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Celebrating Diversity in the Community at Rocky Mount International Festival of Cultures

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On Saturday, March 2, just a few minutes up the road from your new home at the Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community on the campus of Nash Community College, there will be a celebration of diversity with in the local community as a part of the Rocky Mount International Festival of Cultures.

Starting at 12:00 pm and running until 4:00 pm at the on campus, Brown Auditorium, the Rocky Mount International Festival of Cultures has become an annual favorite among local events. “This festival brings our community together and shows us how our diversity empowers us,” said city of Rocky Mount Director of Human Relations, Archie Jones.

There will be many tastes, sounds, and sights on hand at the Rocky Mount International Festival of Cultures for all to enjoy on March 2. These will include an array of exotic foods for sampling from across the globe, and vendors, who likewise will be selling and showcasing items representing a variety of ethnicities and cultures. In addition, there will be a fashion show and also multi-cultural live music and entertainment to enjoy at the Rocky mount International Festival of Cultures.

Slated to be represented and on display at the Rocky Mount International Festival of Cultures are communities and traditions to include Central American, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian, African American, and the Hawaii-Saponi Indian Tribe.

Summing up the great community feel of this celebration of diversity, Jones concluded his statement on the official city website saying, “From the food to the fashion and the friendly atmosphere, this event showcases some of the best of our city-the many cultures that call Rocky Mount home.”

For more information on the Rocky Mount International Festival of Cultures, visit the City Of Rocky Mount website at rockymountnc.gov.

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Lou Reda’s Offers a Unique “Taste of America” Among Rocky Mount NC Restaurants

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Delicious steaks, chops, and like dishes are always popular at “An American Table”

The state of North Carolina has long been known for its wide array of incredible and unique food offerings ” The city of Rocky Mount NC Restaurants can certainly offer up a wide variety of dining options and one of the most unique and delicious experiences you will find state wide is just minutes from the premier North Carolina golf community at Belmont Lake Preserve , at Lou Reda’s” An American Table Restaurant.

An immediate favorite among Rocky Mount NC Restaurants since opening doors in the Fall of 2013, Lou Reda’s has impressed both the local residents and travelers passing through town on either US Highway 64 or I-95 with what they refer to on their own website as “ a wide variety of tantalizing upscale American cuisine.” The uniqueness of such an incredible array of choices on the brunch, lunch or dinner menus is unparalleled by any other Rocky Mount NC restaurants and combines all of the elements and menu options from your favorite steak houses, seafood restaurants, and comfort food joints.

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A variety of succulent seafood dishes and pastas are a staple of Lou Reda’s menu

Continuously striving to build on a reputation for their commitment to that “one of a kind” dining experience, as well as to set the standard for authentic quality taste and freshness among Rocky Mount NC Restaurants, Lou Reda has spent over two decades in the culinary field and prides himself on every item from sauces to butters being made in house.

The local favorites on the ever-evolving menu at Lou Reda’s is nearly impossible to list with so many popular items and such a wide variety of choices. However, mouth watering items such as the slow cooked brisket and ribs, fresh cut varieties of fish and seafood options, chicken-n-waffles, or a juicy 14 ounce rib eye steak are just a few staples that keep the locals choosing Lou Reda’s as their number one among Rocky Mount NC restaurants. Additionally, they take the Rocky Mount NC Restaurants experience “across the globe” on a weekly basis, changing menu options to represent a different area or ethnicity, possibly offering a Creole-style Cajun menu one week, to be followed by one resembling an Irish or British pub, with maybe more Asian themed dishes the next.

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Lou Reda’s sandwiches and burgers are some of the best in the land!

With an unbelievable variety on their lunch, dinner, and brunch menu, Lou Reda’s: An American Table restaurant is sure to please every appetite at your own personal table, one way or another. They also offer several catering options for all your special events and much like their food menus, boast the widest selection among Rocky Mount NC Restaurants behind the bar also, with an incredible list of “bourbon infused” cocktails, all featuring home made syrups and puree’s used in the drinks.

Lou Reda’s: An American Table is located at 3646 Sunset Boulevard in Rocky Mount, to see their full menu and all the details on what is sure to be your most unique experience among Rocky Mount NC Restaurants, check out their website at www.louredas.com

 

(Photos Courtesy of Lou Reda’s American Table)

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Specialty Burgers and Craft Beer…Just a Few of Our Favorite Things at Barley and Burger

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The newest addition to the Rocky Mount  restaurant scene, Barley and Burger  is located just a few minutes from your family’s new dream home in the Belmont Lake Preserve new home community and features not only some of the area’s most sought after craft beers and specialty, delicious ,burgers but also hosts a variety of community based events that truly define the “neighborhood feel” that is always so prominent in the town’s downtown area.

Backing that description of itself, on the official website of Barley and Burger , they actually identify theirselves similarly, stating, “We believe in community. Located in the heart of Rocky Mount, our North Carolina products … have quickly made us a destination for families and friends to gather.”\

Barley and Burger in  boasts an always rotating selection of area craft beers in addition to offering some of the other more popular brews from across the nation. Likewise, the unmatched selection of coffee drinks available at the Mill  starts with its coffee from local roaster Joe Van Gogh, and includes numerous delicious options not only in coffee, but also espresso drinks, specialty lattes, chai, and other hot and cold beverages that are sure to satisfy the desires of any thirsting customer.

Looking to bring a bit of the community feel from Barley and Burger back home after a visit…no problem…the ever growing retail store on site allows you to bring home locally roasted coffee beans, fine wines, hard-to-find beers, and a nice assortment of Mill merchandise for you to select from.

On top of all of this, Barley and Burger  also hosts events where they bring in some of the most popular food trucks in the area and if it is your own personal event you are looking to host, the “high ceilings, exposed brick, and tasteful décor make the Mill the perfect location for corporate gatherings, wedding receptions, and private parties as well. To get more information on hosting an event at Barley and Burger , call 919-557-2123.

 

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Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown Set for 10th Annual Event

One of the most anticipated and for sure tastiest annual events on the Town of Rocky Mount calendar will be returning to town for a “smokin’” good time, as just a few minutes from the Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community, the 10thAnnual Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown takes place on Friday and Saturday, October 12-13

The Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown festivities kick off this year on Friday at noon, at 101 Coastline Street in Downtown Rocky Mount, directly in front of the Helen P. Gay Historic Rocky Mount Train Station. And the “delicious” fun on opening day goes until 8:00 p.m. Saturday morning The “Throw Down” continues and swings into full effect as will be evident by the incredible smell wafting through town from the countless BBQ pros plying their craft from 10:00 a.m until 6:00 p.m.

For those who have not yet had a “taste” of the Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown, it is a professional cooking competition based on the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s (KCBS) official categories, which are chicken, pork ribs, pork brisket, and beef brisket. Awards are given out annually for the Grand Champion, Reserved Grand Champion, and the People’s Choice Award, decided upon by the attendees of the tops in Fall Events in Rocky Mount. Additionally, prizes to include cash awards, trophies, and plaques will be given out to the top ten finishers in each of the above categories.

Returning for the second consecutive years on the heels of its success at last year’s Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown will be the 4th Annual Home Brew Competition, as once again, local beer enthusiasts and brewers will compete on Saturday. Each entrant in this competition may submit any style beer of their choosing, and each will be judged in different categories based upon the style they enter. If the entry does not fit into one of the specific categories they still are eligible for the overall “Best in the East” award that will awarded by a panel of judges representing this events sponsor from Rocky Mount Mills.

Although the Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown begins at noon on Friday, and the judging will commence throughout the two-day festival, there will also be other great food and entertainment ongoing throughout. The “Kick Off Party and Concert” has become almost as much of a tradition as the ribs, chicken, brisket, and other delicious food, with great live, local music being played throughout the day. Always a family friendly event, there will also be an assortment of vendors, and kid specific activities throughout the weekend as well

The 10thAnnual Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown is free to the public. For a full schedule of events and more information on the Eastern CarolinaBBQ Throwdown, visit their website at bbqthrowdown.net.

 

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Brews with the Board: Meet the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce

In a continued effort to get the residents of Rocky Mount more familiar with its board members, and thus get all involved and on the same page with all of the new businesses and opportunities coming to town, the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to join on Thursday, September 13 at 5:30 pm them just minutes down the street from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve on the Rocky Mount Mills Campus, where they will be there to socialize with the public over a few refreshing beverages in a very casual setting as a part of their “Brews with the Board” meet and greet event.

This innovative and very casual Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce Event, at 1151 Fall Road in Rocky Mount, will give residents a chance to meet all of the board members in a setting that everyone can relate to. On top of introducing themselves and both the board members and residents getting a chance to know one another on a far more personal level, the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce will also be happy to bring all of those on hand up to speed on the happenings, both recent and that will be coming in the future to all that are present.

For those planning to attend, all will meet for this Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce gathering at the Beer Garden beginning at 5:30 pm. To register and attend the “Brews with the Board” event or fore more information on this, visit the official Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce site at web.rockymountchamber.org.

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Food Trucks at Station Square are “Upping the Game” in Rocky Mount Dining Experiences

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With an already impressive array of Rocky Mount dining options, the popular trend of food trucks and their offerings of everything from sweet treats to sandwiches to gourmet foods has “rolled” into Rocky Mount, and just minutes from your new dream home in Belmont Lake Preserve, every Tuesday and Wednesday through August and into September, the “Food Trucks at Station Square” series will give you plenty of delicious offerings to “up the game” in Rocky Mount dining options.

Located at 301 South Church Street in the heart of Rocky Mount, Station Square will be featuring Everette’s Concessions of Wilson serving up their delicious American fare that includes options for both breakfast and lunch, as well as several dessert options as well. Everette’s Concession will be open as part of this unique Food Truck Rocky Mount dining experience each Tuesday through the end of August from 11:00 am through 2:00 pm at Station Square.

Each Wednesday morning through August and finishing up on September 5, Lillie Mae’s Kitchen, whose scrumptious offerings have been a staple of Rocky Mount Dining for many years out of its location at 700 Myrtle Avenue in Rocky Mount, will bring their Food Truck to Station Square between the hours of 8:00 am and 1:00 pm, serving up breakfast options in addition to their local favorites including cheesesteaks, burgers, chops, sausages, fish plates, and so  much more.

The craze in the local area that has become the Food Truck industry is alive and well twice a week now at Station Square and this is one delectable experience in Rocky Mount dining that you will certainly want to give a taste for yourself.

 

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Shop Fresh and Local this Spring at the Rocky Mount Farmers Market

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Open every Saturday throughout the spring and summer and located conveniently at 1006 Peachtree Street, just a short drive from your new home at the Belmont Lake Preserve new home community, the freshest produce, meats, seafood, and all other local products you could imagine are available at the Rocky Mount Farmers Market.

Running each Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., the Rocky Mount Farmers Market gives area farmers a “storefront” in which to sell their fantastic produce and local residents can not only get their fresh items straight from the farm, but also support the hardworking members of their community in doing so.

The philosophy of the Rocky Mount Farmers Market is simply described on the official Nash County website as a place where “local farmers sell products they actually produce.” Going on it explains, “This market philosophy is consistent with long term economic development and preservation of our local farming community.”

Over the years, the Rocky Mount Farmers Market has become a tradition and somewhat of an institution on Saturday mornings, with residents enjoying not only the goods for sale, but the friendly, community feel and the social aspect of the market as well.

“This market is not just a building,” the Nash County website explains. “It’s the dynamic activity of all of the people involved in growing, harvesting, buying, selling and sometimes socializing. Shoppers come to enjoy the farmers market experience.”

Throughout the Rocky Mount Farmers Market annual schedule, which runs from April through November, they also have a variety of activities periodically that take place at the market including live music and entertainment, opportunities to tour the farms of some of the participants following the Saturday sales, and much more.

The Rocky Mount Farmers market is a great place to get in touch and support the local community and its also a great place to get some unique items and some of the most delicious, homegrown fruits, veggies, meats, and more. For more information o the market or to see some photos of some of the produce and goods you’ll find there each Saturday, vista the Rocky Mount Farmers Market Facebook page here.

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Angelo’s Pizza Rocky Mount : “Real People, Doing Real Food”

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Not only available to deliver the most unique and delicious pizza in town to your doorstep, but also delivering the authentic taste of Italy with pasta dishes and an assortment of incredible sandwich options just minutes away from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve, Angelo’s Pizza Rocky Mount is “a one of a kind pizzeria experience.”

With an unbelievable selection of some of the most unique specialty pizzas available in Rocky Mount, made to order on their traditional crust as well as Sicilian, Chicago Pan (deep dish), a house favorite the Grandma Crust, and even offering breakfast pizza, it comes as no surprise that Angelo’s Pizza Rocky Mount is one of the highest reviewed restaurants in town. The “Famous Jumbo Stromboli’s,” are also a menu favorite as are the incredible baked sandwich options that include such favorites as the Italian Beef, the Prosciutto Bello, the Michael Angelo (Chicken, Prosciutto, Fresh Mozzarella and Roasted Peppers), and the Dylan’s Titan, which is advertised as “Always’s a Good Time” and contains Steak, Chicken Fingers, Mozzarella Wedges, French Fries, Lettuce, Tomato. and Mayo on their fresh baked bread.

In addition to these delicious dining options at Angelo’s Pizza Rocky Mount, they also feature several signature authentic homemade Italian dishes. The lasagna, baked ziti, and cheese ravioli are all popular menu items, as is the Pasta di Familia featuring chicken, prosciutto, spinach, roasted peppers, fresh, mozzarella, and francaise sauce over your choice of pasta. Daily specials that include pasta dishes, wraps, and of course no “one of a kind pizzeria experience” at Angelo’s Pizza Rocky Mount would be complete without either a cannoli or limoncelo cake for dessert. In addition to all these authentic dishes and more, Angelo’s Pizza Rocky Mount also is one of the city’s most popular spots for breakfast, offering sandwiches

Angelo’s Pizza Rocky Mount has a motto that they are “Real people, doing real food.” With the fantastic reviews and all the delicious options on the menu, they may want to change that to doing real ‘good’ food. Angelo’s is located at 548 Sutter Creek Plaza in Rocky Mount and to see reviews and their full menu options, visit them on Facebook here.

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The Main Course at Belmont Offering a New Look at Fine Dining in Rocky Mount

The Main Course at Belmont Lake Preserve has been offering up delicious tastes inside the BLP Golf Clubhouse for years, however, a fresh new menu offering some exciting new choices may have you hustling off the 18th green and to a table, whether you prefer breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Always a hit at the Main Course at Belmont, popular, delicious and affordable breakfast options in crude “the Hobo,” with a choice of sausage or bacon chopped up with eggs and cheese and served on your choice of toast. The Main Course omelet is another favorite in the morning, boasting 3 eggs with one meat and a choice of vegetable.

Lunch favorites at the Main Course at Belmont are the “Rich Boy,” a beer battered flounder filet on our Parmesan hoagie roll with lettuce, tomato and tarter sauce and the “Southerner,” a unique take on the classic BLT, featuring candied bacon and a house made pimento cheese.

Dinnertime is a special time as well with the new menu at The Main Course at Belmont, with such crowd pleasers as the “Hen and Waffle,” ( 1/2 pan seared Cornish hen on top of a gaffer with a maple bbq glaze) and “Shrimp-n-Gritz, served in either Charleston or Cajun style.

Described on their new website as “Rocky Mount North Carolina’s Premier Fine Dining Experience.” The Main Course is open to the public and ready to serve you. Founded in in 2014 with one goal in mind, exceptional service, Proprietor Mark Piatkowski and his staff headlined by Chef Robert “Buck” Gibbs have created a menu and atmosphere that is both inviting and fulfilling. They urge you at the new website to “Come join us at The Main Course at Belmont for breakfast, lunch and dinner and while you’re there ask Mark about your group events, private dining experience and catering options.” To see a full menu and for more information on The Main Course, go to themaincourseatbelmont.com.

 

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New Rocky Mount Mills Incubator to Support North Carolina Breweries

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The bustling industry of craft beers across the state gained another boost from Rocky Mount Mills as it was recently announced that the venue will begin with its first “class,” consisting of several North Carolina Breweries joining a brewing incubator.

There will be four North Carolina Breweries sharing a refurbished, on site, 6,000 square foot shipping warehouse, and each will be able to produce up to 1,000 barrels annually and have a keg cooler featuring eight taps to serve their finished product from. In addition, they will be given the opportunity to take classes in the Nash Community College Brewing, Distillation, and Fermentation program and be serving up their brews in a public beer garden.

The four North Carolina Breweries involved will be, Planetary Elixirs, HopFly Brewing Company, BDD Brewing Company and Bull Durham Beer Company. The Bull Durham Beer Company is already up and open for business, Planetary Elixirs will be soon bottling their product, and HopFly just “opened up shop,” on November 18. The fourth of the North Carolina Breweries involved, BDD Brewing Company is set to debut later this winter.

“Our inaugural class of brewers comes from all walks of life and bring with them different approaches, methods, and philosophies towards brewing,” says Sebastian Wolfrum, executive brewmaster of Rocky Mount Mills. “We see the spirit that built Rocky Mount Mills 200 ago, and that continues to make our community one of hard work and triumph in each of them. We’re looking forward to seeing and, more importantly, tasting what they have to offer.”