Food, fun and silent auction will benefit culinary school
The Community Culinary School of Charlotte will host their annual holiday event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at 2401-A Distribution St. The event includes cooking demonstrations, food and silent auction. Suggested $25 donation per person; all proceeds benefit the Community Culinary School of Charlotte.
RSVP by Friday: email@example.com or 704-375-4500. Hilary Trenda
Crown Jewels of Italy
This wine dinner starts at 6 p.m. Sunday at Toscana Restaurant, 6401 Morrison Blvd., Suite 680. Dinner will consist of six courses paired with 10 wines from Fontodi, Braida, Birgaldara, Valicava and Pra. Vinifera Imports founder Dominic Nocerino will be the special guest and speaker. $95 per person with limited seating.
Details and reservations: Mark Meissner 704-332-9910; firstname.lastname@example.org. HT
Brunch with Santa
The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge will host this holiday brunch 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. The buffet will include breakfast items, carving station and desserts. Entertainment from the Grinch and Sparkle the Elf will be featured at noon and 1 p.m. Cameras are welcome for photos with Santa Claus. $39 for adults; $19 for ages 5-12; free for children under 4. Reservations are required: 704-248-4100. HT
The Cake Boss
Reality television baker Buddy Valastro will be at Ovens Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12. The Cake Boss will take questions from the audience, give cake decorating demonstrations, have decorating contests among audience members, give away prizes and talk about his show, family and the bakery.
Tickets start at $33.75 at www.ticketmaster.com. HT
The gift of cookies
Spending $27.50 on one pound of cookies might seem a bit over the top. But if you’re feeling generous toward a certain lover-of-sweets on your list, consider a tin of Peppermint Crunch Cookies by Land’s End. The combo of a chocolate wafer encased with white mint chocolate and topped with crushed peppermint is a sublime holiday treat. Roland Wilkerson
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