Fab Fan Fare with Debbie Moose
Popular Raleigh food writer and cookbook author Debbie Moose will help you devise a winning menu for all your sports fans. Learn four crowd pleasing recipes that are guaranteed to score. Wine and NC beer is included. Book signing! Wine and NC beer included. 6:15 p.m. Feb. 21. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.
Cotton the Clown Making Balloon Animals and Face Painting
Join Cotton the Clown for free face painting and balloons while you dine on richly authentic treasures, straight from the Mexican Kitchen! Delicious and lavishly prepared, you’ll enjoy each one as you enjoy the hospitality of the staff! Kids eat free all weekend! 1 p.m. Feb. 23. Free. Cinco De Mayo, 1502 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-929-6566. cincodemayorestaurants.com.
Science of Eats
Calling all foodies! Get ready for the tastiest event on the block as all your favorite foodie spots from across the Triangle converge on the Museum for a night of delectable, delicious science. Explore the science behind what makes those samples so darn good, meet food scientists, chat with local farmers and discover the culinary geniuses behind all your favorite eateries. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20. $18-$24. Museum of Life and Science, 433 W. Murray Ave., Durham. 919-220-5429. lifeandscience.org.
Seed Save/Swap/Start Workshop with Sammy Slade and Fifth Season Gardening Company
Come get ready for spring planting with longtime gardener and Carrboro Alderman Sammy Slade and with Fifth Season Gardening Company! Bring last year’s leftover seeds for a seed swap (no contribution necessary to participate), learn how to start various plants direct from seed, and get some tips on how to save your own seed. No registration is required and demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the morning, so stop on by! 9 a.m. Feb. 22. free. Carrboro Farmers’ Market, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 919-280-3326. carrborofarmersmarket.com.
This is the class for people wanting to improve technique. You will learn mechanics, skills, maintenance, and knife safety. Experience the joy that comes with proper technique combined with correctly sharpened tools. Knives are provided. 10 a.m. Feb. 22. $69. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.
Chicken Soup Around the World
Warm up your friends and family with the true comfort of Chicken Soup, from the traditional American version, to variations from different cultures. Jennifer will share her passion for soup making from stocks to choosing and layering flavors. Why have an ordinary soup when you can have an extraordinary one? 1 p.m. Feb. 23. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com.
Instructor: Rani Imandi Learn about the many ways of cooking the traditional and ethnic fare of India. Cook exotic foods filled with fresh produce and herbs, delicate spices, hot curries, homemade dairy products and semi-homemade ingredients. The cuisine is not only tasty, but nutritionally balanced. The course introduces students to ingredients for making both vegetarian and non-vegetarian recipes, main and side dishes, and desserts. Students will learn how to make “Dosa,” “Sag Paneer,” “Chicken Curry,” “Chicken Biryani,” rice pudding and more. There are many varied flavor combinations throughout India, with dishes vastly different between the north and the south. $40 for food, paid to instructor at first class. Please note: This class takes place at the Century Center at the intersection of Weaver and Greensboro Streets in Carrboro. 6 p.m. Feb. 25, 6 p.m. March 4, 6 p.m. March 11. $92 public and $83 Friends. The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. 919-929-2787. www.artscenterlive.org/classes/2114a-indian-cooking-century-center/.
Cooking Class with Chef Amy
Take lessons from the best of the best with a series of cooking classes taught by chef Amy Tornquist, owner of Sage & Swift Catering, Watts Grocery & Hummingbird Bakery, & her operations manager Matthew Lardie. The classes will be hands-on & centered around “Southern Gourmet” cooking. The schedule includes, Feb. 26 (Perfect Pairings for Wine and Cheese), March 5 (Easy Cheese Making) & March 19 (Stir Fry 101). If you book two or more classes, you get a 15 percent discount. Call 919-957-7889 to reserve your spot today. Watts Grocery, 1116 Broad St., Durham. 919-957-7889. wattsgrocery.com.
Bring your little Chef to a Maggiano’s Kids Cooking Class. We will be making Mom’s Meat Lasagna! Our fun afternoon will include Chef Valentine telling us all about lasagna and how to make it and then enjoying a delicious Buffet Style Lunch. The cost is $15 per child (12 and under) and $18 per adult. (Prices are inclusive of tax and event fee.)Buffet lunch will include Ceasar Salad, Fried Mozzarella Marinara, Chicken Tenders, Macaroni and Cheese, Fresh Baked Cookies and Non Alcoholic Beverages. 11 a.m. Feb. 22. Maggiano’s Little Italy, 8030 Renaissance Pkwy., Durham. 919-572-0070.
Middle Eastern Fusion
Celebrate the herbs and spices of the Middle East with this flavor-packed menu. Inspired by some the region’s long-standing favorites, enjoy a fresh and nutritious take, while using traditional influences. Vegan class 6:15 p.m. Feb. 20. $49. Whisk, Waverly Place shopping center, Cary. 919-322-2458. whiskcarolina.com
Wake Forest Farmers’ Market
10 a.m. Feb. 22, 10 a.m. March 1, 10 a.m. March 8, 10 a.m. March 15, 10 a.m. March 22, 10 a.m. March 29. OneCare Parking Lot, 150 N. White St., Wake Forest. 919-671-9269. wakeforestfarmersmarket.org.
Chapel Hill / Carrboro
Go behind the scenes of Chapel Hill and Carrboro restaurants to experience where farm-to-table cuisine comes to life. Sample innovative and upscale southern dishes, scratch-made desserts, organic wine, local beer, and more. Known for being on the forefront of the Slow Food movement and for restaurants that have redefined Southern cooking, Chapel Hill/ Carrboro is one of the best places in the country to live and eat. 2 p.m. Feb. 22, 2 p.m. March 1, 2 p.m. March 8, 2 p.m. March 15, 2 p.m. March 22, 2 p.m. March 29, 2 p.m. April 5. $45 – $65. Open Eye Cafe, 101 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.
Durham is all about cutting edge culture and fantastic food. Let us show you a vibrant city in the midst of its revitalization and introduce you to the restaurants, shops and people that are making Durham one of the nation’s cultural hotspots. You will discover all of Durham’s flavors on this tour! The Durham tour is scheduled for every Saturday afternoon, all year ’round. Advance registration is required. It is also available for private groups of 10 or more any day or evening of the week. 1:45 p.m. Feb. 22, 1:45 p.m. March 1, 1:45 p.m. March 8, 1:45 p.m. March 15, 1:45 p.m. March 22, 1:45 p.m. March 29, 1:45 p.m. April 5. $50 – $65. Meet at The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.
Historic Hillsborough boasts Southern charm, 18th and 19th century architecture, and a vibrant literary and artistic scene. It is also home to fantastic restaurants with a true farm-to-table vibe. Talk with chefs while exploring Hillsborough’s history. Enjoy the warmth and friendliness of the town and, of course, plenty of food.. handmade chocolates, locally roasted coffees, famous scones, local beer, organic wine, and a stop at one of the most esteemed restaurants in the Southeast – Panciuto! 11 a.m. Feb. 22, 11 a.m. March 1, 11 a.m. March 8, 11 a.m. March 15, 11 a.m. March 22, 11 a.m. March 29, 11 a.m. April 5. $45. Saratoga Grill, 108 S. Churton St., Hillsborough. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.
The capital of North Carolina is home to some of the most dynamic restaurants in the country. Known for effortlessly blending modern architecture with historic buildings and monuments, Raleigh showcases fine dining and eclectic eateries. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, you’ll enjoy innovative ethnic and southern cuisine, scratch-made desserts, local beer, wine, and more at multiple restaurants! There’s something for everyone in Raleigh. 1:45 p.m. Feb. 21, 3:30 p.m. Feb. 22, 1:45 p.m. Feb. 28, 4 p.m. March 1, 1:45 p.m. March 7, 1:45 p.m. March 8, 1:45 p.m. March 14. $50-$65. Briggs Hardware Store Building, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-237-2254. tastecarolina.com.
Wine Tastings and Events
Wine Down Wednesday
Wine Down Wednesday $4 Wine 11:30 a.m. Feb. 19, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 26. James Joyce Irish Pub, 912 W. Main St., Durham. 919-683-3022. jamesjoyceirishpub.com.
Wine Tasting Dinner
Join us at Capri Restaurant for our monthly wine tasting dinner. This event is held the third Wednesday of every month featuring five courses paired with five wines. Visit our website for this months menu. Please call for reservations. 7 p.m. Feb. 19, 7 p.m. March 19. $50; call for reservations. Capri Restaurant, 6325 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh. 919-741-9548. caprirest.com.
12 p.m. Feb. 21, 11 a.m. Feb. 22, 12 p.m. Feb. 28, 11 a.m. March 1, 12 p.m. March 7, 11 a.m. March 8, 12 p.m. March 14, 11 a.m. March 15, 12 p.m. March 21, 11 a.m. March 22, 12 p.m. March 28, 11 a.m. March 29, 12 p.m. April 4, 11 a.m. April 5. $5 per person. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Rd., Apex. 919-387-5760. cloerfamilyvineyards.com.
Raptor Ridge Wine Experience Dinner
An Oregon Pinot Noir Wine Dinner. Join host Kevin Wiles, cellar master and assistant winemaker of Raptor Ridge and Executive Chef Jason Cunningham for a fabulous four-course prix-fixe menu paired with four Raptor Ridge wines. Raptor Ridge Winery is nestled along a foggy ridge on the northeast side of the Chehalem Mountains in Oregon. 6:45 p.m. Feb. 26. $69+. Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, 3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham. 919-493-6699. eventville.com