Visitors Bureau Debuts 2013 Chapel Hill Food Lover’s Guide

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.- (December 4, 2012) – Nearly 100 people attended the launch party and book signing for the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau new book: The 2013 Chapel Hill Food Lover’s Guide with Carrboro and Hillsborough, NC on Monday, Dec 3 at FRANK Gallery in downtown Chapel Hill. Author Moreton Neal and illustrator Laura Frankstone were on hand to sign books.  Neal gave a brief overview of the book which includes select recipes and featured restaurants.  The 116 page (including cover) book lists more than 100 restaurants, bars, farmers markets, area chef and restaurant recipes, and is filled with original illustrations, photography and factoids about the area's foodie scene.

Moreton Neal, a Chapel Hill NC writer and interior designer, has been a part of the local culinary scene, in one way or another, for over three decades. She has been a chef and restaurateur, a restaurant reviewer for an international travel website, and co-host/producer of a food-oriented radio show. Her cookbook/memoir, Remembering Bill Neal: A Life in Cooking was published by UNC Press. She has been the food editor of Raleigh Metro magazine and now writes a column, “Joyous Cooking,” for Chapel Hill Weekly. Her articles have appeared in Garden and Gun and many other publications. Neal holds an Art Education degree from Duke University.

Laura Murphy Frankstone, also from Chapel Hill, is a painter, award-winning art blogger, traveler, and cook. She has exhibited at the Biennale du Carnet de Voyage, Clermont-Ferrand, France; Somerhill Art Gallery; SECCA; MSU at Leland; and the Durham Arts Council, among other places. Her work appears in several publications, including Art of Urban Sketching, by Gabriel Campanario; Artist’s Journal Workshop, by Cathy Johnson; and 1000 Artist Journal Pages, by Dawn DeVries Sokol.  She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in addition to studying at Boston University and the Edinburgh College of Art.

The Visitors Bureau serves as publisher, as part of an ongoing effort to promote the food, farms and sustainable culture of Orange County.  This 2nd edition comes on the heels of the first Food Lover's Guide written by Neal for the Bureau released in December 2009.

“This book answers the call of the area's growing reputation as a foodie destination and helps frame the Bureau's promotion of the area as edgy and artsy,” said Laurie Paolicelli, Executive Director of the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau.   "What's more edgy than being a leader in the culinary arts?"

"From James Beard winners and micro-breweries, to award winning chefs to name a few, and food events that attract an international audience, the area’s food scene is becoming its own brand," said Neal.  “I wanted this book to showcase the fantastic food culture that is Orange County.”

In addition, author Neal provides an overview of locally packaged food products including sauces, jellies, dressings, and candies. The book is dotted with original illustrations of local restaurants, food and landscapes to give readers a visual guide of Chapel Hill and the surrounding communities. The beautiful photography of Donn Young is also featured throughout the book.

In the Chapel Hill Food Lover’s Guide, Neal shares only the best of her finds, unafraid to look past favorites. Every profile gives a brief history of the establishment and tells exactly what they have that you shouldn't live without.

A wonderful holiday gift, the book will be available now for a special $10 at the Visitors Center at 501 W. Franklin Street.  Competitive prices will be set at other venues carrying the book in the near future at local book stores, restaurants, hotels and other locations in the Triangle.



Moreton Neal (919) 967-9111
Laurie Paolicelli, 919-968-2064,
Patty Griffin, 919-968-2063,

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