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Iconic Foods of Durham, NC

Are there items either shelf items (canned/bottled) or easily makeable that are representative of Durham, NC? A friend is having a going away party and I've been tasked with making a dish that is reminiscent of Durham. I, personally, don't think one exists.. at least not one that I'd be able to make vs. buy. I'm sourcing my chow hounders for feedback.

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  1. All that really comes to mind is bbq.

    1. Not sure what dish (if any) would be appropriate. But perhaps you could make something with Big Spoon Roasters peanut butter, Fullsteam beer, or Parlour ice cream. Maybe not "iconic", but good. Or perhaps make something that the Magnolia Grill was famous for, like the twice-baked grits souffle thing, though perhaps that's not "easily" makeable.

      1. Yeah I was not given much detail as to whether it should be something that can be taken with or what. Durham is a foodie town but there is not one item I can think of that would set it apart from some other place (that goes for the triangle and NC in general) IMHO.

        1. If you could replicate a BrightLeaf hot dog... now THAT would be a feat.

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          1. re: Kris in Beijing

            <you could replicate a BrightLeaf hot dog>

            Punishable by law in many states.

              1. re: Kris in Beijing

                Nope. I'm ticked off that they didn't choose the BullDog. I'm also ticked off that they switched from Hebrew National to Brightleaf and that's a much bigger problem, as far as I'm concerned.

            1. re: Kris in Beijing

              Not Kosher (friend is) and no way would I give them a hotdog that 1. Isn't that good and 2. Glows like it was made with nuclear waste :-)

              1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                Well there goes BBQ too. You can look at a collection of southern foods like cheese straws, pepper jelly, canned boiled peanuts, and locally bottled bbq sauce. Southern Seasons might be a good place to look plus they would be able to make a nice basket.

                1. re: chazzer

                  Thats what I'm starting to think. I know its not a Durham Institute but say Goodberry's or Parlour. Maybe a local brew.

                  1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                    I rather think of chicken and waffles as very Durham....if you replace the milk with soy/almond milk, butter with margarine, it' s kosher too.

            2. Here's a Chowhound thread on tobacco-infused foods:

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/773845