Here is a list of upcoming cooking classes, food tours and other events:
Latin Cooking Class
Sandra Gutierrez, The Culinary Latinista and a culinary school favorite joins us for a class filled with some of Latin America's exotic small dishes and little nibbles. 6 p.m. today. $35. A Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. 929-7133. www.southernseason.com.
Diane Daniel, Farm Fresh North Carolina
Get ready to take advantage of all that North Carolina has to offer. Diane Daniel brings us "Farm Fresh North Carolina: The Go-to Guide To Great Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, Farms, Apple Orchards, U-Picks, Kids' Activities, Lodging, Dining, Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees, Vineyards And Wineries, And More," featuring 20 fresh local recipes. 7:30 p.m.Thursday. Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.828-1588.
Apex Lions Fish Fry
Apex Lions Fish Fry to raise money for former Apex Policeman Tim Kerley. Menue includes all the fish, slaw, boiled potatoes, and hush puppies you can eat. Also includes sweet tea and dessert.11 a.m. Friday. $8 for adults $5 for children. C.C. Jones Building, 309 Holleman St., Apex. 481-1888. http://apexlions.org.
Learn at Lunch: Go green
The hearty greens of early spring are all the bounty. Full of flavor and great to eat, go green this spring with kale, spinach, and even the tops of beets. Also, lettuces and salad greens are just around the corner. Noon Friday.. $25. A Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. 929-7133. www.southernseason.com.
Learning at the Market with Herons Chef Scott Crawford
The Western Wake Farmers Market is pleased to welcome back 2011 James Beard Award semifinalist Chef Scott Crawford of Herons Restaurant. 9 a.m. Saturday. Free. Western Wake Farmers' Market, 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary. www.westernwakefarmersmarket.org.
Local Food in Local Schools
Come to the Carrboro Farmers Market to taste a Dr.Seuss-inspired menu: stir fried green rice, eggs and ham dish created by Chapel Hill Elementary Schools Culinary Trainer Ryan McGuire for National Nutrition Month. 9 a.m. Saturday Carrboro Farmers' Market, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 280-3326. www.carrborofarmersmarket.com
Southern Biscuits I
Willard Doxey, House and Home manager, and Marilyn Markel, CLASS manager, share their own recipes, along with a demonstration of side dishes. Then participants can enjoy the hands-on experience of making their own biscuits. 11 a.m. Saturday. $30. A Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. 929-7133. www.southernseason.com.
Taste Carolina: Chapel Hill/ Carrboro Food Tour
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, house-made chocolates, local cheese, made from scratch pie, organic wine, local beer, and more. 11 a.m. Saturdays. $41 (plus service fee). Open Eye Cafe, 101 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. 237-2254. www.tastecarolina.net.
Taste Carolina Food Tour: Downtown Durham
Home to Duke University, the Durham Performing Arts Center, renovated tobacco warehouses and the Durham Bulls, this town is 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 who are making Durham one of the nation's cultural hot spots. 1:30 p.m. Saturdays. $42.99. Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham. 237-2254. www.tastecarolina.net.
Making the Most of Seasonal Vegetables
You can afford to enjoy organic vegetables! Linda Watson of Cook for Good shows you how to squeeze the most flavor and value out of produce in every season. Includes tasting and handout with recipes. 2 p.m. Saturday. $10 for Marketplace members, $15 for others. Chatham Marketplace, 480 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro. 542-2643. http://cookforgood.com/events.html.
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 restaurants. 2 p.m. Saturdays. $32.50. Jibarra, 327 W. Davie St., Raleigh. 319-5674. www.trianglefoodtour.com.
Kids and Parents in the Kitchen: Burst into Spring
Celebrate the first day of spring with a cooking class. Learn to make this seasonal menu side-by-side with your child. Ages 7 and up. 2 p.m. Sunday. $35. A Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. 929-7133. www.southernseason.com.
Fuquay Mineral Spring Inn Cooking Classes
Chef Sharon Morf teaches, and students enjoy the food they have prepared along with local wines. 6 p.m. Tuesdays. $45 per class or $40 each for the set of five classes. Fuquay Mineral Spring Inn and Garden, 333 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina. 552-3782.
The Painted Fish and Other Mayan Feasts
Sonja Lillvik's expertise comes from living 25 years as an expatriate on the Yucatan Peninsula with her Mayan fisherman husband. Together they opened the rustic tourist destination known as Cuzan Guest House in Punta Allen, Mexico. 6 p.m. Tuesday . $35. A Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 929-7133. www.southernseason.com.
Shopping for Food Locally and Safely
Topics will include farmers' market food safety and things to think about when it comes to local foods. We will answer the question: "Is food less safe than it was 20 years ago? 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free. North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Rd., Raleigh. 870-4000.
Triangle Food Tour: Chapel Hill and Carrboro
On this leisurely walk through the downtown streets of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, we'll be pausing for sample tastings and personal insights from a cross section of the area's finest establishments. 2:30 p.m. March 26. $32.50. The Franklin Hotel, 311 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 319-5674. www.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. 1:30 p.m. April 16, May 21, June 18 and July 16. $32.50. Page Walker Hotel Garden Stage, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. 319-5674. www.trianglefoodtour.com.