Restaurant news: Tupelo Honey Café releases new cookbook
Tuesday, May. 27, 2014

Restaurant news: Tupelo Honey Café releases new cookbook

Marketing Director Elizabeth Sims and Executive Chef Brian Sonoskus of Tupelo Honey Café.

Tupelo Honey Café

Tupelo Honey Café’s Executive Chef Brian Sonoskus and marketing director Elizabeth Sims have released their second national cookbook, “Tupelo Honey Café: New Southern Flavors from the Blue Ridge Mountains.”

The book contains 125 recipes that highlight the diversity, dishes and traditions of the Mountain South region.

According to Sonoskus, “Our first cookbook focused more on Asheville and a lot of our fans’ favorite recipes, but this book really focuses on our unique region, the Mountain South. These are recipes that feature ingredients you can find right here in Charlotte and that might spark a memory or two of dinners at grandma’s house, but perhaps with a tweak or two as we tend to do at Tupelo Honey Café.”

Recipes include acorn squash stuffed with bacon bread pudding, Frogmore stew, flatiron steak au poivre, cheesy grits soufflé, pimento cheese fondue with Southern pretzels and more.

“New Southern Flavors from the Blue Ridge Mountains” is available at the restaurant.

Tupelo Honey Café originated in Asheville in 2000 and opened in Charlotte’s South End late last year. The spot is a fan favorite for its farm-to-fork New South cuisine.

Plans are in the works for a Johnson City, Tenn., location in June this year and a location in Raleigh in fall.

•  Tupelo Honey Café

1820 South Blvd.


New Town Farms

Six acclaimed Charlotte-area chefs will prepare and serve a six-course local food spring feast 6 p.m. May 31 at New Town Farms in Waxhaw to benefit the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market.

Winter weather this past year caused considerable damage to the market, and the chefs have teamed to upgrade and rebuild it. The culinary team behind the evening’s menu includes Joe Kindred of Rooster’s; Bruce Moffett of Barrington’s, Good Food and Stagioni; Paul Verica of Heritage Food and Drink; Tim Groody of Fork!; Luca Annunziata of Passion 8 Bistro; and Joe Bonaparte of Myrtle Beach Culinary Institute.

The Fine Wine Trading Co. will donate wines, and live music will be provided by Ballantyne Brass.

The Matthews Community Farmer’s Market is in its 23rd year of bringing farmers and cooks together. Tickets are $150 and available on a first-come-first-served basis at

• New Town Farms

4512 New Town Road, Waxhaw


Gro Greek Evolved

New at McKee Farms Shopping Center in Matthews is Gro Greek Evolved, featuring fresh Greek food.

Scratch-made pitas are stuffed with pork, chicken, steak, beef or vegetarian choice that includes romaine, tomato, red onion and tzatziki sauce. Don’t care for pitas? Order the same ingredients in a bowl.

Salads include choice of protein, Kalamata olives, romaine, cucumbers and more. Sides are pita bread and chips, hummus and grilled veggies, to name a few.

For dessert, there is frozen Greek yogurt in a cup or in a smoothie made with choice of ingredients.

Gro is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and is closed Sundays.

•  Gro Greek Evolved

3335 Siskey Parkway, Matthews


Villa Antonio

Villa Antonio has closed its longtime South Boulevard location, merging it with the Ballantyne location at 14825 Ballantyne Village Way.

The South Boulevard location opened in 1987.

Villa Antonio is offering lunch buffet on Saturdays featuring a rotating menu with soup, salad bar and eight entrees for $9.95 per person. Sundays feature a Sunday brunch buffet.

On May 28, Villa Antonio will host an Italian wine tasting at 6:30 p.m. Five wines, free appetizers and live music are $20; call for reservations.

•  Villa Antonio

14825 Ballantyne Village Way


The Secret Chocolatier

The Secret Chocolatier will host “An Evening of Chocolate: Spring Twilight” dessert dinner series June 7 and 21 at its Ballantyne location.

Chef Bill Dietz will prepare three chocolate-inspired dessert courses incorporating the season’s best local strawberries.

“This enables us to showcase our creativity beyond just chocolate and bring people together for a fun evening and decadent culinary experience,” said co-owner Robin Ciorida.

Tickets are $50 for a table for two; call for reservations.

•  The Secret Chocolatier

11318 N. Community House Blvd.


Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar

SouthPark’s Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar will donate 10 percent of its profits from Memorial Day to The Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit offering services to injured veterans.

The restaurant also has unveiled new seasonal menu items including a roasted beet salad; ravioli with ricotta cheese, pine nuts and basil in a tomato cream sauce; a pork scallopini entrée; new pizzas; and pizzette bar bites with fennel sausage, tomato sauce and ricotta.

Also on tap is a seasonal cobbler served with vanilla ice cream.

•  Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar

6706-C Phillips Place Court


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

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