Diamond Celebration, Curated Cuisine, Synergy Giveaway

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Photos courtesy of Sofia Lujan, Dathan Kazsuck and Sean Byrne

DIAMOND CELEBRATION! Midtown and Cary Living celebrated their 2023 Diamond Award winners Thursday night at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Check out the magazines’ social media for snapshots of the big event. Find out if your favorite businesses, restaurants, services and made the list by viewing our Midtown and Cary Living lists. Congratulations to all of our winners!

VICTORY RIDE. The V Foundation for Cancer Research hosts its sixth annual Victory Ride to Cure Cancer at Knightdale Station Park on Saturday, May 20. Early registration with reduced pricing is available through Wednesday, February 15. The event includes 10-, 30- and 60-mile rides, and includes a virtual option.

Photos by Sean Byrne

CURATED CUISINE. North Hills’ newest addition offers Spanish tapas and masterful art that will dazzle your senses. Las Ramblas opens Tuesday, January 17, at 141 Park at North Hills Street, #100, Raleigh. Chef Brian Jenzer’s curated menu features locally and Spanish-sourced tapas-style dishes, Spanish wine, sherry, and craft beers and cocktails. Owned by prominent restaurateur Giorgios Bakatsias, Las Ramblas will be open for dinner Tuesday–Saturday, 5–10 p.m.

Tickets for the Triangle Wine & Food Experience are on sale through Wednesday, January 25. The event runs February 2–4 and features renowned chefs, restaurants, wineries and spirit brands. Guests enjoy lavish dinners, curated tastings and an auction. Proceeds benefit the Frankie Lemmon School & Developmental Center.

Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing and Glasshouse Kitchen will each participate in Triangle Restaurant Week January 23–29.

Wye Hill will include prime rib french dip on its dinner menu and churro french toast on the breakfast menu. Glasshouse Kitchen will offer a dinner menu that includes butternut squash agnolotti and confit pork cheek.

Vidrio’s chef Saif Rahman will cook for the Reviving the Supper Club Chef Series’ virtual event February 7,which raises money for Ripe For Revival, a Rocky Mount nonprofit, with 100% of the event’s net proceeds supporting the Mobile Markets’ food supply from local farmers. Guests should reserve tickets ($99) online by February 1. The meal serves two people. A box of North Carolina-sourced ingredients, recipes and instructions on how to log into the event are sent to guests’ homes beforehand. Then, guests tune into a livestream at 6:30 p.m. on February 7 from the kitchen at Vidrio to cook along with Rahman as he demonstrates how to prepare the meal. There also will be a limited number of tickets for $100/person to dine at Vidrio at 6:30 p.m. on February 7, when guests can watch the class and enjoy the same meal. Reserve tickets online.

Photo courtesy of Viv’s Fridge

QUICK GOURMET MEAL. Looking for a fast meal from renowned chef Vivian Howard? She will install two more of her Viv’s Fridge locations in Raleigh this weekend at Taylor’s Wine Shop (10005 Six Forks Road) and North Hills (Park Central in the breezeway near Vita Vite). These smart refrigerators are extensions of Chef & the Farmer, Howard’s restaurant in Kinston.

GIVEAWAY! We’ve partnered with Synergy to offer an Advanced Plus Facial (valued at $160). This customized, 60-minute service includes a deep pore cleansing, a light exfoliating enzyme plus extractions and is great for skincare junkies and newbies alike. Treatment includes high frequency to provide deeper product penetration of peptide mask and corrective serums. The service also includes your choice of dermaplaning or a Level 1 Peel to enhance your results. Fill out our online form (noting your IG handle in the message section) and follow Synergy Face + Body on Instagram for a chance to win an Advanced Plus Facial. We’ll select one winner from our Midtown and 5 West audiences Wednesday, January 25. Good luck!

SEEING STARS. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the Raleigh Astronomy Club will host Astronomy Days January 28–29, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. both days. This year’s theme is “Humans in Space: Past, Present and Future!” Learn more here.

Lune Spark Center for Creativity in Apex is hosting free comedy improv workshops on Saturdays for kids and adults through March 11. If humor is your thing, this is your chance to hone your laughter-inducing skills. Workshops will take place from 6–7 p.m. for ages 10–17, and 7:30–8:30 p.m. for adults. Register for the January 21 workshops here. Lune Spark is located at 3651 Green Level W. Road, Suite 102, Apex. Learn more about Lune Spark in the latest latest issue of Cary Living.

SPRING SPORTS. Registration continues for spring youth sports at Fuquay-Varina Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources through Saturday, January 28 at 5 p.m. The town offers T-ball (ages 4–5), baseball (6–15), softball (6–15), lacrosse (7–15), volleyball (9–18), tiny tots soccer (age 3), soccer (4–17), flag football (5-15) and cross country (8-16). Register online or at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center.

On January 18, The Casso announced the appointment of Perlyssa DeLeon as executive chef of its restaurant and bar, Good Day Good Night, as well as the launch of an all-new dinner menu. DeLeon, a first-generation Filipino American, grew up in a large family with a strong interest in cooking. She graduated from Wake Technical Community College’s culinary arts program and has worked in a variety of kitchens, including Bodega Tapas Wine & Rum, Neuse River Brewery and Brasserie and, most recently, Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar.

ON STAGE. Burning Coal Theatre Company in Raleigh presents Mlima’s Tale by Lynn Nottage January 26–February 12. The play tells the story of Mlima, a magnificent elephant trapped by the underground international ivory market. General admission tickets are $30, but discounts are available.

GOT RHYTHM? Raleigh Drum Circle hosts a free winter jam at Method Community Park (514 Method Road, Raleigh) every Wednesday, 7–8:30 p.m. The event takes place at the picnic shelter on warm days but moves indoors to the Pioneer Building’s dance studio during cold weather. Chairs and some loaner drums are provided. No experience is necessary to participate.

GOOD SHOWING. Several local theater companies won awards and other recognition at the 2023 Junior Theater Festival Atlanta at the Cobb Galleria Centre from January 13–15. Students representing Carolina Academy of Performing Arts in Apex, Pittsboro Youth Theater, Raleigh’s Durant Road Musical Theatre, Raleigh Area Children’s Theatre and Kids On Stage in Snow Hill all earned recognition at the three-day event.

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