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  • Amy Tornquist

Chef Amy Tornquist of Sage & Swift caterers joins the folks from Peregrine Farms, the Goat Lady Dairy and Haw River Wine Man to create the Nasher Museum Café's Fall Farm Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Nasher Museum of Art on the Duke University campus in Durham. $75 per person buys you a four-course dinner celebrating fresh local foods such as smoked turkey on grilled bread with homemade tomato jam and goat cheese as one of the starters, and beef short ribs braised in Duck Rabbit stout. Info: 684-3411, 684 6032, or e-mail

Bocci Trattoria & Pizzeria in Durham is holding a fall wine dinner Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. Wine specialist Michael Highsmith of Icon Estates has matched wines with autumn flavors like butternut squash-goat cheese ravioli and veal saltimbocca topped with proscuitto and fontina. The reception and four-course meal costs $65 per person. Reservations are recommended and the 38 spaces are filling up. Info: 206-4067 or e-mail

Acme Food and Beverage in Carrboro teams up with the Chapel Hill Wine Company on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. to host a Torbreck wine dinner with a Thanksgiving holiday theme. Info: 968-1884.

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Since 1989, restaurants around the Triangle have donated 10 percent of their proceeds 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 or dinner at participating restaurants. For a list of eateries and more information, visit

Inspired by the N.C. Museum of Art's Monet in Normandy exhibit, The Grape at Cameron Village continues its French Experience Tuesdays on Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. This neighborhood wine bar will offer French culinary specialties paired with flights of red and white cuvees. (By the way, says owner Thomas Sergio, "cuvee is any batch of wine" whether or not it has been further blended.) Cost: $50 for two. Info: 833-2669. (And this Tuesday's experience will support the Triangle's RSVVP project.)

Enoteca Vin in Raleigh continues its series of Monet in Normandy Chef's Table Dinners on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. Price: $49 per person plus tax and gratuity. Info: 834-3070 or

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

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.

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 by Wednesday, Nov. 8, so we can spread the bird, er, word in Now Serving. Please e-mail other events at least 10 days in advance.


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