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
Sustainable Thanksgiving Sides
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The News & Observer
Join Jamie DeMent and Richard Holcomb, owners of Coon Rock Farms, Bella Bean Organics, Heirloom Provisions and the Piedmont Restaurant as they share recipes for some of their favorite Thanksgiving side dishes. 6 p.m. Nov. 16. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Thanksgiving Sides and Sauces Cooking Class
Tired of serving the same ole green bean casserole and mashed potatoes with lumpy gravy for every holiday meal? With the season of eating upon us, learn how to spice up your holiday table with some new sides that are sure to please! Menu includes: Roasted Pumpkin and Cranberries with Sage Vinaigrette; Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon; Butternut Squash Sweet Potato Gratin; Creamed Onions with Sherry; Orange Sage Cranberry Sauce; Turkey Pan Gravy with Puree Blanc; Cream Cheese Pumpkin Roll. 6 p.m. Nov. 17. $59. Durham Spirits Co., 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430, durhamspiritscompany.com.
Put the Lime in the Coconut
Whether or not you can put a lime in it won’t matter as long as you enjoy the taste of coconut. Sandra Gutierrez will feature coconut in this fun and delicious menu that showcases the sweet and savory ways Latin Americans cook with the largest nut in the world. 6 p.m. Nov. 4. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Not Your Grandma’s Gefilte Fish
Emma Laperruque is a food journalist and nocturnal baker at Scratch in Durham. In her family, flipping matzo brei is a life skill and latkes mark the most wonderful time of the year. 6 p.m. Nov. 5. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
This event features a homebrew contest. 1-4 p.m. Nov. 7. $10. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Colfax Persimmon Festival
The Annual Colfax Persimmon Festival celebrates the persimmon and historic farming with a wide range of exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, live music, and of course, many persimmon-related items for purchase. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 7. $7 except children under 12 free. Historic Stafford Farm, 558 N. Bunker Hill Rd., Oak Ridge. 336-682-5328.
Gourmet Gifts Cooking Class
This holiday season, give a gift from the heart (or from the kitchen!). In this class we will prepare gifts that are delicious! Menu includes: Spiced Pecans, Pimento Cheese Biscuits, Whiskey Marmalade with Herbed Crackers; Beer Cheese and Homemade Pretzels; Salted Bourbon Caramels; Cocktail Garnishes, and more. 1 p.m. Nov. 8. $59. Durham Spirits Co., 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430, durhamspiritscompany.com.
Triangle Chili Challenge
The Triangle Chili Challenge is an annual competition held in Historic Downtown Cary. Featuring local restaurants & mobile food units as they compete for the coveted title of Best Chili in the Triangle. 12-4 p.m. Nov. 8. Free. Downtown Cary, Academy St., Cary. heartofcary.org.
Super Easy Whole Grains All Day
If you want to eat more healthfully, one of the simplest changes to make is choosing whole grains. Come learn more from Robin Asbell. From her new book, “The Whole Grain Promise,” she will teach you family-friendly dishes that will fit in at every meal of your day. 6 p.m. Nov. 9. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Cooking Matters at the Store
Participate in a free guided grocery store tour where you’ll learn skills for buying healthy foods on a budget. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Free. Food Lion, 3500 N. Roxboro St, Durham. 919-220-7651.
Intimate Winemaker’s Dinner With Podere Sapaio
Chef Teddy Diggs of Il Palio restaurant will host Massimo Piccin, the owner of Podere Sapaio vineyards and winery in Southern Tuscany, at this five-course dinner. 7 p.m. Nov. 10. IL Palio Ristorante, 1505 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-929-4000,919-918-2545, ilpalio.com.
Indian Cuisine Cooking Class
Indian cuisine can be intimidating to make, with a list of spices a mile long and all the different types of variations on dishes, so it is hard to know what to do in the kitchen. In this class students will discuss common Indian ingredients and the differences between all different types of curries. 6-8 p.m. Nov. 11. $59. Durham Spirits Co., 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430, durhamspiritscompany.com.
11th Annual Stone Soup Supper
There’s never been a more delicious way to help neighbors in need! Urban Ministries of Wake County invites the community to its eleventh Annual Stone Soup Supper at the Talley Center at N.C. State University. Proceeds support Urban Ministries’ programs to alleviate and eliminate poverty in Wake County.5:30 p.m. Nov. 12. $25. N.C. State University’s Talley Student Union, 2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh. urbanmin.org/stone-soup-2015.
Bread Class: Grain Series with Wren’s Abruzzi Rye
German certified master bread baker Harry Peemoller joins La Farm Bakery’s Lionel Vatinet to make German bread with locally-grown and milled heirloom flour, Wren’s Abruzzi Rye. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 13. $85. La Farm Bakery, 4248 N.W. Cary Pkwy, Cary. 919-657-0657, lafarmbakery.com.
Couples’ Night Out Moroccan Cooking Class
Tonight we will transport you to Moroccoland of bright colors, rich spices, and sultry dishes. Menu includes: B’stilla: a Sweet and Savory Chicken Pastry, Herbed Carrot Charmula Salad, Chickpea Soup with Harissa, Lamb and Sweet Potato Tagine, Homemade Cous Cous, Moroccan Mint Tea, and a Signature Cocktail. 6 p.m. Nov. 13. $59. Durham Spirits Co., 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430, durhamspiritscompany.com.
Bread Class with Foggy Ridge Cider
Learn a lesson in apple cider and seasonal fall breads. Award-winning Foggy Ridge Cider joins Lionel Vatinet in his home kitchen for a cider tasting and bread baking class. 2-5 p.m. Nov. 14. $125. La Farm Bakery, 4248 N.W. Cary Pkwy, Cary. 919-657-0657, lafarmbakery.com.
Join cookbook author and restaurateur Sara Foster for her culinary approach to fall. Be sure to check out her new book Foster’s Market Favorites. 2 p.m. Nov. 15. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Ethiopian Cooking Class
Ethiopian cuisine is one of the world’s best kept secrets. It is a spicy mix of vegetable and lentil stews and slow-simmered meats. Menu includes: Injera Bread; Sambossas; Doro Wat: Ethiopian Chicken Stew; Mesir Wat: Creamy Red Lentils with Berbere; Shrio Wat: Spiced Chickpea Flour Dip; Gomen: Ethiopian Collards; Timatim: Ethiopian Tomato Salad; Alich’a: Root Vegetable Stew. 6 p.m. Nov. 20. $59. Durham Spirits Co., 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430, durhamspiritscompany.com.
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.
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. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. $5-$25. Berkeley Cafe, 217 W. Martin St., Raleigh. 919-828-9190, berkeleycafe.net.
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 and historical attractions 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. $59. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St, Raleigh.
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