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February 24, 2020


Top Chef Dinner Series at High Horse

As part of his on-going Bravo Top Chef Series, Chef Katsuji Tanabe welcomes James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef: Northeast” 2018 winner Chef/Owner Karen Akunowicz of Fox & Knife in Boston for dinner at High Horse! Meet Chef Karen Akunowicz in Raleigh before she airs on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef All Stars” March 19th! Monday, 7 pm; 208 wolfe st, Raleigh, NC 27601; Reservations here

Cooking for a Classic

The 4th Annual Cooking for a Classic to benefit The Lucy Daniels Center. There is a great lineup of chefs who will go head to head in a tournament-style competition to claim the top prize: a 2002 Chevrolet Corvette convertible. On Monday, it’s Eli Rodriguez of so·ca vs. Kevin Smith of 41Hundred at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel. Tuesday, is Blake Gotliffe of Under the Oak vs. Kyle Teears of Whiskey Kitchen; Wednesday is Kyle Fletcher of Wye Hill vs. Scott Ruzicka of Mia Francesca. Thursday is Andres Kaifer of Vidrio vs. Carey Ball of STIR. Each chef will prepare three courses with at least one secret ingredient in each dish. Attendees and guest judges will decide which chef will advance in the competition. The winners from round one will face off in the semifinals on March 4 and 5, and the competition will culminate with the grand finale on March 11. New for 2020, you’ve got a chance to win a classic too! Win a triple black loaded 1969 Chevy Camaro. Tickets are $50 each, and the more you buy, the more you save. $75/First Round, $100/Second Round, $125/Finale; Premium tables, table sponsorships and corporate sponsorships are also available; Monday – Thursday, 6 pm; 1705 East Millbrook Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609


Durham Mardi Gras

Durham Mardi Gras turns 10 this year! There will be five stages of great music, dancing, festivities, food and entertainment. This year they are kicking off the festivities with Katharine Whalen and her Mardi Gras Squad. Katharine rose to fame as lead chanteuse of The Squirrel Nut Zippers. She’ll be combining members of both her bands for one special show as The Mardi Gras Squad. Free; Tuesday, 7:30 – 11:30 pm; 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

Mardi Gras 2020 Party at The Big Easy Downtown Raleigh

Get your masks, feathered boas, and beads, and come on down to The Big Easy in downtown Raleigh for the best Mardi Gras celebration in all of North Carolina! We will have live music, party favors, king cakes, and the absolute most delicious Hurricanes you can possibly imagine! All this to celebrate the best holiday of the year! Free/general admission, $25/VIP Voodoo Ticket (includes access to the exclusive private cocktail lounge, with private bartender, complimentary masks, and beads, and a nice selection of appetizers); 222 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601


Fisher Wine Dinner at Washington Duke Inn

The Fairview Dining Room is excited to welcome Fisher Vineyards for an exceptional evening of wine and cuisine. Expect an unparalleled dining experience, as Executive Chef Jason Cunningham’s exquisite menu is sublimely paired with Fisher’s phenomenal wines. $44+; Wednesday, 6:45 pm; 3001 Cameron Blvd, Durham, NC 27705

By Whitney

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