Food News You Need to Know for Early April. #scoopEATS.

The spring weather’s here and so is your scoopEATS round-up of the best restaurant events and food news for the first half of April.

First Things First

Don’t forget our #scoopEATS meetup this Thursday evening. Join us from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. at the brand new Cellar at Corkbuzz for a complimentary tasting of their small bites menu and 20% off all retail bottles. RSVP today and please bring friends!

Wining and Dining Event Picks for Early April

Corkbuzz New Zealand Wine Tasting
Saturday, April 8
12 p.m.

Get to know the wine regions of New Zealand by tasting your way through Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris from the North and South Islands. $25 per person. Register online.

Wine Topic Tuesdays and ROSÉ scoop from Laura
The Cellar at Corkbuzz

Want to learn about wine, but not sure where to start? Each Tuesday the newly opened Cellar at Corkbuzz hosts Wine Topic Tuesday, a chance for their skilled Sommelier to educate guests on a topic, region and wines to expand your palate. Free.

Also, check out master sommelier Laura Maniec’s quick rosé primer here, along with a great mixed case of her recommended rosés to purchase from The Cellar.

Lenten Fridays Lobster Special at Clean Catch Market

Just two more Lobster Roll Fridays at Clean Catch. Every Friday through April 14 Clean Catch is selling fresh Maine lobster rolls for just $14.99 each. A toasted, buttered bun is topped off with a smear of market-made lemon aioli, then stuffed with a heaping lump of ocean fresh lobster. Your boss will definitely understand if you’re inspired to start the weekend early and head to the coast.

Need to reserve somewhere for EASTER BRUNCH? Our picks and menus are here.

Bonterra’s Prisoner Wine Dinner
Thursday, April 20
Bonterra Dining & Wine Room
6:30 p.m.

As part of the Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend, Bonterra Dining & Wine Room is hosting a Prisoner Wine Dinner. Guests will enjoy a multi-course dinner created by Chef Blake Hartwick, paired with wines from the Prisoner Wine Company. $165 per person. Proceeds benefit local area charities. Purchase your tickets here.

Consider happy hour planned at Reid’s SouthPark

The patio at Reid’s Fine Foods SouthPark is the place to be on weekends and for after-work dinner and drinks. Two nights a week, they host live music. And, there is a special almost every night of the week. On Mondays, it’s brats and $4 pints of beer. Tuesdays, you can enjoy half-price steakburgers. On Wednesdays, it’s half-price wines by the glass. And on Thursday, half-price cocktails.

Dine and sip at WP Kitchen + Bar

When you’re choosing between pizzas or shared apps for the table, sip on one of WP Kitchen + Bar’s drink specials. Here’s the weekly line-up:

Monday: North Carolina beer is half-price
Tuesday: wine bottles $70 and under are half-price
Wednesday: $6 Martinis
Thursday: $6 seasonal cocktails

Paws and Pasta at Vivace
Saturday, April 22
1 p.m.

Cuddly pups and tasty pasta; what’s not to love? Vivace is teaming up with South Charlotte Dog Rescue for a fun and free event featuring not only delicious food from Vivace, but adoptable dogs from South Charlotte Dog Rescue. Support the rescue’s mission to find these pups their forever homes with a $5 raffle ticket, you may be the lucky winner of prizes from local businesses. It’s also your first chance to order from their new Spring cocktail and bar bites menu and see a cooking demo.

Other don’t miss food events and news from around the QC

Bacon Bash
Thursday, April 6
The Unknown Brewing Company
4 p.m.
Got a love for bacon? So do our friends at The Unknown Brewing Company. Raise a glass to all things bacon with ten special bacon-infused brews at this year’s Bacon Bash. Food truck MasterBacon will also be on-site to fuel your bacon cravings.
The Big Chill
6:30 p.m.
Indulge in an evening of wine, food, live entertainment and auctions all for a great cause. The 13th Annual St. Jude Wine Dinner supports the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Individual tickets are $200, a table of 10 is $2,000.
Dinner at Fran’s: A celebration of #NCBeerMonth with Sycamore
Wednesday, April 12
Fran’s Filling Station
6 p.m.
Fran’s Filling Station is celebrating #NCBeerMonth with a brew-inspired three-course menu. Fran will be guiding you through the menu, while a guest from Sycamore Brewing will give insight into the featured beers. $40 per person. Buy your tickets online here.
Queen Park Social opened its doors this weekend, joining a lively area in LoSo. Upon walking in you’re greeted by a large U-shaped bar and expansive dining room. Around the corner, you’ll hear the cheers and strikes of a bowling alley, while in yet another section groups of friends play corn hole, shuffleboard, skee ball or giant Jenga. Foodies: check out the full menu here. They also have an impressive drink menu and late night offerings.
The newest addition to the Ballantyne area makes it easier than ever to eat good and feel good. Grabbagreen offers fresh, clean and creative menu items served at the speed previously reserved for unhealthy drive-thru windows. Selections include grain and green-based bowls, fresh-pressed juice, smoothies and acai bowls. The Ballantyne location has opened at 3429 Toringdon Way #104.
Everyone’s favorite neighborhood farmers market will open Friday, April 7. The market is located at 939 S Kings Drive, and will be open Saturdays from 6 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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