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(More) Dinner Anyone?

It’s back – A compilation of tweets, posts and emails about upcoming dinner and foodie events in the Triangle. There are loads of choices with something for every taste and budget. As of the posting date, reservations/tickets are still open for each event, but that could change by the time you finish reading this, just so you know (see the links for full details of each event).

So here we go, in no particular order…

  • One more tomato dinner (in case you’ve not yet had your fill) at Antonia’s in Hillsborough takes place this Wednesday, August 7th at 6:30 pm. The five-course dinner, created by Chef Alto, features local heirloom tomatoes from Antonia’s garden. Look for traditional, contemporary and unusual regional Italian dishes. Wine and Prosecco pairings are included in the $75 per person price for the family style dinner. Call 919-643-7722 to make reservations.
  • Feel like treating yourself to something extra-extra special? Then rush right over to the website for “Fresh off the Vine” and hope there are still tickets available for this very special dinner under the stars, all to support the “Farmer Veteran” documentary film from Vittles Film. Local restaurateur Giorgios Bakatsias opens his lake view gardens to host the dinner  prepared by two of the Triangle’s star chefs, Ashley Christensen and Matt Kelly. Set for Saturday, August 10th, the family-style service will feature a selection of local produce, cheeses, whole-cooked animals and chilled seafood, paired with wine. And you know it’s going to be the best dinner you’ve had all year.
  • Fullsteam Brewery celebrates its three-year anniversary on August 17th with a little bit of everything and a lot of NC love. At the top of each hour, beginning at noon and continuing until 5 pm, Fullsteam will give away “Got to be NC” treats (while supplies last). But that’s not all – They’re unveiling special-release and cellared beers to pair with each of those treats. Are you the creative type? Then come in costume as your favorite NC place or thing and join the Bulltown Strutters in the celebration parade around Rigsbee. Ooo doggies, that sounds like fun!
  • Here’s a reason to hang around the Triangle over Labor Day weekend: NC Fresh Catch in Durham. Over three days, enjoy “the freshest food, music and beer NC has to offer.” Each of the three days features live music and a different menu, ranging from Latin/Caribbean to BBQ and a fish fry. The day’s events begin at 2 pm and continue until sunset at the All People’s outdoor pavilion. Bring a blanket and/or a chair to the family friendly event. Proceeds support N.C. Catch fisheries, local farms, the arts and craft breweries, as well as help to raise money for The Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation and Nourish International.
  • There will be a very special dining event at Historic Stagville in Durham on September 7th. Join acclaimed historian and chef Michael Twitty during Harvest Festival as he and others prepare food cooked according to 19th century methods. This unique cultural experience hopes to engage the public in African American food ways of the 18th and 19th century while cooking period recipes over an open hearth. Harvest Festival is free and open to the public from 9 am to 4 pm. But you’ll really want to get the tickets for dinner at 5 pm. Reservations must be made in advance and you can find reservations info at the chef’s website.
  • Ticket sales are now open for this fall’s premier “foodie” event, TerraVITA Event in Chapel Hill. The dates for this year’s event will be October 10th – 12th. Keep an eye on  the TerraVITA event website for more information and schedule announcements.

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