Here’s a weekly roundup of upcoming food, beer and wine events, tours, classes, workshops and more across the Triangle.
Note: Businesses enter these events online months and weeks ahead of time; please check their websites or call to verify spots are still available.
Cooking 101: Mother Sauces
Once you learn how to make these simple sauces, you will be able to experiment with flavors for endless sauce variations. From rich roux to bechamel, or espagnole to hollandaise, mastering these basic sauces will give you endless possibilities for new dishes. Menu: Croque Madame; Chicken Pot Pie; Meatballs with Espagnole; Asparagus with Hollandaise; Basic Marinara with Pasta. 5 p.m. Jan. 4. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
When the weather outside makes you want to hibernate inside, these one-pot meals simmering on the stovetop will call your name. These recipes feel like a warm hug. Menu: Beef and Barley; Creamed Cauliflower with Brussels Sprouts Hash; Apple and Celery Root with Fried Peanuts; Coconut Butternut Squash with Curried Couscous. 5 p.m. Jan. 5. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Biscuits vs. Cornbread
Every good Southern cook has their own recipe for biscuits and cornbread. What is the secret to cornbread that is both moist and crusty? Is it the flour, how you work the dough, or the cast iron pan? In this hands-on class you will learn the secrets for light, flaky biscuits to what is the best cast iron pan to use to prepare these down-home treats. Menu: Southern Buttermilk Biscuit; Herbed Egg and Cheese Strata; Orange Honey Compound Butter; Country Ham; Skillet Cornbread. 2 p.m. Jan. 8. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Raw Foods Cooking Class
Rev your motor and detox your body. Learn how to prepare raw foods that are unprocessed and filled with essential minerals and vitamins. These tasty recipes will make you feel fabulous through clean and thoughtful eating. Menu: Carrot Ginger Soup; Mango Avocado Collard Wrap with Spicy Peanut Sauce; Sour Cherry Chia Seed Pudding 5 p.m. Jan. 10. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Chili Cooking Cooking Class
Description: Comfort food is what brings family and friends together. Whether you like your chili with beans or without or Texas-style with hunks of beef instead of ground, these chili recipes will become your hands-down favorites for a Super Bowl party or just a quiet night by a fire. Menu: Chili Con Carne; Chicken and White Bean Chili; Pumpkin and Collard Greens Chili with Black Beans; Cornbread; Chocolate Pudding. 5 p.m. Jan. 11. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Delicious Super Foods with Sheri Castle
Let’s embrace the new you in the New Year. Don’t be intimidated by the term “super foods.” Cookbook author and favorite guest chef, Sheri Castle is here to introduce them and share ways to incorporate super foods into your everyday diet.Menu: Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes; Mediterranean-Inspired Stuffed Red Peppers with Tuna Fillets; Cauliflower and Root Vegetable Curry; Dark Chocolate Mousse with Berries. 6 p.m. Jan. 12. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Hearty Winter Soups with Lucindy Willis
Menu: Stuffed Potato Soup; Yancey House Tortilla Soup; Jambalaya; Hello Dollies. 3 p.m. Jan. 15. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
A Taste of India Food Event
The COR Museum will celebrate Indian holidays of Pongal and Lohri by exploring the history and future of Indian food. Savory treats and discussing the new direction of Indian food will be the program that is supporting the museum’s opening of the Smithsonian Institute traveling exhibit, “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation.” Keynote chef for the evening Meherwan Irani, James Beard Award semifinalist chef from Asheville. Each chef will talk about their dishes and how American culture has changed their traditional Indian recipes. Seating is limited. 6-9 p.m. Jan. 14. $30. City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-832-3775, cityofraleighmuseum.org.
Wine and beer tastings
Tour of Lassiter Distilling Company
Lassiter Distilling Co. is one of North Carolina’s newest distilleries. We make Lassiter’s North Carolina Rum, a full flavored rum that shines in cocktails. We do everything in our facility in old downtown Knightdale, from raw ingredients to bottle. We’d love to show you around! Tours run for 30-45 minutes depending on how many folks come and how many questions we get. Tours include a sample of our Lassiter’s North Carolina Rum for all guests 21 and over. 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., Saturdays, $5. Lassiter Distilling Co., 319 N. First Ave., Knightdale. 919-295-0111, lassiterdistilling.com.
Amaro Wine Class
Amaro is the darling beverage of choice for many sommeliers. Often made with a number of herbs and roots — some even made from top secret blends passed down over generations — Italy’s amari are some of the most recognizable in the market. Sommelier Chetan Reddy will discuss the finer points of this liqueur.$40 includes wine, cheese plate, service fee and tax. 6-8 p.m. Jan. 12. $40. The Fearrington Granary Restaurant, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. 919-542-2121, fearrington.com/eateries/the-fearrington-granary.
Tobacco Road Tour: Durham Pub Crawl
The tour is designed for all types of guests seeking a unique and different downtown Durham experience. Join us for this fun 2 1/2-hour, 1-mile tour where you obtain special treatment at four of downtown Durham’s latest, hip and clever bars, restaurants and pubs! 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays. $19. Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom, 324 Blackwell St. Suite 400, Durham. 919-433-0345, tobaccoroadtours.com
Tobacco Road Tour: Raleigh Walking Food Tour
Tobacco Road Tours is bringing its own spin on this popular culinary travel experience to downtown Raleigh, offering participants a unique experience combining history, walking, tasting and fun. 2-5:30 p.m. Saturdays. $45. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St, Raleigh., tobaccoroadtours.com
Tobacco Road Tour: Raleigh Craft Cocktails
On the Raleigh Craft Cocktail & Cultural Walking Tour, meet bar owners, bartenders and industry experts at four downtown Raleigh cocktail havens. 4-7 p.m. Saturdays. $48.98 plus $2 service fee (includes 4 cocktails). Circa 1888, 412 W. Davie St, Raleigh, tobaccoroadtours.com
Tobacco Road Tour: Raleigh Pub Crawl
Learn about Raleigh’s ghosts and visit three of the city’s hottest bars and pubs. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays. $19. Mecca Restaurant, 13 E. Martin St., Raleigh. tobaccoroadtours.com