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Learn to cook with Ashley and 2 more James Beard winners

Here’s our version of a perfect Sunday: An Italian-inspired cooking demo hosted by three James Beard Award-winning chefs! Our very own Ashley Christensen alongside Tandy Wilson (of City House in Nashville, TN), and Sarah Grueneberg (of Monteverde in Chicago) are teaming up to show off their best tips and techniques. 

Each chef will take a turn demonstrating their dish in the test kitchen of Bridge Club, and afterwards, you will get your own sample of their creation. Their inspiration will be taken from Italian cuisine, because pasta and fresh mozzarella sound like a dream for breakfast, right?  We’ll be providing the essential brunch libations as well: coffee and brunch cocktails, in the form of a spritz!

This unique experience will take place on Sunday, August 25, from 11:00-12:30 at our events loft space, Bridge Club. Even better? The proceeds from this brunch will go to benefit Southern Foodways Alliance. There are limited spots for this intimate brunch experience, get your tickets here

A Rainbow Of Dishes To Celebrate Pride

Happy PRIDE Month! We love this time of the year. In addition to celebrating all month long, we are having pride-inspired features at all of our restaurants this week. All proceeds from these specials will be donated to LGBTQ Center Of Raleigh.

Head over to Beasley’s and get the Pride Bowl, a bowl of hot fried chicken served over mashed potatoes and drizzled with buttermilk herb dressing. Next door at Chuck’s we’re featuring totchos, a cross between tots and nachos, topped with either hot buffalo chicken dip or drenched in cheesy bacon goodness (we’re already drooling). Be sure to grab a rainbow shake to round out your colorful meal!

At Fox Liquor Bar we’ve crafted the Pride Flight, a set of six rainbow-colored shooters, pleasing to both your eyes and your tastebuds. Fox is featuring totchos too, for all of your late-night snack needs.

And when the weekend rolls around, be sure to pop by Poole’s for brunch. We’re featuring funfetti hotcakes on Saturday and Sunday this weekend. You can’t miss a brunch like this...

Try one, try ALL. Grab your pals, and come celebrate with us!

People’s Cocktail | Matt Kelly pops up in Raleigh for one night only

Eat, Drink, and Support Our Fellow Community

For those who have never attended one of our People’s Cocktail events, the typical premise is this: four bartenders who craft four specialty cocktails, each cocktail having a partnering charity. Each cocktail ordered equals a vote cast for the aligned charity, and the people of the community decide who the winner of the evening by ordering drinks. Sounds great, right?

This coming Monday, May 20, we are hosting a very special edition of People's Cocktail! We welcome our dear friend and Durham's bearded sweetheart, Matt Kelly, to the foxhole to showcase a pop up menu of snacks from his incredible restaurant, Saint James. We’ll still be featuring four specialty cocktails, but there will be no “good hearted” rivalry involved. This month, all proceeds will go to one cause.

Saint James, along with several other businesses, has been closed since a deadly explosion blasted through downtown Durham last month. The repercussions of this tragedy are still being felt by the community, so all proceeds from Monday's event will go toward a recovery fund set up to provide aid to those impacted by the blast. Funds will be distributed to those who were injured, who are out of work based on closed places of business, and to those trying to rebuild.

Come out on Monday to try some incredible cocktails and snacks, but even more so, to help and support our fellow community members.

Poole’s | A Cocktail For Every Era

Turning Back The Clock

Although the season may be springing us ahead, at Poole’s Diner we’ve decided to go back in time. Regarding cocktails, that is. It’s always fun and exciting to craft new cocktails, but there’s something truly comforting in the classics… at least we think so.

Our new seasonal cocktail menu features drinks through the ages, from eras like the Prohibition Age, Disco Tec, and Tiki Age. There’s a story behind each cocktail, and we thought we’d give you a behind-the-scenes look at our selections:

Antibes, a town along the French Riviera between Cannes and Nice, was briefly the home of F. Scott Fitzgerald and the namesake of our first drink. This Prohibition Era drink with gin, Benedictine, and grapefruit juice, was said to be a drink that Fitzgerald served guests at this home, including Hemingway and Picasso.

The Vieux Carre was created by Walter Bergeron at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. His hotel was often the venue for the city’s annual Tales Of The Cocktail festival. This classic drink’s name translates to “Old Square” and references the hotel’s location within the French Quarter of the historic city.

Created by London bartender Dick Bradsell in the 1980's, Russian Spring Punch was a cocktail he created while trying to save money for a party he was hosting. This Disco Era cocktail is made up of of vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, creme de cassis, and sparkling wine; though Bradsell had his guests provide their own sparkling wine for the original version of the beverage.

The Americano, by Gaspare Campari, was originally named Milano-Torino to identify Campari and Sweet Vermouth and hails from the Pre-Prohibition Era. This cocktail gained its new name after Primo Carnera, an Italian boxer, became the first non-American to win the US heavyweight boxing championship.

Pimm’s Cup, another Pre-Prohibition Era cocktail, has become the official drink every year at Wimbledon. The most basic version of the cocktail is Pimm’s, a slice of cucumber and lemon-lime soda, however many decide to spice up the cocktail by adding seasonal fruits and different mixers.

The Pina Colada, from the Tiki Age, has several different variations, and several different origins. The earliest mention of the cocktail salutes a 19th century Puerto Rican pirate as the creator; who gave the drink to his men to lift their spirits. The modern Pina Colada is said to be the creation of a bartender at Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber, while the blended version of the drink was said to be the creation of Spanish bartender, working at Restaurant Barrachina in Buenos Aires.

Another Prohibition Era cocktail Horse’s Neck, was originally intended to be a non-alcoholic beverage, but became a classic cocktail when a heavy pour of bourbon was added to the glass. This drink gets its name from its garnish, an extra long lemon twist that acts as the “horse’s neck”.

Our last cocktail hails from the Modern Age. The Naked and Famous is a mezcal fueled, modern day variation of “The Last Word”, a cocktail created by bartender Joaquin Simo while working at Death & Co. in New York City.

Try one, try all, this season.

Calling “All The People” To Drink For A Good Cause

Drinking For Charity (every month!)

Attention to all fans of the Foxhole, you’ll be happy to hear that we are officially making “People’s Cocktail” a monthly occurrence! That means that every month, you’ll get a chance to try featured “for one night only” cocktails, and have the chance to support a charity by doing so.

For those of you who haven’t attended one of our “People’s Cocktail” events yet, the premise is simple. One night a month, each of our bartenders makes a featured drink and picks a favorite charity. You, the people, come to drink, and we will donate the proceeds of the featured cocktails to the charity picked by the bartender with the most popular drink. That’s right, every drink you order equals one vote for that bartender’s charity.

We’ll be having this month’s event on Monday, April 15th, from 5-8 PM. Four drinks and four charities, but only one can win. But wait, there’s more! We’ve got some amazing snacks to go with our competitive cocktailing. Ashley and the team have been cooking up some delicious features for this event, and we are so excited for you to try a dish or two (it’s dinner, right?).

So, mark your calendars, bring your friends, and head to Fox for this night of fun and good-hearted rivalry.

James Beard Award 2019Outstanding Chef James Beard Award 2014Best Chef: Southeast
2019 James Beard AwardOutstanding Chef 2014 James Beard AwardBest Chef: Southeast
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Beasley's Chicken + Honey,
Chuck's, Fox Liquor Bar

237 S. Wilmington St, Raleigh NC, 27601

[919] 322-0127, 322-0126, 322-0128 Respectively

Bridge Club

105 W. Hargett St, Raleigh NC, 27601

Death & Taxes

105 W. Hargett St, Raleigh NC, 27601

[984] 242-0218

Poole's Diner

426 S. McDowell St, Raleigh NC, 27601

[919] 832-4477

Poole'side Pies

428 S. McDowell St, Raleigh NC, 27601

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