It'll probably be a good fit. Many of us know Cowfish for its own kind of explosions - the flavorful kind found in its burgushi.
Check out this video of co-founders Alan Springate and Marcus Hall chatting with the folks at the Orlando Sentinel.
(Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel)
Cowfish is located in SouthPark and opened a second location in Raleigh earlier this year.
Are you tired of cleaning up your kitchen post-holiday cooking? Is the entertaining honeymoon over? Maybe you're not in the mood to field drunken daggers from passive-aggressive family members, or you just plain don't feel like cooking?
Whatever the reason, Charlotte has plenty of tables with open seats and incredible spreads to satisfy your appetite for Thanksgiving Day comfort. Here's a sampling of Thanksgiving dinners to join if cooking is off the menu this year.
This is the third year for the Thanksgiving prix fixe meal at the Liberty, which will feature three courses for $29.95 per person. Selections include an adventurous take on "Bacon and Eggs" with maple and orange glazed pork belly, brioche french toast, farm egg, apple butter and a sorghum-fig glaze. Choose from Bell & Evans heritage turkey, slow-roasted prime rib, Duroc pork and wild Scottish salmon for the entree course and finish with one of four dessert options. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 704-332-8830 for reservations. The Liberty is located at 1812 South Blvd.
The Peculiar Rabbit
The Peculiar Rabbit is covering all bases on Thanksgiving Day beginning with brunch and followed by the mid-day menu chock-full of burgers and bar bites. A special Thanksgiving dinner will be served all day as the "Blue Plate Special" featuring your choice of sweet tea brined turkey or root beer basted spiral ham and an assortment of comforting sides including corn pudding, orange-scented sweet potatoes, cider-braised greens, herb-roasted winter vegetables and more. The Thanksgiving plate is $19.95 for adults and $9.95 for children. Brunch is served 11 a.m.-3 p.m., mid-day menu begins at 3 p.m. and Thanksgiving dinner is served all day from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Call 704-333-9197 to make a reservation. The Peculiar Rabbit is located at 1212 Pecan Ave.
A local blogger and her baker blogger friends are helping to raise money for the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines that killed thousands by hosting an auction of baked goods and other items.
Head over to The Chic Life, helmed by blogger Diana, and bid on Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Chocolate Dipped Caramel Biscotti, Banana Nutella Bread, Pumpkin Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies and more. You've got till 9 p.m. tonight to place your bid.
Charlotte's newest addition to the burgeoning craft beer scene is planning to throw down this Saturday for its grand opening celebration. The Unknown Brewing Company has garnered quite the buzz since stepping on the scene earlier this summer and with good reason. They are looking to make a big splash with a 30-barrel brewhouse inside a 25,000-square-foot space near the Bank of America Stadium.
Owner Brad Shell, a seasoned veteran of big craft beer (he worked at Sweetwater Brewing Company and consulted at Terrapin Beer Co. before becoming general manager of Rogue Brewing Co.) says this grand opening is 10 years in the making.
"I got a job at a brewery on accident by drinking there," says Shell. "I worked for 10 years, studying the craft and helped build three of the top 25 craft breweries in the nation. It's time to go big or go home."
Go big, indeed. The Unknown Brewing Company is dropping a fifth of its marketing budget on the grand opening shindig with music from Nashville-based DeRobert & The Half-Truths, Charlotte's Bubonik Funk and Brooklyn-based band The London Souls plus food from Three Amigos. They will showcase three flagship beers - Over the Edge (a USPA, 6.9 percent ABV), Head First (Pale Ale, 5.6 percent ABV) and No Shame (Wheat Beer, 5.1 percent ABV) - and plan to release a different specialty beer every hour on the hour throughout the grand opening event. Shell promises an unforgettable grand finale at 9:45 p.m., which will remain unknown until then.
One thing Shell is adamant about is that The Unknown Brewing Company is not about being mysterious or ambiguous. Rather, it is about living the unknown, living without boundaries and going after the adventure.
The taproom will be open this Saturday and tours will be given throughout the day. The Unknown Brewing Company is located at 1327 S. Mint St. The grand opening event is from 4p.m. to 10 p.m. Follow The Unknown Brewing Company on Facebook.
Nan & Byron's, the eagerly anticipated second project from MAP Management (the team that created 5Church in Uptown), celebrates its grand opening tonight. The restaurant, which occupies the former Vinnie's Raw Bar space in South End, boasts a casual-chic family-friendly atmosphere and a menu of classic comfort food favorites created by chefs Marc Jacksina and Jamie Lynch.
The cuisine is classically American. Expect to find hearty pot pie, meatballs with sauce and roasted chicken with elevated twists from chef Jamie Lynch. Think sriracha ketchup on a comforting slab of meatloaf and peppadew peppers stuffed with aged cheddar cheese. The restaurant also boasts a menu of creative cocktails and local beers on tap, with plans to stay open late on weekends for the nightlife hungry.
Nan and Byrons opens tonight from 5 p.m.-11 p.m. and will be celebrating all weekend with a DJ after 11 p.m. Reservations can be made online or by phone at 980-224-7492. The restaurant is located at 1714 South Blvd.
The inimitable Robin Emmons and her nonprofit organization Sow Much Good is a Top Ten nominated finalist for the prestigious CNN Heroes Awards, an honor bestowed upon ordinary people doing extraordinary things to help others.
Since 2008, Emmons has been an advocate for less fortunate individuals living in food deserts, places where fresh, healthy food is difficult to obtain, and a catalyst for change. She was first inspired to do something after becoming the legal guardian of her mentally ill brother and realized that his health was deteriorating as a result of the food he was eating while living in a care facility.
One small, generous act, planting an extra row in her home garden, turned into the larger mission of Sow Much Good that now services hundreds of individuals via three gardening sites, including the Sunset Road Urban Farm that opened earlier this year. Currently, 73,000 people living in food deserts in Mecklenburg County. Over the last five years, Emmons has grown more than 26,000 pounds of produce for underserved communities in Charlotte.
The CNN Hero of the Year will win $250,000 to further the mission of their organization. Voting is open until Nov. 17 with the winner decided by the public online vote. The winner will be announced on Dec. 1, 2013 when the CNN Hero of the Year and Gala airs on CNN Networks. To cast your vote, visit the CNN Heroes site here.
This Saturday, Oct. 26, NoLimit Larry, host of CBS Radio's NoLimit Larry and the Morning Maddhouse, will be at the Sunset Road Urban Farm for a voter hangout. Support the nomination of Charlotte's very own hero with members of the local community from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at this free event. The Sunset Road Urban Farm is located at 3432 Sunset Road.
Baku restaurant, a new Japanese concept, opens its doors in South Park today. The restaurant features cuisine prepared on robata and yakitori grills. Robata literally translates to "around the fire" and is an ancient style of cooking on a charcoal grill heated to 800 degrees. Yakitori features specialty meats grilled on skewers. In addition, Baku will feature sushi and sashimi, an extensive sake and cocktail menu and lounge areas open until 2 a.m. on the weekends.
While the cuisine is authentic, Chef Michael Shortino says it's not "traditional", leaving room for him to get creative and to spotlight local NC producers.
Baku Restaurant is located at 4515 Sharon Road, Charlotte 28211. Call for reservations 704-817-7173 or visit the website, www.baku-restaurant.com. Hours of operation are Mon.-Thurs. 4 p.m.-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 4 p.m.- 2 a.m. and Sundays 4 p.m.- 11 p.m.
If you have driven on North Graham Street in Uptown, it is likely you have gone by Fourth Ward Bread Co. and wondered, "Is that place ever going to open?" The hand-painted letters reading "Cafe" and "Bakery" on the large facade and the logo, airbrushed to the brick on the building's side, invites passersby to stop regularly. I've been by a grand total of five times, like a creeper.
Each time, Ken Schneider, owner of the Fourth Ward Bread Co. welcomes me in and chats me up amidst the chaos and commotion of opening a food business - foot traffic, phones ringing, city delays and inevitable equipment failure.
Cotswold. What a nice little nook of a neighborhood, with its big box stores and suburban sprawl. It's comforting to know I can grab a Starbucks before heading to a yoga class or grocery shop while the dog is groomed at the local Petsmart. Ah, convenience.
Starting tomorrow, I can add worldly goods, crazy awesome area rugs and food products from other countries that I don't need but will definitely buy when World Market celebrates its grand opening in the Cotswold Village.
Thursday begins a weekend-long celebration featuring a ribbon-cutting ceremony, free stuff (woo-hoo!) and a visit from Rebecca Gordon, Contributing Editor of Southern Living Magazine on Saturday. Gordon is the author of the Southern Living Tailgating book and will be whipping up Red Velvet Coca-Cola Cupcakes and Wrapped Muffuletta Sliders as part of the grand opening festivities.
Here's the rundown:
Thursday, Sept. 12 at 9 a.m.
Ribbon cutting ceremony with city officials and members of the local chamber of commerce to officially mark the opening of World Market.
Saturday, Sept. 14 from 12-2 p.m.
Rebecca Gordon will host a live cooking demo and food tastings inside the store.
All weekend long the first 200 customers through the store each day will receive a World Market reusable tote and on Sunday, patrons will have a chance to receive more in-store freebies. Three cheers for consumerism! And free stuff!
World Market is located at 330 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte, NC 28211. For more information, visit www.worldmarket.com
Brown liquor. It's the stuff of granddads and stiff drinks, the kind of thing that will make an ice cube weep. In the South, bourbon is as American as apple pie - a quintessential liquor that goes well beyond the happy hour cocktail.
In her latest cookbook, the Queen City's very own Kathleen Purvis, food editor for the Charlotte Observer and Southern foodways maven takes us on an intoxicating journey through the history of bourbon. Released today by the UNC-Press, Bourbon is the latest installment in the Savor the South cookbook collection, a series celebrating the food traditions of the American South.
This is Purvis' second contribution to the series (her first was Pecans), which already boasts titles like Biscuits by Belinda Ellis (also released today), Peaches by Kelly Alexander, Buttermilk by Debbie Moose, and Tomatoes by Miriam Rubin. The petite cookbooks, about 100 pages each, provide an in-depth look into the cultural importance of each book's namesake complete with a historical look at the ingredient and 50+ recipes highlighting its attributes.
Purvis traveled through Kentucky to distill the science behind bourbon and its long and careful production. Find out why bourbon must be made in America and aged for at least two years in new American oak barrels that are charred on the inside, and discover new recipes like Bourbon-Coffee Brulee and Bourbon-Chicken Liver Pate. Purvis will take you on a journey using her trademark wicked wit and Southern food knowledge to entice your food curiosity as well as your palate.
Bourbon is available now at Park Road Books and through the UNC-Press. Kathleen Purvis will be doing a book signing with Belinda Ellis, the author of Biscuits, on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. For more information, visit http://uncpress.unc.edu/books/12224.html.
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