Carolina Beer TempleRob and Megan Jacik plan to open Carolina Beer Temple, a new bar and store, in mid to late March on Matthews Station Street in Matthews. Carolina Beer Temple will specialize in North Carolina beers with local favorites and also hard-to-find beers and seasonals. Craft beers from around the country and the world will also be featured, as well as Belgian ales. CBT will have 16 rotating taps, with half being N.C. beers, two Belgian Ales and the remainder a variety. Ciders and meads will also be available. Food will not be served but customers can bring their own. Beer lover gifts and custom glassware will be available for sale in the shop. • Carolina Beer Temple 131-1C Matthews Station St. 704-847-2337 www.carolinabeertemple.net.P.J. O’Reilly’sNew menu items on tap at this Ballantyne eatery include sandwiches, salads and more. All new sandwiches include a French dip, P.J.’s Big Club, a Philly Cheese Steak and a veggie burger. Also offered are a Chief’s salad loaded with ham, turkey, bacon and egg; and baby Rubys – mini Rubens stuffed in spring rolls. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at 5:30 p.m. March 15 with live music from The Irish Boys playing Irish drinking songs outside under the tent until 9:30 p.m. Chuck Johnson will provide live music inside in the lounge beginning at 9:30 p.m. Both Saturday and March 16 and 17, check out live music from The Irish Boys, Wicked Power and a bag piper, Peter McArthur. Food and drink specials will be featured all weekend, plus giveaways. Check the website for complete weekend lineup and details. • P.J. O’Reilly’s 16640 Hawfield Way Drive 704-341-2247 www.pjoreillys.com.Duckworth’sCelebrate Charlotte Craft Beer Week and St. Patrick’s Day all at once at Duckworth’s Park Road location, March 17. Duckworth’s Cask Festival will be happening, with the Battle of the Casks running from 1 to5 p.m. Nine casks of rare beers will be offered, each competing to win 2013 Cask Festival Champion. Charlotte Beer’s Daniel Hartis will be on hand to sign copies of his new book “Charlotte Beer: A History of Brewing in the Queen City.” Books are $20. Tickets for day are $30 each and are being presold via phone: 704-527-5783. • Duckworth’s Park Road 4435 Park Road 704-527-5783 www.duckworths.com.Poplar Ridge FarmLike organic, local produce and culinary education? Farm tours, market days, chef demonstrations and cooking classes are back at Poplar Ridge Farm in Waxhaw for the spring season. On March 16, stop in for a guided tour and talk beginning at 11:30 a.m., followed by a chef demonstration and tasting at 12:30 p.m. Cost for the tour, talk and demonstration is $12 per car with $5 applying toward purchases at the Market Stand. Ashley Eller of the Sweetie Pie Bakery will head up the season’s cooking classes: gluten-free baking featuring brown butter strawberry cake on March 23 and a canning class highlighting strawberry vanilla jam and tomato sauce on April 27. Sweet and Savory Pies is the class planned for May, with date TBD. Classes run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a cost of $60 each or three for $150. Visit the website or call to register. • Poplar Ridge Farm 1619 Waxhaw Indian Trail Road South, Waxhaw 704-843-5744 www.poplarridgefarmnc.com.Block and GrinderBlock and Grinder has announced an opening date of March 18. Stay tuned.• Block and Grinder 2935 Providence Road 704-364-2100 www.blockandgrinder.com.e2On March 16, e2 hosts a Thelema Mountains Vineyard wine dinner. Thelema Mountains Vineyards, located in South Africa, is one of the world’s top 100 wineries. Thomas Webb, winery owner, will discuss each of the four wines paired with Chef de Cuisine’s Brian Mottola’s four course menu. A look at the menu: sea scallops with white and green asparagus, yellow fin tuna ceviche with preserved blood orange and golden beets, Broken Arrow Ranch venison with apricot and plum chutney and curry rubbed wild board served with sweet potato and peanuts. Selected wines for the evening include chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and Thelema Mountain Red. Cost per person is $85; reservations are recommended and can be made at 704-414-4787, or online.• e2 Emeril’s Eatery 135 Levine Avenue of the Arts 704-414-4787 www.e2emerils.com.
Friday, Mar. 01, 2013
Make your St. Patrick’s Day plans now
Rob and Megan Jacik of Carolina Beer Temple in Matthews visited Belgium researching ales for their new store. COURTESY OF ROB JACIK