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.
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.
Feast of the Seven Fishes
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 multicourse 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.
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/.
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
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.
New Year’s Eve Party
Parizade invites you to an elegant New Year’s Eve celebration to send off 2016! The evening will begin with early a la carte seatings available at 5:30pm, 6pm, 6:30pm, and 7pm. Our celebration seating will commence at 9:15 p.m. and will include a decadent four-course pre-fixe menu with champagne toast for $80 per guest (tax & gratuity not included). Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes for our live musical performance presented by the incredible tunes of Crossover Drive! 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 31. $80 per guest (tax & gratuity not included). Cafe Parizade, 2200 W. Main St., Durham. 919-286-9712, ghgrestaurants.com/parizade/parizademaster.html.
New Years Eve
Ring in the New Year with a four-course dinner in the restaurant, then drinks, party favors and a shrimp cocktail and oyster bar on the roof. Dinner is open form 5:30-10 p.m. Roof open 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31. The Durham Hotel, 315 E. Chapel Hill St, Durham. 919-768-8830, thedurham.com.
Wine and beer tastings
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.
Nickelpoint Nickelator Doppelbock 2016 Release
Nickelpoint Brewing will be releasing their 2016 Nickelator Doppelbock at 5:30 pm. Stop in to meet the brewers and the malt roasters from Epiphany Craft Malt and taste the new release side by side with the 2015 Doppelbock paired with a homemade bratwurst on a munich malted barley bun. 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 16. The Durham Hotel, 315 E. Chapel Hill St, Durham. 919-768-8830, thedurham.com.
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