The Raleigh Food & Wine Festival returns May 19-22 for a second year.
The four-day event includes dinners, tastings and more over three days before the grand tasting on May 22 at Raleigh’s Babylon restaurant.
Here are some highlights:
May 19: Raleigh’s Babylon restaurant is hosting Spanish-Basque chef Najat Kaanache, who will be cooking a five-course dinner. Kaanache has worked at some of the world’s best restaurants: Alinea in Chicago, Noma in Copenhagen, The French Laundry in California and Per Se in New York. (The New Times in Miami wrote about her and a restaurant she almost ran in Coral Gables, Fla.) Tickets cost $100. For reservations, go to BabylonRaleigh.com Babylon is at 309 N. Dawson St., Raleigh, 919-838-8595.
May 20: Raleigh’s Lucettegrace will be offering a dessert sampler for two people from 5-9 p.m. The cost is $20 per couple for six dessert samples or $25 with a choice of drink. The pastry shop and cafe is at 235 S. Salisbury St., 919-307-4950, lucettegrace.com
May 21: Crude Bitters and Sodas will be offering tours and tastings at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tours cost $11 and can be purchased at Eventbrite.com. (There is also a 7 p.m. Friday tour.) It is at 517-A W. Cabarrus St., Raleigh, 919-391-8185, CrudeBitters.com
May 22: The grand tasting is from 1-5 p.m. at Babylon restaurant. You can enter an hour early by purchasing a VIP ticket for $59. Regular admission is $45 or it costs $40 if you buy two tickets. To purchase tickets, go to raleighfoodandwine.com.
To see all the events, go to raleighfoodandwine.com.