Every Monday, we share what interesting things are on the culinary horizon in the next week or so.
First up, the first in a series of "Farm Show and Tells" is next Monday, Aug. 3 at the Piedmont Biofarm in Pittsboro. It is for young farmers and eaters alike. Visitors will see heirloom tomatoes, okra and specialty melons, cool weather crops (arugula, cilantro, lettuce, etc.) growing in shade, 10 varieties of sweet potatoes (orange, yellow, white, purple) and seed drying techniques.
It is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The tour starts promptly at 5:30 p.m.
The farm is located at Piedmont Biofuels Industrial Park. Here are directions: From the traffic circle in downtown Pittsboro, take Hwy 64 east. Go approx. one mile and turn right onto Industrial Park Dr. (Pittsboro Feed will be on your left, and the State Employees Credit Union will be on the right just past Industrial Park Dr.). Follow Industrial Park Dr. - when it turns to gravel, bear left on Lorax Lane and park outside the gate of the Piedmont Biofuels Industrial Plant. Walk through the gate and stay to the left where you will see the farm.
Also some interesting wine and cocktail tastings that you may not know about:
At 5 p.m. each Thursday, The Umstead Hotel and Spa features a different wine or cocktail for a tasting on the terrace. No reservations needed. It costs $18. The hotel is located at 100 Woodland Pond, Cary.
The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club does a similar event at 5:30 p.m. each Thursdays with tastings on its terrace. In this case, reservations are appreciated. The cost is $20. It is located at 3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham.
And finally, Raleigh's Wine 'n Things is hosting a Clipper City's Heavy Seas beer tasting at 5:30 p.m. Friday. It is free. The store is located at 7436 Creedmoor Road.