Port City Small Bites: Churkeychanga season at Flaming Amy’s, Polish Fest canceled again, and more



Flaming Amy’s churkeychangas are only served once a year in November, with a fried burrito stuffed with all the Thanksgiving classics: turkey, cornbread vinaigrette, mashed potatoes, jalapeño sauce and salsa. cranberries. (Port City Daily / Courtesy of Josif Walters)

SOUTH-EAST NC – There is a lot of movement around the port city regarding new restaurant openings and closings, food trucks, bars and bottle shops, as well as the launch of organizational and food festivals and events and festivals. non-profit. While Port City Daily already covers the majority of this news, changes and smaller changes sometimes go under the radar.

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Tasty treats

For Amy’s burrito barn on fire fans, the most wonderful time of the year has arrived: it’s officially churkeychanga season. Both Oleander Drive and Carolina Beach locations will serve Thanksgiving in a tortilla starting Tuesday, November 2.

Stuffed with turkey, cornbread dressing and mashed garlic, the entire burrito is rolled tightly in a flour tortilla and deep-fried before being topped with jalapeño sauce and served with a seasonal cranberry sauce. The special ends for another year at the end of November.

Rumcw in downtown Wilmington has released a new beverage menu, capturing all the flavors of the season. A White Russian pumpkin comes with homemade pumpkin puree added to Kahlua, Titos vodka, Rumcow vanilla pumpkin cream, with a rim of graham crackers. There’s also a spicy apple mule, made with Titos, apple syrup infused with homemade cinnamon and nutmeg, ginger ale, lime and caramel, served with a caramel flambé apple. In addition, an orange bourbon drink and a new sour whiskey appear on the menu.

Wrightsville Beach Brewery is even more appealing to vegans these days, as the brewery has added guilt-free cheese to its menu. What does it mean? Many pies – Margherita, Sweet Heat, Vegetarian, Cheese – can be changed for an extra $ 3 to make with the vegan cheese. Plus, WBB’s Beyond Burger, Veggie Tacos, or Garden Hummus Wrap can be dressed up with the ooey-gooey topping.

Taste of Wrightsville Beach returns in person for 2021, with more than 30 vendors dining and sipping on Saturday, with proceeds going to the Meals on Wheels program. (Port City Daily / Courtesy photo)

It tastes like a good cause

After having to cancel because of Covid-19 in 2020, Wrightsville Beach is giving the island back taste and for a good cause. The annual culinary fundraiser Taste of Wrightsville Beach, for the benefit of meals on wheels, will take place on Saturday, November 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be over 30 vendors showcasing the best of local cuisine, as well as beer and wine tasting kiosks.

The prices are determined by a panel of judges who vote for the best dishes of the show, the best savory dishes and the best sweet dishes. Participants will vote on the public’s choice, the best beer and the best wine. Mega-Corp will play live music throughout the evening.

Tickets cost $ 75 for general admission, 21 and over, and $ 25 for 20 and under; the event takes place in the parking lot of Bluewater Grill under a tent. The prize includes tastings from all participating vendors – Ceviche’s, Flying Machine at Wrightsville Beach, Poe’s Tavern, Ocean’s, Wrightsville Beach Brewery, Tru Colors, Tower 7, Waterman’s Brewing, Surf Berry, Blue Shark Vodka, and more.

All net proceeds will go to the Weekend Meals on Wheels program in Wilmington, which provides nutritious food and social engagement to seniors in New Hanover County. The program has served more than 200,000 meals to residents in need since its inception. A $ 25 donation funds 10 meals.

Polish Fest canceled … once again

It’s not quite the news the port city wanted to hear: St. Stan’s has canceled the Polish Fest for the second year in a row due to Covid-19.

According to festival president Debbie Cool, the committee began planning in July to revive the annual event, which normally takes place on the first Saturday in November. “Then the Covid numbers got so bad in September and we had to make a decision,” she said. “A tough decision, but the well-being of our volunteers and everyone involved is a top priority for us. “

By the time the numbers were in check, it was too late to organize a festival that costs $ 45,000 to launch and welcomes 8,000 guests to Saint-Stanislas. Church grounds on Castle Hayne Road.

But all is not lost.

While there might not be the fun sounds of Polka or the Polish beer that Front Street Brewery creates once a year, fans will be able to munch on pierogi, potato pancakes and kielbasa this season. festivals. The committee will be launching a drive-through frozen food sale on December 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pierogi, kielbasa, and potato pancake batter will cost $ 8 each, while Oplatiki (Christmas wafer) will cost $ 5, and nut and poppy seed rolls will be $ 20 each.

Cars will line up in the church parking lot, receive a list of orders, and then be delivered their goods, never having to get out of the vehicle.

A 7-course ‘Top Chef’ dinner

Can’t get enough of Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio and other culinary stalwarts that strike a balance of salty and sweet, savory and umami flavors for every appetizer from Bravo’s famous ‘Top Chef’? Foodies will be on the other side of the TV screen and take their palates on a similar journey on November 7 at 6:30 p.m. Bluewater will welcome three former ‘Top Chef’ nominees to join Bluewater’s Fabio Capparelli in the kitchen, to create a seven-course dinner. At a price of $ 175 per seat, dinner is accompanied by wine and cocktail pairings and begins at 6:30 p.m.

Katsuji Tanabe, Annie Pettry and Casey Thompson will each create a dish throughout the night. Tanabe starred in Boston Season 12 and is now in Raleigh, NC at A’Verde Cocina & Tequila Bar. Pettry was on seasons 14 in Charleston and 16 in Kentucky and is an entrepreneur in Asheville, NC Thompson appeared in season three, Miami and Top Chef All Stars, season eight; she now works in Napa Valley, Calif. at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.

Reservations can be made by calling 910-256-8500.

Three10 opened in the Brooklyn Arts District last Thursday. (Port City Daily / Shea Carver)


Brooklyn Arts District saw the opening of Three10 on 4th Street last Thursday. The seafood restaurant has been under renovation since 2018, when owners Jennifer Conklin and Matt Walker rescued a historic home on Bladen Street and moved it to the corner of 4th and Swann streets.

The restaurant focuses on modern seafood with a southern twist, offers raw sea bass selections including half shell and grilled oysters, raw tuna, and peeled and eaten shrimp, as well as small and large plates. Port City Daily interviewed the owners in September about their first restaurant and historic preservation project; read about it here.

Also in the Brooklyn Arts District, Pizzaria Don Luca will have its smooth opening on Tuesday, November 2, according to owner Tony Perez. Perez took over the old wheelhouse location at 1215 N. 4th St. The pies will be thin crust, handmade by an Italian chef. Plus, vegan options will be served, and word across the street is that Perez will also be parking a vegan burger truck on site.

Opening soon

The Brooklyn Arts District will have a new lunch location with The kitchen sink opening Thursday. Managed by Alicia Mitchell, the cafe will feature homemade artisan breads, soups, salads and sandwiches (including its own take on the northern classic, Beef on the Hoof). It is located at 622 N 4th St., in the former Foxes Boxes space; read all about the restaurant in the Port City Daily cover published in September.

Across town in the north of the county, Porters Neck will get its first pho restaurant. From the owners of Umaii and Tokyo 101, Pho vahly will launch Thursday at the Harris Teeter Shopping Center. The dinner restaurant, located next to the Donut Inn, will specialize in pho but will also be a noodle bar.

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