know who you are, from the bottom (of) my heart. You are a God-send. You and your family are making a difference in our community! -Angelo