Swine and Wine takes place here Aug. 21: a French-Polynesian style whole pig roast with red, white and rose wine. The menu includes whole roasted pigs with Polynesian BBQ sauce and wine and cherry reduction sauce, sides such as roasted sweet fingerling potatoes, shrimp ceviche and pineapple wild rice and of course, wine. Dessert options: coconut macaroons, banana Napoleon or Pineapple Almond Cake. Cost per person is $65 plus tax and gratuity; payment accepted at time of reservation.
• Georges Brasserie
4620 Piedmont Row Drive
Rising Roll Gourmet
Ballantyne’s Rising Roll Gourmet has added hot food catering services. The new entrees: basil pesto chicken, chicken enchiladas, pasta carbonara, mango pineapple chicken. Vegetarian pasta is also on the menu; a minimum of 10 is required for entrée orders. Entrees come with a choice of side: baked asparagus casserole, herb roasted potatoes, Spanish rice, mac and cheese, Caesar salad and yeast rolls dipped in butter. Side dishes are also available in trays that serve 10. New on Rising Roll’s restaurant menu are a grilled asparagus veggie with Swiss cheese, roasted red pepper and more served in a sun-dried tomato tortilla and a low fat, low-cal turkey and pear sandwich with oven roasted turkey breast, sliced pear and crumbled goat cheese and a Peruvian pork sandwich with roasted pork tenderloin, brie, garlic aioli and salsa verde. Sandwiches come with a side and on your choice of bread: French boule, multigrain boule, sun-dried tomato tortilla, marble rye, honey wheat or croissant.
• Rising Roll Gourmet
14027 Conlan Circle
New to Uptown, 505 East is serving up Bonsai Fusion rolls, Makimono rolls and sushi. A few of their house specialty rolls: the A Team with tuna, salmon and white fish topped with avocado, the Die Hard with eel, cucumber, tuna and Nabu fire sauce and the Blue Lagoon with king crab jalapeno and avocado topped with filet mignon. Tapas is also here: baked mussels, filet tartar and miso cod to name a few. A look at the entrees found a filet mignon with demi glaze, a Mediterranean crab cake with remoulade and onion straws and seared scallops with a choice of sauce. Soups, salads and desserts are also on the menu. 505 is also a lounge and offers a late night menu 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Thursday-Sunday: buffalo chicken sliders, crispy seared ahi tuna and more. Hours of operation: 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday-Sunday, 505 East hopes to start serving daily lunch and Sunday brunch soon. If you attend an event at Time Warner bring in your ticket stubs for special discounts all year.
• 505 East
505 E. Sixth St.
Kabuto Japanese Steakhouse on Pineville-Matthews Road is running a hibachi dinner special for a limited time. The promotion runs 5.-9:30 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, the cost includes one entrée and three side items. Entrée choices: hibachi beef, chicken or shrimp; scallops, shrimp or filet mignon can be substituted for an additional charge. Sides include choice of soup, salad, steamed or fried rice or garlic noodles. A non-alcoholic beverage is also included in the price.
7724 Pineville-Matthews Road
Block & Grinder
B&G recently held a Summer Sip Off Contest where amateur mixologists got to submit their original recipes. Recipes were required to use Jack Daniels bourbon, Hendrick’s gin, Milagro Tequila Blanco or Reya vodka. Resident bartender Kyle Crabtree was on hand for the kickoff where half price appetizers and bar specials were served. August 7 a panel of judges chose a winner from the participants. The winner was Emily Pederson with the Veruca Salt cocktail. Emily’s drink will be on Block & Grinder’s menu for a limited time. Her husband, Mike Serrato, took second place with his Tennessee Blue concoction.
• Block & Grinder
2935 Providence Road
The Melting Pot
The Chronicles of the Fondue Adventurer Sweepstakes is happening at this Midtown spot through September 6 in celebration of the restaurant’s new menu. Participants can complete a cheese or chocolate Mad Lib type of entry with weekly changing themes. Winners will take home Melting Pot gift cards – 20 winners will be chosen daily Monday-Friday with a total of over $10,000 in prizes granted. The new menu allows diners to pick how many courses they want and what they would like them to be, enabling them to enjoy The Melting Pot experience fully.
• The Melting Pot
901 S. Kings Drive
BLT Steak, located in The Ritz-Carlton Uptown, is offering a pre-theater menu in honor of The Lion King through September 1. BLT Steak’s Chef de Cuisine Ben Miles has created a three-course dinner for $39 that will be available during dinner service, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 5:30 p.m.-11p.m. Friday and Saturday. First course options include sweet corn soup and mushroom risotto, second course includes North Carolina trout and lemon rosemary stuffed chicken and the third course offers a choice of a fudge brownie, vanilla bean cheesecake or banana cream cake. Reservations: 704-972-4350.
• BLT Steak
130 N. Tryon
Mellow Mushroom is pairing with Coca Cola, Live Nation and the American Music Awards for their newest promotion, “Share Happiness,” running through Aug. 31. Guests just have to order a Coke to get a scratch off and a chance to win. Along with the grand prize of a trip to the American Music Awards in November, instant win prizes will also be awarded such as gift cards and Live Nation concert cash.
• Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers
Ballantyne: 14835 Ballantyne Village Way
Myers Park: 2820 Selwyn
Jenny Brantley is a freelance writer for South Charlotte News. Have restaurant news or a story idea for Jenny? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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