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: Brew & View
Stroll the galleries, then relax and celebrate summer at the Nasher Museum’s Rollins Terrace with a sampling of beers from the Triangle and beyond. With your $5 tasting comes a special coupon for use in the Nasher Museum Cafe. Participants must be 21 or older with proper ID. Make reservations for dinner online or call 919-684-6032. 6 p.m. July 31. $5. Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Drive, Durham. 919-684-5135. nasher.duke.edu.
City Kitchen Summer Festival
City Kitchen Summer Festival 2014 July 31: Mary JohnsonRockers; Aug. 7: Brett Harris; Aug. 14: 80’s revival night. 6:30 p.m. Thursdays University Mall, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. 919-945-1900. universitymallnc.com /event/city-kitchen-summer-festival/2145438277.
Cooks & Books: Demo with Steven Raichlen
Join us for a demonstration by Steven Raichlen and samples of his Fire-Eater Chicken Wings and Skillet Rib Steak. Wash down these delicious bites with a beer.Tickets are $75/person & includes cookbook, demonstration, bites & beer, service fee and tax. Reserve @ 919.542.3030Man Made Meals is about adopting secrets from the pros, understanding flavor and having 300 great recipes. Raichlen is America’s “master griller” (Esquire). His last, Planet Barbecue!, was a NY Times bestseller. 5:30 p.m. Aug. 1. $75. Fearrington Village, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. 919-542-3030. fearrington.com.
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
Join us at the festival for a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tasting’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’, and barbeque eatin’. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an All-You-Care -To-Taste sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the best barbeque vendors are on-site if you get hungry and you can also enjoy seminars in the tasting theater and Live music all day.11,000 attendees expected. 6 p.m. Aug. 1, 12 p.m. Aug. 2. Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. 919-462-2052. beerandbourbon.com/cary/show-info.
There is nothing more refreshing than a juicy melon on a hot summer day, and the Market has a huge selection of sweet melons to choose from! Find your favorites at our Melon Tasting. Celebrate summer with freshly sliced samples of watermelons, honeydews, and cantaloupes. Enjoy lots of samples, melon-berry popsicles, recipes, and kid’s activities! 8:30 a.m. Aug. 2. Free. Carrboro Farmers’ Market, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 919-280-3326. carrborofarmersmarket.com.
‘Sweet Tooth’ reading by Tim Anderson
Q: What do you get when you lay the U.S. men’s Olympic swim team across a banquet table full of powdered doughnuts? A: No idea, but did you know that author Tim Anderson is having a reading in his hometown of Raleigh to celebrate the launch of his new book Sweet Tooth? Yes, come one come all to The Borough in downtown Raleigh for a sloppy/elegant afternoon of booze and book readin’ with memoirist Tim Anderson, author of Tune in Tokyo: The Gaijin Diaries, which Publishers Weekly called “laugh-out-loud funny,” Shelf Awareness called “so much fun,” and Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times completely ignored, the jerk.Tim will be reading from the book, signing copies, and giving eye exams. There will be libations at the bar for you if you’re thirsty, and Tim might even bring some snacks. The mingling opportunities all depend on you guys, so come and bring your friends, your acupuncturist, your doppelganger, your dealer, your favorite bartender, your high school crush, your stepmother, your landlady, and Ryan Gosling. Tim will handle the rest, or he’ll at least try to. No CLOWNS.There’s no dress code, so Tim will be wearing his favorite Speedo/knee-socks combo and whatever H&M cardigan is closest to the couch. (They’re all pretty awesome.) Feel free to do the same.Please share this event with all of your friends/relations/exes. You never have good news for them. Oh, and just RSVP, don’t worry about the stupid tickets function. Tim don’t know how to deactivate it. seetimblog.blogspot.com 2 p.m. Aug. 3. The Borough, 117 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. 919-832-8433.
Summer Days, Nasher Nights: Guest chef Teddy Diggs
Local guest chefs will stir up delectable three course menus for cafÃ© patrons. Chef Teddy Diggs, executive chef at The Siena Hotel’s AAA Four Diamond Il Palio Ristorante brings a taste of Italy to the Nasher Museum Cafe. Reservations are strongly encouraged, online or by calling 919-684-6032. 5 p.m. Aug. 7. Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Drive, Durham. 919-684-3314. ilpalio.com.
Bonjourno Pomodoro! Heirloom Tomato Dinner Party
It’s time to celebrate tomato season! Whether you love green zebras, Mr. Stripey, black krim, or goldens, you will eat up this Friday night class that guides you through a 4-course heirloom tomato-abundant meal. Learn to entertain with style and ease from our experts, Joan and Liz. Wine pairings by Veronica are included. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1. $59. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.
Tropical Thai cooking class
Sonali will teach you how to make delicious tropical Thai food at home. Using an interplay of 3-5 fundamental tastes we celebrate the sweet, sour, salty, bitter and spicy flavors of Thailand, while building summer rolls, tossing a papaya salad, and enjoying a cold and exotic tropical dessert. Vegan and gluten-free! 1 p.m. Aug. 2. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.
License to Chill: Kids in the Kitchen
Keep cool with Amanda as she shows you how to make 4 amazingly refreshing, melt-in-your-mouth summer treats. This class is perfect for ages 7-11, and a wonderful way to spend quality time with your child. When registering, please pay for the parent and each child individually. 2 p.m. Aug. 3. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.
Kids in the Kitchen: Eating in the South
Southern is not synonymous with fried. Serving fresh Southern food to your kids introduces an array of fruits and vegetables, without the grease. Chef Brian Adornetto is turning the kitchen into a hands-on classroom to teach your children about the fresh produce offered by Southern summers. Even if your child has a veggie aversion, lettuce help! For kids ages 6 to 9.Menu: Salad Trio: Pickled Cucumber and Onion; Tomato and Watermelon Salad and Field Pea Salad; Shrimp and Grits; Peach Cobbler 11 a.m. Aug. 5. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133. www.southernseason.com.
Mediterranean Midsummer’s Night Dream
Let Deniz be your guide as you cook your way through her native Istanbul. Jump into this hands-on class as you stuff heirloom tomatoes, roast eggplant, prep a zucchini yogurt dip and make a magnificent dessert of berries and meringue. Shut your eyes, smell the aroma, and you are there. 6:15 p.m. Aug. 7. $59. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.
Fermentation: The How To & The Why
Cultures around the world have eaten fermented foods for centuries, and the results of this ancient technique are incredibly healthy, delicious, and inexpensive. Everything from wine to leavened breads are fermented. In this hands on class, you will learn about technique, safety, and how to use basic equipment from your home. Jill will teach recipes as well as suggest menu pairings. 2 p.m. Aug. 10. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.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.We offer two tours of Chapel Hill/Carrboro on Saturdays, a Culinary Tour starting at 11am and a Dinner and Drinks Tour starting at 3pm. 3 p.m. Aug. 2. , 3 p.m. Aug. 9, 11 a.m. Aug. 16, 3 p.m. Aug. 16, 11 a.m. Aug. 23, 3 p.m. Aug. 23, 11 a.m. Aug. 30. $50-$65. Open Eye Cafe, 101 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.
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.We offer two tours in Durham. An Afternoon Tasting Tour beginning at 1:45pm and a Evening Tasting Tour beginning at 3:15pm. 1:45 p.m. Aug. 2, 3:15 p.m. Aug. 2. , 1:45 p.m. Aug. 9, 3:15 p.m. Aug. 9, 1:45 p.m. Aug. 16, 3:15 p.m. Aug. 16, 1:45 p.m. Aug. 23. $50-$65. Meet at The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.
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. Aug. 2. , 11 a.m. Aug. 9, 11 a.m. Aug. 16, 11 a.m. Aug. 23, 11 a.m. Aug. 30, 11 a.m. Sep. 6, 11 a.m. Sep. 13. $50. Saratoga Grill, 108 S. Churton St., Hillsborough. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.
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 will enjoy innovative ethnic and southern cuisine, scratch-made desserts, local beer, wine, and more at multiple restaurants! There’s something for everyone in Raleigh.We offer several Raleigh tours! -Tasting tours take place on Fridays at 1:45 and 4 and on Saturdays at 1, 3:15, and 4.-The Raleigh Roots Tour in the historic Seaboard Station/ Mordecai/ Oakwood areas of downtown takes place at 2:30 on Saturdays. -The Speakeasies Cocktail Tour takes place downtown on Saturdays at 5. 1 and p.m. Aug. 2, 3:15 p.m. Aug. 2. , 1:45 p.m. Aug. 8, 4 p.m. Aug. 8, 1 p.m. Aug. 9, 3:15 p.m. Aug. 9, 1:45 p.m. Aug. 15. $50-$65. Raleigh City Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.
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. Aug. 2. , 2:30 p.m. Aug. 9, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 16, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 23, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 30, 2:30 p.m. Sep. 6, 2:30 p.m. Sep. 13. $38.99. Videri Chocolate Factory, 327 W. Davie St., Raleigh. 919-319-5674. trianglefoodtour.com.
Wine Down Wednesday
Come on out to UnVined for $12 Flights and 1/2 Price Bottles.Come on out to UnVined and create your own customized wine flight, pick your favorite wine and then order a bottle at 1/2 price. 4 p.m. July 30, 4 p.m. Aug. 6, 4 p.m. Aug. 13, 4 p.m. Aug. 20, 4 p.m. Aug. 27. $12 wine flights; bottle prices vary. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881. UnVinedCary.com.
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! Best kept secret in Raleigh! 7 p.m. July 30, 7 p.m. Aug. 6, 7 p.m. Aug. 13, 7 p.m. Aug. 20, 7 p.m. Aug. 27. Free. Mosaic Wine et Lounge, 517 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-412-4260. mosaicwinelounge.com.
Come on out to UnVined for $5 Wine Tastings and Entertainment by DJ Smooth Jazz. 4 p.m. July 31, 4 p.m. Aug. 7, 4 p.m. Aug. 14, 4 p.m. Aug. 21, 4 p.m. Aug. 28. $5 wine tasting. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881. UnVinedCary.com.
12 p.m. Aug. 1, 11 a.m. Aug. 2, $5. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Road, Apex. 919-387-5760. cloerfamilyvineyards.com.