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While the summer sizzles, Margaux's in Raleigh is running prix fixe dinner packages for $27.95 per person. The menu changes daily; a recent menu featured crispy fried shrimp, peanut salad and Thai dipping sauce in the first course; roast trout with Greek spinach and pinenut stuffing with tahini in the second course; and profiterole with Belgium chocolate sauce and sugared almonds in the final course. Call 846-9846 or visit www.margauxsrestaurant.com for details.

On Wednesday, July 26, Zely & Ritz in Raleigh hosts a wine dinner featuring wines from Latour de France. Charles Ducker will be the speaker for the evening. To whet your appetite, the fifth course features Harris Acres Farm filet mignon with creamy risotto and plum sauce paired with Latour Aloxe-Corton Les Chaillots 1er Cru, Cote du Beaune. The cost is $75 per person plus tax and gratuities. For reservations, call 828-0018.

On Thursday, July 27 from 5:30-9 p.m., Panzanella in Carrboro hosts another meal in its Farm Dinners series. In addition to the regular dinner menu, dishes created with a bounty of delicious vegetables from Peregrine Farm in Graham will be served. Alex and Betsy Hitt began Peregrine Farm 23 years ago as a pick-your-own-berry farm; it quickly evolved into a vegetable farm and now produces flowers as well. Info, reservations accepted for parties of six or more: 929-6626.

Since 1995, Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina's "Evening with Friends" dinner series has raised over $1.5 million, all of which goes directly to support those in the Triangle living with HIV/AIDS. On Tuesday, Aug. 1, select Triangle restaurants will allow diners to round up their dinner checks in order to make a donation for Evening OUT with Friends. Info: www.eveningwithfriends.org.

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As of Tuesday, Aug. 1, Michael Dean's Seafood Grill in Raleigh is relocating north to 6004 Falls of Neuse Road in the North Ridge Shopping Center. It will remain a seafood grill and a new wood oven will be fired up, plus it will add an oyster and raw bar. Replacing the dance floor and stage will be a lounge DJ providing a laid-back, casual ambience on Thursdays through Saturdays. Michael Dean's will resume serving lunch and will feature an extensive buffet every Sunday morning. Call 790-9992 or visit www.michaeldeans.com. (In late fall, the Triangle's newest upscale chophouse and lounge will move into the 1705 Millbrook Road building: 1705PRIME.)

On Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m., april&george in Raleigh hosts an evening of wines and cheese from South America. The cost is $25; advance reservations are required. For info and to sign up, call 828-9082.

On Thursday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m., the Carolina Brewery in Chapel Hill hosts an All N.C. Food & Beer dinner. The four-course dinner will be prepared by Carolina Brewery chef and CIA graduate Andrew Forester. Beer pairings will feature handcrafted beers from Carolina Brewery of Chapel Hill, Highland Brewing Company of Asheville and Duck Rabbit Brewery of Farmville. Brewmasters from all three breweries will be in attendance. The cost is $30 per person including tax and tip. Seating is open, but parties of eight or more can request to be together. Vegetarian options available; inform at time of reservation. Info and reservations: 942-1800, info@carolinabrewery.com.

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Tickets are available through Friday, Aug. 4 for a Stags' Leap Winery dinner at Bistro 64 in Cary on Monday, Aug. 7. Passed hors d' oeuvres accompanied by a French sparkling wine begin at 6:30 p.m. The 7 p.m. dinner will include a four-course menu prepared by Executive Chef Randy Wilder paired with Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Syrah from Stags' Leap Winery. The cost is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call 380-1322 or e-mail Emily@Bistro64.com for reservations.

Executive chef John Wright, who brought New South cuisine from Magnolias in Charleston, S.C., to the Glenwood Grill, has returned to the Raleigh eatery. Some of Wright's "signatures" remain on the menu, and he is introducing an evolving menu of new dishes that will change frequently, plus a special menu for bar customers. Also, Laura Rozman, a three-year Grill veteran, has been appointed restaurant manager. For menus and more info, visit www.glenwoodgrill.com or call 782-3102.

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