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On Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 6-10 p.m., Top of the Hill in Chapel Hill celebrates their 10th anniversary by continuing their tradition of reinvesting in the community. They're hosting a fundraising event for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce's Foundation for a Sustainable Community. Tickets for the buffet dinner are $25, and for guests over 21, the Chamber will pick up the tab on their first two drinks of house wine or beer. Tickets are available at Top of the Hill, the Chamber of Commerce, online at www.carolinachamber.org, and at the door on the night of the event.

On Thursday, Sept. 7, Deep Dish Theater and Spice Street in Chapel Hill present "An Evening with Austin Pendleton" to benefit Deep Dish Theater. Mr. Pendleton, the author of the current Deep Dish production Orson's Shadow, will share stories of both the play's development and of his own extensive stage and screen career during cocktails, dinner and a discussion at Spice Street from 5:30-7:30 for $65, and at a 10 p.m. reception for $20. The 8-10 p.m. performance of Orson's Shadow at Deep Dish Theater in University Mall costs $16 ($14 seniors, $12 students). Tickets can be purchased at the Deep Dish box office or by calling 968-1515. For more info, visit www.deepdishtheater.org. Spice Street is also initiating a pre-theater three-course tasting menu served 5:30-6:30 p.m. daily for $21.95. Call 928-8200 or visit ghgrestaurants.com.

On Friday, Sept. 8 from 5-7 p.m., Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro hosts a free tasting featuring local wines paired with cheeses and chocolate. Info: 542-2643, www.chathammarketplace.coop.

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On Saturday, Sept. 9, the Carrboro Farmers' Market hosts its fifth annual local chefs event. From 9 a.m. until the food runs out (or until the market closes at noon), chefs from 411 West, Barbecue Joint, Crook's Corner, Elaine's on Franklin, Foster's Market, Four Square and Lantern will create a picnic menu based on what's available at the market, and prepare one dish each for market customers to taste. The menu and recipes will be available to take home. Visit www.carrborofarmersmarket.com.

On Sunday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m., 3 CUPS in Chapel Hill hosts the first in a series of tastings with the Triangle chapter of Slow Food USA. The event will focus on Southern field peas, also known as cowpeas, crowder peas, cream peas and black-eyed peas. April McGreger and David Auerbach will explore a dozen of the hundreds of known varieties and offer tastes of the peas alongside potlikkers and black skillet cornbread made from organic heirloom corn. The cost is $10, with wine, coffee and tea available a la carte. To sign up, visit the 3CUPS shop, e-mail badi@3CUPS.net or call 968-8993.

On Sunday, Sept. 10 from 6-10 p.m., Underground in Raleigh hosts Three, an art, music and wine experience. Advance tickets are available from Underground and Carolina Nightlife for $10, and tickets will be available at the door (while they last).

On Monday, Sept. 11 from 7-9:30 p.m., Weaver Street Market and Panzanella in Carrboro host Mike Tiano of the Haw River Wine Man for "Italy: Off the Beaten Path," a tasting tour of some of Italy's most interesting wines from regions such as Puglia, Campania, Alto Adige, Veneto and Friuli. Seven different wines will be paired with six courses from Panzanella's kitchen. Tickets are $40 and are available at the Weaver Street Market customer service desk in Carrboro or at Panzanella.

On Wednesdays through September from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., the Moore Square Farmers' Market in Raleigh is featuring a Chef Demo Series. Each week, Raleigh chefs demo seasonal dishes using items sold at the farmers' market. Sept. 13 is Jason Smith of 18 Seaboard and Sept. 27 is Jay Beaver of Frazier's. See www.godowntownraleigh.com.

On Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 7-8:30 p.m., 3 CUPS in Chapel Hill hosts André Tamers and "Understanding Spain: A Wine Primer." The class will focus on the main wine growing regions of Spain, their historical and cultural significance, their different wine styles and attributes, and the people who produce the wine. The cost is $20, $15 prepaid, $10 of which will be issued as store credit. Wine purchases at the class will be discounted 10 percent. To sign up, visit the 3 CUPS shop, e-mail badi@3cups.net or call 968-8993.

On Thursday, Sept. 14 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 ingredients from Chapel Hill Creamery will be served. Chapel Hill Creamery started with Portia McKnight and Flo Hawley's desire to make cheese and has developed into 12 cows, two pigs, a handful of chickens, and six or seven kinds of cheese. This dinner is also a fundraiser for the Sustainable Ag Program at Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro. Info, reservations for parties of six or more: 929-6626.

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