Mark Your Calendar: 4 Must Attend May Culinary Events in Durham, NC


Get a taste of spring with mouthwatering May dining events at Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club

If you needed a reason to hang out at Durham's Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, but want to skip the 18 holes on the greenway, you're in luck! The gorgeous luxury estate that is the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, located on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, is hosting a wide selection of top-notch dining events this May, including events to celebrate the influential teachers and mothers in your life.


Derby Day at the Inn

You don't have to make the long drive to Kentucky to show off your Derby Day style. If you've spent the last year finding the perfect hat to live out your My Fair Lady racing dreams (no judgment here!)  Get your tickets to attend the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club for the 144th Annual Kentucky Derby grand celebration, featuring pre-race festivities, the "Run for the Roses" and victory exhilaration. Mingle with well-dressed guest as you savor delectable cocktails, featuring Oaks Lily, WaDuke Mint Julep and Keeneland Breeze and nosh on trophy-winning nibbles while placing your bets and pleading for Dover to  "Move your bloomin' arse!"

Hats and gloves encouraged, because how often do you get to break these things out! Door prize drawings for those who come decked out in their best Derby attire!

Saturday, May 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Fairview Dining Room and Bull Durham Bar


Teacher’s Day Dinner

These days teachers are picketing left and right to earn a living wage and be appreciated for the difficult task of educating America's youth. Come show your gratitude for teachers, even if you've been out of school for ages, at this year's National Teacher Appreciation Day. You don't need a child to thank those who help mold our future leaders and inventors. Honor them with a special meal at the Fairview Dining Room. With the purchase of one full-priced dinner entrée, a second guest with a valid teaching ID will be treated to their entrée, on the house. We can't give them all raises but buying them dinner is a nice start.

Tuesday, May 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Fairview Dining Room


Mother’s Day Brunch and Champagne Celebration

The month of May is nothing without a Mother’s Day celebration. Bring your mom, stepmother, aunt, or best friend to the  Fairview Dining Room and let Executive Chef Jason Cunningham’s masterful creations show the most influential women in your life how you feel. Relish in tasteful options you will adore, featuring a seafood display, salads, carved meats, hot items, omelets, waffles and desserts. In addition, each mother will receive a rose to as a declaration of appreciation. Complete with a Champagne Celebration.

Sunday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Fairview Dining Room


Grilling on the Terrace

Memorial Day marks kick-off to summer grilling season and what better way to end the month than with feast from a pro! Get outside (full of antihistamines) for an end of spring cookout on the Terrace on the Green! Executive Chef Jason Cunningham will fire up the grill and give a special cooking demonstration to step up your summer hostess activities while preparing items from the evening's four-course menu. The start of summer also means refreshing beverages and chilly cocktails so the "Grilling on the Terrance" menu will be paired with delicious seasonal cocktails.

Wednesday, May 30 from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. Terrace on the Green


To learn more information about The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, including its upcoming events, please visit or book your spring getaway stay here.