Fridays on the Front Porch
The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill has kicked off its weekly Friday night concert series. Every Friday through Oct. 13, from 5 to 8:30 p.m., there will be live music and food trucks near the front porch. For a schedule of music and food trucks, go to carolinainn.com/about/chapel-hill-event-calendar.
Knightdale Food Truck Thursdays
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The town hosts Food Truck Thursdays from April through June and September through November at Knightdale Station Park, 810 N. First Ave. One truck is at the park for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., while two to five trucks come to the park for dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. There are covered shelters. Live music is featured on the third Thursday dinner of the month. There won’t be lunch trucks July 20 or Aug. 17. knightdalenc.gov (search “Food Truck Thursdays”)
Beauty and the Beast dinner
Seasons 52, 4325 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, is preparing a “Beauty and the Beast”-inspired menu to coincide with the North Carolina Theatre’s performance July 25-30. For details, call the restaurant at 919-787-3052.
Piedmont Summer Cookout Dinner Series
Piedmont, 401 Foster St., Durham, is hosting a dinner series that combines Chef John May’s cuisine with products from local food and beverage purveyors. All dinners have four courses and cost $40 for food, plus an extra $15 for beverage pairings. The dinners are Grilled veggies with Fullsteam Brewery, July 27; and Lost Dishes of the Mid-Atlantic & Punches, Aug. 10. Reservations are recommended. 919-683-1213 or piedmontrestaurant.com
Big Biscuit Showdown
The second annual event is from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at The Rickhouse, 609 Foster St., Durham. Teams of chefs from Rise Biscuits Donuts will be paired with local breweries and beverage companies. Each chef is tasked with making a biscuit and doughnut with creative toppings and fillings that can be paired with the beverage companies’ drinks. Guests taste and then vote for their favorite combination. Tickets are $50. Proceeds go to the Duke Cancer Institute’s Give 1 For Dad campaign, which is raising money to launch a clinical trial to test a new approach to treat advanced prostate cancer patients. bigbiscuitshowdown.com
Dram and Draught anniversary
The bar at 623 Hillsborough St. is celebrating its first year July 29 and 30. There will be live music, food trucks and more. For details, go to facebook.com/dramanddraught.
Cary Downtown Chowdown
Cary’s Downtown Chowdown (formerly known as the Chatham Street Chowdown) is on Academy Street between Chatham Street and Dry Avenue and the new Downtown Park. The Cary rodeo features 30 trucks, beer and wine vendors along with live music and seating areas. Upcoming rodeos are July 30 and Oct. 1 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Academy Street and Park Street will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. townofcary.org (search “Downtown Chowdown”)
Summer of Seafood at The Durham
The Durham hotel, 315 E Chapel Hill St., Durham, will host a series of seafood events with industry friends and partners. For details and reservations, go to thedurham.com or call 919-768-8831. Two dinners will be announced for September.
▪ Oysterfest is July 29 with Paul Greenberg, author of “American Catch & Four Fish,” and Travis Croxton of Rappahannock Oyster Co. There will be a three-course feast of raw, roasted, stewed and fried oysters. Shuck-your-own-oyster cocktail hour is at 6 p.m., and dinner is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $48 (does not include beverage, tax or gratuity).
▪ Chef Andrea Reusing will celebrate the new location of Ricky Moore’s Saltbox restaurant Tuesday, Aug. 15, with a family-style seafood dinner. There will be a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. with snacks from Saltbox and The Durham. Tickets are $15 and include a drink, tax and gratuity. At 7 p.m., there will be a three-course seated dinner served family-style with Moore and Reusing cooking wild head-on shrimp, Hatteras oysters and fisherman’s favorites. Tickets are $35 and do not include beverage, tax and gratuity.
A five-course meal is scheduled July 30, at 4 p.m. with chefs Sean Fowler, Mandolin; Kim Hunter, Kimbap; Serge Falcoz-Vigne, Saint Jacques; Blake Gotliffe, Under the Farm and Standard Foods; and Megan Gotliffe, I Do Cakes and Herons. The dinner includes wine pairings from Raleigh Wine Shop. It is at 1126 Ridge Drive, Clayton. Tickets are $99 per person and go to Roots for Reece, an organization that combats opiate addiction. Go to under-the-oak-farm.ticketleap.com/summerdinnerpart1.
An Evening for Paul Lyons
Inland Seafood and Simply Fresh Seafood are teaming up for a benefit event Monday, July 31, at the Chef’s Academy, 2001 Carrington Mill Blvd., Morrisville, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. There will be several stations serving farm-to-table meat and fresh seafood prepared by local chefs. The event will raise money for Paul Lyons, a driver for Inland Seafood who is recovering from brain cancer. The event will raise money to help Lyons and his family pay for his medical bills. There will be live music with food, wine and spirits donated by local companies as well as a silent auction. Tickets are $75 a person and can be bought at the event or at eventbrite.com.
Olio & Aceto Cafe anniversary
Olio & Aceto Cafe, 400-C S. Elliot Road, Chapel Hill, is celebrating its third anniversary with a three-part event. On Aug. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m., there will be a wine tasting and small plates for $10 per person. On Aug. 4 at 7 p.m., there will be an Italian-themed dinner. Tickets are $35 per person, and reservations are required. On Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be 10 percent off purchases and a free cupcake. For details and menus, go to OlioAndAcetoCafe.com. Reservations may be made by phone only. Call 919-903-8958.
History a la carte
Erik Lars Myers, founder and CEO of Mystery Brewing Company in Hillsborough, will speak at the North Carolina Museum of History, Wednesday, Aug. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. Myers, president of the NC Craft Brewers Guild, will talk about legislation pertaining to North Carolina’s craft brewers and how the brewing industry affects the state’s economy. Beverages will be provided. Box lunches can be purchased, or participants can bring their own lunch. Tickets are $8. Call 919-807-7969. ncmuseumofhistory.org/events
Savor the South cookbooks
Nancie McDermott, author of “Fruit,” and Tema Flanagan, author of “Corn,” will be at Quail Ridge Books, 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road, Raleigh, Friday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. to share the history of the foods they wrote about as well as provide samples.
A Place at the Table Brunch
A Place at the Table, which holds monthly pop-up brunches at Raleigh restaurants, will have its next Second Saturday Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Nofo at the Pig. The nonprofit is raising money to open a pay-what-you-can restaurant. For information, go to apattraleigh.org or facebook.com/table.raleigh
Cider Cocktail Classes
Alley Twenty-Six in Durham will host two cider cocktail classes with Mattie Beason, owner of Black Twig Cider House. Each class will offer tastings of three cider cocktails and discussions with Beason, Alley Twenty-Six’s Shannon Healy, Rob Mariani of Alley Twenty-Six Tonic Syrup’s and North Carolina distillers. Beason will serve cider cocktails after each class. Classes are 4-5 p.m. Aug. 19 (with Fair Game Beverage Company). Cost: $25. Alley Twenty Six is at 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham. ticketbase.com/events/cidercocktails
N.C. Chef Showdown
Sixteen chefs will compete for the titles of Chef of Year and Pastry Chef of the Year at the second annual Chef Showdown. It’s Monday, Aug. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at 214 Martin St. in Market Hall at City Market. The competition features 12 chefs cooking savory entrees, while another four will make something sweet. They will be judged on taste, appearance, creativity and best use of a North Carolina ingredient. The dishes will be judged by a panel as well as diners, who will pick a People’s Choice winner. ncchefshowdown.com.
Chefs for Change
A fundraising dinner series from Families Moving Forward continues at The Rickhouse, 609 Foster St., Durham. Proceeds will benefit the organization, which provides temporary homes to homeless families with children. Upcoming dinners are with Billy Cotter, Toast and Dashi, Aug. 21; and John May, Piedmont, Oct. 16. There will be a finale gala Dec. 8. Tickets are $75 and include the meal, wine and beer. A limited number of series passes will be sold for all four events and gala. Gala tickets are $50. Tickets are sold in advance only. familiesmovingforwardnc.org/chefsforchange
Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo
The Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo is five times a year and boasts that it’s the original food truck rodeo of the Triangle. More than 50 trucks congregate at Durham Central Park at 501 Foster St., accompanied by live music and local brewers. Upcoming rodeos are Sept. 3 (noon to 4 p.m.) and Nov. 5. durhamcentralpark.org
Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival
The festival is Sept. 9, from noon to 6 p.m. at Sugg Farm Park, 2401 Grisby Ave., Holly Springs. There will be 70 breweries, 16 food trucks and three bands on site. Tickets are $75 for VIP access from noon to 6 p.m.; $45 for general admission from 2 to 6 p.m.; and $15 for music only. Admission includes a tasting glass for 2-ounce pours. Chairs, blankets, umbrellas and bottled water are allowed. A portion of the proceeds goes to the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild and area nonprofits. beericana.com.
James Beard event in Chapel Hill
Festa Italiana, a fundraiser for the James Beard Foundation, is Thursday, Sept. 14, at Il Palio at the Siena Hotel, 1505 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. Il Palio chef Teddy Diggs is hosting North Carolina and national chefs for a multi-course Italian meal. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. Dinner is at 7:30 p.m., followed by a live auction. Tickets are $175 for James Beard Foundation members and $185 for nonmembers. Call 919-918-2541 or go to ilpalio.com/festa-italiana. Proceeds benefit the James Beard Foundation Scholarship Fund.
TerraVita Food & Drink Festival
Tickets are on sale for October’s TerraVita Food & Drink Festival, which will feature award-winning chefs, journalists, authors and tastings along with a sustainable food message. The four-day festival, now in its eighth year, is Oct. 18-21 at various Chapel Hill venues. The festival features dinners, chef demos as well as the Sustainable Classroom – workshops and tastings with acclaimed speakers. This year’s festival also will feature a Seasoned in the Chef tribute dinner to honor Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill. Chefs will prepare courses to recognize Smith’s legacy as a chef. Ticket prices vary per event. A limited number of four-day passes are $550. TerraVitaFest.com.
Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo
The Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo has events scheduled Oct. 29. The event is noon to 4 p.m. at The Renaissance Centre at 405 S. Brooks St. in downtown Wake Forest. More than 15 trucks will be on site, plus a beer tent will be provided by Brooks Street Bowl. facebook.com/wakeforestfoodtruckrodeo/
Whisk Cooking Classes
Whisk, in Cary’s Waverly Place Shopping Center, has posted information about upcoming classes. Classes include The Perfect Steak, Aug. 2; Happy Birthday Julia, Aug. 16; Seasonal Decadent Dessert Workshop, Aug. 19; New England Lobster, Aug. 25. Times and prices vary. Whisk is at 316 Colonades Way, Cary. For information, go to whiskcarolina.com/cooking-classes
Southern Season classes
Southern Season’s Cooking School, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, offers a variety of interactive and hands-on classes. For details, go to southernseason.com.
Food and Drink Tours
Taste Carolina offers a variety of food tours in Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh and Hillsborough, including tasting tours, Raleigh Roots Tour, Dinner and Drinks tours and a Speakeasies Cocktail Tour. For descriptions, dates and reservations, go to tastecarolina.net.
Tobacco Road Tours
Tobacco Road Tours offers several tours in Raleigh and Durham. They include the Raleigh Walking Culinary & Cultural Tour, Raleigh Craft Cocktail Tour and the Raleigh Pub Crawl & Haunted Adventure Tour. For descriptions, dates and reservations, go to tobaccoroadtours.com.
Triangle Food Tour
Guided culinary walking tours are offered in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary on Saturday afternoons. Start times vary. Tickets are $45, plus a service fee. Reservations must be made in advance. For descriptions, dates and reservations, go to trianglefoodtour.com
Tap the Triangle craft beer tour
Tap the Triangle offers craft beer tours in Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh. TTT will offer a Friday night “hop on, hop off” shuttle connecting the breweries in Durham for a flat rate. The company has partnered with a dozen breweries and bottle shops and offers tours from $24.99 to $69.99. They package beer tastings with transportation. TapTheTriangle.com
Mystic Farm and Distillery Tour and Tasting
Tours are offered at Mystic Farm & Distillery, 1212 N. Mineral Springs Road, Durham. Participants learn about the process of making Bourbon whiskey and other spirits from the fields to the bottling line. Afterward, there’s a walking tour of the farm or a game of giant Jenga. Tours are Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. $10 and up. whatismystic.com.
Tour of Lassiter Distilling Co.
Tour the facility in downtown Knightdale to see how Lassiter’s North Carolina Rum is made. Tours run 30-45 minutes and include a sample of rum for guests 21 and over. Lassiter Distilling Co., 319 N. First Ave., Knightdale. 919-295-0111, lassiterdistilling.com.
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