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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wake 'N' Bake-Off starts holiday season on a high note

Posted By on Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 2:12 PM

If chewing on some beer-infused baked goods and downing a glass of Wake 'N' Bake sounds like the perfect way to help a good cause, stop in at Salud Beer Shop this Sunday, Dec. 7. Terrapin Beer is teaming up with Salud and Pure Intentions coffee to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Terrapin's Wake 'N' Bakecoffee oatmeal stout, while raising money for Changed Choices.

Supporting women currently in or transitioning out of incarceration, Changed Choices offers inmates guidance and support to make positive life decisions. The bake-off proceeds will be used to help provide their children happier holidays. "It's not necessarily going for toys," says Terrapin's Jennifer Davis. "It may mean food for their children or just keeping their houses warm."

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Photos: Mint Museum's Allure of Flowers After Hours

Posted By on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Last night, the Mint Museum hosted Allure of Flowers After Hours, a fancy foodie fundraising event that incorporated flowers into, well, everything: from the garnish on the craft cocktails to the table decor to the appetizers to even dessert. The event included a tour of Allure of Flowers: Botanical Motifs in Craft, Design & Fashion (my favorite was the bold Nick Cave piece) and a five-course dinner. Here are some (low-quality, iPhone-quick) photos.

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This drink, dubbed the Cora Louise, was made with Muddy River rum, a North Carolina liquor
  • This drink, dubbed the Cora Louise, was made with Muddy River rum, a North Carolina liquor

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Upcoming: Allure of Flowers After Hours

Posted By on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Recently, I attended a Taste of the Mint event, during which a group of cultured - or, in my case, pseudo-cultured - people sampled foods and wine from e2 Emeril's Eatery and Halcyon before taking a guided tour of the Mint Museum's Women of Vision exhibit. To say it was a pleasant evening is an understatement. The conversation was easy, the samples filling and the exhibit was stellar. (Interesting tidbit: One photographer's work inspired the movie Frozen. Cue "Let It Go" in your head.)

So, basically, you missed out.

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Luckily for you, the Mint's next foodie event, Allure of Flowers After Hours, happens June 16. You'll enjoy cocktails, a taste of an edible flower garden, a tour of Allure of Flowers: Botanical Motifs in Craft, Design & Fashion and a five-course dinner. Five chefs and mixologists are bringing their talents to the menu: James Stouffer of Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth; Drew Trepanier of Fern, Flavors from the Garden; David Clarke and Megan Goldman of Something Classic; and Maggie Ruppert of The Mother Earth Group. Call 704-337-2011 or visit here to register or for more information. $105-$120. June 16, 6 p.m. Mint Museum, 500 S. Tryon St. www.mintmuseum.org.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Upcoming: Southeast Asian Street Food Festival

Posted By on Tue, May 27, 2014 at 9:45 AM

The Southeast Asian Coalition hosts its first fundraiser to benefit its youth program, and organizers are aiming for our bellies. The Southeast Asian Street Food Festival will offer plenty of tasty home-cooked dishes - literally, as food will be provided by families involved in the organization. Available dishes include Hmong braised pork over rice; purple sticky rice with pork sausage; Bunong Thai eggplant soup; papaya salad and more.

If you fancy yourself a pho-natic, partake in the pho-eating contest courtesy of Pho Daravan Restaurant. Wash all that down with some Vietnamese coffee or Thai iced tea.

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While there's no cost to attend the festival, attendees will need to purchase food tickets, ranging from $3 to $5. Free admission. May 31, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Midwood International & Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/SoutheastAsianCoalition.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Upcoming: 'Bring Back Our Girls' Charlotte City Rally

Posted By on Wed, May 14, 2014 at 3:33 PM

When free food becomes a tool to raise awareness about an international problem, y'all.

Chef Kevin Winston II and nDemand Consulting are sponsoring a "Bring Back Our Girls" rally on Thursday, May 15, to stir up support for the approximately 276 school girls who were kidnapped in Nigeria. The rally takes place in Uptown at Marshall Park, 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m., offering free food, guest speakers and more.

"Our goal in organizing the 'Bring Back Our Girls' Charlotte City Rally is to make more people in Charlotte aware of this tragedy," said Winston in a press release. "The Chibok kidnapping occurred nearly a month ago, and the local government has done very little to facilitate the children's return to their parents. We hope that, by raising our voice, more people will listen and force the Nigerian government into action."

Winston owns Elite Culinary Concepts, which offers personal chef and catering services, cooking classes and more.

If you're planning to attend, make sure you wear red.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sampling Charlotte's finest foods at Taste of the Nation

Posted By on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 2:23 PM

After an evening filled by visiting 18 local restaurants, a massive silent auction and a trip to the mixology station, my night was now complete - and quite satisfying... OK, there were several trips to the mixology station.

Executive chef Mike Suppa of Uptown Kitchen and Bar.
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  • Executive chef Mike Suppa of Uptown Kitchen and Bar.

At last night's Taste of the Nation event, guests took over Uptown's Wells Fargo Atrium and indulged in food including the bruschetta trio from Mama Ricotta's, roast baby beet skewers topped with robiola and chervil from Ilios Noche, and pulled pork sliders - literally pulled right off the roast pig laying tableside - from the new Uptown Bar and Kitchen set to open this spring.

The food and drink serves as the main entertainment for the event, rightfully so as I was wristbanded and dived into the first restaurant, with drink in hand, within 15 minutes. But the jazz band was a delightful touch to the evening and the photo booth is always a good time. Each of the featured eateries offered a variety of flavors - a quick way to obtain a true taste of Charlotte cuisine in one easy stop. And yes, I visited all 18 stations.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Upcoming: Creative Loafing's 27th Birthday Bash (w/ our own beer!)

Posted By on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 3:54 PM

A note of shameless self-promotion here, folks.

WE'RE HAVING A BIRTHDAY PARTY.

(Sorry for the caps there. Marketing made me do it.)

On Saturday, April 26, come hang out with the CL crew as we celebrate 27 years in the Charlotte market. Our friends at Birdsong Brewing have created us a special beer on tap - a Rye Pale Ale (ABV 4.9 percent) - which we've named Loafy's Rye-venge.

Heres the description of the beer: On the nose, it has light floral and grassy aroma with a slight hint of lemon. Its delicate pepper flavors mingle nicely with a citrus undertone and it has just enough toastiness to delight your senses. Its light in taste and ABV with a well-balanced flavor that warrants another pint.
  • Here's the description of the beer: "On the nose, it has light floral and grassy aroma with a slight hint of lemon. Its delicate pepper flavors mingle nicely with a citrus undertone and it has just enough toastiness to delight your senses. It's light in taste and ABV with a well-balanced flavor that warrants another pint."

In addition, the TIN Kitchen food truck will create a Loafy's Rye-venge dish just for the evening, using CL's beer, and King of Pops will offer beer pops, also made with our brew. And yes ... there will be cake.

If you can make it out - we'll be there 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. - let's all raise a glass. Or four.

Check out the birthday details, and be sure to invite all your friends, here.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

March Matchness will help double the benefits for SNAP recipients

Posted By on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 2:46 PM

The most recent passage of the farm bill earlier this year cut supplemental nutrition assistance program (or, SNAP benefits) in half for individuals in need of food assistance. This means that low-income families that were already struggling to make ends meet will have to endure another reduction in funds to purchase food for their families.

Across the country, there are programs to assist with this disparity. Most notably, the Double Value Coupon Program (DVCP) from Wholesome Wave that matches the value of federal nutrition benefits for individuals to purchase fresh produce from participating farm-to-retail venues. The initiative acts as both an incentive for individuals to eat healthy, sustainable foods and as food assistance.

Lynn Caldwell, manager of Atherton Market, along with Friendship Gardens contacted Wholesome Wave (WW) last year to bring the program to North Carolina, but efforts by WW have not come to fruition yet. Since 2013, Wholesome Wave has been working closely with RAFI USA in hopes of implementing a DVCP program in the state.

"Wholesome Wave is not ready, but we're ready," says Kathy Metzo, Garden Director for Friendship Gardens who partnered with Caldwell and Queen City Mobile Market to create a similar initiative here.

Enter March Matchness, a fundraising kickoff event inside the Atherton Market to raise money for a matching fund to assist individuals receiving nutrition assistance. The local foods event will begin an Indiegogo campaign that will run through April to create a fund for SNAP recipients. The money raised will go toward doubling the SNAP benefits for individuals who shop at Atherton Market and Queen City Mobile Market.

"The goals are simple," says Metzo. "People stay healthy and farmers stay in business."

For five bucks, guests are treated to a smorgasbord of local appetizers provided by 17 area chefs. There will be plenty of Triple C beer on hand, music and more opportunities to donate to the cause.

March Matchness is this Saturday, March 15 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. inside the Atherton Market, 2104 South Blvd.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Your CIAA source for Southern comfort food

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Charlotte's own eclectic boutique, dupp&swat, is playing host to chef Barry Francois during CIAA. Francois' signature Kluck 'N' Moo is a menu offering all your favorites in Southern comfort food - fried chicken, mac & cheese, collard greens and burgers of your choice.

It's hard to find good food Uptown when you walk out of a party at 3 a.m. - unless you love hot dogs. What can you do when you finally collapse on the bed in your hotel room, and then your stomach growls?

Here's the answer to all your late-night munchie needs: Kluck 'N' Moo offers delivery to hotels from 8 p.m. - 4 a.m. during tournament week. That's right, after a night of sports and kick-ass parties, you can lie in bed and eat chicken wings. Could this possibly get any better?

Yep, it did. For all you animal friends out there, Kluck 'N' Moo also offers vegetarian-friendly options, including veggie burgers and pork-free collard greens. Now you can enjoy soul food without harm to our furry and feathery friends.

Barry Francois started Food by Francois, a catering company that serves people who live and work in Uptown Charlotte. Food by Francois offers a range of menus, which you can check out on the website.

"Charlotte didn't have any late-night options," Francois said. "It gets intoxicated people off the street, because we deliver. I wish it was something we offered year-round. It's definitely something Charlotte needs."

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Friday, January 31, 2014

5 places to spend Super Bowl Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 9:28 AM

We all know that Feb. 2 is going to be crazy. It's the one night a year when public hysteria is socially acceptable - Super Bowl Sunday. Football fans nationwide will be tuning in to watch, cheer, shout and curse as the Seattle Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos for this season's championship. Even if you don't care about the game itself, Super Bowl Sunday is a day of electric atmosphere and contagious excitement. So where are you planning to spend this day of days? Charlotte has sports bars aplenty - so many that it may be challenging to choose. Here are some suggestions that might help you decide on a venue worthy of this oh-so-American occasion.

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This brand-spanking-new spot in Plaza Midwood is squeaky clean and ready to be corrupted - after all, what makes a bar interesting is its dirt. Pint Central offers 28 beers on tap and cuisine promised to satisfy any foodie. So go, and leave your mark on virgin turf. (Editor's note: per the Pint Central Facebook page, their opening has been delayed, but we look forward to it anyway!) 1226 Central Ave.

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