Food photography class and chocolate, chocolate, chocolate

Posted on February 5, 2014 

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Chocolate tastings and cooking classes galore before Valentine’s Day.

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Events

Memorable Plates 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.

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. $12 Contemporaries members; $15 all others. N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-715-5923. ncartmuseum.org.

Free Chocolate Tasting

Join us on February 8th from 12noon until 6pm for our FREE Chocolate Tasting!We’ll be sampling over 30 DIFFERENT TYPES of Chocolate! 12 p.m. Feb. 8. Free. One World Market, 811 Ninth St., Durham. 919-286-2457. oneworldmarket.info.

Kids in the Kitchen: Valentine’s!

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.

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 Tuscany6:15 p.m. Feb. 8. Free. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.

Chocolate Terrine for your Valentine

Wow your Valentine with a chocolate terrine. Denser than a mousse, a terrine is a rich, decadent treat made for slicing. 1 p.m. Feb. 9. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.

Saint Saviour’s Chili Cook-Off

The Saint Saviour’s Chili Cook-Off is a family event for congregations and community groups.Come and sample delicious chili’s and vote for your favorite.4 p.m. Feb. 9. $5 adults; $3 children under 6. Saint Saviour’s Center, 616 Tucker St., Raleigh. 919-833-6400.

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. Feb. 12, 10 a.m. Feb. 26, 10 a.m. March 5, 10 a.m. March 19. Watts Grocery, 1116 Broad St., Durham. 919-957-7889. wattsgrocery.com.

Perfect French Pastries

Our French instructor, Emmanuelle Peron, has trained with a pastry chef from Paris’s top hotels, the Meurice and the Crillon.11 a.m. Feb. 12. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.

Farm to Fork Cooking Class

We like to eat and cook while using as many locally sourced products as possible. 11 a.m. Feb. 15. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.

Farmers Markets

Wake Forest Farmers’ Market

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

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. Feb. 8, 2 p.m. Feb. 15, 2 p.m. Feb. 22, 2 p.m. March 1, 2 p.m. March 8, 2 p.m. March 15, 2 p.m. March 22. $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. Feb. 8, 1:45 p.m. Feb. 15, 1:45 p.m. Feb. 22, 1:45 p.m. March 1, 1:45 p.m. March 8, 1:45 p.m. March 15, 1:45 p.m. March 22. $50-$65. Meet at 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. It is also home to fantastic restaurants. 11 a.m. Feb. 8, 11 a.m. Feb. 15, 11 a.m. Feb. 22, 11 a.m. March 1, 11 a.m. March 8, 11 a.m. March 15, 11 a.m. March 22. $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. 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, 3:30 p.m. Feb. 22, 1:45 p.m. Feb. 28. $50-$65. Briggs Hardware Store Building, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.

Wine Events

Wine Down 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.

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 per person. AN, 2801 Renaissance Park Place, Cary. 919-677-9516. ancuisines.com.

Wine Tastings

12 p.m. Feb. 7, 11 a.m. Feb. 8, 12 p.m. Feb. 14, 11 a.m. Feb. 15, 12 p.m. Feb. 21, 11 a.m. Feb. 22, 12 p.m. Feb. 28, 11 a.m. March 1, 12 p.m. March 7, 11 a.m. March 8, 12 p.m. March 14, 11 a.m. March 15, 12 p.m. March 21, 11 a.m. March 22. $5 per person. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Rd., Apex. 919-387-5760. cloerfamilyvineyards.com.

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