Rural Day 2017
to May 9

Rural Day 2017

Join us on Tuesday, May 9, for our first-ever statewide Rural Day. Learn about the issues facing rural NC, meet with state leaders, network with other rural champions, and help put Rural NC's best foot forward


Monday, May 8, 2017

Reel Rural: Documenting Rural Life
The Rural Center (4021 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610)
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Meet and Greet Reception
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Film Screening & Discussion
Come to town early and join us at the Rural Center for a conversation with filmmakers about recent depictions of rural North Carolina in documentary films. Featuring:
                     Randolph Benson, Duke Center for Documentary Studies
                     Erin Cuevas, Producer, The Real Mayberry
                     Bill Hayes, Director, The Real Mayberry
                     Ian Kibbie, Producer, Raising Bertie
                     Ryan Stancil, Bit & Grain


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Convocation
NC Museum of History (5 E Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC  27601)
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. -  Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Program
Rural Day kicks off with a convocation of rural champions from across the state. Join us for a continental breakfast and conversation with top state leaders about their vision for North Carolina. Then, get some advice from Rural Center staff about how best to engage with legislators and other public officials, and hear some examples of how to tell the "story of rural" from local leaders. Featuring:
                     Roy Cooper, Governor of NC
                     Dan Forest, Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
                     Phil Berger, President Pro Tempore, NC Senate
                     Tim Moore, Speaker, NC House of Representatives
                     Steve Troxler, NC Agriculture of Commissioner

Rural Fair
NC Legislative Building (16 W Jones Street, Raleigh, NC  27601)
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Before you visit your legislators, make sure to visit the Rural Fair, featuring more than 20 organizations from across North Carolina representing various rural issues. Want to learn more about policies affecting education? Health? Infrastructure? Business Development? Chat with experts and get useful information that will help you make a strong case for your interests when you meet with your elected officials. Featuring:
                    Appalachian Regional Commission
                    Business Link NC
                    Dominion Energy
                    ECC Technologies, Inc.
                    East Carolina University
                    Hinton Rural Life Center
                    NC Community Health Center Association
                    NC Department of Commerce
                    NC East Alliance
                    NC Grange
                    NC Hospital Association
                    NC Rural Health Leadership Association
                    NC Sustainable Energy Association
                    Rosenwald Center
                    Vidant Health
                    ...and more!

"In Conversation"
NC Museum of History (5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601)
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Michael Regan, Secretary, Department of Environmental Quality
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - James Trogdon, Secretary, Department of Transportation
If you have some time between meetings with legislators, come back to the Museum of History for small-scale, informal conversations with leaders of state executive departments, who will be sharing their plans for rural North Carolina and ready to answer your questions!

Legislative Meetings Debrief
NC Museum of History Auditorium (5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601)
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
After you finish your meetings with your representatives, stop back by the Auditorium for a debrief session to let us know how they went. We'll compare notes about issues discussed and excting developments before heading to the reception to conclude the day.

Rural Day Reception
NC Executive Mansion (210 N Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27601)
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Celebrate a successful day in the gardens of the Governor's Mansion. Network with rural champions, catch up with old friends, and share your stories from your meeting with state leaders.

Happy Hour
The Raleigh Times (14 E Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC  27601)
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Not ready to go home? Staying for the night? Join the few, the proud, and the lingering at a happy hour at The Raleigh Times. Just join us in the room closest to the Wilmington Street corner. Note: No RSVP needed for this event, where food and drink will be available for purchase.

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Hook & Vine Festival
12:00 PM12:00

Hook & Vine Festival

Our friends at Locals Seafood are at it again, and they've partnered with The Wine Feed and the United Arts Council to bring you Hook & Vine - a seafood and wine festival. 

On April 30, 2017 from 12-5PM, five restaurant partners will be preparing their seafood-inspired dishes in small plates for you to enjoy – all of the seafood is provided by Locals Seafood.

Each small plate will have a sample of wine that will be specifically chosen by The Wine Feed to create the perfect pairing. The Wine Feed challenges wine drinkers by sharing new wine pairings at our events and through our wine bar and wine shop.
Join the fun!

To purchase tickets, click here.
For more information, call (919) 374-0036 or email

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20th Annual Full Frame Documentary Festival
to Apr 9

20th Annual Full Frame Documentary Festival


Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham is one of the world’s most prestigious celebrations of nonfiction cinema, and this year, the festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary on April 6-9. This is something you won't want to miss. 

From Full Frame:

"Since launching in 1998, Full Frame has earned an international reputation as the essential filmmaker’s festival, reflective of the soul, authenticity, diversity and independent spirit of our hometown here in Durham.  In addition to the screenings, parties and special events, Durham provides a welcoming and refreshing backdrop that makes Full Frame a unique and rewarding experience for all.  There’s nothing quite like staging a gathering of the world’s top documentary filmmakers in an atmosphere that blends artistic and intellectual courage with genuine Southern hospitality.

This year’s thematic program will be a cinematic look back on 20 years of Full Frame, curated by Artistic Director Sadie Tillery.  The commemorative retrospective will highlight many of the notable films, filmmakers, and special moments that have distinguished Full Frame over two decades. We’re also excited about announcing new members of the Full Frame national advisory board, including Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams. A member of the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Williams won the Full Frame Audience Award in 2016 for his film, Life, Animated, which is currently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

This is the standard of quality for which Full Frame has become known. Please join us in Durham for our 20th Anniversary, April 6–9.   Our media relations team is prepared to assist you in any way necessary.  If you are unable to attend but would still like to cover the festival, we are able to support any requests for updates, images and summaries."

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Dames in the Kitchen
6:30 PM18:30

Dames in the Kitchen

The North Carolina Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier proudly announces the first of many fundraisers. “Dames in the Kitchen,” hosted Thursday, April 6th, is a collaborative effort by its members and will offer a culinary tour through North Carolina, as prepared by eight Dame cookbook authors and chefs.  Guests will also enjoy raffle prizes and live bluegrass by Dame Susi Gott & the Kitchen Dudes.

“Dames in the Kitchen” will benefit the Interfaith Food Shuttle – a statewide organization which addresses food insecurity – and will take place at The Root Cellar, from 6:30 to 9pm, owned by Charter Member Sera Cuni. The Root Cellar is located at 750 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, in Chapel Hill. Tickets can be purchased for $65 ($30 tax deductible) at

Cookbook authors participating include:
Sandra GutierrezSheri Castle, Stephanie Tyson, Susi Gott & Nancie McDermott

Restaurateurs and chefs participating include:
Sera Cuni of The Root Cellar in Chapel Hill, Jill Santa Lucia from Catering Works in Raleigh, Rhonda Jones from Chez Moi Bakery in Durham, Stephanie Tyson of Sweet Potatoes in Winston-Salem, and Spring Council of Mama Dips in Chapel Hill

Raffle tickets may be purchased for an additional $10 ($75 total, ticket including dinner & raffle), and these include:

  • Trip to Las Vegas
  • Overnight stay at The Fearrington Inn
  • Dames cookbook library
  • Overnight stay at The Sanderling Resort
  • Dessert Party for 10 provided by Tonya’s Cookies
  • Chez Moi gift certificate

Dame Susi Gott, who has assembled the evenings’ live music, explained that “food and music in Appalachia have always been intertwined.” Gott is also the author of Appalachian Appetite – a groundbreaking new cookbook featuring over 100 recipes that represent an innovative take on tradition, with contributions and stories from many of the mountain region's best chefs, restaurants, and citizens. Susi Gott & the Kitchen Dudes is a musical ensemble comprised of the author, two Ashevillians, and two Chapel Hillians, united especially for this introduction to the North Carolina Chapter of Les Damesd’Escoffier.

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North Carolina Sea Grant's Coastal Conference
to Apr 5

North Carolina Sea Grant's Coastal Conference

It’s no secret that Bit & Grain is a lover of the coast. A region recognized for its profound beauty, it is also a crossroads of complex reality, resilience, and opportunity. Few folks know the story of our coast better than our friends at North Carolina Sea Grant. Make plans now to join North Carolina’s Coastal Conference as Sea Grant reseachers and partners from across the state come together to discuss a range of critical issues including weather, storms and climate; community and ecosystem health; fisheries and aquaculture; planning and economics.

The deadline to register is quickly approaching (March 31). Learn more here.

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Black Twig Cider House One Year Anniversary Party
12:00 PM12:00

Black Twig Cider House One Year Anniversary Party

Y'all remember how Mattie Beason convinced us to #PickCider for our Thanksgiving tables last year? Well, truth be told, cider is perfect any time of year. Mattie and our friends at Black Twig Cider House are celebrating their one-year anniversary on Saturday, April 1st from 11am - 5pm with local cider on draft, bottles and in the txotx, as well as games and food for the entire family! Even kids will have an opportunity to txotx with non-alcoholic cider, while adults will enjoy cider from Urban Orchards Cidery, Noble Cider, Virtue Cider, Appalachain Mountain Brewery, Bull City Ciderworks and more, alongside Firsthand Foods’ sausages. 

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Innovate Raleigh's Innovatours
5:00 PM17:00

Innovate Raleigh's Innovatours


Join us for the 3rd annual Innovate Raleigh Innovatours collaborative marketplace. We will be set up at this First Friday event along with 65+ businesses displaying the spirit of North Carolina entrepreneurship. We're excited to be a part of this thriving community! Come celebrate the end of the work week, First Friday and the Old North State with us and purchase our brand new t-shirt before they go on sale online next week.

The event is free. To reserve your spot and purchase drink tickets beforehand, visit Innovate Raleigh.

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4:30 PM16:30

Eastern North Carolina Oyster Roast

Inspired by our feature story on oyster cultivation, we gathered at the home of Dr. Catherine Everett and Mr. Joe Goins in New Bern to celebrate North Carolina's favorite bivalve with a traditional Eastern North Carolina oyster roast on December 12th. Oysters were generously provided and roasted by B&J Seafood of New Bern, accoutrements by Boiler Room Oyster Bar of Kinston, libations by Mother Earth Brewing of Kinston, Broadslab Distillery of Benson and Minges Bottling Group of Ayden. We ate, danced and sang all afternoon with the help of Merchants Road Band of New Bern. Thank you to our fantastic hosts, all of our generous sponsors and guests who helped us celebrate the oyster and finish our Kickstarter campaign strong!

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6:00 PM18:00

Old North Hustle

It takes courage, verve and savvy to start a business. It takes even more to make it last. Bit & Grain knows that as well as anyone, and on the final Thursday in August, we toasted NC female entrepreneurs who are hustlin’ to make their dreams come true. The Old North Hustle event celebrated the women featured in the story. Over sangria and tacos and through conversation and a panel in the funky, fantastic, hip space that is Edge of Urge, we discussed what it takes to dive in head first in pursuit of our business dreams. We couldn’t have done it without or sponsors at Wine AuthoritiesMove Loot and El Taco Cartel. Here’s to the hustle. 

Photographs by Annie Cockrill

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