Here’s a weekly roundup of upcoming food, beer and wine events, tours, classes, workshops and more across the Triangle.
Note: Businesses enter these events online months and weeks ahead of time; please check their websites or call to verify spots are still available.
Cooks & Books: Katie Button
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Join us on the Garden Terrace to celebrate Asheville chef Katie Button’s cookbook, “Curate.” Tickets are $95 per person and include tastes from the book, a copy of the cookbook, service fee and tax. Button is chef and owner of two unique restaurants in Asheville: Curate Tapas Bar and Nightbell restaurant and lounge. 4-6 p.m. Nov. 6. $95. McIntyre’s Books, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. 919-542-3030.
Small Plates of the World with Sandra Gutierrez
Cookbook author Sandra Gutierrez is an expert on Latin American small plates. In this class she takes her specialty even further to bring you her favorites from around the world. Join her and learn new recipes that will be perfect for holiday entertaining.6 p.m. Nov. 2. $49. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Risotto Class with Seth Kingsbury
Join Seth Kingsbury, owner of Pazzo!, to learn the secret art of risotto making. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 3. $65. Midway Community Kitchen, 505 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill. 919-280-0895, midwaycommunitykitchen.com.
North Raleigh UMC Pork BBQ Dinner
Enjoy an Eastern N.C. barbecue pork plate including rolls, potatoes, green beans, coleslaw and drink. Brunswick stew will be sold by cup or quart, and pork by the pound. Desserts will be available via bake sale. Dine-in and takeout available. Free delivery of orders of 10 or more plates. 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 4. $9 plate, pound of pork or quart of stew; $3 cup of stew. North Raleigh United Methodist Church, 8501 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh. 919-847-1536, nrumc.org.
Mario Batali ‘Big American Cookbook’ Signing
Join us in welcoming Mario Batali to Chapel Hill for a book signing and block party! Join us to get a signed copy of the book, the chance to meet Mario and enjoy food from our neighbors Root Cellar, Kitchen and Lucha Tigre at Midtown Market. 2-4 p.m. Nov. 4. $48. Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill. 919-942-7373, flyleafbooks.com.
Fire from the Farm
Teddy Diggs, executive chef of Il Palio, and Chris Fischer, author of James Beard award-winning cookbook, Beetlebung Farm, join forces to transport the seaside flavors and rustic elegance of Martha’s Vineyard to the heart of North Carolina. Tickets can be purchased $120 by calling 919-918-2545 and include expert wine and cocktail pairings and a VIP gift. Personalized and autographed copies of Chris Fischer’s James Beard-winning cookbook, “The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook,” will be available for purchase. 6:30-11:30 p.m. Nov. 4. $120. IL Palio Ristorante, 1505 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-929-4000, ilpalio.com.
Christ the King Moravian Christmas Bazaar
Traditional Moravian craft and food bazaar! Get a jump on Christmas shopping while enjoying live music and homemade treats. This is a fundraiser that supports local and international missions. 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 5. Free admission. Christ the King Church, 4405 Hope Valley Road, Durham. 919-489-1711, ctkhome.org.
Mount Pisgah Baptist Church Chicken Dumplings and Stew Dinner
Chicken dumplings, green beans, baked apples, fried cornbread and dessert. Dine-in and takeout available. 4-7 p.m. Nov. 5. $9; $4 children 10 and under. Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, 1288 Mt. Pisgah Church Road, Apex. 919-362-7951, mountpisgahchurch.org.
Brunswick Stew & BBQ Chicken
The Baptist Men at Clyde’s Chapel Baptist Church will prepare and serve a meal of homemade Brunswick Stew and BBQ chicken and all the sides plus homemade desserts. The money raised for this event goes towards missions in the community. 4:30 p.m. Nov. 5. $4-$8. Clyde’s Chapel Baptist Church, 16657 Buffalo Road, Wendell. 919-365-6969, clydeschapelbaptist.org.
The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook Class
Chris Fischer will be here to share some favorite recipes from his James Beard-award winning cookbook. Menu: Rigatoni with Clams; Lobster Pan Roast; Kale and Pork Belly; Honey Pie. 5 p.m. Nov. 5. $55. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Postal Seafood Pop-Up Dinner
Be our guest for a memorable evening with Postal Fish Company. The menu for the evening boasts fresh-caught North Carolina Seafood, paired with hand selected wines. Reception will begin with drinks and passed appetizers, followed by a four-course meal. 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 7. $65. Midway Community Kitchen, 505 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill. 919-280-0895, midwaycommunitykitchen.com.
Thanksgiving Cooking Class
Learn the tricks of the trade from expert caterer and make ahead queen- we will focus on entertaining without stress. This class is demonstration and includes helpful tips on how to prepare the meal the day before. 6-8 p.m. Nov. 8. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Food Photography Class
Learn about food photography from a local photographer Stacey Sprenz. She will walk us through what makes a great photograph when it comes to working with food. Whether you are a small food business or an individual who wants to refine their skills, this will be a great class. What kind of camera should you bring? Anything! Smartphones, digital cameras, etc. You can bring whatever medium you plan to work with. 6-8 p.m. Nov. 9. $60. Midway Community Kitchen, 505 W. Rosemary St, Chapel Hill. 919-280-0895, midwaycommunitykitchen.com.
Late Autumn in Italy with Sheri Castle
We all love Italian food but there is so much more to the cuisine than pasta and pizza! Sheri Castle may bean expert on Southern cuisine but she loves the flavors of Italy as well. Join her for an exploration of the unique fall dishes of that country and learn new recipes with which to celebrate the bounty of the season. 6 p.m. Nov. 9. $49. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Fast & Easy, Holiday or Not with David Hirsch
One of our favorite chefs is back in our kitchen and he is bringing along with him some favorites from the famous Moosewood restaurant in upstate New York, which he has been part of since 1976. Join this popular instructor and cookbook author and learn vegetarian recipes perfect for a dinner party or a dinner for one. Menu: Tomato Lime-Soup with Tortilla Chips and Cheese; Greens with Pecan and Pears; Creamy Lemon Pasta; White Bean and Mushroom Ragout with Polenta Croutons; Mocha Sorbet 6 p.m. Nov. 11. $55. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Southern Holidays with Debbie Moose
Author of several books, Debbie is back to represent “Southern Holidays,” her addition to the popular Savor the South series from UNC Press. She will share some of her favorite recipes (all with a Southern twist) from the many special occasions that occur during the end of the year. Menu: Apple-Bacon Stuffed Collard Roll-Ups (New Year’s Day); Cajun-Style Rice Dressing (Thanksgiving); Chipotle Brisket (Hanukkah); Sorghum Pecan Pie (Thanksgiving); Holiday Coconut Cake (Christmas) 2 p.m. Nov. 13. $49. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Thanksgiving Make-Ahead Sides
There is no need to wait until Thanksgiving morning at 5 a.m. to get started on the holiday meal. Join us in this hands-on class for a menu of side dishes that can be assembled several days in advance and finished in very little time. Menu: Cheddar Old Bay Rolls; Truffled Swiss Chard and Potato Gratin; Sourdough Stuffing with Sausage, Applesa nd Pecans; Gingered Cranberry Sauce; Apricot GlazedGreen Beans 5 p.m. Nov. 14. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Stone Soup Supper
Enjoy soups from top Triangle chefs as they compete to win the title of Soup-erior Chef at Urban Ministries of Wake County’s twelfth annual Stone Soup Supper. Funds raised from the event will be used to feed, shelter, and provide health care to low income individuals. Guests receive unlimited bowls of artisan soups from more than 10 competing chefs and one hand-crafted piece of pottery from the Triangle Potters Guild. Guests are also encouraged to partake in the Soup-erior Chef Competition with just $1 a vote. Soup-to-Go will be available for $10 per quart by drive thru. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 16. $5-$25. McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh. 919-515-2277.
The Flavors of Oaxaca
Enjoy the flavors of Oaxaca Silvana, owner and chef of Soul Cocina, a plant-based, Latin-inspired food company, just returned from Oaxaca, Mexico. There she cooked with the locals, explored the markets and drew inspiration for new flavors and recipes. She is now ready to pass her experiences onto you. Oaxaca’s food culture is famously rich and diverse. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 16. $65. Midway Community Kitchen, 505 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill. 919-280-0895, midwaycommunitykitchen.com.
Wine and beer tastings
Every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m., sample wines from across the globe for only $5. Wine tasting topics will include Wines of Elyse on Nov. 2. 6-7 p.m. $5. Mandolin, 2519 Fairview Road, Raleigh. 919-322-0365, mandolinraleigh.com.
Free tastings take place at both Durham and Raleigh stores. Check the website for classes that provide more in-depth wine study. Noon-3 p.m. Saturdays; 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays; free. Wine Authorities, 211 E. Franklin St., Raleigh; 2501 University Drive, Durham. wineauthorities.com
Fearrington Wine Tasting
Fearrington Sommelier Colin Williams will be offering free wine tastings from 3-6 p.m. each Friday and 2-6 p.m. Saturday. Free. The Goat Coffee & Wine Shop, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. 919-545-5717, fearrington.com/the-goat/.
Bourbon: It’s In The Barrel
Join Chetan Reddy and let him be your guide through the world of fine bourbons. During this class you will enjoy an in-depth history of the beverage, an exploration of different production areas, and terminology. Tickets include bourbon, cheese plate, service fee and tax. 6-8 p.m. Nov. 3. $45. The Fearrington Granary Restaurant, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. 919-542-2121, fearrington.com/eateries/the-fearrington-granary.
Ocean South Wine Tasting
Join us for a Free Wine Tasting featuring Ocean South. 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 4. Free. Taylor’s Wine Shop, 10005 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. 919-847-3069, taylorswineshop.com.
Raffaldini Grande Riserva Blending
Each session is a two-hour educational wine experience led by vineyard owner Jay Raffaldini in the winery’s barrel room. Each blend you create will be carefully analyzed and sampled, and will become the inspiration for the winery’s new red blend vintage. 1-3 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6. $35; $30 Wine Club members. Raffaldini Vineyards, 450 Groce Rd., Ronda. 336-835-9463, raffaldini.com.
Join us for the First Annual Beaujolais Nouveau Festival. Cousins Maine Lobster Truck will be present from 1 to 6. 1-8 p.m. Nov. 5. $12. Chatham Hill Winery, 8245 Chapel Hill Rd, Cary. 919-380-7135, chathamhillwine.com.
Retro Holiday Cocktail Party
Cocktails—because no great story ever started with someone eating a salad. This year, make your holiday party a retro cocktail party! The fun and entertaining Chef Lucindy Willis will be here to teach favorite and easy-to-preparerecipes from the 1960s that will help you host a memorable party. 2 p.m. Nov. 6. $49. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Kipos Wine Dinner with Alpha Estate
We are thrilled to announce that the fourth and final Kipos wine dinner as a part of the “Vineyards of Greece” seasonal series. This wine and dine feast will feature wines by Alpha Estate. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9. $58 per guest. Kipos Greek Taverna, 431 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-425-0760, kiposchapelhill.com.
Beaujolais Wine Class
The oft-forgotten Gamay grape can be light, fruity, and vibrant, but also brooding, complex, and serious, as well as a great alternative to the wine from the Cote d’Or. These are the Gamay styles that will be explored in depth with Beverage Director Paula de Pano. Let’s get you ready for Thanksgiving with some of this fun wine.6-8 p.m. Nov. 10. $40. The Fearrington Granary Restaurant, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. 919-542-2121, fearrington.com/eateries/the-fearrington-granary.
Mattie Beason, cider expert from Black Twig Cider House, will be working with Alexander Kast from Goat Lady Dairy on a cider and cheese pairing and tasting class. The class will highlight five cheeses and four ciders. The cost is $25 per person. 3-4 p.m. Nov. 12, Dec. 10. $25 per person. Black Twig Cider House, 2812 Erwin Road, Durham. 919-321-0203, blacktwigciderhouse.com.
Triangle Food Tour: Downtown Durham
On this guided journey through the streets of downtown Durham, we’ll visit some of the area’s most unique, hidden culinary gems. 2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturdays. $45. Fishmonger’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 806 W. Main St., Durham. 919-682-0128, trianglefoodtour.com
Triangle Food Tour: Downtown Chapel Hill & Carrboro
On this leisurely walk through the downtown streets of Chapel Hill and Carrboro the group will pause at up to six locations among the area’s finest and most unique establishments. Along the way, the streetscapes and local character will combine to reveal how unique and different each are despite their close proximity. 2:15-5:30 p.m. Saturdays. $45. Downtown Chapel Hill, Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 919-967-9440, trianglefoodtour.com
Triangle Food Tour: Downtown Cary
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. 2-5 p.m. Saturdays. $45. Ashworth Village, 200 S. Academy St., Cary. 919-388-8639, trianglefoodtour.com
Triangle Food Tour: Downtown Raleigh
Experience a guided culinary journey of sight and taste that spans all five 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. 2-5:30 p.m. Saturdays, $45. Fayetteville St, Raleigh, trianglefoodtour.com
Taste Carolina: Raleigh Saturday Afternoon Tasting Tour
This tour is a fantastic way to get to know the heart of downtown. Included is food tastings at four unique, local restaurants plus dessert and a wine tasting. Tours begin at historic Fayetteville Street. 2 p.m. Saturdays. $55. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St, Raleigh. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Raleigh Friday Afternoon Tasting Tour
The Friday Afternoon Tasting Tour begins on historic Fayetteville Street near the Capitol and heads over to the Seaboard Station/ Oakwood districts via the R Line, with a 20-minute history walk back downtown at the end of the tour. Food tastings at three restaurants that source ingredients locally, a beer and/ or wine tasting and dessert are included. 1:30 p.m. Fridays. $55. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St., Raleigh. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Raleigh Dinner & Drinks Tours
The Friday and Saturday Dinner & Drinks Tours stay mostly close to historic Fayetteville Street and the Capitol but may walk to the Warehouse/Gallery or Glenwood Avenue South Districts. These high-spirited tours include enough food to be considered dinner by most people, and include a number of drink pairings. Stops are subject to change based on restaurant availability. Tours include five stops: three varied restaurants for savory food paired with wine, beer or a cocktail, a speakeasy cocktail bar, and a sweet bite for dessert. 4 p.m. Fridays, 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. $69.50. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St., Raleigh. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Raleigh Roots Tour
Raleigh Roots Tour explores the areas of Seaboard Station, Mordecai, and Oakwood neighborhoods. The tour includes savory food at three restaurants plus a beer or wine tasting and dessert. Stops are subject to change on a week to week basis. Eating a light lunch beforehand is recommended. 2 p.m. Saturdays. $55. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St., Raleigh. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Durham Afternoon Tasting Tour
The Afternoon Tasting Tour is a fantastic way to experience six different Durham gems in one afternoon. The restaurants featured on this tour have lines out the door every day, but the delicious tastings are prepared and ready for the tour to just walk in and enjoy. 1:45 p.m. Saturdays. $50. Downtown Durham, Main St., Durham. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Durham Evening Tasting Tour
The Evening Tasting Tour includes food and drink tastings at five different restaurants and bars. The three restaurants featured on this tour are as farm-to-table as you will find and are all located in funky, rehabbed historic buildings. Chefs prepare substantial tour tastings all paired with small drinks. Also included on this tour is a craft cocktail demonstration and tasting, as well as dessert made from locally-milled flour and local dairy. 3:15 p.m. Saturdays. $65. Downtown Durham, Main St., Durham. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Historic Hillsborough Tasting Tour
Talk with chefs, owners, and farmers while exploring Hillsborough’s history and architecture. Enjoy the warmth and friendliness of the town and, of course, plenty of food, including handmade chocolates, famous scones, local beer, organic wine, and a stop at one of the most esteemed restaurants in the Southeast. 11 a.m. Saturdays. $50. Downtown Hillsborough, 100 Churton St., Hillsborough. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Culinary Carrboro & Chapel Hill Tour
This tour ties local ingredients to the restaurants that use them and typically includes food at four different restaurants, substantial tastings with farmers and vendors at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, and a beer tasting. 11 a.m. Saturdays. $55. Downtown Carrboro, Greensboro St., Carrboro. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Chapel Hill & Carrboro Dinner & Drinks Tour
The Chapel Hill/ Carrboro Dinner & Drinks Tour includes visits to four to five different restaurants with a few drink pairings, plus beer and coffee tastings. 3:15 p.m. Saturdays. $65. Downtown Carrboro, Greensboro St, Carrboro. tastecarolina.net
Tobacco Road Tour: Durham Pub Crawl
The tour is designed for all types of guests seeking a unique and different downtown Durham experience. Join us for this fun 2 1/2-hour, 1-mile tour where you obtain special treatment at four of downtown Durham’s latest, hip and clever bars, restaurants and pubs! 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays. $19. Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom, 324 Blackwell St. Suite 400, Durham. 919-433-0345, tobaccoroadtours.com
Tobacco Road Tour: Durham Dark & Mysterious Ghost Walk
The Durham Dark and Mysterious Ghost Walk is a family friendly 1.5-mile walking tour designed for adults and children, ages 8 years and older. The tour combines local ghost stories, folklore and local history. 7:30-9 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays. $15. Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom, 324 Blackwell St. Suite 400, Durham. 919-433-0345, tylerstaproom.com.
Tobacco Road Tour: Raleigh Craft Cocktails
On the Raleigh Craft Cocktail & Cultural Walking Tour, meet bar owners, bartenders and industry experts at four downtown Raleigh cocktail havens. 4-7 p.m. Saturdays. $48.98 plus $2 service fee (includes 4 cocktails). Rye Bar and Southern Kitchen, 500 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-227-3370, tobaccoroadtours.com
Tobacco Road Tour: Raleigh Pub Crawl
Learn about Raleigh’s ghosts and visit three of the city’s hottest bars and pubs. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays. $19. Mecca Restaurant, 13 E. Martin St., Raleigh. 919-832-5714. tobaccoroadtours.com
Tobacco Road Tour: Raleigh Local Brewery Tasting
Buzz ’n Go: Raleigh Guided City Tour & Local Brewery Tasting is the best way to discover Raleigh’s incredible sights and historical attractions 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. $59. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St, Raleigh. tobaccoroadtours.com
Tobacco Road Tour: Raleigh Culinary and Cultural Tour
Tobacco Road Tours is bringing its own spin on this popular culinary travel experience to downtown Raleigh, offering participants a unique experience combining history, walking, tasting and fun. 1:30-5 p.m. Saturdays. $48. Clouds Brewing, 126 N. West St, Raleigh. 919-307-8335, tobaccoroadtours