March 18, 2014

Upcoming cooking classes, church suppers, food tours and more

A weekly roundup of upcoming food events, cooking classes, wine and beer dinners in Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham and Cary.


Author Event: Bob Garner

You probably know Bob Garner from NC Weekend’s “House Special” segment but he has also written the books on N.C. Barbecue. His latest book is th ultimate authoritative reference to every aspect of North Carolina barbecue. Come hear him talk about his favorite NC restaurants, recipes, and useful tips. There will be a book signing and books will be available for purchase. 7 p.m. March 19. Free. Chatham Community Library Holmes meeting room, 197 Hwy 87, Pittsboro. 919-545-8084.

Ebenezer United Methodist Church Annual Pork BBQ

Eat-in or takeout. Buffet includes barbecue, slaw, potato salad, hushpuppies, roll and a drink. Desserts are available. Convenient drive-thru. Takeout includes barbecue, slaw, potato salad, hushpuppies, roll, and dessert. Barbecue is also sold by the pound for $8. Proceeds benefit our Faith Center Bldg. Fund. Come on out to Ebenezer for some good southern hospitality! 11 a.m. March 21. $8 per plate, Eat-In or Take-Out. Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 6020 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh. 919-772-1664.

Author events: Andrea Weigl

Come meet Andrea Weigl, Food Editor at the Raleigh News & Observer, as she launches her new cookbook, “Pickles And Preserves.” 7 p.m. March 19. Free. Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Chapel Hill. 919-942-7373. 7 p.m. March 26. Free. Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham. 919-286-2700. 7 p.m. March 25. Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Rd., Cary. 919-467-3866.

Garner United Methodist Church: Relay for Life

Garner United Methodist Church will host their annual barbecue chicken dinner to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The dinner will be held from 11 am until 7:30 pm in church’s Christian Life Center. Plates will be sold for $8 and include half of a chicken, green beans, potatoes, bread and dessert. Take-out plates will be available and lunch delivery is available for quantities of 10 or more. 11 a.m. March 21. $8. Garner United Methodist Church, 201 Methodist Dr., Garner.

A Night In Rome Dinner and Auction

Italian dinner and auction fundraiser presented by Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Durham. Funds go toward church’s Benevolence Fund for community aid and outreach. 6 p.m. March 21. Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Rd., Durham. 919-489-1381.

Author Event: Elizabeth Weigand

“The Outer Banks Cookbook” and “Food Lovers’ Guide to North Carolina’s Outer Banks.” Expect to be entertained with fish tales as she cooks and shares tips for buying and storing a variety of fish and shellfish. 6:15 p.m. March 21. $69. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Dinner & Auction Benefit for Deaf School Project

Wake Chapel Christian Church in Fuquay-Varina will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner and Auction to raise support for their mission project for the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf ( The dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. and the auction starts at 7 p.m.. Call the church or visit their website for more information. 5:30 p.m. March 22. $7 for adults, $4 for children, $30 max for family, free if under 3 years old. Wake Chapel Christian Church, 901 Wake Chapel Rd., Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-4147.

Murder Mystery Dinner

Join us for a night of Mystery and Murder as Maggiano’s Little Italy and "It’s A Mystery" present "Fan of the Soap Opera,” a comedy whodunit paired with dinner! You’ll get in on the action as you try to solve the mystery before desserts are cleared.6 p.m. March 22-23. $68 per person. Maggiano’s Little Italy, 8030 Renaissance Pkwy., Durham. 919-572-0070.

Mother Earth Beer Dinner

Five courses from chef David Mitchell paired with five delicious beers from our friends at Mother Earth brewery in Kinston. Chris Allen and Brewmaster Josh Brewer will be in attendance.7 p.m. March 25. Busy Bee Cafe, 225 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. 919-424-7817.


Cooking Class with Chef Amy

Take lessons from the best of the best with a series of cooking classes taught by chef Amy Tornquist, owner of Sage & Swift Catering, Watts Grocery & Hummingbird Bakery, & her operations manager Matthew Lardie. The classes will be hands-on & centered around "Southern Gourmet" cooking. 10 a.m. March 19. Watts Grocery, 1116 Broad St., Durham. 919-957-7889.

Indian Cooking

. Learn how to make these aromatic, healthy, and easy to prepare dishes that you will want to make at home! 6:15 p.m. March 20. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Moroccan Cooking

In this hands-on cooking class we will transport you to Morocco--land of bright colors, rich spices, and sultry dishes. We will discuss the Mediterranean influences and end the evening with a meal three course meal that will make you say, "Play it again, Sam." We will even include a signature cocktail that will make you think you have just stepped into Rick’s Cafe.Menu includes: B’stilla, Herbed Carrot Charmula Salad, Chickpea Soup, Chicken and Apricot Tagine, Cous Cous, and Moroccan Mint Tea. 6 p.m. March 21. $59 per person. Durham Spirits Company, 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430.

An Afternoon with Chef Jae of KoMo KoMo

For those of us who have eaten at Komo Komo , we can’t decide between ordering the chef’s French inspired food, or his Korean. Both are superb. In this class, he will share his French cuisine and will be back in April to teach the Korean. Class limited to 12 students. Sign up early! 2 p.m. March 23. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Dim Sum-Day Funday

What better way to celebrate Sunday than with Dim Sum? Dim Sum literally translates, "to touch the heart." Join us as we discuss traditional ingredients and cooking techniques while creating Cantonese Dim Sum dishes. Menu includes: Steam Pork Buns; Shrimp Sui Mi; Classic Potstickers; Mu Shu Chicken with Peking Pancakes; Crab Ragoons; Stir-Fried Chinese Broccoli. 7 p.m. March 23. $59 per person. Durham Spirits Company, 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430.

Dumplings From Around the World many little time! Join us as we travel around the globe, cooking different dumplings, using various techniques. Menu includes: Chinese Soup Dumplings, Italian Gnocchi, Polish Perogis, Chicken and Dumplings, Sweet Ricotta Dumplings.11 a.m. March 29. $59 per person. Durham Spirits Company, 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430.

Turkish & Mediterranean Cooking

Divan Center offers Turkish Cuisine cooking classes. You are going to be actively participating in creating fabulous masterpieces of Turkish cuisine during the class. Our experienced instructors will teach and help you improve your cooking skills. And of course, you will join the feast at the end of the class!It is very easy to enroll in the program! RSVP to 12 p.m. March 29, 12 p.m. April 12, 12 p.m. April 26, 12 p.m. May 10. $20. Divan Center, 1903 N. Harrison Ave. Suite 100, Cary.

Farmers Markets

Wake Forest Farmers’ Market

10 a.m. March 22, 10 a.m. March 29. OneCare Parking Lot, 150 N. White St., Wake Forest. 919-671-9269.

Food Tours

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. 2 p.m. March 22, 2 p.m. March 29, 2 p.m. April 5, 2 p.m. April 12, 2 p.m. April 19, 2 p.m. April 26, 2 p.m. May 3. $45-$65. Open Eye Cafe, 101 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. 919-237-2254.


1:45 p.m. March 22, 1:45 p.m. March 29, 1:45 p.m. April 5, 1:45 p.m. April 12, 1:45 p.m. April 19, 1:45 p.m. April 26, 1:45 p.m. May 3. $50 - $65. Meet at The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham. 919-237-2254.


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. March 22, 11 a.m. March 29, 11 a.m. April 5, 11 a.m. April 12, 11 a.m. April 19, 11 a.m. April 26, 11 a.m. May 3. $45. Saratoga Grill, 108 S. Churton St., Hillsborough. 919-237-2254.


1:45 p.m. March 21, 4 p.m. March 22, 1:45 p.m. March 28, 1:45 p.m. March 29, 1:45 p.m. April 4, 3:30 p.m. April 5, 1:45 p.m. April 11. $50-$65. Briggs Hardware Store Building, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-237-2254.


Downtown Raleigh’s District Dining via the R-Line. A 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. March 22, 2:30 p.m. March 29, 2:30 p.m. April 5, 2:30 p.m. April 12, 2:30 p.m. April 19, 2:30 p.m. April 26, 2:30 p.m. May 3. $38 plus .99. Videri Chocolate Factory, 327 W. Davie Street, Raleigh. 919-319-5674.

Wine Tastings

Wine Down Wednesday

Come on out to UnVined for $12 flights and half price bottles. 4 p.m. March 19, 4 p.m. March 26, 4 p.m. April 2, 4 p.m. April 9, 4 p.m. April 16, 4 p.m. April 23, 4 p.m. April 30. $12 wine flights; bottle prices vary. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881.

Wine Tasting Dinner

Join us at Capri Restaurant for our monthly wine tasting dinner. This event is held the third Wednesday of every month featuring five courses paired with five wines. Visit our website for this months menu. Please call for reservations. 7 p.m. March 19. $50. Capri Restaurant, 6325 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh. 919-741-9548.

Thirsty Thursdays

Come on out to UnVined for $5 Wine Tastings and Entertainment by DJ Smooth Jazz.4 p.m. March 20, 4 p.m. March 27, 4 p.m. April 3, 4 p.m. April 10, 4 p.m. April 17, 4 p.m. April 24, 4 p.m. May 1. $5. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881.

Wine Tastings

12 p.m. March 21, 11 a.m. March 22, 12 p.m. March 28, 11 a.m. March 29, 12 p.m. April 4, 11 a.m. April 5, 12 p.m. April 11, 11 a.m. April 12, 12 p.m. April 18, 11 a.m. April 19, 12 p.m. April 25, 11 a.m. April 26, 12 p.m. May 2, 11 a.m. May 3. $5 per person. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Road, Apex. 919-387-5760.

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