Here’s a weekly roundup of upcoming food, beer and wine events, tours, classes, workshops and more across the Triangle.
Brioche & Challah Bread Baking Class
Learn to handcraft delicious sweet breads for the holidays in your own home kitchen. Lionel Vatinet will share his techniques and recipes using challah dough. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 9. $85. La Farm Bakery, 4248 N.W. Cary Pkwy, Cary. 919-657-0657, lafarmbakery.com.
Appetizer Cooking Class
Join in a tasty hands-on cooking class and learn to prepare appetizers for the holidays; includes a complete meal. 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 10. $45. Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham. 919-354-4936, levinjcc.org.
La Farm Bakery Desserts Class
Join Lionel Vatinet for a class in rustic French desserts. He shares recipes from his childhood in France, where Mama Vatinet was a master at desserts! 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 10. $85. La Farm Bakery, 4248 N.W. Cary Pkwy, Cary. 919-657-0657, lafarmbakery.com.
Holiday Entertaining Dinner Party Class
Don’t let preparing those holiday meals stress you out! In class we will learn how to prepare a classic three-course meal with all of the flavor and none of the stress! Menu includes: Holiday Cheese Puffs; Roasted Persimmons Salad with Goat Cheese; Braised Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta, Gremolata and a Red Wine Reductions; Roasted Mushrooms; Brussels Sprouts with a Cranberry Browned Butter; Chocolate Ginger Cake with Bourbon Sauce, Signature Cocktail. 6 p.m. Dec. 11. $59. Durham Spirits Co., 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430, durhamspiritscompany.com.
Gingerbread House Decorating Workshops
Looking for a festive event that allows your family to actually interact and enjoy some time together? Take a breath and join a gingerbread decorating workshop appropriate for all ages. Allergy-free workshops are available, with all ingredients and materials being gluten, dairy, egg and nut free. 11 a.m.-noon, 2-3 p.m. Dec. 12. $40 per house. Family Preschool, 4907 Garrett Rd, Durham. 919-402-1500, familypreschool.org.
7th Annual German Christmas Market
Guglhupf’s patio comes alive with its annual Weihnachtsmarkt. Featuring local artisans, live music and delicious German street food grilled out on the patio. Do your holiday shopping while you get a bite to eat and enjoy a glass of gluhwein or mulled wine during your stroll through this festive gathering. Menu: grilled bratwurst on brezelsub with sauerkraut, German potato salad, warm onion tart with bacon, jam Berliner, mulled wine, hot cider with rum, specialty coffee. Artisans: Mead, pottery, metal sculpture, jewelry, painting, fiber art and wood, glass. Bakery holiday specialities: cookies, Christmas stollen, gourmet gift baskets from Guglhupf Bakery10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 12. No cover charge. Menu and vendor prices vary. Guglhupf Bakery, Patisserie & Cafe, 2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham. 919-401-2600, guglhupf.com.
Holiday Treats & Dessert Wines
Enjoy a sampling of delicious dessert wines paired with special treats from downtown neighbors, local patisserie Lucette Grace. 1-4 p.m. Dec. 13. $10. The Raleigh Wine Shop, 126 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. 919-803-5473, theraleighwineshop.com.
Thai Cooking Class
Learn to make your own Thai from scratch. Good Thai food comes from using fresh ingredients. In this class you’ll start by making your own curry pastes, then create a Thai feast fit for a Bangkok queen. 6-8 p.m. Dec. 16. $59. Durham Spirits Co., 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430, durhamspiritscompany.com.
Enjoy a special holiday menu and meet & greet with Santa Claus. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 20. $17; $9 children under 12. 214 Martin Street, 214 Martin St, Raleigh. 919-844-5959, 214martinstreet.com.
Raleigh Food Tours
Talk with chefs and owners serving innovative ethnic and Southern cuisine, with an emphasis on local products. 1:30-5 p.m., 4-7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays. $50-$65. City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-832-3775, tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina Chapel Hill/Carrboro Tours
The 11 a.m. tour includes food at three restaurants, tastings with farmers and vendors at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, and beer and coffee tastings and demonstrations. The 3:15 p.m. tour includes visits to four to five restaurants with wine or beer pairings, plus coffee and dessert. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 3-6:30 p.m. Saturdays. $50-$65. Open Eye Cafe, 100-C E. Main St., Carrboro. 919-968-9410, tastecarolina.net
Raleigh Craft Cocktail & Cultural Walking Tour
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
Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show
Solve a hilarious murder case while you feast on a fantastic four-course plated dinner. 6:15-9:30 p.m. Saturdays. $56.95. Marriott at Research Triangle Park, 4700 Guardian Dr., Durham. 919-941-6200, nando.com/2da
Raleigh Pub Crawl & Haunted Adventure Tour
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.
Takeover Tuesday at the Berkeley
Takeover Tuesdays give local food truck chefs the opportunity to operate as a brick-and-mortar restaurant without all of the usual commitment. Each chef will have full access to the kitchen along with the freedom to create the food of their choosing. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. $5-$25. Berkeley Cafe, 217 W. Martin St., Raleigh. 919-828-9190, berkeleycafe.net.
Raleigh Tour & 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.
Wine and beer tastings
Holiday Open House
Enjoy wine tasting and winery tours; wine barrel sampling in the winery; Ask the Winemaker: Holiday Wine and Food Pairing; drawings and giveaways; and live music. Dec. 12. $12. Chatham Hill Winery, 8245 Chapel Hill Rd, Cary. 919-380-7135.
Wine Wednesday at Mosaic Wine Lounge
8 p.m. Wednesdays, Mosaic Wine Lounge, 517 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-829-5886, mosaicwinelounge.com
5-8 p.m. Fridays, $15. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com
Relax at Chatham Hill Winery with live music and games. 7-10 p.m. Chatham Hill Winery, 8245 Chapel Hill Rd, Cary. 919-380-7135.
Cloer Family Vineyards
Noon-5 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, $5. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Road, Apex. 919-387-5760, cloerfamilyvineyards.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