More Valentine’s Day options: Washington Duke, Angus Barn and more

Here are more options for romantic dinners for Valentine’s Day all across the Triangle.
Here are more options for romantic dinners for Valentine’s Day all across the Triangle. OBSERVER FILE PHOTO

Valentine’s Day

Washington Duke Inn

Four-course prix-fixe menu includes amuse bouche, appetizer, entree and dessert as well as a chocolate-covered strawberries. $70 per person. Live Jazz music featured from 5:30-11:30 pm. Make your reservations now since Valentine’s Day falls on Friday this year. 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14. $70. Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, 3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham. 919-493-6699.

King’s Daughters Inn

Looking for a lovely way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your spouse, significant other or even a friend? Enjoy a leisurely Friday evening in our elegant dining room tasting champagne, sparkling wine & our signature sweets. After all, the delightful decadence of chocolate and wine is best when shared. We will offer about 5 different types of sparkling wine and will pair each with something delicious!5:30 p.m. Feb. 14. $25 per person or $45 per couple. King’s Daughters Inn, 204 N. Buchanan Blvd., Durham. 919-354-7000.


Celebrate with a glass of bubbly. Linger over live music. Browse the galleries hand in hand. Fall in love for the first time or all over again. Valentine’s Day at Iris includes a four-course prix fixe dinner featuring local ingredients, champagne upon arrival, and some lovely takeaways. To reserve your table (credit card required), call 919-664-6838. Reservations starting at 5:30 pm. 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14. $80 per person; Prix fixe menu. N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-664-6838.

Angus Barn Winemaker’s Dinner

Constellation Brands and Michael Highsmith present a special Valentine’s Day Winemaker’s Dinner. A sweetheart menu & dancing after dinner with live music from "MidLife Crisis." February 14th, 2014. Social: 6 pm Dinner: 7 pm$95 per person plus tax and 20% gratuityDoor and Raffle PrizesLimited seating available. Payment upon reservation. All sales final. 6 p.m. Feb. 14. $95 plus tax and gratuity. The Angus Barn, 9401 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-834-3505.

Valentine’s Day Celebration

Dinner, dancing, live entertainment. 8 p.m. Feb. 14. Ezra Conference Center, 3670 Bastion Ln., Raleigh. 919-954-8924.

Food & Drink Tours of Raleigh

Taste Carolina has you covered on Valentine’s Day! Each guided walking tour includes food and drink at multiple restaurants. 12:15: Raleigh Loves Long Lunches Tour. 1:45: Afternoon Delights Tour. 4: Dinner Strolls of Downtown and of Seaboard/ Mordecai/ Oakwood. 5:30: Raleigh Loves Cocktails Tour. Register in advance at Click on any Sign Up! 5 p.m. Feb. 13, 12:15 p.m. Feb. 14, 1:45 p.m. Feb. 14, 4 p.m. Feb. 14, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14. $50 - $60 per person. Downtown Raleigh, Downtown Raleigh, Raleigh. 919-237-2254.

Pittsboro Roadhouse and General Store

Prix Fixe Menu w/ a Bottle of Champagne. Shared Appetizer: Hummus & Roasted Olives, Crostini Celebrity Dairy Goat Cheese Truffles, Marinated Antipasto. Choice of Entrees: Grilled Salmon w/ Asparagus, Rice Pilaf & Our White Wine Butter Sauce, Pasta Primavera Featuring a Medley of Fresh Sauteed Vegetables, Grilled Angus Shoulder Tenderloin w/ Garlic Mushroom Gravy, Grilled Chicken w/ Chickpea & Vegetable Ragout; Shared Dessert: Tiramisu, Chocolate Truffles & Strawberries. RSVP TODAY 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15. $50 per couple. Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store, 35 West Street, Pittsboro. 919-542-2432.

Love & Wine Dinner

Join us for an elegant, six course, Wine Dinner with dancing. April, with Sip, a wine store, will tell winery love stories. You will learn how winemakers met and fell in love. You will enjoy six wines, each served with a carefully selected food pairing. In between each pairing will be a musical interlude, by Stevan Jackson. There will be dancing and a DJ after the dinner. There will also be a cash bar. Call The Matthews House at 919-467-1944 for more information. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15. $100 per person. Matthews House, 317 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-467-1944.


WakeMed’s Healthy Families, Healthy Hearts

Celebrate Valentine’s weekend with a heart healthyevent sure to please even the pickiestof eaters! Join WakeMed dietitians as we show you and your family how to make heart-healthy decisions that are pleasing to your taste buds. Kids and adults will enjoy visiting the hands-oncooking stations, taste samples and take home recipes to enjoy all year long. Explore fun waysto get your heart pumping with high-energy fitness play. 11 a.m. Feb. 15. Free with admission to Marbles Kids Museum. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh.


Cooking Class with Chef Amy

Take lessons from the best of the best with a series of cooking classes taught by chef Amy Tornquist, owner of Sage & Swift Catering, Watts Grocery & Hummingbird Bakery, & her operations manager Matthew Lardie. The classes will be hands-on & centered around "Southern Gourmet" cooking. The schedule includes, Jan. 15 (Southern Pies), Jan. 29 (Pot Roast and Pinot Noir), Feb. 12 (Soup for Supper), Feb. 26 (Perfect Pairings for Wine and Cheese), March 5 (Easy Cheese Making) & March 19 (Stir Fry 101). 10 a.m. Feb. 12, 10 a.m. Feb. 26, 10 a.m. March 5, 10 a.m. March 19. If you book two or more classes, you get a 15 percent discount. Watts Grocery, 1116 Broad St., Durham. 919-957-7889.

French Pastries

Our French instructor, Emmanuelle Peron, has trained with a pastry chef from Paris’s top hotels, the Meurice and the Crillon. Learn to make the classic tarte patisserie aux framboises, from the shell to the pastry cream and the assembly, in the comfort of the Whisk kitchen. Our small class size will give you the confidence and skills to go on to make these delicious works of art at home. 11 a.m. Feb. 12. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Farm to Fork Cooking

We like to eat and cook while using as many locally sourced products as possible. Whisk’s own Stacey is a tremendous resource for obtaining the knowledge you need to get started. You will never miss the meat with these creative, flavorful vegetarian dishes. 11 a.m. Feb. 15. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.


Cassoulet, the wonderfully rich, meaty, French bean stew. Duck, Lamb, Sausage...what’s not to like? Join us as we prepare a classic Cassoulet. Menu includes: Cassoulet, Braised Baby Fennel, Spinach Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette, Tarte aux Pruneaux 1 p.m. Feb. 16. $59. Durham Spirits Company, 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430.

Turkish Cuisine cooking class

Join Deniz Ender as she shares her culture, food and the rich flavors of Turkey. Learn 4 classic, healthy and delicious Mediterranean recipes in this class. Vegetarian. 6:15 p.m. Feb. 18. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Cooking Class with Arthur Gordon

Cooking Class with Arthur Gordon An Intimate Evening Cooking with Chef Arthur Experience the Irregardless philosophy, learn cooking techniques and be nourished in many ways. Cooking lesson, dinner and wine tasting $60/person. Space is limited, please call and reserve 833-8898 ext. 0. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18. Irregardless Cafe, 901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. 919-833-8898, ext. 0.

Middle Eastern Fusion

Celebrate the herbs and spices of the Middle East with this flavor-packed menu. Inspired by some the region’s long-standing favorites, enjoy a fresh and nutritious take, while using traditional influences. 6:15 p.m. Feb. 20. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Fab Fan Fare with Debbie Moose

Popular Raleigh food writer and cookbook author Debbie Moose will help you devise a winning menu for all your sports fans. Learn four crowd pleasing recipes that are guaranteed to score. Wine and NC beer is included. Book signing! Wine and NC beer included. 6:15 p.m. Feb. 21. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Knife Skills

This is the class for people wanting to improve technique. You will learn mechanics, skills, maintenance, and knife safety. Experience the joy that comes with proper technique combined with correctly sharpened tools. Knives are provided. 10 a.m. Feb. 22. $69. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Farmers Markets

Wake Forest Farmers’ Market

10 a.m. Feb. 15, 10 a.m. Feb. 22, 10 a.m. March 1, 10 a.m. March 8, 10 a.m. March 15, 10 a.m. March 22, 10 a.m. March 29. OneCare Parking Lot, 150 N. White St., Wake Forest. 919-671-9269.

Food Tours

Chapel Hill / Carrboro

Go behind the scenes of Chapel Hill and Carrboro restaurants to experience where farm-to-table cuisine comes to life. Sample innovative and upscale southern dishes, scratch-made desserts, organic wine, local beer, and more. Known for being on the forefront of the Slow Food movement and for restaurants that have redefined Southern cooking, Chapel Hill/ Carrboro is one of the best places in the country to live and eat. 2 p.m. Feb. 15, 2 p.m. Feb. 22, 2 p.m. March 1, 2 p.m. March 8, 2 p.m. March 15, 2 p.m. March 22, 2 p.m. March 29. $45 - $65. Open Eye Cafe, 101 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. 919-237-2254.


Durham is all about cutting edge culture and fantastic food. Let us show you a vibrant city in the midst of its revitalization and introduce you to the restaurants, shops and people that are making Durham one of the nation’s cultural hotspots. You will discover all of Durham’s flavors on this tour! The Durham tour is scheduled for every Saturday afternoon, all yearround. Advance registration is required. It is also available for private groups of 10 or more any day or evening of the week. 1:45 p.m. Feb. 15, 1:45 p.m. Feb. 22, 1:45 p.m. March 1, 1:45 p.m. March 8, 1:45 p.m. March 15, 1:45 p.m. March 22, 1:45 p.m. March 29. $50 - $65. Meet at The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham. 919-237-2254.


Historic Hillsborough boasts Southern charm, 18th and 19th century architecture, and a vibrant literary and artistic scene. It is also home to fantastic restaurants with a true farm-to-table vibe. Talk with chefs while exploring Hillsborough’s history. Enjoy the warmth and friendliness of the town and, of course, plenty of food.. handmade chocolates, locally roasted coffees, famous scones, local beer, organic wine, and a stop at one of the most esteemed restaurants in the Southeast - Panciuto! 11 a.m. Feb. 15, 11 a.m. Feb. 22, 11 a.m. March 1, 11 a.m. March 8, 11 a.m. March 15, 11 a.m. March 22, 11 a.m. March 29. $45. Saratoga Grill, 108 S. Churton St., Hillsborough. 919-237-2254.


The capital of North Carolina is home to some of the most dynamic restaurants in the country. Known for effortlessly blending modern architecture with historic buildings and monuments, Raleigh showcases fine dining and eclectic eateries. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, you’ll enjoy innovative ethnic and southern cuisine, scratch-made desserts, local beer, wine, and more at multiple restaurants! There’s something for everyone in Raleigh. 1:45 p.m. Feb. 14, 1:45 p.m. Feb. 15, 1:45 p.m. Feb. 21, 3:30 p.m. Feb. 22, 1:45 p.m. Feb. 28, 4 p.m. March 1, 1:45 p.m. March 7. $50-$65. Briggs Hardware Store Building, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-237-2254.

Wine Events

Wine Down Wednesday

Wine Down Wednesday $4 Wine. 11:30 a.m. Feb. 12, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 19, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 26. James Joyce Irish Pub, 912 W. Main St., Durham. 919-683-3022.

Wine Tastings

12 p.m. Feb. 14, 11 a.m. Feb. 15, 12 p.m. Feb. 21, 11 a.m. Feb. 22, 12 p.m. Feb. 28, 11 a.m. March 1, 12 p.m. March 7, 11 a.m. March 8, 12 p.m. March 14, 11 a.m. March 15, 12 p.m. March 21, 11 a.m. March 22, 12 p.m. March 28, 11 a.m. March 29. $5 per person. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Rd., Apex. 919-387-5760.

Capri Restaurant Wine Tasting Dinner

Join us at Capri Restaurant for our monthly wine tasting dinner. This event is held the third Wednesday of every month featuring five courses paired with five wines. Visit our website for this months menu. Please call for reservations. 7 p.m. Feb. 19, 7 p.m. March 19. 50. Capri Restaurant, 6325 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh. 919-741-9548.