Bee here now
The Ritz-Carlton uptown will have its first Summer Honey Festival this year: three months of events having to do with the 100,000 honeybees it hosts on its green roof, with the first honey harvest slated for June 20.
Offerings will include the Rooftop Honey Brandy Sour (sold at the Lobby Lounge and the 15th-floor Urban Sip); honey with the usual daily chocolate afternoon tea; and honey bread, complimentary with every weekend brunch at Bar Cocoa. Events will include lobby gelato socials and honey tastings each Friday and Saturday afternoon and Saturday morning rooftop tours for hotel guests. 704-547-2244; 201 E. Trade St.
Dad’s day on the way
• e2 emeril’s eatery plans a special Father’s Day brunch (June 16, folks) 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with bananas Foster pancakes, andouille and crawfish omelets, Old Mill buckwheat waffles and more. 135 Levine Avenue of the Arts; reservations: 704-414-4787.
• Red Rocks Cafe at Birkdale only (not the Strawberry Hill location) will offer a buffet beginning at 10:30 a.m., with the last seating at 3 p.m., followed by a regular menu with chef features that evening. Buffet: $25 for adults, $12 for children; 8712 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville, 704-892-9999.
• June 13, Blue hosts a Benziger dinner with crisp softshell crab and 2011 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc; pork Milanese with 2009 Sonoma County Merlot; pepper-crusted Wagyu rib-eye with mushroom/goat cheese bread pudding and 2009 Tribute Sonoma Mountain Red Blend; and more. $49.95; Hearst Plaza uptown; 704-927-2583.
• ilios noche hosts an Italian wine dinner June 17, with five courses from guest chef and Milan native Piero Premoli and five wine pairings from northern Italy. Premoli, executive chef at Buckhead Life Group’s Pricci in Atlanta, has cooked from Paris to New York. Dinner is $80; 11508 Providence Road; 704-814-9882.
Dunkin’ Donuts is rolling out its new Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich nationally Friday, but at least some Charlotte locations (I didn’t call them all) already serve the new concoction: A split glazed doughnut with fried eggs and bacon. It’s 360 calories – 30 fewer than Dunkin’ Donuts’ new turkey sausage breakfast sandwich aimed at those “eating right” and 60 more than an Egg McMuffin – and runs $3.29. (You can add cheese, too.) Without cheese, it’s got 20 grams of fat (14 in the doughnut), which is 30 percent of the daily recommended amount and includes 6 grams of saturated fat. (The turkey sausage flatbread has 8 total fat grams, 3 saturated.)
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