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.
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Holland UMC Spring Barbecue
Enjoy a pork barbecue dinner. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. April 1. $9. Holland United Methodist Church, 9433 Ten-Ten Rd., Raleigh. 919-772-5294, hollandsumc.org.
Green Level Baptist Church Annual Barbecue
Barbecue pork/chicken, homemade potato salad, slaw, hush puppies, drink and dessert. Dine-in, drive-thru, take out available. $9 plate/pound of pork barbecue. 11 a.m. April 1. $9. Green Level Baptist Church, 8509 Green Level Church Rd, Cary. 919-362-4310, greenlevel.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.
Wednesday Market Kick-Off & Evening Eats Event
Celebrate the beginning of Carrboro’sWednesday Market season. The Market, which runs from 3-6 p.m., will be followed by an Evening Eats food truck and music event from 6-8:30 p.m. Come pick up a delicious dinner from Baguettaboutit, Bulkogi Korean BBQ, Gussy’s Greek Street Food, or Tar Heel Creamery, and pair it with a nice cold beer from Steel String Brewery while you sit back and enjoy some acoustic tunes by Dogwood Blossom. 3-8:30 p.m. April 6. Free. Carrboro Farmers’ Market, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. carrborofarmersmarket.com.
Traditional Japanese Tea Gathering
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. Pre-registration required (parking pass included). 10:45 a.m.-noon. April 9. $30-$40. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Rockin’ Raleigh Spaghetti Dinner
We’re closing down Hargett Street in front The Raleigh Times for a good old-fashioned block party with a little Wayne Euliss, an Elvis Tribute Artist, plenty of local beer from Big Boss Brewery and a spaghetti dinner by Gravy. 6-9 p.m. April 9. $10. The Raleigh Times Bar, 14 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-833-0999, raleightimesbar.com.
Downtown Cary Food & Flea Market
This Food & Flea’s Holiday Market features local craft beer, food trucks, vintage goods, artists, crafters, music and more. Noon-4 p.m. April 10. Ashworth Village, 200 S. Academy St., Cary. 919-388-8639, www.facebook.com/pages/Ashworth-Village/140640802637568.
Annual Bull City Food and Beer Experience
4 p.m. April 10. $80. Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham. 919-680-2787, dpacnc.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.
Triangle Food Tour: Downtown Durham
On this guided journey through the streets of downtown Durham, we’ll visit some of the area’s most unique, hidden culinary gems. 2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturdays. $45. Fishmonger’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 806 W. Main St., Durham. 919-682-0128, trianglefoodtour.com
Triangle Food Tour: Downtown Chapel Hill & Carrboro
On this leisurely walk through the downtown streets of Chapel Hill & Carrboro the group will pause at up to six locations among the area’s finest and most unique establishments. Along the way, the streetscapes and local character will combine to reveal how unique and different each are despite their close proximity. 2:15-5:30 p.m. Saturdays. $45. Downtown Chapel Hill, Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 919-967-9440, trianglefoodtour.com
Triangle Food Tour: Downtown Cary
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
Triangle Food Tour: Downtown Raleigh
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
Taste Carolina: Raleigh Saturday Afternoon Tasting Tour
This tour is a fantastic way to get to know the heart of downtown. Included is food tastings at four unique, local restaurants plus dessert and a wine tasting. Tours begin at historic Fayetteville Street. 2 p.m. Saturdays. $55. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St, Raleigh. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Raleigh Friday Afternoon Tasting Tour
The Friday Afternoon Tasting Tour begins on historic Fayetteville Street near the Capitol and heads over to the Seaboard Station/ Oakwood districts via the R Line, with a 20 minute history walk back downtown at the end of the tour. Food tastings at three restaurants that source ingredients locally, a beer and/ or wine tasting and dessert are included. 1:30 p.m. Fridays. $55. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St, Raleigh. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Raleigh Dinner & Drinks Tours
The Friday and Saturday Dinner & Drinks Tours stay mostly close to historic Fayetteville Street and the Capitol but may walk to the Warehouse/ Gallery or Glenwood Avenue South Districts. These high-spirited tours include enough food to be considered dinner by most people, and include a number of drink pairings. Stops are subject to change based on restaurant availability. Tours include five stops: three varied restaurants for savory food paired with wine, beer or a cocktail, a speakeasy cocktail bar, and a sweet bite for dessert. 4 p.m. Fridays, 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. $69.50. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St, Raleigh. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Raleigh Roots Tour
Raleigh Roots Tour explores the areas of Seaboard Station, Mordecai, and Oakwood neighborhoods. The tour includes savory food at three restaurants plus a beer or wine tasting and dessert. Stops are subject to change on a week to week basis. Eating a light lunch beforehand is recommended. 2 p.m. Saturdays. $55. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St, Raleigh. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Durham Afternoon Tasting Tour
The Afternoon Tasting Tour is a fantastic way to experience six different Durham gems in one afternoon. The restaurants featured on this tour have lines out the door every day, but the delicious tastings are prepared and ready for the tour to just walk in and enjoy. 1:45 p.m. Saturdays. $50. Downtown Durham, Main St., Durham. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Durham Evening Tasting Tour
The Evening Tasting Tour includes food and drink tastings at five different restaurants and bars. The three restaurants featured on this tour are as farm-to-table as you will find and are all located in funky, rehabbed historic buildings. Chefs prepare substantial tour tastings all paired with small drinks. Also included on this tour is a craft cocktail demonstration and tasting, as well as dessert made from locally-milled flour and local dairy. 3:15 p.m. Saturdays. $65. Downtown Durham, Main St., Durham. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Historic Hillsborough Tasting Tour
Talk with chefs, owners, and farmers while exploring Hillsborough’s history and architecture. Enjoy the warmth and friendliness of the town and, of course, plenty of food, including handmade chocolates, famous scones, local beer, organic wine, and a stop at one of the most esteemed restaurants in the Southeast. 11 a.m. Saturdays. $50. Downtown Hillsborough, 100 Churton St., Hillsborough. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Culinary Carrboro & Chapel Hill Tour
This tour ties local ingredients to the restaurants that use them and typically includes food at four different restaurants, substantial tastings with farmers and vendors at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, and a beer tasting. 11 a.m. Saturdays. $55. Downtown Carrboro, Greensboro St, Carrboro. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Chapel Hill & Carrboro Dinner & Drinks Tour
The Chapel Hill/ Carrboro Dinner & Drinks Tour includes visits to four to five different restaurants with a few drink pairings, plus beer and coffee tastings. 3:15 p.m. Saturdays. $65. Downtown Carrboro, Greensboro St, Carrboro. tastecarolina.net
Tobacco Road Tour: Durham Pub Crawl
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, tobaccoroadtours.com
Tobacco Road Tour: Raleigh Craft Cocktails
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
Tobacco Road Tour: Raleigh Pub Crawl
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. tobaccoroadtours.com
Tobacco Road Tour: Raleigh 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. tobaccoroadtours.com
Wine and beer tastings
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.
Toasts & Tunes Concert Series
You are in for a real treat today as students from Rock-N-Roll High School in Apex, perform for our Toasts & Tunes! Rock-N-Roll High School is an immersive musical instruction and performance academy, employing an innovative approach for teaching music. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and food. Wine will be sold by the glass and/or the bottle. NO outside alcohol is permitted on the property, and carpooling is encouraged. If it is raining, please call the winery to see whether or not this event will take place. 2 p.m. April 9. Free. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Rd., Apex. 919-387-5760, cloerfamilyvineyards.com.
Mark Vlossak, owner and winemaker at St. Innocent Winery in Oregon, and Southern Season’s own Wine Merchant Liz Cooper will host a mini version of Pinot Camp. Sample Mark’s wines from the various American Viticultual Areas of Oregon as well as discuss terroir - what gives them their particular uniqueness (soil, sun, climate, etc.). 6 p.m. April 13. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Wine Down Wednesday
Wine Down after sunset with five unique wines selected that day for their charming characteristics (*discounted at half price) and paired with light hors d’oeuvres in a romantic and relaxing environment, including outdoor patio seating. 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Cafe Helios, 413 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. 919-838-5177, cafehelios.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.
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