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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Cooking with Wine Class
Amanda Fisher will demonstrate how to enhance food by cooking with wine and how to pair drinking wines with food. The menu: scallops in white wine, beef Burgundy, sherry and apple chicken and Champagne grape gelees. 6 p.m. March 16. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Cooking from the Garden
Learn fresh, new ideas for flavorful spring salads. Make the salads as a group and then enjoy an early salad lunch! Join us for one class, or the entire series. Each class includes in-class tastings. 9:30-11 a.m. March 19. $25; $20 members.Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Kid’s Nutrition Workshop
Are your kids interested in food and wanting to know where it comes from? Have they ever asked to see how a farm works? Do they ask you what the ingredients in food mean? If your kids have ever inquired about any of these topics, you should definitely come check out our class. This workshop is structured so that kids are teaching kids about food, nutrition and where food really comes from. Plus there will be live chickens to interact with. 2 p.m. March 19. Free. Well Fed Community Garden, 1321 Athens Dr., Raleigh. 919-833-8898, irregardless.com/garden/.
Kiwanis Pancake Jamboree
The Kiwanis Club of Chapel Hill-Carrboro has been serving children in our community for over 85 years. The Pancake Jamboree is a great opportunity to continue assisting local children. A silent auction will be on site. 7 a.m. March 19. $8. Orange United Methodist Church, 1220 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Chapel Hill. 919-942-2825.
Commissioner’s Cup BBQ Cook-Off and Festival
The Annual Commissioner’s Cup BBQ Cook-Off and Festival features BBQ masters from across the Southeast competing for the State Championship and other prizes. Enjoy live music from the Going Commando Band, an antique tractor exhibit, children’s area and more. Sample a variety of BBQ, while supplies last. BBQ plates will be available for purchase from the It’s a Matter of Taste food truck. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 19. $5 adults; Children under 12 free with 3 canned foods. State Farmer’s Market, 1201 Agriculture St., Raleigh.
Big Night In Class
Ellen Clevenger-Firley will demonstrate an Italian menu suitable for a date night at home. The menu: Farmer’s Market Minestrone, slow-roasted Arctic char with sauteed fennel and Pernod, roasted cherry tomato gratin, sauteed Swiss chard with garlic and lemon crostata with raspberry sauce. 6 p.m. March 21. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Spring Sides & Salads Class
Amanda Cushman will demonstrate a feast of dishes suitable for celebrating the arrival of spring. The menu: wild and brown rice salad with roasted onions, parsley and currants; watercress salad with roasted beets, toasted walnuts and feta; roasted baby carrots with pine nuts, red onion and rosemary; crispy potato galette; arugula and endive salad with blood oranges; and grilled citrus chicken. 6 p.m. March 24. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Spanish Wine Dinner Class
Elizabeth Cooper and Caitlin Burke will demonstrate how to make paella, the great saffron-touched rice dish of Spain, in celebration of National Paella Day. They’ll demonstrate other Spanish recipes and talk about wine pairings. The menu: cheese plate with assorted accompaniments, tuna-stuffed paquillo peppers, Valencian paella and chocolate ice cream with smoked olive oil and cocoa-salt cookies. 6 p.m. March 26. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Mother & Daughter Tea Class
Gwen Cummings Maller will demonstrate dishes mothers and daughters can make together and then eat all by themselves. The menu: assorted finger sandwiches, White Rabbit Salad, cheese straws, date and pecan scones, shortbread with lemon curd and chocolate-covered strawberries. Suitable for children ages 9-12, with an adult. 1 p.m. March 28. $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. 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.
Downtown Cary Walking Food Tour
Get acquainted with Cary’s rich heritage while experiencing the flavors of the diverse downtown culinary landscape on this guided walking food tour. Journey with a small group through the heart of Cary’s downtown (often overlooked by Triangle residents), and you will quickly gain a sense of the history and culture that shaped this community. 2-5 p.m. Saturdays. $45. Ashworth Village, 200 S. Academy St., Cary. 919-388-8639, trianglefoodtour.com
Downtown Raleigh Walking Food Tour
Experience a guided culinary journey of sight and taste that spans all five downtown districts to sample a cross-section of some of Raleigh’s unique local restaurant venues, blended together with some forgotten historical tidbits that leaves you full of new insights on the downtown culinary landscape. 2-5:30 p.m. Saturdays, $45. Fayetteville St, Raleigh, trianglefoodtour.com
Wine and beer tastings
St. Patrick’s Day Beer Pairing Class
Wear green to this staff-taught holiday class. The menu: Miniature Irish Breakfast, Grandmother’s Soda Bread: petite shepherd’s pie, cabbage and apple saute and chocolate Guiness Stout cake. 6 p.m. March 17. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Austrian Wine Class
In the hearts and minds of American wine drinkers, Austria has arrived. Its reputation for characterful wines of inspiring quality gains momentum while its knack for tremendous value remains intact. But on what foundation is all of this built? Quite a sturdy one! Austria’s viticultural history goes back millennia. Celebrate the nation’s uniqueness as well as what connects it (and its signature grapes) to the rest of Europe. 7:30 p.m. March 31. $48. Wine Authorities, 211 E. Franklin St., Raleigh. 919-831-9463, wineauthorities.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