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Glassware seminar, wine tasting

The Wine Shop at Foxcroft will host this seminar with Riedel glassware about why the stemware you drink from makes a difference. Danny Sanford of Fine Wine Trading Company will teach why it’s important to use the correct stemware. The seminar will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at The Wine Shop at Foxcroft, 7824 Fairview Road. Cost is $35 per person plus tax and includes tastings of five wines. Seating is limited. Details and advance reservations: 704-365-6550.

Chili cook-off

The town of Huntersville and Rural Hill are partnering to host their first chili cook-off Nov. 2. Prizes will be given for first, second and third places. Rules are simple: Those who pay the $25 entry fee will make a gallon of their favorite chili recipe and bring it to Rural Hill for judging Nov. 2. Interested contestants should contact Michelle Amendolare by Friday: mamendolare@huntersville.org.

James Beard preview dinner

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge will host a dinner at the James Beard Foundation in New York City in November. Gallery Restaurant will host a preview dinner at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. All five courses are paired with wines. Cost is $85 per person, plus tax and service charge. Reservations: 704-248-4100.

Carolinas Student Hunger Drive

Students from 17 area high schools are participating in the fourth-annual Carolinas Student Hunger Drive through Nov. 8. Sponsored by Food Lion, the competition lasts six weeks to see which participating school from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Cabarrus County Schools and Fort Mill, S.C., can collect the most food. Organizers said students collected more than 112,000 pounds of food last year.

The student who goes “above and beyond in planning, executing and promoting the mission of Carolinas Student Hunger Drive to their campus and surrounding community” will receive a $250 scholarship from Food Lion. Participating schools and upcoming events: www.studenthungerdrive.org.

$1 pizzas

La Tagliatella Charlotte will offer a selection of lunch-sized pizzas for $1 from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 14 and 21 for bar and patio guests in recognition of National Pizza Month. Guests throughout the restaurant may purchase $1 pizzas Oct. 28-Nov. 1. Every dollar spent on the $1 pizzas will be donated to No Kid Hungry. Details: 704-900-5555.

Hilary Trenda

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