Valentine’s Day classes, wine tastings and more upcoming food events


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

Note: Businesses enter these events online months and weeks ahead of time; please check their websites or call to verify spots are still available.

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The Crunkleton Cocktails & Love

Libations will be created using ingredients typically known to enhance the emotive responses surrounding love. Tasting with chocolates, champagne, caviar and strawberries will be on deck for this fun class with the ever-popular Gary Crunkleton. 6 p.m. Feb. 11. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Wine & Chocolate

Join Lionel Vatinet in making white chocolate mini baguettes (paired with white wine) and chocolate cranberry bread (paired with a red wine). Happy Valentine’s Day! 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 12. $85. La Farm Bakery, 4248 N.W. Cary Pkwy, Cary. 919-657-0657,

Brunch With Timothy

Cookbook author and breakfast expert Timothy is here to teach you a perfect brunch menu that is fun to make and sure to impress guests. 11 a.m. Feb. 13. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Valentine’s Dinner Class

Enjoy Valentine’s Day Eve with your special someone in this fun class. Students will pop open the bubbly and enjoy some great food as well as take home recipes to make together on your next special evening. 6 p.m. Feb. 13. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Cornucopia’s A Chocolate Affaire

1-4:30 p.m. Feb. 14. $45-$60. Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel, 1 Europa Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-968-4900,

Mediterranean Vegetables Class

The bright recipes Amanda will feature in this class will cheer your winter days and remind you of the warmer weather to come. 6 p.m. Feb. 15. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Coon Rock Farm Class

Coon Rock is 10 acres of organic vegetables, chicken, sheep, cows and pigs. Their products are sold at farmers markets, CSA’s and Bella Bean Organics. It’s amazing how delicious local seasonal food can be. Join owners Jamie and Richard for this early spring menu sure to please and discover what a difference organic can make. 6 p.m. Feb. 16. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Browning, Braising & Roasting Class

Elevate simple ingredients with these three techniques for elegant dinners that are sure to impress. Learn to brown and braise meats and greens for tender and flavorful courses paired with roasted and caramelized sides. 5 p.m. Feb. 17. $40. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Apres Ski Ladies Night Out

Better than hot chocolate by the fireplace, this cozy winter meal will warm you from the inside out. Come in from the cold for a delicious evening of fun, laughter, and cooking inspiration. In this two-hour, interactive class, you will make: Winter lettuce salad with pears and champagne vinaigrette; Balsamic roasted chicken with wild mushrooms and pearl onions; Creamed spinach with feta and pine nuts; Slow roasted tomato gratin; and Spiked, salted caramel affogato. 6:15 p.m. Feb. 17. $69. Whisk, 316 Colonades Way, Cary. 919-322-2458,

Food Of Mexico Class

Due to the enormous challenge to define, explain and share the eclectic and complex multiregional cuisines that comprise the food of Mexico, Marcelo tasked himself to break it down into three main components: cooking sauces, spicy salsas and paired drinks. Based on this, he developed a whole meal experience based on four courses. 5 p.m. Feb. 20. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Tap & Table Class

Food and drink pairings aren’t just for wine. Join Chef Susan for this hands-on class and prepare a variety of dishes that will each be paired with a beer. 5 p.m. Feb. 22. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Italian Winter Class

It’s not all pizza and pasta; there are so many flavors in Italian cuisine! Join Sheri and discover a completely different Italian menu that is perfect for a cold winter evening at home. 6 p.m. Feb. 23. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Croissant Class

Learn the intricacies of croissant dough. With one batch of dough you can shape and bake a variety of croissants. This class is taught by award-winning baker and friend, Dominique Homo. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 23-24. $85. La Farm Bakery, 4248 N.W. Cary Pkwy, Cary. 919-657-0657,

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.

Durham Pub Crawl & Haunted Adventure Tour

The tour is designed for all types of guests seeking a unique and different downtown Durham experience. Join us for this fun 2 1/2-hour, 1-mile tour where you obtain special treatment at four of downtown Durham’s latest, hip and clever bars, restaurants and pubs! 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays. $19. Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom, 324 Blackwell St. Suite 400, Durham. 919-433-0345,

Taste Carolina 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,

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.

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

Lovin’ Bubbles

Bubbles have been terribly misunderstood ... until now. Don’t know your Cava from your Sekt? Just what is the difference between Spumante and Frizzante? Why does Champagne have to be so French? Well, this class will take you through the world of sparkling wines (and feature bubbly from around the world). 7:33 p.m. Feb. 11. $48. Wine Authorities, 211 E. Franklin St., Raleigh. 919-831-9463,

Just Say Wine & Cheese, Please

Wine and cheese pairings don’t just magically happen, they take planning and practice in this class you will learn to pair like a pro. Recipes that require cooking with cheese as the dominant ingredient are a great opportunity for the perfect wine. 6 p.m. Feb. 18. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

Wine Club Pickup Weekend\

Enjoy a complimentary food and wine tasting featuring a recipe and wine pairing from your spring wine club package. On Saturday, learn more about these wines at special 30-minute information sessions. 12-4 p.m. Feb. 19-21. Free. Raffaldini Vineyards, 450 Groce Rd., Ronda. 336-835-9463,

Wine & Cheese Pairings With The Kast Brothers

Learn sophisticated wine and cheese pairings to smarten up your parties! The Kast Brothers, of Fearrington House and Goat Lady Dairy, will share their expertise in wine and cheese in this fun and informative class. 6 p.m. Feb. 24. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133,

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. Fridays. 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.