Nutcracker Tea Party @ The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club
Dec 3 @ 2:00 pm

You are cordially invited to Barriskill Dance Theatre School’s Nutcracker Tea Party!
Ticket includes holiday tea, cocoa, treats, and a special peek at this year’s Nutcracker Ballet. Dress your best and meet your favorite characters!

Ticket Pricing: 1 Seat – $35, 10 Seat Table – $300

Please contact or call 919.489.5100 to purchase tickets.

90’s Trivia Night @ Durty Bull Brewing Company
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm

Join us on Tuesday, December 5th as we test your knowledge on all things 90’s. No topic is off limits (music, tv, pop culture etc…). Trivia starts at 7pm and the winning team will receive a Durty Bull gift card. If that isn’t enough to have you doing the Macarena, we also have an N64 if you want to show up early and relive your childhood.

Blind Tasting: Classic Red Wines @ The Granary
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Explore classic red grape varietals with Beverage Director Paula de Pano as she walks you through the basic components and markers of quality red wines.
$45 includes wine, tasting plate, service fee and tax. Reserve at 919.542.2121.

Chefs for Change Dessert Gala @ The Rickhouse
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm

Durham has an incredible food scene. It also has a significant problem with family homelessness.

Please join Families Moving Forward on Friday, December 8th from 7-10 pm for our Chefs for Change Dessert Gala for an evening of community celebration, local desserts, auction/ raffle, live entertainment, and the unveiling of our 2018 Chefs for Change Series chef line-up!

Cheers to Two Years at Vita Vite @ Vita Vite
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

VV is turning two, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you! Drop by on Saturday evening to enjoy live music by Old Habits, nab a Rise Cameron Village donut from our signature donut wall and get the first taste of a new beer we’ve crafted in collaboration with Neuse River Brewing Company! We have loved been a part of the Raleigh community, and we’re excited to spend the evening with you!

Ponysaurus Reserve Bottle Release @ Ponysaurus Brewing Co
Dec 10 @ 12:00 pm

It’s the most wonderful time of the beer year! Join Ponysaurus Brewing Co. for the yearly release of their favorite 22oz bottle! The result of our finest brewing efforts, the Ponysaurus Reserve is a Belgian Dark Strong Ale featuring rich brown malts and Belgian candy syrup made in-house. Flavorful Belgian yeast yields a complex yet elegant set of fruit and floral notes, while the candy syrup ferments almost completely, resulting in a scarily drinkable beer clocking in at just under 10% ABV.

They will have the 2017 and the 2016 Reserve available on tap. If you order either pint you will be able to enter a raffle to win a limited-edition 2016 Reserve bottle.

Bottle sales will start at NOON Sunday, December 10th. Sales are limited to 3 per person per day. Bottles are $15 each.

2017 Bull City Holiday Food & Wine Soirée @ The Rickhouse
Dec 10 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The third annual Bull City Holiday Food & Wine Soirée will be December 10th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Rickhouse in Durham. As Durham’s only holiday food and wine market, over 30 local NC food and wine producers will be sampling and selling their wonderful products for holiday gifts as well as opportunities to place orders for parties, baskets and stocking stuffers. This event is free to the public over the age of 21.

Mario Kart 64 Tournament @ Durty Bull Brewing Company
Dec 10 @ 1:00 pm

Come relive your childhood and/or college dorm room days at Durty Bull on Sunday, Dec 10th! We’ll have two mario kart stations set up for one epic double elimination tournament. Bring your best game thumbs forth at 1pm for this special event—we’ll be giving away gift cards for the winners. Feel free to bring your own controller!

Durty Bull Hanukkah Party @ Durty Bull Brewing Company
Dec 14 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

It’s once again time to celebrate the Festival of Lights. We hope you can join us for our now Second Annual Hanukkah Celebration. Bring your friends and family to spin the dreidel, eat some gelt, and show off your ugly Hanukkah sweater (which is now a thing, we decided)–prizes for the winners!

Entertaining with Class- Hands on Cooking Class @ The Kitchen Specialist
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Creamy Root Vegetable Soup, Chives, Yogurt Swirl

Citrus Turkey Breast, Grand Marnier Glaze

Brown Rice Pilaf, Apricots and Almonds

Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Thyme, Garlic,  Rosemary

Gingerbread Cake, Homemade Applesauce

Wines of Turkey & Greece @ The Granary
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Discover wines from these ancient regions, stretching back millennia from the Roman times. These two countries formed the base of modern winemaking in the world but have never been fully rediscovered today despite being one of the world’s biggest grape producers. With over 1,250 grape varietals grown in just Turkey alone, this wine class will feature indigenous grape varietals from both countries.
$50 includes wine, tasting plate, service fee and tax. Reserve at 919.542.2121.

Durty Bull Chili Cook-off @ Durty Bull Brewing Company
Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

What goes better with cold weather, beer and football than chili? And who doesn’t love a little friendly competition? Join us on Sunday, December 17th at 1:00 for a chili cook-off while we watch the Panthers take on the Packers!

We will limit the number of competitiors to the first 12 to say they’re in! If you don’t feel like making chili, we will still need judges. For a donation ($5 suggested) you can try all the different chilis and vote for your favorite. All donations will go toward our current on-going Durham Rescue Mission food and toy drive.

The 3 chilis with the most votes will win a prize (tour package, t-shirt, gift card, logoed glass, and bragging rights!)

For more information, and to enter the competition, e-mail Ryan at

Party Tips for the Holidays, Hands on Cooking Class @ The Kitchen Specialist
Dec 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Learn to throw a perfect party with tips, make head recipes and serving ideas from seasoned caterer Amanda Cushman. Catered hundreds of parties over a period of twenty five years Chef Amanda knows all the tricks of the trade.






Christmas Eve Dinner Service @ Parizade
Dec 24 all-day

This holiday season Parizade will once again host a fantastic Christmas Eve Dinner service on Sunday, December 24th, 2017. Whether you are looking to share a table with friends, family, or a combination of the two, Parizade’s team is here to provide the planning, the feasting, and the cleaning-up, so all you have to do is celebrate and make memories with those you love! Executive Chef Jason Lawless will be serving up our regular dinner menu a la carte as well as some savory holiday specials, including a decadent Prime Rib! To book your reservation for this special service please call (919) 286-9712 or visit

New Year’s Eve at Parizade @ Parizade
Dec 31 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Parizade invites you to an elegant New Year’s Eve celebration to send off 2017! The evening will begin with early a la carte seatings available at 5:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, and 7:00pm. Then our celebration seating will take place between 9:15pm – 9:45pm and will include a decadent 4-course pre-fixe menu with champagne toast for $85 per guest (tax & gratuity not included). Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes for our live musical performance presented by the incredible tunes of Crossover Drive! Stay tuned for our decadent pre-fixe menu release and reserve your seats for a night to remember today by calling (919) 286-9712 or visiting

NYE Celebration Seating Pre-Fixe:

Family Style Appetizers

Eggplant Caponata, endive and pine nuts
Bacalao Fritters, sofrito, lemon
Seared Tuna Crostini, anchovies and capers

First Course (choice of):

Iceberg Wedge, creamy feta dressing, tomatoes, red onion, pepperoncini, chorizo crumble
Caesar, white anchovy, reggiano parm, garlic croutons
Cauliflower Soup, black truffle and marcona almond
Seared Crab Cake, celery root, apple, tarragon aioli
Crispy Pork Terrine, polenta and marinara sauce

Second Course (choice of):

Seared Scallops, squid ink tagliatelle, shellfish jus, basil
Roasted Duck Breast, confit leg, farro, pine nuts, sage jus
Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin, brussel sprouts, parsnip purée, rose champagne sauce
Seafood Risotto, lobster, shrimp, scallops, tomato, basil
Beef Wellington, mushroom duxelle, root vegetables, oxtail ragout
Organic Farro, baby bok choy, wild mushrooms, ginger

Dessert Buffet

Due to the popularity of New Year’s Eve bookings, we will be requiring credit cards (placed into our secure vault) for all celebration seating reservations. *Any cancellations or changes to your reservation must be made 72 hours in advance of your seating time. Reservation cancellations or no shows inside the 72 hour window will be subject to the full pre-fixe menu charge for their party.