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Kimbap Opens in Raleigh Featuring Local Food

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Kimbap at Seaboard Station features locally, sustainably grown fare with Korean flair.

Downtown Raleigh’s newest restaurant, Kimbap, will celebrate its grand opening Friday, March 1 bringing the flavors of kimchi and more local food to Seaboard Station.

The grand opening celebration includes a First Friday special: a “kimchi hot dog” —  a pasture-raised bratwurst in a bun topped with kimchi, a traditional fermented Korean dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. The bratwurst comes from Coon Rock Farm, a sustainable family farm in Hillsborough. The special will be available as a grab-and-go option for those participating in the First Friday art walk downtown. 

The Kimbap menu features a mix of Korean “comfort food,” including dumplings, rolls and soups. The restaurant’s name comes from a popular Korean dish similar to a sushi roll.  “Thjs is what Kimbap is about: Korean-inspired comfort food made with sustainable North Carolina ingredient,” said owner Kim Hunter. Most of the food will be sustainably grown and raised by North Carolina farmers. Hunter, who previously was the market manager for the Western Wake Farmers’ Market, feels passionate about serving food with quality ingredients and has relationships with dozens of local farmers and food artisans.

Local Food in Local Restaurants

A growing number of restaurants in Wake County are sourcing their ingredients locally by building relationships with local growers. AHA’s recent 10+10; Growers Meeting Buyers event sought to increase those connections between farmers in and around Wake County and businesses that procure food for their customers. Visit AHA’s Local Foods page to see where you can access local foods in Wake County.

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