Charlotte Foodie Adventures (June 15th - June 21st)

BACON Bash, Mixology Classes, Starving Artist Market, Brunches, and much more.

Charlotte Foodie Adventures: June 15th - June 21st  

EXPLORE CHARLOTTE’S FOOD & DRINK SCENE THIS WEEK.

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 15th  

Foxy Mixology Cocktail Dinner @Leroy Fox, 7pm

Enjoy a special tiki-inspired menu paired with cocktails. Tickets available here.

1st course:

Tuna Tartare with pineapple carpaccio, fried avocados and pickled Fresno peppers.

Garnished with a cilantro & lime aioli.

Cocktail: Island Campfire made with Creyente Mezcal, El Jimador Reposado and a jalapeno infused ice sphere.

2nd course:

Kalua style pork belly with natural jus served with a ginger and carrot fried rice and Hawaiian slaw.

Cocktail: Foxy Colada-- A Foxy take on a Piña Colada made with Muddy River Coconut Rum.

3rd course:

Malasadas ~ Hawaiian fried doughnut served with a lime curd dipping sauce.

Cocktail: Planters Punch made with Kraken Rum and a mix of fresh squeezed juices.

 

Royal Suits @Alive After 5 at the Epicenter, 5pm

Welcome to the largest weekly happy hour & free entertainment celebration in Charlotte. Alive After Five is the perfect destination for friends and co-workers to gather, unwind and listen to great music while enjoying a tasty beverage. Kick start your weekend every Thursday in style! Official after-parties are held at Whiskey River, BlackFinn, SUITE, Vida, Strike City and Bubble.

 

Cheers & Beers with Allegro Foundation @Wooden Robot Brewery, 4pm

Wooden Robot has generously offered to give $1 of every large pour and growler fill to Allegro from June 1st until every IPA keg has run dry. They’ll have their IPA wrap-up party on June 15th, so come out and mingle with your friends, drink some excellent beer, and contribute to an excellent cause.

 

Baba Brew Dinner @Babalu Tapas & Tacos, 7pm

A beer dinner featuring Sugar Creek Brewing. This four course menu pairing highlights Sugar Creek’s Trappist style beer. Tickets available here.     

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 16th    

Red, White and Brew Bash @All American Pub, 5:30pm

All American Pub is celebrating 5 years with live music, awesome drink specials, and FREE appetizers from 5:30 - 730pm.

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 17th    

Brew Stash Bash @U.S. National Whitewater Center, 9am

Grab your friends and enjoy a day of festive activities at the Whitewater Center including a 6k trail race, live music, yoga in the AM, and great beer from local and regional breweries.   

SCHEDULE:

9:00am – Brew Dash Competition Heat

9:30am – Yoga

11:30am – Brew Dash Recreational Heat

1:00pm – Craft beer sampling begins ($6 per sample card, four 4oz. samples)

1:00pm – Live Music

3:00pm – Live Music

5:00pm – Live Music

6:00pm – Craft beer sampling ends

8:00pm – Live Music

 

Starving Artist Market @Lenny Boy Brewing, 2pm

Support your local vendors and join Lenny Boy Brewing for this pop-up market. There will be bath products, jewelry, candles, beadwork, wood work, prints, paintings, and much more. This event is free and open to the public. 

 

Bacon Bash @Blackfinn Ameripub, 2pm

Sample unique and flavorful bacon inspired appetizers, desserts, and cocktails, along with bacon giveaways and much more! Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased here, or it’s $20 at the door. This is a 21+ event only. Hence: Bacon Booze!  

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 18th    

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY FROM ALL OF US AT EATWORKPLAY!!

Sunday Brunch @Red Clay Ciderworks

Enjoy Cidermosas, Bellinis and the wonderfully roasty, cold brewed nitro Pure Intentions Coffee! Pepperbox Doughnuts will be on site as well as The Breakfast Food Truck, serving up some awesome sweet and savory delights.

 

Rosé All Day @City Lights Rooftop

Endless tastings for only $30 every Sunday, for the entire summer.

 

MONDAY, JUNE 19th    

Soul Food Sessions 3 @Heirloom, 6:30pm

Photo via Facebook

Photo via Facebook

The Soul Food Sessions Collective will be hosting six courses and three craft cocktails from African American guest chefs and mixologists at Heirloom Charlotte. This will be their third dinner thus far, and they sell out fast so grab your tickets here.

 

Ghost Hop Release @NoDa Brewing Company, 4pm

An easy drinking beer with just the right amount of hop. What better way to spend a Monday night than celebrating this season’s return of Ghost Hop White IPA! Tin Kitchen will be on site serving a delicious menu for those of you who want to stay for dinner.  

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 20th      

Meet the Vintner: Andrew Murra @The Asbury, 6:30pm

Enjoy five amazing wines while getting to know the vintner himself. Each glass is paired with small plates created by Chef Matthew Krenz of The Asbury.

Call (704) 277-3234 to set up your reservation, $40 pp (+tax/tip).  

 

Yappy Hour with The Ruff Life @Pop The Top Craft Beer Shop, 5:30pm

Come on down for Pop the Top’s very first Yappy Hour! Enjoy a local craft beer on their dog friendly patio, ruff ruff! Learn about The Ruff Life services and hangout with other pups.

Check out Pop The Top's website here.

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21st

Bubbles, Bites & Brushstokes @Luca Kitchen, 6:30pm

Entertain your creative side while enjoying food & drinks with your friends. $38 per person and includes all food, drinks, and painting supplies.

 

WRITTEN BY JESSICA BENTLEY | @SLICEOFJESS

RECIPE INVENTOR, SPIRALIZER ADDICT, & LOCAL PRODUCE LOVE

Southend Taps Into The Pour-Your-Own-Beer Bar Trend

Charlotte’s Southend Community is prepping for a 100% self-pour beer and wine saloon, slated to open in early September 2017, Hoppin’. Hoppin' is bringing a new concept to Charlotte, with a revolutionary system that allows patrons to pour their brew by the ounce.

With this self-serve system there will be no bartenders or servers to tip, so consumers can use that extra cash to indulge in another round with their friends. Pour yourself a sample or an entire pint, the whole experience behind this movement is to explore different brews in a relaxing environment where you can taste a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and find what kind of beer you truly enjoy most.  

Currently a blank shell (shown above before construction), Hoppin’s 4700 square foot building will open with 50 beers and 10 wines on their self-pouring tap systems. They will also offer two outdoor patios and a large projection screen for various sports games.

Hoppin’ will offer dual levels of entertainment space. Downstairs will house 35 beers and 10 wines on tap, with plenty of TV’s and seating areas. Hop on up to the second floor loft and discover 15 more taps, games, soft seating, and an aerial view of the stage which will have live music performances.

The floor plan has been designed and construction has already begun! Hoppin’ will be located at 1402 Winnifred Street, Charlotte NC 28203. Be sure to save the date for this September!

WRITTEN BY JESSICA BENTLEY | @SLICEOFJESS

RECIPE INVENTOR, SPIRALIZER ADDICT, & LOCAL PRODUCE LOVE

Charlotte Foodie Adventures (June 1st - June 7th)

EatWorkPlayCLT writer Jess hosts Dog of the Week @JJ’s Red Hots! Also, Brew Releases, Vintage Charlotte Market, Brewery Tours, + much more.

Charlotte Foodie Adventures: June 1st-June 7th

EXPLORE CHARLOTTE’S FOOD & DRINK SCENE THIS WEEK.

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 1st

Seasonal Release: Fake Plastic Trees Hoppy Wheat @Birdsong Brewing Co., 3pm

Photo via Facebook

Photo via Facebook

It’s Thirsty Thursday and Birdsong is celebrating with a new beer release party. Libretto's Street Pizza Food Truck will be there slinging slices & DJ That Guy Smitty will be spinning the tunes.

 

Big Ed’s Garage @Alive After 5 at the Epicenter, 5pm

Welcome to the largest weekly happy hour & free entertainment celebration in Charlotte. Alive After Five is the perfect destination for friends and co-workers to gather, unwind and listen to great music while enjoying a tasty beverage. Kick start your weekend every Thursday in style! Official after-parties are held at Whiskey River, BlackFinn, SUITE, Vida, Strike City and Bubble.

 

NBA Finals Game 1 @Flight, 9pm

View the BIG Game on a 180-inch projection screen or one of 6 flat screens.

$15 buckets of beer, $4 Great Lakes Brewing Company drafts, $4 Dog Pound shots, 80+ beers on tap! FREE PARKING AT HEARST TOWER!

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 2nd    

Grand Reopening Party @Sauceman’s, 5pm

Photo via Facebook

Photo via Facebook

No need to RSVP or purchase tickets in advance, just get your “butts” to Sauceman’s new space at 228 West Blvd. There will be live music from 6pm - 9pm and their pitmaster, Cole, will be smoking TWO WHOLE HOGS on site. In addition to the hogs, there will also be a low county boil.

Get a FREE pork sandwich with any beer purchase!

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 3rd   

2017 Vintage Charlotte Summer Market @Camp North End, 11am

Come out and spend the day shopping with 80+ of the region’s best vintage & handmade vendors. Yelp Charlotte will be there supplying shopping bags for the first 500 customers, Not Just Coffee will be on hand in case you need your caffeine fix and Birdsong Brewing will be there supplying the brew.  There will be Food Trucks and live music; $7 early bird entry at 10am // $2 general admission.

 

5th Annual NoDa 5k @NoDa Brewing Company, 6pm

Grab your friends and go get your run on. After the 5k, there will be live music, vendors, food trucks, beer, medals, and much more.   

 

Grand Opening Celebration @Pop the Top, 12pm

This is a grand opening you will not want to miss. They will be offering free lunch from New Wrap Orders (until supplies run out,) hosting giveaways, tastings from local brewery reps, and even giving out a free Pop the Top pint glass to the first 50 customers.

 

Fresh Med One Year Anniversary Party @Blue Blaze Brewing, 12pm

Fresh Med has teamed up with Blue Blaze Brewing for a joint one year anniversary party! There will be food, beer, games, live music, and much more.

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 4th    

Kiss 95.1’s Brewery Tour @Unknown Brewing Company, 12pm

Kiss 95.1 FM has partnered with Raging Uptown Charters to bring you one of the coolest brewery tours in the Charlotte area. They have invited 50 participants to join them as they tour Unknown Brewing, Pop the Top, Pint Central Sycamore and/or Sugar Creek Brewing, and then circle back again to Unknown. Each stop will be for 1 hour; tickets are just $20 and can be purchased here.

 

Order/Fire S2E9 ft. Chef Ashley Boyd @Free Range Brewing, 1pm

Come out and support your local chef, Ashley Boyd. She will be talking about desserts and flavor profiles, as well as her background as an art restorationist. There will be a raffle that includes: a dinner for two at 300 East or a dinner for two at Heritage… both include a killer dessert tasting! This is a free event open to the public.

 

MONDAY, JUNE 5th    

You Drink, We Donate @NoDa Brewing Company, 12 noon

This week’s addition of #YDWD is donating $1 from each beer sold to Crohn's and Colitis Foundation - Carolinas Chapter. After grabbing a few beers, stick around and have dinner with TIN Kitchen, who will be on site offering delicious food. To learn more about the cause, visit http://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org.

 

Dog of the Week Series featuring EWP Writer, Jess Bentley @JJ’s Red Hots

Starting Monday and going through the entire week, you can grab a dog designed by EatWorkPlayCLT writer, Jess Bentley, aka SliceOfJess.

Slice of Tiki Dog:

A bacon-wrapped, smokehouse dog topped with pineapple salsa, teriyaki sauce, cilantro-lime crema, red onion, jalapeno slices, and fresh cilantro.

Make sure to check her Instagram page for specials, giveaways, and more information!

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 6th      

Trivia with Unknown Brewing @Libretto’s Pizza, 7:30pm

Enjoy Mindless Minutia Trivia with The Unknown Brewing Company. There will be $2 Cheese & Pepperoni slices, drink specials, and cool prizes supplied by Unknown Brewing.

      

Cue & Brew with Lenny Boy Brewing @Midwood Smokehouse, 6:30pm

Join Midwood Smokehouse Pitmasters and Lenny Boy Brewing’s Owner & Founder, Townes Mozer, for a three-course beer and dinner pairing. Tickets are $45 and include all beer & food. Grab you tickets here.

WRITTEN BY JESSICA BENTLEY | @SLICEOFJESS

RECIPE INVENTOR, SPIRALIZER ADDICT, & LOCAL PRODUCE LOVE

Charlotte Foodie Adventures (May 25th - May 31st)

21 Wines Tasting, Dinner at Bonterra, Memorial Day Celebrations, and more.

Charlotte Foodie Adventures: May 25th – May 31st   

EXPLORE CHARLOTTE’S FOOD & DRINK SCENE THIS WEEK.

 

THURSDAY, MAY 25th

Appetite for Destruction @Alive After 5 at the Epicenter, 5pm

Welcome to the largest weekly happy hour & free entertainment celebration in Charlotte. Alive After Five is the perfect destination for friends and co-workers to gather, unwind and listen to great music while enjoying a tasty beverage. Kick start your weekend every Thursday in style! Official after-parties are held at Whiskey River, BlackFinn, SUITE, Vida, Strike City and Bubble.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 26th   

Frenchies Unite! 21 French Wines Tasting @The Wine Vault, 5pm

Happily sip and learn about 21 French wines for only $20. Here’s the kicker: buy a case and get your $20 back! There will be live music starting at 7pm; Wine + Live Music = Guaranteed Good Time.  

 

SATURDAY, MAY 27th  

Memorial Day Celebration @U.S. Whitewater Center, 8am

This event officially goes from May 27th at 8am through May 28th at 10pm. Enjoy the holiday weekend by being active outdoors with friends and family. There will be 5 and 8 mile trail races, yoga, film screenings, and deep water solo rock climbing as well as live music on Sunday. Firework display is at dusk. For a full schedule, go to their Facebook event page here.

 

Aloha! Memorial Day Luau @NoDa Company Store, 10am

Get your swim trucks and sunscreen and join NoDa Company store for their first annual Memorial Day Weekend Luau and Pool Party. There will be a temporary pool out back for a Hula contest, Luau Festivities, Food, Drinks and Pool Games. Be ready to be whisked away to a paradise full of palm trees.  

 

SUNDAY, MAY 28th 

Kellyfest 2017 @Bonterra, 4pm

Kellyfest is a celebration of Kelly Kehoe’s favorite southern foods paired with wines from Robert Foley Vineyards and locally brewed beer from Triple C Brewing. Guests will be nibbling on crispy, down home fried chicken, Carolina barbecue, corn bread, and much more while enjoying music from the Robert Foley Band. This is going to be a delicious event!

 

MONDAY, MAY 29th 

You Drink, We Donate @NoDa Brewing Company, 12 noon

It’s Memorial Day and NoDa Brewing will be opening early to start their #YDWD Campaign! $1 of each beer sold goes to the USO of North Carolina, in honor of their “Armed Forces Day - Solute for Patriots” campaign. Drink up for a good cause and support your local North Carolina service members and families. A complete list of other participating establishments can be found here.

In Charlotte, some of the other participating locations include The Olde Mecklenberg Brewery, Lenny Boy Brewing, Red Clay Ciderworks, Rock Bottom Brewery, Legion Brewing, Bold Missy Brewery, Sycamore Brewing, Triple C Brewing, The Unknown Brewing Co. and Wooden Robot Brewing.

 

TUESDAY, MAY 30th     

Chef’s Collaborative Dinner @Heirloom, 6:30pm

Chef Clark Barlowe of Heirloom Restaurant and Guest Chef Jasmine Bell of Master Chef Junior will be collaborating for an amazing 5 course tasting menu benefiting Chef’s Collaborative. Each course will be paired with hand selected wines for each guest to enjoy. Make your reservations by calling 704-595-7710.

 

Other Food & Drink News:

Long awaited Bold Missy Brewery is now open in NoDa. Make sure to check them out! Address: 610 Anderson Street, Charlotte.

 

Photo via Clean Juice Bar

Photo via Clean Juice Bar

Clean Juice recently opened their newest North Carolina location in Davidson! Locations in N.C. now include Davidson, Huntersville, Concord, Northlake Mall and Ballantyne. Davidson Address: 605 Jetton Street.

 

WRITTEN BY JESSICA BENTLEY | @SLICEOFJESS

RECIPE INVENTOR, SPIRALIZER ADDICT, & LOCAL PRODUCE LOVE

Charlotte Foodie Adventures (May 18th - May 24th)

Cheese & Cider Pairings, Restaurant Celebrations, Patio Parties, and much more!

Charlotte Foodie Adventures: May 18th – May 24th  

EXPLORE CHARLOTTE’S FOOD & DRINK SCENE THIS WEEK.

 

THURSDAY, MAY 18th

Five Year Anniversary Bash @5Church, 6pm

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Join 5Church as they celebrate 5 years! This cocktail attire event will have music by DJ Jamie Overcash, a tasting menu by Chef Jamie Lynch and complimentary wine & beer with dinner. If you can’t make dinner, stop by at 9pm for their big party, as they will be celebrating far into the night.

 

Mr. Potato Head @Alive After 5 at the Epicenter, 5pm

Welcome to the largest weekly happy hour & free entertainment celebration in Charlotte. Alive After Five is the perfect destination for friends and co-workers to gather, unwind, and listen to great music while enjoying a tasty beverage. Kick start your weekend every Thursday in style! Official after-parties are held at Whiskey River, BlackFinn, SUITE, Vida, Strike City and Bubble.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 19th   

Plaza Patio Party @Healthy Home Market, 5pm

Spend your Friday night hanging out on the patio! There will be live music, games, beer and food samples, gift basket raffles, plus much more. This is a FREE event that’s open to the public.

 

Cider & Cheese Tasting @Red Clay Ciderworks, 7pm

Photo from Orrman’s Cheese Shop Facebook

Photo from Orrman’s Cheese Shop Facebook

Taste a variety of cheeses from Orrman's Cheese Shop that are paired beautifully with locally made Red Clay Cider. Space is limited to 14 guests, so don’t wait to book your reservation. Tickets are just $18 and can be purchased here.

 

Rust Buckett Food Truck Rally @Cotswold, 5:30pm

Looking for something to do with the whole family? There will be games for the kids, live music provided by Rust Buckett, and it’s even dog friendly. This is a FREE event for the public. Address:  3115 Providence Road, Charlotte.  

 

SATURDAY, MAY 20th  

2nd Annual Bacon Fest @Sycamore Brewing, 12pm

Baconfest was such a HUGE hit last year that they’ve brought it back!

Food Trucks:
Papi Queso Food Truck
Gyro Twins Truck
OooWee BBQ
Ganache
Mel's BLT Kitchen
The Improper Pig
Vito's Pizza Truck
Sandwich Food Truck

Live music from 2pm by #ThrowbackThursday

Great Selection of Beer, Wine, Cider by Sycamore Brewing.

 

Mixology with Bob Peters with Wooden Robot @Earls Grocery, 2:30pm

Photo via Earl’s Grocery Facebook

Photo via Earl’s Grocery Facebook

Learn from the best and join Bob Peters as he shows how to mix summer beer-based cocktails with Wooden Robot’s sour beers! This event is FREE and open to the public.

 

5th Annual Charlotte Beer Festival @Rooftop 210, 3pm

Sample multiple flavors of beer and listen to live music as you enjoy craft brews from some of your favorite breweries. Buy your tickets here.

General Admission - $20

Ticket includes all drink sampling tickets and commemorative sampling glass.

VIP Admission Ticket - $30

Early admission for sampling and a Charlotte Beer Festival T-shirt

 

Dat Hip Hop Fest @Lenny Boy Brewing, 3pm

Current line-up includes:

FOOD
A Bao Time low country boil: 2pm. While supplies last. $14/plate
Shrimp +Andouille sausage + Corn on the cob + Red skin potatoes + Onion
Comes with cocktail sauce and herbed butter.

MUSIC
Headlining act: Aarodyn Amics, 4-7pm
Instrumental night jam: Dave Holmes, 8-10pm

 

SUNDAY, MAY 21st  

Festa Italiana Charlotte @Gateway Village, 1pm

Photo via Festa Italiana Charlotte FB Page

Photo via Festa Italiana Charlotte FB Page

This will be Charlotte’s 12th Annual Italiana Food and Wine Festival! Enjoy an afternoon filled with art, music, wine and fine Italian cuisine! There will be activities for the kids as well. Tickets are available here.  

 

Breakfast for Dinner Fundraiser @The Peculiar Rabbit, 5pm

Cocktails + Live Music + 5 Course Breakfast-For-Dinner Menu = A grand time! Join Prosocialites for a great fundraising event that benefits their Empowers Program. Tickets are going fast, get yours here.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24th   

Veuve Clicquote Champagne Dinner @Fahrenheit, 6:30pm

Join Fahrenheit Charlotte as they are honored to present special guest and winemaker Bertrand Veroquieri, who will show off and talk about his champagnes while pairing delicious food offerings from Chef Dave.

Call 980-237-6718 for details and reservations.

WRITTEN BY JESSICA BENTLEY | @SLICEOFJESS

RECIPE INVENTOR, SPIRALIZER ADDICT, & LOCAL PRODUCE LOVE

SkillPop: A Charlotte Original Spreading Nationwide

SkillPop—the latest craze creating big waves in Charlotte. This locally founded company offers fun, engaging, pop-up classes throughout the community to teach new skills, give you the basics on a new hobby, and provide an awesome setting to kick back with your friends or meet new people.

If you’re like me, that inner middle schooler who still thinks she’s too-cool-for-school cringes at the word, “classes,” but these aren’t boring lectures given by professors who spit too much. These are interactive, hands-on demonstrations in skills you’ll actually be excited about.

Want to know how to capture jaw-dropping photos with your DSLR? They’ve got a Photography Basics class for that. Interested in upping your handwriting skills to Pinterest-worthy penmanship? SkillPop offers Handlettering, Beginning Calligraphy, and Brush Lettering. Like to eat while you learn? Artisan Breadmaking and Cookie Decorating Essentials are calling your name.

It all started in September of 2015 when SkillPop hosted its first class: Handlettering with Kaley Olson. Kaley's seminar is still offered and has become one of the most popular classes—her creations could even make your grandma's perfect cursive drool with jealousy. In April, 43 classes were held and the number grows every month. In the short two-year time span the company has existed, they’ve held over 450 classes to 7,000 students. 

In fact, the company is growing so much, they recently expanded to Raleigh and just completed a “Road Trip Tour,” hosting classes in other cities and scouting out new locations. The most popular classes fill up fast, within just a few hours of being posted. Hint, hint:  sign up for the SkillPop Newsletter. You’ll be the first to be notified when new classes are posted.

There’s a reason SkillPop is growing so quickly and Charlotteans love their classes. In short, it’s FUN. Why take your friends to the brewery (again) when you can start your path to fame together in a Podcasting Essentials class? They’re also the perfect setting for parent-child hangouts, (Mother’s Day, anyone?) and a super creative way to impress a first date. (If you took a woman to a Chocolate Appreciation Class, you could most definitely count on a second date. Just sayin’….)

It’s not just what you learn in a SkillPop class that’s so enticing, but where. The classes are held in unique locations all over the city. Usually, the spaces are geared toward the nature of the class. For instance, Photography Basics is held at the Google Fiber building in First Ward, so you can step right outside and practice what you’ve learned against Charlotte’s skyline views. Beginner Hip Hop, on the other hand, is held at Xtend Barre, the perfect fitness space to perfect your new moves.

The next time you and your friends are scouting the city for a worthwhile event, checkout SkillPop’s class list. Learn, laugh, have a blast, and tell them EatWorkPlay sent you! 

(All photos courtesy of SkillPop.)

WRITTEN BY CC SIFTAR | @CC.SIFTAR

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Mother's Day Gifts You Can Buy While At Work

Mother’s Day is FAST approaching… As in, you’ve got just four days left to find the perfect gift for dear ol’ Mama.

Don’t have time to run out? Here are some great options you can order right from your desktop at work. (We’ll wager a bet you’re sitting there right now procrastination as you read this. Your secret’s safe with us.)

 

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Cheryl’s Cookies

Super soft cookie, amazing buttery icing, adorably festive decorations. Cheryl’s wider variety of packages makes choosing the ideal gift as easy as pie... Er, cookies, duh. If you’re mom doesn’t thoroughly enjoy indulging in these baked goods, she probably doesn’t have any taste buds.

 

Shari’s Berries

For the mom who claims she wants a healthy option but would pick a chocolate milkshake over a salad any day, send some Shari’s Berries her way. Sweet, fresh strawberries covered in rich chocolate, chocolate chips, or sugar. It’s a definite win.

 

From You Flowers

Clichés be damned; flowers are the most classic gift you could offer your mom. Choosing this traditional option tells your mother how timeless you believe her to be. And at From You Flowers, you can create your own bouquet with flowers picked especially for her.

 

Jeni’s Ice Cream

Yes, it’s ice cream—delivered frozen. (Some of the most amazing ice cream you’ve ever tasted, we might add.) It’ll arrive perfectly shipped in all its ice-cold glory so your mother can praise your creative thinking while spooning away some Brown Butter Almond Brittle.

 

Mother’s Day Brunch

Lastly, just take your mama out! Nothing will make her happier than spending some good, quality time with you, her precious baby. (Aww.) Check out our latest Charlotte Foodie Adventures article for restaurants hosting brunch specifically for mother’s day.

There was once a point in her life when your mother woke up at 3:00am just to pull you from your crib and be pooped on. So go celebrate her and show her some love in return. :)

 

WRITTEN BY CC SIFTAR | @CC.SIFTAR

BOOK ADDICT, BOY MAMA, PROBABLY EATING ICE CREAM RIGHT NOW

 

Charlotte Foodie Adventures (May 11th - May17th)

Free Coffee, Bacon Fest, No-Pants Bike Rides, BBQ & Bluegrass Festival, Mother’s Day Brunches, and much more.

Charlotte Foodie Adventures: May 11th – May 17th  

EXPLORE CHARLOTTE’S FOOD & DRINK SCENE THIS WEEK.

 

THURSDAY, MAY 11th

We Got The Beat @Alive After 5 at the Epicenter, 5pm

Welcome to the largest weekly happy hour & free entertainment celebration in Charlotte. Alive After Five is the perfect destination for friends and co-workers to gather, unwind, and listen to great music while enjoying a tasty beverage. Kick start your weekend every Thursday in style! Official after-parties are held at Whiskey River, BlackFinn, SUITE, Vida, Strike City, and Bubble.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 12th   

4th Annual Bacon Fest @Whiskey River, 8pm

Are you a BACON fanatic? If you answered, “YES,” then this is the event for you. Whiskey River will be hosting 3 bacon-themed buffets including samples of appetizers, entrees, desserts, and even bacon-inspired cocktails. There will be great giveaways (did someone say free bacon-wrapped jalapeños for a year?) and prizes for all of you bacon-obsessed fans in Charlotte. Tickets are just $17 and can be purchased here. This is a 21+ event.

 

Food Truck Friday @Park Crossing, 5:30pm

Looking for something to do with the whole family? Join Park Crossing Swim & Racquet Club for their 3rd Food Truck Friday event. There will be 5 trucks on site, games in the field, volleyball, kids face painting, a tennis exhibition, and music. This is a FREE event for the public.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 13th  

Greystar South End Hops Fest @Southend Charlotte, 2pm   

This year’s (dog-friendly) South End Hops Festival is celebrating its 4th year in the making with 80+ different NC & SC craft beers from over 40 amazing breweries. In addition to 4 hours of unlimited beer tastings, attendees will experience Blue Blaze Brewing’s Biergarten and live craft beer demos by Chef Chris Coleman of Stoke Charlotte. Tickets are available here.

 

Starving Artist Market @Lenny Boy Brewing, 2pm

Support your local artist and join Lenny Boy Brewing for their indoor pop-up market! There will be a variety of vendors selling bath products, jewelry, candles, accessories, beadwork, silk screening, wood work, prints, paintings, carvings, gift sets, bakeries, chocolate, pottery, and much more. A Bao Time Food Truck will be on site for your feasting pleasure, so make sure to grab a glass of your favorite Kombucha and shop from some of the most creative artists Charlotte has to offer!

 

BBQ & Bluegrass @Sycamore Brewing, 12pm

Photo via Sycamore Brewing, Facebook

Photo via Sycamore Brewing, Facebook

This FREE event will feature live bluegrass music, delicious food truck selections, and ice-cold craft brews.

An amazing selection of BBQ by:

OooWee BBQ

The Improper Pig

Queen City Q

 

Bluegrass starting at 1pm by:

The Clydes

Dear Brother

 

Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival @SportsLink Southpark, 2pm

Here are the deets for the Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival, an all-you-can-drink event:

Tickets are $39 and you can buy one here. All guests receive a souvenir glass for tastings.

The first 200 Guests in line for EACH SESSION receive a FREE “COLLECTIBLE BBBQ” bag.

Unlimited beer and bourbon tastings as you stroll from table to table and tent to tent. There are 40 bourbons and 60 beers on tap. Enjoy, but please drink responsibly.

BBQ galore! Enjoy the great barbeque selection – pulled pork from whole hogs, ribs, brisket, chickens, sausages, and any fixins’ you could imagine. We’ll keep the portions heavy and the prices low. BBQ is ala carte.

3rd ANNUAL CAROLINA BBQ LEAGUE COMPETITION. That’s right –  meet and watch the teams from the Carolina BBQ League for their BBQ Backyard Competition. Come out and see the teams and their rigs as they smoke out the best flavors in the South. 

Live Rock & Blues music will be playing all day and there will be exhibits with brewerania, hot sauces, bbq accessories, and much more.

 

No Pants Ride @Unknown Brewing, 1pm

Photo via Unknown Brewing, Facebook

Photo via Unknown Brewing, Facebook

Ride down the light rail trail for Charlotte’s second annual pantless bike ride with Unknown Brewing. Enjoy live music, amazing food trucks, and (duh) delicious beer. This is a free event and open to the public.

ADDED FEEL GOOD BONUS: For every person that shows up, Unknown Brewing will donate $1 to 24 Hours of Booty.   

 

Pure Intentions Coffee Launch Party @Amelie’s Uptown, 6pm

Complimentary hot and cold coffee samples will be served alongside coffee-infused pastries and savory delights. This event is FREE and open to the public. There will also be beer and wine available for purchase.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 14th  

Happy Mother’s Day!

Here are a few restaurants that are hosting a special brunch menu for the day.

Some of our other favorite BRUNCH spots include:

(These are in no particular order, as they are all great choices.)

Stoke Charlotte

Little Spoon

Heist Brewery

5 Church

300 East

Upstream

The Asbury

Bistro La Bon

Mimosa Grill

George’s Brasserie

 

TUESDAY, MAY 16th  

Sausage making with JJ’s Red Hots @Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen, 6:30pm

Learn how to make 3 different sausages with Chef & Owner, Jon Luther, of JJ’s Red Hots.  He will take you through some of the secrets to his great tasting menu items and will also pair some dishes with Chef Alyssa’s Spreads Line. Grab your tickets here before they sell out!

 

Other Food & Drink News:

The Common Market officially opened their newest location last week! Address: 4420A Monroe Road, Charlotte.

Catawba Brewing’s Charlotte Tasting Room is now open!

 

WRITTEN BY JESSICA BENTLEY | @SLICEOFJESS

RECIPE INVENTOR, SPIRALIZER ADDICT, & LOCAL PRODUCE LOVE

Chic Cinco: Dress to Impress with Ease

Ah, the classic dilemma: there’s a happy hour after work (like the EatWorkPlay’s Chic Cinco de Mayo this Friday,) so do you dress for the happy hour or for work? Well, since I can’t in good conscience tell you to ignore dressing appropriately for your job… and since I also love an excuse to dress up… I say dress for both! Let’s check out some things you can wear straight from the office to the happy hour and dress to impress at both.

 

Look #1: Girly

I love a good deal. And I love being able to shop until I drop with a smaller carbon footprint (#HappyLateEarthDay.) So, naturally, I’m obsessed with consignment stores. J.T. Posh, one of my personal favorites, has a HUGE selection of girly dresses.

This Tory Burch dress is priced at just $79. That’s less than a third of normal retail. And it’s so cute, you could wear it to countless different occasions. But there’s a catch—it’s consignment, so there’s only one available!

Didn’t snag this dress in time? Not to worry. There certainly isn’t a shortage of floral dresses in the spring, so find one that best fits your style. My personal favorites for finding hidden officewear: bevello and Madewell.

 

Look #2: Menswear

The fabric and pattern of this outfit is traditionally found in men’s attire, especially if paired with a black blazer, but the fact that it’s a dress and the larger-than-life bow give it a feminine appeal. Best of both worlds? I think so.

Snag this dress ($98) and any black blazer you like at the Banana Republic in Southpark. It’s 30% off until Saturday!

 

 

 

 

 

Look #3: Casual Fridays

The general rule for the office is no more than one animal print item per day. These pants from J. Crew ($98) are adorable all on their own. There’s really no need to do anything to this outfit except put on some heels and a top (light blue or black) and walk out the door. Keeping the rest of your outfit subtle helps this statement piece be the talk of the town.

J. Crew has become my go-to for finding great fitting pants appropriate for work (or at least appropriate for casual Fridays) but that are different than the black slacks I wear twice (okay, at least twice) a week.

 

But remember, the most important thing about style is for you to love what you’re wearing. Happy shopping and see you at Le Meridian on Friday for EWP’s #CLTMixer, Chic Cinco de Mayo!

Not yet registered for the event? There’s still time. Click here to RSVP now. 

WRITTEN BY ERICA BOWER

FAN OF LIVING SUSTAINABLY, LOVE A GOOD MINI-SERIES, BELIEVER THAT HEELS CAN FIX (MOST) ANYTHING. 

 

Charlotte Foodie Adventures (May 4th - 10th)

Cinco De Mayo Parties, Latin Cooking Classes, Street Festivals, Craft Ginger-Ale Release, and Trivia Nights.  

Charlotte Foodie Adventures: May 4th – May 10th  

EXPLORE CHARLOTTE’S FOOD & DRINK SCENE THIS WEEK.

 

THURSDAY, MAY 4th

Cinco De Mayo Beer Dinner @Block Bistro (Huntersville), 7pm

Start celebrating Cinco De Mayo a day early with this 4-course dinner paired with 4 Mexican beers and a margarita. Tickets are just $35 for the whole package-- what a steal! RSVP at blockbistro@gmail.com or call 704-947-5109 to reserve seats.

 

Latin Street Food II Class @Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen, 6:30pm

If you haven’t tried one of Chef Alyssa’s cooking classes, you’re surely missing out. This class will feature a fusion of Latin cuisines that will soon become your favorite. We definitely recommend her classes for an interactive date night or night out with the gang. Tickets are available here.

Menu:

Arepas-- Venezuelan white corn cake filled with braised adobo chicken and avocado

Grilled Watermelon and Fried Cotija Cheese Salad

Stuffed Poblano Peppers-- With ground pork, spices, dry fruit and creamy walnut sherry sauce

Frijoles Charros—Mexican-style braised beans topped with fresh spring onion, jalapeno, cilantro and chicharrones

 

 

FRIDAY, MAY 5th   

EatWorkPlay's #CLTMixer @City Lights Rooftop Bar, 6pm 

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Join EatWorkPlay CLT as we kickoff our Summer Series at City Lights Rooftop at Le Meridien Hotel. The event will feature Mexican cocktails, food, music, and dancing curated for the social Young Professional. Network, mingle, have a blast!

15% of proceeds raised will go to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank to feed those in need in the Charlotte area.

 

Cinco De Mayo Food Truck Friday @Sycamore Brewing, 5pm

Hooray for a Mexican themed Food Truck Friday! There will be tacos, lager with limes, and good times. Keep a lookout for margarita-prosecco pops along with margarita-beer pops too!

 

Cinco De Drinko @ D9 Brewing Company (Cornelius), 5pm

Look forward to small batches brewed just for this event as well as margarita-inspired cocktails using D9’s award winning beers. Everything will be specially handcrafted by Bartender Larry from The Punch Room. La Movida Food Truck will be on site serving $2 tacos and music will be provided by HC Oaks Band.   

 

Cinco De Mayo Party @Vida Cantina, all-day starting at 11am  

Be a part of Charlotte’s biggest (FREE) Cinco De Mayo Party. There will be live music all day as well as great drink specials and delicious food features.  

 

 

SATURDAY, MAY 6th  

NoDa Day in May Street Festival @NoDa, 1pm   

Live music, food trucks, arts and crafts, and so much more! FREE ADMISSION. This is a kid-friendly event so bring the whole family.

DJ's for the Day:

BEARTRAX

Melodious Funk

Johnny D.

Chris Greene

Funktavius

Chuck Martin

 

Food Trucks:

Now Toasted

Wingz on Wheelz

Sals Roadside Eatery


 

Putting the OM in kOMbucha: Yoga Class @Lenny Boy Brewing, 10am

Photo via Work For Your Beer Facebook Event Page

Photo via Work For Your Beer Facebook Event Page

Each Saturday, Work For Your Beer hosts a 60-minute yoga class for just $5. Your ticket includes the cost of the class as well as a 6oz pour of kombucha.  

 

 

TUESDAY, MAY 9th  

Drinkin’ & Thinkin’ Trivia Night @Growler USA, 6:30pm

Grab your friends and join Growler USA for their weekly trivia night. Test your knowledge on current events, entertainment, and more!

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10th  

Anderson’s Conn Valley Wine Dinner @Essex Bar & Bistro, 6:30pm

Enjoy a night out in Uptown while sipping on five incredible wine selections paired with six of Essex’s signature dishes. 

Menu:

Shrimp & Scallop Ceviche paired with a 2015 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc

Chicken Dim Sum paired with a 2013 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyard, Chardonnay

Korean Pork Buns paired with a 2013 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyard, Pinot Noir

Churrasco paired with a 2013 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyard, Reserved Cabernet

Lamb Chop Lollipops paired with a 2013 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyard, Eloge Strawberry Cheesecake

To reserve your seat call 980-406-3857.

 

Wine & Cheese Class @Orrman’s Cheese Shop, 5:30pm

Taste a variety of cheeses and wines, sourced both locally and from around the world, guided by Josh of the Assorted Table and Rachel from Orrman's Cheese Shop. Tickets are $25 and you will also receive 10% off any cheese purchases the night of the event.

 

Other Food & Drink News:

Photo Credit to LunahZon Photography

Photo Credit to LunahZon Photography

Starting this week, BLT Steak kicks-off their Seasonal Sandwiches To-Go. Say goodbye to that #SadDeskLunch and hello to delicious handhelds made with local ingredients from Kings Drive Market along with grain salads made with local, seasonal produce.    

Unknown Brewing has released their non-alcoholic Craft Ginger Ale! Have you tried one yet?#RefreshTheWayYouViewCraft

 

WRITTEN BY JESSICA BENTLEY | @SLICEOFJESS

RECIPE INVENTOR, SPIRALIZER ADDICT, & LOCAL PRODUCE LOVE

RiRa: Not Just Another Irish Pub

If you’ve never been to a locals-only Irish pub in New York City, let me tell you what to expect. You’ll be walking down the sidewalk, awkwardly swerving to avoid people who aren’t paying attention while car horns blare and someone’s second hand smoke burns your throat. You veer into a tucked away door and Bam! Hustle and bustle gone. The big-city static is replaced with cozy lighting, friendly faces, and the best darn homecooked aromas wafting through the air.

Looking for this experience in Charlotte? Welcome to RiRa Irish Pub. Whenever you find yourself tired of the noise and crowds of Uptown, pull up a chair at the bar in this inviting space and indulge in some of the best Irish cuisine in town.

It seems that any ol’ restaurateur can slap a Celtic knot on their logo and call their bar an Irish pub, but one bite of their “gammy” shepherd’s pie exposes the illusion. RiRa, on the other hand, is one of the oldest bars in Charlotte and has spent the last twenty years bringing a piece of The Emerald Isle right into the heart of the Queen City. Authenticity abounds from the dishes prepared to the very people serving them. RiRa even has a visa program that allows Irish citizens to work at the pub for a year, so you know when your Guinness is poured with a hearty, “Sláinte!,” it’s the real deal.

The intimate atmosphere of the bar will win you over right after entering (if the gorgeous chandelier above doesn’t do it first. Look up!) The lighting is soft and warm and the décor is true to Ireland, including intricate stonework and antique whiskey bottles. If you’re visiting with a larger party, head upstairs to another full bar with a little more space to roam.

What’s the best meal to order from RiRa’s menu? A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G. If you’re hunting traditional Irish food, try the Banger Bites—oven-baked, puff pastry wrapped Irish pork sausages served with Lusty Monk mustard from Asheville. Or try the Irish Chicken Curry—all natural chicken sautéed with bell peppers, fresh herbs, and onions, in imported McDonnell’s Irish curry sauce. And of course, nothing is quite as traditional as Fish & Chips—beer-battered Icelandic haddock fillet served with house-made tartar sauce over hand cut fries and a wedge of lemon.

If you’re looking for an American tie-in to your meal, check out the Lamb Burger—a house ground, rosemary infused VA lamb patty topped with charred red onion, arugula, goat cheese and Irish curry aioli on a locally made brioche bun.

RiRa is the perfect spot for a casual business lunch, a cozy first date, or just do what my husband and I love to do—sit at the bar, munch on bangers and fried pickles, and reminisce about making all our wedding guests dance to Gaelic Storm’s “Tell Me Ma.” Purchase a Foodie Adventures Passport for a special discount on RiRa’s incredible cuisine, and throw back a shot of Jameson for us. Sláinte!

(See more of RiRa in our latest YouTube video.) (Photos via RiRa's website and Instagram.)

 

WRITTEN BY CC SIFTAR | @CC.SIFTAR

BOOK ADDICT, BOY MAMA, PROBABLY EATING ICE CREAM RIGHT NOW.

Charlotte Foodie Adventures (April 27th - May 3rd)

Free Concerts, Yoga for a Cause, Beer Releases, Tour De Blaze, Meet Charlotte Symphony Members, & Enjoy Free Cupcakes.

Charlotte Foodie Adventures: April 27th – May 3rd

EXPLORE CHARLOTTE’S FOOD & DRINK SCENE THIS WEEK.

Reminder: It’s still Charlotte Wine & Tapas Week through April 30th! Drink & Taste your way around the world right here in Charlotte for $35 or under. Find a list of participating restaurants here.  

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 27th

Yoga for Breast Cancer Awareness @ Lenny Boy Brewing Co., 6:30pm

Join Work For Your Beer & Queen City Chic for a beer yoga class benefiting Carolina Breast Friends. This 60-minute class will be donating 100% of their proceeds towards the care and support for those affected by breast cancer. The class is just $5; come out and make a difference!  

 

FREE Cupcakes Birthday Celebration @ SAS Cupcakes, 9:30 am

Locally own bakery, SAS Cupcakes, is celebrating their 8th birthday and want you to be part of the sweet affair! Stop by for a FREE CUPCAKE—no purchase necessary (one cupcake per person).  

 

Music Series Release with Junior Astronomers @ Birdsong Brewing, 5pm

This local music series is one of the most creative ways to collaborate a local band with a brew based on their music style. Charlotte’s own Junior Astronomers has created a “far out” Pale Ale using Galaxy & Comet Hops. Yum! Come out, grab a glass, and listen to some tunes.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 28th  

Rye Felisha Taproom Release & Movie Night @ Unknown Brewing Co., 4pm

Unknown Brewing is celebrating their love for the classic movie, Friday, with their brew release “Rye Felicia” IPA. Come out and enjoy a glass, watch the movie, groove along while DJ YETi spins some hip hop classics, and end the evening by enjoying a treat from the Ice Cream Truck on site. #ByeFelicia

 

Bourbon, Beer & BBQ Festival @ Conover City Park, 6pm  

This is a bit of a trek (almost to Hickory, NC) but well worth it! Featuring SeventeenTwelve Spirits from Foothills Distillery, come sample bourbon that's distilled locally. Tickets are just $25 and include bourbon & moonshine tastings as well as 2 beer tokens. Buy your tickets here.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 29th  

Sycamore SpringFest ’17 @ Sycamore Brewing, 12pm   

Live music on 2 stages, indoor & outdoor pouring stations, special beer releases, food trucks, and much more. FREE ADMISSION.

MAIN STAGE:

1:30-3:00-- Late Night Special
3:30-5:00--  Swim In the Wild
5:30-7:00--  Porch 40 
7:30-10:00-- Of Good Nature 

BEER GARDEN STAGE: 
12:00-2:00--  Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats 
2:30-4:30--  PMA Positive Mental Attitude
5:00-7:00--  Signalfire

 

Grand Opening Celebration @ GoodRoad CiderWorks, 11am

Photo via GoodRoad Ciderworks Facebook Event Page

Photo via GoodRoad Ciderworks Facebook Event Page

Join GoodRoad CiderWorks for their grand opening and taste four of their core ciders while noshing on food provided by Almost Homecooking, Vic the Chili Man, and D&D Donuts. All drinks will be poured into a souvenir glass that you get to keep for just $5.  Tickets available at the door or can be bought in advance here.

 

Pulses & Pints @ NoDa Brewing Company, 11am

Have you always wanted to try a FlyBarre class? Well here’s your chance! This 45-minute high-energy class is the perfect way to start your weekend endeavors. After class, enjoy a pint of beer from Noda’s special beer release and a taco from Tin Kitchen. Tickets are just $25 and includes the class, mentioned beer + taco. Make sure to bring your own mat, water bottle, and towel.

 

Tour De Blaze - Plaza + NoDa @ Blue Blaze Brewing, 1:30pm

This bike ride combines two of our favorite things, beer and biking! On this bike ride, you will make multiple stops at Charlotte’s favorite Plaza Midwood and NoDa bars, pubs, restaurants, and bottle shops! Each stop will feature a unique blaze for your tasting pleasure.

Ride Map:  http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1539262405

Confirmed stops: NoDa Company StoreDavidson Street Public HouseHattie's Tap & TavernTip Top Daily MarketPint Central, & The Hop Shop! More to come soon! 

*The rain date for this event will be Sunday, April 30th.

 

MONDAY, MAY 1st  

Cherishing the Craft @ Sugar Creek Brewing, 6:30pm

Join Joe Vogelbacher (Sugar Creek Brewing Company Co-founder) for this interactive beer tasting & class that will adventure your senses. You’ll learn best practices for tasting beer, tips on how to identify common beer flavors, and an insight on exactly how your senses work so you can better enjoy every craft brew from here going forward.

Tickets are just $20 which includes entry to the private class & all tastings. Buy them here. Seats in this class are limited due to space restrictions and to help increase the quality of the experience.

 

TUESDAY, MAY 2nd  

Charlotte Symphony On Tap @ NoDa Brewing, 6:30pm

Grab your friends and join NoDa Brewing for their 2rd installment of the Charlotte Symphony on Tap! Assistant Conductor, Christopher James Lees, will lead the ensemble through a variety of selections with strings AND horns. Musicians will mingle with the audience during the break between sets.

General admission tickets are $10, available here (beer & koozie included.)

 

WRITTEN BY JESSICA BENTLEY | @SLICEOFJESS

RECIPE INVENTOR, SPIRALIZER ADDICT, & LOCAL PRODUCE LOVE

RuRu's Tacos & Tequila: Globally Inspired Tacos

We all love ourselves a good “Taco Tuesday” and we all have our go-to restaurant for amazing Mexican food. Enter:  RuRu’s Tacos & Tequila, the spicy joint becoming every Charlottean’s new favorite.

RuRu’s is tucked away on 3rd Street right between the Elizabeth and Dilworth neighborhoods. The pseudo front entrance is actually their back deck—a large, inviting place with colorful umbrellas, Italian lights, and even (yaaas!) a full bar. They’ve got that whole Mexican-vacation-vibe down pat. Southerners love dining outside, after all, and you’ll love sharing a meal with friends in this space.

If you’re an air-conditioning lover, the inside of RuRu’s won’t disappoint either. It’s cozy yet modern, like it can’t decide if it wants to be a rustic barn or a Tuscan mansion. The bar room, for example, boasts exposed beams running across the ceiling paired leaded glass windows with arched transoms. Did they hire Joanna Gaines to decorate? We’re not sure, but we’re willing to take bets. Read the full story on how they acquired this beautiful estate here.

The service is worthy of writing home about as well. The servers are knowledgeable about the menu items, quick to suggest their favorite dishes, and will take care of your every need while visiting.

But the best part about RuRu’s Tacos & Tequila? The FOOD. You’ve never had tacos quite like this before. You can charm your tastebuds with a classic Latin taco and be absolutely satisfied with your choice… OR… You can surprise them with a taco inspired by Korean, American, or Greek cuisine. Try the “Uncle Buck” taco—fried oysters, Asian slaw, salsa roja, jalapeños, and paprika. Or check out the “I’ll Have What She’s Having”—grilled mahi mahi, lettuce, avocado, cilantro, and pineapple salsa.

Photo via RuRu's Tacos & Tequila

Photo via RuRu's Tacos & Tequila

Yes, you guess right, all their menu items are named after (only the most memorable) movie quotes. “I’m in a Glass Case of Emotion.” “Stage Five Clinger.” “Fat Guy in a Little Coat.” If you did nothing while visiting but read the menu at RuRu’s, you’d still have a good time and a few laughs.  

My personal food recommendation is for the "Billy Ray Valentine" starter. It’s hands-down the best queso in the Queen City and great for sharing. Creamy cheese, chorizo sausage, and spicy corn relish slathered over sea-salted tortilla chips. I’m sure there’s a good reason for its name but it could otherwise be dubbed as the “Get In My Belly.”

Photo via RuRu's Tacos & Tequila

Photo via RuRu's Tacos & Tequila

So next Taco Tuesday, or Margarita Monday, Salsa Sunday, Fiesta Friday, or any day of the week really, be sure to grab a buddy and check out the amazing meals at RuRu's Tacos & Tequila. Purchase a Foodie Passport today for an amazing discount and be sure to tell them EatWorkPlay sent you!

 

WRITTEN BY CC SIFTAR | @CC.SIFTAR

BOOK ADDICT, BOY MAMA, PROBABLY EATING ICE CREAM RIGHT NOW.

Charlotte Foodie Adventures (April 20-26th)

Cooking Classes with Heidi Billotto, Wine Festivals, Cheese Tastings, Brew Releases, and it’s officially patio season!

Charlotte Foodie Adventures: April 20th – April 26th

EXPLORE CHARLOTTE’S FOOD & DRINK SCENE THIS WEEK.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 20th

Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend @Fahrenheit-Charlotte, 6pm

Support local children’s charities by attending this pairing dinner with @charleskrugwinery and the forth-generation winemaking Mondavi sisters, Riana and Alycia. All proceeds go to a good cause.

Buy your tickets here.  

 

Hoppy Easter Beer Fest @Blackfinn Ameripub Ballantyne - 6p,

Sip on your favorite local brews and vote for your favorite craft beer to be on tap for the month of May. Blackfinn will also be featuring their new pub snacks for your munching pleasure.

 

Pink to Drink @Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 6pm

Grab your buds, wear something pink and celebrate 24 Hours of Booty with Old Meck. There will be live music, fresh beer with appetizers, and great company. So please find your best pink outfit and join Team AmWins, Team Libstrong/Drew's Crew, Team Reeb, and Team Cotswold Cougars for a casual evening at Sugar Creek Brewery, Broken Spoke & Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 21st  

Fridays on the Patio Kickoff Party @Vida Cantina, 5pm

It’s officially patio season! Stop by and enjoy Vida’s PET FRIENDLY patio. Specials include:

$3 Coronas

$6 Corona-ritas

$15 Corona buckets

$25 margarita towers

Live music

Tequila Jello shots

Party swag

NEW patio menu

 

Bites & Brews @StoneCrest at Piper Glen, 6pm  

Explore the shops at StoneCrest and enjoy food tastings, beer, wine, and live music. Free event!

 

Pacific Reign Release Party @NODA Brewing, 12pm  

Celebrate the return of NODA’s long awaited Imperial IPA.

 

Hot Pepper Food Truck Friday @Food Truck Southend, 5pm  

Like your food a little spicy? Each truck will be preparing select hot pepper dishes and Sycamore Brewing will even be pouring a very special hot pepper beer! Cheers!

Here's a selection of the menu.

YUMMI BANH MI:

Vietnamese street-style chicken wings

Crispy chicken wings on a stick with garlic and chili pepper sauce

TIN KITCHEN:

Ghost pepper grilled chicken tacos with curried curry cauliflower & mint-kachumber salad

SOPHIE'S SOUL FOOD:

Hot pepper philly cheesesteak with fries

Fire hot pepper party wings

Sophie’s soul roll with hot pepper dipping sauce

LIBRETTO'S STREET PIZZA:

San Genarro Pizza: cherry peppers, sliced Italian sausage, roasted garlic, onion

OOOWEE BBQ:

Smoked bacon wrapped jalapeños stuffed with dry rubbed cream cheese

ROAMING FORK:

Ghost Pepper Burger: ghost pepper cheese, jalapeño bacon, chili pepper relish, lettuce, onion, and garlic aioli on a brioche bun.

Pineapple mango habanero chicken tacos

Carolina reaper wings

NEW WRAP ORDER:

Hot Serrano Pepper Guacamole Wonchos: light, crispy homemade wonton chips topped with spicy, creamy serrano depper guacamole, pico de gallo, and queso fresco.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 22nd  

Moo & Brew Fest ft. Blues Traveler @The Music Factory, 12:30pm   

Some of your favorite burger joints will be competing for Charlotte’s best burger and you can wash them down with samples of almost 150 beers from 45 of the best local, regional, and national breweries. Fill your glass with unlimited samples and try them all! Tickets are just $35 presale or $45 the day of the event. Grab your tickets here.

 

Louisiana Spring Fest @Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 11am

Let the good times roll on both Saturday & Sunday at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s Seventh Annual Louisiana Spring Fest. There will be fresh crawdads flown in overnight directly from the bayous, along with jambalya, boiled shirimp, red skin potatoes, and corn on the cob.

There will be Cajun and Bluegrass music all day!

Saturday: Linville Creek Bluegrass, Goodfellers Band, & BACKSTREET

Sunday: River Ratz Band & Goodfellers Band

 

On the Farm Cooking Class with Heidi @ New Town Farms, 1pm

New Town Farms was established in 1990 by Sammy and Melinda Koenigsberg. These unique On the Farm classes kick off with a walking farm tour led by Sammy. He’ll share his farming philosophy and you’ll see firsthand what goes into growing the produce and raising the proteins sustainably produced at New Town Farms. You’ll meet the chickens and the laying hens, visit with the pigs, and then wind up in the kitchen making a four course meal from all that New Town has in season.

Wine parings with each course compliments of Josh Villapando from The Assorted Table Wine Shoppe at 7th Street market in Uptown Charlotte.  These classes are truly an incredible experience – don’t miss it! Cost $85 per person. For reservations, email Heidi Billotto at HLNC@carolina.rr.com.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 23rd  

Charlotte Smoke Off BBQ Competition @The Unknown Brewing Company, 1pm

Have your friends told you that you have the best BBQ in Charlotte? Prove. It. Register to compete by emailing scotty@unknownbrewing.com.

If you’re wanting to enjoy this amazing BBQ, $10 at the door gets you unlimited samples till 5pm-- you then vote on your favorite one! Plus, pair this with flowing beer and live music to jam out to.  Proceeds benefit Purple Heart Homes.

 

MONDAY, APRIL 24th

Films on Tap @Birdsong Brewing Co., 6pm

Spring is here, and Films on Tap is gearing up for its sixth official beer and film pairing! Birdsong Brewing will host as the spring venue on Monday, April 24th. Plus, live music by New Hires, and hosted by the hilarious Blayr Nias Comedy - Pretty Funny For A Girl. Tickets are just $10 and include a flight of beer.

 

NC BeerSavvy Bootcamp @Sugar Creek Brewing, 12pm  

Want to know more about beer? This 4-hour class will introduce you to beer styles and service.

The class price is $99 per person and includes a short book of readings and resources to help you prepare for the Certified Beer Server exam. Grab your tickets here.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26th

Wine & Cheese Tasting @Orrman’s Cheese Shop, 5:30pm

Photo from Orrman's Cheese Shop Facebook

Photo from Orrman's Cheese Shop Facebook

Taste a variety of cheeses and wines, sourced both locally and from around the world, guided by Josh of The Assorted Table and Rachel from Orrman's Cheese Shop. Tickets are $25 and you will also receive 10% off any cheese purchases the night of the event.

 

WRITTEN BY JESSICA BENTLEY | @SLICEOFJESS

RECIPE INVENTOR, SPIRALIZER ADDICT, & LOCAL PRODUCE LOVE

Georges Brasserie: Bringing French Cuisine to Charlotte

Some of you may be wondering: “What is a brasserie?” A brasserie is an informal French restaurant, brewery, or saloon. Charlotte even has its own: Georges Brasserie in South Park’s Piedmont Row.  Georges offers nouvelle and classical French cuisine and strives to welcome customers into an inviting, radiant, and delightful setting.  Clientele feel comfortable whether interested in fine dining, enjoying the raw bar serving local clams, oysters, lobster and more, or sipping a cocktail on the large, awning-covered patio.

Georges Brasserie presents a warm, romantic atmosphere using vibrant accents, elaborate wall hangings, and black and white French photos.  Upon entering, you’ll encounter enormous velvet curtains, an antique French poster, and intimate lighting—you’ll feel like you just left the streets of Paris and stepped into a neighborhood French restaurant. The restaurant has a main dining room with cozy booths, a social bar, a spacious patio area, a raw bar, and a private dining room to suit all your dining needs.

The restaurant’s raw bar will certainly impress with a wide selection including NC middle neck clams, oysters, mussels, ceviche, lobster and shrimp. Patrons can choose between east and west coast oysters, only $1 every Friday from 3:00-7:00pm!

Don’t skip the tuna crudo with serrano peppers, lemon basil, Szechuan peppercorn, and wasabi mayonette for a spicy touch.  If you're savoring an appetizer other than seafood, the cheese and charcuterie boards offer unique specialties including sage infused cheddar cheese, a triple cream brie cheese, and country pate. The French onion soup gratinee is the ideal comfort food and a table favorite with its gruyere crust and French bread croutons.  

Chef Phillip visited our table to talk about some of his favorite dishes. The chili charred pork belly is an appetizer not to be overlooked. Chef Phillip brines the pork belly for five days, then slow cooks it for 14-16 hours at 200 degrees creating a tender consistency. The pork belly is accompanied by hot pepper jam, black garlic aioli, shaved brussels, and basil oil for a savory yet fiery finish. Chef also recommends the white marble smoked pork chop entrée. The 12 oz. pork chop is applewood smoked and finished with a bourbon cider glaze and sherry apple relish creating a sweet, citrus and salty combination.

Next time you’re looking for the perfect place for a romantic date night or an upscale birthday celebration that won’t break the bank, head to Georges Brasserie. Open seven days a week for dinner, Tuesday-Friday for lunch, and on Sunday for a fabulous brunch buffet. Check out Georges Brasserie and more in the EWP CLT Foodie Passport for amazing deals at these great locations!

WRITTEN BY STEPHANIE HOYT  |  @LIFEBYCHIPSAHOYT

FOOD GEEK, SUNSET LOVER, AND ADVOCATE FOR ALL LIVING THINGS.

Charlotte Foodie Adventures (April 13-19)

Whiskey Lovers’ Meetup, Food Truck Rallies, Cooking Classes, & More!

Charlotte Foodie Adventures: April 13th – 19th

EXPLORE CHARLOTTE’S FOOD & DRINK SCENE THIS WEEK.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 13th

Taxpayer Town Hall with Charlotte Brewers @Mecklenburg Brewery, 6pm

Support your local brewer and discuss what YOU can do to help local small business owners and your favorite craft brewers.  They will be discussing reforms to the way North Carolina regulates the beverage industry and how you can get involved.

 

Elevate Lifestyle’s “The BEST of the City” Awards Celebration @ Slate Charlotte, 5:30pm

Join Elevate Lifestyle for their 10 year celebration! They will be announcing the winners of reader favorites in over 500 categories including Culture, Dining, Fashion, Fitness, Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Nightlife.

There will be over $1000 in raffle prizes, craft beer & cider samples, food & dessert samples, and much more!

To reserve your FREE tickets go www.FreshTix.com/events/ela. Cocktail attire required.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 14th  

Social Flockers Meetup @Whiskey Wine Room, 10pm

Social Flockers will be hanging out in NODA with special guest, DJ BOB. There will be $3 Coronas & Modelo on special with free admission and free parking at the event. To see more about Social Flockers and their events, please visit www.socialflockers.com.

 

Dine, Paint, & Sip @ Metromont Pkwy, 6pm

Your $75 ticket includes a 3-course tasting menu, wine, and paint supplies.

Course 1: Roasted chicken with cornbread sauce & blackberry gravy.

Course 2: Pork belly with whipped sweet potato, collards, and pickled turnips.

Course 3: Rum roasted pineapple, drizzled caramel, and coconut sorbet.

For more information and to purchase your ticket, please click here.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 15th  

Food Truck Saturday @Southend, 9am   

Brunch and lunch at Food Truck Saturday! Live music from 10am, Mimosas, Beer-Mosas, Prosecco Pops.

Trucks include:

TIN Kitchen

OooWee BBQ

Gyro Twins Truck

Yummi Banh Mi Truck

Ganache Bakery Cafe

 

Live Music by:

Hunter's Travesty

Pluto for Planet

'Stephen Metz Band'

 

Wild Edibles Cooking Class @Heirloom, 1pm

Enjoy heavy canapés from Chef Clark Barlowe and learn how to utilize foraged ingredients at home. Tickets are available here.

 

Putting the OM in kOMbucha @Lenny Boy Brewing, 10am

This week's yoga class is taught by Kacy Pleasants from Charlotte Yoga! Just $5 gets you the class and a 6 oz pour of beer or kombucha. Please arrive 15 minutes early to get checked in and set up.

You can sign the waiver before class here: http://www.workforyourbeer.com/pre-event-waiver.html

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 16th

Guest Bar series @Dogwood Southern Table, 6:30pm  

Photo via Dogwood Southern Table Facebook

Join Dogwood Southern Table as they welcome Stefan Huebner of Dot Dot Dot in the fifth installment of their guest bar series.

Stefan and Brian will both be behind the bar as Chef Ryan prepares finger food and snacks before the suckling pig is served. Come out and have some amazing cocktails from two of the Queen City's top bartenders, learn about Dot Dot Dot and Stefan, and be well fed.

Tickets will be $50/guest and will include food and cocktails. Gratuity and tax will be additional. Reservations Required: Please call 704.910.4919

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19th

 $1, $2, $3 Beer Pong Tournament @TILT, 4pm

Brush up those Beer Pong skills while enjoying Sweetwater 420 for only $1 per pint! This is a bracket style tournament and the winning team takes home a couple of TILT gift cards! Cheers. 

 

WRITTEN BY JESSICA BENTLEY | @SLICEOFJESS

RECIPE INVENTOR, SPIRALIZER ADDICT, & LOCAL PRODUCE LOVE

Charlotte Foodie Adventures (April 6-12)

EWP’s 4th CLT MIXER, Bacon Bash, Opening Night for Baseball, and Craft Beer Week.

Charlotte Foodie Adventures: April 6th – April 12th

EXPLORE CHARLOTTE’S FOOD & DRINK SCENE THIS WEEK.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 6th

Bacon Bash @ The Unknown Brewing Company, 4pm

Bacon is back! Enjoy 10—that’s right—10 different beers infused with BACON.

 

O-Ku’s Sakura Celebration @ O-Ku Charlotte, 9pm

In Japanese, Sakura means “cherry blossom.” Each year, cherry blossoms bloom in March, signaling the arrival of spring. (Yay for glorious weather!) O-Ku is celebrating with complimentary samples of their spring menu, live entertainment, and a specialty cocktail. Make your reservations via Open Table so they know you’re joining them.

 

Opening Night @ Charlotte Knights, 7pm  

It’s officially baseball season, hooray! The first 7,500 attendees to the game will receive a 2017 Knights Magnet schedule and there will be food and drink specials all night long. Buy your tickets here. Make sure to get some loaded nachos from @salsaritas while watching the game! Photo credit: @eatlifetothefullest

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 7th  

Chocolate & Cheese with Potts Chocolate @ Orrman’s Cheese Shop, 6pm

Indulge in two of your greatest food obsessions while enjoying a glass of wine and mingling with your friends. Tickets are just $25, available here.

 

Craft Freedom Festival @ Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 6pm

This craft beer tasting is going to be AWESOME. Tickets are just $30 and include admission, a celebratory glass, and samples from 11 breweries! There will be live music and unlimited tastings. Cheers!

 

National Beer Day @ Moo & Brew, 5pm

Celebrate #GoodTimes with a mouth-watering burger and brew. There will be live music from 8pm - 11pm and 704 Shop will be popping up. Enter to win prizes such as gift cards, 2 VIP Moo and Brew Fest tickets, a CLT photograph, City Barbeque BBQ basket, 2ULaundry service, and more! Hosted by @QueenCityChic.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 8th  

Mixology with Bob Peters @ Earls Grocery, 2:30pm   

Join Charlotte’s own @BobPeters for a spring mixing class featuring North Carolina Gins.  Free to the public.

 

Collab Release: Rice Rice Baby “Milk Stout” @ Birdsong Brewing, 12pm

Join Birdsong Brewing for the release of Rice Rice Baby (Lactose Free) Milk Stout! This year, for the first time ever, this special limited-release brew will be available in cans.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 9th

Pig Picking @ Free Range Brewing featuring Sam Jones BBQ, 12pm

Join Free Range Brewing for the 2nd Annual Pig Picking with Order/Fire and Sam Jones of Sam Jones BBQ!

Schedule:

12pm - Doors open. Social hour begins. Catch the end of the pig cooking

1pm - @orderfireclt S2E7 featuring Sam Jones

2pm - 7pm - (or until supplies last) BBQ and sides will be served!

A suggested $10 donation gets you a plate of BBQ and sides. All proceeds will go to the Community Culinary School of Charlotte.

 

Pop-Up Market @ Birdsong Brewing, 1pm  

The Bulb is fighting to end food deserts by creating pop-up markets that provide access to local nutrition and education on health and wellness. Enjoy local food vendors, art, animal health and welfare stations, brews, live music, and a community coming together as one. See a full list of vendors here.

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 11th

CLTMixer April hosted by EWP @ Moo & Brew, 6pm

Come hang out with EatWorkPlay CLT at our FOURTH monthly Young Professionals Mixer, on April 11th from 6pm-8:30pm. Tickets available here.

The Quick Rundown:

Dress Code: Business Casual

Free RSVP: FIRST 5 TICKETS ARE FREE

Admission Fee: Early Bird $10, Regular $12, Day of $15

Includes: Appetizers provided by Moo & Brew

Who: EWPers & the RAIN organization

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12th

Craft Cocktail Class @ Cowbell Burger & Whiskey Bar, 6:30pm  

Enjoy three craft cocktails paired with some of your favorite appetizers for just $20! Grab your tickets here.

WRITTEN BY JESSICA BENTLEY | @SLICEOFJESS

RECIPE INVENTOR, SPIRALIZER ADDICT, & LOCAL PRODUCE LOVE

Stoke Charlotte Launches Brunch

The Story: Stoke Charlotte, located inside the Marriott in Uptown, is the latest venture of locally known chef, Chris Coleman. His menu is compiled of delectable dishes made with ingredients sourced from Carolina farms and local partners. 

The Vibe: As soon as you walk into the lounge circle at the Marriott, you find yourself surrounded by white marble, elegantly designed dual-level seating, and a completely open, airy atmosphere. The restaurant mimics this theme and has a fully exposed kitchen. Seriously, you can see everything… it’s amazingly beautiful and awe-inspiring to watch their skilled chefs put together your feast.

To the right you’ll see Stoke Bar: a handsomely designed saloon that specializes in craft cocktails like no others in the city. As soon as you browse their libations menu, you’ll notice how they mix in music history, quirky phrases, and hidden messages throughout. (I love this!)

Featured here is “The Day the Music Died” made with gin, campari, aperol, bianco vermouth, and grapefruit. A little history lesson: The Day the Music Died was February 3, 1959. Rock & Roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a plane crash. When you visit Stoke Charlotte, make sure to try one of their crafted cocktails because “That’ll be the day” you find your favorite indulgence.   

Why Go Here?: My favorite part, THE FOOD. Stoke proudly makes every single little morsel from scratch in their open kitchen for your viewing pleasure. They source their ingredients from local farmers as much as possible and keep their menu seasonal, which means you are getting some of the highest quality, freshest elements on your plate.  Make sure to use your Foodie Passport to indulge in a free dessert!

What’s New: Stoke has fired-up their 600-degree wood-fired oven for BRUNCH! Every weekend you can now find an extravagant buffet with a rotating selection of meat, seafood, vegetables, casseroles, platters of house-baked goodies, and omelets made to order.

Craving yo’ carbs? Stoke’s got you covered. Guests will be greeted with an array of granola, yogurt, muffins, biscuits, and toast with compound butters, jams, and jellies. Oh, along with some cheese for good measure.

Since Mr. Brunch and Miss Mimosa are best friends, Stoke has created a one of a kind build-your-own Mimosa bar, featuring an array of ingredients (including fresh fruits and syrups) to customize your glass of bubbly to your likings. Yes, please!

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For those of you who need a caffeine fix, make sure to order a pint of Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from Stoke Bar (think Guinness meets coffee). This Andante Blend Brew is sourced from Forte Legato Roasting Company in Fort Mill, SC. We had the pleasure of visiting their roasting facility last week and I’m hooked. I’ve even ordered some of their coffee from their website to brew at home. Ooh la-la.

The Deets: Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 7am - 3pm. Guests can look forward to pampering themselves with classics like fried chicken and waffles or eggs benedict, along with the traditional bacon, sausage, grits, gravy, breakfast potatoes, and more. Adults are $25 (or $50 for bottomless mimosas) and kids are just $12. Make sure to bring your Foodie Passport and tell them EatWorkPlayCLT sent you! 

Stoke is located at 100 W Trade St, Charlotte NC.

704-353-6005

stokecharlotte.com

@StokeCharlotte

(Many of these photos were taken from Stoke's Instagram. Check them out there or on Facebook here.)

WRITTEN BY JESSICA BENTLEY | @SLICEOFJESS

RECIPE INVENTOR, SPIRALIZER ADDICT, & LOCAL PRODUCE LOVER

Charlotte Foodie Adventures (March 30-April 5)

Grand Openings, Margarita Tastings, Beach Parties, Benefit Dinners, #InstaMeetup, and Brewfests.

Charlotte Foodie Adventures: March 30th – April 5th

EXPLORE CHARLOTTE’S FOOD & DRINK SCENE THIS WEEK.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 30th

 

#InstaBeerUp @ NoDa Brewing, 6pm - 9pm

Want to meet your favorite Instagram friends in real life? Here’s your chance! Grab some friends and head on down to NoDa Brewing for this FREE meet-up! All you pay for is beverages… get ready to mingle!  

New Ownership Yappy Hour @ The Barker Lounge, 5pm - 8pm

The Barker Lounge has a new owner, Caitlin McLean, who wants to celebrate with you! Bring your pup and join her for Yappy Hour; there will be plenty of drinks and snacks. This is a free, kid-friendly, pup-friendly event. 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 31st

Grand Opening Party @ CLT Find (in 7th Street Public Market), 4pm - 9pm

Enjoy an evening of music, sparkling wine, giveaways and tasty treats. This grand opening is going to be hoppin! Take a look at this line-up!

Free chair massages by Massage Works of Charlotte

Pimento cheese tastings by Queen Charlotte's Pimento Cheese Royale

Chef Alyssa's Kitchen onsite sampling spreads

King of Pops sampling their amazing popsicles

Dancing Bees Honey onsite sampling their local honey

Sweet Syrup sampling their immune boosting elderberry syrup

barCHOCOLATE onsite sampling their artisanal chocolates

Live music by Sai the Violinist

$2 Beer & Bite Day @ Lenny Boy Brewing Co., 3pm - 11pm

Choose from a variety of eight locally brewed beers for only $2 a pint! Cheers!

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 1st

Paradise City Release & Spring Beak Beach Party @ Birdsong Brewing Co., 12pm - 10pm  

Bring your friends and join Birdsong Brewing for their 6th Annual “Spring Beak” Party. This year you’ll expect a beach themed blast where they will be releasing a brand new year-round beer called Paradise City, a Session IPA. Yum. There will be live music, food trucks all day plus a special Paradise City Popsicle from King of Pops, Charlotte.

2017 Beer Me BrewFest @ 200 E. Bland Street, 12:30pm - 5:30 pm

Sample beers from local and reginal brewers while supporting a great charity, Habitat for Humanity, Charlotte. Tickets available here.

GENERAL ADMISSION

GATES OPEN AT 1:30PM

Exclusive Entry into the Brewfest

Four hours of sampling

A commemorative tasting glass

Live music & entertainment

Games & activities

Chance to vote best beer of the Brewfest

 

VIP ADMISSION

GATES OPEN AT 12:30pm

Everything General Admission gets +

Hour-early admission

Extra VIP votes for best beer

$5 Food Credit

 

DESIGNATED DRIVER

Admission

No tasting glass

Live music & entertainment

Games & activities

$5 Food Credit

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 2nd

April Front Porch Sundays Kickoff @ 2151 Hawkins Street, 12pm - 5pm

Bring the whole gang and enjoy an afternoon of food, fun, shopping, music, and beer. Shop 50 independent retailers from Charlotte and the surrounding region while sipping on a cold beer from Sycamore Brewing. To see a full list of the food trucks and retailers, visit their Facebook page.

Mother Shuckin’ Oyster Roast @ NoDa Brewing Company, 1pm - 6pm

Beer by the glass, clam chowder, and your choice of singles, buckets, or all-you-can-eat oysters… talk about a shuckin’ good time!

·        Mother Shucker Oyster Stout will be returning to the tap room, $6 per pint

·        Sea Level NC will be bringing oysters, $8 buckets or $40 all-you-can-eat

·        Haberdish is bringing Fried Chicken, mmmmm.

·        Growlers Pourhouse is bringing Italian Sausages which they will be grilling on-site.

 

MONDAY, APRIL 3rd

 Dinner to Benefit Middle Ground Farm @ Dogwood Southern Table, 6pm - 9pm

Support your local farmers at Middle Ground Farm in Monroe, NC. Meet Farmer Dan who supplies produce and meat to many Charlotte restaurants, including Dogwood Southern Table & Bar.  This fundraiser is to help him build his first Hydroponic System to grow greens year round for area chefs. Purchase tickets and make your reservations by calling Dogwood at (704) 910-4919.

 

TUESDAY APRIL 4th

 Blue Ridge Tap Takeover @ The Broken Spoke, 3pm - 11pm

Taste the High Country while having the convenience of staying in Charlotte! Featured breweries include: Wicked Weed, Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Greenman, Blind Squirrel, Hiwire, Noble, Pisgah, Highland, Granite Falls, and Oskar Blues.

Yogatopia @ Oak Room, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

This mixed-level Yoga class is led by some of the top teachers in the Charlotte region. Bargain Alert: this class is just $7. Stay afterwards for half-priced wine along with a nice selection of health conscious food options. The patio also has games to play with your fellow yogi’s including Giant Jenga, Ping Pong, Pool, Checkers, Skee Ball, Cornhole, and more. Tickets available here.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5th

 Margarita Tasting @ Vida Cantina, 7pm - 9pm

Join Charlotte Margarita Lovers and sample 3 different margaritas for just $5. Tickets available here. Your ticket also includes access to ½ off Margaritas after the tasting.

MARGARITAS:

Partita - Jose Cuervo Tradicional, Organic Agave Nectar, Fresh Lime Juice

Skinny Margarita - El Jimador Blanco, Cointreau, Fresh Lime Juice, Zero Calorie Sweetener

Blood Orange Margarita - Familia Camarena Reposado, Blood Orange Juice, Fresh Lime Juice and Cane Sugar

 

WRITTEN BY JESSICA BENTLEY | @SLICEOFJESS

RECIPE INVENTOR, SPIRALIZER ADDICT, & LOCAL PRODUCE LOVER

Recipe: Shrimp Spring Rolls from Yummi Banh Mi

If you haven't tried a sandwich yet from Yummi Banh Mi, stop what you're doing right now and go grab one. Seriously though. This Vietnamese Food Truck knows how to rock your taste buds.

If you're not able to get to YBM right now (i.e. you're surfing the web at 3am...) you just can whip up your own sensational creation with this amazing recipe straight from their kitchen.

Yummi Banh Mi Food Truck

Shrimp Spring Rolls Recipe

Chef: Scott Tang

 

A light Vietnamese appetizer shrimp spring rolls paired with a peanut dipping sauce. Each roll is filled with fresh vegetables and shrimp.

Spring roll ingredients:

●        Shrimp-boiled and peeled

●        Rice vermicelli noodles

●        Rice paper

●        Green lettuce

●        Cucumber

 

Peanut dipping sauce ingredients:

●        Creamy peanut butter

●        Hoisin sauce

●        Lime juice

●        Soy sauce

●        Water

 

Instructions:

1.   Boil noodles

2.   Strain then cold water bath

3.   Boil shrimp

4.   Strain, then cold water bath

5.   Chop green lettuce into pencil-sized shavings

6.   Chop cucumber in half, then long ways, then slice into 1 cm slices

7.   Wet rice paper wrap to get it soft

8.   Add 4 pieces of shrimp

9.   Add 1 cucumber slice

10.   Add bed of lettuce

11.    Add noodles

12.   Roll!!

13.   Eat!!!

14.   Be amazed at the amazingness!!!

15.   Take a token selfie with your creation. :)

16.   Repeat. 

 

Want to find Yummi Banh Mi in person and try some more of their wonderful dishes? Follow them on Twitter or check out their website here.