By: Jeannette Bodnar, Martin Communications

In addition to Raleigh, North Carolina, consistently ranking among the ‘Best Places to Live’ year after year, the city is also in the midst of a food revolution.
Raleigh is home to Chef Ashely Christensen, restauranteur of several hot spots in downtown Raleigh, including Poole’s Diner, Death & Taxes, and Beasley’s Chicken + Honey. Christensen was recently awarded Outstanding Chef by the James Beard Foundation, the highest individual honor for a chef.
The James Beard Foundation Awards recognize culinary professionals in the United States and are sometimes called the “Oscars” of the food world. Christensen is the only North Carolina chef to ever win the award.

Christensen opened Poole’s Diner in 2007, and now owns five eating and drinking locations in downtown Raleigh under her company AC Restaurants. A new pizza place is expected to open later in the year.

Three additional Triangle chefs from Cary and Raleigh, plus the Fullsteam Brewery in Durham were all semifinalists in this year’s James Beard Awards. This type of recognition does wonders for a city’s restaurant scene as well as for its overall image. Food draws people together, represents different cultures and brings diversity to the area. As the Triangle food scene gets hipper, the bragging rights get louder. If you haven’t noticed yet, the city is the complete package.
So, when considering where to eat in the Raleigh-Durham area while house-hunting, you have plenty of incredible choices. Welcome to the Triangle!

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