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.
Check out our list of upcoming church suppers from Shrove Tuesday to Memorial Day at nando.com/suppers2016.
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.
Enjoy authentic Lebanese food including falafel, hummus, Tabouli, Shawarma, baklava and sweets. Guests will also enjoy dancing and music. 11 a.m. April 2. Free. Raleigh City Plaza, Fayetteville Street, Raleigh. 919-832-1231, visitraleigh.com.
Lowcountry Spring Menu Class
The area between Charleston, South Carolina, and the Georgia border is known as the Low country. Its cuisine, with Caribbean and African influences, features ingredients from the coastal plains as well as the waters of the Atlantic. In this class, Chef Lucindy from Terrapin Cove Culinary School will help you plan a spring Lowcountry dinner, ideal for entertaining. 5 p.m. April 2. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Parent/Child Pasta Class
Pasta making can be an easy and fun family activity! Moms and dads, bring your kids and together you’ll learn how to make three tasty pasta dishes from scratch. Child must be accompanied by an adult. 11 a.m. April 2. $35. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
A Place at the Table Pop-Up Cafe
A Place at the Table, a pay-what-you-can nonprofit cafe coming to Hillsborough St. at the end of the year, is hosting its first pop-up cafe. Come pay what you can for brunch and experience the core mission of A Place at the Table. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 2. Pay what you can. Solas, 419 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-755-0755, solasraleigh.com.
Three scone recipes with a common heritage are the centerpiece of this class with Amanda Fisher. Learn the basic method for each, then transform them into new and versatile dishes. 6 p.m. April 4. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Poisson Provencal Class
Join Chef Shellie Kark to accomplish the oftentimes intimidating cooking of fish. In this class you will learn multiple ways of preparation that any cook can master. Adding a French flair by incorporating the amazing flavors of Provence and the Mediterranean will take these techniques to the next level. 6 p.m. April 5. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Technique Mystique Class
Join Chef Shellie Kark on her second night to learn “chic techniques” that will improve your abilities. These are techniques for busy schedules that can be made for elegance or for comfort. This class will include the techniques of saute, summer braising and pastry doughs for sweet and savory applications. 6 p.m. April 6. $50. 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
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.
Watch brewers from around the triangle come and compete in the most intense “brewery games.” Multiple teams will compete in games like a yeast bomb toss, beer sack race, obstacle courses & many other games while dressed in the craziest costumes. Taste beers from participating breweries, enjoy the food truck on site and watch brewers get down and crazy competing for the gold. 2-8 p.m. April 2. Raleigh Brewing Company, 3709 Neil St., Raleigh. 919-400-9086, raleighbrewingcompany.com.
World Beer Festival
With over 75 breweries participating from all parts of the country, attendees can sample from more than 250 beers in a variety of styles, along with a food truck rodeo, live entertainment, silent disco and more. 12-4 p.m. April 2. $25-$45. North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-733-2626, ncstatefair.org.
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