Raleigh Culinary & Cultural Walking Tour
Raleigh has become a thriving Southern capital city and downtown is experiencing unprecedented success in the independent, entrepreneurial culinary scene. Tobacco Road Tours is bringing its own spin on this popular culinary travel experience to downtown Raleigh, offing potential participants a unique experience combining history, walking, tasting and fun. 1:30-5 p.m. Dec. 26. $48. Clouds Brewing, 126 N. West St, Raleigh. 919-307-8335, cloudsbrewing.com.
Demo Cooking Class: New Year’s Eve Dinner
The menu of this class includes saffron mussel and lobster chowder, beef tenderloin with wild mushrooms and cabernet sauce, roasted new potatoes with garlic, cumin and rosemary, braised leeks with mustard bread crumbs, and a bittersweet chocolate tart with coffee whipped cream. 6-8 p.m. Dec. 29. $75. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
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New Year’s Eve Dinner
Southern Season will be offering a festive three-course menu from Executive Chef Bo Peterson featuring local ingredients and a glass of champagne. 5-9 p.m. Dec. 31. $65. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
New Year’s Eve Party
Come to Draft Line, where there is ample parking, no lines, live music, food trucks and great beer. 7 p.m. Dec. 31. Free. Draft Line Brewing Company, 341 Broad St., Fuquay-Varina. 919-557-7121, draftlinebrewing.com
New Years Eve 2016 at Solas Raleigh
Get ready for a celebration of sheer nightlife indulgence at its absolute finest. Solas welcomes you to experience the three levels of excitement of New Year’s Eve 2016 Winterfest. 9 p.m. Dec. 31. $20. Solas, 419 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-755-0755, solasraleigh.com.
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.
Handmade Pasta Cooking Class
Believe it or not, making pasta at home is fun and easy. In this class you will learn to make dough, roll like a pro and shape pasta. 5 p.m. Jan. 2. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Cornbread Cooking Class
Are you from the North or South? Do you like it sweet or savory? Join in a fun hands-on class and learn several ways to prepare this always popular-bread. 5 p.m. Jan. 4. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Pizza Cooking Class
There is more to the pizza world than just margherita and pepperoni. Roll up your sleeves and join Caitlin Burke for this hands-on class in which you’ll learn the basic techniques combined with her imagination of toppings to create a pizza masterpiece. 5 p.m. Jan. 5. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Fish Four Ways Cooking Class
Don’t be intimidated by the thought of cooking fish! Amanda will teach you four fast and fabulous fish dishes that are easy for weeknights and good enough for company. 6 p.m. Jan. 6. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Biscuits & Beyond Cooking Class
Once upon a time, every good Southern cook knew the secret to making biscuits. Unfortunately, it’s becoming a lost art, but Southern Seasons is here to help. In this hands-on class you’ll learn from the pros how to make this staple just like your grandmother did. 11 a.m. Jan. 9. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Waraji Sushi Cooking Class
Finally learn to savor sushi in your own home! Born in a fishing village in western Japan, Chef Masa Tsujimura of Waraji Japanese Restaurant in Raleigh has over 30 years of experience in sushi preparation and has trained dozens of sushi chefs throughout his career. Ready your chopsticks and try your hand at sushi preparation with help from a local professional. 2 p.m. Jan. 10. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
San Francisco Treat Cooking Class
Need a vacation but you are lacking the funds? How about a staycation in San Francisco at Fisherman’s Wharf? Join Cooking School Manager Kim for this hands-on class and learn some classic dishes of the Bay Area. 4 p.m. $45. Jan. 10 Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Not Your Average Seafood Dishes Cooking Class
Having trouble being creative with your seafood recipes? Caitlin can show you how to make it exciting in this hands-on class. 5 p.m. Jan. 11. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Flatbread Baking Class
Learn the secret steps to a fool-proof dough for flatbread pizzas and focaccia. French baker Samuel Canavet teaches this class. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 11. $85. La Farm Bakery, 4248 N.W. Cary Pkwy, Cary. 919-657-0657, lafarmbakery.com.
Baking with Cornmeal Class
This class features local Anson Mill’s cornmeal and North Carolina Ground whole wheat in yeasted cornbread and a whole wheat bread bowl, sure to cure the winter blues. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 12. $85. La Farm Bakery, 4248 N.W. Cary Pkwy, Cary. 919-657-0657, lafarmbakery.com.
Basics To Brilliant Salmon Cooking Class
Salmon is versatile and healthy dish to prepare. In this class you will learn how to cook salmon fillet and add on to the basic recipe to create two new recipes. 6 p.m. Jan. 13. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Carolina Ground’s Local Grain Baking Class
Start the New Year off on the right grain. Learn to bake using Carolina Ground’s healthy, cold stone ground local grains, all grown and milled in North Carolina. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 13. $85. La Farm Bakery, 4248 N.W. Cary Pkwy, Cary. 919-657-0657, lafarmbakery.com.
Durham Pub Crawl & Haunted Adventure Tour
The tour is designed for all types of guests seeking a unique and different downtown Durhamexperience. 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, tylerstaproom.com.
Taste Carolina 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
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.
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
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