Queen’s Feast grows to include 109 restaurants in the region
The first feast in 2008 featured 42 participating restaurants. For the summer 2013 outing July 19-28, the semi-annual restaurant week will include 109 upscale restaurants offering pix fixe, three-course (or more) dinners for $30 per person. Participating restaurants range across the region from uptown Charlotte to Belmont, Concord, Gastonia, Lake Norman, Matthews, Statesville, Waxhaw and Fort Mill, S.C.
The list of restaurants includes 15 first-time participants. Approximately 130,000 dinners participated in the January 2013 Charlotte Restaurant week, with an estimated economic impact of $6 million in revenue for the 112 restaurants.
This time around, diners can use PlateShare, a mobile app for Android and iPhone that was developed locally. The app allows diners to round their restaurant bill to the nearest dollar and donate the change to hunger relief. During Queen’s Feast, PlateShare donations will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, which serves 19 area counties.
For participating restaurants, menu details and reservation information: www.charlotterestaurantweek.com.
Why do we gather around food?
WFAE’s Public Conversation Series will host “The Gathering Power of Food” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 11 at Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St.
This free conversation will explore food’s role in creating cultural identities, facilitating conversations, its ability to mark life events and how to preserve food’s “gathering power” in a fast-food society.
Panelists and audience members can share experiences and observations on how gatherings around food affect churches, neighborhoods, workplaces and other community institutions. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m.
This is a free event but registration is requested. Details and to register: bit.ly/16K0Cfm.
Cookout for the troops
On her “I’ll Bite” blog on obsbite.blogspot.com, Observer food editor Kathleen Purvis writes about having your July 4 cookout pull double-duty: A festive gathering of friends, family and food, as well as a fundraiser for the USO and the active-duty soldiers it supports.
The website Barbecue for the Troops lets users register their own cookout, invite others to donate to their event or find other people’s parties to donate to.
The site also gives tips (in English and Spanish) on using social media to spread the word and provides templates for invitations and more. The fundraising campaign runs through the Labor Day holiday and all the money raised goes to the USO’s programs.
How about a little taste of Peruvian chicken? Helen Schwab reviews the new cafe Viva Chicken in Elizabeth. Look for restaurant reviews and news on Fridays in the CLT section.
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