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Here is a list of upcoming cooking classes, wine dinners, food events and food tours:

Cider 101 class
This class will focus on how cider is made and the difference organic farming makes on the final product. Class will sample ciders from Scrumpys and Thistly Cross, each paired with an appetizer. 6 p.m. today. $30. SIP...A WINE STORE, 1055 Darrington Drive, Cary. 467-7880.
The Brothers Kast, Part Deux
Join brothers Maximilian Kast, sommelier at The Fearrington House, and Alexander Kast, cheese buyer at A Southern Season, for a cheese and wine journey through The Golden State. Sonoma wines are paired with artisanal California cheeses. 6 p.m. today. $35. A Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. 929-7133.
Culinary Historians of Piedmont NC
Featured speaker: Mildred "Mama Dip" Council of Mama Dip's Country Kitchen and author of several cookbooks. 7 p.m. today. free. Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill. 942-7373.
Wildly Good Cook Cooking Series
This spring the Meredith College Master of Science in Nutrition Program is partnering with Linda Watson, author of "Wildly Affordable Organic," to host and film a series of her cooking classes.10 a.m. Saturday, March. 17, March. 23, March. 24. $54 for four classes. Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. 760-8735.
Living Gluten-Free
Find out what it really means to live gluten-free as health coach Betsy Templeton discusses the benefits of a gluten-free life with the Culinary Book Club. 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Road, Durham.560-8590.
Sous Vide Cooking
Join Chef Colin Bedford in The Fearrington House kitchen for a culinary retreat focused on sous vide. Culinary Retreat Packages start at $820 per couple; rates depend on accommodation type. 3 p.m. Sunday, 5 p.m. Monday. $820 per couple. The Fearrington House Restaurant, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. 542-2121.
The Vegan Slow Cooker
Kathy Hester presents recipes from her new book, "The Vegan Slow Cooker: Simply Set It and Go with 150 Recipes for Intensely Flavorful, Fuss-Free Fare Everyone (Vegan or Not!) Will Devour." 3 p.m. Sunday. Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. 828-1588.
LoneRider Beer Dinner
Weathervane chef Ryan Payne has teamed up with LoneRider Brewing Co. Ales for Outlaws for five courses paired with five beers. 7 p.m. Tuesday. $50. The Weathervane, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill.  929-9466.
Dine with Chef
Dine with Chef is a special small group dinner event sponsored by Triangle Food Tour at one of the participating tour restaurants in the Triangle. The dinner is hosted by the chef. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 29. The cost varies. Matthews House, 317 W. Chatham St., Cary. 467-1944.
Quick Dinner: Easy Mexican
Mexican food can be the best choice for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.  5:30 p.m. March 1. $30. A Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. (919) 929-7133.
Basics of Wine Tasting
Mary Margaret McCamic began her career in wine at Balthazar in New York City, where she managed the restaurant's cellars.6 p.m. March 3. $14. A Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. 929-7133.
Taste of the Triangle: Vin Rouge
A Southern Season staff and Michael Maller, general manager and wine director at Vin Rouge in Durham, will share recipes.6 p.m. March 5. $40. A Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill.929-7133.
Irregardless Cooking Class
Learn cooking techniques. The class begins with a wine tasting in the bar. All of Irregardless' wines by the glass are offered throughout the evening. 6 p.m. March 13. $60 per person. Irregardless Cafe, 901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. 833-8898, ext 0;

Food Tours
Taste Carolina: Chapel Hill/Carrboro
11 a.m. Saturdays. $41 (plus service fee). Open Eye Cafe, 101 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. 237-2254.
Taste Carolina: Hillsborough
11 a.m. Saturdays. $41(plus service fee). Saratoga Grill, 108 S. Churton St., Hillsborough. 237-2254.
Taste Carolina: Durham
1:30 p.m. Saturdays. $41 (plus service fee). Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham. 237-2254.
Taste Carolina: Raleigh
1:30 p.m. Saturdays . $41 (plus service fee). Raleigh City Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 237-2254.
Raleigh Pub Crawl & Haunted Adventure Tour
7:30 p.m. Saturdays. $19. Mecca Restaurant, 13 E. Martin St., Raleigh. 371-2653.
Triangle Food Tour: Chapel Hill and Carrboro
2:15 p.m. Feb. 25. $37.50. The Franklin Hotel, 311 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 319-5674.
Triangle Food Tour: Raleigh
2:30 p.m. Feb. 25. $37.50. Jibarra, 327 W. Davie St., Raleigh. 319-5674.
Triangle Food Tour: Cary
1:30 p.m. March 17, April 14, May. 12, June 16, July 14, Aug. 11. $37.50. Page Walker Hotel Garden Stage, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. 319-5674.  


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Andrea Weigl has been the food writer at The News & Observer since the summer of 2007. She has won a handful of awards from the Association of Food Journalists and the Society for Features Journalism. Her profile of chef Ashley Christensen titled "A Force of Nature" will be published in the sixth edition of "Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing." She is serving a three-year term on the James Beard Foundation book awards committee. Follow her on Twitter at @andreaweigl.