Contrary to what the title suggests, I did not just face-plant into my keyboard, but I may as well have. Amelie's just made my life last week when they created a gluten-free salted caramel brownie (GFSCB) for their precious pastry case. OMG!
The salted caramel brownie is the best-selling treat for the 24-hour NoDa sweets destination and rightly so. It's this perfect little brownie with a generous layer of salty sweet caramel all wrapped up for your chubby little mouth.
The gluten-free brownie tastes just like the original version, only it's made with a rice flour and potato starch blend for the brownie base. The only noticeable distinction is the subtle white stripes across the top of the gluten-free version. Really, there's no excuse not to eat one.
While you're at it, take a photo with you stuffing your sweets-loving face, perhaps with a top hat or bejeweled crown, in the Amelie's photo booth located in the back salon where "tweeting your treat" is highly encouraged.
Saturday is for party people and you know what that means? Crabs! A whole mess of them.
Join Craig Barbour, the guy behind the Roots food truck, for an authentic Maryland style crab boil at the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery this Saturday for a claw-cracking good time.
Your $40 ticket gets you a half dozen Maryland steamed crabs, a frosty glass of OMB beer and ace sides like cheddar jalapeno biscuits, cucumber salad, corn on the cob and more. What better way to enjoy a hot summery day than with a tray full of crabs, cold beer and friends.
The event takes place Saturday, June 15, from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. To purchase tickets, call 704-975-1691 or email email@example.com.
A new altar awaits the nectar of the gods inside Atherton Mill Market, and tonight, the bean worshipers will join in celebrating the newest location for The Not Just Coffee Shop. For weeks now, coffee heads have been sniffing around the custom wooden bar inside the market, driven by the smell of freshly roasted beans only to get but a sip every Saturday when the coffee bar would open for limited hours.
Tonight, Not Just Coffee celebrates the opening of its second location (the first is inside the 7th Street Public Market) with a grand opening party beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Herban Legend food truck will be on site along with the King of Pops serving popsicles. Best of all, The Not Just Coffee Shop will be serving its signature brand of slow coffee with handcrafted espresso and pour over coffee all evening long. Let's get coffee wasted!
Atherton Mill Market is located at 2104 South Blvd.
It's a Saturday morning and I'm walking down the street with my sunglass-covered eyes to the ground. My clothes are wrinkled from wearing them the night before, and there are mysterious remnants (shadows of a recent experience, perhaps?) traced along my lips. Despite these characteristics, a satisfied smirk, basking in the glory of indulgence, begins to break across my face...
This is anything but the typical "walk of shame."
In fact, I happen to be coming from a feast at a donut shop. The Donut King, which opened in late 2012 in Huntersville, is the hotspot from which I'm traveling. There, the bakers, headed by owners Lyle Sarnevitz and his daughter Emily, are confectionary Casanova's who consistently woo customers with their decadent and quirky original creations baked fresh every night.
The attraction of their handiwork is so powerful that the shop often finds itself selling out of product earlier than closing hours, one time running out by 8:30 a.m. on a Friday morning, Lyle Sarnevitz said. And while freshness is key to The Donut King's success, the shop's creative donuts are what really make it stand out.
With more than 30 restaurants each serving up three of its dishes, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to add up the amount of different food choices that will be available at Taste of Charlotte. Whatever your liking, from sushi to barbecue chicken to vegan cheesecake, this festival is the most efficient way to try as much of what the city's restaurants have to offer in the shortest amount of time.
Since the first Taste more than a decade ago, the event has added the MarketPlace, an area for vendors to sell homemade crafts and jewelry, and the Crossroads, an area for kids to participate in games and activities. The festival starts Friday at 11 a.m., and by that evening, judges will have tried nearly 100 food samples and will award the restaurant that has this year's Best of the Taste.
Admission is free, coins are available for purchase to get food and drink samples. June 7-8, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., June 9 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Festival located on Tryon Street, between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to 6th Street. www.tasteofcharlotte.com.
There are few things in the world as perfect as the first sip of a good, cold beer on a scorching summer day. It's only natural, then, that multiple beer-related events are coming to the area to make good of Charlotte's sweltering summer weather and quench our thirsts for malty, hoppy deliciousness.
Two upcoming events are the Charlotte Brewers Festival and the EpiCentre Charlotte Beer Festival. Both will feature craft beer rather than the swills commonly known as commercially-produced beers, and each will give fans of the beverage the opportunity to spend the day guzzling, I mean, critically experiencing, a diverse arrange of breweries and styles.
Fans of, as I love to say, cerveza buena, however, must prepare for a tough decision when it comes these events - in an unfortunate turn, a scheduling crisis has placed both on June 1. But fret not, my brewski-loving compatriots, as a quick overview of their differentiating characteristics will ease your decision-making process and help you soundly pick the one more fit for you.
It's that time of year again, when summer insists you pair food and music for a celebration of the warmer weather. The What the Truck festival at Amos' Southend does just that. The June 1 event will feature six local food trucks and a concert. Each food truck will be bringing its own flavor, from Root Down's soul, Southern and Creole food to Maki Taco's pan-Asian infusion. There's also Wingzza, serving pizza and wings - in case you didn't get the name - and Gourmet Goombahs, serving pizza on hoagies, cheese steaks, burgers and hot dogs. For entertainment, two '80s tribute bands, Trial by Fire and Sunset Strip, will be performing.
Get your free ticket at http://whatthetruck.eventbrite.com.
June 1, 7:30 p.m. Amos' Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St.
After teasing Charlotte for what feels like forever, the champagne bar Bubble Lounge finally opened this past weekend.
In addition to serving Dom Perignon by the glass, getting all mad scientist on us by steaming martinis with liquid nitrogen and creating "spherical flavor pearls" that add a "touch of color" to the drinks on the Slim List (that would be your low-calorie cocktails), Bubble will offer a "small but challenging and approachable menu," says operating partner Bourke Floyd. In the kitchen is chef Jason Kerton, an alum of the Culinary Institute of America.
"Challenging and approachable"? I'll say. On Media Day, we sampled a Caprese Napoleon, tomato, mozzarella and basil stacked like the strawberry, vanilla and chocolate ice cream; and a Foie Gras PB&J, foie gras with Muscat grape jelly and almond butter atop toasted brioche; amongst other dishes.
Bubble Lounge is located on the second floor of the EpiCentre, near Suite, and is open daily at 4 p.m.
Oh, and don't be surprised to see a familiar face adorning the walls in decor.
I knew it was only a matter of time before my dad and stepmother, both recent transplants to Charlotte from the Gulf, would drag me out to my first crawfish boil. I could already anticipate the scene - shells flying in the humid outdoor air, sweaty red plastic cups, rolls of paper towel littered about and people with savory debris all over their clothes and faces.
This month, e2 emeril's eatery is hosting all-you-can-eat crawfish boils every Friday for $5 a person. For those of you unaware of what a crawfish boil is, imagine the Southern version of a clam bake - a ton of people get together and boil a combination of heavily seasoned crawfish and other vittles, drink lots of cold beer, gab and enjoy gorging themselves in the Southern outdoors. It's a staple of Gulf and bayou culture.
Funds to Farms, a grant program to fund local food programs that began last January in Durham, will hold its first event in Charlotte this Sunday.
Funds to Farms is the brainchild of Slow Money, a nonprofit that focuses on alternative financing for local food and agriculture projects. Organizations that focus on local food (like farms, restaurants and meal delivery services) are encouraged to apply for the grant to fund their "big idea." Judges then narrow down the eligible farms, ranking each "big idea" on the impact to the business (farm, restaurant, etc.), as well as their commitment to sustainability and sustainable agriculture.
"For $20, you get a great dinner, support these awesome farmers, and learn about all the innovative things they are doing in farming," says Amy Campbell of Slow Money. "We started this event series in conjunction with the Carolina Farm Steward Association, and it went so well that we started getting calls from people all over the state to know how they can get involved."
Three farms were selected to present their ideas at the May 12 event, which will be held at Triple C Brewing Company and catered by Roots Farm Food. These farms are:
- Birdsong Farms
- Cold Water Creek Farms
- Bountiful Harvest Farm
You can read more about the farms and their proposals here.
The farms' proposals are voted on by the event attendees and ranked first through third place. First place will receive the largest winnings. However, the winnings will be determined the night of the event based on the amount of money raised through ticket sales and donations. The first place winner of the Funds to Farm held in Durham last January took home $1,000 in winnings to purchase a a Komo small grain mill, seed cleaner, and seed sorting screens.
What: Funds to Farms Dinner
When: Sunday, May 12, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Triple C Brewing Company, 2900 Griffith St.
Cost: $20 for the public, $15 for farmers (limited amount)
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