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.
Taste of Italy Cooking Class
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Join Chef Brian Adornetto on the next stop in his culinary tour of Italy, Piemonte! Located at the foot of the Alps, this delicious land-locked north-western region borders Switzerland and France. Among other provisions, Piemonte is known for its corn (polenta), savory truffles, hazelnuts, chocolate, Barolo, Barbera and Barbaresco wines, and vermouth. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 18. $65. Midway Community Kitchen, 505 W. Rosemary St, Chapel Hill. 919-280-0895, midwaycommunitykitchen.com.
A Taste of Spain
Too busy to take a trip to Spain during the holidayseason? Chef Brian (our famed knife expert) can get you there and back in a couple hours! Join him in the cooking school for a hands-on class and learn to prepare these traditional dishes that will instantly transport you to Spain and its delicious cuisine, without ever leaving your home. 5 p.m. Nov. 16. $49. 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.
90th Anniversary Food Truck Dinner
Celebrate Carolina Theatre’s 90th Anniversary with three eclectic courses from some of Durham’s finest food trucks’ chefs. American Meltdown, Pie Pushers and Chirba Chirba will be serving a special upscale dinner on the Carolina Theatre’s elegant and historic stage, where some of the most legendary performers have entertained Durham. 6 p.m., 8 p.m. Nov. 16. $90. Carolina Theatre of Durham, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham. 919-560-2736, carolinatheatre.org.
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.
A “No Lunch” Lunch
The Golden State Foods (GSF) Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in need, is hosting an inaugural Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch event in GSF’s Garner, North Carolina facility. The event will be a modest, one-hour soup kitchen-style lunch, where attendees will experience firsthand what it’s like to receive a meal at a soup kitchen. Attendees will receive a single bowl of soup and a piece of bread, while learning more about the issue and opportunities for combating childhood hunger in their local community. All proceeds from Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch will benefit area organizations including the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and Community of Hope. 12-1 p.m. Nov. 17. $80 admission; Sponsorship opportunities may be available. Golden State Foods, 1400 N. Greenfield Pkwy., Garner. 919-255-7000,
Charcuterie Class with James Naquin
Learn how to make charcuterie with a master. James Naquin hails from Louisiana originally. He worked with Durham’s Guglhupf bakery making charcuterie in the past and has taught butchery and charcuterie classes at Roses’s Sweet Shop and Green Button Farm. Students will leave with a generous amount of product. And complimentary beverages and snacks are included. 6-9 p.m. Nov. 17. $85. Midway Community Kitchen, 505 W. Rosemary St, Chapel Hill. 919-280-0895, midwaycommunitykitchen.com.
Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Just because a recipe is French doesn’t mean it’s complex and that you should be intimidated! Let Katie,an experienced instructor and Certifield ExecutiveChef from the American Culinary Federation, show you how to get past your nerves so that you can learnin a fun, hands-on manner that most French cookingis very approachable.5 p.m. Nov. 17. $49. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
8th Annual Beach Shack Boil Fundraiser
Good food, good friends, good bluegrass, all for a great cause! Ticket price includes a traditional Lowcountry Boil of shrimp, sausage, corn, potatoes and spices served with corn bread, beer, wine, sweet tea and dessert. The evening also features music by the Lester Fricks band. 6-9:30 p.m. Nov. 17. $45. The Rickhouse, 609 Foster St, Durham. 919-264-1038, rickhousedurham.com.
Annual Holiday Brunch
With so many food options, brunch can be an enjoyable meal anytime of year but a holiday version is even more fun. Join Chef Susan for a hands-on experienceand learn recipes you’ll want to share at your next weekend brunch.11 a.m. Nov. 19. $49. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Brunswick Stew Sale at Knightdale United Methodist Church
Brunswick Stew Sale 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 19. $8 per quart. Knightdale United Methodist Church, 7071 Forestville Road, Knightdale. 919-266-2373, knightdaleumc.org.
There can be so much more to punch than red fruit juice with white liquor added. Join expert mixologist Jordan Joseph from The Crunkleton to learn new options for these versatile concoctions. Hint: They are perfect for holiday parties! A light snack will be served. 4 p.m. Nov. 19. $49. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Gifts from the Kitchen
Once again it’s time to come up with new ideas for gifts for the neighbors, babysitters, hostesses, secretaries, mail person, teachers and so on. Are you tired of banana bread and apple butter? Come to this hands-on workshop and leave with some unique ideas for gifts that no one else will be handing out this holiday season. You will take home one of each gift and the recipe to recreate them at home. 2 p.m. Nov. 20. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
How is it that something as simple as a crepe can bring the room to a standstill with ooohs and aaahs? Just wait until your friends and family see these impressive dishes! Join us for a hands-on class that takes the mystery out of the versatile French creations.5 p.m. Nov. 21. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Not sure the perfect wines to serve up with the bird? Come by Taylor’s Wine Shop and taste some wines for Thanksgiving with Deb Williams of Freedom Beverage Company! 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 22. Free. Taylor’s Wine Shop, 10005 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. 919-847-3069, taylorswineshop.com.
Southern Thanksgiving Sides & Desserts Class
Have friends and family arriving from all over the country to spend Thanksgiving in North Carolina and want to give them an authentic Southern holiday meal? Sheri Castle, cookbook author and expert on Southern cuisine, has just the menu for you! You will leave with new recipes and the know-how to cook an appropriate feast. 6 p.m. Nov. 22. $49. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Weekend Holiday Brunch
Celebrate the holidays with family and friends throughout the season with brunch on Saturdays and Sundays in the Fairview Dining Room. Our famous three-course weekend brunch includes favorites such as eggs benedict, malted Belgian waffles, Chesapeake lump crab cakes and more! Nov. 26-27. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, 3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham. 919-321-4475,
Wine and beer tastings
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
Assemblaggio! Grande Riserva Blending Trials
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. Saturdays, Sundays, $35; $30 Wine Club members. Raffaldini Vineyards, 450 Groce Rd., Ronda. 336-835-9463, raffaldini.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/.
Join us for an informative evening of wine tasting with emphasis on the importance of glass size and shape, led by Elizabeth Cooper, our resident certified sommelier.Three glasses from the Riedel Vinum collection will be highlighted with the premium wines they are designed to hold. In each case we will compare wines in astandard tasting glass to the same wine in Riedel’s idealglass. And—you get to keep the Riedel glasses, which retail for over $100! 5 p.m. Nov. 18. $60. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
2016 Downtown Smithfield Wine Walk
The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation will host its sixth annual Downtown Smithfield Wine Walk, a wine tasting to raise money for Harbor and the programs Harbor supports. Walkers will begin at Harbor’s Pizazz, located at 119 North Third Street in Downtown Smithfield, where tickets will be available for $20 per person. There, walkers will be given commemorative wine glasses and a wristband to wear, which will allow them to taste twenty-three wines at the participating businesses. 5-9 p.m. Nov. 18. $20. Downtown Smithfield, 119 N. Third St., Smithfield. 919-934-0887
Sip, Smell & Swirl with Sammy
Mark your calendars for this Free Wine Tasting with Sammy Greenway of Country Vintner. This will be an evening to Sip, Smell & Swirl with Sammy back behind the bar! 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 18. Free. Taylor’s Wine Shop, 10005 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. 919-847-3069, taylorswineshop.com.
Vineyard 36 Vintage Release Event
Join at Taylor’s Wine Shop for a special Vineyard 36 Vintage Release Event with winery owners, Tim Gleason and Jason Earnest. 2-4 p.m. Nov. 19. Free. Taylor’s Wine Shop, 10005 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh. 919-847-3069, taylorswineshop.com.
Free Wine Tasting with Kelli Beck
Kelli Beck from Fine Wine Trading Company is coming back behind the bar at Taylor’s Wine Shop with some amazing wines to taste this Thanksgiving Eve! What a way to start a holiday! This is a free event so bring your friends! 3-7 p.m. Nov. 23. Free. Taylor’s Wine Shop, 10005 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh. 919-847-3069, taylorswineshop.com.
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. 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