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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Modern Jewish Baking Class
Chef Emma Laperruque can still remember her grandma’s hands placed over hers as she showed her how to roll rugelach flaky crescent cookies. Little did she know, Emma would grow up to run a challah baking club in college and, eventually, work at a bakery, where she learned to master technique while tweaking tradition. In this class, take classic Jewish treats and give them a contemporary twist. 6 p.m. May 18. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Southern Cocktails Mixology Class
From Kentucky to New Orleans to Charleston, there are so many classic cocktails inspired by the South, that it deserved its own class. Learn how to make four fabulous cocktailswith perfectly paired bites. 6-8 p.m. May 19. $59. Durham Spirits Co., 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430, durhamspiritscompany.com.
This lively, hands-on ravioli making class is lead by Seth Kingsbury of Pazzo. Seth is a Triangle native with an all-star background at the famed Magnolia Grill and Nana’s. Dinner will be served with hand selected Italian wines from Country Vintner (two glasses included in ticket price). 6:30-9 p.m. May 19. $65. Midway Community Kitchen, 505 W. Rosemary St, Chapel Hill, 919-280-0895, midwaycommunitykitchen.com.
Food Bank Food Fight
Pop tarts, beef stew, mac and cheeseWhat amazing dishes could someone prepare from a list of staple food bank ingredients? Culinary teams are competing, using typical Food Bank Food Items, to make an appetizer, entrees, or dessert for you to enjoy. Event attendees will decide who deserves to be the Food Bank Food Fight Champion. 6-9 p.m. May 19. $25-$50. Crown Complex of Cumberland County, 1960 Coliseum Dr., Fayetteville. 910-323-5088, crowncomplexnc.com.
Greek Cooking Class
Explore what make Greek food undeniably one of the best out there with a menu that includes shrimp saganaki, Greek salad with green beans, dill & feta, grilled Greek lamb, spanakopita, Greek potatoes, homemade pitas, tzetiki, and baklava. 6-8 p.m. May 20. $59. Durham Spirits Co., 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430, durhamspiritscompany.com.
Pork Out BBQ Contest and Festival
Enjoy barbecue from up to 20 teams as they compete for cash prizes for people’s choice. Be sure to enjoy the great food, shopping, live music and activities though out the day! Tickets are limited, but don’t worry if tasting tickets sell out our restaurants will be selling pork inspired plates on The Green and in The Courtyard. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 21. $35. Lafayette Village, 8450 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh. 866-691-6560.
Biscuits 101 Cooking Class
Learn to make good Southern biscuits even better than the way Grandma used to make. Audra Thomas from Monuts and Honeybuns Baking Co. will show you how to make various types of biscuits. 1-3 p.m. May 22. $59. Durham Spirits Co., 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430, durhamspiritscompany.com.
Food Lover’s Saturdays
Ask the Expert events at the Tasting Station will focus on care and use on gourmet kitchen tools. Drawings will be held to win a featured item. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. May 28. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Bonnie’s Jams Class
For her jams, Bonnie creates recipes that honor and celebrate ripe, extraordinary berries from her home in Massachusetts and her native California, stone fruits from the Southern states, and more. She ensures that each jam reflects the true flavor of the fruit. In this class she will teach recipes that pair her jams in some unexpected ways to create a delicious menu. 6 p.m. June 2. $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.
Wine and beer tastings
Wine Walk for Charity
On the Third Thursday of each month April through October visit Lafayette Village for a Wine Walk in support of a local charity. Participating merchants will be offering free wine tasting. 6-8 p.m. May 19. $10. Lafayette Village, 8450 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh. 866-691-6560.
Pittsboro Wine Fest 2016
Enjoy tastings from more than 7 wine vendors, finger foods by 458 West, cheese tastings with Goat Lady Dairy, live music and giveaways. 1:30-3:30 p.m. May 21. $25-$30. 458 West Bed & Breakfast, 458 West St, Pittsboro. 458west.com.
Final Friday Wine Walk
Benefitting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, attendees are invited to stroll through Waverly Place and visit each store for a relaxed evening of shopping complete with wine tastings featuring wines under $20/bottle. The evening will conclude with live music on the promenade. 5-8 p.m. May 27. $10 sampling glasses. Waverly Place, Tyron Rd., Cary.
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