FINE DINING. Peck & Plume at 301 South Academy Street in Cary will celebrate the debut of its new Private Selection bourbon from Maker’s Mark with a four-course dinner on Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17, 6–9 p.m. The experience begins with a welcome reception that includes a specialty cocktail and a neat pour of Peck & Plume No. 1.
GIVEAWAY! Videri Chocolate Factory, located at 327 W. Davie Street, Sweet 100, in Raleigh, sources every ingredient of its fine, handcrafted artisan chocolate—from single origin bars to bonbons. Enter to win a $50 gift card from Videri Chocolate Factory by filling out this form. The gift card can be used in the Videri factory or online shop. We’ll select a winner Wednesday, June 7. Good luck!
SPECIAL OLYMPICS. The 2023 Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games take place June 2–4 in Raleigh, Cary and Holly Springs. More than 1,300 Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners will compete in seven sports: gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, swimming, powerlifting, bowling and athletics (various track-and-field events). See the schedule here.
WE HAVE A WINNER. Pittsboro chef Sera Cuni won the $10,000 grand prize for the Food Network’s “Supermarket Stakeout: Episode 7,” which aired on Tuesday, May, 30. She outlasted her competition with a peanut butter and jelly crumb cake ice cream sandwich stuffed with peanut butter ice cream. Cuni is the owner of Cafe Root Cellar in Pittsboro and Root Cellar Cafe & Catering in Chapel Hill.
KNIGTS + MAIDENS. The Carolina Renaissance Festival, which takes place Saturdays and Sundays September 30–November 19, is holding open auditions June 17 and 24, 9 a.m.–noon, for colorful personalities to bring to life the festival’s make-believe Village of Fairhaven. Opportunities are available for actors, street performers, cosplayers, historical reenactors, musicians, singers, dancers, variety acts and stagehands for ages 13 and older. Auditions will be held in Concord at the Cannon School, which is located at 5801 Poplar Tent Road. Register here.
FOOD FEST. Raleigh’s International Food Festival takes place Saturday, June 3, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Enjoy ethnic dishes, desserts, beer, wine and performances from more than 60 countries. Admission is free, but tickets can be purchased for $8 that allow you to skip the lines. There will also be a ’70s-’80s themed costume and dance party. The winner of the “Best Dressed and Most Fun” spirit award will receive a trophy.
TEE IT UP. The inaugural UNC Health Championship began today at Raleigh Country Club and will continue through Sunday, June 4. Previously known as the Rex Hospital Open, the Korn Ferry Tour event allows top professional golfers to compete for a chance to play on the PGA Tour. The event features 156 pro golfers with a total purse of $1 million.
READY TO READ. Book Harvest provided more than 70,000 books to 14,000 students during its Books on Break event. Students in 35 public pre-kindergarten and elementary schools received donations, including every student in 30 Durham Public Schools. The books were also donated in Columbus, Bladen and Guilford Counties. Students are invited to select new books and high-interest titles in English and Spanish.
START THE DAY. Eggs Up Grill has launched a new summer menu that will run through Sunday, August 13. The chain will celebrate National Egg Day on Saturday, June 3 by offering kids 10 and under a free egg-and-pancake breakfast with the purchase of an adult entree. The restaurant has locations in Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Garner and Clayton.
HEALTHY SUMMER. The Poe Center for Health Education, located at 224 Sunnybrook Avenue in Raleigh, will host Healthy Habits Camp for rising first- through fifth-graders from June 27–30 and July 17–21. The camp runs 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. and is free for eligible families. Completing an online application is required. Daily activities include health education, games and crafts.