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Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween costumes = burrito discounts

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Just received this notice from the good folks at Chipotle:

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) will raise up to $1 million to benefit family farmers through its annual “Boorito” Halloween fundraiser. Customers visiting any Chipotle restaurant in the US, Canada and the UK on Monday, October 31st from 6 p.m. to close dressed in a costume inspired by the family farm will be treated to a burrito, order of tacos, salad, or burrito bowl for only $2, and Chipotle will donate proceeds (up to $1 million) to Farm Aid and the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.

“Boorito has become an eagerly awaited tradition for many of our customers,” said Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle. “We are hoping to use the excitement surrounding this annual event to spark more conversation of the struggles facing so many of America’s family farms, and to raise money to help address these issues.”

Boorito 2011 also features an online costume contest. To participate, customers dressed in a costume inspired by the family farm — such as humanely raised animals, family farmers, or locally grown veggies — must take a photo of themselves visiting a Chipotle restaurant on Halloween, and upload it online at or by texting “COSTUME” to 888222. One grand prize winner will receive $2,500, and five runners up will receive $1,000 each. Twenty honorable mention winners will receive a burrito party for 10 guests.

Now, you have to admit, dressing up in a "family farm" inspired costume is not all that hard. Need some ideas? Here are a few off the top of my head.

A carrot: Orange shirt and orange pants, with a green hat.
Farmer: Overalls — or, as my farmer of a grandfather used to call them, coveralls — and carry a shovel or hoe.
A potato: Cut the top and holes in the side of a large paperbag and wear it over your torso.


See? Not hard. Not only do you get a burrito, order of tacos, salad, or burrito bowl for $2, but you're helping out a worthy charity.

There are four Chipotle locations in the Charlotte area; check and see which one is closest to you here.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pizza Peel & Tap Room hosts fall party for Halloween

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Pizza is synonymous with just about everything fun and exciting in the world. Got a promotion? Awesome, let’s celebrate with pizza. It’s your birthday? Awesome, let’s order pizza. It’s Tuesday morning? Awesome, let’s eat some pizza! See? Easy. So, it won’t come as a surprise, then, when I mention that Pizza Peel & Tap Room in Cotswold is bringing in Halloween with their Fall Party on Saturday, Oct. 29.

This event is family-oriented so if you’ve got kids and need to feed them, why not? If you don’t have kids and don’t want to borrow anyone else’s, well then, just come and enjoy yourself. There will be a costume contest (with a judging at 4 p.m.), a pumpkin carving contest (so bring your A-game) and a pizza-eating contest! Holy pepperoni!

From Pizza Peels staff pumpkin carving contest
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  • From Pizza Peel's staff pumpkin carving contest

If that’s not enough, there’s also face painting, a visit from Monkey Joe and an appearance from Magic Barry the Magician involved. I’m pretty sure the last time I sat in front of a magician, I was pissed he wouldn’t let me keep the bunny he pulled out of his hat. OK, maybe I’m still pissed.

For all you grown folks, there are also award-winning fish tacos to be consumed and live music by The Testosterones to enjoy while you reminisce about your own childhood. This all-day event will begin at 11 a.m. and go till 11 p.m. Pizza Peel & Tap Room is located at 4422 Colwick Road.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Moet Hennessy tasting at Mez

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 9:52 AM

If you'd like to try a little bit of the bubbly without breaking the bank — AND support a good cause — head to Mez on Thursday for a special event.

The Moet Hennessy Portfolio Tasting will feature champagnes from Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart and Dom Pérignon, and cocktails mixing with Ten Cane, Hennessy, Glenmorangie, Belvedere, with light hors d'oeuvres to help wash it all down. The event goes from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. and proceeds will benefit (Project) Red.

A classy event to stop by before hitting the streets and getting buck wild — order your advance $20 tickets here (the cost is $30 at the door).


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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Zink wants you to eat for the library

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Zink is proud to support the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, and we're proud of them for that.

On Thursday, Oct. 20, grab yourself a seat at the restaurant for Dine-Out For Books Day. A portion of the proceeds from the sales that evening will benefit the Library, which we all know needs all the help it can get.

Zink will feature a special "Bookworm" Cocktail and "Book-a-licious" menu. If you plan to dine with us for dinner, consider reserving a table on the patio for an extra $25 and enjoy live music. Help support the Library and have a great meal at the same time. Be sure to encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same for this worthy cause!

Zink is located at 4310 Sharon Road.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Bites and a Bit of Moonshine: a match made in heaven!

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Whoever thought of pairing moonshine — you know, the illegal stuff that recently became legal — with small plates? Well, that would be the folks behind Halcyon, Flavors of the Earth's upcoming patio event, Bites and a Bit of Moonshine on Oct. 20.

Bites and a Bit of Moonshine will commence at 6 p.m. and is an event featuring three specialty cocktails from mixologist Maggie Ruppert and five seasonal small plates from Executive Chef Marc Jacksina. So, while you’re swaying to the vibes of your “happy place,” you can enjoy the patio view and sip on a good selection of liquid heaven.

Just one of the cocktails being featured is called the “Shanghai Speakeasy” and it sounds like it packs a real kick in the Chiclets. It involves something called Catdaddy Moonshine, Oolong Tea, Saffron, North Carolina Honey and some Tamarind. Who knew what I have in my cabinet could shape shift into a delicious cocktail?


If you’re not big on the booze, come for the eats because they’re putting out a nice spread of small plates. Just one of them involves local pork belly and N.C. sweet potato hash. Yum.

Since nothing seems to missing from this festivity, there’s also going to be live bluegrass music from Jin Garrett and the Popcorn Slippers. Damn, even the band sounds yummy!

Halcyon is located at 500 S. Tryon St., right inside the Mint Museum. You can also visit their website for more menu details. Cocktails are all $11 and small plates will run you between $11-$15.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

NC Music Factory's progressive dinner crawl

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Not quite as fun as a bar crawl, but still promising a good time,'s N.C. Music Factory Dinner Crawl will take place Nov. 4. Tickets are $30 for a four-course meal and after-party.


If you've never been out to the Music Factory for lunch or dinner — or sober — then this is a great opportunity for you to try out the tasties offered at Bask, The Saloon and other spots. As someone whose office is at the Music Factory, I will definitely recommend anything crab from Bask. The crabcake sandwich is yummy, as well as the crab dip for an app. Yum!

Registration and appetizers start at 6:30 p.m. Click this link to purchase tickets.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Get that Wowee for Halloween from The Wow Factor Cakes

Posted By on Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Who doesn’t love a good food coma? Even more, who doesn’t love a good sugar coma around Halloween when we can blame our pitiful behavior on all of the candy floating around? I mean, really. It practically begs us to eat it!

Well, this Halloween, reward the people in your life (whether or not they’ve been naughty or nice this year) with a yummy Halloween-themed treat. The bakers behind The Wow Factor Cakes are whipping up a batch of Wowee Pops with your name on it — well, not exactly. If you’ve ever seen a cake-pop before, then you’ve got the right idea.


Give a bloodshot eyeball to the girl at the office you’ve been trying to woo or a red-eyed mummy to your mom who used to sew you the exact same costume when you were a kid. Either way, Halloween-themed Wowee Pops are a scary-good treat for anyone of any age.

Other designs are plentiful, so there’s no shortage of fun surprises. If you’d like your treats to be in by Halloween, be sure to place your order by Oct. 20 and pick them up from The Wow Factor Cakes’ new location at 2400 Park Road, Suite 1. Wowee Pops are $30 for a dozen.

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Fern, a new vegetarian restaurant, opens in Plaza Midwood

Posted By on Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 1:02 PM

For you vegetarians out there, a new restaurant opens in Plaza Midwood today. Coming from the folks who own Something Classic Catering and Cafes and Halcyon, Flavors From the Earth, FERN, Flavors from the Garden (1323 Central Ave.) will offer "a variety of vegan dishes and substitutions accented with Indian, Mediterranean, and Southwestern flavor inspirations." Menu options include The Envious Artichoke (braised artichoke stuffed with local spinach, lucques olives and roasted garlic in a white wine-lemon broth), the Laughing Buddha Bowl (a unique daily balance of the essentials: beans, rice, greens and vegetables) and Beer Donut Holes (chocolate stout glaze and chocolate pop rocks).


Some more info from the press release:

Chef Alyssa Gorelick has also created a chakra-inspired juice menu of elixirs designed to channel the location and emotions of each individual chakra color. Guests can test the waters with combinations like Red Passion (red beet, kale, carrot, apple) and Indigo Intuition (mango, dark cherry, coconut milk) or enjoy Yellow Purpose (golden beet, fennel, apple, cucumber, turmeric) and Green Balance (spinach, kale, cucumber, celery, grapefruit) for the more experienced juicer.


The design of FERN, conceptualized by co-owners Jill Marcus and Karen Teed, is intended to provide refuge from the hectic traffic of Central Ave. Shades of green are accented by natural textiles, a living fern wall and custom artwork from figure artist Harriet Goode of Rock Hill, SC; who also created a portrait that overlooks and inspired the dining room at sister-restaurant Halcyon. Guests sit at hand-crafted heart of pine tables, repurposed from a textile mill in Albermarle, NC, beneath custom mason jar light fixtures.

FERN, Flavors from the Garden, will be open serving lunch and dinner Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Reservations are accepted for dinner.

Take a gander at the opening menu by clicking the PDF below.

Fern Opening Menu.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Swig: How to make Sullivan's Steakhouse Bacardi Light Mojito

Posted By on Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 10:48 AM

No matter the time of the year, a mojito is always a crowd favorite. In this episode of "Swig," bartender Kate Bender of Sullivan's Steakhouse, 1928 South Blvd., shows us how to make the refreshingly cool Bacardi Light Mojito.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Roasting oysters ... well, not really ... at Growlers

Posted By on Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Aphrodisiacs for everybody! On Oct. 16, Growlers Pour House in NoDa will host their much-anticipated Oyster Roast, where more buckets of the sea creatures will be passed around than joints at a Kid Cudi concert.

Now, it struck me as a little paradoxical to call an event with tons of raw oysters, a “roast” but, with the beer abundance going on, maybe it’s those who attend that get “roasted,” so-to-speak! Makes sense right?

If you’re anything like myself though, the thought of something slimy making its way down your throat might seem a little off-putting, so for those of you who aren’t oyster-lovers, chill out because this event is way more than that.

You can look forward to live music from several local bands playing throughout the day. When you need something to soak up all the beer you’ve downed, drunk-food like house-made brats and sausages, fries, pretzels and clam chowder will be yummy staples on the menu. Just the thought of late-night sausages and fries gives me nostalgia of my college dorm days. Only then, we were grilling stuff on a George Foreman.

Attendance at this year’s event will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and will serve in memory of Drew Hawkins, a close friend to the Growlers establishment who was a victim of the condition.

The Roast will commence at 1 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. Be cheap and purchase your tickets in advance for $10, and it’ll include a voucher for a free drink and (worth $3) and a food voucher (worth $3). Day-of tickets will be $15. Growlers Pour House is located on 3120 N. Davidson St.


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