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Dining Notes

By Helen Schwab

Passion8 turns 6, celebrates

Passion8 celebrates its sixth anniversary with a six-course meal Oct. 16 for $60. Reservations: 803-802-7455; 3415 S.C. 51 N., Fort Mill, S.C.

Then, for Halloween, chef Luca Anunziata plans “Dinner in the Dark”: three courses for diners to consume blindfolded, on Oct. 31, for $38.

Meanwhile, reservations are already open for Thanksgiving at sibling American Cafe (3695 Foothills Way, in the Clarion Hotel, Fort Mill): The meal will be $48, with children 10 and younger free. 803-548-1158.

AZN now serving brunch

AZN Azian Cuizine, near SouthPark at 4620 Piedmont Row Drive, begins Sunday brunch Oct. 6. It’ll be served 11 a.m.-2 p.m., buffet-style, with stations for sushi, hot entrees, noodle dishes, salads, sweets – and a dim sum cart, too. $22.95; 980-819-9189; www.aznrestaurant.com/charlotte.

Oyster roast for Weekend

Look for an oyster roast 7-8:30 p.m. tonight at 7th Street Public Market that will help the Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend raise money and awareness. (The Weekend, if you don’t know, happens every two years, is one of the Southeast’s largest wine events, and has raised more than $4 million for area charities since beginning in 1989.)

Expect steamed oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp and Olde Mecklenburg beer. Tickets are $25, available online only (no tickets at the door) at www.charlottewineandfood.org; 224 E. Seventh St.

The next Weekend is April 22-26, 2014, and will be the event’s 25th anniversary. Find out more at the website.

Dining in the Dark

The third annual Charlotte Dining in the Dark event is Oct. 9, a fund- and awareness-raiser for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, held at Great Wolf Lodge, 10175 Weddington Road NW, Concord. Diners wear light-blocking masks. Event chair Marilyn Green (the original Miss Winston, for race-goers) said in a news release: “Reactions to Dining in the Dark are truly powerful because people often don’t realize the daily obstacles of living with low to no vision.”

This year’s event will honor Darrel Waltrip and Marcus Smith, both known in NASCAR circles, and will benefit the Foundation’s research into blinding retinal diseases. Tickets are $350. Info: 919-781-8014 or LIreland@FightBlindness.org.

Food trucks and art

Mint Hill Arts, a nonprofit offering art classes and exhibits, will host a food truck festival in its parking lot 2-7 p.m. Oct. 12. It’s a kickoff for its new exhibit, “You ART What You Eat,” a gathering of work inspired by food. The exhibit runs through Oct. 31. The festival will also feature culinary demos and work by students from Johnson & Wales and Central Piedmont Community College, plus a sidewalk sale of local artwork, a children’s drawing contest, live music and more. More info: minthillarts.org, 980-226-5532 or email info@minthillarts.org.

Helen’s blog: helendining.blogspot.com; email hschwab@charlotteobserver.com; follow @helenschwab on Twitter.
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