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.
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TABLE Food Truck Rodeo
The Food Truck Rodeo will be the 4th Annual Rodeo that TABLE has hosted to raise funds and once again Orange United Methodist Church is playing a huge role in the planning and provisions for the event. The event features live music, a Kids Area complete with a bounce house, relay races, corn hole, face painting, and, of course, food trucks. This year’s food trucks include: Belgian Waffle Crafters, Dusty Donuts, Olio & Aceto, Parlez Vous Crepe, The Humble Pig, Gussy’s, Kona Ice and Cafe Bellezza. 3-7 p.m. April 30. Orange United Methodist Church, 1220 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Chapel Hill. 919-942-2825.
Cooking from the Garden: Appetizers
Prepare for a treat and learn about a variety of garden-fresh appetizers to make for your next gathering. The class ends with a tasting of everything you have made. 9:30-11:30 a.m. April 30. $25; $20 members. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Late-Spring Thai Menu Class
Nancie McDermott is a North Carolina native and UNC graduate who has written numerous cookbooks. Her years in the Peace Corps influenced her love of Asian food and lead her on a path to write and teach about it. Enjoy Nancie’s stories and taste the food she fell in love with. 6 p.m. May 3. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Cookbook Signing: Heidi Trull
Heidi Trull will be signing copies of her cookbook, “Grits and Groceries.” 1-2 p.m. May 6. Free. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Hands-on Spring Cocktail Party Cooking and Mixology Class
Learn how to prepare seasonal appetizers and hors d’ oeuvres in this class and find out how to prepare for entertaining, without any of the stress. The course will also cover making a few signature cocktails, to make it a true cocktail party. 5-7 p.m. May 7. $59. Durham Spirits Co., 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430, durhamspiritscompany.com.
Cookbook Signing: Caroline Bretherton
Join Caroline Bretherton for a signing for her cookbook entitled “Desserts,” pairing 68 classic desserts from around the world with step-by-step photography and ideas for variations. This cookbook packs in more than 400 recipes. 2-4 p.m. May 7. Free. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Fill your house with smells of delicious desserts at every meal. The best part about this beautiful French tart is that the possibilities are endless. 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 10. $85. La Farm Bakery, 4248 N.W. Cary Pkwy, Cary. 919-657-0657, lafarmbakery.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.
Wine and beer tastings
Wine Class: Central Italy
Tuscany, Umbria, Marche, Abruzzo, and Lazio! What do the fab five of Central Italy have in common? What differentiates them from one another? Learn answers as you embark on a comprehensive tour of the leg-shaped peninsula’s mid thigh. Learn the viticultural effects of religious crusades, soil variations and mountain ranges on the climates, grapes, and (perhaps most importantly) wines. 7:30 p.m. April 28. $48. Wine Authorities, 211 E. Franklin St., Raleigh. 919-831-9463, wineauthorities.com.
Umstead Uncorked: North Carolina Beer Month
In honor of North Carolina’s Beer Month, the Sommelier is taking a step away from wine to showcase a selection of some of the best beer offerings available to us. Explore how beer and food can work together and in some situations where beer might be the better option for pairing than wine. 6 p.m. April 28. $30. Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Dr., Cary. 919-447-4000, theumstead.com.
Enjoy a structured/tutored tasting of the four major communes of Bordeaux: Paulliac, St. Estephe, St. Julien and Margaux, as well as the lesser Pessac-Leognan and Haut Medoc. Wine merchant Caryn Perkinswill guide you through the wines and their respective communes, what makes them different, similar and so coveted. There will be small cheese/charcuterie for each guest. 7 p.m. April 29. $25. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Sip & Shop
Sip & Shop occurs on the first Friday of each month. Browse the store with your favorite beverage and check out discounted pints of beer and glasses of wine in the Wine Bar. Visit the experts, enjoy a glass of their special selections and peruse the store. 5-7 p.m. May 6. Free. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Sagra delle Salsicce: Raffaldini Winery Grilling Event
Celebrate the delicious culinary delights of Italian Salsicce or sausages and partake in food and fellowship at the winery. Enjoy award-winning Raffaldini wines alongside fresh, grilled sausages 1-3 p.m. May 7. $35. Raffaldini Vineyards, 450 Groce Rd., Ronda. 336-835-9463, raffaldini.com.
Wine Down Wednesday
Wine Down after sunset with five unique wines selected that day for their charming characteristics (*discounted at half price) and paired with light hors d’oeuvres in a romantic and relaxing environment, including outdoor patio seating. 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Cafe Helios, 413 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. 919-838-5177, cafehelios.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. Fridays. Chatham Hill Winery, 8245 Chapel Hill Rd, Cary. 919-380-7135.
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
Triangle Food Tour: Downtown Durham
On this guided journey through the streets of downtown Durham, we’ll visit some of the area’s most unique, hidden culinary gems. 2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturdays. $45. Fishmonger’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 806 W. Main St., Durham. 919-682-0128, trianglefoodtour.com
Triangle Food Tour: Downtown Chapel Hill & Carrboro
On this leisurely walk through the downtown streets of Chapel Hill & Carrboro the group will pause at up to six locations among the area’s finest and most unique establishments. Along the way, the streetscapes and local character will combine to reveal how unique and different each are despite their close proximity. 2:15-5:30 p.m. Saturdays. $45. Downtown Chapel Hill, Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 919-967-9440, trianglefoodtour.com
Triangle Food Tour: Downtown Cary
Get acquainted with Cary’s rich heritage while experiencing the flavors of the diverse downtown culinary landscape on this guided walking food tour. Journey with a small group through the heart of Cary’s downtown (often overlooked by Triangle residents), and you will quickly gain a sense of the history and culture that shaped this community. 2-5 p.m. Saturdays. $45. Ashworth Village, 200 S. Academy St., Cary. 919-388-8639, trianglefoodtour.com
Triangle Food Tour: Downtown Raleigh
Experience a guided culinary journey of sight and taste that spans all five 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. Fayetteville St, Raleigh, trianglefoodtour.com
Taste Carolina: Raleigh Saturday Afternoon Tasting Tour
This tour is a fantastic way to get to know the heart of downtown. Included is food tastings at four unique, local restaurants plus dessert and a wine tasting. Tours begin at historic Fayetteville Street. 2 p.m. Saturdays. $55. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St, Raleigh. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Raleigh Friday Afternoon Tasting Tour
The Friday Afternoon Tasting Tour begins on historic Fayetteville Street near the Capitol and heads over to the Seaboard Station/ Oakwood districts via the R Line, with a 20 minute history walk back downtown at the end of the tour. Food tastings at three restaurants that source ingredients locally, a beer and/ or wine tasting and dessert are included. 1:30 p.m. Fridays. $55. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St, Raleigh. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Raleigh Dinner & Drinks Tours
The Friday and Saturday Dinner & Drinks Tours stay mostly close to historic Fayetteville Street and the Capitol but may walk to the Warehouse/ Gallery or Glenwood Avenue South Districts. These high-spirited tours include enough food to be considered dinner by most people, and include a number of drink pairings. Stops are subject to change based on restaurant availability. Tours include five stops: three varied restaurants for savory food paired with wine, beer or a cocktail, a speakeasy cocktail bar, and a sweet bite for dessert. 4 p.m. Fridays, 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. $69.50. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St, Raleigh. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Raleigh Roots Tour
Raleigh Roots Tour explores the areas of Seaboard Station, Mordecai, and Oakwood neighborhoods. The tour includes savory food at three restaurants plus a beer or wine tasting and dessert. Stops are subject to change on a week to week basis. Eating a light lunch beforehand is recommended. 2 p.m. Saturdays. $55. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St, Raleigh. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Durham Afternoon Tasting Tour
The Afternoon Tasting Tour is a fantastic way to experience six different Durham gems in one afternoon. The restaurants featured on this tour have lines out the door every day, but the delicious tastings are prepared and ready for the tour to just walk in and enjoy. 1:45 p.m. Saturdays. $50. Downtown Durham, Main St., Durham. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Durham Evening Tasting Tour
The Evening Tasting Tour includes food and drink tastings at five different restaurants and bars. The three restaurants featured on this tour are as farm-to-table as you will find and are all located in funky, rehabbed historic buildings. Chefs prepare substantial tour tastings all paired with small drinks. Also included on this tour is a craft cocktail demonstration and tasting, as well as dessert made from locally-milled flour and local dairy. 3:15 p.m. Saturdays. $65. Downtown Durham, Main St., Durham. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Historic Hillsborough Tasting Tour
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. Downtown Hillsborough, 100 Churton St., Hillsborough. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Culinary Carrboro & Chapel Hill Tour
This tour ties local ingredients to the restaurants that use them and typically includes food at four different restaurants, substantial tastings with farmers and vendors at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, and a beer tasting. 11 a.m. Saturdays. $55. Downtown Carrboro, Greensboro St, Carrboro. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Chapel Hill & Carrboro Dinner & Drinks Tour
The Chapel Hill/ Carrboro Dinner & Drinks Tour includes visits to four to five different restaurants with a few drink pairings, plus beer and coffee tastings. 3:15 p.m. Saturdays. $65. Downtown Carrboro, Greensboro St, Carrboro. 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 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). Rye Bar and Southern Kitchen, 500 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-227-3370, 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. 919-832-5714. tobaccoroadtours.com
Tobacco Road Tour: Raleigh 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. tobaccoroadtours.com