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.
Feast of the Seven Fishes
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Chef Teddy Diggs and Barton Seaver, acclaimed author and seafood chef, join forces to craft a fresh take on this traditional festive meal! The Feast of the Seven Fishes celebrates Italian tradition with course upon course of delicious seafood dishes — such as wood-grilled swordfish and scallops “alla Piastra —complemented by Italian wine. This year’s feast will feature the finest seafood prepared at the hands of two chefs with a passion for sustainable seafood. Chef Teddy will imbue the meal with regional Italian traits while Barton will ply his knowledge of the fruits of the ocean that has earned him acclaim as the author of five best-selling books. Join us for the season’s most memorable holiday feast! The Feast of the Seven Fishes will feature a cocktail reception with passed appetizers at 6:30 p.m. followed by a multi-course dinner with wine pairings. Tickets may be purchased for $135 by calling 919-918-2545 and include autographed copies of Seaver’s “Two If By Sea” cookbook, Italian wine pairings, tax and gratuity. 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 15. $135. IL Palio Ristorante, 1505 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-918-2545, ilpalio.com.
Barton Seaver Cooking Class
Chef Barton Seaver will share some favorite seafood dishes that are always suitable for the holidays. Each of his fresh tasting, casual recipes features seafood that hasn’t been overfished or caught in an environmentally destructive way. Menu: Mulled Wine; Spiced Coconut Broth; Smoked Fish Mac and Cheese; Slow Roast Salmon with Seaweed Butter 6 p.m. Dec. 14. $49. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Tamales & Atoles
A combination typical in celebrations and for morning meals, tamales and atoles are one of the most representative pairings in Mexican cuisine. Each region has its own versions of these and Marcelo Villasuso returns to take students on a culinary tour to learn several of the most creative dishes. 6 p.m. Dec. 7. $49. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Breakfast with Mrs. Claus
Mrs. Claus is here from the North Pole! Join Mrs. Claus for breakfast and a short story. Following your visit with Mrs. Claus, stay for a holiday craft. This is free, but please register online as we limit the number at this event. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Dec. 7-17. Free. Garden Supply Co., 1421 Old Apex Rd., Cary. 919-460-7747, gardensupplyco.com.
Holiday Cafe & Bake Sale
Enjoy delicious Greek food and pastries prepared by the members of the Philoptochos Society. All proceeds benefit local, national and international charities. Dine-in and takeout options are available; pastries can be pre-ordered online. 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Free. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 5000 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh. 919-781-4548, holytrinityraleigh.org.
Champagne All Day, Everyday Class
Join us for the last class of the year celebrating the season in style with some bubbly. Price includes wine, cheese plate, service fee and tax. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 8. $50. The Fearrington Granary Restaurant, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. 919-542-2121, fearrington.com/eateries/the-fearrington-granary.
Holiday Brunch Cooking Class
Wondering what to serve your sleepover guests duringthe holiday season? In this hands-on class, learn to make a brunch that will impress any guest. 11 a.m. Dec. 8. $49. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Holiday Candy Making
Do you have fond memories of the holiday candies your grandmother used to make? Maybe you can’t get enough of the sweets that are everywhere this time of year? Or looking for something gift worthy to make? Join our classroom for hands-on fun and let the staff take out the tedious work (measuring, cleaning) of candy making for you. 5 p.m. Dec. 8. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Foraging Wild, Edible Plants
Even before the Native Americans discovered agriculture, they lived off the land by foraging wild, edible plants and you can too. Sort of. Frank Hyman will share photographs and stories of harvesting from plants that don’t need a gardener to tend them. Many of these plants are natives. Some of these plants are endangered yet can be grown by gardeners at home. Many of these plants are being sold for ridiculously high prices to chefs. You can get up to $12 a pound for chickweed. Can you get that much for lettuce? Come learn how to gather wild, edible flowers, fruit, leaves, shoots, roots, and even sap from yards, fields, and forests around you. 7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 8. Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members State University students (with ID), and Department of Horticultural Science faculty and staff, all others $5. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu.
Tap & Table: Appetizers
Join us for a hands-on holiday class just for beer drinkers! How do you choose a beer if you want to try something new? Try pairing with food. That will allow you and your friends to get together to sample many different beers. Chef Susan will teach a wide arrange of appetizers for you to try with a selection of brews. Menu: Pub Style Pretzels with Smoked Gouda and Cheddar Beer Sauce; Spicy Pumpkin Soup Shooters with Brandy Crema and Pepita Pesto Flatbread; Seared Tuna and Avocado on a Cucumber Canape; Five Spice Baby Back Ribs with Guava Barbeque; Mini Caramel Apple Pastries. 5 p.m. Dec. 10. $49. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Tex-Mex Christmas Eve
Believe it or not, the holidays are upon us. We can all forget those traditional menu items: turkey, rib roast, mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potato pie. Delicious, yes, but how about a change? This Christmas consider taking a road less traveled and celebrate a Tex-Mex Christmas with Chef Lucindy Willis. Menu: Sangria; Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Quesadillas with Cranberry-Pecan Salsa; Southwestern Chopped Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing; Seared Ahi Tuna Tostadas; Tres Leche Cakes. 4 p.m. Dec. 11. $49. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com
What’s more elegant than a holiday canape on a silver platter? Let Caroline Bretherton, the author of several cookbooks and a former London party caterer, show you how to put together these little presents that are sure to impress family and guests. 5 p.m. Dec. 12. $49. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Scotch Whiskey Tasting with Gary Crunkleton
Do you know the difference between single malt and blended? Scotch is famous the world over but it can be very intimidating to the inexperienced. The always entertaining and very informative Gary Crunkleton, from the famed Chapel Hill bar that bears his name, joins us to take some of the mystery out of this legendary distilled beverage. A light snack will be served. 6 p.m. Dec. 15. $49. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Pictures With Santa at Holly Springs Farmers Market
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the next market. Bring the kids to have their photo taken with Santa. (Free! You can take the photos yourself.) Our winter market season continues on Dec. 17 inside the Holly Springs Cultural Center! More information at: bit.ly/2efeQm7 9:30 a.m.-noon Dec. 17. Free admission. Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St., Holly Springs. 919-567-4000, hollyspringsnc.us/dept/park/culture/.
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! 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, 3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham. 919-321-4475
Sunday Brunch with DJs spinning all vinyl sets every week setting the soundtrack to brunch, bloody marys, and punch bowls. Check our website for the theme and DJ. 12-3 p.m. Sundays. $10-$20. The Durham Hotel, 315 E. Chapel Hill St, Durham. 919-768-8830, thedurham.com.
Christmas Eve Brunch
Good tidings and great cuisine await you for our Christmas Eve Brunch. Indulge in traditional brunch items and seasonal dishes as live holiday music fills the Fairview Dining Room. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dec. 24. Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, 3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham. 919-321-4475
Wine and beer tastings
Champagne All Day, Everyday Class
Nothing gets our attention faster than a cold glass of Champagne. Brut, rose, zero dosage, vintage, we love them all. It’s the only wine that it doesn’t matter the season or the occasion. Join the last class of the year celebrating the season in style with some bubbly. $50 includes wine, cheese plate, service fee and tax. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 8. $50. The Fearrington Granary Restaurant, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. 919-542-2121, www.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. Dec. 10. $25 per person. Black Twig Cider House, 2812 Erwin Road, Durham. 919-321-0203, blacktwigciderhouse.com.
Traditional Holiday Cocktails Mixology Class
As the winter season approaches, let sommelier Chetan Reddy, mix up some festive cocktails that can be easily recreated in your own holiday soiree. We will explore big batches of punch and champagne cocktails. Join Chetan as he talks drinks that range from Christmas inspired martinis, swizzles and sours. You may be able to convince him to transform a few into mocktails for the younger members of your family! $40 includes cocktails, service fee and tax. 6 p.m. Dec. 15. $40. The Fearrington Granary Restaurant, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. 919-542-2121, fearrington.com/eateries/the-fearrington-granary.
Wine Tasting at Mandolin
Every Wednesday, sample wines from across the globe for only $5. Wine tasting topics will include organic Califonia Reds 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays. $5. Mandolin, 2519 Fairview Rd., 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
Tour of Lassiter Distilling Company
Lassiter Distilling Co. is one of North Carolina’s newest distilleries. We make Lassiter’s North Carolina Rum, a full flavored rum that shines in cocktails. We do everything in our facility in old downtown Knightdale, from raw ingredients to bottle. We’d love to show you around! Tours run for 30-45 minutes depending on how many folks come and how many questions we get. Tours include a sample of our Lassiter’s North Carolina Rum for all guests 21 and over. 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. Saturdays, $5. Lassiter Distilling Co., 319 N. First Ave., Knightdale. 919-295-0111, lassiterdistilling.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/.
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