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.
Check out our list of upcoming church suppers from Shrove Tuesday to Memorial Day at nando.com/suppers2016.
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A Proper Afternoon Tea Class
Let Amanda, a native of the UK, show you how to make a perfect English style afternoon tea. 4 p.m. Feb. 6. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Mardi Gras Party Class
Come let the good times roll with Sheri Castle. She’ll be sharing fun recipes to help you create your own traditional Louisiana dishes at home. 6 p.m. Feb. 6. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Modern Tart Workshop Class
The irresistible tarts featured in this class are both rich in flavor and technique. Whisk’s own Pastry Chef, Liz Reedy, will teach you how to create a foolproof, flaky crust with a varied selection of irresistible fillings. In this 3 hour, hands-on class, you will make a chocolate ganache tart with a Chambord cream, a bananas Foster tart, and a passion fruit meringue tart. Makes a great early Valentine’s gift for your sweetheart! 1:30 p.m. Feb. 6. $69. Whisk, 316 Colonades Way, Cary. 919-322-2458, whiskcarolina.com.
2016 Mardi Gras Dinner & Ball
Admission includes a three-course meal inspired by traditional New Orleans recipes and drinks, including wine and beer. After dinner, head to the dance floor to enjoy old Mardi Gras favorites from alive jazz band, and today’s top 40 dance hits. 7-11 p.m. Feb. 6. $40. St. Michael The Archangel Catholic Church, 804 High House Rd, Cary. 919-468-6100, stmichaelcary.org.
Chocolate For Valentine’s Day With Guittard Class
What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with chocolate? Sample chocolate desserts in the class and also offer some to take home to enjoy later in the evening. Guittard Chocolate has just published a beautiful new cookbook that we will be cooking from as well. Everyone in class will receive a surprise from Guittard and a few cookbooks will be given away. 4 p.m. Feb. 7. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Long Winter Nights Class
During the cold months we tend to hole up in our homes. Join Chef Ellen Clevenger-Firley as she shows you how to make this warming comfort food menu to bring family and friends together. 6 p.m. Feb. 8. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Una Noche en Espana: A Spanish Tapas & Wine Cooking Class
Be transported to La Bogueria, Barcelona’s famous food market, where all of the classic ingredients for this tapas menu would be found. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 9. $69. Whisk, 316 Colonades Way, Cary. 919-322-2458, whiskcarolina.com.
Taste Of The Triangle: The Crunkleton Cocktails & Love
Libations will be created using ingredients typically known to enhance the emotive responses surrounding love. Tasting with chocolates, champagne, caviar and strawberries will be on deck for this fun class with the ever-popular Gary Crunkleton. 6 p.m. Feb. 11. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Wine & Chocolate
Join Lionel Vatinet in making white chocolate mini baguettes (paired with white wine) and chocolate cranberry bread (paired with a red wine). Happy Valentine’s Day! 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 12. $85. La Farm Bakery, 4248 N.W. Cary Pkwy, Cary. 919-657-0657, lafarmbakery.com.
Brunch With Timothy
Cookbook author and breakfast expert Timothy is here to teach you a perfect brunch menu that is fun to make and sure to impress guests. 11 a.m. Feb. 13. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Dinner Duet: Valentine’s Dinner Class
Enjoy Valentine’s Day Eve with your special someone in this fun class. Students will pop open the bubbly and enjoy some great food as well as take home recipes to make together on your next special evening. 6 p.m. Feb. 13. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Cornucopia’s A Chocolate Affaire
1-4:30 p.m. Feb. 14. $45-$60. Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel, 1 Europa Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-968-4900, www.sheratonchapelhill.com.
Mediterranean Vegetables Class
The bright recipes Amanda will feature in this class will cheer your winter days and remind you of the warmer weather to come. 6 p.m. Feb. 15. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Coon Rock Farm Class
Coon Rock is 10 acres of organic vegetables, chicken, sheep, cows and pigs. Their products are sold at farmers markets, CSA’s and Bella Bean Organics. It’s amazing how delicious local seasonal food can be. Join owners Jamie and Richard for this early spring menu sure to please and discover what a difference organic can make. 6 p.m. Feb. 16. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Browning, Braising & Roasting
Elevate simple ingredients with these three techniques for elegant dinners that are sure to impress. Learn to brown and braise meats and greens for tender and flavorful courses paired with roasted and caramelized sides. 5 p.m. Feb. 17. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Apres Ski Ladies Night Out
Better than hot chocolate by the fireplace, this cozy winter meal will warm you from the inside out. Come in from the cold for a delicious evening of fun, laughter, and cooking inspiration. In this two-hour, interactive class, you will make: Winter lettuce salad with pears and champagne vinaigrette; Balsamic roasted chicken with wild mushrooms and pearl onions; Creamed spinach with feta and pine nuts; Slow roasted tomato gratin; and Spiked, salted caramel affogato. 6:15 p.m. Feb. 17. $69. Whisk, 316 Colonades Way, Cary. 919-322-2458, whiskcarolina.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
Afternoon with the Winemaker
Join vineyard owner and winemaker Jay Raffaldini as he guides you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Raffaldini Winery. Learn how we craft our award-winning wines and go step-by-step through the winemaking process with our team. Call 336-526-1078 or email us at email@example.com for more information or to make a reservation. 1 p.m. Feb. 6. $20. Raffaldini Vineyards, 450 Groce Rd., Ronda. 336-835-9463, raffaldini.com.
CitySocial Wine Tasting
Join CitySocial for a wine tasting at London Bridge Pub in downtown Raleigh. AWine tasting includes three glasses worth of wine from Carmenet Winery, one of Napa Valley’s oldest wineries Choose from any of Carmenet’s best: chardonnet, pinot noir, merlot, cabernet sauvignon. 4 p.m. Feb. 6. $20. London Bridge Pub, 110 E. Hargett St, Raleigh. 919-838-6633, thelondonbridgepub.com.
Wine Class: Lovin’ Bubbles
Bubbles have been terribly misunderstood ... until now. Don’t know your Cava from your Sekt? Just what is the difference between Spumante and Frizzante? Why does Champagne have to be so French? Well, this class will take you through the world of sparkling wines (and feature bubbly from around the world). 7:33 p.m. Feb. 11. $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