Now that Halloween is in the bag, I'm ready for the next holiday and all of the food that surrounds it. Weaver Street Market (www.weaverstreetmarket.coop) hasn't wasted a second. The cooperative grocery held its first Holiday Tasting Fair on Saturday in Carrboro and is scheduled to hold two similar events Nov. 6 at its Southern Village store (716 Market St., Chapel Hill, 929-2009) and Nov. 13 at its Hillsborough location (228 S. Churton St. 245-5050).
Weaver Street spokesperson Cat Moleski says the event is aimed at helping people prepare for a large and often daunting holiday meal. Customers can visit 10 tasting stations to get ideas for their own holiday menu or to sample items from Weaver Street's options for holiday preorder. Among the latter are numerous pies, a variety of sides including green beans and mashed potatoes, and preroasted turkeys. For $89.99, Weaver Street also offers a holiday dinner—enough turkey and two vegetables to feed six to eight people. For a chance to win the holiday package, visit all 10 tasting stations. Both the Southern Village and Hillsborough events will run 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
After the tasting at Southern Village on Nov. 6, find more local offerings side-by-side at the Carrboro Food Truck Showcase beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Al's Garage (100 S. Merritt Mill Road, Chapel Hill). Three women food truck owners organized the showcase: Isabel Guzman of Captain Poncho's Tacos, Jody Argote of Parlez-Vous Crepe and Nice Pulido of Carrboro Raw. Guzman says she hopes the showcase will raise awareness of the trucks. Many truck owners and fans in Chapel Hill and Raleigh are asking local officials to reconfigure their laws governing food trucks. Guzman also notes that, depending on the success of the first Carrboro Food Truck Showcase, such events might become more regular. "I'm hoping it will be an ongoing thing," she says.
Several upcoming events in the Triangle are less about eating food and more about issues surrounding it. Advocates for Health in Action have scheduled two screenings of the documentary Lunch Line at 1 and 6 p.m. on Nov. 10 at Meredith College's Kresge Auditorium in the Cate Center (3800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh). The film follows six high school students as they serve lunches from their schools to congressional leaders and learn about legislation that affects the food that is available at schools. After each showing, Michael Graziano, the film's co-producer, will discuss his work. Tickets for the film are $8 and can be purchased online at www.advocatesforhealthinaction.org.
No tickets are necessary to attend a free lecture by former New York Times food critic Frank Bruni at his alma mater, UNC. Bruni will speak about his life and work as a journalist at 4 p.m. on Nov. 5 in UNC's Carroll Hall auditorium.
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