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Posted: Wednesday, Sep. 03, 2008

A tasting menu set for Luce

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Luce (Hearst Plaza, Uptown) will offer a four-course tasting menu for $25 each Friday and Saturday night, including a salad, pasta or risotto, entrée and housemade sorbet or gelato.

The particulars will change weekly, and plans call for the deal to continue through the fall, and maybe through winter, too. 704-344-9222.

Fresh King Crab at GW Fins

GW Fins (525 N. Tryon St.) is slated to have fresh King Crab (yes, the stuff from “Deadliest Catch” on TV) for the next few weeks, chilled with a Creole mustard cream for dipping and spicy blue crab slaw on the side, as an entrée or shared appetizer for $34. Call ahead to check availability; 704-716-3467.

New chefs

Maddi's Southern Bistro (Birkdale Village) has a new executive chef: Eric Rice, formerly with the Charlotte Country Club.

At work on the fall menu, Rice plans to emphasize local products, from organic produce to rice and grits from Anson Mills.

And Maggiano's (SouthPark) welcomes new executive chef Delfino Netto.

Wine dinners at Zebra, Ratcliffe

This week:


Zebra
(4521 Sharon Road) features Joseph Drouhin wines Wednesday, Sept. 3, with dishes including pan-roasted sturgeon with 2006 Drouhin Chassagne Montrachet; and duet of braised veal short ribs and roast tenderloin of beef with 2006 Drouhin Gevrey and Charmes Chambertin. $110; 704-442-9525.


Ratcliffe on the Green
(425 S. Tryon St.) hosts Phillip Edwards of Guigal Wine Cellars on Thursday, Sept. 4. Among courses are sauteed Carolina crabcakes with Cotes du Rhone Blanc; and stuffed saddle of rabbit with Cotes du Rhone Rouge. $80; reservations: 704-254-2219.

Helen Schwab: hschwab@charlotteobserver.com.

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