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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.
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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.