Charlotte veterans to get special treatment on 2 nights
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

Charlotte veterans to get special treatment on 2 nights

    - OGGI
    Pumpkin Ravioli is available for the fall season at OGGI.
    Toast Café will soon be serving brunch items like crepes in Fort Mill.
    The Secret Chocolatier in Cotswold won a silver award from the International Chocolate Awards 2013 America’s Semi-Final for its Cardamom Chocolate Truffle.

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Patrick Whalen, Mills Howell and Alejandro Torio host a Halloween Bash Oct. 31. DJ Clay Hefner will spin tunes while guests in costume compete for a $200 gift card. No cover charge; doors open at 10 p.m. Valet parking will be available.

•  5 Church

127 N. Tryon St.

704-919-1322 .


Uptown’s Chima will honor veterans with a special promotion Nov. 11-12. Veterans will receive a complimentary rodizio with purchase of any rodizio. Must show military I.D. or discharge papers; reservations recommended.

•  Chima Steakhouse

139 S. Tryon St.

704-601-4141 .


Tastings at Gallery in Ballantyne include Nov. 1, Syrah and Nov. 15, interesting varietals to pair with Thanksgiving Dinner. Tastings begin at 6 p.m. and are $25 per person. Cost includes local cheeses and lavosh; reservations are recommended, 704-248-4100.

The Scotch Society of Ballantyne meets 6-8 p.m. Nov. 22. The “Johnnies” will be sampled and explored for $40 per person. Contact or 704-248-4100 for reservations.

•  Gallery Restaurant

10000 Ballantyne Commons Way


The Secret Chocolatier

The Secret Chocolatier in Cotswold has won a silver award from the International Chocolate Awards 2013 America’s Semi-Final. The award went to the shop’s Cardamom Chocolate Truffle. Co-owner of The Secret Chocolatier Andy Ciordia says, “We’re honored to have placed at the International Chocolate Awards with a United States Silver for our cardamom truffle.” The truffle was inspired by friend Giri Anantharaman, who brought green cardamom pods to the chocolate shop and explained how they were utilized in his family’s desserts. The confection was judged at The Institute of Culinary Education in New York. The truffle will next be judged at the world finals in London. The International Chocolate Awards judge and recognize fine chocolates from all over the world.

•  The Secret Chocolatier

2935 Sharon Amity Road

704-323-8178 .


Zagat top-rated Zebra in SouthPark has opened their new patio. Guests can dine outdoors and partake in tastings while enjoying live music on select nights.

•  Zebra Restaurant

4521 Sharon Road

704-442-9525 .


Toast of Ballantyne and Dilworth continues to grow. The breakfast, brunch and lunch spot will be opening a new location in Fort Mill. Stay tuned for details.

•  Toast Cafe

Dilworth: 2400 Park Road


Ballantyne: 8430 Rea Road

980-613-8343 .

Tupelo Honey Café

Things are moving in the old Pewter Rose Bistro location. Tupelo Honey Café plans to open in the spot in Charlotte’s South End in early December. The Charlotte store joins others in Greenville, S.C., Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville and Asheville. The award-winning café serves Southern fare and soul food, utilizing locally sourced ingredients.

•  Tupelo Honey Café .

Cajun Queen

Cajun Queen celebrated its 28th year in business recently. The restaurant, housed in an old house in Myers Park, features Cajun and Creole fare such as fresh fish specials, gumbo, crawfish and shrimp served many ways, Bayou platters, red beans and rice and more. Make sure to check out the bourbon pecan pie and bourbon bread pudding for dessert. Live music offered on select nights.

•  Cajun Queen

1800 E. 7th St.

704-377-9017 .


SouthPark’s newest Tex Mex resturant is offering a free fully-loaded nacho “car” (a bar shaped like a car) on weekdays 4 -7 p.m. All-you-can-eat tortilla chips, queso, ground sirloin, salsa, and more plus daily drink specials are here during the weekday happy hour. A listing of featured drinks can be found at

•  Chuy’s

4310 Sharon Road

704-364-3959 .


Ballantyne’s new Italian restaurant in the Shops at Ardrey Kell, OGGI is serving up a seasonal treat. Handmade pumpkin ravioli have been added to the menu and will be available for a limited time.


16646 Hawfield Way Drive

704-716-9400 .


SouthPark’s AZN hosts a hands-on sushi class 4 p.m. Nov. 2. Participants will learn to make nigiri, roll maki and how to garnish like a sushi master. A sake tasting is planned following the class and is included in the price of $25 per person. Call 980-819-9189 to register.

•  AZN Azian Cuisine

4620 Piedmont Row Drive

980-819-9189 .

Jenny Brantley is a freelance writer. Have restaurant news or a story idea for Jenny? Email her at

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