Area restaurants and civic clubs are gearing for the holidays with baked pumpkin pies, Thanksgiving dinners to go, candy-making classes and smoked barbecue pork and chicken.
Decadent Designs Bakery offers seasonal pies, tarts and desserts for the holidays. Thanksgiving flavors include old-fashioned apple, pumpkin and bourbon pecan. It also carries pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin spice jumbo cupcakes. Please call in advance to order at 704-542-7797 or come by the store at 11914 Elm Lane, www.Decadent designsbakery.com
Wolfgang Puck Carolina Bistro offers a completes holiday feast for 6-8 people for $139.95 that includes roasted rosemary turkey breast, traditional stuffing, roasted gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans with candied pecans and cranberry relish. Other side dishes: four cheese macaroni al forno and butternut squash soup. To reserve holiday orders: 704-708-5802. The Bistro is at 5349 Ballantyne Commons Parkway #100 in the Promenade shopping mall, www.wolfgangpuck .com/bistro
Sinfully Sweet Cakes, Etc. offers a candy-making class on Tuesday and Wednesday. Bakers will teach students to make Christmas bark, truffles, buckeyes, peppermint patties, etc. Supplies are included in a two-night class fee of $75, and you can take home candies you make. Call for reservations. The store is at 8700 Pineville-Matthews Road No. 350 in the Tower Place Shopping Center. Details: 704-540-5007.
Concord Cove Restaurant will be open Thanksgiving Day and serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal, along with its full dinner menu. Concord Cove is now also open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and offers a Sunday brunch starting at 10 a.m. and featuring complimentary fresh fruit, large stack pancakes, omelets, sausage or crispy salmon cakes. The restaurant is at 5303 Concord Road off S.C. 274. Details: 803-831-1036, www.theconcordcove.com
Indian Land Masonic Lodge No. 414 hosts a barbecue on Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. until it runs out of food. The Lodge is at 9130 Charlotte Highway (S.C. 521). Chicken and pork plates are $7, whole chickens $7, half-chickens $4. Pork barbecue is $7 per pound. Eat in or take out. Call 803-547-4933 on Nov. 22 to place a take-out order. Also homemade cakes, pies, bread, cookies and other items.
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