Each week, The Social Eater picks a handful of filter-friendly, tweetable, social media-shareable foodie events in and around the city. No #struggleplates allowed.
* That haunting wail you heard Sunday night was probably your timeline imploding over the news that Starbucks is raising its prices. No matter, it's time to try something different anyway, by way of Queen City TNT, a traveling monthly-ish latte-art competition. Bring your pitcher if you think you're the Bob Ross of baristas, or just spectate in wonderment over what can be done with a little spilled milk. #frenchpressionism Today, 7 p.m. $5 to enter, free to watch Atherton Market, 2140 South Blvd. More info here. Plus, check out this cool video of a previous Queen City TNT.
* If carpetbaggers were the Northerners who tried to get a comeup after the war, what do we call these Pacific Northwesterners trying to capitalize on this gas price spike? Brilliant. At Dinner & Bikes, enjoy a gluten-free, vegan buffet while viewing a handful of short films on bicycle activism and culture. Then join a panel of cycling enthusiasts, including chef Josh Ploeg and author Elly Blue, for a conversation about how cycling can revolutionize our transportation situation. In the streetcar museum. This might be the most Portland thing that's ever happened in Charlotte. #hashtagsareover $10. Purchase tickets here. June 27, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Trolley Museum, 1507 Camden Rd.
* I saved my college mini-fridge and put it next to the liquor cabinet to store beer, wine and frozen peas. I thought I was doing something until I walked into Custom Home Pubs. They have everything to take your home imbibing situation to the next level and serve craft beer to boot. Get some inspiration for your home brew situation and enjoy seasonal suds at the CHP Tap Takeover - Summerfest. Whoever wrote the descriptions for what's on tap should apply for CL's beer blogging gig. They all sound heavenly. #flightfacilities $10 June 27, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Custom Home Pubs, 11416 E. Independence Blvd. Suite K Details and menu here.
* Speaking of that blogging gig, remember that one column featuring pool- and beach-friendly canned beers? Well here's an opportunity to give some a spin. With a mission to prove that cans are no longer just the domain of "cheap" beers, The Cans Recycled Crafts Beer Festival features four hours or tastings, music, and of course, beer pong and cornhole. Ticket proceeds benefit Guys with Ties, an organization that helps other local, grassroots organizations, so tie one on and join the party. #cannedheat $25 in advance here; $35 day of. June 28, 1 p.m-5 p.m. Brazzwell's Premium Pub, 1627 Montford Drive
* Pork, beer and hot wheels join forces at the Piedmont Culinary Guild's Bacon & Brews Cruise-in. Twenty of the best chefs in town will demo and sample all things porcine while local breweries keep the suds flowing. Enjoy the classic car show and vote to choose who'll win the Bacon Cruise Award. $35, Purchase tickets here. June 29, 3-7 p.m. Atherton Mill and Market, 2104 South Blvd.
I finally made it to one of my picks from earlier this month, reveling in oil and vinegar deliciousness with Chef Barry Francois at Olive Tap in Ballantyne. Read about it at kinkythought.com along with the rest of my adventures and ramblings, foodie and otherwise. Catch more #HashtagHungry alerts on Twitter @kinkythought.