Tickets for the Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend 2013 Kickoff event go on sale Thursday at www.charlottewineandfood.org. This year's “Motown @Uptown” will be 6:30-11 p.m. April 20 at Founders Hall, 100 N. Tryon St. A VIP dinner at Aria Tuscan Grill – also in Founders Hall – begins at 6 p.m., with reception at 5 p.m.
The event will feature wines from hundreds of winemakers, food from Aria Tuscan Grill, live and silent auctions and the live band “The Sensational Sounds of Motown.”
This year is the 25th anniversary of the event and will offer three ticket levels: $75, $125 and $250. The charity beneficiaries will be A Child's Place, Council for Children's Rights, Pat's Place Family Advocacy Program and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Backpack Project for Kids. The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte will offer rooms at a special rate on first-come, first-served basis. The event typically sells out, so early ticket purchases and accommodations are recommended.
CPCC reception for ‘Big River'
Tickets are on sale for the VIP opening reception for Central Piedmont Community College's production of “Big River.” The reception starts at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in Overcash Building, Room 113, 1206 Elizabeth Ave., with the curtain going up at 8 p.m. The reception will feature themed tastings created by CPCC's Baking and Pastry Arts students as well as wine. Only 50 tickets to the VIP reception are available and are $15 each. (This does not include a theater ticket, which range in price from $10 to $18.) Details and tickets: 704-330-6534; tix.cpcc.edu.
‘Irresistible Teas and Tonics'
Savory Spice Shop will host this class 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Atherton Mill, 2000 South Blvd. “Irresistible Teas and Tonics” teaches how to use flowers, herbs, seeds, spices and other natural ingredients to make cold and hot beverages that also offer nutritional benefits. Class is $20 per person, payable at registration. Register at the shop in person or call 980-225-5419.
Chili and beer for brunch
Davidson Farmer's Market and Summit Coffee will partner again to offer Breakfast of Champions: Chili and Beer 10:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 16 at Davidson Farmer's Market, between Main and Jackson streets, Davidson. Tickets will be available for $10 starting at 9 a.m. Feb. 16 and will include two bowls of chili – made by market vendors Millstone Meadows and Chef Charles Catering – and four North Carolina beer samples provided by Summit. Only 60 tickets will be available. Details: www.davidsonfarmersmarket.org; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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