New around town:
• New cocktails at Halcyon include the Carriage Car Carriage House apple brandy from Asheville, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, lemon juice, hard cider, egg white and flamed orange peel and the Amaro Amore, for which Maggie Ruppert is making her own cranberry sage amaro (thats an herbal liqueur, here mixed with St. Germain elderflower liqueur, blood orange puree and sparkling wine). And yes, theres still moonshine on that menu, among them a mix of pumpkin-infused Troy & Sons, with Blenheims ginger ale, mulling spices and moonshine-macerated pumpkin cubes. 500 S. Tryon St.; 704-910-0865.
• Sir Edmond Halleys new winter menu is out. Among the offerings: Guinness Irish stew, shepherds pie, pan-seared mahi mahi, quinoa lettuce wraps, vegan chili, ginger salmon burger and buffalo sloppy joe. 704-525-7775; www.halleyspub.com.
• Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse has four new menus: lunch and dinner, plus a vegetarian lineup from chef Anthony Ascanio, and a craft cocktail menu (featuring house-infused spirits) from part-owner Brian Cole. New dishes include spiced tuna steak on salad with honey ginger vinaigrette; chicken salad wrap; chicken and waffles; cast iron duck with cranberry port reduction and more.
• Celebrate les premières vendanges, the first grape harvests of the year aka the 2012 Beaujolais Nouveau festival in Charlotte at the Levine Museum of the New South on Friday night. Beaujolais Nouveau is (by French law) not released until midnight on the third Thursday of November. Then it can be sold, and can be quite the circus. In Charlotte, which is one of 16 U.S. cities recognized as an official Beaujolais city, the party runs 6-9 p.m. with live jazz, French food and raffles. $25 for members of the Charlotte International Cabinet & Alliance Francaise, $30 for others.
• Roosters hosts a Highland Brewing dinner Saturday, with courses including Looper Farms pork belly with cuttlefish and fennel brodo, with Kashmir India Pale Ale; wood-grilled antelope with Woodford Reserve barrel-aged IPA; and more. $55; 150 N. College St.; 704-370-7667.
Dine out, do good
Among restaurants doing Dining Out for Hospice days in November are Restaurant X, Bonefish Grill in Matthews, Trio, Encore Bistro & Bar, both Dresslers, Sports Page Food & Spirits, Mama Ricottas, Sabi Asian Bistro and Fatz Café. On their days, they donate 10-15 percent of sales to either Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman, Hospice & Palliative Care Lincoln County or Levine & Dickson Hospice House. More may join; check hpccr.org for specific dates and additions.
• Buffalo Wild Wings hosts a fundraiser for the American Cancer Societys Relay for Life of Charlotte on Nov. 27: Watch the UNC or N.C. State games and 10 percent of your check will be donated. Info: Janel Hernandez at 704-553-5364.