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The Pauli Murray Award is presented annually by the Orange County Human Relations Commission to an Orange County youth, adult and Orange County business owner who serve the community with distinction in the pursuit of equality, justice, and human rights for all residents. Thank you Orange County for the 2013 award presented to us at the 24th Annual Pauli Murray Awards on February 24th!

Best of the Triangle 2013: Readers’ Choice poll winners and finalists, Independent Weekly, 5 June 2013. Thank you so much for placing us as finalists with your votes for Best Chef in Orange/Chatham County, Best Wait Staff in Orange/Chatham County, Best Indian and Best Vegan.

Vimala’s restaurateur calls community to speak out about violence against women by Chelsey Dulaney, The Daily Tar Heel, 2 April 2013.

Ag summit to celebrate local-foods movement, Chapel Hill News, 9 February 2013.

Thank you for awarding us “Best Indian Food in Chapel Hill” in the Chapel Hill Magazine‘s 2012 readers’ poll! What an honor to serve you.

Best of the Triangle 2012: Readers’ Choice poll winners and finalists, Independent Weekly, 6 June 2012. Thank you so much for voting us Best Indian Food in the Triangle! Thanks also for placing us in five other winning categories: Best Chef in Orange/Chatham; Best Waitstaff in Orange/Chatham; Most Innovative Menu; Best Restaurant with Gluten-Free Options; and Most Vegetarian-Friendly.

Meet Vimala Rajendran, The State of Things with Frank Stasio, National Public Radio WUNC, 5 March 2012.

First Ever Shrimp ~N~ Grits Throwdown (Vimala won the vote for “Fan Favorite!”), Carolina Inn, 25 February 2012. WRAL’s coverage. Carolina Magazine’s coverage.

Giving Food Away is Great for Business: The Surprising Benefits of Local Lending by Sami Grover, Treehugger, 1 August 2011.

Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe: Feeding Bodies and Souls in Chapel Hill by Orange Zest – Amanda Miller,, 21 June 2011.

Best of the Triangle 2011: Readers’ Choice poll winners and finalists, Independent Weekly, 8 June 2011. Thank you so much for voting us Best New Restaurant in Orange/Chatham County in the Independent’s 2011 poll! We also feel deeply honored as finalists for Best Chef, Best Wait Staff, Best Outdoor Dining, Best Vegetarian Restaurant & Best Indian Restaurant in Orange/Chatham County.

Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe; Yum Yum Supper Club; new food trucks by Victoria Bouloubasis, Independent Weekly, 8 June 2011.

Vimala Cooks: Everybody Eats (A short student documentary about Vimala Rajendran’s transition from underground home community dinners to a community-supported home-cooking restaurant) by Emily Hilliard, 4 April 2011.

Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe Review by MasalaWala, 29 March 2011.

Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe Feature by Claudia Rupcich, Carolina Week, 23 February 2011.

Cooking with Vimala, reesenews, 22 February 2011.

Dining Out with Greg Cox, News Radio 680 WPTF, 12 February 2011.

The friendly service comes with first rate food by Greg Cox, News & Observer, 11 February 2011.

Food with a side of justice by Troy Smith, The Daily Tar Heel, 24 January 2011.

Where the ‘new South’ finds its spice: Bountiful food, a community of friends growing at Vimala’s by Sheldon Gardner, Reese Chill, 13 October 2010.

Welcome, Vimala by Andrea Griffith, Chapel Hill Magazine, September/October 2010.

Vimala’s feeds a village by Katelyn Ferral, News and Observer, 28 July 2010.

Vimala Rajendran on The Story, National Public Radio, 26 July 2010.

It takes a village: Vimala’s wants to be part of a new South by Katelyn Ferral, Chapel Hill News, 18 July 2010.

The fruit of her struggle by Monica Chen, The Herald Sun, 17 July 2010.

N.C. chef Vimala Rajendran tells how cooking can save a family—and build a food ecosystem by Tom Philpott,, 14 July 2010.

Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe coming soon by Emily Wallace, Independent Weekly, 12 May 2010.

‘Vimala cooks. Everybody eats.’ A home chef’s story of dignity and community in Chapel Hill by Victoria Bouloubasis, Independent Weekly, 1 April 2009.
By Emily Wallace, Indy Week 2/27/13