Lent is just around the corner and so are Shrove Tuesday pancake suppers and Friday night fish fries.
Here are two that popped up on my radar:
• Wake Forests Hope Lutheran Church will serve an all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage dinner Tuesday night. The meal costs $7 for adults, $4 for children 4-13, and free for children 3 and under. The maximum cost for a family is $22.
The church is at 3525 Rogers Road. For more information, call 919-554-0412 or hopelutheranwf.org.
• The Knights of Columbus Council 7186 will serve fried fish Feb. 15, March 1 and March 15 at St. Mary Magdalene in Apex. The dinner is offered, dine-in or take-out, from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. There is free babysitting while parents enjoy the meal. The church is at 625 Magdala Place. Diners can pre-order their meals online at www.lentfishfry.com.
Different for Valentines
If you havent nailed down your Valentines plans, here a few options other than the typical dinner reservations. Consider ordering a romantic dinner to enjoy at home.
• The Matthews House, a special event space in Cary, is offering a gourmet meal for two for $100. The meal includes rolls, salad, an appetizer, main course, sides, dessert and a dozen roses. For $25 more, you can take home a bottle of champagne. To reserve your meal, call 919-467-1944.
• Fosters Market in Chapel Hill and Durham is offering a three-course take-out meal for two for $75. The entree options include a rib-eye steak, chicken Marsala with wild mushrooms, vegetarian lasagna or Maine lobster stuffed with rock shrimp. (The last option costs an additional $25.) To see the complete menu, go to fostersmarket.com/menus/special-menu/. Orders must be placed by Monday. To order in Durham, call 919-489-4114. To order in Chapel Hill, call 919-967-3663.
Or take your sweetie on a food tour. Taste Carolina is offering a series of dinner, drinks and desserts tours across the Triangle.
There are four routes in Raleigh: Piebird, Market Restaurant, Escazu Artisan Chocolates and Tylers Taproom; Chucks, Calavera, Sitti and C. Grace; Bida Manda, Sitti, Jibarra and Foundation; and a beer lovers route: Busy Bee, Raleigh Times Bar and Natty Greenes.
There are two routes in Durham: Dos Perros, Bull City Burger & Brewery, Alley 26 and Whiskey; and LUva, Tylers Taproom, Toast and Whiskey.
In Chapel Hill and Carrboro, the route will be Acme, Vimalas Curryblossom Café, TOPO Vodka Distillery.
The tours are 5-8:30 p.m. and cost $62.50. To register, go to tastecarolina.com or call 919-237-2254.