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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The Brewer & The Farmer Dinner
This dinner features Hillsborough’s Mystery Brewing Company and Rougemont’s Prodigal Farm. Beer and cheese enthusiasts can join executive chef Jason Cunningham for a masterfully created multicourse menu incorporating decadent Prodigal cheeses paired with flavorful Mystery beers. 6:45-8:45 p.m. April 13. $54-$65. Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, 3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham. 919-321-4475.
Recipe Makeover/Healthy Cooking Class
Chef Zacki Murphy will host the cooking demo. 12:20-1:20 p.m. April 14. Free. Humana, 8800 Harvest Oaks Dr., Raleigh. 919-870-4992.
Belgian Tapas and Beer Dinner
458 West Bed & Breakfast is partnering with Vino!! Wine Shop in Pittsboro to bring six tapas courses with beer pairings. Learn just how well beer pairs with food at this fun and tasty evening. 6:30-9 p.m. April 16. $49. 458 West Bed & Breakfast, 458 West St, Pittsboro. 458west.com.
Chatham Street Chowdown Food Truck Rally
Your favorite food trucks, plus a beer and wine garden will line the street along with seating areas and music from local performers throughout the day. 12-4:30 p.m. April 17. Free. Downtown Cary, Academy St., Cary. heartofcary.org/.
Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series
The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series is a single-elimination tournament highlighting the best of the state’s food, agriculture and culinary talent. For each dinner battle, two teams of chefs will battle it out with a six-course meal. Alongside culinary and guest judges, diners rate each dish using an interactive app, ultimately determining who moves on to the next round and who goes home. 6-9 p.m. April 18-19, April 21. $59. American Tobacco Campus, 318 Blackwell St., Durham. 919-433-1566, americantobaccohistoricdistrict.com.
Cooking Class with Chef Arthur
Guests will enjoy a wine tasting and appetizers, then Chef Arthur will demonstrate. The meal is followed by a dessert tray and coffee. 4:30-9 p.m. April 19. $60 (plus tax and gratuity). Irregardless Cafe, 901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. 919-833-8898, irregardless.com.
Country French Bread Class
Lionel Vatinet leads this introductory bread class about the basics and fundamentals of Country French Bread. Learn everything about the essential elements of great French bread including Lionel’s signature kneading technique, shaping the dough, and baking at home. 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 19. $85. La Farm Bakery, 4248 N.W. Cary Pkwy, Cary. 919-657-0657, lafarmbakery.com.
Ceviches, Aguachiles & Salpicones
Ceviches are popular on both coasts of Mexico, and on each shore their unique recipes are based on seasonal seafood, fruits and vegetables. For example, aguachiles are a unique type of ceviche and a main staple from the west coast. Salpicones are a way to preserve and cook with vinegar and oil and are more common on the Gulf of Mexico. Join Marcelo Villasuso as he guides you through making these fresh dishes that celebrate the season. 6 p.m. April 20. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Degustation de Fromage Cheese Tasting
The Chapel Hill High School French Club host their annual Degustation de Fromage. Sample gourmet cheeses like Pave du Nord and Raclette while learning about the rich history behind some of France’s most celebrated exports. Drinks and an assortment of traditional French desserts will also be served. All proceeds will benefit the continuation of cultural events and celebrations at Chapel Hill High School. 6-7:30 p.m. April 21. $3-$5. Chapel Hill High School, 1709 High School Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-929-2106, chhs.chccs.k12.nc.us.
At Home Canning with Kendra Lynne at the Southern Women’s Show
With a family of five to feed, popular homesteading blogger Kendra Lynne has become well-practiced in the art of home canning and is bringing her techniques, nutrition tips and money-saving tricks to Raleigh this April at the Southern Women’s Show.2:30-3:30 p.m. April 22. $8-$12. N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-733-2626, ncstatefair.org.
Learn to make Paris-Brest with Evan Sheridan, the pastry chef of the Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond Herons in The Umstead Hotel and Spa. This class takes place in Lionel Vatinet’s home kitchen. 2-5 p.m. April 23. $85. La Farm Bakery, 4248 N.W. Cary Pkwy, Cary. 919-657-0657, lafarmbakery.com.
Learn proper brewing methods from experts, taste new coffees, sign up for giveaways and enjoy special offerings at the coffee bar. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. April 23. Free. 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.
Hook + Vine Seafood & Wine Festival
This outdoor annual festival will focus on pairing fresh seafood with high-quality wines found from around the world. Dishes will highlight a variety of flavors and options ranging from wild, sustainable ocean species to classics such as shrimp and flounder. Each seafood plate will be paired with a thoughtful pour of high-quality wine from The Wine Feed’s extensive selection. 12-4 p.m. April 24. $40-$50. The Wine Feed, 602 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh. 919-374-0036, thewinefeed.com.
Wine and beer tastings
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 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.
Botany Bar Crawl
Learn how plants create our favorite alcoholic beverages. First, learn the botany behind the booze before getting into the science of production at the brewery. An additional fee for facility tour and sampling may apply. 2-4 p.m. April 16. $5-$11. Durham Distillery, 711 Washington St, Durham. 919-937-2121, durhamdistillery.com.
Take a Hike With Jay Raffaldini
Join Jay Raffaldini on a moderate hike around the Raffaldini property. Wear sensible walking shoes and prepare yourself for a delightful morning out. The hike will be followed by a hearty luncheon of soup and crusty breads, of course accompanied by wine. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 17. $45. Raffaldini Vineyards, 450 Groce Rd., Ronda. 336-835-9463, raffaldini.com.
Italian Wine Dinner
Enjoy a four-course Italian wine dinner featuring 4 delicious wines from the Vecchia Torre Winery paired with hand crafted meals prepared with fresh produce from Irregardless’ Well Fed Community Garden. Sommelier Jim Stock, of Haw River Wine Man, will be present to describe each wine. The evening includes live musical entertainment from the mellow bluegrass ensemble Nixon Blevins & Gage. 7-9 p.m. April 20. $60 (plus tax and gratuity). Irregardless Cafe, 901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. 919-833-8898, irregardless.com.
Final Friday Wine Walk
Benefitting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, attendees are invited to stroll through Waverly Place and visit each store for a relaxed evening of shopping complete with wine tastings featuring wines under $20/bottle. The evening will conclude with live music on the promenade. 5-8 p.m. April 22. $10 sampling glasses. Waverly Place, Tyron Rd., Cary.
Toasts & Tunes Concert Series
Come enjoy an afternoon of music in the vineyard with Island Bob and Cloer Family Vineyards. All you need is a lawn chair and/or a picnic lunch. Wine will be sold by the glass and by the bottle. NO outside alcohol is permitted to be brought on the property. (Carpooling is encouraged). Bob plays acoustic classic soft rock and country, including songs from Jimmy Buffet, Eric Clapton, John Denver, James Taylor, Zac Brown and much more! 2 p.m. April 23. Free. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Rd., Apex. 919-387-5760, cloerfamilyvineyards.com.
Wine Class: Central Italy
Tuscany, Umbria, Marche, Abruzzo, and Lazio! What do the fab five of Central Italy have in common? What differentiates them from one another? Learn answers as you embark on a comprehensive tour of the leg-shaped peninsula’s mid thigh. Learn the viticultural effects of religious crusades, soil variations and mountain ranges on the climates, grapes, and (perhaps most importantly) wines. 7:30 p.m. April 28. $48. Wine Authorities, 211 E. Franklin St., Raleigh. 919-831-9463, wineauthorities.com.
Enjoy a structured/tutored tasting of the four major communes of Bordeaux: Paulliac, St. Estephe, St. Julien and Margaux, as well as the lesser Pessac-Leognan and Haut Medoc. Wine merchant Caryn Perkinswill guide you through the wines and their respective communes, what makes them different, similar and so coveted. There will be small cheese/charcuterie for each guest. 7 p.m. April 29. $25. 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
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