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Elk Carpaccio on a slab of Himalayan Red Sea Salt with baby arugula and caper cream
Raleigh, NC 27603
Being new to the area, it is an interesting experience seeing things with newborn eyes. I recall driving up Glenwood Avenue for the first time and taking notice of Solas. It definitely stands alone from the rest of the crowd in the thronged Glenwood South district. Three stories of modern architecture, hazed at night with a blue wash of light that unveils a Miami-chique charisma. Curious, I visited the website to inquire more about this establishment. ”dine. lounge. roof” seems to be a motto trying to simplify all that Solas has to offer. After floating around on the site, looking at images of the fabulous life in party mode and combining that with the sleek exterior of the building, I came to a hasty decision…”I just don’t think I am pretty enough to participate.” Boy, was I wrong. Not about being pretty enough, I have good insight into my own limitations, but wrong I was about what Solas is at it’s core being. Like myself one can be fooled by the outward appearance, but if you give it a chance you may discover something pleasant in it’s soul.
At the culinary foundation, there belongs a staff of employees that regardless of the party image that Solas has acquired, takes the time and puts the care into what they present to those interested in a fine dining experience. Headed by executive chef Cliff Vogelsberg, (SolasCulinary@facebook) Solas presents Contemporary Seasonal Cuisine featuring fresh local products. Helping in the development of concept and menu of Solas from its birth, Vogelsberg’s delight with his endeavours was evident while giving this photographer a tour. I would have never guessed that along side the elaborate dining patio there lies a herb and vegetable garden tended by Vogelsberg and sous chefs J.R. Hicks and Patrick Laird providing their dishes with the freshest of flavors. Just an example of the care this crew puts into their work. Having been a culinary presence in Raleigh for some time, Vogelsberg has participated in many local dining establishments and continues to challenge himself with new projects, being a part of the team led by Solas and Hibernian owner Niall Hanley that will soon open a diner on Glenwood Avenue.
I would like to thank Cliff, Patrick, JR and all of the staff at Solas for allowing me to invade for photos-sake.
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