Upon walking into Foster’s Market, you automatically feel relaxed and at home. The food is always superb and the atmosphere is warm and friendly. There are two locations – one in Durham and one in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Both of the re-purposed buildings are architecturally interesting and filled with comfortable seating, unique tables, and quirky artwork. The menu offers a variety of favorites that are tweaked daily depending on what is in season. On any given day you will find local Duke and UNC students, professors, mothers with young children, professionals holding informal meetings, couples, etc. Foster’s Market is a place where you can be comfortable by yourself or with a group of people. One thing is certain – you will enjoy your meal!
Sara eventually opened her own successful catering company in Connecticut. After a few years, she and her husband were looking for a change of pace and chose to settle in Durham, North Carolina where they bought a farm and achieved the dream of opening a market and café. Thus, Foster’s Market was born. This region of North Carolina, known as the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill) is a foodie’s oasis. The growing interest in local foods is a grass roots movement that has been quickly gaining momentum. Terms such as sustainable agriculture, organic, free-range, slow food, small farm, and seasonal eating are all part of the regional lexicon and dialog here. When it was pointed out that this has been part of Sara's food philosophy for over thirty years, she commented, "Fresh, local food, and prepared-in-season has always been a given in my restaurants.”
Sara’s latest cookbook Sara Foster’s Southern Kitchen (found here) is her first southern cookbook which traces back to her roots and pays homage to her family. In her grandparents’ time, cooking, growing, and preparation of food was a way of life and was done out of necessity. This cookbook is a combination of traditional family recipes as well as a modern approach to technique. Sara defines southern cooking as being focused on ingredients rather than being recipe driven. She also finds today’s southern cooking to be lighter, fresher, and more seasonal. With this being her fourth cookbook and with all that Sara has accomplished in her career, it will be interesting to see what she does next.
A Note from me:
It was a pleasure to sit down with Sara Foster and discuss her prolific career. I have been going to Foster’s Market since I was four years old and it will continue to be a fun destination for my family and friends. Not only is the food fresh and delicious, but we also enjoy the unique and creative atmosphere. I have tried many items on her menu, but I have my favorites. I always appreciate the many layers of flavor that is Sara Foster’s signature. By the way, we happen to share an affinity for Jack Russell Terriers (she owns two!). I hope that you all check out her latest cookbook!