It’s not too late to check items off of your Charlotte summer foodie list. Round out the summer by trying new spots and tasting fresh takes on old favorites with our Charlotte Food News August 2018. Here’s what should be on your plate this month:
NEW & NOTEWORTHY
La Belle Helene – Opening July 31
Opening this week at 300 S. Tryon Street, La Belle Helene will offer an authentic brasserie-style menu from Chef Michael Rouleau and Paris-based restaurant team Ducasse Conseil. Preview the menu here, which features local ingredients and a selection of signature cocktails and French wines by the glass. We predict you will love the inviting and beautiful space created by Parisian designer Richard Lafond. It’s already totally INSTA-FAMOUS as one of our fair city’s fairest restaurants.
MERE’s Curated Gourmet – Opening August 17
Coming August 17 to The Courtyard Shopping Center in Dilworth, Mere’s Curated Gourmet will offer a wide array of wine, cheese and charcuterie. Expect a by-the-glass wine tasting experience, a create-your-own tasting board option of cured and salted meats and cheeses, along with preorder options for special events.
Sukoshi – Opening soon
The fast-casual concept from the owners of O-Ku is expected to open this month at 101 S. Tryon Street. Perfect for workday lunches, Sukoshi will specialize in small plates of fresh sashimi, specialty rolls, grab-and-go-sushi and customizable salads and bowls.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream – Open Now
New to the Design Center in South End, Jeni’s offers best-selling flavors and scoops made without synthetic flavorings, dyes or off-the-shelf mixes. Crowd favorites include Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks, Salty Caramel and Brambleberry Crisp. Jeni’s first North Carolina location opened July 27.
Reid’s Fine Foods Uptown – Open Now
Reid’s Fine Foods opened their third location on July 26 at 121 West Trade Street, offering fresh foods to order, a wine shop catering services and their famous gift baskets. Diners can expect their favorite sandwiches, wraps, salads and sides served for lunch, along with a new offering: weekday breakfast. On the menu is avocado toast, a southern fried chicken biscuit, breakfast bowl, a full coffee bar and more. Reid’s Uptown is open 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.
Reid’s Fine Foods Wine Selection
In other Reid’s news, the team is introducing their own brand of wines, starting with a chardonnay now available at their Southpark and Myers Park locations. Stay tuned for more releases!
Clean Catch Expands to Sushi – Open Now
Clean Catch in Myers Park is expanding into sushi with the help of one of Charlotte’s best, Chef Jesse Vang. Expect their sushi grade seafood, seasonal specialties and chef’s creations. Order now through Postmates or call ahead to order for pick-up at the Clean Catch kitchen.
The Queen and Glass – Open Now
The Queen and Glass is now open, giving Dilworth neighbors a go-to spot for craft cocktails and tapas. Find them at 1315 East Boulevard, tucked behind The People’s Market.
Verde – Open Now
Straight from King Street comes Verde in Ballantyne, a fast-casual eatery supplying colorful signature salads, hearty grain bowls, signature wraps and more with a focus on locally-sourced ingredients and sustainability. We can’t wait to try the Sweet Tea Vinaigrette on the Southern Harvest Salad (which you can also have in a wrap) and the seasonal Give Peach a Chance made with South Carolina peaches. Verde’s fifth location, and first in North Carolina, is now open at 15105-F John J. Delaney Drive.
Mater Dames – A Tomato Tasting
Saturday, August 4 | South End Market at Atherton | 2:30 p.m.
Four area female chefs (plus this year’s NC mixologist of the year) will team up with five local farms to showcase a different tomato varietal. Taste and try prepared dishes and cocktails featuring the fruit of summer. $15 per person.
Nitro Ice Cream Float Day
Sunday, August 5 | Birdsong Brewing Co. | 3 – 6 p.m.
Ice cream and beer? That’s a pairing perfect for the August heat. Birdsong will make this fun treat from their popular Lazy Bird Brown Ale and locally made ice cream. For the kiddos, they’ll serve non-alcoholic root beer floats.
Farm to Brew Beer Dinner
Monday, August 6 | Legal Remedy Brewing | 6:30 p.m.
Local farmers, chefs and brewers team up to present a four-course dinner with ingredients sourced from local farms. $75 per person. Tickets must be purchased at Legal Remedy Brewing.
Gin + Watermelon
Monday, August 6 | The Asbury | 6:30 p.m.
This popular collaborative dinner featuring two summer favorites returns to The Asbury. Chef Scott Crawford from Raleigh joins Asbury chef Matthew Krenz in the kitchen while Charleston-based Johnny Caldwell and Taneka Reaves take over the bar to create five courses of playful watermelon and gin pairings. Preview the menu here. $65 per person. Call 704.342.1193 to reserve your seat.
Nourish x Lenny Boy x Freshlist
Monday, August 6 | Lenny Boy Brewing Co. | 6:30 p.m.
Dine on the best local summer produce at this four-course vegan dinner presented by Nourish, Freshlist and Lenny Boy Brewing. Each course is paired with Lenny Boy beverages, including a specialty kombucha brewed just for the event. $50 per person.
Perfect for date night, girls’ night or a group outing, Corkbuzz’s wine classes allow you to taste and explore your taste in vino.
- Sparkling Group Wine Profile
Friday, August 3 | 6:30 p.m. | $50
- Women Networking & Tasting Group – Express Class
Tuesday, August 14 | 6:30 p.m. | $30
- In-Depth Sauvignon Blanc
Friday, August 17 | 6:30 p.m. | $60
Spanish Wine and Tapas Tasting
Tuesday, August 7 | Vin Master Wine Shop | 6:30 p.m.
Take a trip to Spain with a five-course educational tasting of traditional Spanish tapas and classic wines. $45 per person. Call 704.307.5565 or email [email protected] to save your seat.
Saturday, August 11 | Napa on Providence | 7 p.m.
Try four courses from chef Ashley LaRose and four tequilas at Napa on Providence’s tequila dinner. $85+. Call 704.900.8535 for reservations.
Wednesday, August 15 | 5Church Charlotte | 6 p.m.
At 5Church Charlotte’s next Somm Series, Sommelier Patricia Smith will guide attendees through an overview of four wines perfect for a casual get-together. Each wine will be paired with Chef Jaime Lynch’s take on sweet and savory late-night nibbles. $40 per person.
Foxy Mixology Craft Cocktail Dinner XI
Wednesday, August 8 | Leroy Fox (Cotswold) | 7 p.m.
Leroy Fox will host this three-course dinner featuring a specialty menu of food and cocktails created just for the event. $35 per person.
Seafood Pizza & Wine Pairing
Thursday, August 16 | Inizio Pizza Dilworth | 7 p.m.
Celebrate the tastes of summer as Inizio fires up two specialty seafood pizzas and hosts a wine tasting. Try a white clam pie and low country boil pie and sample a variety of complementary wines. $55 per person.
Harris Teeter presents Chef’s Best
Friday, August 17 | Charlotte Convention Center | 6 p.m.
The 29th annual Chef’s Best event features a three-course meal prepared on stage by Fahrenheit’s Chef Rocco Whalen, live music, a reception highlighting some of the city’s best restaurants and more to raise funds for hunger relief. $100 per person.
Pizzeria Omaggio – 3 Year Anniversary
Saturday, August 18 | Omaggio Pizzeria | 6 – 10 p.m.
Help Omaggio Pizzeria celebrate their three-year anniversary with a free antipasti bar with purchase of any cocktail, glass of wine or beer, plus a DJ.
An Afternoon with Casamigos
Saturday, August 18 | Dot Dot Dot Charlotte | 3 p.m.
Dot Dot Dot and Casamigos Tequila team up for an afternoon pairing of four tequilas (Casamigos Silver Tequila, Reposado, Anejo and Mezcal) with Mexican street food inspired dishes created by executive chef David Quintana. $45 per person.
Low Country Boil
Sunday, August 19 | Sycamore Brewing | 2 – 6 p.m.
Help welcome South End newcomer The Waterman to the neighborhood ahead of their September opening with a low country boil at Sycamore. Try shrimp, sausage, corn, oysters and potatoes for just $15. The day also includes live music and beer, wine and cider offerings from Sycamore.
Whiskey & Wine Dinner
Monday, August 20 | The Broken Spoke | 6 p.m.
At The Broken Spoke, enjoy a five-course dinner paired with three Impero wines and the distillery’s Quinn’s and Rúa. General admission includes a five-course meal with wine and whiskey pairing for $90, while VIP tickets includes the meal, whiskey and wine pairing, and one Rua hand-rolled cigar for $110.
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