The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) at N.C. State is hosting "Farm-to-Fork: A Celebration of Local Foods and Local Farms" featuring Carlo Petrini, author and founder of Slow Food International (www.slowfood.com). Here's what's happening:
Chef Amy Tornquist is bidding farewell to the Nasher Museum Café, where she has brought seasonal farmers' market fare to the art scene on Duke's campus. But don't despair—she has plans for a new Durham restaurant and bakery. Watts Grocery will open in August in the Watts-Hillandale neighborhood (1116 Broad St.) and Blue Bird will open in spring 2008, possibly in downtown Durham. Watts Grocery, a Southern gastro-pub-style restaurant focusing on local ingredients and artisans, will feature 95 seats and a bar and will be open for lunch, brunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Tornquist's Southern bakery, Blue Bird, will feature time-honored Southern sweets.
Starlu (3211 Shannon Road, Suite 106, Durham, 489-1500) is opening Porter's Parlor, an indoor/outdoor lounge, onsite. The spot includes comfy couches and a tapas menu.
Lots happening in wine: Panzanella (200 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro, 929-6626, panzanella.com) is hosting a Wines of Spain tasting Monday, May 21, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Cost: $40.
Citrus (100 Westgreen Drive, Chapel Hill, 933-0623, www.citrus-chapelhill.com) is hosting a food and wine tasting Friday, May 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. with The Chapel Hill Wine Company (2809 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, 968-1884). The tasting will feature wines paired with hors d'oeuvres highlighting Citrus' culinary delights. $25 per person. Info and reservations: 968-1884.
The Hillsborough Wine Company (118 S. Churton St., Hillsborough, 732-4343) is hosting a free food and wine tasting with Kitchen 14, Hillsborough's first exclusive catering and community cooking class service, Saturday, May 19, from 1 to 5 p.m.
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