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.
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, southernseason.com.
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, whiskcarolina.com.
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, southernseason.com.
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, southernseason.com.
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, southernseason.com.
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, lafarmbakery.com.
Cooking In Provence Class
In this class, Amanda will share some of her vast culinary knowledge and take you on a tour through the unique flavors of France’s Provence region. 6 p.m. Feb. 25. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Traditional Japanese Tea Gathering: First Voice of Spring Tea
Enjoy a moment of respite in the Duke Gardens teahouse, where, as a guest to tea, you will experience the warmth of a traditional Japanese tea gathering. Guests will meet at the Doris Duke Center to be escorted to the teahouse for these intimate gatherings. Daytime teas are open for children age 6 and older with an accompanying adult, at the family rate. Meet at the Doris Duke Center. Limited to 10 participants. Preregistration required (parking pass included). 1 p.m. Feb. 27. $30-$40. Duke University – Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Famous Latin Sandwiches Class
Join Sandra, one of the country’s top experts on Latin American foods, and learn to make some of the traditional sandwiches that are enjoyed by millions. 4 p.m. Feb. 27. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Fireside Dinner Party Class
A crackling fire, snow falling and the holidays are over. It’s the ideal time for a cozy dinner with friends featuring comfort food that satisfies the soul. Join always-popular Chef Lucindy as she shares the art of making a variety of winter sauces to top earthy winter dishes as well as the secret to making the ultimate nut tart. 2 p.m. Feb. 28. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Springtime In Italy Gluten Free Class
Come join Cooking School Manger Kim Calaway and her son, chef Lane Calaway, as they team up to bring you a gluten free dinner from Italy. 6 p.m. Feb. 29. $45. 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. 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, tylerstaproom.com.
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, 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
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
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, southernseason.com.
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, raffaldini.com.
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, southernseason.com.
Sommelier Competition at The Fearrington House
Looking for an evening of creative cuisine, exceptional wines and fun with North Carolina’s most knowledgable sommeliers? The Fearrington House is offering just that with this year’s sommelier competition. Four extremely talented wine professionals will be joining The Fearrington House, including Fearrington’s own Maximilian Kast and Chetan Reddy, On the Square’s Inez Ribustello and Hai Tran of Herons restaurant at The Umstead. 6 p.m. Feb. 28. $250. Fearrington House, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. 919-542-2121, fearringtonhouse.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. 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, 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