Taste of Durham Festival
the food restaurant food sampling

We invite a cross selection of various types and styles of restaurants, caterers, and food-related companies to create an unforgettable food tasting experience. Our invitations are based on quality, variety, reputation, professionalism, creative cuisine, respect for our guidelines, and just plain good food! Selection process and booth spaces will be limited to help each restaurant showcase their unique items. We try to bring a balance of the well-known Durham restaurants and offer some invitations to triangle restaurants, independent, chains, and up and coming establishments. This is our way to achieve a unique repertoire of international and cultural cuisine, gourmet, home-style, sweet treats, comfort foods, and creative cuisine. Our welcome mat is substantial!

2009 Festival

Baba Ghannouj Mediterranean Bistro
Baba Ghannouj Bistro
2105 E. HWY NC 54
Intersection 0f Hwy 54 and 55 Durham
Festival Menu

Chicken Kabob: Tender pieces of marinated chicken breasts with Baba Ghannouj special sauce with Pita

Falafel: Mixture of fresh parsley, cilantro, and garbanzo beans, then fried & served with tahini salad served with Pita bread.

Baklava: Sheets of fillo pastry stuffed with walnuts, baked and covered with honey

Humus: Freshly made chick pea dip with extra virgin olive oil served with Pita

Bocci Trattoria & Pizzeria
Bocci Trattoria & Pizzeria
Sutton Station 5850
Fayetteville Road, Durham
Festival Menu:

Nonna's Pizza: Thin crust, lightly topped with mozzarella cheese, minced garlic, olive oil, basil, and our Nonna's pizza sauce

Meatball Sliders: A "mini-burger" made from our homemade meatballs with provolone cheese, fresh basil, and tomato sauce

Lobster Ravioli: Lobster filled raviolis in a pink brandy cream sauce

Don Rio's Southwest Catering

4823 Meadow Dr. Ste. 108
Map it!
Festival Menu:

South of the Border Fiesta Kabobs: Choose from our marinated, grilled and well seasoned chicken or steak, served over a bed of Antillean Island Rice and Mango Salsa.

South Island Wings: Southwest meets the Islands . Two wing drummettes tossed in a flavorful sauce of your choice served with Plantainnaisse (spiced up potatoes, plantains & onions combined for a sweet and hot taste) Sauces of choice Honey Chile, Mango Zing, Twisted Tequila Lime, Hot N Smoky BBQ.

Baja Enchiiladas: Rolled corn tortillas, stuffed with our seasoned ground beef and topped with a chipolte cream sauce. with spanish rice, black bean & roasted corn salsa.

Carmen's Cuban Cafe & Lounge

108 D Factory Shops Rd
Festival Menu:

Cuban Sandwich: ham, pork, Swiss cheese, pickles & mustard

Lechon Asado: Slow roasted pork with white rice

Empanadas: Chicken or beef in a flour pastry shell

Picadillo: Ground sirloin with onions, potatoes, tomatoes, with white rice

Catering: Abrams' BBQ & Seafood
Abram's BBQ and Seafood
609 W Wilson St
Festival Menu:


BBQ Ribs

Fried Chicken

Cold Stone Creamery

3515 Witherspoon Blvd, Durham
6917 Fayetteville Rd., Durham
Festival Menu:

One Scoop of Ice cream in a cup

One Scoop of Ice cream in a waffle cone

5 oz. Signature Cold Stone Creation

Various pre-mixed delicious flavors

Joe Van Gogh, Inc.

Durham, Hillsborough, Chapel Hill
Festival Menu:

8oz. Hot or Iced Coffee

2 shots espresso or macchiato

8oz. Hot, Iced, or blended (frozen) Latte or Cappuccino

8oz. Frappe (blended coffee drink)

Flavor shots are Free! Choice of Vanilla or Chocolate!

The Mad Popper

Homestead Market
105 W. NC-54, Suite 259
Festival Menu:

Teeny Popper: (sm. Gourmet) 1pt. bag of either caramel or yellow cheddar popcorn

Tall Popper: (lg. gourmet) 1 pt. bag of both caramel and yellow cheddar popcorn

Classic Popper: 3/4 gal bag of freshly popped salted gourmet popcorn

The Melting Pot

7011 Fayetteville Road
Festival Menu:

Cajun Chicken: Pre cut 1/2 oz portions in Cajun spice

Cajun Shrimp: Shrimp in Cajun spice

Cajun Sausage: Sausage in Cajun spice

Chocolate Fondue: Warm chocolate served with strawberries, brownies, and rice crispy treats

Moe's Southwest Grill

6807 Fayetteville Rd
Festival Menu:

Moe's Sampler: 2 mini burrito halves with Chips & Queso, with picco de gallo

Chips & Queso: Chips and Queso with picco de gallo

Smothered Mini: Mini burrito covered with queso and picco de gallo

Nikos Taverna

905 W Main St, Brightleaf Square Durham
Davis Drive, Morrisville
Festival Menu:

Arnisouvla: Whole lamb cooked on a spit/grill-seasoned & marinated with red wine & olive oil served with roasted lemon potatoes

Spanakopita: Spinach Pie-filo wrapped with fresh spinach, feta, onions & fresh herbs

Galaktoboureko: Vanilla custard, orange flavoring, filo dough, baked & topped with honey syrup

Noodles & Company

noodles & company
East Erwin Rd, Durham
W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
Daniels Street, Raleigh
Festival Menu:

Japanese Pan Noodle: Asian style Udon noodle cooked in a Japanese pan sauce with a little spice with broccoli, carrots, shitake mushrooms, and topped with sprouts and cilantro

Penne Rosa: Creamy dish with a mix of spicy marinara sauce and heavy cream over penne noodles, served with tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, and topped with parmesan cheese and parsley

Wisconsin Mac and Cheese: Our delicious Mac and cheese with creamy cheese sauce topped with cheddar/jack cheese mix

Pomodoro Italian Kitchen
Festival Menu:

Calamari: Dusted in seasoned flour and served with our homemade marinara sauce

Fresh Tomato Bruschetta: Fresh tomatoes, garlic, red onion, and basil served over our homemade crispy slice of bread

Caprese: A slice of fresh tomato , topped with fresh mozzarella cheese, basil and balsamic vinaigrette

Homemade Meatballs: Served in our homemade tomato sauce

Cannoli: Cannoli shells stuffed with homemade sweet ricotta cheese

Lasagna: Layers of pasta, meat sauce, and blends of cheese


McCrimmon Corner Shopping Center
4141 Davis Drive, Morrisville
Festival Menu:

5 oz. serving of flavored Italian Ice

8 oz. serving of flavored Italian Ice

Serena Restaurant & Bar

Serena Restaurant & Bar
5311 South Miami Blvd
Festival Menu:

Roasted Stuffed Pork Loin: Seared pork loin stuffed with goat cheese, roasted apples, walnuts, with sweet potatoes and parsnip

Dried pepper crusted tuna loin: Ahi tuna seared medium rare, served over lightly dressed spinach and avocado slices

Fresh Peach bread pudding: Diced peaches, bread chunks, baked with a cream mixture, served on top of crème angloise and topped with white chocolate sauce

Tamarind India Bistro

Durham, Hillsborough, Chapel Hill
5460 Apex Peakway
Olive Chapel Village, Hwy 55
Apex, NC 27502
Festival Menu:

Samosa & Pakora

Chicken Tandoori

Samosa, Pakora, Chicken Tikka Masala, Vegtable Korma, Rice, and Naan


2200 West Main St.
Festival Menu:

Greek Salad: Romaine, mixed greens, arugula, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese with olive oil lemon wine vinaigrette

Chicken Osso Buco with Orzo: Braised chicken, vegetables, orzo

Vegetarian Lasagna: Fresh pasta,zucchini,asparagus,spinach,ricotta cheese,tomato sauce.

Giorgios Hospitality Group:

George's Garage
Bin Fifty-Four
Girogio's Museum Cafe
Vin Rouge