‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ author talks at Whisk and more food events

Posted by Andrea Weigl on January 28, 2014 

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Frances Mayes has an event at Whisk cooking school in Cary.

JULI LEONARD

Events

Book Signing and Free Samples

With Taylor Mathis, author of “The Southern Tailigating Cookbook,” will be having a book signing at Foster’s Market, Chapel Hill in conjunction with Flyleaf Books There will be FREE samples.11:30 a.m. Saturday. Free. Fosters Market, 750 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill. 919-967-3663.

Chef Vivian Howard lecture

Chef Vivian Howard is featured in PBS documentary “A Chef’s Life.” She and husband, Ben Knight, own Chef & the Farmer, a farm to fork restaurant in Kinston, N.C.7 p.m. Tuesday. Free. Meredith College Kresge Auditorium, 3800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. 919-760-8735. meredith.edu/news/detail/chef-vivian-howard-to-speak-at-meredith-february-4

Champagne + Chocolate

Treat yourself at our annual chocolate-tasting event, hosted this year at the NCMA. Enjoy a sampling of delectable cocoa creations from various Triangle-area chocolatiers. 7 p.m. Feb. 6. $15; Contemporaries members $12. N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-715-5923. ncartmuseum.org/calendar/event/2014/02/06/champagne_chocolate/1900.

Frances Mayes at Whisk

Beloved “Under the Tuscan Sun” author, Frances Mayes will be appearing at Whisk on Saturday, February 8th at 6:15 pm. Mayes will speak to the group about food and Tuscany.6:15 p.m. Feb. 8. Free. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.

Classes

Cooking Class with Chef Amy

Take lessons from the best of the best with a series of cooking classes taught by chef Amy Tornquist, owner of Sage & Swift Catering, Watts Grocery & Hummingbird Bakery.10 a.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. Feb. 12, 10 a.m. Feb. 26, 10 a.m. March 5, 10 a.m. March 19. If you book two or more classes, you get a 15 percent discount.Watts Grocery, 1116 Broad St., Durham. 919-957-7889. wattsgrocery.com.

Breakfast for Dinner

Brinner, or "Breakfast for Dinner," is quickly becoming the new brunch - a healthy, economical quick-fix supper option as opposed to fast food. 5 p.m. Wednesday. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133. southernseason.com.

Hiroko’s American Kitchen

Hiroko Shimbo brings Japanese flavors to American cuisine with her new cookbook, "Hiroko’s American Kitchen." 6 p.m. Thursday. $35. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133. southernseason.com.

Winter Appetizers and Cocktails

In this class, we will learn how to prepare seasonal appetizers and hors d’ oeuvres. And show you how to prepare for entertaining, without any of the stress!6 p.m. Friday. $59. Durham Spirits Company, 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430. durhamspiritscompany.com.

Kids in the Kitchen: Valentine’s Day

Share the love of cooking with your littlest Valentines this season! Have your children join Liz as she spreads the joy of cooking by letting them get hands-on in the kitchen.1 p.m. Feb. 8. $39. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.

Magical Moroccan

Amanda will lead you to discover the rich flavors, aromas, and colors of Moroccan cuisine. This class will inspire you to have your own international dinner party.12 p.m. Feb. 1. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.

Cooking Basics

Learn to make chicken stock that often becomes the base of great dishes, add a family favorite to the menu - mashed potatoes and gravy.5 p.m. Feb. 1. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133. southernseason.com.

Food Photography class

It is often said, "we eat with our eyes first." Capturing a beautiful culinary creation is a great way to share the experience with others. 6:15 p.m. Feb. 5. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.

Food Tours

Chapel Hill / Carrboro

Go behind the scenes of Chapel Hill and Carrboro restaurants to experience where farm-to-table cuisine comes to life. 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22, March 1, March 8, March 15. $45-$65. Open Eye Cafe, 101 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.

Durham

Durham is all about cutting edge culture and fantastic food. Let us show you a vibrant city in the midst of its revitalization and introduce you to the restaurants and shops1:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22, March 1, March 8, March 15. $50 - $65. The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.

Hillsborough

Historic Hillsborough boasts Southern charm, 18th and 19th century architecture, and a vibrant literary and artistic scene.11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22, March 1, March 8, March 15. $45. Saratoga Grill, 108 S. Churton St., Hillsborough. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.

Raleigh

The capital of North Carolina is home to some of the most dynamic restaurants in the country.1:45 p.m. Friday, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:45 p.m. Feb. 7, 4 p.m. Feb. 8, 1:45 p.m. Feb. 14, 1:45 p.m. Feb. 15, 1:45 p.m. Feb. 21. $50-$65. Briggs Hardware Store Building, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.

Farmers Markets

Wake Forest Farmers’ Market

10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22, March 1, March 8, March 15. OneCare Parking Lot, 150 N. White St., Wake Forest. 919-671-9269. wakeforestfarmersmarket.org.

Wine Tastings

Wine Down Wednesday

Wine Down Wednesday $4 Wine 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 5, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 12, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 19, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 26. James Joyce Irish Pub, 912 W. Main St., Durham. 919-683-3022. jamesjoyceirishpub.com/calendar.

Super Bowl Party Wines And Beer

Elevate Super Bowl parties with wine and beer!5 p.m. Friday. $15. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-913-1205. southernseason.com/events/single/?location=chapel-hill&type=store&id=9116.

Sip and Shop

We are having our Final Friday Sip and Shop. Stop in and have a little wine while you shop! We will be having many 40% off sales! 6 p.m. Friday. Free. Gifts With A Heart, Swift Creek Shopping Center, Raleigh. 919-858-0755. www.giftswithaheartraleigh.com.

Winery Dinner

On Thursday, February 6 at 7 p.m., join An Cuisine and Big Table Farm as they team up for a Winery Dinner for the Triangle Wine Experience.7 p.m. Feb. 6. $150. AN, 2801 Renaissance Park Place, Cary. 919-677-9516. ancuisines.com.

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