Italian, Cuban and Japanese cooking classes

Lots of upcoming cooking classes across the Triangle.
Lots of upcoming cooking classes across the Triangle.

Here’s a weekly roundup of upcoming food events, cooking classes, food tours, wine tastings and farmers markets across the Triangle.

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Chapel Hill/Carrboro Tours

The 11 a.m. tour includes food at three restaurants, tastings with farmers and vendors at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, and beer and coffee tastings and demonstrations. The 3:15 p.m. tour includes visits to four to five restaurants with wine or beer pairings, plus coffee and dessert. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 3-6:30 p.m. Aug. 8, Aug. 15. $50-$65. Open Eye Cafe, 100-C E. Main St., Carrboro. 919-968-9410,

Raleigh Food Tours

Talk with chefs and owners serving innovative ethnic and Southern cuisine, with an emphasis on local products. 1:30-5 p.m., 4-7:30 p.m. Aug. 7-8, Aug. 14-15, Aug. 21. $50-$65. City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-832-3775,

Everyday Italian

In this fun and interactive class, chef Carrie DiPietro will incorporate summer’s farmers market bounty into Italian recipes. 6:15-8:15 p.m. Aug. 5. $69. Whisk, 316 Colonades Way, Cary. 919-322-2458,

Hands-on Cuban Cooking Class

What better way to spend a summer night than on the back porch with a Cuban feast? We will discuss traditional dishes and cooking techniques.6-8 p.m. Aug. 7. $59. Durham Spirits Co., 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430,

Learn At Lunch - Pack Your Picnic Basket

In this class you will learn new recipes and techniques to make your next picnic as much fun as ones you remember. This is a one-hour class. 12 p.m. Aug. 7; 6 p.m. Aug. 13. $30. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show

Solve a hilarious murder case while you feast on a fantastic four-course plated dinner. Just beware! The killer is hiding somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a prime suspect. 6:15-9:30 p.m. Aug. 8. $56.95. Marriott at Research Triangle Park, 4700 Guardian Drive, Durham. 919-941-6200,

Raleigh Craft Cocktail & Cultural Walking Tour

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. Aug. 8., Aug. 15. $48.98 plus $2 service fee (includes 4 cocktails). Rye Bar and Southern Kitchen, 500 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-227-3370,

Hands-on Asian Appetizers and Small Plates Cooking Class

We are taking a culinary trip around Asia from Thailand to Vietnam and Korea to Japan. 6-8 p.m. Aug. 8. $59. Durham Spirits Co., 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430,

The Mind of a Food Maker: Triangle Food Makers

Local food founders Neal McTighe of Nello’s Tomato Sauce, Jenny Bonchak of Slingshot Coffee Company and Sharif Fouad of Raleigh Raw will speak about their paths to food entrepreneurship. There will be a series of rapid-fire questions, a Q&A sessions, samples of locally-made products and networking opportunities. 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug. 8. Free. HQ Raleigh, 310 South Harrington St., Raleigh. 919-520-7558,

Downtown Cary Food & Flea Market

Join us every second Sunday of the month in downtown Cary. Come hear some great local music, try food from local food trucks and shop with creative crafters and artists in our community. Noon-4 p.m. Aug. 9. Free. Ashworth Village, 200 S. Academy St., Cary. 919-388-8639,

Summer Pickling and Preserves Cooking Class

Learn the ins and outs of pickling and persevering, with great tips and recipes. 1-3 p.m. Aug. 9. $59. Durham Spirits Co., 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430,

Advanced Sushi

Have you mastered the basics of sushi and interested in learning more? Born in a fishing village in western Japan, Chef Masa Tsujimura of Waraji Japanese Restaurant in Raleigh has over 30 years of experience in sushi preparation. Come ready to learn from a sushi expert and discover you can do it at home. 2 p.m. Aug. 9. $55. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Summer Flavors of Northern Italian Cuisine

Nestled in the heart of Southern Pines, Curt’s Cucina is an award-winning restaurant for Italian cuisine. Join chef and owner Curt Shelvey as he shows you why his restaurant is so popular and learn how to make a few of his specialties at home. 6 p.m. Aug. 10. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Hands-on Summer Vegetarian Cooking Class

With the bountiful summer vegetables now available, what better time of year to eat the fruits of your garden or farmers market? We are creating an entire meal utilizing all local produce.6-8 p.m. Aug. 12. $59. Durham Spirits Co., 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430,

Fullsteam Beer Dinner

Celebrate Durham-based Fullsteam Brewery’s fifth brewing anniversary with a special multi-course menu paired with Fullsteam’s Southern-style craft beer. Executive Chef Jason Cunningham teamed up with Fullsteam Founder and Brewmaster Sean Lilly Wilson for this festive fete. 6:45-9 p.m. Aug. 12. $54 per person and $44 for Executive Club members. Seating is limited. Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, 3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham. 919-321-4475.

Dinner on the Italian Piazza

Have you been thinking about a trip to Italy? Do you see yourself sitting on a balcony overlooking the piazza? Join cookbook author and food writer Sheri Castle and let her food and recipes take you on a trip to Italy with great flavors and foods. 6 p.m. Aug. 13. $35. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Why Go Vegan?

A vegan diet is low carbon (good for the Earth) and is healthy for the body. Get tips on recipes and cooking and enjoy samples of vegan dishes. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Suggested donation: $5. The Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham. 919-688-6960,

Raleigh Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event

Sample foods from more than 50 vendors of gluten- and allergen-free foods and products, see educational presentations from national and local experts in allergy-free living and receive a free one-year subscription of Delight Gluten Free Magazine with online registration. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 15. $10; $8 military, seniors and students; free for children. McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh. 919-515-2277.

Food of Mexico – HIP Tostadas

Food expert Marcelo Villasuso will take attendees on a culinary tour thru Mexican markets and plazas where they will learn the reason why the mostly fresh toppings used in tostadas are not the same as the ones used on soft tacos. Tostadas are a way of eating rather than a dish. 6 p.m. Aug. 15. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Summer Sunday

North Carolina-born and New Orleans-trained chef Mel Melton is just as famous for his music as for his food. Join us for this Sunday supper celebration of good food and great music. Mel and his band, the Wicked Mojos, will entertain. 2 p.m. Aug. 16. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

An Evening with Manicaretti

Join us and learn about some of our favorite Italian imports. Using top-of-the-line pastas, oils, vinegars and sauces we will explore several new dishes. We will also introduce a new children’s pasta. 6 p.m. Aug. 17. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Summer Salads

When it is hot outside a cool crisp salad is the perfect choice for a delicious dinner. Join Cooking School instructor Caitlin Burke for this hand-on approach to fresh, light and cool dinners. 5 p.m. Aug. 19. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

South African Cooking

Join Cheryl-Anne Kast, South African native and chef, for this delicious introduction to the foods and cooking of South Africa. Cheryl-Anne Kast is a graduate of The Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch, South Africa. After working in various places around the world she landed at the Fearrington House Restaurant and then moved on to Kast Events LLC. 6 p.m. Aug. 20. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Wine tastings

Wine Wednesday at Mosaic Wine Lounge

8 p.m. Wednesdays, Mosaic Wine Lounge, 517 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-829-5886,

Fridays Uncorked

5-8 p.m. Fridays, $15. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Cloer Family Vineyards

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, $5. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Road, Apex. 919-387-5760,

Wine Authorities

Free tastings take place at both Durham and Raleigh stores. Check the website for classes that provide more in-depth wine study. Noon-3 p.m. Saturdays; 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays; free. Wine Authorities, 211 E. Franklin St., Raleigh; 2501 University Drive, Durham.

Farmers Markets

Wake County

Apex Farmers Market

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, 220 N. Salem St., Apex,

Cary Downtown Farmers Market

8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, 135 W. Chatham St., Cary,

Growers Market of Fuquay-Varina

3-6 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce, 121 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina,

Holly Springs Farmers Market

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, 128 S. Main St., Holly Springs,

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Tryon Road Farm Stand

2-6 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 4505 Tryon Rd, Raleigh,

Knightdale Farmers Market

2-6 p.m. Saturdays (starting May 30), Knightdale Station Park, 810 N. First Ave., Knightdale,

Midtown Farmers Market

8 a.m.- noon Saturdays, North Hills Raleigh, 4150 Main St., Raleigh,

Plantation Point

9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Plantation Point Shopping Center, 3351 Cypress Plantation Drive, Raleigh,

Quail Corners Farmers Market

8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Quail Corners Shopping Center, 5003 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. 919-876-2726,

Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, 400 block Fayetteville St., Raleigh (City Plaza),

State Farmers Market

5 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, 1201 Agriculture St., Raleigh.

The Saturday Market at Rebus Works

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 301 Kinsey St., Raleigh,

Wake Forest Farmers Market

8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest,

WakeMed Farmers Market

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, 3000 New Bern Ave., Raleigh (free parking in the P1 parking deck for market patrons),

Waverly Place Farmers Market

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Waverly Place, Intersection of Tryon and Kildaire Farm Roads, Cary,

Western Wake Farmers Market at Carpenter Village

8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 101 Gathering Park Circle, Cary,

Western Wake Farmers Market at UNC Wellness Center

7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, 350 Stonecroft Lane, Cary,

Zebulon Farm Fresh Market

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Zebulon Community Center, 310 S. Arendell Ave., Zebulon,

Chatham County

Chatham Mills Farmers Market

8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 480 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro,

Fearrington Farmers Market

4-6 p.m. Tuesdays, East Camden, Fearrington Village,

Pittsboro Farmers Market

3-6 p.m. Thursdays, 287 East St., Pittsboro,

Siler City

9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 118 W. Second St., Siler City,

Durham County

Duke Medical Center Farmers Market

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays, Searle Center, 10 Searle Drive, Durham (on the green behind the Searle Center and between Nanaline Duke and Bryan Research Buildings),

Durham Farmers Market

3:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham,

South Durham Farmers Market

8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 5410 N.C. 55, Durham,

Franklin County

Franklin County Farmers Market

9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 103 S. Bickett Blvd., Louisburg,

Johnston County

Clayton Farm and Community Market

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 348 E. Main St., Clayton, (Horne Square),

Lee County

Sanford Farmers Market

9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Depot Park, 106 Charlotte Ave., Sanford,

Orange County

Carrboro Farmers Market

3-6 p.m. Wednesdays, 7 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro,

Chapel Hill Farmers Market

3-6 p.m. Tuesdays, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, University Mall parking lot, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill,

Eno River Farmers Market

8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 144 E. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough (Farmers Market Pavilion).

Hillsborough Farmers Market

8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 625 Hampton Point Blvd., Hillsborough (Home Depot parking lot near N.C. 86 and I-85),

Southern Village Farmers Market

3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, 650 Market St., Chapel Hill (Southern Village green),

Vance County

Vance County Regional Farmers Market

7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 210 Southpark Drive, Henderson,

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