On Wednesday, Aug. 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cold Stone Creamery at 6917 Fayetteville Road in Durham (484-0893) is hosting a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Inform the cashier you're there for the MS Fundraiser, and a portion of your purchase will be donated to fight MS. Volunteers will be present to provide information about multiple sclerosis and opportunities to volunteer with the National MS Society. For more info, visit www.aheartbreakingteamofstaggeringgenius.com.
On Friday, Aug. 25, Weaver Street Market presents its 2nd Annual North Carolina Wine Tour. There's no better venue for tasting wine than the actual land the grapes were grown on, so hop on the chartered bus headed for Round Peak Vineyards, Buck Shoals Vineyard and Westbend Vineyards. Tickets are $95 and include the bus fare, breakfast, lunch, snacks, all winery fees and souvenir tasting glasses. Check-in is at 6:30 a.m. in Carrboro and approximate return time is 7 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the customer service desk in the Carrboro store.
On Sunday, Aug. 27 at 6 p.m., Parizade in Durham is celebrating their annual Greek Night, featuring a buffet with traditional Greek fair such as spanikopita, dolmas, chicken souvlaki, roasted lamb and baklava (at right), plus live Greek music and dancing. The cost is $30. Info and reservations: 286-9712, ghgrestaurants.com.
On Sunday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m., Acme in Carrboro is hosting a wine dinner featuring the wines of Chateau Musar from the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. The restaurant points out that this is not a political dinner, but a way of reminding us of "the human connection that we all have to the peoples and farms all over the world that are in countries tragically at war. This is a dinner about farmers," they say, "our local farms and their amazing produce and the farm that is Chateau Musar and their amazing wines." Cost is $60 for five course and five wines. Reservations required: 929-2263. For more about Chateau Musar, visit www.chateaumusar.com.lb.
On Monday, Aug. 28, Frazier's in Raleigh hosts a five-course wine dinner featuring seven wines from VinDivino's Austrian portfolio, including Kracher, Prager, Knoll and Loimer. The reception starts at 6:30 p.m., and dinner follows at 7. The cost is $100 plus tax and gratuity. Call 828-6699 for reservations, or visit fraziersbistro.com for more info.
On Tuesday, Aug. 29, Spice Street in Chapel Hill hosts its third monthly wine tasting, this time featuring cabernet sauvignon wines. Chef Michael Opdyke will prepare savory selections to accompany the wines from 5:30-7 p.m. The cost is $15. Call 928-8200 for reservations. Spice Street also introduces a new weekly Mediterranean Mezze Night with belly dancing and a sumptuous Sunday Mediterranean Brunch beginning the last week in August.
On Wednesday, Aug. 30 from 5:30-9 p.m., Panzanella in Carrboro hosts their final Totally Local Dinner of the season, featuring a menu of foods created from ingredients produced and purchased within a 250-mile radius of Carrboro. Pay in advance and pick up tickets at either Panzanella or the customer service desk at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro. Info, reservations accepted for parties of six or more: 929-6626, www.panzanella.com.