Food truck rodeo in Durham on Sunday and more food events

The next Food Truck Rodeo at Durham Central Park is this Sunday afternoon.
The next Food Truck Rodeo at Durham Central Park is this Sunday afternoon.


Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo

More than 40 local food trucks. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair so that YOU can enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable Durham afternoon with friends and family. KidZNotes, Durham will present a musical showcase and instrument zoo for the young folks. PitchBlak Brass Band, from Brooklyn, will play the main stage. Noon-4 p.m.. Sunday. Free to attend, pay for food if purchased. Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham. 919-450-5185.

A Toast to the Triangle

A Toast to the Triangle has been held annually to raise funds for Tammy Lynn Memorial Foundation, Inc. to support the following programs and services of Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities: Community Residential, Early Childhood Intervention, Respite Care, and non-Medicaid Day Services. The event offers an astonishing array of culinary splendor from nearly 40 of the Triangle’s finest restaurants, caterers and purveyors of fine wines and specialty beers. 5:30 p.m. March 9. $75; $60 if bought on Cyber Monday. N.C. State University McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh. 919-832-3909.

Andrea Weigl signing “Pickles and Preserves”

Come meet Andrea Weigl, Food Editor at the Raleigh News & Observer, as she launches her new cookbook, Pickles And Preserves: a Savor The South cookbook! Pick up your signed copy today, and meet the author while tasting samples from the book at Quail Ridge Books. This book highlights the regional flair that southern cooks bestow on this traditional art. The fifty classic and inventive recipes will have beginners and veterans alike rolling up their sleeves. 7:30 p.m. March 12. Free. Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. 919-828-1588.


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 Stir Fry 101 on March 19. 10 a.m. March 19. Watts Grocery, 1116 Broad St., Durham. 919-957-7889.

Homemade Pasta

There is nothing in the world like homemade pasta! Work with Carmella from Melina’s Pasta as you create spinach and egg dough recipes, and then make a variety of interesting pastas. 6:15 p.m. March 5. $59. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Indian Street Food

Sonali has just returned from India with new recipes to share. Join the former owner of Saffron Restaurant as she takes us through another aromatic culinary journey! 6:15 p.m. March 6. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Kale cooking

Kale: The versatile superfood that you never knew you loved. We have all heard of the health benefits of Kale, but how do we use it best? Join Liz as she demystifies and teaches four delicious recipes that even veggie phobes will love. It’s March! Eat Green! 11 a.m. March 8. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Indian Cooking

With instructor Rani Imandi, learn about the many ways of cooking the traditional and ethnic fare of India. Cook exotic foods filled with fresh produce and herbs, delicate spices, hot curries, homemade dairy products and semi-homemade ingredients. The cuisine is not only tasty, but nutritionally balanced. The course introduces students to ingredients for making both vegetarian and non-vegetarian recipes, main and side dishes, and desserts. Students will learn how to make "Dosa," "Sag Paneer," "Chicken Curry," "Chicken Biryani," rice pudding and more. There are many varied flavor combinations throughout India, with dishes vastly different between the north and the south. $40 for food, paid to instructor at first class. Please note: This class takes place at the Century Center at the intersection of Weaver and Greensboro Streets in Carrboro. 6 p.m. March 11. $92 public and $83 Friends. The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. 919-929-2787.

Healthy Asian Style

Send your taste buds half way around the world, as you learn some fresh, healthy and delicious Asian dishes! First, roll up your sleeves and learn how to make outrageously tasty and gorgeous spring rolls in this hands-on class, and then fire up the wok for a scrumptious fried rice dish, packed with nutrients.. You’ll leave class with some new skills under your belt and a very pleased tummy to boot! 6:15 p.m. March 12. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Bread Making

Join Melody as she shares her techniques and baking skills for foolproof Traditional French Bread. This will be an informative, interactive , hands on class. Each student will be able to take home a freshly baked loaf of bread. 6:15 p.m. March 13. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Walking Food Tours


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. The tour allows you to casually experience first-hand the ambiance and flavor of several unique, hidden culinary gems along the way. 2 p.m. March 8, 2 p.m. April 5, 2 p.m. May 17, 2 p.m. June 21, 2 p.m. July 19, 2 p.m. Aug. 16, 2 p.m. Sept. 20. $38.99. Academy Street Bistro, 200 S. Academy St., Cary. 919-319-5674.

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. March 8, 2 p.m. March 15, 2 p.m. March 22, 2 p.m. March 29, 2 p.m. April 5, 2 p.m. April 12, 2 p.m. April 19. $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 year ’round. 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. March 8, 1:45 p.m. March 15, 1:45 p.m. March 22, 1:45 p.m. March 29, 1:45 p.m. April 5, 1:45 p.m. April 12, 1:45 p.m. April 19. $50-$65. Meet at The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham. 919-237-2254.


Capture the flavor of Durham. On this guided journey through the streets of downtown Durham we’ll be pausing numerous times for sample tastings and personal tales from some of the area’s most unique, hidden culinary gems. Along the way, you’ll gain some new insights of Durham’s "gritty", "eclectic", blue-collar, tobacco & textile roots that are the foundation for this community’s now thriving leadership role in medicine, the performing arts and regional cuisine. 2:30 p.m. March 8, 2:30 p.m. March 15, 2:30 p.m. March 22, 2:30 p.m. March 29, 2:30 p.m. April 5, 2:30 p.m. April 12, 2:30 p.m. April 19. $39. Fishmonger’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 806 W. Main St., Durham. 919-319-5674.


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. March 8, 11 a.m. March 15, 11 a.m. March 22, 11 a.m. March 29, 11 a.m. April 5, 11 a.m. April 12, 11 a.m. April 19. $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. March 7, 1:45 p.m. March 8, 1:45 p.m. March 14, 3:30 p.m. March 15, 1:45 p.m. March 21, 4 p.m. March 22, 1:45 p.m. March 28. $50-$65. Briggs Hardware Store Building, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-237-2254.


Downtown Raleigh’s District Dining via the R-LineA guided culinary journey of sight and taste that spans all 5 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. On the tour, we’ll be walking and using the R-Line circulator as we make our way through each district. It’s fun, informative and delicious. 2:30 p.m. March 8, 2:30 p.m. March 15, 2:30 p.m. March 22, 2:30 p.m. March 29, 2:30 p.m. April 5, 2:30 p.m. April 12, 2:30 p.m. April 19. $39. Videri Chocolate Factory, 327 W. Davie St., Raleigh. 919-319-5674.

Farmers Markets

Wake Forest Farmers’ Market

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.

Wine Tastings

Ladies Event at Mosaic Wine Lounge

CLVR US Events, LLC presents Femme Fatale hosted by Vouis Luitton, an all female monthly at Mosaic Wine Lounge. 21+ only with ID, Drink Specials, NO COVER, go to for more info! March 6, 10 p.m. April 3. 21+ only. Mosaic Wine Lounge, 517 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-829-5886.

Cloer Family Vineyards Wine Tastings

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, 12 p.m. April 4, 11 a.m. April 5, 12 p.m. April 11, 11 a.m. April 12. $5 per person. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Road, Apex. 919-387-5760.

Church Suppers

Wake County

Westwood Baptist Church BBQ Fundraiser

N.C. pork barbecue, potatoes, homemade slaw, hushpuppies and dessert. Eat in or take out. Drive-through lane for takeout. Free delivery to businesses during lunch (multiple plate orders only). Call 919-469-9393 to place lunch delivery ordersevent. 5-7 p.m. $8. 11 a.m. -7 p.m. March 7. Westwood Baptist Church, 200 Westhigh St., Cary. 919-469-9393.

Saint Mary Magdalene Lenten Fish Fry

Menu: breaded and fried Pacific cod, potatoes or fries, cole slaw and corn bread. $10 for adults, $6.50 for children. 5:30 p.m. March 7 and 14, and April 4. St. Mary Magdalene, 625 Magdala Place, Apex. 919-434-7333.

Saint Michael’s Fish Fry

Lenten fish sandwich lunch and dinner sponosored by Knight of Columbus Council #6650. Menu: grilled or fried cod on brioche bun, steak fries, salad, dessert and drinks. Takeout orders available. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. March 7, 14, 21 and 28, and April 4 and 11. Lunch: $7 for adulta, $4 for children; Dinner: $8, adult, $4, children. St. Michael the Archangel Church, 804 High House Road, Cary. 919-468-6126 to place takeout order.

Genesis United Method Church Barbecue Dinner

Barbecue pork or chicken with all the fixins’. Proceeds will be used for missions and Loose Change to Loosen Chains. $10 adults, $5 children ages 5-11, free for children 4 and under. 5:30 p.m. March 15. Genesis United Methodist Church, 850 High House Road, Cary. 919-342-5783.

3rd Annual Chili Cookoff

Sample more than 15 types of chili, plus cornbread, salad and dessert. Donations for entry, which will be converted to votes for your favorites in categories such as best overall, top (chili) dog, hottest pot, weirdest and best salesmanship. Donations, minimum suggested is $10 per person. 12:30 p.m. March 16. West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, 27 Horne St., Raleigh. 919-828-5468.

Ebenezer United Methodist Church Annual Pork BBQ

Eat in or take out. Buffet includes barbecue, slaw, potato salad, hushpuppies, roll and drink. Desserts available. Convenient drive-through. Takeout includes barbecue, slaw, potato salad, hushpuppies, roll and dessert. Barbecue is also sold by the pound for $8. $8 per plate. 11 a.m. March 21. Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 6020 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh. 919-772-1664.

Garner United Methodist Church kick-off for Relay for Life

Annual barbcue chicken dinner to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Plates include half barbecue chicken, green beans, potatoes, bread and dessert. Takeout plates available, and lunch delivery available for orders of 10 or more. $8. 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. March 21. Christian Life Center at Garner United Methodist Church, 201 Methodist Drive, Garner.

Green Level Baptist Church Barbecue Dinner

Annual barbecue: pork and chicken, homemade potato salad, slaw, hush puppies and desserts. Pork barbecue available for $8 per pound. Drive through or eat in. $8. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. April 4. Green Level Baptist Church, 8509 Green Level Church Road, Cary. 919-303-0786 or 919-362-4310.

Mount Pisgah Chicken ’N’ Dumplings Fundraiser

Menu: chicken and dumplings, green beans, baked apples, fried cornbread and dessert. Eat in or take out. Proceeds fund mission and outreach programs. $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 10 and under. 4:30 p.m. April 5. Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, 1288 Mount Pisgah Church Road, Apex. 919-362-7951.

Soapstone United Methodist Men BBQ

Plates include choice of pork or chicken, small potatoes, corn on the cob, green beans and roll. $9/plates, $7 per pound of barbecue. 4 p.m. April 11. Soapstone United Methodist Men (BBQ), 12837 Norwood Road, Raleigh. 919-846-2212.

Salem Baptist Church BBQ Fundraiser

Fundraiser for student mission trips. Plates include barbecue pork or chicken with slaw, potatoes, hush puppies, tea and dessert. Eat in or take out. Lunch deliveries are available for 10 or more orders: call 919-362-7327. $8. 11 a.m. April 25. Salem Baptist Church, 1821 N. Salem St., Apex. 919-362-7327.

Macedonia United Methodist Church Chicken and BBQ Dinner

Chicken and pulled pork barbecue with potato salad, coleslaw, hush puppies, dessert and tea. Eat in or take out. Lunch delivery available. $8. 11a.m.-7 p.m. May 3. Macedonia United Methodist Church, 2700 Jones Franklin Rd., Cary, 919-851-1551.

Beulah Christian Baptist Church BBQ Chicken Dinner

Barbecue chicken plate with 2 vegetables and dessert. Eat in includes tea. $8. 11 a.m.-until food runs out. May 3. Beulah Christian Baptist Church, 8225 Mitchell Mill Road, Zebulon, 919-556-7245.

Sunrise United Methodish Church Spring BBQ

The Men’s Ministry sponsors barbecue to support the Methodist Home for Children, and also the Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries in the state’s prisons. Menu: Eastern North Carolina style barbecue cooked onsite, boiled potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, dinner roll and homemade desserts. Dine in or carry out. $8/plate. $4/kid’s hot dog meal. 11 a.m. May 9. Sunrise United Methodist Church, 5420 Sunset Lake Road, Holly Springs. 919-303-3720.

Cary FUMC Chicken Pickin’

Annual chicken pickin’ to support the Bolivia Youth Mission team. Pit cooked barbecue chicken, potatoes, green beans, bread and banana pudding. Take out or eat with us. $10/plate, $40/family. 4 p.m. May 9. Cary First United Methodist Church, 117 S. Academy St., Cary. 919-467-1861.

Durham County

St. Matthew Catholic Church Fish Fries

The Knights of Columbus Council 13812 sponsors annual Lenten fish fries. Menu includes fried whiting, seafood creole over pasta, hush puppies, green beans, dessert and grilled cheese for children. $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-12, free for children under 5. 5-7:30 p.m. March 7 and 21. St. Matthew Catholic Church, 1001 Mason Road, Durham. 919-383-9472, ask for Tom Clifton.

Brunswick Stew and Chicken ’n Dumplings Dinner

Eat in or take out Brunswick stew and chicken ’n’ dumplings dinner. Call 919-383-5764 to reserve stew-by-the-quart, or order online. $8.50. 4-7 p.m. March 8. Pleasant Green United Methodist Church, 3005 Pleasant Green Road, Durham. 919-383-5764.

A Night In Rome Dinner and Auction

Italian dinner and auction fundraiser. 6 p.m. March 21. Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Road, Durham. 919-489-1381.

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Greek Festival

Greek food and pastries, music, folk dances, church tours, artwork, crafts, jewelry, fashions and books. Free. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. May 31 and June 1. St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 8306 N.C. 751, Durham, 919-484-1600,

Johnston Couunty

Amelia Christian Church BBQ Chicken Plates, Lunch and Dinner

Barbecue chicken plates includes a half chicken, green beans, potatoes and hushpuppies. Eat in or take out. $7. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. March 7. Amelia Christian Church, 1696 Amelia Church Road, Clayton.

Sanders Chapel United Methodist Church Bar-B-Q Chicken Plates

Delicious barbecue chicken plate. Dine in or take out. $7 per plate. 11 a.m. March 7. Pomona-Creech Community Building, 3929 Brogden Road, Smithfield.

Orange County

Annual Spring BBQ and Brunswick Stew Supper

Pig-picking-style barbecue and homemade award-winning Brunswick stew from an original church family recipe, hush puppies, slaw, tea or coffee and homemade dessert. Dine in is all you can eat. Drive-through takeout is also available. Bulk sales of barbecue, Brunswick stew, hush puppies and slaw are subject to availability. Dine-in adult plates, $10; children under 12, $6; Takeout plates, $9. 4 p.m. March 22. Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 2016 Mount Carmel Church Road, Chapel Hill. 919-933-0768.