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Enoteca Vin launches the first in its series of Monet in Normandy chef's table dinners Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. The four-course menu (plus complimentary cheese course) prepared by Raleigh's own star chef Ashley Christensen will feature dishes created to reflect a culinary tour of France: caramelized onion and Gruyere tart followed by a cassoulet of rabbit sausage, duck confit, bacon and flagoulet beans are two of this week's courses. $49 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: 834-3070 or www.enotecavin.com.

Executive chefs from the AAA Four-Diamond award-winning restaurants in the Triangle have been hosting the second annual AAA Four Diamond Dinner Series, and the last one is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 2, at Raleigh's Second Empire Restaurant. The five-course dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres (a sixth course, when you get right down to it) and showcases a dish made by a chef from each of the five celebrated restaurants. All courses matched with wine. Reservations: 829-3663.

Panzanella in Carrboro and Slow Food USA invite you to the fourth annual Heritage Turkey Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The "Bourbon Red" heritage breed turkeys are free-roaming and antibiotic- and hormone-free. Ten percent of the proceeds will benefit the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. Info: 929-6626 or www.panzanella.com.

The Chapel Hill Wine Company will host the first in a series of holiday wine tastings exploring Australian Shiraz on Friday, Nov. 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Themes for the Nov. 17 and the Dec. 1 tastings are the Tobreck Vintners and Terry Thiese champagne, respectively. $10 per person. Reservations: 968-1884.

Fifteen lucky people will be chosen to participate in the deviled egg eating contest at The Borough in Raleigh on Monday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. They aren't just any deviled eggs: Ashley Christensen of Enoteca Vin is providing 20 varieties. It costs $5 to sign up, with proceeds going to the Humane Society. The rest of the crowd can celebrate with $1.50 PBRs. Info: 832-8433.

Under the influence of scientist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner (think: Emerson Waldorf School), the principles of biodynamics in agriculture have evolved to include viticulture. A class exploring these principles and the wine they produce will be offered by Master Sommelier Damon Haynes at 3Cups, the coffee, tea, chocolate and wine merchant in downtown Chapel Hill. The Biodynamic Wine Class will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, and costs $15 prepaid, $20 at the door. To sign up, e-mail badi@3cups.net or call 968-8993.

Since 1989, Triangle area restaurants have been donating 10 percent of the proceeds garnered on the annual RSVVP Day to help fight hunger in our own backyard. RSVVP (for "Restaurants Sharing V(5) + V(5) Percent") has raised more than $425,000 since its inception. This year's big day is Tuesday, Nov. 14, for you to plan to "eat locally, feed locally" by dining out (or enjoying take-out) for breakfast, lunch and dinner at participating restaurants. For a list of eateries and more information, visit www.rsvvp.org.

Open Eye Café in Carrboro invites you to the premiere screening Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. of the "coffumentary" by filmmaker David Colagiovanni titled In Search of the Perfect Cup. Info: www.openeyecafe.com.

Compare Foods is now open in the Northgate area of Durham, revitalizing the former Winn-Dixie space in the Durham Plaza shopping center. The largest Latin-American-owned supermarket chain in the United States, this multicultural neighborhood grocery store seeks to serve the whole community.

Sunday brunch at Bistro 64 in Cary is now being served with such specialties as duck confit frittata, Scottish smoked salmon with onion-fennel slaw, and pork-and-andouille-sausage croissant. Serving from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Info: 380-1322 or www.bistro64.com.

In honor of the Monet in Normandy exhibit at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh, The Grape at Cameron Village in Raleigh is offering French culinary specialties paired with flights of white and red French cuvees on most Tuesdays now through Jan. 9. The cost is $50 for two. Info and reservations (required for parties of six or more): 833-2669. Also at The Grape: Jazz-and-Wine Sunday afternoons with live music from 3 to 6 p.m.

Triangle residents looking to save time in the kitchen can now do so while helping the patients of North Carolina Children's Hospital. Dream Dinners will donate 20 cents from every meal sold between now and January 2007. Mention this announcement and an additional $5 donation will be made. Info: www.dreamdinners.com or 484-9555.

Know of an alternative Thanksgiving Day event? A potluck or community meal or special restaurant happening coming up on Nov. 23? E-mail the details to food@indyweek.com so we can help spread the bird, er, word.

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