July 31, 2008

Upcoming Food Events in Roanoke and Blacksburg

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected] 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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