Flora and Food Trucks
11 a.m. March 29, 11 a.m. April 19, 11 a.m. May 17. Free admission. Fairview Greenhouse and Garden Center, 8224 Holly Springs Road, Raleigh. 919-851-6821. fairviewgardencenter.com.
Serving Up Spring: A Pop-Up Brunch Benefit
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Join us Sunday, March 30 for Serving Up Spring, a pop-up brunch at HQ Raleigh’s new space in downtown Raleigh! Enjoy crepes, chicken, pastries, coffee and more. Online registration required. Dine anytime between 10 AM and 2 PM. Proceeds benefit Activate Good’s Activate Schools program, empowering teens to lead and serve to make an impact. Tips humbly encouraged and contribute to funds raised. Register online at activategood.org. 10 a.m. March 30. $19. HQ Raleigh’s new space, 310 S. Harrington St., Raleigh. 919-578-2280. activategood.org.
“Comfort Food Cook Off” Fundraiser for The Shore Grief Center
The Shore Grief Center is holding a “Comfort Food Cook Off.” Come enjoy local restaurants’ favorite comfort foods as well as enjoy a silent auction. Food will be served from 6-8, the silent auction closes at 9 pm.Attendees will vote for their favorite comfort food and the winning restaurant will receive a trophy and bragging rights for the best comfort food!A Silent Auction will also take place during the Cook Off with lots of great items. The Shore Grief Center is a 501c3 charitable nonprofit. 6 p.m. March 30. $20. Cotton Company, Event Gallery, 306 S. White St., Wake Forest. 919-368-6286. theshoregriefcenter.org.
Wake Tech Culinary Arts Showcase 2014
We’re turning up the heat on a Triangle tradition! Join in the excitement of the hot foods competition. View award-winning displays and watch live food demonstrations and ice carving by Wake Tech students and instructors. Enjoy food from some of the Triangle’s top restaurants and shop “Baker’s Row” for a taste of student specialties. Hands-on decorating fun for kids and a silent auction of “foodie” favorites round out the event. 4 p.m. April 1. $8 in advance, $10 at the door, $5 for students, free for under 5. Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St. 919-866-5928. culinaryartsshowcase.waketech.edu.
Dumplings From Around the World
China...Italy...Poland...US...Germany....so many dumplings...so 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. durhamspiritscompany.com.
Love cheese but sometimes wish it was more gentle on your system? In this class, resident cheese-maker Laurel Shulman will guide you through 2 mozzarella making recipes -- the first involves the typical whole milk, and the second is vegan, utilizing cashews, tapioca flour and soy yogurt. The aftertaste of these 2 cheeses will be quite similar and definitely offer an alternative to your constant cheese cravings that will feel better in most digestive systems.1 p.m. March 29. $50. The Abundance Foundation, 220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro. bit.ly/1gy79SA.
Turkish & Mediterranean Cooking
Have you ever tasted delicious Turkish food? Do you want to learn more about authentic Turkish cuisine? 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. divancenter.org/cookingclass.php.
These traditional Spanish small bites are perfect for entertaining! In today’s class we prepare a variety of tapas for every occasion. Menu includes: Croquettes with Romesco Sauce; Mushrooms with Sherry and Garlic; Patatas Bravas; Pinchitos Morunos (Grilled Spanish Chicken Skewers); Grilled Manchego; Spanish Churros with Chocolate Sauce. 6 p.m. April 4. $59. Durham Spirits Company, 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430. durhamspiritscompany.com.
Real Italian pizza is different than American pizza. This hands-on class teaches how to make unbelievably delicious Neapolitan-style pizza, right in your home oven. Chef Jeff will cover dough making, rising, stretching and shaping. Enjoy your creations with complimentary beer and wine, included. Friday nights at Whisk are a fun and different night out on the town! 6:30 p.m. April 4. $59. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.
Kitchen Herb Garden
Learn how to grow herbs and infuse their flavors into your everyday recipes. You will find out the best techniques for drying and freezing herbs, as well as preserving their flavors in compound butters, olive oils, and vinegars. Refreshments will be served. 2 p.m. April 5. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.
Carrboro Farmers’ Market
7 a.m. Saturdays April 5-May 17. Free. Carrboro Farmers’ Market, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 919-280-3326. carrborofarmersmarket.com.
Durham Farmers’ Market Saturday Market
8 a.m. Saturdays April 5-May 17. Durham Farmers Market, 501 Foster St., Durham. durhamfarmersmarket.com.
Wake Forest Farmers’ Market
10 a.m. March 29. OneCare Parking Lot, 150 N. White St., Wake Forest. 919-671-9269. wakeforestfarmersmarket.org
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. tastecarolina.com.
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. tastecarolina.com
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. tastecarolina.com
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. tastecarolina.com
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. www.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. 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, 4 p.m. May 7. $12 wine flights; bottle prices vary. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881. UnVinedCary.com.
Come on out to UnVined for $5 Wine Tastings and Entertainment by DJ Smooth Jazz.Come on out and Get Your Smooth On!! 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, 4 p.m. May 8. $5 wine tasting. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881. UnVinedCary.com.
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, 12 p.m. May 9, 11 a.m. May 10. $5 per person. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Road, Apex. 919-387-5760. cloerfamilyvineyards.com.