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For May 10 through May 20

THIS WEEK

Carrboro's newest dining and drinking establishment Milltown opens its doors on Wednesday, May 10. It's located at 307 E. Main St., directly across from the ArtsCenter and Cat's Cradle. Owned and run by a number of the principals from Durham's Federal, Milltown's menus features an eclectic range of items including mussels and frites, slow-cooked ribs, a big pork sandwich, steak frites, fish tacos and specials that change daily, plus 15 draught beers and 125 bottles. For more details, see the Indy's Dining Listings.

On Thursday, May 11, Zely & Ritz in Raleigh is hosting a five-course wine dinner featuring wines from the August Briggs Winery in Napa Valley and Briggs' Beth Adams, an N.C. native. The third course is roasted duck breast with toasted couscous and mulberry sauce paired with Briggs' 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Monte Rosso Vineyard. The dinner begins at 7 p.m. and costs $80 (tax and gratuities not included). Call 828-0018 or visit www.zelyandritz.com to make a reservation.

On Monday, May 15 from 7-9 p.m., Panzanella in Carrboro is hosting a Burgundy wine dinner with Mike Tiano of The Haw River Wine Man and a meal prepared by chef Peter McCloskey. The cost is $35 per person. Pay in advance and pick up a ticket at either Panzanella or the customer service desk at Weaver Street Market. Info: 929-6626.

On Tuesday, May 16, Zely & Ritz in Raleigh is hosting a benefit wine tasting of Spanish wines with appetizers from 5:30-8 p.m. Ten percent of bottled wine sales will benefit Triangle Family Services, and the money raised will be matched by the Steward's Fund. Tickets are $25 by May 11 (call 839-2286 x102) or $30 at the door.

On Wednesday, May 17, Talulla's in Chapel Hill is hosting a five-course wine dinner featuring Spanish wines and Turkish cuisine. The cost is $60 per person plus tax and tip. Call 933-1177 or visit www.talullas.com to make a reservation.

On Saturday, May 20 from 8 a.m.-noon, the Carrboro Farmers' Market will host a fundraiser to aid New Orleans' farmers. Muffulettas and Gumbo will be available to go for $10 per serving, and all proceeds will be donated to the Crescent City Farmers' Market. Participating restaurants include 411 West, Acme Food & Beverage, Best Western University Inn, Cliff's Meat Market, Crook's Corner, CrossRoads at the Carolina Inn, Elaine's on Franklin, Four Square, Lantern, Magnolia Grill, Nasher Museum Cafe, Panzanella, The Barbecue Joint, Town Hall Grill, Weaver Street Market and Whole Foods Market.

Elod's European Bistro has opened at Raleigh's Brier Creek, featuring authentic European cafe cuisine with a strong Hungarian influence. The menu includes crispy baguette sandwiches, an assortment of fresh salads, traditional Hungarian goulash, soups, pastries and Segafredo coffees. Call 405-2350 or see the Indy's Dining Listings for more.

MOTHER'S DAY

Bin 54 in Chapel Hill is featuring wood-fired steaks and delectable fish, plus updated sides, decadent blood orange souffle and molten chocolate cake. Indoor and patio seating; opens at 5 p.m. For reservations, call 969-1155.

Elaine's on Franklin in Chapel Hill is open noon-4:30 p.m. offering their regular menu plus a few special items. Call 960-2770 for reservations.

Enoteca Vin in Raleigh is accepting reservations for any size party for their brunch; the menu will feature a special three-ounce champagne flight and a spring seafood appetizer (also available for dinner Friday-Sunday). Call 834-3070 or visit www.enotecavin.com.

Jujube in Chapel Hill is featuring their one-of-a-kind dim sum brunch, plus chef Charlie Deal's creative list of Asian Bloody Marys. Indoor and patio seating; open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For reservations, call 960-0555.

At the Nasher Museum Cafe in Durham, the all-local menu features biscuits and gravy and homemade French toast. Patio tables overlook the sculpture garden. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For reservations, call 684-6032.

NELSONS in Raleigh's Cameron Village is offering a champagne brunch (served every Sunday) 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with fresh chilled seafood, a roast beef carving station, and a Viennese dessert table with house-baked European pastries. For
reservations, call 832-9815.

Panzanella in Carrboro is taking reservations for brunch or dinner for parties of six or more; patio dining is available. The regular menu is being served, plus specials for mom. Call 929-6626.

Porter's City Tavern in Raleigh is taking reservations for any size party and is open for brunch from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 5-9 p.m.; outdoor dining available. Call 821-2133.

At Restaurant Starlu in Durham, entrée options include grilled beef tenderloin, fruits de mer, N.C. day boat flounder, roasted bell and Evans chicken breast, and black bean tostada. The full menu is at www.starlu.com; call 489-1500 for reservations.

Vin Rouge in Durham is featuring chef Matt Kelly's tried and true menu of classic French favorites like crepes de jour, eggs Florentine and moules frites. Open 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Call 416-0466 for reservations.

At Vivace in Raleigh's North Hills, enjoy a classic Italian champagne cocktail before indulging in an Italian-style brunch. Open 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for brunch, until 5 serving their "Intermezzo" menu, and for dinner until 10 p.m. Call 787-7747 for reservations.

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