Bob Garner book event, church suppers and more

Local author and TV personality Bob Garner will discuss his barbecue books in Pittsboro.
Local author and TV personality Bob Garner will discuss his barbecue books in Pittsboro. COURTESY OF BOB GARNER


Author event: Andrea Weigl

Come meet Andrea Weigl, food writer 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. This book highlights the regional flair that Southern cooks bestow on this traditional art. The 50 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.

Annual Spring BBQ and Brunswick Stew Supper

Pig-picking style BBQ and homemade award-winning Brunswick Stew from an original church family recipe, served with hush puppies, slaw, tea or coffee and your choice of homemade dessert. Dine-in is all you can eat. Drive-thru take-out is also available. Bulk sales of BBQ, Brunswick Stew, hush puppies and slaw are subject to availability. We have been holding this event in the spring and fall each year since the early 1960’s. 4 p.m. March 22. Dine-In Adult Plates-$10; Children (under 12)-$6; Take-Out Plates-$9. Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 2016 Mt. Carmel Church Road, Chapel Hill. 919-933-0768.

Windborne ACC BBQ

Sit and watch basketball on the big screen and eat the best barbecue around. Can’t stay? Use our drive-thru or delivery service. Plates: Barbecue or Chicken, Boiled Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Dinner Roll, and Tea for $8 a plate. Brunswick Stew: $5 per pint/$9 per quart. Children’s hot dog plate $4. Free Delivery for orders of 10 or more plates! A. Must be ordered before 12 pm on March 13. Must be within a 5-mile radius 11:30 a.m. March 14. Windborne United Methodist Church, 9121 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh. 919-386-0212.

Chili Cookoff

Join us at 12:30 pm on March 16th in our Fellowship Hall at 27 Horne Street to sample more than 15 types of chili, as well as 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. All proceeds go to fund mission trips. 12:30 p.m. March 16. Donations, minimum suggested is $10 per person. West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, 27 Horne St., Raleigh. 919-828-5468.

Author Event: Bob Garner

You probably know Bob Garner from NC Weekend’s “House Special” segment but he has also written three books on NC Barbecue. His latest book is the authoritative reference to every aspect of North Carolina barbecue. Come hear him talk about his favorite restaurants, recipes, and useful tips. There will be a book signing and books will be available for purchase. 7 p.m. March 19. Free. Chatham Community Library, Holmes meeting room, 197 Hwy 87, Pittsboro. 919-545-8084.

Barbeque Dinner

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

Ebenezer United Methodist Church Annual Pork BBQ

Eat-in buffet includes BBQ, slaw, potato salad, hushpuppies, roll and drink. Desserts are available. Convenient drive-thru available. Take-out includes BBQ, slaw, potato salad, hushpuppies, roll, and dessert. BBQ is also sold by the pound for $8. Proceeds benefit our Faith Center BuildingFund. Come on out to Ebenezer for some good Southern hospitality! 11 a.m. March 21. $8 per plate. Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 6020 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh. 919-772-1664.

Kickoff for Relay for Life

Garner United Methodist Church will host their annual BBQ Chicken dinner on Friday, March 21, 2014 to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The dinner will be held from 11 am until 7:30 pm in church’s Christian Life Center. Plates will be sold for $8 and include 1/2 BBQ chicken, green beans, potatoes, bread and dessert. Take-out plates will be available and lunch delivery is available for quantities of 10 or more. 11 a.m. March 21. $8. Garner United Methodist Church, 201 Methodist Dr., Garner.

Saint Mary Magdalene Lenten Fish Fry

Our fish fry is well known throughout Apex and Cary as one of the best fish fry values around. We use the top quality Pacific Cod, freshly breaded just prior to cooking which delivers to you a perfect golden brown crispy filet. Sides include potatoes or fries, cole slaw and corn bread. 5:30 p.m. March 21, 5:30 p.m. April 4. Adult $ 10.00 Children $ 6.50 (Other combos available). Saint Mary Magdalene, 625 Magdala Place, Apex. 919-434-7333.

Saint Michael’s Fish Fry

Lenten Fish Sandwich Lunch & Dinner. Lunch is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dinner 5-7 p.m. Menu: Grilled or Fried Cod on Brioche Bun, Steak Fries, Salad. Dessert and Drinks available at extra charge. Takeout orders available. Dates: March 14th, 21st, & 28th; April 4th & 11th. Lunch $7 Adul /$4 Child; Dinner $8 Adult/$4 Child. St. Michael the Archangel Church, 804 High House Rd., Cary. 919-468-6126 to place take out order.

St Matthew Fish Fries

The Knights of Columbus Council 13812 will be sponsoring the annual Lenten Fish Fries. Tickets at the door are $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-12. The menu this year will include fried whiting, seafood creole over pasta, hush puppies, green beans, dessert and grilled cheese for children. 5 p.m. March 21. St Matthew Catholic Church, 1001 Mason Rd., Durham. 919-383-9472 ask for Tom Clifton.

A Night In Rome Dinner and Auction

Italian dinner and auction fundraiser presented by Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Durham. Funds go toward church’s Benevolence Fund for community aid and outreach. 6 p.m. March 21. Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Rd., Durham. 919-489-1381.


Healthy Asian Style

Send your taste buds half way ’round 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.

Turkish & Mediterranean

Have you ever tasted delicious Turkish food? Do you want to learn more about authentic Turkish cuisine?Divan Center offers Turkish Cuisine cooking classes. You are going to be actively participating in creating fabulous masterpieces of Turkish cuisine during the class. Our experienced instructors will teach and help you improve your cooking skills. And of course, you will join the feast at the end of the class!It is very easy to enroll in the program! RSVP to 12 p.m. March 15, 12 p.m. March 29, 12 p.m. April 12, 12 p.m. April 26, 12 p.m. May 10. $20. Divan Center, 1903 N. Harrison Ave. Suite 100, Cary.

Irish Cuisine

Join us for this hands-on cooking class, all about Irish Food! Join us as we celebrate St. Patricks Day with traditional Irish Cuisine! There is sure to be some luck of the Irish here! Leave the green beer at home! We are going to pull out the Irish Whiskey for a cocktail! Menu includes: Soda Bread, House Cured Corned Beef, Irish Lamb Stew, Beer Braised Cabbage, Glazed Carrots and Pearl Onions, Chocolate-Stout Cake. 6 p.m. March 15. $59. Durham Spirits Company, 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430.

Indian Cooking

Shruti will continue to share her culture through food. Learn how to make these aromatic, healthy, and easy to prepare dishes that you will want to make at home! 6:15 p.m. March 20. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Moroccan Cuisine

In this hands-on cooking class we will transport you to Morocco--land of bright colors, rich spices, and sultry dishes. We will discuss the Mediterranean influences and end the evening with a meal three course meal that will make you say, “Play it again, Sam.” We will even include a signature cocktail that will make you think you have just stepped into Rick’s Cafe. Menu includes: B’stilla, Herbed Carrot Charmula Salad, Chickpea Soup, Chicken and Apricot Tagine, Cous Cous, and Moroccan Mint Tea. 6 p.m. March 21. $59. Durham Spirits Company, 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430.

Coastal Cooking with Elizabeth Weigand

Behind every bite of food is a good story, says Elizabeth, author of the Outer Banks Cookbook and the Food Lover’s Guide to North Carolina’s Outer Banks Cookbook. Expect to be entertained with fish tales as she cooks and shares tips for buying and storing a variety of fish and shellfish. 6:15 p.m. March 21. $69. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Farmers Markets

Wake Forest Farmers’ Market

10 a.m. Saturdays. OneCare Parking Lot, 150 N. White St., Wake Forest. 919-671-9269.

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. 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 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 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 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. Saturdays. $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. Fridays, 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. $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. Saturdays. $39. Videri Chocolate Factory, 327 W. Davie St., Raleigh. 919-319-5674.

Wine Events

Italian Food & Wine Expo

Join us for a Free Italian Food & Wine Expo. Taste over 10 Italian wines with 5 food pairings. Let our wine experts help you select the best pairings for any event or gathering! 7 p.m. March 13. Free. Whole Foods Market, 621 Broad St., Durham. 919-286-2290.

Second Chance Pet Adoptions Wine Tasting

Please join us at Chatham Hill Winery for a tasting of six distinctive locally made wines, local cheeses, and light refreshments. Proceeds benefit Second Chance, the oldest no-kill rescue in Wake County. 6:30 p.m. March 14. $25. Chatham Hill Winery, 8245 Chapel Hill Road, Cary. 919-740-0695.

Toasts & Tunes Concert Series

Come enjoy an afternoon of music in the vineyard! All you need is a lawn chair and/or a picnic lunch. Wine will be sold by the glass and by the bottle. No outside alcohol is permitted, and carpooling is encouraged. This is an outdoor event, so please call if there is a chance of rain! Different musicians play each month, so check our website to see who will be playing! 2 p.m. March 15, 2 p.m. April 12, 2 p.m. May 10, 2 p.m. June 7, 2 p.m. July 12, 2 p.m. Aug. 9, 2 p.m. Sep. 13. Free. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Rd., Apex. 919-387-5760.

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. March 19. 50. Capri Restaurant, 6325 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh. 919-741-9548.

Wine Tastings

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, 12 p.m. April 18, 11 a.m. April 19, 12 p.m. April 25, 11 a.m. April 26. . $5 per person. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Road, Apex. 919-387-5760.