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Straw Valley Cafe & Wine BarThe inviting sign points to Straw Valley's entryway.
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Straw Valley Cafe & Wine BarA peek at the restaurant's colorful interior.
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Straw Valley Cafe & Wine BarThe "Fountain of Youth" is just one of the juices offered at Straw Valley.
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Straw Valley Cafe & Wine BarA lounge area inside the restaurant.
Straw Valley Food & Drink and The Black House bring, pardon the pun, a lot to the table. The new restaurant endeavor is a network of several buildings and outside spaces. There’s a juice bar, Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee and pastries by A Sweet Little Something Patisserie in the café, and a dinner service of new American cuisine in The Black House. A raw bar and lunch and breakfast menus are planned for the near future, as is a beer garden in its courtyard.
“Have a juice, a glass of wine, finish with a beer and have a burger in between,” says Fred Dexheimer, a master sommelier and one of the partners of Straw Valley. “The idea is we can have you here for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s a food and beverage playground.”
Dexheimer, along with Chef Adam Rose, formerly of Il Palio, revamped the existing café at Straw Valley and opened in December. The Black House opened March 12 in the previous home of artist Robert Black, who lived on the property for decades before leaving in 1998. It lay dormant until 2007, when Dexheimer and Rose’s fellow partner bought the buildings.
“We thought it was an amazing property that looked like it wanted to be something more than what it was,” Chef Rose says, adding that the unique flow of the complex “forces the creativity out of you,” which may have inspired the new American menu. “The term allows a lot of freedom to engage in any kind of flavor profile [Rose] wants, using well-executed techniques and the highest-quality ingredients,” Dexheimer says. TW
Get a TASTE See what Chef Rose and Dexheimer can do at the Master vs. Master Wine Dinner April 26 as a part of TASTE The Event. Rose and Chef Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood Joint will prepare a three-course meal. A Sweet Little Something’s Annie Pambaguian will do dessert. Dexheimer and wine master Sheri Sauter Morano will choose a wine to pair with each course, and dinner guests will vote for the best selection. “I want to win, of course,” Dexheimer says. “It’ll be fun. We’re up to new stuff here, and I’m interested in engaging with the community in a new way.” Visit www.tastetheevent.com to learn more.