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.
Chili Cooking Cooking Class
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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.
Central & South American Coffee Tasting
In our next Larry’s Coffee Lab Series, Coffee Scientist Jeremy Behne will be your guide on a flavor trip to the three main coffee regions: the Americas, the Pacific Rim and Africa. Our goal is to become familiar with a few unique coffees and explore some unique characteristics of coffee from these geographic regions. This session is about the coffee of Central and South America. 6-8 p.m. Jan. 11. Free. 42 & Lawrence, 134 E. Martin St., Raleigh.
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.
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.
Get a jump start on a healthy, happy new year with Taste Nutrition Consulting’s monthly “Nutrition Bites” series at Sassool Mediterranean Cafe in Cary! Chef and registered dietitian Tessa Nguyen will be presenting on how it’s possible to practice “Healthy Eating in a Busy World.” Every class is followed up with a delicious, nutritious meal provided by Sassool Mediterranean Cafe. Get your tickets at tastenutritionconsulting.com. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 16. $19.99 plus tax per ticket. Sassool Mediterranean Cafe, 1347 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. 919-300-5586
Med Instead of Meds Cooking Class
Is 2017 going to be the year you finally make delicious changes to your diet? Not only is the Mediterranean diet a tasty way to eat, drink and live, but it’s also a realistic and sustainable way to reduce disease-causing inflammation and help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Learn simple techniques to introduce the Mediterranean way of eating into your life.Menu: Super Tomato Soup; Lentil Sliders; Spicy Roasted Cauliflower; Whole Wheat Couscous Salad; Spanish Almond Cake; Fruit Chaat 6 p.m. Jan. 17. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
The Diabetes Comfort Food Cookbook
Robyn Webb is an award-winning cookbook author, nutritionist, culinary instructor and the food editor at Diabetes Forecast Magazine. She is the author of 14 cookbooks and has a passion for Puglia, Italy and the Mediterranean diet.Menu: Tuscan Bean Soup; Garlic Oil Sauce with Pasta; Provencal Chicken 6 p.m. Jan. 19. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Indian Feast with Rupen Rao
Description: Mumbai-born Chef Rupen Rao is the author of Indian Cooking From My Mom and Indian Cooking Popular Restaurant Dishes. He also blogs, conducts cooking classes in and around Washington, D.C., and has his own line of spice blends. Learn how to add Indian flare with spice and technique to your table. Menu: Butter Chicken (Murg Makhani); Spicy Lamb Curry (Lal Maas); Corn and Spinach (Saag); Cumin Scented Basmati Rice (Jeera Chawal); Masala Chai. 5 p.m. Jan. 21. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Energy Bowls Cooking Class
Energy bowls are packed with delicious nutrition and hearty enough for even the most active lifestyle! Transform your mealtime into a delicious, energy-boosting bowl with these recipes. Menu: Best Self Raspberry Breakfast Bowl; Quinoa Cobb Salad with Spicy Tahini Dressing; Mediterranean Bowl with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. 5 p.m. Jan. 24. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Indonesian Coffee Tasting
In our next Larry’s Coffee Lab Series, Coffee Scientist Jeremy Behne will be your guide on a flavor trip to the three main coffee regions: the Americas, the Pacific Rim and Africa. Our goal is to become familiar with a few unique coffees and explore some unique characteristics of coffee from these geographic regions. This session is about the coffee of Indonesia. 6-8 p.m. Jan. 25. Free. 42 & Lawrence, 134 E. Martin St., Raleigh.
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.
Nebbiolo vs. Sangiovese Wine Class
Two of Italy’s most noble and distinctive grapes are Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. Each has their own strong following in the wine community. Some prefer Nebbiolo, a grape that tests the balance of its tannic, high alcohol, and high acid properties while still delivering one of the most rewarding wine experiences. Some prefer the crunchy, red fruit, herbal perfume of the Sangiovese grape. Price includes wine, cheese plate, service fee and tax. 6-8 p.m. Jan. 19. $50. The Fearrington Granary Restaurant, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. 919-542-2121, fearrington.com/eateries/the-fearrington-granary.
Taste Carolina: Chapel Hill and Carrboro
Go behind the scenes in Chapel Hill and Carrboro where traditional and modern farm-to-table cuisine comes to life. From fine-dining restaurants to mom-and-pop shops, sample innovative and upscale dishes all sourced from local ingredients. Known for being on the forefront of the Slow Food movement and for restaurants that have redefined Southern cooking, Chapel Hill and Carrboro is one of the best places in the country to live and eat! Tours are open for advance registration on Saturdays. Private tours can be arranged for groups on weekdays and weeknights. Schedules are subject to change. 11 a.m., 3:15 p.m. Saturdays. $55-$65. Open Eye Cafe, 100-C E. Main St., Carrboro. 919-968-9410, tastecarolina.net.
Taste Carolina: Downtown Durham
Home to renovated tobacco warehouses, the Durham Performing Arts Center, the Durham Bulls and Historic Parrish Street, downtown Durham is about cutting edge culture and fantastic food. Let us show you this vibrant city and introduce you to the restaurants, shops and people that are making Durham one of the nation’s cultural hotspots. With a farm-to-table focus and artisan preparation of innovative cuisine, you will discover all of Durham’s flavors! 1:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m. Saturdays. $55-$69.50. Durham Visitors Center, 101 E. Morgan St., Durham. 919-371-2653, tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Downtown Raleigh
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 come away with a new appreciation of downtown Raleigh while enjoying innovative ethnic and southern cuisine, all with an emphasis on local products. There’s something for everyone in Raleigh! 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m., 2, 3:30 and 4 p.m. Saturdays, $55-$69.50. City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-832-3775, tastecarolina.net
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
Triangle Food Tour: Downtown Raleigh
Experience a 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. 2-5:30 p.m. Saturdays, $45. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St, Raleigh. trianglefoodtour.com