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Join Fearrington's sommelier, Stacey Sondek, on Wednesday, Sept. 27 for the first weekly wine and beer tasting seminar at The Belted Goat in Fearrington Village, outside Chapel Hill. This week's tasting will focus on wines from New Zealand, featuring Kim Crawford and Craggy Range. The cost is $20. On Oct. 4, the tasting will feature a variety of beers. Reservations: 545-5717.

Cold Stone Creamery locations are giving away ice cream Sunday, Sept. 28 from 5-8 p.m. as part of a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Info: www.coldstonecreamery.com.

One of the region's largest wine tastings is Saturday, Sept. 30 from noon-5 p.m. at the Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park in Cary. Triangle Uncorked features offerings from more than 300 U.S. and international wineries, plus culinary presentations by Triangle chefs and caterers, live music and entertainment. Event proceeds benefit the Frankie Lemmon Foundation and the Rotary Club of North Raleigh. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on the day of, $10 for ages 13-20, and free for ages 12 and under. Visit www.twenc.org or www.boothamphitheatre.com for details.

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The Borough in Raleigh hosts another of its famous (or infamous) eating contests on Monday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m., and this time the food to be devoured is ... marshmallows. First come, first served, limit 15 people. Proceeds from the $5 entrance fee go to the Humane Society. Info: 832-8433.

On Wednesday, Oct. 4, Lantern and 3 Cups in Chapel Hill will host Rosenthal Wine Merchant's Tony McClung and Mike Tiano of Haw River Wine Man for a special wine class followed by a seasonal Japanese dinner featuring local ingredients. The evening will begin at 3 Cups at 7 p.m. with the class and tasting of six French wines selected from the Rosenthal portfolio, and will move to Lantern at 8:30 p.m. for a six-course meal paired with the same wines. The cost is $80 plus tax and tip. For reservations, contact Lantern at 969-8846.

Join husband-and-wife team Sam and Sunny McDaniel at april&george art bar and wine gallery in Raleigh Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. for A Taste of North Carolina, an evening of the state's best wines and cheeses. The price of $25 includes wine, cheese and informational materials. Advance reservations are required at 828-9082.

Executive chefs from the five AAA Four Diamond award-winning restaurants in the Triangle are hosting the second annual AAA Four Diamond Dinner Series, a series of five Thursday dinners, one at each award-winning restaurant. The dinners include five courses plus hors d'oeuvres, with each chef preparing a dish for each dinner, and all courses matched with wine. The dinners begin at 6:30 p.m., and the price is $95 plus tax and gratuity. Call the individual restaurant to make reservations. The remaining schedule is: Oct. 5 at Carolina CrossRoads Restaurant at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill (918-2777) and Nov. 2 at Second Empire Restaurant in Raleigh (829-3663).

Join Chef Cory Goodman in Café Bistro at Nordstrom at Southpoint mall in Durham on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. for a six-course prix fixe menu featuring gourmet ingredients from North Carolina including crab cake appetizers, entrées including pan-seared scallops, mountain trout, roasted beets and osso bucco. With each course, enjoy a glass of wine selected by Mark Morrow, wine consultant with Dionysus Wine Distributors. The cost is $65 plus tax and tip. Advanced reservations are required at 806-3700 x1610.

The four Wake County Carvel Ice Cream stores are offering free ice cream cakes to the first 25 customers and 34-cent ice cream cones all day Saturday, Oct. 7, plus other specials, fun and games. Info: www.carvel.com.

Celebrate North Carolina wines on Sunday, Oct. 8 from 3-7 p.m. at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road in Raleigh. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Info: autumn_keck@ncsu.edu or 513-3826, or visit www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum.

Local chefs will prepare a four-course, wine-paired meal using locally grown ingredients on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Bay 7 on the American Tobacco Campus in Durham to raise money for SEEDS, Durham's inner-city gardening program. Guest speaker will be Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World. Participating chefs include Amy Tornquist of Sage & Swift Catering, J.W. Walton of The Catering Company, Andy Magowan of Piedmont, Sarah Foster of Foster's Market, Andrea Reusing of Lantern and Scott Howell of Nana's. Tickets are $100. Info: SEEDS at 683-1197 or info@seedsnc.org.

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