Welcome to Cape Fear Food & Wine Club!

The Seasoned Gourmet has been teaching cooking classes for over 20 years. The ever-growing interest in all things food and wine led to the forming of the Cape Fear Food & Wine Club, back in July of 2011, to continue serving the needs of home cooks, foodies, and wine lovers living in and visiting the Wilmington area. We offer many unique events for members and their guests, including cooking classes, wine pairing classes, premium wine dinners, and free members-only events throughout the year.

Members also get to enjoy exclusive discounts from our host, The Seasoned Gourmet. Enjoy a 10% discount during classes that you attend. There’s also a special members-only discount wine during events - 15% off 6 or more bottles and 20% off 12 or more bottles.

To reserve a seat in class or to join the Club, click on "reserve now" next to the desired class, or call 910-256-9488, or stop by The Seasoned Gourmet.
 

Now Accepting Reservations!




Sunday, November 18th 1-3 PM Holiday Breads with Annemarie! $65

This class includes a generous sampling of the menu items prepared in class
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
Students will participate in making the items listed in today’s menu.
This class includes food to go.

This afternoon, guests will join Annemarie in baking beautiful and delicious breads for the holiday season.  In this hands-on class, guests will break into groups and make:

Gingerbread

Pumpkin Bread

Spiced Anjou Pear Bread

Holiday Rum Egg Nog Bread

Pecan Maple Loaf Bread



Guests will sample the breads during the class and will have a mini loaf to take home and share.  These are the perfect recipes to utilize both as an offering at your holiday gathering and as gifts for friends and family.  Wine will be available for purchase by glass or bottle.  Seating is limited as this is a hands-on class. Register early.

Capacity: 16 Guests

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Tuesday, November 20th @ 6:30 PM. At the Chef's Table with Chef Ramon Villasenor of Los Portales and Tequila Comida and Cantina $65

Students will observe, ask questions, and enjoy the food prepared by our instructor.
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.

Chef Ramon is back for his second visit during this Fall session.  We are so excited to have him!  He recently opened his second restaurant, Tequila Comida and Cantina and is a very busy man.  He found time to come back and visit. Chef Ramon serves fresh, delicious absolutely authentic Mexican Cuisine.  His past classes have been fantastic!  Menu details to be announced soon!



Capacity: 24 Guests

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Saturday, November 24th 12-2PM Our Annual Family Holiday Gingerbread Decorating Class!!! $25

Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
Students will participate in making the items listed in today’s menu.
This class includes food to go.

Come join us for our wonderful Family Holiday Event!  

This afternoon we will be decorating Mini Gingerbread Houses and Gingerbread Men with Chef Michele Griesmer!!!!  We will have snacks for the kids while they decorate their creations and enjoy delicious Hot Chocolate!  We will offer wine for the adults for purchase by the glass or bottle.  Each family will have their own Gingerbread creation to take home and display ( and eat) for the holidays!!!  There may even be surprises from the North Pole!!  Very limited seating.  We will add an overflow event if this fills - reserve soon!  Here are a few pictures from last year.





Capacity: 24 Guests

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Sunday, November 25th 1-3 PM Family Christmas Sugar Cookie Decorating with Michelle Rock of Momma Rock's Desserts $25

Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
Students will participate in making the items listed in today’s menu.
This class includes food to go.

Momma Rock’s Family Tradition Sugar Cookies!

Come join us in this wonderful family event!

Homemade butter sugar cookies that have been a family tradition since I was a kid. My sister and I would make these to pass out to family and friends as gifts as well as leaving a plate for Santa. We never woke up to a plate with a crumb left on it. Over the years it turned into an expectation from everyone, they just wanted the cookies. I carried this tradition on with my kids where even their friends wanted to join in and would come over nightly to help. It holds some of my fondest memories to have a house full of kids drinking hot chocolate, having a great time and decorating cookies.

I spend the day making dough, the evening baking and the next night having a decoration get together. We usually start on the Friday after Thanksgiving and go thru New Years making and decorating up to 5000 cookies.
 
We will bag, box and tin them up for delivery. We usually take a day each week and go out to hand deliver as well as many mail outs. Family, friends, Doctors, Lawyers, Postal workers, Vets and more have looked forward each year to their sugar fix. These are a sweet and simple cookie that the love mixed in has made them an addiction.
We would love to share and spread our family tradition with you to carry on with your loved ones.

Come enjoy cookies, popcorn, hot chocolate for the kids, wine for purchase for the adults and maybe even surprises from our connections in the North Pole!!!







Capacity: 20 Guests

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Sunday, November 25th @ 5:30 PM Sunday Family-style Dinner with Annemarie! $55

Annemarie is back with us today for her second Sunday Family Dinner!!!!  She invites your family to enjoy an Old-fashioned,  Sunday dinner that your Grandmother would cook.  The menu for this evening will be:


 

Deliciously Fresh Harvest Green Salad

Homemade Chicken Parmagiana with Cavatappi Pasta

Warm Buttery Bread

Grandma's Favorite Apple Cake with Gelato

Capacity: 20 Guests

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Tuesday, November 27th @ 6:30 PM At the Chef's Table with Chef Dean Neff of Pinpoint Restaurant $65

Students will observe, ask questions, and enjoy the food prepared by our instructor.
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.

This menu will be seasonally appropriate without thanksgiving dinner redundancy. All of these dishes would be a great complement to any Christmas Dinner spread. I am super excited to bring new staples to your holiday repertoire, while teaching techniques that are great and useful for any season. I hope to see you there!
-Dean 

 

Topics will include…

 Sous Vide Cooking of Pork Ribs

How to use high heat chili peppers in a way that is fun and not over powering. 

Hollandaise methods.

Local Oysters 

Braising Short Ribs

Potato Gnocchi

Italian Tomato Sugo

Simple sweet crostata dough

 

 

Menu…

 

Broiled oyster hollandaise with lump crab and buffalo-cornmeal-fried oyster.

 

Sorghum-ghost pepper glazed pork ribs with persimmon, peanut, and slaw. 

 

Potato gnocchi with braised short rib sugo, shaved parmesan, and glazed shallots. 

 

Black walnut crostata with persimmon ice cream and cranberry-honey 










Capacity: 30 Guests

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Friday, November 30th @ 6:30 PM Cannoli Class with Annemarie!! $65

This class includes a generous sampling of the menu items prepared in class
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
Students will participate in making the items listed in today’s menu.
This class includes food to go.

It's Annemarie's Cannoli Class!!!  It is time to learn how to make Annemarie's famous Cannolis! This is absolutely a guest favorite!  This class is hands-on and guests will make the cannoli shells and filling.  Annemarie will serve lite bites throughout the class so that you don't get hungry.  Guests will take home their finished cannolis to share with friends and family.  Reserve early!!  Seats will fill!!!



Capacity: 20 guests

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Saturday, December 1st 1-3PM Holiday Bread Pudding with Momma Rock! $55

Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
Students will participate in making the items listed in today’s menu.
This class includes food to go.

Happy Holidays!!

Michelle Rock of Momma Rock's Dessert Truck and T'geaux Boys joins us today to share some of her favorite holiday recipes!  Here is what she has to say:

My award winning bread pudding is so simple to make and so easy to love. For the Holiday Season, I want to share some flavors that will fill the air with love and warm the heart. We will be doing three flavors for the class.  Guests will bring home bread pudding to share with family and friends.
 
*My Egg Nog (spiked) Bread Pudding is perfect to have for a Holiday get together.
 
*The Pumping Spice is great for the picking and is made Vegan style. If you didn’t know it was Vegan, you would never be able to tell the difference.

 

*My Gingerbread will bring out the kid in everyone, get your milk ready for this one.

 

We look forward to sharing some of our family traditions with everyone for the Holiday Season!







Capacity: 20 Guests

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Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 2:00pm Festive Gluten-Free Treats with Susan Dietsch $50

Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
Students will participate in making the items listed in today’s menu.
This class includes food to go.

Happy Holidays!!!!!

Join us for a lesson in using alternative flours (or no flour at all!) to yield delicious sweet treats.  Work with Susan to create Double Dark-Chocolate Pecan Flourless Cookies, Zucchini-Lemon-Poppy Seed Muffins made with a blend of gluten-free flours, and Grain-free Buckwheat Gingerbread cookies in assorted shapes, all of which make great gifts!  Learn how to make royal icing and use a piping bag and tips it to decorate the gingerbread cookies.  Take home some of each of these goodies, plus some bonus recipes!









Capacity: 16 Guests

 

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Tuesday, December 4th @ 6:30 PM. Fall Wine Series with Mike Summerlin of Port City Wine Education $15

Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
Wine is included with this event.

Welcome to Session IV of our Fall Wine Education Series with Mike Summerlin.  Please keep in mind, Mike's classes encompass different concepts each time, so you don't have to attend a previous class to enjoy the evening!




Capacity: 16 Guests

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Wednesday, December 5th @ 6:30 PM At the Chef's Table with Chef Bud Taylor of the Bistro at Topsail! $65

Students will observe, ask questions, and enjoy the food prepared by our instructor.
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.

This is the second visit from Chef Bud Taylor of The Bistro at Topsail!  He will help us welcome the holidays this season! Here is a little bit about Chef Bud:

 

Inspired by his childhood spent in the kitchen cooking with his family, Chef Bud Taylor incorporates Southern and Coastal ingredients and flavors into his cuisine. Having spent years in the marketing and design world, Chef Bud is a self-taught chef and has never attended culinary school.

 

Chef Bud currently serves as the executive chef and owner of the Bistro at Topsail, a fine-dining farm to table restaurant holding the recent distinctions of Open Table’s 2016 Diners Choice award, Open Table’s 2017 Top 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America, Wine Spectator’s 2018 Award of Excellence and Winner of The James Beard Foundation’s 2017 Blended Burger Project. The Bistro is located in the heart of Surf City, North Carolina on Topsail Island. The restaurant serves a seasonal menu with a focus on North Carolina product and high quality ingredients, many of which are grown on Executive Chef and Owner Bud Taylor’s farm in Holly Ridge, North Carolina. 

Menu details coming soon!!!  Reserve your seat early!

Capacity: 28 Guests

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Thursday, December 6th @ 6:30 PM At the Chef's Table with Chef Sam Cahoon of Savorez $70 Happy Holidays!!!

Students will observe, ask questions, and enjoy the food prepared by our instructor.
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.

Chef Sam Cahoon of SAVOREZ will be joining us this evening.  This will be his holiday dinner! Experience his twist on Panamanian flavors!  Keep an eye out for menu updates soon to come!





Capacity: 28 Guests

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Friday, December 7th @ 6:30 PM Holiday Wine Pairing Dinner Series with Gwen Gulliksen and Mike Summerlin: Global Holiday Dinner $75

Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.
Wine is included with this event.

Gwen, Mike and The Seasoned Gourmet want to celebrate the holidays with you this evening!  Each of the courses represent a holiday specialty from a different region.  We hope you enjoy this amazing pairing and have a fantastic holiday season!

Menu:

First Course

Mexican Turkey Picadillo Tamales

 

Second Course

Scandinavian Creamy Potato Bake

 

Third Course

Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes Ciappino

 

Fourth Course

Romanian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

 

Fifth Course

French Bûche de Noel






Capacity: 20 Guests

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Saturday, December 8th 12-2PM Mother and Daughter Holiday Tea with Michele Griesmer! $35

Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
Students will participate in making the items listed in today’s menu.
This event includes a full meal.

Dress up in your finest Holiday attire and join us for a Traditional Holiday High Tea!

Michele Griesmer joins us this afternoon hosting one of her most favorite holiday events..Tea Time!!  Guests will help Chef Michele create perfect finger sandwiches to accompany Tea and Treats.  The menu will be:

Hot Chocolate and of course....Tea

Fresh Seasonal Fruit Cups

Scones with Raspberry Jam and Clotted Cream

Tomato-Basil Soup Cups

Tea Sandwich Assortment - Cucumber Cream Cheese and Dill, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Sliced Turkey and Apple on Raisin Bread

Christmas Cookies to bake and frost

Wine will be offered by the glass or bottle for purchase for the Moms!  Space is limited!  Reserve early!

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Capacity: 24 Guests

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Sunday, December 9th 1-3 PM Baking a Traditional Yule Log (Buche de Noel) with Chef Jennifer Wright of Port City Cheesecakes $65

Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
Students will participate in making the items listed in today’s menu.
This class includes food to go.

Back by popular demand!!!

Come learn how to make a beautiful Yule Log for the holidays!!!  Chef Jennifer will show you how to make a few different flavors and guests will bake and decorate their own mini version!  You will learn how to make meringue mushrooms and other garnishes to decorate your creation.  Wine will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle.  Happy Holidays!!!




Capacity: 16 Guests

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Tuesday, December 11th @ 6:30 PM At the Chef's Table with Chef Keith Rhodes of Catch Restaurant $70 Happy Holidays!

Students will observe, ask questions, and enjoy the food prepared by our instructor.
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.

This evening will be Chef Rhodes Holiday Dinner!! Chef Keith Rhodes returns this evening with what will be a wonderfully, fresh and delicious menu chosen by the Chef himself.  Because he relies on the freshest products available, he lets us know the menu within 24-48 hours of service.   Chef Rhodes has a very busy schedule and we are lucky to have him!  If you have any food allergies, please let us know upon registration and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Capacity: 30 Guests

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Saturday, December 15th 2-4 PM Santa's Cookies with Ashley Wixon!!$40

Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
Students will participate in making the items listed in today’s menu.
This class includes food to go.

Happ Holidays!!!
This afternoon guests will be making cookies for Santa(and friends and Family). The menu for today will be sugar cookies, gingerbread men and individual candy cane cakes.  Guests will have plenty to take home.  Snacks and hot chocolate will be served and we will even have time to write letters to Santa. 
This class will fill quickly, don't wait too long to reserve!


Ages 5 and up.  When reserving class, a parent is required to become  a member of Cape Fear Food and Wine Club. If not currently a member,  the fees for membership are $25.00 for the calendar year or $5.00 temporary membership covering the month of class attending.  If you have any questions, please call us at 910-256-9488. 

 Please let us know if your child has any allergies or restrictions and we will accommodate needs accordingly.

Capacity: 16 Guests


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Sunday, December 16th 1-3 PM Family Christmas Sugar Cookie Decorating with Michelle Rock of Momma Rock's Desserts $25

Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
Students will participate in making the items listed in today’s menu.
This class includes food to go.

Momma Rock’s Family Tradition Sugar Cookies!

Come join us in this wonderful family event!

Homemade butter sugar cookies that have been a family tradition since I was a kid. My sister and I would make these to pass out to family and friends as gifts as well as leaving a plate for Santa. We never woke up to a plate with a crumb left on it. Over the years it turned into an expectation from everyone, they just wanted the cookies. I carried this tradition on with my kids where even their friends wanted to join in and would come over nightly to help. It holds some of my fondest memories to have a house full of kids drinking hot chocolate, having a great time and decorating cookies.

I spend the day making dough, the evening baking and the next night having a decoration get together. We usually start on the Friday after Thanksgiving and go thru New Years making and decorating up to 5000 cookies.
 
We will bag, box and tin them up for delivery. We usually take a day each week and go out to hand deliver as well as many mail outs. Family, friends, Doctors, Lawyers, Postal workers, Vets and more have looked forward each year to their sugar fix. These are a sweet and simple cookie that the love mixed in has made them an addiction.
We would love to share and spread our family tradition with you to carry on with your loved ones.

Come enjoy cookies, popcorn, hot chocolate for the kids, wine for purchase for the adults and maybe even surprises from our connections in the North Pole!!!







Capacity: 20 Guests

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Tuesday, December 18th @ 6:30 PM At the Chef's Table with Chef Dean Neff of Pinpoint Restaurant $70

Students will observe, ask questions, and enjoy the food prepared by our instructor.
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.

Chef Dean Neff of Pinpoint Restaurant will be joining us this evening for his holiday presentation.  We are grateful to have him.  The menu for this evening will be announced soon.  Chef Dean's classes fill quickly, reserve early.




Capacity: 30 Guests

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Saturday, December 22nd 5-7:30PM Last minute Kids Holiday Movie Event - Parents, we are here to help! Dinner, Crafting and a Holiday Movie for Kids with Ashley Wixon! $40

Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
Students will participate in making the items listed in today’s menu.
This event includes a full meal.
This class includes food to go.

For parents who need a little more time for last minute errands, Ashley and team are here to help!  Tonight we will start with a quick pizza dinner.  After dinner  we will make flavored holiday popcorn, edible ornaments and edible garland for the tree while we watch"The Santa Claus"with Tim Allen....an all-time favorite! Christmas is almost here!!!









Capacity: 20 Guests

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Friday, December 28th @ 6:30 PM New Year Dinner with Annemarie! $75

Students will observe, ask questions, and enjoy the food prepared by our instructor.
Current CFFWC Club Members may invite non-member guests to attend this class with them; class fees must be paid by all who attend.
This event includes a full meal.

Celebrate the New Year  with us!!!!  Annemarie has planned the perfect dinner to welcome 2019!

Starter
Tortellini sauteed with baby peas and prosciutto dressed in a nutmeg cream topped with Grated Parmesan

Entree
Beef Tenderloin 'Rosa de Parma - Whole Beef Tenderloin butterflied and stuffed with Prosciutto and Parmigiano-Reggiano, rolled, tied and rubbed with Sage, Rosemary and Garlic.  The masterpiece is roasted to perfection for a memorable holiday celebration.  Entree served with Potato and Vegetable Du Jour

Dessert
Italian Love Cake with Mint Ganache and Chocolate Mascarpone Whipped Topping



Capacity: 16 Guests

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