Here’s a weekly roundup of upcoming food, beer and wine events, tours, classes, workshops and more across the Triangle.
Be sure to check out our list of upcoming church suppers across the Triangle until the end of the year: http://goo.gl/zfAuxs
Stop & Go BBQ Fundraiser
Enjoy BBQ pork, slaw, corn, dessert and a drink. All proceeds benefit Special Blessings, a nonprofit that serves those with developmental disabilities and their families. 3-8 p.m. Oct. 9. $6-$8. Jim’s Mini Mart, 4826 Watkins Rd, Raleigh. 919-266-3409
TerraVita Sustainable Classroom
This event is a combination of culinary workshops, food and beverage tastings and demonstrations, discussions and educational sessions all wrapped into one. 9:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Raleigh Pub Crawl & Haunted Adventure Tour
Raleigh is the home of Capital Phantoms, the Peg-legged ghost, Yarborough Hotel Ghosts, Moore’s Square and Tobacco Road Tours’ Raleigh Pub Crawl! On this tour you’ll spend approximately 25 minutes in three of Raleigh’s hottest, hip bars and pubs. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10. $19. Mecca Restaurant, 13 E. Martin St., Raleigh. 919-832-5714
Annual Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down
This event is a professional cooking competition based on the KCBS categories (chicken, pork ribs, pork and beef brisket). There will be plenty of delicious food and beverages for purchase and great free entertainment. 12-8 p.m. Oct. 9; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 10. Free. Helen P. Gay Historic Rocky Mount Train Station, 101 Coastline St, Rocky Mount. 252-972-1151.
Macedonia UMC BBQ Dinner
Plates include meat (pork or chicken), potato salad, slaw, hushpuppies, dessert and a drink. $9. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 9. Macedonia United Methodist Church, 2700 Jones Franklin Road, Cary. 919-859-9488, macedoniaumc.org.
Alivia’s Durham Bistro Oktoberfest
Alivia’s Durham bistro will be celebrating all things German with an all-German menu complimented by German beers and even Oktoberfest girls. Oct. 10. Alivia’s Durham Bistro, 900 W. Main St., Durham. 919-682-8978, aliviasdurhambistro.com.
St. Andrews UMC Annual Low Country Boil
Dinner will be served family-style: shrimp, sausage, potatoes, corn and hush puppies. Hot dogs available for children with a paid adult. $25. 5:30-6:30 p.m., 7-8 p.m. Oct. 10. St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 1201 Maxwell Drive, Raleigh. 919-772-4410, saintandrewsumc.org.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Annual BBQ Sale
Homemade Carolina barbecue for $9 per pound. Orders may be placed through St. Luke’s website or from church members. No delivery; pick up at church only. 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 10. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1737 Hillandale Road, Durham. 919-286-2273, stlukesdurham.org.
Raleigh Tour & Local Brewery Tasting
Buzz ’n Go: Raleigh Guided City Tour & Local Brewery Tasting is the best way to discover Raleigh’s incredible sights & historical attractions. 9/30-10/3, 10/7-10/10, 10/14 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. $59. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St, Raleigh.
BBQ, Bluegrass & Friends
Award-winning chef Scott Howell of Nana’s is teaming with his fellow Durham executive chefs at Foster’s, Q-Shack, and Rise for a day of BBQ and musicto benefit TROSA’s efforts to build an on-site health clinic. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 11. $25; $10 children (ages 5-12). TROSA, 1820 James St, Durham. 919-419-1059, trosainc.org.
Downtown Cary Food & Flea Market
This flea market takes place every second Sunday of the month in downtown Cary. Come hear some great local music, try some local food trucks, and shop with some of the most creative crafters and artists. Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 11. Free. Ashworth Village, 200 S. Academy St., Cary. 919-388-8639, nando.com/2db .
Class: La Place Louisiana Cooking
Join Chefs Jeremy Blankenship and Joe Tullos of LaPlace Louisiana Cookery in Hillsborough for an authentic culinary journey through the heart of Cajun & Creole cuisine. Come and be regaled with stories from Joe’s childhood in rural LaPlace, the home of Andouille sausage. 6 p.m. Oct. 13. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Takeover Tuesday at the Berkeley
Takeover Tuesdays give local food truck chefs the opportunity to operate as a brick-and-mortar restaurant without all of the usual commitment. Each chef will have full access to the kitchen along with the freedom to create the food of their choosing. 8:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. $5-$25. Berkeley Cafe, 217 W. Martin St., Raleigh. 919-821-0777, berkeleycafe.net.
Class: Wine & Pizza
Join Caitlin Burke, Cooking School Instructor, and Elizabeth Cooper, Wine Manager, for this delicious pairing of wine and pizza. Why serve the same old margherita pizza? Come and learn new recipes, techniques and how various wine can enhance the flavor in foods. 6 p.m. Oct. 14. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Garden Gourmet: Pumpkin Parfait
Celebrate the season of pumpkin making a refreshing and healthy pumpkin treat. 4-6 p.m. Oct. 15. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040, marbleskidsmuseum.org.
Taste of Jazz Series: Sophisticated Swing
The Glenwood Club’s monthly Big Band jazz dinner series brings together fine dining and local jazz talent. 6 p.m. Oct. 15. $40 (includes tax and tip). Glenwood Club, 3300 Womans Club Rd, Raleigh. 919-610-6001, glenwoodclub.com.
Food of Mexico: Escabeches, Encurtidos y Recados
Pickled foods in Mexico are more than just picked jalapenos used for nachos. There are multiple dishes with Spanish and Persian pickling influence across the country. Each region across the Gulf of Mexico has their own staple pickled dishes. 6 p.m. Oct. 17. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Escher Opening Day Pancake Breakfast
PancakeBot inventor Miguel Valenzuela and his daughter Lily will be on hand to design and create Escher-inspired pancakes. The buffet breakfast includes a custom Escher pancake, classic pancakes, bacon, fruit and beverages. 9-11 a.m. Oct. 17. $15; children 2 and under free. N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-839-6262, ncartmuseum.org
The annual Triangle Vegfest celebrates healthy, veg lifestyles featuring local food, vendors, food demos, live music and expert speakers. Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 17. Free. Moore Square Historic District, 200 S. Blount St, Raleigh.
Dana Nelson is a graduate from The Chef’s Academy of Morrisville and known to many of her clients as “Chef Nel.” Join her for some new techniques and brunch recipes sure to impress family and friends. 11 a.m. Oct. 17. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Try several pumpkin beers and enjoy food trucks. 3-9 p.m. Oct. 17. Free. Aviator Brewing Company, 209 Technology Park Ln., Fuquay-Varina.
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. Fridays, Saturdays. $50-$65. City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-832-3775, tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina 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. Saturdays. $50-$65. Open Eye Cafe, 100-C E. Main St., Carrboro. 919-968-9410, tastecarolina.net
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. Saturdays. $48.98 plus $2 service fee (includes 4 cocktails). Rye Bar and Southern Kitchen, 500 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-227-3370, tobaccoroadtours.com
Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show
Solve a hilarious murder case while you feast on a fantastic four-course plated dinner. 6:15-9:30 p.m. Saturdays. $56.95. Marriott at Research Triangle Park, 4700 Guardian Dr., Durham. 919-941-6200, nando.com/2da
Raleigh Pub Crawl & Haunted Adventure Tour
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. 919-832-5714.
Fall French Bistro
Welcome the season with Chef Lucindy from Terrapin Cove Farm, and watch as she prepares a French meal that offers its own flavorful notes. 6 p.m. Oct. 19. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Amanda Cushman is a culinary educator who has developed hundreds of recipes for cookbooks as well as food magazines and web sites. Join her to taste and learn new and delicious approaches to Asian fish. 5 p.m. Oct. 20. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Join Sandra Gutierrez, who is one of the top Latin cuisine experts in the country, for a menu filled with the vibrant and refreshing recipes that distinguish this beloved cuisine. 6 p.m. Oct. 21. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Wine and beer tastings
Wine Wednesday at Mosaic Wine Lounge
8 p.m. Wednesdays, Mosaic Wine Lounge, 517 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-829-5886, mosaicwinelounge.com
5-8 p.m. Fridays, $15. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com
Relax at Chatham Hill Winery with live music and games. 7-10 p.m. Chatham Hill Winery, 8245 Chapel Hill Rd, Cary. 919-380-7135.
Cloer Family Vineyards
Noon-5 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, $5. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Road, Apex. 919-387-5760, cloerfamilyvineyards.com
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. wineauthorities.com