Chef Jason Smith cooks at Nasher Cafe, food tours and more

Posted by Posted by Andrea Weigl on July 8, 2014 

Connie Medlyn is served her taste of Parker and Otis's signature Pimento Grilled Cheese sandwich. Medlyn's daughter Erin(not pictured) gave her mom the Taste of Carolina food tour for her birthday. __Photo by Laura-Chase McGehee

PHOTO BY LAURA-CHASE MCGEHEE — Photo by Laura-Chase McGehee

Here’s a weekly roundup of upcoming food events, cooking classes, food tours, wine tastings and farmers markets across the Triangle.

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Summer Days, Nasher Nights: Guest Chef Jason Smith

Local guest chefs will stir up delectable three course menus for cafe patrons. Chef Jason Smith and his team are the creative force behind Raleigh’s 18 Seaboard and Cantina 18, and their first Durham concept, the new farm to fork bistro Harvest 18. Reservations are strongly encouraged, online or by calling 919-684-6032. 5 p.m. July 10. Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Drive, Durham. 919-684-3314. harvest18restaurant.com.

Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series Dinner: Little Hen vs. Coquette Brasserie

The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, a single-elimination tournament highlighting the best of the state’s food, agriculture and culinary talent, is kicking off the competition for the Fire in the Triangle series. At stake — one local chef being named regional champion and moving on to the Final Fire battles, competing to earn the statewide championship. 6:30 p.m. July 8. 1705 Prime, 1705 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh. competitiondining.com.

Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series Dinner: Mandolin vs. Jimmy V’s Steakhouse & Tavern

The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, a single-elimination tournament highlighting the best of the state’s food, agriculture and culinary talent, is kicking off the competition for the Fire in the Triangle series. At stake — one local chef being named regional champion and moving on to the Final Fire battles, competing to earn the statewide championship. 6:30 p.m. July 7. 1705 Prime, 1705 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh. competitiondining.com.

Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series Dinner: Pup’s Steakhouse vs. Dean’s Seafood Bar & Grill

The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, a single-elimination tournament highlighting the best of the state’s food, agriculture and culinary talent, is kicking off the competition for the Fire in the Triangle series. At stake — one local chef being named regional champion and moving on to the Final Fire battles, competing to earn the statewide championship. 6:30 p.m. July 2. 1705 Prime, 1705 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh. competitiondining.com.

An American Family Cooks with Judith Choate

Spend the afternoon with two-time James Beard award winning author, Judith Choate. Learn how to prepare some her family’s favorite recipes from her brand new book, “An American Family Cooks” while in Lionel Vatinet’s home kitchen. 2 p.m. July 12. $125. La Farm Bakery, 4248 NW Cary Pkwy., Cary. 919-657-0657. lafarmbakery.com.

Tomato Day

Fresh samples of some of the over 70 varieties of tomatoes available at Market-Tomato-infused beer from Steel String Brewery-Live music-Face painting-Recipes-Raffle: get free tickets with your purchases at Market and enter to win one of over 50 awesome prizes! We are making it a Tomato Week:-Sampling by Chef Marshall Smith of Glasshalfull on July 9th from 3-6pm-Free Tomato Day Raffle tickets with your purchase at participating local businesses July 7-11! See our website for a list. 8:30 a.m. July 12. free. Carrboro Farmers’ Market, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 919-280-3326. carrborofarmersmarket.com.

Peach Day at Western Wake Farmers’ Market

The Western Wake Farmers’ Market will host PEACH DAY @ the Market on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Market hours are 8AM - NOON. In addition to our regular market offerings, we will highlight peaches with samples, market recipes, chef demonstrations by Herons Restaurant, and children activities. 8 a.m. July 12. Western Wake Farmers’ Market, 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary. 540-230-6697. westernwakefarmersmarket.org

Food Tours

Chapel Hill/ Carrboro Walking Food Tour with Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours

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. Saturdays. $45 - $65. Open Eye Cafe, 101 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.

Historic Hillsborough Walking Food Tour with Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours

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. Saturdays. $45. Saratoga Grill, 108 S. Churton St., Hillsborough. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.

A Downtown Raleigh Walking Food Tour

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. Saturdays. $38 plus .99. Videri Chocolate Factory, 327 W. Davie Street, Raleigh. 919-319-5674. trianglefoodtour.com.

Wine Tastings

Wine Down Wednesday

Come on out to UnVined for $12 Flights and 1/2 Price Bottles.4 p.m. Wednesdays. $12 wine flights; bottle prices vary. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881. UnVinedCary.com.

Wine Wednesday

Every Wednesday we have a $5 guided wine flight and a $7 catered dinner by URBANA, and Dj Keith playing smooth house late night, all for $12! 7 p.m. July 9, 7 p.m. July 16, 7 p.m. July 23, 7 p.m. July 30, 7 p.m. Aug. 6, 7 p.m. Aug. 13. Free. Mosaic Wine et Lounge, 517 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-412-4260. mosaicwinelounge.com.

Thirsty Thursdays

Come on out to UnVined for $5 Wine Tastings and Entertainment by DJ Smooth Jazz.4 p.m. Thursdays. $5 Wine Tasting. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881. UnVinedCary.com.

Weekly Wine Tasting

Every Friday we invite one of our distributors into the shop to talk about their selections for the week. There are usually 4 to 5 wines including both red and white from a different wine region each week. Our focus is on educating our guests about what to expect from wines of that region and exposing them to new wines. 6 p.m. July 11, 6 p.m. July 18, 6 p.m. July 25, 6 p.m. Aug. 1, 6 p.m. Aug. 8, 6 p.m. Aug. 15. $5 or free with purchase of a bottle or pre-order. Veritas In Vino at Brandywine Cellars, 6905 Fayetteville Road, Durham. 919-405-3838. Veritas-In-Vino.com.

Wine Tastings

12 p.m. July 11, 11 a.m. July 12, 12 p.m. July 18, 11 a.m. July 19, 12 p.m. July 25, 11 a.m. July 26, 12 p.m. Aug. 1, 11 a.m. Aug. 2, 12 p.m. Aug. 8, 11 a.m. Aug. 9, 12 p.m. Aug. 15, 11 a.m. Aug. 16. $5. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Road, Apex. 919-387-5760. cloerfamilyvineyards.com.

Farmers Markets

Apex Farmers Market

Local Farmers and Vendors providing fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, chicken, eggs, honey, fish, bake goods, crafts, old time knife sharping, food trucks and much more. Come bring your lawn chairs and listen to our musicians and enjoy our Kids Zone with fun kid activities. Every Saturday rain or shine 9am-1pm, April thru September. Apex Farmers’ Market, 220 North Salem Street, Apex. 919-372-9798. apexfarmersmarket.com.

Carrboro Farmers’ Market

Carrboro, North Carolina, is home to the nationally recognized Carrboro Farmers’ Market. Recently highlighted by both Bon Appetit, Martha Stewart’s Good Food Magazine, and Visa Black Card Magazine as one of the top markets in the country, Carrboro Farmers’ Market celebrates its 36th season in 2014. The Carrboro Farmers’ Market is truly a farmer-owned and operated market. The vendors themselves produce all goods sold at the Market. Everything comes from within a 50-mile radius of Carrboro. 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays. 7 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Carrboro Farmers’ Market, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 919-280-3326. carrborofarmersmarket.com.

Clayton Farm and Community Market

Come see us at the Clayton Farmers Market! Pasture raised pork, beef and eggs - Fresh produce - plants and flowers - local honey - baked goods - flavored popcorn - local artisans - teas - local folks eating healthy and having fun! 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Horne Square, Lombard and Main, Clayton. 919-612-3139. cfcmnc.org.

Durham Farmers’ Market

The Durham Farmers’ Market is an open-air, all local, and producer only Market located in the heart of Downtown Durham in the Pavilion at Durham Central Park. The Market hosts of 70 different vendors including farmers, crafters, and food artisans. All of the items available at the Market are grown or produced within 70 miles of Durham. The Market is open Saturdays, year-round and Wednesday afternoons seasonally. 3:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Durham Farmers Market, 501 Foster St., Durham. 919-667-3099. durhamfarmersmarket.com.

Eno River Farmers Market

A year round farmers market located in the Farmers Market Pavilion (behind the Sheriff’s Department) in the heart of Historic Downtown Hillsborough within easy walking distance of River Park, Weaver Street, Cup A Joe, Orange County Public Library, Panciuto, Matthew’s Chocolates, and more. Live music, children’s activities, local fruits and veggies, free range eggs, pastured meats, artisan cheeses and baked goods, art, and much more! 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Eno River Farmers Market, 144 E. Margaret Ln., Hillsborough. 812-322-2582. enoriverfarmersmarket.com.

Fearrington Farmers Market

Fearrington Farmer’s Market occurs every Tuesday from April To November from 4pm to 6pm rain or shine. The market sells produce, baked goods, locally prepared pizza and Greek cuisine, soaps, and lotions. You can see just what is available by signing up for our weekly newsletter by going to our website. 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays. Fearrington Farmer’s Market, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro. 919-923-6262. fearringtonfarmersmarket.com.

Growers Market of Fuquay Varian

From May 10th to October 25th come to downtown historical Fuquay Springs at the corner of Academy and Main. The Growers Market includes the best that Southwest Wake County has to offer. The Growers Market is open on Wednesdays from 3-6 and Saturday from 9-2, rain or shine.This year we will have a Certified USDA produce vendor. There is The Downtown Jam Musicians every Saturday as well as educational classes, children’s activities,and guest sponsors. Now taking EBT, Debit and Credit Cards. 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Saturdays. . Centennial Park, 102 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina. 305-989-7567. growers-market.org.

Hillsborough Farmers Market

The Hillsborough Farmers Market (HFM) is a 27-year-old public service, non-for-profit organization whose primary mission is to encourage, support, and promote the entrepreneurial efforts of local independent, and small scale vendors selling directly to consumers and operating independently from large corporate or factory farms/businesses. The HFM also educates consumers about the benefits of buying fresh, locally produced food and provides a venue for local non-profits and musicians. 8 a.m.-noon. Home Depot Parking Lot, Hampton Point, Hillsborough. hillsboroughfarmersmarket.org.

Pittsboro Farmers’ Market

A weekly "producers only" Farmers’ Market offering the best locally raised produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, jams, jellies, pickles, relishes, transplants, bedding and decorative plants, handmade soaps and lotions, hand spun and dyed wools. 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Main Street Station, 287 East St., Pittsboro. 919-601-6357. pittsborofarmersmarket.org.

Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market

Join us at City Plaza for locally grown produce, artisan baked goods, live music, and much more throughout our 2014 season on Wednesdays from 10 am-2 pm through November 5. In addition to its local food festivals, the Market will also host Rex Healthcare Wellness Wednesdays every third Wednesday of the month. Make it your farm fresh destination each week. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays. City Plaza, 400 Block Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-821-6977. RaleighEatLocal.com.

The Saturday Market

Every Saturday from 9:30-1pm Rebus Works host a Farmers Market so bring your bags and be ready to shop! Local Farmers sell sustainable and organic foods including milk, eggs, bread, meat, seafood and fresh vegetables. Enjoy rotating food trucks, a wide selection of craft beers, Locopops and inside seating. Donation Yoga with rotating instructors is from 10-11am inside Rebus Works. There is often a kids craft and every second Saturday we feature a local charity. All are welcome! 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. $2 - $20. Rebus Works, 301 Kinsey St., Raleigh. 919-754-8452. thesaturdaymarket.us.

South Durham Farmers’ Market

We believe that everyone should have access to delicious and healthy food grown in a way that sustains and enriches our local environment – and that farmers and artisan food makers grow and create the most flavorful and nutritious foods when they are located within a 50 mile radius of South Durham. 3:30-6:30 p.m.Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Free. Greenwood Commons Shopping Center, 5410 Hwy 55, Durham. southdurhamfarmersmarket.org.

Southern Village Farmer’s Market

This year Chapel Hill’s old new neighborhood,Southern Village, hosts it’s annual Farmer’s Market and welcomes new vendors and new treats. Seafood, vegan treats and pastries, grass-fed beef, fresh fruits and vegetables and more! 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Southern Village Farmer’s Market, 650 Market St., Chapel Hill. 919-933-4422. svfarmersmarket.com.

WakeMed Raleigh Campus Farmers Market

The WakeMed Farmers Market opens on June 3 at the hospital’s outdoor courtyard. It will be open on Tuesdays from 10 am-2 pm through Aug. 26. The market brings fresh foods to thousands of patients, visitors and staff as well as southeast Raleigh, where there is a significant need for convenient access to fresh and healthy foods. The market will accept EBT cards as well as debit and credit cards this season. It will also offer 2 for 1 Market Match vouchers for those who receive SNAP benefits. 10 a.m. 2- p.m. Tuesdays. WakeMed, 3000 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. 919-350-8000. wakemed.org.

Waverly Place Farmers’ Market

This is the year that we finally make the move to the Promenade at Waverly. We’ve earned the space! The move has already attracted top notch vendors that will showcase high quality local produce, fresh meats and cheeses, baked goods, artwork, and so much more. Each Saturday we will showcase talented musicians, performers, cooking demos, nutritionists, arts and crafts classes, and delicious samples from Waverly restaurants. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Waverly Place Shopping Center, 302 Colonades Way, Cary. waverlyfm.com.

Wendell Farmers Market

Your stop for fresh produce, eggs, local honey, jams, jellies and more. Where we place an emphasis on eating locally grown produce and knowing the importance of where your food came from. Open Saturday’s from May 10th to October 25th. 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Wendell Farmers Market, 3700 Wendell Blvd., Wendell. 919-375-8115. wendellfarmersmarket.org.

Western Wake Farmers’ Market

The Western Wake Farmers’ Market will host a variety of educators and demonstrations throughout the month of June, including local foods book club by Triangle Kid Books, market foods activities for kids by the Morrisville Square Creative School, summer gardening demonstration by the Morrisville Community Garden and fitness and wellness demonstration by Open Arts. 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Western Wake Farmers’ Market, 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary. 540-230-6697. www.westernwakefarmersmarket.org.

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