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51º | Cloudy | 0% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:25 a.m. | Sunset 5:17 p.m.

🍓 Hummingbird’s seasonal sweet
Pavlova with berries at Hummingbird.
You can enjoy Hummingbird’s pavlova at home. | Photo by Jamie Robbins
The origins of the classic, time-honored pavlova are unclear. Australians and New Zealanders have argued for generations about who invented the meringue-like dessert with a pillowy interior and crisp exterior. No matter where it originated from, we’re glad the sweet dessert ended up in Raleigh.

Pavlova can be made ahead of time and tweaked for any season. “We serve it in the summer with macerated berries and stone fruit, and in the winter with chocolate mousse,” Hummingbird chef Coleen Speaks told RALtoday.

Currently, the bright white treat is being topped with strawberries and cream at the Dock 1053 restaurant. “We make individual pavlovas for the ease of service, but for a dinner party, a large one could be a real showstopper,” Coleen said. But be careful. They are very fragile.

Keep reading to learn what you need to make chef Coleen’s impressive strawberry pavlova (serves six) at home.

For the meringue:
  • 4 egg whites
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 1/4 cups superfine sugar (you can grind it in a blender)
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • Vanilla, to taste
For the topping:
  • 1 quart strawberries, halved or quartered
  • 1 tsp vanilla (divided)
  • 1 tsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp, 2 tsp sugar (divided)
  • 2 cups heavy cream, whipped
Throw on your apron + click below to learn how to make pavlova.
Friday, May 26
  • Carolina Fear Fest | Friday, May 26-Sunday, May 28 | Times vary | NC State Fairgrounds, Jim Graham Building, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh | $35-$125 | Celebrate all things horror with celebrity guests, shopping, and unique entertainment.
  • WCKD WKND 2023 | Friday, May 26 | Times vary | The Wicked Witch, 416 W. South St., Raleigh | $15-$60 | The Triangle’s only goth music festival returns with DJs and dance parties for three days.
Saturday, May 27
  • African American History Walking Tour | Saturday, May 27 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 23 W. Hargett St., Raleigh | $20 | Learn about the history of Black Main Street.
  • Children’s Entrepreneur Market | Saturday, May 27 | 12-3 p.m. | Fortnight Brewing Company, 1006 Southwest Maynard Rd., Cary | Free | Support young entrepreneurs as they showcase their unique products and services from homemade crafts, artwork, and jewelry to pet-sitting services, lawn care, and tech support.
Sunday, May 28
  • NC Sugar Rush | Sunday, May 28 | 12-5 p.m. | City Plaza, 443 Fayetteville St., Raleigh | Free | Dessert vendors will be on site to satisfy your cravings for sweets, including vegan desserts and pet treats.
  • Open Mic Sunday | Sunday, May 28 | 3-6 p.m. | Gizmo Brew Works, 5907 Triangle Dr., Raleigh | Free | Local musicians will perform on the outdoor stage.
  • “Be A Kid Again!” Dinner | Sunday, May 28 | 7-9 p.m. | Joy Worthy Co., 131 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh | $89 | Join Chef Farrington as he elevates your favorite childhood foods.
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👀 Trivia time: Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen?
Can you guess what’s “clean” vs. “dirty?” | Photos via Athletic Greens and public use
Spring + summer = fresh produce seasons — so you need to know which fruits and veggies are pesticide heavy (vs. more on the clean side).
  • Kale: Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen? Find out.
  • Papaya: Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen? Find out.
  • Tomatoes: Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen? Find out.
Know exactly what you’re putting into your body by incorporating AG1 into your diet (bonus: there’s a special offer available now).*
News Notes
  • The City of Raleigh is looking for a developer to build rental housing on two city-owned lots. Proposals, due on Tuesday, Aug. 25, must designate at least 20% of the total units as affordable housing. Register for the city’s webinar on Monday, June 26 at 2 p.m. to learn more.
  • Traveling for Memorial Day weekend? We recommend arriving to the airport early. RDU expects more than 255,000 travelers between Thursday, May 25 and Tuesday, May 30 — an increase of ~20% over last year. Friday and Monday are expected to be the busiest days. Prep for your trip.
  • Clouds Brewing is hosting its second annual Summertime Beer Fest on Saturday, June 3. Head to the taproom from 3 to 7 p.m. to sample and celebrate 25+ NC beers on tap. Tickets are $25-$65 and include entry, a commemorative glass, and 10 beer tickets.
Real Estate
  • Triangle developer Spark Joy is wrapping up construction on six small-lot homes near downtown Durham. Four of the 1,200 sqft homes went on the market last week for $345,000. The last two will hit the market on June 7. (Triangle Business Journal)
  • Earlier this week, WRAL announced its new on-air anchor lineup for WRAL News. Longtime anchor Debra Morgan shifted to a daytime role and journalist Ashley Rowe joined the team. See the updated schedule.
  • Raleigh’s vehicle fleet ranked No. 1 among 38,000 fleets nationwide at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference on Monday. Our local fleet earned this honor by demonstrating leadership, efficiency, overcoming challenges, and having a vision for the operation.
  • Date night idea: Buy an Offline membership and get up to $50 monthly to spend at two local, highly rated restaurants — like The Merchant and Glasshouse Kitchen. Your money off the tabs expires at the end of the month, meaning you’ll finally get those special evenings on the books. Sign up with code “RALTODAY.”*
Try This
🎨 Create your own public art projects
A working sundial painted on a tree stump.
You can create your own community initiated project. | Photo by RALtoday
Local artists Wayne Hansley and Tyler Denton turned two tree stumps at Fred Fletcher Park into a compass and a working sundial. How? Through Raleigh Art’s Do-It-Yourself Public Art Projects program.

Are you interested in adding your own splash of color to our community? Raleigh Arts can help guide artists and community members through the City of Raleigh’s permitting process.

Here are the stipulations:
  • Artists or community members must submit a proposal.
  • Pieces must be located on city-owned property.
  • The projects are self-funded, community-funded, grant-funded, or sponsored.
Pro tips to get started:
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