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    Microbrews Cruise at the U.S. National Whitewater Center

For The Eater

By Alison Henry

Posted: Thursday, Jun. 20, 2013

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Taste of the Mint

Good food is an art in itself, so it only makes sense that The Mint Museum uptown combined the two into a monthly event. Join them on June 26 for small plate samplings and drink pairings from the museum’s adjacent eateries — Halcyon and e2 (you know, that Emeril guy) — before heading back inside the museum for a special tour. The event will be themed around the current F.O.O.D. (Food, Objects, Objectives, Design) exhibition, which takes a thematic look at modern and contemporary objects used to prepare, cook or present food. Register at

Tour de Food Uptown

If you like stories about your food as much as you like savoring it, you can’t miss the Tour de Food uptown, held at 2 p.m. every Saturday now through the end of November. (NoDa and Davidson tours also available at alternate times.) This mouth-watering walk begins at Pure Pizza in 7th Street Market and includes samplings and sessions with the foodies behind landmarks like Mert’s Heart and Soul, Mimosa Grill and Wooden Vine. Register at

Microbrews Cruise at the U.S. National Whitewater Center

Park your caboose in a kayak for an evening sunset paddle down the Catawba River followed by a fireside dinner featuring craft beer tastings from Highland Brewing Company (June 5),  Big Boss Brewing Company (June 12), Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (June 19) and Bell’s Brewery (June 21). A representative from the brewery will lead your palate through each seasonal pour. Check-in is at 6 p.m. Dinner from 8-10 p.m. on Hawk Island. Or, trade in your kayak for their Zipline & Dine option, featuring five ziplines, two rope bridges, beer, wine and dinner. (See site for alternate dates.) Register at

Treehouse Vineyards Tour

As a kid, Phil Nordan built a lot of treehouses. In the spring of 1999, he decided to build one for him and his wife, Diane, which now overlooks their muscadine vineyards in Monroe. Despite its ceiling fan, couch, outdoor fireplace, phone and rocking chairs, the treehouse wasn’t equipped for overnight visitors, so after deciding to go into business, “Papa’s Dream,” was built — attracting quite a bit of national attention. While this treehouse boasts hot and cold water, heating and air conditioning, a bathroom and a deck with a grill, the vineyards have their own fanfare as well. Taste the difference of these organically grown grapes with a wine tour, held Saturdays and Sundays through October. Reservations at

Food Truck Friday

For diners plagued with indecision or a craving for street food, Friday nights in Southend (1616 Camden Road, to be exact) is your spot. From 5-9 p.m. the area’s finest mobile vendors put it in park and prepare everything from cupcakes to grilled cheese — with a side of entertainment. Previous roundups have included magic and mind reading — although the only thing you’ll be thinking is yum.

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