There are so many upcoming food events that I had to offer a roundup:• Chapel Hill’s Lantern restaurant is hosting a five-course dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday to benefit the Transplanting Traditions farm for the local Karen community. Tickets cost $90. Reserve tickets by Friday, Oct. 3. Info: http://transplantingtraditions.com/benefit-dinner-lantern-dinner/
• Hibernian Co. and Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub are hosting the Raleigh Oyster Fest from noon-11 p.m. Oct. 11 in Raleigh’s Glenwood South district. The event will be in the parking lot of the Creamery building between North St. and Glenwood Ave. The event includes live music, cold beverages and oysters prepared in a variety of ways. The main event is an oyster shucking contest where restaurant shuckers will compete against regular “joes” shuckers. The overall winner will win an all-expense paid trip to Ireland for the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival. The event will benefit Shop Local Raleigh.
• Sustainable seafood expert and chef Barton Seaver will be signing cookbooks at 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at Southern Season in Chapel Hill. Seaver has two books: “For Cod and Country,” and “Where There’s Smoke.” Info: southernseason.com/events/single/?location=&type=&id=13605.
• Raleigh’s NOFO at the Pig is hosting a Halloween-themed Monster breakfast at 9 a.m. Oct. 18 where the children can dine with Halloween characters. Reservations required. Call 919-821-1240. Info: nofo.com.
• The Carolina RailHawks is hosting its third annual homebrew Soktoberfest on Nov. 1. The pregame event starts at 5:30 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary before the soccer team’s regular season finale against the Minnesota United FC at 7:30 p.m. A $10 ticket gets attendees access to the Lonerider Brewing Co. beer caddy, home brew sampling from more than 20 homebrewers and a vote in the homebrew competition. Info: carolinarailhawks.com/page/slug/soktoberfest or call 919-459-8144.
• In Chapel Hill, Southern Season is hosting its third annual Homebrew Contest on Nov. 8. Homebrewers have until Nov. 1 to enter the contest in three categories: lager, IPA or fruit/vegetable. Prizes includes a grand prize of a $500 Southern Season gift card, a $250 gift card for the Best of the State winner and $75 for each category winner. For details on how to enter, go to southernseason.com/home-brew/.
• Urban Food Group and the James Beard Foundation are hosting a Celebration of Women Chefs dinner at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at Coquette Brasserie in Raleigh. The five-course meal with wine pairings cost $135 for JBF members and $155 for non-members. The featured chefs include Kim Floresca of One Restaurant in Chapel Hill; Marjorie Meek-Bradley of Ripple and Roofers Union restaurants in Washington, D.C.; Tiffany MacIssac of Buttercream Bakeshop in Alexandria, Va; Alice Neumann of Sugarbomb Sweets in Charlotte; and Stephanie Nikolic and Beth LittleJohn of Urban Food Group. For reservations, call 919-789-0606.