Michael Pollan reading from “Cooked”
Michael Pollan reading from his new book, “Cooked” an exploration of cooking through the elements of fire, water, air and earth. One ticket free with purchase of book, up to four additional tickets $5/each. Co-sponsored by the NCSU Friends of the Library. Books and tickets available at Quail Ridge Books & Music. 7:30 p.m. May 16. One ticket free with purchase of book, up to four additional tickets $5 each. James B. Hunt Library, 1070 Partners Way, Raleigh. 919-828-1588. quailridgebooks.com.
Join us to sample fresh strawberries donated by Carrboro Farmers’ Market farmers, delicious signature yellow cake from Sera Cuni of Foster’s Market of Chapel Hill, and homemade whipped cream while supplies last! Pick up our U-Pick summary to find out where you can pick your own strawberries, and visit our many strawberry-selling vendors to stock up your freezer and pantry for the year. Join local musician Timothy Wells for movement & music for kids and enjoy strawberry themed face painting! 8 a.m. May 17. Free. Carrboro Farmers’ Market, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 919-280-3326. carrborofarmersmarket.com.
Strawberry Shortcake will be at market celebrating her favorite seasonal item: STRAWBERRIES!!! Come celebrate with us and pick up some buckets of berries! 8 a.m. May 17. Cary Downtown Farmers Market, 135 W. Chatham St., Cary. caryfarmersmarket.com.
Join us and Stop Hunger Now staff on Saturday, May 17th, for a cookout at Taylor’s Wine Shop! Proceeds will benefit Stop Hunger Now, an international NGO based in Raleigh that aims to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable. $10 per plate includes BBQ, coleslaw and potato salad. Tickets are now available at the shop & will also be sold the day-of. To learn more about our charitable partner, visit www.stophungernow.org. 11 a.m. May 17. $10. Taylor’s Wine Shop, 10005 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh. 919-847-3069. stophungernow.org.
Flora and Food Trucks
After a highly successful inaugural run, Fairview Greenhouses & Garden Center, Inc. will host the second annual "Flora and Food Trucks" series. Each event day will feature 4-5 food trucks:American Meltdown, Baguettaboutit, Chick N Que, Chirba Chirba, Deliicious, Dump Pho King, Jam Ice Cream, Mama Dukes, Only Burger, Sarge’s Chef, Sweet Stacey Cakes, Sweet Traditions, Sympathy for the Deli, Will & Pops. Store hours: 9AM-6PM Mon-Sat, Sun 1PM-5PM 11 a.m. May 17. Free admission. Fairview Greenhouse and Garden Center, 8224 Holly Springs Rd., Raleigh. 919-851-6821. fairviewgardencenter.com.
“Pickles & Preserves” with Andrea Weigl
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get a signed copy of Pickles and Preserves! Weigl defines the year by her canning sessions. This book highlights the regional flair that southern cooks bestow on this traditional art of survival in preserving the South’s bountiful harvest. The fifty classic and inventive recipes--from Dilly Beans and Pickled Okra to Muscadine Jam and Habanero Gold Pepper Jelly--will have beginners and veterans alike rolling up their sleeves. 2 p.m. May 17. Free. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.
Carolina RailHawks Taste of the Triangle
The 6th Annual Taste of the Triangle Pregame Festival returns to WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday, May 17th at 5:30pm. The event, presented by Chef’s Academy, is one of the RailHawks most popular pregame festivals. The event precedes the RailHawks match against the Atlanta Silverbacks at 7:30pm. For $16, you can enjoy cuisine from area restaurants and local brew courtesy of White Street Brewing Company. RailHawks Season Ticket Holders can call the RailHawks Box Office to receive discounts. 5:30 p.m. May 17. $16 for individuals, $11 for persons under 21, $5 for children age 3-5. WakeMed Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Dr., Cary. 919-459-8144. carolinarailhawks.com.
Double R Cattle Services, Inc.
We have a U-pick strawberry patch scheduled to open May 1. (call to confirm) We also offer 100% grass-fed beef and fresh eggs. During strawberry season, we are open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. or until the strawberries are all picked. Meat & egg sales are by appointment when the patch is closed. Find more information at www.DoubleRCattleServices.com Call 919-949-8157 to find out our picking status on any given day during strawberry season. 701 Ollie’s Lane; Hillsborough 8 a.m. May 14, 8 a.m. May 15, 8 a.m. May 16, 8 a.m. May 17, 8 a.m. May 19, 8 a.m. May 20, 8 a.m. May 21. Double R Cattle Services, Inc., 701 Ollie’s Ln., Hillsborough. 919-949-8157. DoubleRCattleServices.com.
Jamaican-themed dinner party
No passport required for this class! Kyle is known for his innovative style and imaginative food. He will be teaching a flavorful Jamaican menu, complete with island music -- you bring the vibe. Take home the recipes and recreate for your own unique dinner party. You’ll be eating Kyle’s creations, plus beer and wine are included. Great date night! 6:30 p.m. May 16. $59. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.
An all day canning extravaganza! with free tastings and demos, an intro to canning class with the N&O’s Andrea Weigl, a canning contest with prizes!, and discounts on canning supplies. Don’t miss it!! 10 a.m. May 17. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.
Children’s Cupcake Decorating Class
Join us for this hands-on class in which your kids will learn how to decorate cupcakes with Lisa Guadagnini of Tier Bella Bakery & Florals. This class will begin with the basics of how to write and read a recipe to create delicious desserts. Participants will move on to learning piping techniques using frosting and fondant. All participants will leave with the cupcakes that they decorated in the class. Please note this class is limited to elementary and middle school age children. 10:30 a.m. May 17. $40. Gather, 111 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-378-9172. gathernc.com.
Italian Seafood on the Grill
Chef: Brian AdornettoBrian is a chef, food writer and owner of Love at First Bite. Join Brian and you’ll get a head start on the summer grilling season with an interactive grilling class starring seafood married with Italian flavors. This is a hands-on class. Menu: Grilled Pesto Scallops; Grilled Shrimp with Fresh Tomato Fra Diavolo Sauce; Grilled Tuna with Lemon Caper Oil; Grilled Swordfish with Sicilian Orange and Olive Salad 2 p.m. May 17. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133. southernseason.com.
Entertaining gluten-free has never been easier or more flavorful. Meghan’s menu is healthy and high-flavor, with every gluten-free morsel meeting paleo dietary guidelines. Meghan lives what she teaches and is both a fitness trainer and a Paleo dietary expert. Come hungry to this 2 hour class where she will provide education, inspiration, and practical guidelines for living a delicious life! 12 p.m. May 22. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.
Recently arrived from Paris, Emmanuelle Peron combines the fresh flavors of lemons, strawberries and blueberries with classic techniques that will turn simple seasonal ingredients into a French masterpiece. You will learn the secrets of building a beautiful patisserie tart, and then take it home to share with family. Petit Pain Finger Sandwiches and a special aperitif will be served. 11 a.m. May 23. $69. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.
Wake Forest Farmers Market
We offer our own fresh-off-the-farm produce; pasture-raised meats; free-range eggs; cheeses; fresh pasta, ravioli, and sauces; fresh and dried herbs; honey, jams, and preserves; fresh-cut flowers; delicious baked goods, and arts and crafts items of all sorts. Most vendors use environmentally sustainable agricultural practices, which are healthy for the soil, water, air, animals, and humans! Many local musicians visit us most Saturdays. Come visit us soon! 8 a.m. May 17, 8 a.m. May 31, 8 a.m. June 7, 8 a.m. June 14, 8 a.m. June 21, 8 a.m. June 28, 8 a.m. July 5. Free. Wake Forest Farmers Market, 150 N. White St., Wake Forest. 919-671-9269. wakeforestfarmersmarket.org.
Western Wake Farmers’ Market
Open Year-Round. 8a.m.-Noon Saturdays (April - November); 9:30a.m.-Noon Saturdays (December - March) 8 a.m. Saturdays. Western Wake Farmers’ Market, 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary. 540-230-6697. westernwakefarmersmarket.org.
Pittsboro Farmers’ Market
A weekly "producers only" Farmers’ Market offering the best locally raised produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, jams, jellies, pickles, relishes, transplants, bedding and decorative plants, handmade soaps and lotions, hand spun and dyed wools. 3:30 p.m. May 15, 3:30 p.m. May 22, 3:30 p.m. May 29, 3:30 p.m. June 5, 3:30 p.m. June 12, 3:30 p.m. June 19, 3:30 p.m. June 26. Main Street Station, 287 East St., Pittsboro. 919-601-6357. pittsborofarmersmarket.org.
Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market
Join us at City Plaza for locally grown produce, artisan baked goods, live music, and much more throughout our 2014 season on Wednesdays from 10 am-2 pm through November 5. In addition to its local food festivals, the Market will also host Rex Healthcare Wellness Wednesdays every third Wednesday of the month. Make it your farm fresh destination each week. 10 a.m. May 14, 10 a.m. May 21, 10 a.m. May 28, 10 a.m. June 4, 10 a.m. June 11, 10 a.m. June 18, 10 a.m. June 25. City Plaza, 400 Block Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-821-6977. RaleighEatLocal.com.
South Durham Farmers’ Market
We believe that everyone should have access to delicious and healthy food grown in a way that sustains and enriches our local environment â€“ and that farmers and artisan food makers grow and create the most flavorful and nutritious foods when they are located within a 50 mile radius of South Durham. 3:30 p.m. May 14, 8 a.m. May 17, 3:30 p.m. May 21, 8 a.m. May 24, 3:30 p.m. May 28, 8 a.m. May 31, 3:30 p.m. June 4. Free. Greenwood Commons Shopping Ctr, 5410 Hwy 55, Durham. southdurhamfarmersmarket.org.
Southern Village Farmer’s Market
This year Chapel Hill’s old new neighborhood,Southern Village, hosts it’s annual Farmer’s Market and welcomes new vendors and new treats. Seafood, vegan treats and pastries, grass-fed beef, fresh fruits and vegetables and more! 3:30 p.m. May 15, 3:30 p.m. May 22, 3:30 p.m. May 29, 3:30 p.m. June 5, 3:30 p.m. June 12, 3:30 p.m. June 19, 3:30 p.m. June 26. Southern Village Farmer’s Market, 650 Market St., Chapel Hill. 919-933-4422. svfarmersmarket.com.
Apex Farmers Market
Local Farmers and Vendors providing fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, chicken, eggs, honey, fish, bake goods, crafts, old time knife sharping, food trucks and much more. Come bring your lawn chairs and listen to our musicians and enjoy our Kids Zone with fun kid activities. Every Saturday rain or shine 9am-1pm, April thru September. For more details visit www.apexfarmersmarket.com 9 a.m. May 17, 9 a.m. May 24, 9 a.m. May 31, 9 a.m. June 7, 9 a.m. June 14, 9 a.m. June 21, 9 a.m. June 28. none. Apex Farmers’ Market, 220 North Salem Street, Apex. 919-372-9798. apexfarmersmarket.com.
Carrboro Farmers’ Market
Carrboro, North Carolina, is home to the nationally recognized Carrboro Farmers’ Market. Recently highlighted by both Bon AppÃ©tit, Martha Stewart’s Good Food Magazine, and Visa Black Card Magazine as one of the top markets in the country, Carrboro Farmers’ Market celebrates its 36th season in 2014. The Carrboro Farmers’ Market is truly a farmer-owned and operated market. The vendors themselves produce all goods sold at the Market. Everything comes from within a 50-mile radius of Carrboro. 7 a.m. May 17, 7 a.m. May 24, 7 a.m. May 31, 7 a.m. June 7, 7 a.m. June 14, 7 a.m. June 21, 7 a.m. June 28. free. Carrboro Farmers’ Market, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 919-280-3326. www.carrborofarmersmarket.com. 3 p.m. May 14, 3 p.m. May 21, 3 p.m. May 28, 3 p.m. June 4, 3 p.m. June 11, 3 p.m. June 18, 3 p.m. June 25. free. Carrboro Farmers’ Market, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 919-280-3326. carrborofarmersmarket.com.
Clayton Farm and Community Market
Come see us at the Clayton Farmers Market! Pasture raised pork, beef and eggs - Fresh produce - plants and flowers - local honey - baked goods - flavored popcorn - local artisans - teas - local folks eating healthy and having fun! 9 a.m. May 17, 9 a.m. May 24, 9 a.m. May 31, 9 a.m. June 7, 9 a.m. June 14, 9 a.m. June 21, 9 a.m. June 28. Free. Horne Square, Lombard and Main, Clayton. 919-612-3139. cfcmnc.org.
Durham Farmers’ Market
The Durham Farmers’ Market is an open-air, all local, and producer only Market located in the heart of Downtown Durham in the Pavilion at Durham Central Park. The Market hosts of 70 different vendors including farmers, crafters, and food artisans. All of the items available at the Market are grown or produced within 70 miles of Durham. The Market is open Saturdays, year-round and Wednesday afternoons seasonally. 3:30 p.m. May 14, 8 a.m. May 17, 3:30 p.m. May 21, 8 a.m. May 24, 3:30 p.m. May 28, 8 a.m. May 31, 3:30 p.m. June 4. Durham Farmers Market, 501 Foster St., Durham. 919-667-3099. durhamfarmersmarket.com.
Eno River Farmers Market in Downtown Hillsborough
A year round farmers market located in the Farmers Market Pavilion (behind the Sheriff’s Department) in the heart of Historic Downtown Hillsborough within easy walking distance of River Park, Weaver Street, Cup A Joe, Orange County Public Library, Panciuto, Matthew’s Chocolates, and more. Live music, children’s activities, local fruits and veggies, free range eggs, pastured meats, artisan cheeses and baked goods, art, and much more! 8 a.m. May 17, 8 a.m. May 24, 8 a.m. May 31, 8 a.m. June 7, 8 a.m. June 14, 8 a.m. June 21, 8 a.m. June 28. Eno RIver Farmers Market, 144 E. Margaret Ln., Hillsborough. 812-322-2582. enoriverfarmersmarket.com.
Growers Market of Fuquay Varian
From May 10th to October 25th come to downtown historical Fuquay Springs at the corner of Academy and Main. The Growers Market includes the best that Southwest Wake County has to offer. The Growers Market is open on Wednesdays from 3-6 and Saturday from 9-2, rain or shine.This year we will have a Certified USDA produce vendor. There is The Downtown Jam Musicians every Saturday as well as educational classes, children’s activities,and guest sponsors. Now taking EBT, Debit and Credit Cards. 9 a.m. May 17, 9 a.m. May 24, 9 a.m. May 31, 9 a.m. June 7, 9 a.m. June 14, 9 a.m. June 21, 9 a.m. June 28. Free Admission and Activities. Cenntenial Park, 102 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina. 305-989-7567. growers-market.org.
Hillsborough Farmers Market
The Hillsborough Farmers Market (HFM) is a 27-year-old public service, non-for-profit organization whose primary mission is to encourage, support, and promote the entrepreneurial efforts of local independent, and small scale vendors selling directly to consumers and operating independently from large corporate or factory farms/businesses. The HFM also educates consumers about the benefits of buying fresh, locally produced food and provides a venue for local non-profits and musicians. 8 a.m. May 17, 8 a.m. May 24, 8 a.m. May 31, 8 a.m. June 7, 8 a.m. June 14, 8 a.m. June 21, 8 a.m. June 28. Home Depot Parking Lot, Hampton Point, Hillsborough. hillsboroughfarmersmarket.org.
Get acquainted with Cary’s rich heritage while experiencing the flavors of the diverse downtown culinary landscape on this guided walking food tour.Journey with a small group through the heart of Cary’s downtown (often overlooked by Triangle residents), and you will quickly gain a sense of the history and culture that shaped this community. The tour allows you to casually experience first-hand the ambiance and flavor of several unique, hidden culinary gems along the way. 2 p.m. May 17, 2 p.m. June 21, 2 p.m. July 19, 2 p.m. Aug. 16, 2 p.m. Sep. 20, 2 p.m. Oct. 18, 2 p.m. Nov. 15. $38.99. Academy Street Bistro, 200 S. Academy St., Cary. 919-319-5674. trianglefoodtour.com.
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. May 17, 2 p.m. May 24, 2 p.m. May 31, 2 p.m. June 7, 2 p.m. June 14, 2 p.m. June 21, 2 p.m. June 28. $45-$65. Open Eye Cafe, 101 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. 919-237-2254. 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. 1:45 p.m. May 17, 1:45 p.m. May 24, 1:45 p.m. May 31, 1:45 p.m. June 7, 1:45 p.m. June 14, 1:45 p.m. June 21, 1:45 p.m. June 28. $50-$65. The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.
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. May 17, 11 a.m. May 24, 11 a.m. May 31, 11 a.m. June 7, 11 a.m. June 14, 11 a.m. June 21, 11 a.m. June 28. $45. Saratoga Grill, 108 S. Churton St., Hillsborough. 919-237-2254. 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’ll enjoy innovative ethnic and southern cuisine, scratch-made desserts, local beer, wine, and more at multiple restaurants! There’s something for everyone in Raleigh. 1:45 p.m. May 16, 3:30 p.m. May 17, 1:45 p.m. May 23, 4 p.m. May 24, 1:45 p.m. May 30, 1:45 p.m. May 31, 1:45 p.m. June 6. $50-$65. Briggs Hardware Store Building, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.
Downtown Raleigh’s District Dining via the R-LineA 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. May 17, 2:30 p.m. May 24, 2:30 p.m. May 31, 2:30 p.m. June 7, 2:30 p.m. June 14, 2:30 p.m. June 21, 2:30 p.m. June 28. $38.99. Videri Chocolate Factory, 327 W. Davie Street, Raleigh. 919-319-5674. trianglefoodtour.com.
Tasty Tuesdays at Wine Authorities
Education, as well as fun, is at the core of Wine Authorities mission. Free tastings take place at both Durham and Raleigh stores Tuesdays from 5pm to 7pm. Guests may also visit anytime to buy samples of wine from the Enomatic – an Italian wine-dispensing machine – which features 12 to 24 wines, and offers tastes, half-glasses, and glass of wine. Check the web site for classes which provide more in-depth wine study. 2501 University Drive, Durham, 919-489-2884; 211 E Franklin St, Raleigh 919-831-9463; wineauthorities.com
Saturday Wine Tasting at Wine Authorities
Education, as well as fun, is at the core of Wine Authorities mission. Free tastings take place at both Durham and Raleigh stores Saturdays from noon to 3pm. Guests may also visit anytime to buy samples of wine from the Enomatic – an Italian wine-dispensing machine – which features 12 to 24 wines, and offers tastes, half-glasses, and glass of wine. Check the web site for classes which provide more in-depth wine study. 2501 University Drive, Durham, 919-489-2884; 211 E Franklin St, Raleigh , 919-831-9463; wineauthorities.com
Wine Down Wednesday at UnVined
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. May 14, 4 p.m. May 21, 4 p.m. May 28, 4 p.m. June 4, 4 p.m. June 11, 4 p.m. June 18, 4 p.m. June 25. $12 wine flights; bottle prices vary. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881. UnVinedCary.com.
Thirsty Thursdays at UnVined
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. May 15, 4 p.m. May 22, 4 p.m. May 29, 4 p.m. June 5, 4 p.m. June 12, 4 p.m. June 19, 4 p.m. June 26. $5 Wine Tasting. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881. UnVinedCary.com.
Cloer Family Vineyards Wine Tastings
12 p.m. May 16, 11 a.m. May 17, 12 p.m. May 23, 11 a.m. May 24, 12 p.m. May 30, 11 a.m. May 31, 12 p.m. June 6, 11 a.m. June 7, 12 p.m. June 13, 11 a.m. June 14, 12 p.m. June 20, 11 a.m. June 21, 12 p.m. June 27, 11 a.m. June 28. $5 per person. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Road, Apex. 919-387-5760. cloerfamilyvineyards.com.