Ben and Karen Barker will close their Durham landmark restaurant Magnolia Grill at the end of May, reports the Raleigh News & Observer here. "We have co-workers we’ve been around more than our sons - it’s time for that to change," the much-decorated cooking couple said in an email. Raleigh food writer Andrea Weigl wrote about their influence here.
Tapas to tacos, foie gras to fries, Helen Schwab has written about food in and around Charlotte for more than 20 years. Her related experience includes traveling (pizza in Naples to pizza in New York), waitressing (she understands about tipping from both sides), journalism (a B.S. from Northwestern University), and cooking at home, the less said about which the better.