There’s a bunch of great upcoming food events:
▪ This Saturday, July 9, is the annual Tomato Day at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market. It includes a tasting of dozens of tomatoes from 8:30 a.m. until they run out. (Market hours are 7 a.m.-noon.) Heirloom tomato expert Craig LeHoullier will be on hand to answer questions. Shoppers’ purchases can earn them tickets for a raffle with dozens of prizes. There will be live music and children’s activities. Details: http://www.carrborofarmersmarket.com/5582f4b6e4b01c221cf17ab2/
▪ Ray Price Harley-Davidson in Raleigh is hosting its annual Buffalo Chicken Wing Cook-off from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 9. Teams compete to see who can make the best wings; judges and the public decide the winners. Cost: $5. Details: https://www.rayprice.com/news/events/wild-buffalo-wings-cook
▪ Got to Be NC Competition Dining events start next week. Here’s how it works: Two chefs cook a three-course meal using a secret ingredient revealed to them an hour before they start cooking for that evening’s dinner. Diners taste and rate the six courses without knowing which chef prepared which dish. Along with scores from professional judges, results are tallied and the winner moves on to the next round. The dinners are July 11 and 12 with a semifinal round on July 14. A second heat happens on July 18 and 19 and a semifinal round on July 21. The finale is already sold out. Cost: $74. Details: http://www.competitiondining.com/events/Raleigh
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▪ On Monday, July 11, Pableaux Johnson (writer, photographer, raconteur) brings his Monday-night New Orleans tradition to Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill. Johnson will be in the kitchen with chef Bill Smith, cookbook authors Nancie McDermott and Sheri Castle and experienced home cook and Walter magazine columnist Dean McCord. Tickets cost $40. Event starts at 6:30 p.m. For tickets: https://rbrspx.squarespace.com/chill