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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7th Annual Pepper Festival
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The 7th Annual Pepper Festival at Briar Chapel unites foodies, families, music fans and farming advocates to celebrate the signature elements of North Carolina’s culture. More than 30 leading chefs and craft brewers throughout North Carolina showcase their most creative dishâ€”from chocolate to beerâ€”using the locally developed and grown North Carolina pepper. Festivalgoers can enjoy family-friendly activities, artisan booths and DIY sustainable lifestyle workshops. 3 p.m. Oct. 5. Tickets: $30 until Oct. 4, $35 at the gate. Kids under 12 free. Great Meadow Park at Briar Chapel, 185 Granite Mill Blvd., Chapel Hill. 919-951-0703. briarchapelnc.com.
A Southern Take on Oktoberfest with Chef Brian Adornetto
Celebrate Oktoberfest with Chef Brian Adornetto! Join him as he whips up German foods with a Southern twist. And don’t worry, Chef Brian has come up with some great beer pairings for this delicious fall meal. After all, what is Oktoberfest without beer? Menu: Obatzter (a creamy German cheese spread); Southern Fried Pork Schnitzel; Chow Chow-style Sauerkraut; Homemade Spaetzle - Mac & Cheese Style; Riesling sabayon; Black Forest Coffee. 4 p.m. Oct. 4. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 866-253-5317. southernseason.com.
Dinner & Fundraiser to benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Please join us at La Volta on Monday, Oct. 6th at 7pm to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! Bring family, friends, and colleagues to help fund blood cancer research. 25% of proceeds from dinner will be donated. Event Schedule: 7pm- Fundraiser begins with introduction from Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Rotary Club Raleigh Midtown; Dinner served at 7:30pm.Speaker: Honored Hero suvivor. $40 Prix Fixe 4-course Menu. Please RSVP on Eventbrite. Organized by Rotary Club Raleigh Midtown. 7 p.m. Oct. 6. $40. La Volta Italiano Restaurant, 411 Fayetteville St., Raleigh.
Fork Tales: “Journey to India”
The series of monthly themed dinners will explore authentic and delicious food from all over the world. The first dinner will feature Indian cuisine. The menu may be found online at www.matthewshousecary.com/blog/fork-tales. Guests are encouraged to participate in the theme of the evening by wearing Indian attire. 7 p.m. Oct. 2. $39.95. Matthews House, 317 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-467-1944. www.matthewshousecary.com/blog/fork-tales.
5 p.m. Oct. 1, 5 p.m. Oct. 2, 5 p.m. Oct. 3, 5 p.m. Oct. 4, 5 p.m. Oct. 5. Dean’s Seafood Grill & Bar, 1080 Darrington Drive, Cary. 919-459-5875. www.deansseafoodgrill.com.
Cooking Class with Chef Arthur
6:30 p.m. Oct. 7. $60 + tax & gratuities. Irregardless Cafe, 901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. 919-833-8898. www.irregardless.com.
What can you make with phyllo dough?
5 p.m. Oct. 4. $30. International Focus Inc., 3700 National Drive, Raleigh. 919-782-0552.
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. 11 a.m. Oct. 4, 3 p.m. Oct. 4 $50-$65. Open Eye Cafe, 101 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. 919-237-2254. www.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. Oct. 4, 3:15 p.m. Oct. 4. $50-$65. Meet at The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham. 919-237-2254. www.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. 1:45 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. www.tastecarolina.com.
UnVined Wine Down Wednesday
Come on out to UnVined for $12 Flights and 1/2 Price Bottles.4 p.m. Oct. 1, 4 p.m. Oct. 8, 4 p.m. Oct. 15, 4 p.m. Oct. 22, 4 p.m. Oct. 29, 4 p.m. Nov. 5, 4 p.m. Nov. 12. $12 wine flights; Bottle prices vary. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881. www.UnVinedCary.com.
UnVined Thirsty Thursdays
Come on out to UnVined for $5 Wine Tastings4 p.m. Oct. 2, 4 p.m. Oct. 9, 4 p.m. Oct. 16, 4 p.m. Oct. 23, 4 p.m. Oct. 30, 4 p.m. Nov. 6, 4 p.m. Nov. 13. $5 wine tasting. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881. www.UnVinedCary.com.
UnVined Girls Night Out
Thirsty Thursday is Girls Nite Out w/ $5 wine tasting (5-7 pm), $1 off Craft Beers & $2 off Glasses of Wine. 5 p.m. Oct. 2, 5 p.m. Oct. 9, 5 p.m. Oct. 16, 5 p.m. Oct. 23, 5 p.m. Oct. 30, 5 p.m. Nov. 6, 5 p.m. Nov. 13. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881. www.UnVinedCary.com.
Total Wine Class: Europe
Looking for a seminar and tasting which offers a great assortment and styles of European wine? This is the tasting and seminar for you. Join us for a wine trek through Europe as we open and pour an array of wines crafted within Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Germany and Austria. Sparkling, whites, reds and even port will be offered. No passport required. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2. Total Wine and More – North Hills, 4421 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. 919-232-2580.
Cloer Family Vineyard
Noon Fridays and 11 a.m. Saturdays through Nov. 15. $5 per person. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Road, Apex. 919-387-5760. www.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.