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Battle of the Brews, 3-6 p.m. April 18, at the Southend Food Truck Lot, 100 W. Park Ave. Organizer Mark Miller says it’s going to get even bigger this year, with 10 breweries, 8 food trucks, exhibitors from bottle shops and pour houses and live music. It is a battle, so you get a 5-ounce tasting glass and 3 bottle caps that will let you vote for your favorite beer. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the gate. Get ’em here.
Random Acts of Barbecue, deadline April 30. It sounds like my weekend cooking plans. But RAB is an event put on by Sonny’s BBQ: You nominate people or groups who “selflessly give their time in their communities with no expectation of recognition.” Throughout May, they pick winners and surprise them with a catered barbecue for their family and friends. Deadline for nominations is April 30. Go here to make a nomination. (Food writers who selflessly sacrifice their cholesterol counts while covering barbecue don’t count.)
Take chocolate lessons at Secret Chocolatier. Two coming up: Pairing chocolate with wine is 7-8:30 p.m. April 15; $25. Cake-making and decorating is 2-4 p.m. April 18; $125. Both are at the SC location in Ballantyne, 11318 N. Community House Road. Sign up and find more classes right here.
See “PlantPure Nation” and talk about it. The documentary on plant-based, whole-food diets is a followup to “Forks Over Knives” and includes a health project in Mebane, N.C. There’s a screening and Q&A at 7 p.m. April 8 at the Studio Movie Grill at the Epicentre, 210 E. Trade St. Tickets are $10. Details here.