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Upcoming food events: a world tour of cooking classes (Indian, Portugese, Ethiopian)

Here is a list of upcoming food events, farmers markets and wine tastings:

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Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest is back at the Boylan Bridge Brewpub in downtown Raleigh! Dust off your favorite stein and your best drinking song. $10 pitchers of any Boylan brew. 6 p.m. Oct. 2, 6 p.m. Oct. 3. Boylan Bridge Brew Pub, 201 S. Boylan Ave., Raleigh. 919-803-8927. boylanbridge.com.

Flora and Food Trucks
Local plants and local food. Fairview Greenhouses and Garden Center, Inc. has teamed up with popular Triangle food trucks to offer the "Flora and Food Trucks Series". 11:30 a.m. Oct. 5, 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19, 11:30 a.m. Nov. 9. Free. Fairview Greenhouse and Garden Center, 8224 Holly Springs Road, Raleigh. 919-851-6821. www.fairviewgardecenter.com.

6th Annual Abundance Pepper Festival
6th annual celebration of sustainable agriculture, farmers, renewable energy, and the creativity of the Piedmont’s chefs, brewers and artisans! 3 p.m. Oct. 6. $25-$35; children free. Briar Chapel, 16 Windy Knoll Circle, Chapel Hill. 919-533-5181. theabundancefoundation.org/events/6th-annual-amazing-pepper-festival.

Wenonah Hauter: “Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America”
From one of our most respected food activists, this is an insightful and essential guide for anyone who wants to reform our food system. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8. Free. Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. 919-828-1588. www.quailridgebooks.com/event/wenonah-hauter-foodopoly.

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Upcoming food events: chili cook-off, food truck rodeo and more

Here is a list of upcoming food events, farmers markets and wine tastings:

Events
2nd Annual Carrboro Farmers’ Market Harvest Fundraiser Dinner
6:15 p.m. Sept. 26. Carrboro Farmers’ Market, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. (919) 280-3326.

Food Truck Rodeo Fundraiser for Chapel Hill - Carrboro Meals on Wheels
4 p.m. Sept. 27. Carrboro Farmers’ Market, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. (919) 942-2948. www.facebook.com/events/306380666169658/.

2nd Annual Chili Cook-off
9:30 a.m. Sept. 28. Free. Western Wake Farmers’ Market, 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary. (540) 230-6697. www.westernwakefarmersmarket.org.

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Upcoming food events: Walter Royal cooking class, 18 Seaboard wine dinner and more

Here is a list of upcoming food events, food tours, farmers markets and beer and wine tastings:

Events
Walter Royal’s Teaching Kitchen
Learn the Finer Points of Cooking with Walter and His Staff. 2 p.m. Sept. 22, 2 p.m. Nov. 17. $100 per person (plus tax). The Angus Barn, 9401 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-781-2444. www.angusbarn.com/event.htm.

Authentic Taiwanese/Chinese cooking, by head chef Hsu from Taiwan
A unique cooking show hosted by the Golden Winner visiting Head Chef, Professor Hsu from Taiwan. Professor Hsu is currently on his North American cooking show tour and will ma ... 2 p.m. Sept. 18. Grand Asia Market, 1253 Buck Jones Rd., Raleigh. 919- 468-2988.

Pick Your Own Grapes at Adams Vineyards
11 a.m. Sept. 18, 11 a.m. Sept. 19, 11 a.m. Sept. 20, 11 a.m. Sept. 21, 11 a.m. Sept. 22, 11 a.m. Sept. 24, 11 a.m. Sept. 25. $11 per bucket. 3390 John Adams Road, Fuquay-Varina. 919-567-1010. http://adamsvineyards.com.

Market on the Lawn
5 p.m. Sept. 20. Free. Zebulon Municipal Complex, 1003 N. Arendell Ave., Zebulon. 919-823-0432. townofzebulon.org.

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Lafayette Village in North Raleigh gets a double helping of new dining options

This is a post by N&O restaurant critic Greg Cox:

Nunzio Scordo, who had returned to his hometown of Cleveland, OH a couple of years ago after a stint as executive chef at Paparazzi, is back in town. This time he’s opening his own restaurant, just across the way from Paparazzi in Lafayette Village.

The chef has ambitious plans for Driftwood Southern Kitchen (8460-112 Honeycutt Road), which he hopes to open by mid-November in the old Antonio’s Market space.

“It will be an open, rustic, fun place with serious food that will define regional farm to table cooking in this area,” he says. “I was exec chef at Hot and Hot Fish Club and Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham. The food will be similar in style but more approachable and playful.”

Scordo is developing a menu with a regional focus that will include sections dedicated to raw bar, house-smoked fare and a constantly evolving market-to-table selection.

He’s giving the dining area a major makeover, too. Large accordion doors will open onto the Lafayette Village courtyard, merging indoor and outdoor spaces when the weather cooperates. Another room, which he’s calling the Harvest Room, will feature communal tables where family-style dining will be promoted.

As if Scordo isn’t busy enough with the startup of his own place, he’s also helping out his neighbors at Vinos Finos y Picados (8450-110 Honeycutt Road; 919-747-9233; vinosfinosypicadas.com). Until now, the wine bar’s food menu has been limited to nibbles that could be made in a minimally furnished “kitchen” consisting of an oven and a panini press.

To broaden their offering, the restaurant’s owners are installing an actual kitchen, complete with new oven, six-burner stovetop and requisite exhaust hood. Scordo is helping to develop a menu to take advantage of the new equipment. The new offering, which will include the likes of grilled skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, Cuban style roast pork, and pan-roasted jumbo scallops with jalapeño-creamed corn, should be available by the end of the month.

Send restaurant news to Greg at ggcox@bellsouth.net. Be sure to tune in to Greg's radio show at 11 a.m. Saturdays on WPTF.

Upcoming food events: Pick your own grapes, Science of Beer class and more

Here is a list of upcoming food events, food tours, farmers markets and beer and wine tastings:

Events
Pick Your Own Grapes at Adams Vineyards
Come build memories with your family and pick some delicious grapes from an actual working vineyard. 11 a.m. Sept. 13, 11 a.m. Sept. 14, 11 a.m. Sept. 15, 11 a.m. Sept. 17, 11 a.m. Sept. 18. $11 per bucket. Pick Your Own Grapes at Adams Vineyards, 3390 John Adams Rd., Fuquay-Varina. (919) 567-1010. adamsvineyards.com.

Science of Beer
Join us for the fourth annual Science of Beer at the Museum of Life and Science! Home brewers, beer enthusiasts, and science nerds: This event is for you! 6:30 p.m. Sep. 12. $15 Museum members / $18 general public For adults 21+ only. Museum of Life and Science, 433 W. Murray Ave., Durham. (919) 220-5429. http://lifeandscience.org/visit/events

3rd Annual BBQ Bash
Friday, September 13 Time: 6-9pm OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Price: $15 or two for $28 Location: Cardinal Club Live Band! Silent Auction! 6 p.m. Sept. 13. $15 or two for $28. Cardinal Club in Downtown Raleigh, 150 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-834-8829.
www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Downtown-Clubs-of-Raleigh/About-the-Club/2013-ClubCorp-Charity-Classic

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Upcoming food events: Texas Pete contest, Ethiopian cooking class and more

Here is a list of upcoming food events, food tours, farmers markets and beer and wine tastings:

Events
The Texas Pete and Marinade Recipe Contest
The Chef's Academy has announced it will host a competition with Texas Pete®. The Texas Pete Hot Sauce must be a key flavor element in each eligible recipe. 10 a.m. Sep. 6. The Chef’s Academy, 2001 Carrington Mill Blvd., Raleigh.

Pick Your Own Grapes at Adams Vineyards
Come build memories with your family and pick some delicious grapes from an actual working vineyard. The price is only $2.00 per pound. 11 a.m. Sep. 6, 11 a.m. Sep. 7, 11 a.m. Sep. 8, 11 a.m. Sep. 9, 11 a.m. Sep. 10, 11 a.m. Sep. 11, 11 a.m. Sep. 12. $2 per pound. Pick Your Own Grapes at Adams Vineyards, 3390 John Adams Rd., Fuquay-Varina. (919) 567-1010. adamsvineyards.com.

Cooking Classes: Ethiopian Style
Friesh Dabei, owner of Queen of Sheba, is now offering cooking classes!! These single session, hands-on classes are being offered the first Saturday of each month. 10 a.m. Sep. 7, 10 a.m. Oct. 5, 10 a.m. Nov. 2. $45 per class. Queen of Sheba Restaurant, 1129 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill. (919) 932-4986 or (919) 619-7964. http://queenofshebachapelhill.com/cookingclasses.html.

Brew Your Own Cup
Bring your favorite home brewer or use a provided brew method. We'll embrace the aromas, taste, ritual, & craft of home coffee brewing to help you get more enjoyment from your ... 11 a.m. Sep. 7. $15. Carrboro Coffee Roasters, 101 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. (919) 968-4760. http://carrborocoffee.com/carrborocoffee/education/workshops/

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Upcoming cookbook signings, beer dinners, farmers markets and food tours

Here is a list of upcoming food events, food tours, farmers markets and beer and wine tastings:

Events
Beer Dinner for Charity
7 p.m. Aug. 28. $35/person vegetarian, $45/person meat. Irregardless Cafe, 901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. 919-833-8898, ext. 0. www.irregardless.com.

Pick Your Own Grapes at Adams Vineyards
11 a.m. Sept. 1, 11 a.m. Sept. 2, 11 a.m. Sept. 3, 11 a.m. Sept. 4, 11 a.m. Sept. 5, 11 a.m. Sept. 6, 11 a.m. Sept. 7. $2 per pound. Adams Vineyards, 3390 John Adams Road, Fuquay-Varina. 919-567-1010. adamsvineyards.com.

Food Truck Rodeo
12:30 p.m. Sept. 1. Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham. 919-794-8194. www.durham-nc.com

Sandra Gutierrez on Latin American Street Food
7:30 p.m. Sept. 3. Free. Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. 919-828-1588. http://quailridgebooks.com/event/sandra-guterriez-latin-american-street-food.

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Wine & Beer Walk comes to Glenwood South

Mark your calendar for Sept. 21 for a drinking tour of Glenwood South’s restaurants and bars.

The event will be 1-6 p.m. Tickets cost $15 each or $25 for two people. Folks check in by 3 p.m., receive a Wine & Beer Walk identification and a map of participating establishments. At each location, patrons can receive two samples of a specially selected wine or beer. Tickets are available at etix.com or goo.gl/Y56rgH.

This is the first of a series of events being put on by the Glenwood South Merchants Association and Chris Andrews, who does similar events in Wilmington. Other wine and beer walks will be planned and a car show is scheduled for May.

Upcoming cookbook cooking classes, food tours, farmers markets and more

Here is a list of upcoming food events, food tours, farmers markets and beer and wine tastings:

Events
2013 Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week
5 p.m. Aug. 21, 5 p.m. Aug. 22, 5 p.m. Aug. 23, 5 p.m. Aug. 24, 10 p.m. Aug. 25. Downtown Raleigh, Downtown Raleigh, Raleigh. 919-821-6972. www.DineDowntownRaleigh.com.

Walter Royal’s Teaching Kitchen
2 p.m. Aug. 25, 2 p.m. Sep. 22, 2 p.m. Nov. 17. $100 per person (plus tax). The Angus Barn, 9401 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-781-2444. angusbarn.com/event.htm

Dinner with Baguettaboutit
6 p.m. Aug. 30. Main Street Espresso, 231 S. Elliott Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-967-4888.

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Durham wine merchant to open Raleigh store

The owner of Durham's Wine Authorities store will open a Raleigh store this fall near the Oakwood and Mordecai neighborhoods.

Wine authorities owner Craig Heffley said he signed a lease last week for a space at the Person Street Plaza, a new development at 211 E. Franklin St. That area is experiencing a renaissance with Market Restaurant relocating there, the expected opening of Yellow Dog Bread Co. and Hibernian owner Niall Hanley opening a brassiere and pub nearby.

"I like what is happening in Raleigh right now," Heffley said mentioning residents' support of independent businesses and chef Ashley Christensen's expansion of her restaurant empire. "I'm looking forward to being part of it."

Heffley opened the original store in Durham more than 5 years ago with former business partner, Seth Gross. Gross and Heffley parted ways in 2010 when Gross went on to open Bull City Burger and Brewery in downtown Durham.

Heffley's store was once described in The New York Times as “a Durham shop devoted to removing intimidation from the wine business.” Most of the wines are aimed toward regular connoisseurs who don't want to spend a fortune on a bottle; all are under $50 a bottle and most are priced around $15.

The new Raleigh location will have a larger lounge and bar area for wine tastings, as well as an Enomatic machine, which dispenses wine samples with the swipe of a preloaded card. Heffley, who is known for remembering his customers' preferences, plans to be in the Raleigh store from the opening through the holidays and then split his time between the two stores.

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