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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Bypass Barbecue in North Carolina


3. What to Do

Master baker Lionel Vatinet leads classes at La Farm.   

Knead artisanal ciabatta and sourdough with French master baker Lionel Vatinet, who teaches three-hour classes at his bakery and café La Farm ($75; call 919-657-0657 to register). Get there early to pick up weekend-only varieties like cinnamon raisin pecan or the white chocolate mini-baguette, which tend to sell out by 11 a.m.

Make your own lunch at Chop Shop, a monthly five-hour cooking class and meal ($200) taught by chef Jim Anile in his kitchen at Durham restaurant Revolution. For a less time-consuming lesson, shop the South Estes Farmers’ Market and create seasonal dishes with instructor Marilyn Markel at Chapel Hill gourmet shop, restaurant, and cooking school A Southern Season ($45; July 31).

Pick your own blueberries and blackberries at Herndon Hills Farm (7110 Massey Chapel Rd.; 919-544-3313; $2.75/pound). Berry season runs through July and ten varieties of grapes ripen in late August. Arrive at opening time (7 a.m.) on Saturdays; the blackberry bushes tend to be picked over by 9 a.m.

Published on Jul 15, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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