Here’s a weekly roundup of upcoming food, beer and wine events, tours, classes, workshops and more across the Triangle.
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.
Everyone has a secret chili recipe and the sky’s the limit when it comes to ingredients and level of spiciness. See the Southern Season staff show off their chili creations. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 16. Free. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Paleo For 2016 Cooking Class
Chef Lucindy from Terrapin Cove Culinary School proves that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor for health. The secret is in using nut flours and vegetables in place of grain flours to brighten and layer the flavors. Come learn healthy new recipes from this popular instructor. 2 p.m. Jan. 17. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
I Like Coffee, I Like Tea Class
Sure, tea and coffee are great for drinking but they also make interesting additions to recipes. Come learn interesting and tasty new recipes from the always-entertaining Amanda. 6 p.m. Jan. 18. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Cooking with Cast Iron Class
A good cast iron skillet is a treasured family heirloom passed down for generations but did you always think it was just for the stovetop? Nope! Chef Sheri will show you all the versatile ways a cast iron skillet can be used to prepare delicious dishes. 6 p.m. Jan. 19. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
What To Do With Tofu Cooking Class
Are you perplexed by tofu? Do you find it boring? Let Caitlin take the mystery out of this versatile protein and show you the many delicious ways it can be prepared. 6 p.m. Jan. 20. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Winter Main Dish Soups Class
An instructor with over 30 years of teaching experience, Amanda Cushman shares her recipes for perfect winter soups. 6 p.m. Jan. 21. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Brews n’ Stews
Meet local brewers including Fullsteam, Duck Rabbit, Raleigh Brewing Company and Red Oak, while sampling locally-sourced food selections from Executive Chef Bo Peterson. Plan to mingle throughout the restaurant and celebrate these exciting local breweries while enjoying a selection of wintery stews perfect for a cold evening. 7 p.m. Jan. 23. $29. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Cooking from the Garden: Warm Winter Soups
The season is abundant with bounty from the garden! Learn how to use that produce in this class series. A cold winter day is always improved by a warm bowl of soup. In this class, Instructor Katie Coleman, will introduce you to four winter soups (some vegetarian). You will receive the recipes for all four soups and sample each of the soups in class. Katie brings many years of experience as a chef, and great skill at teaching people how to cook. Join us for one class, or the entire series. Each class includes in-class tastings. 9:30 a.m. Jan. 23. $20-$25. Duke University — Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Celebrate Mardi Gras Class
North Carolina-born and New Orleans-trained Chef Mel Melton is as famous for his music as he is his cooking. Join us for this afternoon Mardi Gras celebration with great food and music by Mel Melton and his band, the Wicked Mojos. 2 p.m. Jan. 24. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Ancient Grains Class
Grains like wheat, corn, oats, and rice are the most popular on the market, but ancient grains are making a comeback. Join Susan for this hand-on class and explore the variety of tastes, textures, and nutrients available in ancient grains. 5 p.m. Jan. 25. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Vietnamese New Year Celebration Class
Expand your cooking skills with new dishes from Vietnam. Nancie, author of ten cookbooks and an expert on Asian cuisine, shares her recipes for a delicious Vietnamese New Year’s celebration. 6 p.m. Jan. 26. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.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
Durham Pub Crawl & Haunted Adventure Tour
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, 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
Wine to Vine Class
This concise yet comprehensive class boldly chronicles a vine’s life from its spring buds’ breaking open to each of its grape’s being lovingly squeezed into the bottles that we hold so dear. 7:33 p.m. Jan. 14. $48. Wine Authorities, 211 E. Franklin St., Raleigh. 919-831-9463, wineauthorities.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