Fuquay Feeds the Front Line

“I’m not a doctor. What can I do to make a difference?”

Staring down an empty spring calendar, Fuquay-Varina resident Chris Wrenn asked himself that very question.

Wrenn and his wife, Allison, are the chef/owners of Old North State Catering & Kitchen. They had 10 weddings scheduled between March and May that all cancelled because... Read More

Quarantine Cooking: Staff Favorites

Quarantine Cooking: Staff Favorites

Have y’all heard about that great new restaurant in town? It’s called: The Kitchen. It’s always open, often poorly stocked, and you have to wash your own dishes!

Like many of you, the Main & Broad staff has been honing our culinary skills over the last month. Here are some of our favorite recipes.

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Farm to Table

If your travel plans this week consisted of moving from the couch to the pantry and back to the couch, try switching it up this weekend with a trip to the farmers market for fresh produce, meat, baked goods and more.

A long list of perks, including fewer people touching your produce, necessities like eggs... Read More

Food & Dining

An Easy Easter Treat

Holly Springs-based baker Jo Pettit specializes in scratch-made breads and pastries on her mobile truck, Jo’s Sweet Indulgence, but she’s not above having a little fun with a cake mix, especially for a quick and easy Easter treat.

“These cupcakes are great for Easter and doing with the kids,” Pettit says. “Make it fun —... Read More

Beer’s Best Eats

In southern Wake, there’s no shortage of delicious chow to coax those beers down oh-so-smoothly.

Here are five of our favorites bites — big and small — to nibble with a cold one.

Bavarian Soft Pretzel Sticks

Move on out, yellow mustard. The Bavarian Soft Pretzel Sticks at Bass Lake Draft House are... Read More

Life & Style

Color Pop

Spring Trend: Pleats, Please

Just try not to twirl while wearing flirty accordion pleats. Wear with sneakers for daytime casual.


Designer Spotlight: The Painted Pearl

Designer and artist Courtney Frye started The Painted Pearl in 2012 with necklaces featuring hand-painted oyster shells she salvaged from the Carolina coast. The Painted Pearl’s collection of colorful... Read More

Jennifer Sanford Johnson

Childhood: I always loved being and playing outside. My parents always had a garden, but becoming a farmer was not something in my plan.

Plans Change: I got an associates degree in sustainable agriculture and started working at community farms in the Raleigh area, such as the Interfaith Food Shuttle Farm and the Well Fed... Read More

Home & Garden

Fringe Gardening

Like any garden adventurer, I occasionally grow odd plants from the fringe, but truth be told, I have gardened with the fringe for years. Let me explain. Many moons ago, on a whim, I bought a small fringe tree at the Farmers’ Market in Raleigh, and even after I haphazardly planted it in the first... Read More

The Dogwoods of Winter

If I told you I will be enjoying dogwoods in full flower this winter, you might think: (1) I’m still gulping spiked eggnog leftover from the holidays; or (2) some mad plant breeder has been tinkering with dogwood genes.

Neither is the case. Instead, I have become acquainted with the Japanese cornel dogwood (Cornus officinalis),... Read More


The Not-So Secret Garden

In the late 1920s, a plan was drawn up for an ornamental lake on Duke University’s campus. When the Great Depression hit and the economy shattered, the lake was the first thing cut out of the budget.

Instead, in 1935, a substantial garden full of irises, daffodils, small bulbs and annuals, was planted in the... Read More

The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Wilson

Bankers know it as the birthplace of BB&T. Baseball fans know it for the Tobs collegiate summer baseball team. Tobacco buffs know it was once the “The World’s Greatest Tobacco Market.” BBQ critics die hard for Parker’s Barbecue.

A short drive from southern Wake county, Wilson and its 50,000 residents have a lot to offer.

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