June 10, 2014

Pick your own berries, beer dinners and more food events

A weekly roundup of upcoming food events across the Triangle including Raleigh, Cary, Durham and Chapel Hill.

Food Events

Mezza Luna U-Pick Lavender

9 a.m. June 11, 9 a.m. June 12, 9 a.m. June 13, 9 a.m. June 14, 9 a.m. June 15. Free Admission. Mezza Luna Lavender Farm, 1850 New Hope Church Rd., Apex. 919-267-4216.

Mystery Brewing Beer Dinner

Join Erik Lars Myers of Mystery Brewing Co., Executive Chef Jason Cunningham and Chef de Cuisine Murray Healy as they present a multi-course beer-inspired menu on the Terrace on the Green with beautiful golf course views. Erik comes hauling kegs straight from the brewery! He’ll serve five small batch collaborative beers including one only served at Mystery Brewing’s Tap Room, as well as the Inn’s exclusive Nanaline, named after Doris Duke’s mother. 6:45 p.m. June 12. $49. Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, 3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham. 919-493-6699.

Brooklyn Brewery Beer Dinner

Raleigh Times Bar is teaming up with Brooklyn Brewery and their Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson to bring you a five course beer dinner on June 12th! Andrew Gerson brings to the table ten years of culinary experience as a cook, educator and activist. As a graduate of the University of Gastronomic Sciences (Pollenzo, Italy) and an active member of Slow Food, Andrew supports local food systems in communities across the country. The Raleigh Times is excited to feature dishes by such a renowned chef and great beer pairings from one of our favorite Breweries! Dinner is $60 per person and starts at 7pmMenuScallop & apple crudo, sour cherries, apple dashi, brown butter gel paired with Sorachi Ace Single Hop Farmhouse Saison Mussels, Wild Streak Bacon Broth, sorrel chimmichurri Paired with Wild Streak Barrel-Aged Wild Brett Ale Fennel Soup, braised fennel, goat cheese Paired with Local 1 Belgian-inspired Strong Golden Ale Braised rabbit, roasted potatoes, rabbit liver mousse, cauliflower puree paired with Brooklyn Kriek Sour/Wild Ale Rhubarb compote, vanilla icecream, apple caramel Paired with Black Ops Barrel-aged Imperial Stout 7 p.m. June 12. The Raleigh Times Bar, 14 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-833-0999.

Moonshine Tasting at The Carolina Inn

Moonshine Tasting at The Carolina Inn211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, 27516Saturday, 6/14 5 PM -7 PMSample a variety of North Carolina made Moonshine while enjoying culinary delights. Meet Moonshiner Wayne cast member of "Moonshiners" featured on the Discovery Channel. One of Wayne’s personal stills will be on display. 5 p.m. June 14. $55. The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill. 919-918-2735.

Larry’s Coffee Public Bean Plant Tour

Larry’s opening the doors for our coffee tasting and public tour!Meet Larry, coffee geek planet lovin’ founding father of Larry’s Coffee.Tour Larry’s green-o-vated beanplant. Enjoy a rainbow of hot & cold brewed Larry’s coffee, vegetarian snacks, LIVE music from Gmish, and local beer.10:23 a.m. June 14. $5. Larry’s Beans, 1507 Gavin St., Raleigh. 919-828-1234.

Help End Childhood Hunger

Which Biz is your Buzz will be collecting non-perishable food for the NC Food Bank to help end childhood hunger during the summer months. Several vendors will be participating to help raise money as well as donating non-perishable food.Thank you. 11 a.m. June 14. Havana Grill, 404 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-460-8662.

Lennar Food Truck Rodeo

Grab a bite from the hottest area food trucks at Austin Creek in Wake Forest on Saturday, June 14th from 11am-2pm! Music from MIX 101.5, plus great giveaways & prizes! Trucks Include: The Parlour, Deli-icious Truck, Barone Meatball Company, Dump Pho King Truck and the Carolina Brewing Company Ambrewlance. 11 a.m. June 14. Lennar at Austin Creek, 300 Austin View Blvd., Wake Forest.

Farm To Fork Soiree

Join us on a journey from Farm to Fork, a unique afternoon luncheon experience on Saturday June 14th. We have worked with Rob at Backyard Produce to source ingredients from local farmers, producers, and food artisans to offer pasture-raised meats and poultry, sustainably grown fruits and vegetables, artisan bread and cheeses, farm fresh eggs, and more to bring you an eclectic menu of healthy and flavorful courses.This one of a kind event is sure to expand your foodie horizons and connect you with local farmers, all while mingling in good company and enjoying multiple courses prepared by local chef, Lotah Fields. Guests will be welcomed to an elegant yet down-to-earth outdoor luncheon setting, where they can expect multiple attentive courses and optional wine pairings in an atmosphere that invites you and your friends to reconnect with good local fare, while having a good time. Seating is limited to 50. Contact us with any questions: Ph: 919-213-0444 or 919-885-6587, Paper Tickets are NOT required. Tickets available at the Door. This Private Event is hosted by Serene Serendipity Wellness and Moonflour Bakery. 1 p.m. June 14. Girasole Trattoria, 960 Gateway Commons Cir, Wake Forest.

Minka Farm, LLC

Pick-Your-Own Blueberries - June & July. By appointment or 10am - 2pm. Call or email for availability. Call for availability after June 1st. Available fruit will be on phone message and web page. 10 a.m. June 15, 10 a.m. June 16, 10 a.m. June 17, 10 a.m. June 18, 10 a.m. June 19, 10 a.m. June 20, 10 a.m. June 21. Minka Farm, LLC, 120 Minka Farm Ln., Efland. 919-304-4999.

SouthEast Crab Feast

Please join us for our 4th Annual SouthEast Crab Feast event this summer in Raleigh. This event offers the Low Country heritage of outdoor cooking of fresh seafood. This All-You-Can-Eat extravaganza will offer fresh out of the ocean Blue Crabs, Low Country Boil (shrimp, potatoes, corn & beef sausage), Music and Family Fun Environment. 4 p.m. June 14. $12.50-$29. Pullen Park, 520 Ashe Ave., Raleigh. 980-202-1142.


Pocket Pies Cooking Class

Set up your Wind Down Wednesday concert chairs for the free concert,then come on in for a 1 hour mini cooking class! Jenni will show you how to make two incredible hand pies: ratatouille and a strawberry-basil with mascarpone. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or beer while we pack up a box for you to take along to the concert. Class held rain or shine. 5:30 p.m. June 11. $25. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Smokin’ Friday the 13th cooking class

We’ve got two sparkling personalities with killer cooking skills teaching this Friday night. Joan and Kim will be working with smoked seafood and meats, then pairing them with wines and fresh sides. Check out the night’s incredible menu under ’What’s Cooking’. Beer and wine are included. Great date night! 6:30 p.m. June 13. $69. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Fathers’ Day Steakhouse Celebration with Chef Brian Adornetto

Brian Adornetto is a chef, food writer, and owner of Love at First Bite. Do something different this Father’s Day and give Dad an afternoon of grilling and eating. Dad and kid duos learn from Brian how to season and grill steaks and then indulge in a steak dinner that is nothing less than restaurant quality. This is a hands-on class. Ages 7 and up.Menu: Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing; Grilled New York Strip Steak with Bacon Butter; Delmonico Style Potatoes; S’mores Pudding2 p.m. June 14. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133.

Viva South America Cooking Class

Set up your Wind Down Wednesday concert chairs for the free concert at Waverly Place, then come on in for a 1 hour mini cooking class! Cherisse will demonstrate steak chivitos, Uraguay’s beloved national dish. Enjoy a complimentary beer or wine while we pack up your dinner to take along to the concert. Class held rain or shine. 5:30 p.m. June 18. $25. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Food Tours


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. 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, 2 p.m. Dec. 13. $38.99. Academy Street Bistro, 200 S. Academy St., Cary. 919-319-5674.

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. June 14, 2 p.m. June 21, 2 p.m. June 28, 2 p.m. July 5. , 2 p.m. July 12, 2 p.m. July 19, 2 p.m. July 26. $45-$65. Open Eye Cafe, 101 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. 919-237-2254.


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. June 14, 1:45 p.m. June 21, 1:45 p.m. June 28, 1:45 p.m. July 5. , 1:45 p.m. July 12, 1:45 p.m. July 19, 1:45 p.m. July 26. $50-$65. The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham. 919-237-2254.


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. June 14, 2:30 p.m. June 21, 2:30 p.m. June 28, 2:30 p.m. July 5. , 2:30 p.m. July 12, 2:30 p.m. July 19, 2:30 p.m. July 26. $38.99. Videri Chocolate Factory, 327 W. Davie Street, Raleigh. 919-319-5674.

Historic Hillsborough Walking Food Tour with Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours

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. June 14, 11 a.m. June 21, 11 a.m. June 28, 11 a.m. July 5, 11 a.m. July 12, 11 a.m. July 19, 11 a.m. July 26. $45. Saratoga Grill, 108 S. Churton St., Hillsborough. 919-237-2254.

Wine Events

Wine Down Wednesday

Come on out to UnVined for $12 Flights and 1/2 Price Bottles.4 p.m. June 11, 4 p.m. June 18, 4 p.m. June 25, 4 p.m. July 2, 4 p.m. July 9, 4 p.m. July 16, 4 p.m. July 23. $12 wine flights; bottle prices vary. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881.

Thirsty Thursdays

Come on out to UnVined for $5 Wine Tastings and Entertainment by DJ Smooth Jazz.4 p.m. June 12, 4 p.m. June 19, 4 p.m. June 26, 4 p.m. July 3, 4 p.m. July 10, 4 p.m. July 17, 4 p.m. July 24. $5 wine tasting. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881.

Spanish Wine Dinner at Gregoria’s Cuban Steakhouse

Gregoria’s Cuban Steakhouse, one of Durham’s newest restaurants featuring contemporary Cuban fare, is hosting a delicious wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 12. For $55 per person you’ll enjoy a fantastic four-course Cuban meal as well as Spanish wines from Aveniu Brands.See our full menu, by visiting www.Facebook.com6:30 p.m. June 12. $55 per person. Gregoria’s Cuban Steakhouse, 2701 Hillsborough Rd., Durham. 919-973-2717.

Weekly Wine Tasting

Every Friday we invite one of our distributors into the shop to talk about their selections for the week. There are usually 4 to 5 wines including both red and white from a different wine region each week.6 p.m. Fridays. $5 or free with purchase of a bottle or pre-order. Veritas In Vino at Brandywine Cellars, 6905 Fayetteville Rd., Durham. 919-405-3838.

Caymus Live Webcast Tasting Featuring Owner Chuck Wagner and Family

Caymus Tasting Live-Via-Webcast with Chuck Wagner (Owner and Winemaker, Caymus Vineyards) and FamilyCelebrating the 40 th Anniversary of Caymus Napa Valley CabernetChuck Wagner joined his parents in 1972 to create Caymus Vineyards, world-renowned for highly rated Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, Chuck and his children are proud to showcase quality Wagner made wines produced from the premier winegrowing regions of California.Please join Chuck, Charlie, Joseph and Jenny Wagner for an exclusive live-via-webcast guided tasting featuring five delicious wines, including the 2012 40 th Anniversary Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy 15% off Wagner Family Wines the day of the event, as well as a gift from the winery.Featured Wines:Conundrum California White WineEmmolo Sauvignon BlancMer Soleil Reserve ChardonnayBelle Glos "Las Alturas" Pinot Noir2012 40 th Anniversary Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet 4 p.m. June 14. Total Wine and More – North Hills, 4421 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh. 919-232-2580.

Wine Tastings

Noon, Fridays. 11 a.m. Saturdays.. $5 per person. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Rd., Apex. 919-387-5760.

Farmers Markets

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. Apex Farmers’ Market, 220 North Salem Street, Apex. 919-372-9798.

Carrboro Farmers’ Market

Carrboro, North Carolina, is home to the nationally recognized Carrboro Farmers’ Market. Recently highlighted by both Bon Appetit, 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. 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays. 7 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Carrboro Farmers’ Market, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 919-280-3326.

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.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Horne Square, Lombard and Main, Clayton. 919-612-3139.

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. 3:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Durham Farmers Market, 501 Foster St., Durham. 919-667-3099.

Eno River Farmers Market

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.-noon Saturdays. Eno River Farmers Market, 144 E. Margaret Ln., Hillsborough. 812-322-2582.

Fearrington Farmers Market

Fearrington Farmer’s Market occurs every Tuesday from April To November from 4pm to 6pm rain or shine. The market sells produce, baked goods, locally prepared pizza and Greek cuisine, soaps, and lotions. You can see just what is available by signing up for our weekly newsletter by going to our website. 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays. Fearrington Farmer’s Market, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro. 919-923-6262.

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. -2 p.m. Saturdays. . Centennial Park, 102 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina. 305-989-7567.

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.-noon. Home Depot Parking Lot, Hampton Point, Hillsborough.

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. 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Main Street Station, 287 East St., Pittsboro. 919-601-6357.

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.-2 p.m. Wednesdays. City Plaza, 400 Block Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-821-6977.

The Saturday Market

Every Saturday from 9:30-1pm Rebus Works host a Farmers Market so bring your bags and be ready to shop! Local Farmers sell sustainable and organic foods including milk, eggs, bread, meat, seafood and fresh vegetables. Enjoy rotating food trucks, a wide selection of craft beers, Locopops and inside seating. Donation Yoga with rotating instructors is from 10-11am inside Rebus Works. There is often a kids craft and every second Saturday we feature a local charity. All are welcome! 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. $2 - $20. Rebus Works, 301 Kinsey St., Raleigh. 919-754-8452.

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 – 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. 3:30-6:30 p.m.Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Free. Greenwood Commons Shopping Center, 5410 Hwy 55, Durham.

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! 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Southern Village Farmer’s Market, 650 Market St., Chapel Hill. 919-933-4422.

WakeMed Raleigh Campus Farmers Market

The WakeMed Farmers Market opens on June 3 at the hospital’s outdoor courtyard. It will be open on Tuesdays from 10 am-2 pm through Aug. 26. The market brings fresh foods to thousands of patients, visitors and staff as well as southeast Raleigh, where there is a significant need for convenient access to fresh and healthy foods. The market will accept EBT cards as well as debit and credit cards this season. It will also offer 2 for 1 Market Match vouchers for those who receive SNAP benefits. 10 a.m. 2- p.m. Tuesdays. WakeMed, 3000 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. 919-350-8000.

Waverly Place Farmers’ Market

This is the year that we finally make the move to the Promenade at Waverly. We’ve earned the space! The move has already attracted top notch vendors that will showcase high quality local produce, fresh meats and cheeses, baked goods, artwork, and so much more. Each Saturday we will showcase talented musicians, performers, cooking demos, nutritionists, arts and crafts classes, and delicious samples from Waverly restaurants. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Waverly Place Shopping Center, 302 Colonades Way, Cary.

Wendell Farmers Market

Your stop for fresh produce, eggs, local honey, jams, jellies and more. Where we place an emphasis on eating locally grown produce and knowing the importance of where your food came from. Open Saturday’s from May 10th to October 25th. 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Wendell Farmers Market, 3700 Wendell Blvd., Wendell. 919-375-8115.

Western Wake Farmers’ Market

The Western Wake Farmers’ Market will host a variety of educators and demonstrations throughout the month of June, including local foods book club by Triangle Kid Books, market foods activities for kids by the Morrisville Square Creative School, summer gardening demonstration by the Morrisville Community Garden and fitness and wellness demonstration by Open Arts. 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Western Wake Farmers’ Market, 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary. 540-230-6697.

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