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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Downtown Bounty in Fuquay Varina
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Don’t miss out on the opportunity to sample food from local farmers, restaurants and the FV community when they come together in this signature event. Special appearance by the Fuquay Cruisers. Bring your best Brunswick Stew to the cook-off and you could win $300! Local chef’s compete in the How Local Can You Go? Cook-off for cash prizes.10 a.m. Sept. 27. Free. Fuquay-Varina Downtown, 100 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0848. fuquay-varinadowntown.com.
Author April McGreger Discusses New Sweet Potatoes Cookbook!
Sweet Potatoes: a Savor the South CookbookMcGreger tells the multifaceted history of a fundamental southern food, praising its rich and diverse savory-to-sweet flavor profile, botanical varieties, and shockingly high nutritional value. Along with instructions for selection and storage, McGreger shares the fifty best sweet potato recipes in the world. Embracing but going well beyond the classics,McGreger’s creations will delight and satisfy with their deliciousness and versatility. 5 p.m. Thursday. Free. Parker and Otis, 112 S. Duke St., Durham. 919-683-3200.
Second annual event featuring a variety of hard-to-find oysters and unique craft beers from such names as Trophy, Double Barley, Carolina Brewery, Fullsteam, Aviator, New Belgium, Foothills, Bombshell and Bell’s. Runs 5 p.m.-close, Sept. 20-Oct. 5.Dean’s Seafood Grill & Bar, 1080 Darrington Drive, Cary. 919-459-5875. deansseafoodgrill.com.
Centennial "Dinner on the Grounds"
Centennial "Dinner on the Grounds" 4 p.m. Sep. 28. Hillyer Community Church, 718 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. 919-832-7112. hillyerchurch.org/sample-page/calendar/.
French Revival Bistro Dinner
It’s our one year anniversary and Whisk owners, Dan and Diana Saklad, are ready to get in the kitchen and share their passion for cooking with you. Together, they’ll prepare a multi-course menu rooted in French traditions. Wine pairings included. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26. $69. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.
Mile High Pies
Join Chef Ruby as she teaches you techniques and recipes for a flawless, buttery crust that is guaranteed to elicit ooohs! Using the finest ingredients, you’ll make two delicious pies, one that is savory and one that is sweet. Get ready for a hands-on class as you enjoy the southern pies of your dreams. 1:30 p.m. Sept. 27. $59. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.
Master Sushi Rolling Class
Let’s rock and roll with Chef Isamu Tsuneoka from Sushi-Tsune as you make your very own sushi rolls! Get one-on-one pointers in this small, HANDS ON class. Isamu will demonstrate knife skills, share knowledge on using the highest quality ingredients, and show you what tools you need to become a sushi master in your own home. 1:30 p.m. Sept. 28. $69. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.
Chapel Hill/ Carrboro Walking Food Tour
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. 11 a.m. Sep. 27, 3 p.m. Sep. 27, 11 a.m. Oct. 4, 3 p.m. Oct. 4, 11 a.m. Oct. 11, 3 p.m. Oct. 11, 11 a.m. Oct. 18. $50 - $65. Open Eye Cafe, 101 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.
Downtown Durham Walking Food Tour
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. Sep. 27, 3:15 p.m. Sep. 27, 1:45 p.m. Oct. 4, 3:15 p.m. Oct. 4, 1:45 p.m. Oct. 11, 3:15 p.m. Oct. 11, 1:45 p.m. Oct. 18. $50 - $65. Meet at The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.
Downtown Raleigh Walking Tour with Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours
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. 1:45 p.m. Sep. 26, 4 p.m. Sep. 26, 1 p.m. Sep. 27, 3:15 p.m. Sep. 27, 1:45 p.m. Oct. 3, 1 p.m. Oct. 4, 3:15 p.m. Oct. 4. $50-$65. Raleigh City Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 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. Sep. 27, 11 a.m. Oct. 4, 11 a.m. Oct. 11, 11 a.m. Oct. 18, 11 a.m. Oct. 25, 11 a.m. Nov. 1, 11 a.m. Nov. 8. $50. Saratoga Grill, 108 S. Churton St., Hillsborough. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.
UnVined Wine Down Wednesday
Come on out to UnVined for $12 Flights and 1/2 Price Bottles.4 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 5. $12 wine flights; bottle prices vary. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881. UnVinedCary.com.
Mosaic Lounge Wine Wednesday
7 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 5. Free. Mosaic Wine et Lounge, 517 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-412-4260. mosaicwinelounge.com.
UnVined Thirsty Thursdays
Come on out to UnVined for $5 Wine Tastings and Entertainment.4 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 6. $5 wine tasting. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881. UnVinedCary.com.
Total Wine’s Autumn Equinox: Fall’s Beer Harvest
Fall is the wonderful season that brings us fall beer like Oktoberfest Lager and Pumpkin Ale. Enjoy a tasty exploration of the many interpretations of these classic fall beer styles, plus a taste of some other styles breweries offer for autumn’s seasonal beer bounty.6:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Total Wine and More – North Hills, 4421 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh. 919-232-2580.
Cloer Family Vineyards Wine Tastings
Noon Fridays and 11 a.m. Saturdays through Nov. 8. $5 per person. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Road, Apex. 919-387-5760. cloerfamilyvineyards.com.
Apex Farmers Market
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. 220 N. Salem St., Apex. 919-372-9798. apexfarmersmarket.com.
Carrboro Farmers’ Market
3-6 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 919-280-3326. carrborofarmersmarket.com.
Clayton Farm and Community Market
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Horne Square, Lombard and Main, Clayton. 919-612-3139. cfcmnc.org.
Durham Farmers’ Market
3:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. 501 Foster St., Durham. 919-667-3099. durhamfarmersmarket.com.
Growers Market of Fuquay Varina
3-6 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays , Cenntenial Park, 102 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina. 305-989-7567. growers-market.org.
Pittsboro Farmers’ Market
3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, 287 East St., Pittsboro. 919-601-6357. pittsborofarmersmarket.org.
Plantation Point Farmers Market
9 a.m.-Noon Saturdays. 3351 Cypress Plantation Trail, Raleigh. 919-538-2754. ppfmraleigh.weebly.com.
Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market
10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Wednesdays. 400 Block Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-821-6977. RaleighEatLocal.com.
South Durham Farmers’ Market
3:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Greenwood Commons Shopping Center, 5410 Highway 55, Durham. southdurhamfarmersmarket.org.
The Saturday Market
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays. Rebus Works, 301 Kinsey St., Raleigh. 919-754-8452. thesaturdaymarket.us.
Wake Forest Farmers Market
8 a.m.-Noon Saturdays. 150 N. White St., Wake Forest. 919-671-9269. wakeforestfarmersmarket.org.
Waverly Place Farmers’ Market
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. 302 Colonades Way, Cary. waverlyfm.com.
Wendell Farmers Market
8 a.m. -noon Saturdays. 3700 Wendell Blvd., Wendell. 919-375-8115. wendellfarmersmarket.org.
Western Wake Farmers’ Market
8 a.m.-Noon Saturdays. 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Road, Cary. 540-230-6697. westernwakefarmersmarket.org.