Church dinners, cooking classes, wine tastings and more

Wine tastings with food trucks and live music this Friday at Chatham Hill Winery in Cary.
Wine tastings with food trucks and live music this Friday at Chatham Hill Winery in Cary. KRT


Farm-to-Fork Garden Picnic Dinner

6 p.m. April 3. $70; Gardens members $55. Sarah P Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St., Durham. 919-668-1707.

World Beer Festival Raleigh

Find, taste & discover the beer of your dreams! Join All About Beer Magazine for Raleigh’s premiere beer festival, The World Beer Fest, held Saturday April 5th in beautiful Moore Square Park, downtown Raleigh. Sample from over 250 beers from local, national and internationally recognized breweries. VIsit the Art of Beer Experience with ingredient samplings, food & beer pairings, seminars and more! Do all of this while enjoying food from local food trucks, listening to live music and enjoying the company of the incredible NC beer community. Tickets on sale now, buy today for you and your favorite beer lover! 12 p.m. April 5, 6 p.m. April 5. General admission $45; VIP admission $90. Moore Square Park, 200 S. Blount St., Raleigh. 919-832-1231.

Mount Pisgah Church Chicken N Dumplings Dinner

Menu: chicken and dumplings, green beans, baked apples, fried cornbread and dessert. Eat in or take out. Proceeds are used to fund Mission & Outreach programs. 4:30 p.m. April 5. $8 Adults & $4 for Children 10 yrs & under. Mt Pisgah Baptist Church, 1288 Mt Pisgah Church Rd., Apex. 919-362-7951.

Green Level Baptist Church Barbecue Fundraiser Friday, April 4 11am-7pm

Pork and Chicken, home-made potato salad, slaw, hush puppies, desserts. $8/plate including drink and dessert. Pork bulk $8/pound. Drive-thru or eat in. 11 a.m. -7 p.m. April 4. $8/plate including drink and dessert. Green Level Baptist Church, 8509 Green Level Church Rd., Cary. 919-303-0786 or 919-362-4310.


Spanish Tapas

These traditional Spanish small bites are perfect for entertaining! In today’s class we prepare a variety of tapas for every occasion. Menu includes: Croquettes with Romesco Sauce; Mushrooms with Sherry and Garlic; Patatas Bravas; Pinchitos Morunos (Grilled Spanish Chicken Skewers); Grilled Manchego; Spanish Churros with Chocolate Sauce. 6 p.m. April 4. $59 per person. Durham Spirits Company, 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430.

Italian Pizza

Real Italian pizza is different than American pizza. This hands-on class teaches how to make unbelievably delicious Neapolitan-style pizza, right in your home oven. Chef Jeff will cover dough making, rising, stretching and shaping. Enjoy your creations with complimentary beer and wine, included. Friday nights at Whisk are a fun and different night out on the town! 6:30 p.m. April 4. $59. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Kitchen Herb Garden

Learn how to grow herbs and infuse their flavors into your everyday recipes. You will find out the best techniques for drying and freezing herbs, as well as preserving their flavors in compound butters, olive oils, and vinegars. Refreshments will be served. 2 p.m. April 5. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Gnocchi Workshop

This traditional Italian pasta dates back to Roman times and remains popular today for good reason - we love it. Learn to make your own fresh gnocchi from an expert, the chef and owner of the acclaimed Little Hen restaurant. Vegetarian. 1 p.m. April 6. $59. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.


Learn to make your own Thai from scratch! Good Thai food comes from using fresh ingredients. In this class we will start by making our own curry pastes, then we will create a Thai feast fit for a Bangkok Queen! Menu includes: Red Curry; Pad Thai; Tom Ka Gai Soup; Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce; Mango Coconut Sticky Rice. 1 p.m. April 6. $59 per person. Durham Spirits Company, 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430.

Phyllo Dough

A hands on cooking class teaching sweet and savory Mediterranean pastries. Deniz Ender teaches how to make and work with traditional Mediterranean doughs and fillings. Recipes taught are perfect to recreate for your Easter holiday or for casual entertaining. Learn culture and cooking in this authentic evening class. 6:15 p.m. April 9. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Farmers Markets

Carrboro Farmers’ Market

Carrboro, North Carolina, is home to the nationally recognized Carrboro Farmers’ Market. Recently highlighted by both Bon Appetit, Martha Stewart’s Good Food Magazine, and Visa Black Card Magazine as one of the top markets in the country, Carrboro Farmers’ Market celebrates its 36th season in 2014. The Carrboro Farmers’ Market is truly a farmer-owned and operated market. The vendors themselves produce all goods sold at the Market. Everything comes from within a 50-mile radius of Carrboro. 7 a.m. April 5, April 12, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17. Free. Carrboro Farmers’ Market, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 919-280-3326.

Durham Farmers’ Market Saturday Market

The Durham Farmers’ Market is a community of farmers, growers and crafters. We are strongly committed to local products: every item you see at the market was produced by the people selling it, and it all comes from no more than 70 miles away. We hope you will join us every Saturday and Wednesday throughout the season for the freshest, best selection of local vegetables, meats, cheeses and eggs and a wide variety of cut flowers, potted plants, medicinal herbs and handmade crafts. 8 a.m. April 5, April 12, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17. Durham Farmers Market, 501 Foster St., Durham.

Western Wake Farmers’ Market

The Western Wake Farmers’ Market will commence its sixth season on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Market hours are 8AM – NOON each Saturday (April through November). Come celebrate the season opening with recipes and samples featuring seasonal produce from market vendors. Stevan Jackson will offer lively farmers’ market melodies, 9:30-11:30am. LynneSue Fischer will offer face painting for kids. 8 a.m. April 5. Western Wake Farmers’ Market, 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary. 540-230-6697.

Food Tours


2 p.m. April 5, May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 18. $38.99. Academy Street Bistro, 200 S. Academy St., Cary. 919-319-5674.

Chapel Hill / Carrboro

2 p.m. April 5, April 12, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17. $45-$65. Open Eye Cafe, 101 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. 919-237-2254.


1:45 p.m. April 5, April 12, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17. $50-$65. The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham. 919-237-2254.


1:45 p.m. April 4, 3:30 p.m. April 5, 1:45 p.m. April 11, 4 p.m. April 12, 1:45 p.m. April 18, 1:45 p.m. April 19, 1:45 p.m. April 25. $50-$65. Briggs Hardware Store Building, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-237-2254.


2:30 p.m. April 5, April 12, April 19, April 26, 2:30 p.m. May 3, May 10, May 17. $38.99. Videri Chocolate Factory, 327 W. Davie Street, Raleigh. 919-319-5674.

Wine Tastings

Wine Down Wednesday

Come on out to UnVined for $12 Flights and 1/2 Price Bottles.Come on out to UnVined and create your own customized wine flight, pick your favorite wine and then order a bottle at 1/2 price. 4 p.m. April 2, April 9, April 16, April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14. $12 wine flights; bottle prices vary. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881.

Thirsty Thursdays

Come on out to UnVined for $5 Wine Tastings and Entertainment by DJ Smooth Jazz. Come on out and Get Your Smooth On!!4 p.m. April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15. $5. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881.

Toast to the Tour Wine Gala

The Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties (JLDOC) invites you to join us for our annual Toast to the Tour Wine Gala, 8-10 p.m., Thursday, April 3, at Fresh Market in Chapel Hill. Attendees are invited to shop and sample a diverse selection of wines and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets for the Wine Gala are $25 in advance at, or $30 on the day of the event at Fresh Market in Chapel Hill. Proceeds from ticket sales are invested back into the community through JLDOC programs. 7:30 p.m. April 3. $25/$30. Fresh Market, 1200 Raleigh Rd., Chapel Hill.

Wine Tastings

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, 12 p.m. May 2, 11 a.m. May 3, 12 p.m. May 9, 11 a.m. May 10, 12 p.m. May 16, 11 a.m. May 17. $5 per person. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Road, Apex. 919-387-5760.

WineAway Fridays

Wine, local beer, live music, wine tasting, food trucks. 5 p.m. April 4, April 18, May 2, May 16. $5 cover charge; tastings additional $6. Chatham Hill Winery & Event Venue, 8245 Chapel Hill Rd., Cary. 919-380-7135.