Cooking classes, wine tastings, food tours and more across the Triangle

Posted on February 25, 2014 

Chef Amy Tornquist is now teaching cooking classes in Durham. She owns Watts Grocery, Sage and Swift Catering and Hummingbird Bakery.

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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, & her operations manager Matthew Lardie. The classes will be hands-on & centered around "Southern Gourmet" cooking. The schedule includes, Jan. 15 (Southern Pies), Jan. 29 (Pot Roast and Pinot Noir), Feb. 12 (Soup for Supper), Feb. 26 (Perfect Pairings for Wine and Cheese), March 5 (Easy Cheese Making) & March 19 (Stir Fry 101). 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. Call 919-957-7889 to reserve your spot today. Watts Grocery, 1116 Broad St., Durham. 919-957-7889. wattsgrocery.com.

Oscar Night Party

With the Oscars upon us, why should the movie stars be the only ones worth of the red carpet? In this class, we will create a three course meal that indulgent enough for this star studded affair, but easy enough to recreate on any given night! Menu includes: Truffled Cream of Celeriac Soup; Roasted Leg of Lamb with Herbed Beurre Blanc; Wild Mushroom Risotto; Warm Leeks with a Dijon Sauce; Chocolate Souffles. 6 p.m. Feb. 27. $59. Durham Spirits Company, 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430. durhamspiritscompany.com.

Gluten-Free Pasta

You do not have to sacrifice superior flavor if you have specific dietary needs. Join Noreen as she shares her knowledge and experience. In this class, you will use all natural ingredients to make fresh sheets of pasta, which will be turned into fettuccine and ravioli. 6:15 p.m. Feb. 27. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.

Kids Pizza Night

Want to make a perfect pizza pie? Roll a Stromboli? Create a Calzone? Come roll in the dough with us and use it three different ways. Add variety and fun to our favorite night of the week, Pizza Night! Designed for children ages 7-12 (accompanying adult free of charge) 6:15 p.m. Feb. 28. $39. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com

Mardi Gras

Fat Tuesday! Okay...we know it’s Saturday...but in preparation for Mardi Gras, we will prepare and celebrate with our culinary treats (and of course a cocktail or two! What Mardi Gras doesn’t have a tasty cocktail?) The menu will including traditional Creole and Cajun food and other New Orleans inspirations! Menu includes: Catfish Beignets; Chicken Gumbo with Dirty Rice; Shrimp Etouffe; Bread Pudding; Corn Maquechoux; King Cake. 6 p.m. March 1. $59. Durham Spirits Company, 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430. durhamspiritscompany.com.

Fat Tuesday Feast

Get ready for all of the food and fun of the French Quarter without all of the crowds. Join Kevin Hubbard as he demonstrates and shares his recipes. 6:15 p.m. March 4. $59. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.

Indian Cooking

Learn about the many ways of cooking the traditional and ethnic fare of India. Cook exotic foods filled with fresh produce and herbs, delicate spices, hot curries, homemade dairy products and semi-homemade ingredients. The cuisine is not only tasty, but nutritionally balanced. The course introduces students to ingredients for making both vegetarian and non-vegetarian recipes, main and side dishes, and desserts. Students will learn how to make "Dosa," "Sag Paneer," "Chicken Curry," "Chicken Biryani," rice pudding and more. There are many varied flavor combinations throughout India, with dishes vastly different between the north and the south. $40 for food, paid to instructor at first class. Please note: This class takes place at the Century Center at the intersection of Weaver and Greensboro Streets in Carrboro. 6 p.m. March 4, 6 p.m. March 11. $92 public and $83 Friends. The ArtsCenter, 300 G E Main St., Carrboro. 919-929-2787. artscenterlive.org/classes/2114a-indian-cooking-century-center/.

Perfecting Homemade Pasta

There is nothing in the world like homemade pasta! Work with Carmella from Melina’s Pasta as you create spinach and egg dough recipes, and then make a variety of interesting pastas. 6:15 p.m. March 5. $59. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com

Indian Street Food

Sonali has just returned from India with new recipes to share. Join the former owner of Saffron Restaurant as she takes us through another aromatic culinary journey! 6:15 p.m. March 6. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com

Farmers Markets

Wake Forest Farmers’ Market

10 a.m. Saturdays. OneCare Parking Lot, 150 N. White St., Wake Forest. 919-671-9269. wakeforestfarmersmarket.org

Food Tours

Cary

Get acquainted with Cary’s rich heritage while experiencing the flavors of the diverse downtown culinary landscape on this guided walking food tour.Journey with a small group through the heart of Cary’s downtown (often overlooked by Triangle residents), and you will quickly gain a sense of the history and culture that shaped this community. The tour allows you to casually experience first-hand the ambiance and flavor of several unique, hidden culinary gems along the way. 2 p.m. March 8. , 2 p.m. April 5, 2 p.m. May 17, 2 p.m. June 21, 2 p.m. July 19, 2 p.m. Aug. 16, 2 p.m. Sep. 20. $38. Academy Street Bistro, 200 S. Academy St., Cary. 919-319-5674. trianglefoodtour.com.

Chapel Hill / Carrboro

Go behind the scenes of Chapel Hill and Carrboro restaurants to experience where farm-to-table cuisine comes to life. Sample innovative and upscale southern dishes, scratch-made desserts, organic wine, local beer, and more. Known for being on the forefront of the Slow Food movement and for restaurants that have redefined Southern cooking, Chapel Hill/ Carrboro is one of the best places in the country to live and eat. 2 p.m. March 1. , 2 p.m. March 8. , 2 p.m. March 15, 2 p.m. March 22, 2 p.m. March 29, 2 p.m. April 5, 2 p.m. April 12. $45-$65. Open Eye Cafe, 101 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.

Durham

Capture the flavor of Durham. On this guided journey through the streets of downtown Durham we’ll be pausing numerous times for sample tastings and personal tales from some of the area’s most unique, hidden culinary gems. Along the way, you’ll gain some new insights of Durham’s "gritty", "eclectic", blue-collar, tobacco & textile roots that are the foundation for this community’s now thriving leadership role in medicine, the performing arts and regional cuisine. 2:30 p.m. March 1. 2:30 p.m. March 8. , 2:30 p.m. March 15, 2:30 p.m. March 22, 2:30 p.m. March 29, 2:30 p.m. April 5, 2:30 p.m. April 12. $38. Fishmonger’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 806 W. Main St., Durham. 919-319-5674. trianglefoodtour.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, shops and people that are making Durham one of the nation’s cultural hotspots. You will discover all of Durham’s flavors on this tour! The Durham tour is scheduled for every Saturday afternoon, all year ’round. Advance registration is required. It is also available for private groups of 10 or more any day or evening of the week. 1:45 p.m. March 1. , 1:45 p.m. March 8. , 1:45 p.m. March 15, 1:45 p.m. March 22, 1:45 p.m. March 29, 1:45 p.m. April 5, 1:45 p.m. April 12. $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. It is also home to fantastic restaurants with a true farm-to-table vibe. Talk with chefs while exploring Hillsborough’s history. Enjoy the warmth and friendliness of the town and, of course, plenty of food.. handmade chocolates, locally roasted coffees, famous scones, local beer, organic wine, and a stop at one of the most esteemed restaurants in the Southeast - Panciuto! 11 a.m. March 1. , 11 a.m. March 8. , 11 a.m. March 15, 11 a.m. March 22, 11 a.m. March 29, 11 a.m. April 5, 11 a.m. April 12. $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. Known for effortlessly blending modern architecture with historic buildings and monuments, Raleigh showcases fine dining and eclectic eateries. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, you’ll enjoy innovative ethnic and southern cuisine, scratch-made desserts, local beer, wine, and more at multiple restaurants! There’s something for everyone in Raleigh. 1:45 p.m. Feb. 28. , 4 p.m. March 1. , 1:45 p.m. March 7, 1:45 p.m. March 8, 1:45 p.m. March 14, 3:30 p.m. March 15, 1:45 p.m. March 21. $50-$65. Briggs Hardware Store Building, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.

Raleigh

Downtown Raleigh’s District Dining via the R-LineA guided culinary journey of sight and taste that spans all 5 downtown districts to sample a cross-section of some of Raleigh’s unique local restaurant venues, blended together with some forgotten historical tidbits that leaves you full of new insights on the downtown culinary landscape. On the tour, we’ll be walking and using the R-Line circulator as we make our way through each district. It’s fun, informative and delicious. 2:30 p.m. March 1. , 2:30 p.m. March 8. , 2:30 p.m. March 15, 2:30 p.m. March 22, 2:30 p.m. March 29, 2:30 p.m. April 5, 2:30 p.m. April 12. $38. Videri Chocolate Factory, 327 W. Davie Street, Raleigh. 919-319-5674. trianglefoodtour.com.

Wine Tastings

Wine Down Wednesday

$4 Wine 11:30 a.m. Feb. 26. James Joyce Irish Pub, 912 W. Main St., Durham. 919-683-3022. jamesjoyceirishpub.com.

Raptor Ridge Wine Experience Dinner

An Oregon Pinot Noir Wine Dinner. Join host Kevin Wiles, cellar master and assistant winemaker of Raptor Ridge and Executive Chef Jason Cunningham for a fabulous four-course prix-fixe menu paired with four Raptor Ridge wines. Raptor Ridge Winery is nestled along a foggy ridge on the northeast side of the Chehalem Mountains in Oregon. 6:45 p.m. Feb. 26. $69+. Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, 3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham. 919-493-6699. eventville.com.

Wine Tastings

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, 12 p.m. March 28, 11 a.m. March 29, 12 p.m. April 4, 11 a.m. April 5, 12 p.m. April 11, 11 a.m. April 12. $5 per person. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Road, Apex. 919-387-5760. cloerfamilyvineyards.com.

Femme Fatale All Female DJ Monthly

CLVR US Events presents Femme Fatale hosted by Vouis Luitton, an all female monthly at Mosaic Wine Lounge. 21+ only with ID, Drink Specials, NO COVER, go to clvrus.com for more info! 10 p.m. March 6, 10 p.m. April 3. Mosaic Wine Lounge, 517 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-829-5886. clvrus.com.

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