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Food Notes: Local team is Q-City BBQ champ

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Alex Ranucci

Local team is Q-City BBQ champion

Ranucci’s Big Butt BBQ team won the Grand Champion prize in the professional division at last weekend’s Q-City BBQ Championship. The Charlotte-based team, headed by pit master Alex Ranucci, also placed first in Ribs, first in Pork Shoulder and second in Whole Hog. Ranucci has been competing in the professional division of what was formerly Charlotte BBQ & Blues competition since 2006. Details: www.ranuccis.com.

Be a Friend of the King

The King’s Kitchen is in the midst of a 30-day campaign to raise $125,000 to renovate its kitchen and bakery.

Through Nov. 13, donors will receive “thank you” rewards for giving, including free food. The King’s Kitchen, at 129 W. Trade St., donates 100 percent of its profits and sales to feeding the poor, as well as training and equipping those previously unemployable. Details: www.friendsoftheking.com.

Dining with Friends

This fundraiser for the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) consists of more than 25 dinner parties happening simultaneously across the city. They range from intimate sit-down dinners to parties at uptown nightclubs and restaurants. The evening culminates with the dessert and champagne grand finale at 9 p.m. at Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. Bar Chocolate, Amelie’s, Neet’s Sweets, The Melting Pot and Suarez Bakery are just a few places that will provide sweet treats. Miller Coors, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Tito’s Handmade Vodka will stock the bar. A minimum donation of $30 secures a finale ticket for those who can’t host or attend a party. Details: www.diningwithfriendscharlotte.org.

Sushi class and sake tasting

AZN Azian Cuizine will host a hands-on sushi-making class and sake tasting at 4 p.m. Nov. 2, 4620 Piedmont Row Drive. Participants will learn to prepare nigiri, roll maki and how to garnish. Class will be followed by a sake tasting for participants to enjoy while dining on their sushi creations. Cost is $25. To register: 980-819-9189.

Hilary Trenda

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