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Jun 11, 2024

While Dean Neff, owner and head chef at Seabird, did not take home the James Beard Foundation’s coveted Outstanding Chef award on Monday, he was the first Wilmington chef to make it to the final round and be invited to the awards ceremony.  As Neff attended the ceremony in Chicago, his staff hosted a watch party at Seabird where guests dined on hors d'oeu ...

Jun 11, 2024

Wilmington food truck Grimmburger plans to move into its first brick-and-mortar space in The Forum later this summer. Grimmburger owners Matthew and Sammie Jo Grimm have signed a lease for the space formerly occupied by Epic Food Co., a health-focused restaurant that closed late last summer. They are currently renovating the space and aim to open the restaurant by Augus ...

Jun 10, 2024

Dean Neff, owner and head chef at downtown Wilmington restaurant Seabird, is in Chicago today for the 33rd annual James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards ceremony. He is among five chefs nominated nationwide for the foundation’s Outstanding Chef award.  Tonight’s ceremony, co-hosted by Top Chef alums Nyesha Arrington and Richard Blais, can be live-stream ...

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MeMa’s Chick’n & Ribs Finds New Home In Porters Neck

By Jessica Maurer, posted Jun 6, 2024

MeMa’s Chick’n & Ribs owners Myra and James McDuffie closed last week on a building in Porters Neck that will house their new brick-and-mortar restaurant. Extensive renovations are set to begin soon at 8232 Market St., a space that previously housed J. Michael’s Philly Deli.  The McDuffies decided last year not to renew the lease at their f ...

Jun 5, 2024

Chef Joy’s Grocerant Builds Downtown Grocery Hub

By Jessica Maurer, posted Jun 5, 2024

Chef Joy Vunk is passionate about both cooking and the grocery business.  In January, she purchased Better Basket, a grocery store that’s operated at 143 N. Front St. since 2021, and rebranded it as Chef Joy’s Grocerant. A grocerant is a grocery store that sells prepared meals either to eat on-site or take home. Before purchasing the business, Vunk s ...

Jun 5, 2024

Nautical Bowls Brings New Options To Pier 33

By Jessica Maurer, posted Jun 5, 2024

Are you looking to cool off with a sweet treat that won’t leave you feeling guilty? Nautical Bowls, located on the ground floor of Pier 33 may be just the thing.   The national franchise, owned locally by Todd and Cathy Natale, opened in March and is gearing up for a busy summer season. The Natales own the license to operate in both Wilmington and Leland ...

Jun 5, 2024

Chef Dean Neff of Seabird will travel to Chicago to attend the 33rd annual James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards ceremony on June 10.  This year’s ceremony will be co-hosted by Top Chef alums Nyesha Arrington and Richard Blais. Neff is one of five chefs from across the country nominated for the foundation’s Outstanding Chef award.  In celebrati ...

May 29, 2024

Sip Tiki Bar Gears Up For Busy Summer In Downtown Wilmington

By Jessica Maurer, posted May 29, 2024

Downtown Wilmington’s Sip Tiki Bar is gearing up for a busy summer season.  The family-run business already has a loyal following among its neighboring Water Street businesses and River Place residents and has seen a steady increase in customers since opening in March. The bar is owned and operated by partners Sherri and Mickey Fasano, their daughter Blair ...

May 29, 2024

Shallotte Wine Shop, Tasting Room Celebrates Expansion

By Jessica Maurer, posted May 29, 2024

Vinofiore Wine Shop & Tasting Room – Shallotte’s only wine shop – recently held a ribbon-cutting to celebrate its reopening and expansion. The event, which was hosted in conjunction with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce,  featured a prosecco social that featured samples of Vinofiore’s gourmet foods. Owners Julia Steffen and Je ...

May 22, 2024

Boombalatti’s Homemade Ice Cream recently released a new summer flavor in partnership with the Wilmington Sharks baseball team.  Sharky's Sandbar, a graham cracker-infused ice cream with a cinnamon honey swirl and Vanilla Cupcake Goldfish Grahams is now available at Boombalatti’s Forum location and will be available through the summer.  &quo ...

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