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Locals Seafood announces its first Winter Seafood Jubilee, a series of NC winter seafood-centric events and promotions taking place in North Carolina’s Triangle region throughout February. Locals Seafood is working with area restaurants and social media foodie gurus to accomplish the following goals during the Jubilee:

1) Educate the public about the seasonality of seafood

2) Introduce the public to trending NC seafood items such as dogfish, ribbonfish, mullet and more

The Winter Seafood Jubilee kicks off online with the “3 on 3 at the Winter Seafood Jubilee”, which takes place during the first three weeks of February. Locals has engaged three area social media foodie gurus to participate, Kim Alexander (@trianglelocalista), Kristen Baughman (@knbaughman), and Johanna Kramer (@durhamfoodie). Each guru is responsible for one week, when they will be given three different species of winter seafood. They will prepare each product three different ways, and chronicle their culinary journey via three social media platforms of their choosing. Says Locals owner Lin Peterson,“3 on 3 is the epitome of what Locals is all about – introducing folks everywhere to fresh, local seafood that may or may not already be on their radar. We’re grateful that the social media community is eager to participate.” 

Locals tapped several of their best restaurant customers around the Triangle to host events in conjunction with the Jubilee; Mandolin in Raleigh, Oakleaf in Pittsboro, and Carolina Crossroads at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill.  According to Chef Brendan Cox at Oakleaf, “If we’re truly dedicated to seasonality, it cannot begin and end with produce but must include our fisheries. Everything including fish and shellfish tastes better in its time”. Each restaurant will host a dining event featuring a variety of winter seafood.

  • Thursday, February 20th, 6:30pm – Mandolin Restaurant in Raleigh hosts a four-course winter seafood feast featuring a different item in every course. Reservations required, please call Mandolin at (919) 322-0365.

  • Wednesday, February 26th, dinner service, 5:30 til – Oakleaf Restaurant in Pittsboro will offer a supplemental Winter Seafood Jubilee menu in addition to their regular menu that evening with a selection of small plates under $20 featuring winter seafood items. Reservations encouraged but not required, please call Oakleaf at (919) 533-6303.

  • Thursday, February 27th, 6pm – Carolina Crossroads at the Carolina Inn invites guests to attend a cooking class in the Piedmont Room highlighting Chef James Clark’s techniques preparing three types of winter seafood. The event features the beers of Durham-based Fullsteam Brewery, with founder Sean Lilly Wilson on hand to speak to the importance of seasonal, local sourcing. Reception at 6pm, instruction begins at 7pm. Reservations required, limited seating available. Please call Lina at Carolina Crossroads, (919) 918-2735.