Straw Valley Food & Drink and its flagship restaurant The Black House at Straw Valley are now open at 5240 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard off 15-501 between Durham and Chapel Hill. The ambitious concept includes a fine dining restaurant, wine and raw bar, coffee bar, cafe and event space in a truly unique indoor-outdoor setting that once served as a pottery and blacksmith studio and private residence from the late 1950s to the 1990’s.
The new business is the brainchild of Executive Chef Adam Rose and Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer (Dex). Previously of Il Palio at the Siena Hotel, Rose brings New American cuisine to each Straw Valley venue out of a newly-constructed central kitchen, including unforgettable steaks, chops and seafood in The Black House, delicious soups and sandwiches during lunch hours and oysters and sharing plates during evening hours in the cafe. The food is thoughtfully made with carefully selected ingredients from Rose’s established relationships with farmers, creameries, butchers, brewers, bakers, and purveyors of sustainable seafood.
Dex recently moved to Chapel Hill from New York to open Straw Valley Food & Drink and immediately becomes the Carolina’s first Master Sommelier, a coveted diploma denoting excellence in wine and service. Dex left Laurent Tourondel’s BLT restaurants in 2009 to open his own consulting business and in the time since has launched over fifteen restaurant wine and beverage programs throughout the world. At Straw Valley, his team of food and wine savvy servers are dedicated to providing ultimate dining experiences. The accessible wine program focuses on international wines from small importers and artisanal producers. Classic and creative cocktails are mixed with an arsenal of fresh juices prepared on property. Craft beers are sourced locally, nationally and internationally.
Straw Valley Food & Drink is a complex of indoor and outdoor spaces anchored by the following experiences:
- The Café & Wine Bar serves locally roasted coffee from Carrboro Coffee Roasters and made to order juices throughout the day starting at 8am. The menu evolves with the day, beginning with farm-fresh breakfast sandwiches and pastry. In the evening the space shifts to a sexy wine and a raw bar. There is seating within the café as well as outdoors on the deck and surrounding spaces.
- The Black House at Straw Valley offers fine dining in a welcoming converted Mid-Century Modern home. Rose’s inspired menu features raw, marinated and cured appetizers, handmade pasta, fresh seafood and elegantly prepared meat. Like with a classic steakhouse, fresh vegetables are served a la carte and there are special entrees for two. The Black House serves lunch Monday-Friday from 11:30-2:30 and dinner Monday through Thursday from 5:30-10pm, Friday and Saturday from 5:30-11pm and Sunday from 5-9pm.
“Our goal is to create a culinary playground at Straw Valley,” says Dex. “We want our customers to enjoy coffee in the morning, come back for lunch, take in our wine and raw bar in the evening and enjoy a romantic dinner in the Black House. With so many unique experiences available at different price points, Straw Valley Food and Drink is built to serve our customers well and often.”
Straw Valley Food & Drink also offers private event space for parties and hosts wine classes and tastings led by Dexheimer. Future plans include a chef’s table located literally within the kitchen and an outdoor beer garden in their incredible patio space.