Archive for July, 2011
Meet Jerome Lauck, Owner of Sosta Café: You’ll love the perfect simplicity of truly fresh ingredients, as well as the artful atmosphere.
Jerome Lauck, now the full owner of Sosta Café, was born in the French Provence region in the South of France to Alsatian parents, who were raised in the wine and cheese region of the North of France. During our conversation, Jerome recalled his childhood, watching as his young mother mastered the allure of Provence style cooking. Jerome explained that in Provence, you rely on what he labels, “a master simplicity” to bring out and highlight the individual tastes of a long list of excellent regional ingredients.
This philosophy continues today at Sosta Cafe where Jerome extends this simple perfection to his sandwiches, coffee, lunch offerings- and even beverages.
I understood Jerome’s comment because I grew up in Geneva, finding Provence with its extended shores on the Mediterranean a lovely and exciting summer destination. It is accurate that this region champions culinary simplicity, especially when it is measured against the neighboring Lyonnais region. The complementary natural ingredients typical of this region make the culinary experience remarkably memorable. I asked Jerome how he managed to find ingredients from a several mile radius of the region where he was born, and he admitted that it is now slightly easier than when he started 6 years ago. He says that boutique suppliers are willing to make a small profit to support a number of culinary establishments in the area.
The name “Sosta” means “a restful break” and that truly captures the cafe’s philosophy.…[ Read More → ]
Recently our nephew John, a doctoral student at Clemson, visited Raleigh for a chemistry symposium. When asked about his impressions of the Downtown, the first thing he mentioned was the number of people who approached him on the street, asking for money. He is not alone in his feeling of discomfort at being confronted by requests for change. District Captain Kevin Craighead of the Raleigh Police Department mentions that panhandling is the most common concern expressed by Downtown residents. See our previous post “DLA Helps Draft Panhandling Ordinance”.
Many have gotten involved in this issue over time. As early as March 2000, a newsletter of the Historic Glenwood Residents Association discussed possible approaches that residents and businesses could take to meet the growing challenges posed by vagrants displaced from center city park benches and drawn to the development in Glenwood South, “Street people, OUR Neighborhood, YOUR Business”.…[ Read More → ]
Passenger rail is back in the Raleigh area news. You may have noticed the following stories since the last DLA Blog update.
- Durham officials have approved a fall public referendum to to fund local commuter rail, while Wake County plans a referendum for the following fall, hoping a more favorable economic climate will improve chances of passage.
- In the meantime, a plan for a new Downtown Raleigh Commuter Rail station is taking shape.
- Raleigh city officials are moving closer to recommending a light rail route through the Downtown.
With the focus on commuters, it’s the 30,000 government workers driving daily into the city that drive Raleigh ridership projections and elicit the political weight needed to keep the plans for light rail transit moving forward.…[ Read More → ]