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.
The Diabetes Comfort Food Cookbook
Robyn Webb is an award-winning cookbook author, nutritionist, culinary instructor and the food editor at Diabetes Forecast Magazine. She is the author of 14 cookbooks and has a passion for Puglia, Italy and the Mediterranean diet.Menu: Tuscan Bean Soup; Garlic Oil Sauce with Pasta; Provencal Chicken 6 p.m. Jan. 19. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Indian Feast with Rupen Rao
Description: Mumbai-born Chef Rupen Rao is the author of Indian Cooking From My Mom and Indian Cooking Popular Restaurant Dishes. He also blogs, conducts cooking classes in and around Washington, D.C., and has his own line of spice blends. Learn how to add Indian flare with spice and technique to your table. Menu: Butter Chicken (Murg Makhani); Spicy Lamb Curry (Lal Maas); Corn and Spinach (Saag); Cumin Scented Basmati Rice (Jeera Chawal); Masala Chai. 5 p.m. Jan. 21. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Energy Bowls Cooking Class
Energy bowls are packed with delicious nutrition and hearty enough for even the most active lifestyle! Transform your mealtime into a delicious, energy-boosting bowl with these recipes. Menu: Best Self Raspberry Breakfast Bowl; Quinoa Cobb Salad with Spicy Tahini Dressing; Mediterranean Bowl with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. 5 p.m. Jan. 24. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Indonesian Coffee Tasting
In our next Larry’s Coffee Lab Series, Coffee Scientist Jeremy Behne will be your guide on a flavor trip to the three main coffee regions: the Americas, the Pacific Rim and Africa. Our goal is to become familiar with a few unique coffees and explore some unique characteristics of coffee from these geographic regions. This session is about the coffee of Indonesia. 6-8 p.m. Jan. 25. Free. 42 & Lawrence, 134 E. Martin St., Raleigh.
Winter Salads with Sheri Castle
Cold weather does not have to mean fewer fresh salads. Sheri Castle will show you how to use great winter fare that will be pleasing to both the eye and the palate. From the classic pairing of pears and blue cheese to the promise of warmer months with tropical flavors, we will learn salads are not just for lettuce.Menu: French Lentils with Walnuts and Goat Cheese; Cannellini Bean with Pepperoni Crisps; Chicken with Red Cabbage, Pears and Blue Cheese; Tropical Pork Tenderloin Salad. 6 p.m. Jan. 26. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Three Easy Breads
Abigail Dodge is a James Beard nominated and IACP winning author & baker. A popular food writer, instructor, media personality and longtime contributing editor to Fine Cooking magazine, she is the author of 10 cookbooks including the award-winning, The Everyday Baker. Menu: Rich and Delicious Egg Bread — Cinnamon Swirl Loaf and Twisted Herbed Dinner Rolls; Oatmeal Molasses Bread — Loaf and Savory Monkey Bread; Whole Wheat Peasant Bread — Freeform and English Muffin 5 p.m. Jan. 28. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
The Italian Kitchen
Join us for an afternoon of wine and food tasting as we invite a chef to share techniques for making a scrumptious Italian dish. After the demonstration, sample the creation and enjoy award-winning Raffaldini wine specifically paired with the dish. 1-3 p.m. Jan. 29. $40 + tax per person. Raffaldini Vineyards, 450 Groce Rd., Ronda. 336-835-9463, raffaldini.com.
Abigail Dodge will demonstrate how to incorporate citrus into our winter recipes which will brighten up even the gloomiest of days. Menu: Lemony Chicken Paillard with Olives, Feta & Microgreens; Orange Cornmeal Chiffon Cake with Orange Glaze; Gingered Lemon Tart with Poppyseed Crust & Frozen Berry Sauce; Mixed Citrus Terrine 2 p.m. Jan. 29. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Food Truck Caravan: Boricua Soul
The Soul Patrol is a 1999 Freightliner MT55 Tool Truck that brings Puerto Rican-inspired soul food to a street near you. Visit our classroom for an opportunity to get to know the owner and see what motivates him to drive around the Triangle every day. Menu: Pickled Okra, Hushpuppies and Tostones; Pernil with Yellow Rice and Collards; Nana’s Pound Cake Tres Leches 6 p.m. Jan. 30. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Taste of the Triangle: Carolina Inn
Chef Blankenship has returned to Carolina Inn and Southern food after a stint with the Cajun-focused LaPlace in Hillsborough. With this menu, Chef Jeremy will bring to life the wonderful flavors that the South has to offer — and then some. Menu: Lowcountry She-Crab Soup; Winter Salad with Buttermilk Vinaigrette and Pickled Vegetables; Braised Beef Short Ribs with Southern Collards and Grits. 6 p.m. Jan. 31. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Secrets of a Test Kitchen
Breana Lai, the associate food editor at EatingWell Magazine and a registered dietitian, visits us from Vermont to share one of her favorite aspects of her job: working in the test kitchen. In this class you’ll learn the process and secrets of developing delicious recipes that exemplify healthy eating and living. Menu: Muffin Tin Quiche with Potatoes, Spinach & Smoked Cheddar, Southwestern Black Bean Burgers; Tea-Rubbed Chicken with Stir-Fried Baby Bok Choy with Scallion Sesame Oil; Pad Thai “Chopped Salad” with Cabbage, Carrots & Shrimp; Roasted Cauliflower & Potato Coconut Curry Soup 11 a.m. Jan. 28. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Wine and beer tastings
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., Saturdays, $5. Lassiter Distilling Co., 319 N. First Ave., Knightdale. 919-295-0111, lassiterdistilling.com.
Nebbiolo vs. Sangiovese Wine Class
Two of Italy’s most noble and distinctive grapes are Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. Each has their own strong following in the wine community. Some prefer Nebbiolo, a grape that tests the balance of its tannic, high alcohol, and high acid properties while still delivering one of the most rewarding wine experiences. Some prefer the crunchy, red fruit, herbal perfume of the Sangiovese grape. Price includes wine, cheese plate, service fee and tax. 6-8 p.m. Jan. 19. $50. The Fearrington Granary Restaurant, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. 919-542-2121, fearrington.com/eateries/the-fearrington-granary.
The Many Faces of Rioja Wine Class
Explore Spain’s premier wine region, one of the country’s two declared Denominacion de Origen Calificada, and taste some of its benchmark wine producers. Tempranillo is a moldable grape that lends itself well to a winemaker’s vision, as Beverage Director Paula de Pano learned from some of Rioja’s winemakers on her last trip to Spain. Taste for the consistently high quality of this wine for yourself — without breaking the bank! $40 includes wine, cheese plate, service fee and tax. 6-8 p.m. Feb. 2. The Fearrington Granary Restaurant, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. 919-542-2121, fearrington.com/eateries/the-fearrington-granary.
Central Coast Pinot Noir Wine Class
Who doesn’t love a good Pinot Noir? A food-friendly, upfront fruit, with lively acidity that makes you reach for another pour of wine. California wines that have been shying away from the higher alcohol styles recently,Â are barreling their way into drinkers’ hearts and finding their footing as alternatives to Burgundy — without having to wait for the wines to mature.$45 includes wine, cheese plate, service fee and tax. 6-8 p.m. Feb. 9. The Fearrington Granary Restaurant, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. 919-542-2121, fearrington.com/eateries/the-fearrington-granary.
Taste Carolina: Chapel Hill and Carrboro
Go behind the scenes in Chapel Hill and Carrboro where traditional and modern farm-to-table cuisine comes to life. From fine-dining restaurants to mom-and-pop shops, sample innovative and upscale dishes all sourced from local ingredients. Known for being on the forefront of the Slow Food movement and for restaurants that have redefined Southern cooking, Chapel Hill and Carrboro is one of the best places in the country to live and eat! Tours are open for advance registration on Saturdays. Private tours can be arranged for groups on weekdays and weeknights. Schedules are subject to change. 11 a.m., 3:15 p.m. Saturdays. $55-$65. Open Eye Cafe, 100-C E. Main St., Carrboro. 919-968-9410, tastecarolina.net.
Taste Carolina: Downtown Durham
Home to renovated tobacco warehouses, the Durham Performing Arts Center, the Durham Bulls and Historic Parrish Street, downtown Durham is about cutting edge culture and fantastic food. Let us show you this vibrant city and introduce you to the restaurants, shops and people that are making Durham one of the nation’s cultural hotspots. With a farm-to-table focus and artisan preparation of innovative cuisine, you will discover all of Durham’s flavors! 1:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m. Saturdays. $55-$69.50. Durham Visitors Center, 101 E. Morgan St., Durham. 919-371-2653, tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Hillsborough
Experience North Carolina’s best restaurants and food shops on a walking food tour of historic downtown Hillsborough, which 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, 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. Saratoga Grill, 108 S. Churton St., Hillsborough. 919-732-2214, tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Downtown Raleigh
The capital of North Carolina is home to some of the most dynamic restaurants in the country. Known for effortlessly blending modern architecture with historic buildings and monuments, Raleigh showcases fine dining and eclectic eateries. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, you’ll come away with a new appreciation of downtown Raleigh while enjoying innovative ethnic and southern cuisine, all with an emphasis on local products. There’s something for everyone in Raleigh! 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m., 2, 3:30 and 4 p.m. Saturdays, $55-$69.50. City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-832-3775, 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: Raleigh Walking Food 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. 2-5:30 p.m. Saturdays. $45. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St, Raleigh., tobaccoroadtours.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). Circa 1888, 412 W. Davie St, Raleigh, 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. tobaccoroadtours.com
Triangle Food Tour: Downtown Raleigh
Experience a 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. 2-5:30 p.m. Saturdays, $45. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St, Raleigh. trianglefoodtour.com