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Upcoming Food Events in Roanoke and Blacksburg

July 31, 2008

By Nona Nelson, The Roanoke Times, Va.

Jul. 31–Today

Indian cuisine

Seasonings and spices to expand your Indian cuisine repertoire.

Where: The Gourmet Pantry, 401 South Main St., Blacksburg

When: 6 p.m.

Cost: $50 per person

Contact: 951-1995 or gourmetpantryonline.com

Wednesday

Persian cooking

Simple techniques for mastering this rich, aromatic Eastern cuisine.

Where: The Gourmet Pantry, 401 South Main St., Blacksburg

When: 6 p.m.

Cost: $55 per person

Contact: 951-1995 or gourmetpantryonline.com

Thursday, Aug. 7

Fresh from the city

A culinary improv session with urban farmers and community gardeners. Take home a week’s worth of prepared, locally grown veggies.

Where: Central Church of the Brethren kitchen, 416 Church Ave., Roanoke

When: 9:30 a.m. to noon or 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $75 per person

Contact: 345-3405 or citygrown2@gmail.com

Monday, Aug. 11

Canning and preserving

A workshop that demonstrates safe techniques for preserving fruits and vegetables, including water bath canning, pressure canning, freezing and drying.

Where: Fincastle Methodist Family Life Center

When: 7 to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 473-8260 or offices.ext.vt.edu/botetourt/

Wednesday, Aug. 13

Healthy Mediterranean

Vegetables, seafood, olive oil, spices and herbs make this cuisine tasty and heart healthy.

Where: The Gourmet Pantry, 401 South Main St., Blacksburg

When: 6 p.m.

Cost: $55 per person

Contact: 951-1995 or gourmetpantryonline.com

Thursday, Aug. 14

Picnic class

This class on innovative picnic food includes a field trip to Valhalla Vineyards for a wine tasting.

Where: Doreen’s Gourmet, 4210 Brambleton Ave., Roanoke

When: 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $65 per person

Contact: 400-6049 or doreensgourmet.com

Saturday and Sunday

Wine trail tasting

A self-guided tour, with food and beverage pairings, of three wineries, a meadery, a cider house and farm brewery. Includes Chateau Morrisette, AmRhein and Villa Appalaccia.

Where: The Blue Ridge Wine Trail

Cost: $30 per person

Contact: 593-9218 or blueridgewine trail.com for details and directions

Fridays

Under the stars

Dinner for two, a bottle of AmRhein wine and live music every Friday night in August; menus change each week.

Where: AmRhein Wine Cellars, Bent Mountain

When: 4 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $35 per couple

Contact: 929-4632

Thursday, Aug. 28

Railroad dining

Enjoy a dinner of locally grown foods prior to a lecture about green initiatives in railroading. The first of three.

Where: O. Winston Link Museum, downtown Roanoke

When: 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $65 per person; $175 for three-part series.

Contact: 982-5465 or e-mail programs@link museum.org

Thursday, Aug. 28

Wine pairing

A four-course pairing dinner that complements 2005 Bordeaux reds.

Where: The Gourmet Pantry, 401 South Main St., Blacksburg

When: 6 p.m.

Cost: $50 per person

Contact: 951-1995 or gourmetpantry online.com

Sept. 12-14 or Sept. 26-28

Fall Food & Wine camp

Two nights of luxury accommodations, activities, gourmet meals, wine tasting and interactive cooking classes.

Where: Lansdowne Resort, on the Potomac River, 30 miles from Washington, D.C.

Cost: $1,200 per couple

Contact: (703) 858-2107 or landsdowneresort.com

Information on upcoming food classes, tastings and demonstrations can be sent to Extra, The Roanoke Times, P.O. Box 2491, Roanoke VA 24010, e-mailed to extra@roanoke.com or faxed to 981-3318. Deadline for submissions is two weeks before the event. For more information, call Nona Nelson at 981-3402.

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