Cooking classes: Brunch, dinner party, breads

Katie Coleman, owner of Durham Spirits Co., a cooking school, is teaching several upcoming classes.
Katie Coleman, owner of Durham Spirits Co., a cooking school, is teaching several upcoming classes. Courtesy of Katie Coleman

Here’s a weekly roundup of upcoming food, beer and wine events, tours, classes, workshops and more across the Triangle.

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Be sure to check out our list of upcoming church suppers across the Triangle until the end of the year:

Il Palio’s 2nd Annual Truffle Feast

Experience one of Italy’s most luxurious ingredients! Hosted by Chef Teddy Diggs, the Festa di Tartufi will celebrate the true treasures of Italy’s white truffle growing regions. The evening will feature a Piemontese and Le Marche-inspired menu with each dish finished at the table with a shaving of white truffles. Exceptional wine pairings will complement each course. Please call Il Palio to make reservations. 7 p.m. Dec. 3. $134. IL Palio Ristorante, 1505 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-929-4000, 919-918-2545,

Holiday Cafe

Enjoy tempting Mediterranean meals, Greek salad and soup cooked by the Ladies Philoptochos Society of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-4. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 5000 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh. 919-781-4548,

Holiday Southern Brunch Cooking Class

With family and friends in town, why not show some Southern hospitality with brunch? In this class we are focusing on some classic (and re-vamped) Southern brunch classics. Menu includes: Pimento Cheese and Country Ham Rarebit; Low Country Shrimp and Grits; Sweet Potato and Bacon Hash with Poached Eggs; Buttermilk Biscuits with Sage Sausage Gravy; Hop n’ John Salad; Pecan Praline Coffee Cake; Southern Brunch Cocktail. 11 a.m. Dec. 5. $59. Durham Spirits Co., 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430,

Concerts for a Cause

This event benefits CORA Food Pantry of Chatham County. Enjoy a seasonal buffet dinner, dessert and a special performance by local bluegrass favorites Big Fat Gap. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 5. $50 individual or $85 for two. Galloway Ridge at Fearrington, 3000 Galloway Ridge, Pittsboro. 919-545-2215,

Holiday Afternoon Tea

Southern Season will be serving delicious finger sandwiches, savory scones, and delightful holiday themed desserts from Executive Chef Bo Peterson and Pastry Chef Chris Grass. An artisan selection of loose leaf teas from our famed tea department will compliment the food selections. 3-5 p.m. Dec. 8. $29. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Brioche & Challah Bread Baking Class

Learn to handcraft delicious sweet breads for the holidays in your own home kitchen. Lionel Vatinet will share his techniques and recipes using challah dough. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 9. $85. La Farm Bakery, 4248 N.W. Cary Pkwy, Cary. 919-657-0657,

La Farm Bakery Desserts Class

Join Lionel Vatinet for a class in rustic French desserts. He shares recipes from his childhood in France where Mama Vatinet was a master at desserts!. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 10. $85. La Farm Bakery, 4248 N.W. Cary Pkwy, Cary. 919-657-0657,

Holiday Entertaining Dinner Party Class

Don’t let preparing those holiday meals stress you out! In class we will learn how to prepare a classic three-course meal with all of the flavor and none of the stress! Menu includes: Holiday Cheese Puffs; Roasted Persimmons Salad with Goat Cheese; Braised Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta, Gremolata and a Red Wine Reductions; Roasted Mushrooms; Brussels Sprouts with a Cranberry Browned Butter; Chocolate Ginger Cake with Bourbon Sauce, Signature Cocktail. 6 p.m. Dec. 11. $59. Durham Spirits Co., 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430,

Gingerbread House Decorating Workshops

Looking for a festive event that allows your family to actually interact and enjoy some time together? Take a breath and join a gingerbread decorating workshop appropriate for all ages. Allergy-free workshops are available, with all ingredients and materials being gluten, dairy, egg and nut free. 11 a.m.-Noon., 2-3 p.m. Dec. 12. $40 per house. Family Preschool, 4907 Garrett Rd, Durham. 919-402-1500,

Thai Cooking Class

Learn to make your own Thai from scratch. Good Thai food comes from using fresh ingredients. In this class you’ll start by making your own curry pastes, then create a Thai feast fit for a Bangkok queen. 6-8 p.m. Dec. 16. $59. Durham Spirits Co., 311 E. Trinity Ave., Durham. 425-463-5430,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

Fridays Uncorked

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

WineAway Fridays

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,

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.