Weekend at a Glance: Chefs, Champagne and Chocolate

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Grab a date (or go solo!) and explore fun activities and delicious restaurants this Valentine’s Day weekend in Durham

weekend events – Pints of Love Beer Fest
90 Second Beer Review, in collaboration with The Glass Jug Beer Lab and Hops Scotch Bottle Shop, host Pints of Love virtual craft beer fest, which includes a Q&A with Glass Jug owner and head brewer Chris Creech, beer panels, beer and chocolate pairings, beer and yoga classes, live music performances and more. Photo courtesy of Glass Jug Beer Lab

Compiled by Aashna Shah

Date Night at DBAP – Thursday-Sunday – The Durham Bulls Athletic Park offers a romantic dinner in a private luxury suite every evening this weekend. The dinner includes prosecco, a four-course menu, surf and turf options, and a chocolate lava s’mores cake. A takeout option is also available. 

Valentine’s Day at The Durham – Thursday-Sunday – The Durham Hotel provides a heated rooftop dining experience with a three-course tasting menu every day this weekend. Couples can enjoy views of downtown for dinner or specially order it to their room. Rooms booked through its Valentine’s package include sparkling wine and complimentary brunch with the option of a mimosa or a bloody mary.

‘Faces of Durham’ –Thursday-Sunday – The Museum of Durham History opened its exhibit, “Faces of Durham,” on Nov. 23 outside its doors along the sidewalk. Each of the 19 framed banners features an individual who uniquely contributed to Durham’s history, ranging from school integration activists Ann Atwater and C.P. Ellis to blues musician Blind Boy Fuller and choreographer Baba Chuck Davis. Those featured on the banners will change on a semi-annual basis. 

Bull City Love – Thursday-Sunday – Unscripted Durham offers a hotel special for Valentine’s Day weekend! Reservations made through this offer include a bottle of sparkling wine, chocolate-dipped strawberries and rose petals in your room. 

Virtual Viewing of ‘MLK/FBI’ – Through Thursday – Sponsored by NCCU‘s Department of History in celebration of Black History Month, individuals may register to view the documentary independently. School of Law professor Irving Joyner will host a panel discussion featuring film director Sam Pollard about the movie at 6pm on Thursday. Register for the event.  

All is Fair in Love and Mezcal – Thursday, 6pm – Shannon Healy of Alley Twenty Six focuses on mezcal during this cocktail-making class. The smokier cousin of tequila doesn’t always get the love it deserves as a spirit, but will be celebrated tonight! Tickets are $15 per household.

DA Summer Fireside Chat – Thursday, 7:30pm – Durham Academy offers a Zoom meeting for prospective camp parents to meet with the DA summer team to ask questions about changes in 2021 and meet with other prospective camp families. Here’s the link to the meeting.

Valentine’s Day at Urban Axes – Friday-Sunday – Book Valentine’s day weekend at Urban Axes for one hour for a party of two. The booking includes a private lane, chocolate snacks and a pair of drinks. Bookings can be made for up to six people for double or triple dates.

MBA FoodCon 2021 – Friday, 9:30am-3:30pm – UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Net Impact Chapter hosts the seventh annual food conference virtually this year. Tickets are $10, with the option to purchase a box of fresh ingredients for a lunch cook-along with Snap Pea Catering chef Jacob Boehm. The event features guest speakers from Chobani, Sustainable Food Ventures and more. 

Bobby Bryson w/ Nathan Spear LIVE at Arcana – Friday, 7:30-9pm – This duo, who has performed as Bryson & Co. since 2019, plays love songs for the holiday at underground bar and lounge Arcana.  

Valentine’s Market – Saturday, 10am-noon – Come out to the Durham Craft Market for local handmade arts and crafts and to meet your local artists and find out how they make their craft.

Pints of Love, Valentine’s Virtual Craft Beer Fest – Saturday-Sunday – 90 Second Beer Review, in collaboration with The Glass Jug Beer Lab and Hops Scotch Bottle Shop, celebrates craft beer this Valentine’s Day by exploring 24 big names in the Durham and New York brewing industries. Along with the virtual festival, participants can purchase a limited VIP curated 12-pack.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Celebration for Two – Saturday-Sunday – The Cotton Room teams up with other local businesses to deliver a Valentine’s dinner plus dessert for two. Those interested can add on a charcuterie box, bouquet and even chocolate-covered strawberries. Pickup and delivery are both available. 

Virtual Couples’ Cooking Class – Saturday-Sunday, 6-8pm – Chef Zweli Moyo-Williams hosts a virtual couples’ cooking class featuring a three-course meal and a complimentary bottle of Champagne. After signing up for the event, directions will be sent on where to pick up the prepackaged ingredients. 

Kodō – Saturday, 8pm – Duke Performances continues its online season, “The Show Must Go Online!,” with a virtual performance from this pioneering taiko – an instrument that has played a significant role in Japanese traditions for centuries – drumming troupe that has performed internationally since 1981. The Japanese word translates as “heartbeat” or “children of the drum,” and the group’s synchronized strikes and energetic delivery unite audiences by underscoring the simple, universal urgency of life itself.

NCCU Day – Sunday, 10am – NCCU Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye will deliver remarks at St. Joseph AME Church. The event will broadcast live on St. Joseph AME Church’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Valentine’s Day Paint & Sip – Sunday, noon-7pm – The Oak House Durham hosts its first-ever paint and sip event so you can get in touch with your artistic side while indulging in a bottle of bubbly. Those interested can register for two different time sessions, and each pair of tickets comes with a bottle of Champagne and all necessary art supplies.

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