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Beard house to host 3 chefs from Charlotte

The James Beard Foundation hosts three Charlotte chefs in upcoming months at its house at 167 W. 12th St. in New York:

Jim Noble of Noble's and Rooster's will offer “New Southern Cuisine” on Sept. 20.

Kirk Gilbert of Ballantyne Resort's Gallery will do a “Taste of the New South” on Nov. 10.

And Joe Bonaparte of the Art Institute of Charlotte culinary program will join fellow Art Institute folks for a Thanksgiving Feast on Nov. 27.

Each dinner is $125 for members, $165 for nonmembers; 212-627-2308.

Harper's Group $30 deals

The Harper's Group restaurants Arpa, M5, Mimosa Grill, Upstream and Zink will offer three-course menus for $30 through the end of August, with menus changing regularly.

Cyros Santos' sushi at Rooster's

Sushi from Cyros Santos'Charlotte company, both maki and nigiri sushi, is now offered at Rooster's Wine Bar (6601 Morrison Blvd.).

Brixx opens franchise restaurant

Charlotte-based Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, which began in Dilworth 10 years ago, opened its first franchise last month in Columbia.

It now plans to open five restaurants (three franchises, two company-owned), in Wilmington, Asheville and three in Tennessee, by the end of 2009.

Outreach expands

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina boosted its work in 2007-2008, says the hunger relief group: a 25 percent increase in pounds of food distributed, a 43 percent hike in programs for kids, a 24 percent jump in volunteer hours and other expansion. Details: www.secondharvest metrolina .org or 704-376-1785.

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