Taste the Event, Brewgaloo, Crank Arm beer dinner and more

N.C. Beer Month events continue. Be sure to check out Thursday’s beer evet at Oro in downtown Raleigh.
N.C. Beer Month events continue. Be sure to check out Thursday’s beer evet at Oro in downtown Raleigh. File photo


Grand TASTE Experience

The Grand TASTE Experience will present you with an abundance of culinary creations, artistic baked goods, a plethora of fine wines, locally-brewed craft beers, certified organic Chapel Hill-distilled spirits, and Triangle-roasted coffee. Meander through DPAC’s airy atrium to mingle with fellow food enthusiasts and meet food & beverage experts eager to share about their specialties. 6 p.m. April 24. $95. Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham. 919-933-1551.

N.C. Beer Month dinners at ORO

April is NC Beer Month! In celebration and support of local Triangle Breweries, ORO has teamed up with local brewers for fantastic beer dinners in the month of April. Chef Chris has created delicious four-course menus to complement the seasonal beers that each brewery creates. Every Thursday in April, the restaurant will host a dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Call to reserve your seats. April 24 - Gizmo Brew Works 6:30 p.m. April 24. $45 per person (per event). ORO Restaurant & Lounge, 18 E. Martin St., Raleigh. 919-239-4010.

Seafood Fest Al Fresco Wine Dinner

The Matthews House and Sip...a wine store invite you to an al fresco wine dinner with seafood pairings. It will be a casual, relaxed evening dining on the patio amidst the beautiful, lush gardens of The Matthews House. Guests will be greeted with a passed appetizer of Crab and Avocado Napoleons paired with a sparkling Gamay. Dinner and dessert will be served from three different stations where guests will learn about each wine and its food pairing. 7 p.m. April 24. $60. Matthews House, 317 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-467-1944.

Brewgaloo 2014

Brewgaloo features craft breweries from North Carolina and partners with local food trucks and local bands. You can purchase 5 beer tokens for $25 or Taster Cards with 5- 3 oz. pours for $5. Local craft beer festival presented by Shop Local Raleigh featuring local craft beer including Aviator, Natty Greene’s, Big Boss, Carolina Brewing, Mash House, Carolina Brewery, Deep River Brewing, Foothills, Gizmo, Mother Earth, Mystery Brewing, Lonerider, Raleigh Brewing, Starpoint Brewing, Fortnight & more! Food will be offered from local food trucks including Cafe’ Prost, Big Al’s & Chirba Chirba, Lumpy’s Ice Cream, Hibachi Xpress, Only Burger, American Meltdown, and more. 2 p.m. April 26. 5 beer tokens for $25 or Taster Cards with five 3-ounce pours for $5. City Plaza, 400 Block Fayetteville St., Raleigh.

Benefit Food Truck Rodeo

Food Truck Rodeo featuring four fabulous food trucks, vendors, and MORE! This event benefits Cary Creative Center’s C3 Raise the Roof Campaign, a fundraising initiative to help C3 find a new home. 11 a.m. April 27. Cary Creative Center Inc., 155 Wilkinson Ave., Cary. 910-467-1493.


Dine at participating Triangle restaurants on April 29th and they will donate a percentage of their sales that day - breakfast, lunch and dinner - to support local individuals and families affected by Autism. This event will benefit local chapters of the Autism Society of NC. 7 p.m. April 29. List of restaurants:

Pig Pickin’ Kickoff Celebration

Celebrate the opening of the 2014 Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market at the Pig Pickin’ Kickoff. Enjoy delicious eastern NC barbecue from The Pit BBQ, a local craft beer tasting from Crank Arm Brewing Co. (a new feature) and connect with NC’s highest quality growers and food artisans. The Market spruced up its 2014 event line-up with new local food festivals SummerFeast and an IBMA-themed Blues Fest. Among many new event features are local breweries, food trucks, and special guest vendors. 10 a.m. April 30. City Plaza, 400 Block Fayetteville St., Raleigh.


Spring Farmers Market, Italian-Inspired

Spring is blooming, and so are the fruits and vegetables at your local farmer’s market. Kristen will cook up some bright and delicious dishes, as she always does. It’s time to utilize what is in season! Wine will be served. 6:15 p.m. April 24. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Magic Masala

Former owner of Saffron restaurant Sonali Birla is back, this time teaching a hands-on class! Get ready to make an exotic meal using aromatic spices as Sonali guides you to culinary perfection. You will make Indian style pancakes with your own variations of fillings, chutneys and a delicious dessert. This class is gluten-free and vegan. 11 a.m. April 25. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Knife Skills

Sharpen your knife skills with the owner of Whisk, Dan Saklad, as he teaches classic cuts, fundamentals, mechanics, maintenance, and knife safety. If you want to take your cooking to the next level, we highly recommend this class. 11 a.m. April 26. $69. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Turkish & Mediterranean Cooking Class

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. April 26, 12 p.m. May 10. $20. Divan Center, 1903 N. Harrison Ave. Suite 100, Cary.

Annual Spring BBQ

The Men’s Ministry at Sunrise United Methodist Church in Holly Springs sponsors this annual BBQ to support the Methodist Home for Children and Disciple Bible Outreach Ministries. This latter organization is a Bible study ministry into the state’s prisons. Menu is traditional eastern NC style BBQ (cooked onsite), boiled potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, dinner roll, and homemade desserts. Dine-in or carry-out is available. Kids hot dog meals are $4. 5420 Sunset Lake Rd., Holly Springs 11 a.m. May 9. $8 per BBQ plate. Sunrise United Methodist Church, 5420 Sunset Lake Rd., Holly Springs. 919-303-3720.

BBQ Fundraiser

Spring BBQ Fundraiser for Student Mission Trips. Plates include barbecue pork or chicken with slaw, potatoes, hush puppies, tea, and dessert for $8 per plate. Drop in and eat in, or take out. Lunchtime deliveries are available for orders of 10 or more.To place an order, please call 919-362-7327. 11 a.m. April 25. $8/plate. Salem Baptist Church, 1821 N. Salem St., Apex. 919-362-7327.

Beulah Christian Baptist Church bbq chicken dinner

Menu: barbecue chicken with two vegetables, dessert and tea. $8 11 a.m. May 3. $8. Beulah Christian Baptist Church, 8225 Mitchell Mill Rd., Zebulon.

Cary FUMC Chicken Pickin

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

Fairmont UMC Work Team BBQ Plate Fundraiser

On Friday April 25th Fairmont United Methodist Church will be hosting a BBQ plate fundraiser from 11am-2pm and 4pm-7pm. It features home cooked pork barbecue along with slaw,boiled potatoes, hush puppies and either tea, lemonade or water for $8 plate. Also homemade desserts for $1. The money goes to support our work team heading to Wilmington NC this summer. The church is located at 2501 Clark Avenue in Raleigh. Phone is 919-832-3316 and email is 11 a.m. April 25. $8 per plate. Fairmont United Methodist Church, 2501 Clark Ave., Raleigh. 919-832-3316.

Macedonia UMC Spring BBQ

Serving Lunch and Supper from 11am - until we run out!$8 per plate - dine-in or take-outPlates include: meat - chicken or pork, potato salad, slaw, hush puppies, homemade dessert, and a drink!Call-in orders: 919-851-1551Macedonia is located at the corner of Jones Franklin Road and Tryon Road in Cary. 11 a.m. May 2. $8 per plate - dine-in or take-out. Macedonia United Methodist Church (Cary), 2700 Jones Franklin Rd., Cary. 919-851-1551.

Korean Cooking

Chef Jae from KoMo KoMo is back to share his Korean influenced food. These traditional recipes, combined with the many stories of the chef’s travels, will make for an exotic, fun afternoon. 2 p.m. April 27. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458.

Spring Dinner Party

With spring right around the corner, enjoy the bounty of spring with this seasonal inspired menu perfect for your next dinner party! Menu includes: Radish and Feta Dip, Spiced Duck Breast with Rhubarb Thyme Jam, Asparagus, Roasted Spring Onions with Fingerling Potatoes, Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Stewed Strawberries 6 p.m. April 30. $59 per person. Durham Spirits Company, 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430.

Food tours


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. Saturdays through June 7. $50-$65. The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham. 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 through June 7. $38.99. Videri Chocolate Factory, 327 W. Davie St., Raleigh. 919-319-5674.

Wine Tastings

Wine Down Wednesday at UnVined Wine Bar

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. Wednesdays through June 4. $12 wine flights; bottle prices vary. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881.

Thirsty Thursdays at UnVined Wine Bar

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. Thursdays through June 5. $5 wine tasting. UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham St., Cary. 919-481-0881.

Dispute Settlement Center’s 8th annual Wine Tasting

The Dispute Settlement Center’s 8th annual wine tasting features eight wines, cheeses and hors d’oeuvres, a raffle and a silent auction. The event benefits the Dispute Settlement Center’s youth programs, which teach healthy conflict resolution skills to young people. The wine tasting will be April 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Southern Season in Chapel Hill. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door and are available at 5:30 p.m. April 24. $35. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. 919-929-8800.

Cloer Family Vineyards Wine Tastings

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, 12 p.m. May 23, 11 a.m. May 24, 12 p.m. May 30, 11 a.m. May 31, 12 p.m. June 6, 11 a.m. June 7. $5 per person. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Road, Apex. 919-387-5760.