Hummingbird Cafe Open in Five Points

Chef Coleen Speaks almost became an accountant. The successful caterer has a degree in it from Loyola University in New Orleans, but she never pursued it as a profession. The St. Louis native found joy throwing dinner parties and working in restaurants, including Emeril Lagasse’s NOLA Restaurant, and not in crunching numbers.

The accounting world’s loss has been the Raleigh culinary scene’s gain. Speaks has worked locally at Bloomsbury Bistro and Enoteca Vin. She launched PoshNosh Catering in 2007.

The mother of two is now taking on two new ventures – Hummingbird, a cafe and bar, and Whitaker and Atlantic, a private event space – both located in Raleigh’s Dock 1053.

Hummingbird officially opens its doors Friday. ...

Open 8 a.m. until midnight, Monday through Saturday, the cafe will serve fresh-squeezed juice and coffee in the morning alongside pastries, including ricotta fritters and jam, butterscotch sticky buns and coconut-chia seed pudding. The bar will be offering boozy coffee cocktails and Micheladas. 2

The lunch menu will feature vegetable bahn mi’s with mushroom paté, grilled cheese with apricot jam, po’boys with cornmeal fried seafood, and salads, accompanied by a clever “Session” cocktail menu including an Aperol Spritz.

Small plates and bar snacks include togarashi-seasoned popcorn and shrimp dip, house-made pretzel bread with tangy pub cheese and brandied paté.

Dinner selections will be a bit heartier with hot and cold small plates including charbroiled oysters, Cajun-style gumbo, buttermilk fried quail, pickled shrimp and Garam Marsala-scented wings. Dessert includes a collaboration from the kitchen and bar – Soyer au Champagne – a coupe filled with vanilla ice cream, bubbles, Luxardo and brandy. ...
— Kathy Hanrahan - WRAL
Brent Woodcox