Savannah Red (in the Marriott uptown) hosts a Build Your Own Bordeaux wine dinner Nov. 9, at which diners will taste and blend Trinchero wines. Theyll use Trinchero Reserve single vineyard estate wines, in four of the typical varietal components of Bordeaux: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc.
On the food side of the equation, a number of dishes will be offered, from herbed lamb carpaccio to cassoulet, osso buco to coq au vin, plus variations on chocolate ice cream (think chile flake, fleur de sel, brulee). Diners will also get a history lesson on blending and grapes. $75 per person; 704-363-8161; 100 W. Trade St.
• Greek Isles Greek for a Week deal three courses and a glass of wine for $20 (dinner only) runs through Saturday. 200 E. Bland St.; 704-444-9000.
NoDaWeen is Saturday in NoDa, a multi-event happening that includes Booze, Brews & Boos: food trucks, drinks on the patio and music 5-9 p.m. at The Chop Shop at 399 E. 35th St.
Mimosa Grill has new lunch and dinner menus on the way, from apple salad and duo of tartare to daily bouillabaisse, housemade tagliatelle pasta with shrimp and lobster etouffee. 327 S. Tryon St.; 704-343-0700.
• Q2U BBQ Pit in Lake Wylie has expanded from about 30 seats to about 90, added a bar, expanded its hours of operation (now 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday) and enlarged its menu, says co-owner Brian Rich. Q2Us sauce was the official vinegar-based barbecue sauce of the Democratic National Convention.
4052 Charlotte Hwy in Lake Wylie; 803-831-8883 (N.C. phone 704-583-0700; http://q-2-u.com
• Charlottes Dan Ballister says he came up with The Drive-thru Dining Guide (see www.DriveThruGuide.com) as a way to help folks make healthier decisions at 30 fast-food chains.
It suggests combos more than 100 of which have 250-600 calories and 30 or fewer fat grams and gives nutritional info, and comes in a print version or smart phone application.
Print is about $6 and the app is 99 cents.