By now you know you don’t need to venture Uptown to enjoy the best of what the Queen City has to offer. Here are the South Charlotte events that should fill your calendar this month:


Art of Tea
Wednesday, February 21 | The Ballantyne Hotel | 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Enjoy an exquisite afternoon tea while watching a local artist finish a piece of art. Reservations are required for tea, and can be made by calling 704.248.4100. Guests not attending tea are welcome to visit and watch the artist.


Scotch Whisky Dinner
Wednesday, February 21 | The Pump House | 6:30 p.m.

Reserve your seat now for this four-course meal that pairs each chef creation with a complementary scotch whisky. $75 per person. Call to reserve: 803.329.8888.


Arboretum Restaurant Week
Friday, February 23 – Sunday, March 4

Discover new culinary experiences or share in tried and true favorites at the Arboretum Shopping Center’s first restaurant week. Dine at a participating restaurant and receive a discount at select retailers all week long. View all participating restaurants and retailers here.


Chocolate & Confections Baking Class
Thursday, February 22 | Big View Diner | 6:30 p.m.

The sweetness of the month continues with Big View Diner’s chocolates and confections baking class. You’ll learn to make dark chocolate espresso truffles, pecan buttercrunch and toasted coconut marshmallow, and enjoy a chef-crafted dinner. $45 per person. RSVP here.


Chef Secrets – Live cooking demonstration
Thursday, February 22 | Whole Foods Waverly | 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Chef Bambi leads this free cooking demonstration at Whole Foods. You’ll learn new skills and tips to take back to your own kitchen.


Sip, Shop and Paint Class
Thursday, February 22 | 6 p.m. | Shabby Chic Boutique

In this class, choose your own creation and get creative with the help of Shabby Chic Boutique. The class is $45 per person and includes all supplies. Call 704.256.5421 to reserve your spot.


Founders Apricot Wheat Tapping
Thursday, February 22 | Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse Ballantyne | 6 – 8 p.m.

Duckworth’s will tap Founders Brewing’s Apricot Wheat, have samples of a not-yet released lager and give away two Founders coolers.


The Whiskey Club of Ballantyne – Old Forester
Friday, February 23 | The Ballantyne Hotel | 6:30 p.m.

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Partake in a guided tasting of Old Forester 1870 Original Batch, 1897 Bottled in Bond, 1920 Prohibition Style and Statesman while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres. $65 per person, Call 704.248.4100 to reserve your spot.


Pancakes for a Purpose
Saturday, February 24 | Blackfinn Ameripub – Ballantyne | 8 – 11 a.m.

Support the Lustgarten Foundation and their endeavor to fight pancreatic cancer by fueling up with a stack of pancakes with Pancakes for a Purpose. $10 per person. Tickets must be purchased by 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23.




Girl Scout Cookies Uncorked
Wednesday, February 28 | Blackfinn Ameripub – Ballantyne | 6 – 9 p.m.

Enjoy your childhood favorites all grown up as Blackfinn pairs Girl Scout cookies with their wines in their next tasting. Plus, all glasses and bottles are half off.