Today through next Friday, Carpe Diem (1535 Elizabeth Ave.) offers the “Wachovia Employee's Recovery Package,” a three-course, $30 meal. Says co-owner Bonnie Warford: “We just thought they are all stressed out and could use a break.” Wachovia folk should bring their bank ID or business card to get the deal, which includes a choice of salad; salmon over Carolina Gold rice, buttermilk-fried chicken breast or shrimp or cremini mushrooms and grits; and ganache torte, fruit cobbler with ice cream or crème brulee of the day. 704-377-7976.
The fixed is in at Zebra
Zebra (4521 Sharon Road) has a nightly three-course, fixed-price menu for $44 running through Oct. 31, and chef-owner Jim Alexander says almost half his diners are ordering it. Choices include foie gras, lamb tenderloins, free-range chicken, hot souffles, and more. Selected wines are available at half-price, too, and you can do both discounts. 704-442-9525.
Art at Fleming's
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Readers Mike and Linda Pacer of Huntersville point out that artworks displayed at Fleming's (uptown at the EpiCentre) are giclee prints of artist Thomas Arvid's paintings. You can check out Arvid's work at www.thomasarvid.com. Giclee is a process by which original art can be reproduced with digital technology and special inkjet printers.
Shellfish at Del Frisco's
Del Frisco's (4725 Piedmont Row Drive) adds a shellfish menu to its regular lineup beginning today, with stone crab claws (two claws for $28, four for $42, six for $96); Alaskan king crab legs in one- or two-pound portions ($42 and $78); and a seafood “plateau” for two, including king crab, shrimp, oysters and stone crab for $89. 704-552-5502.
Upcoming special dinners
The Palm (Phillips Place) hosts “cigar luminary” Avo Uvezian for a cigar dinner Tuesday; the $95 menu includes a Prime New York strip paired with AVO 787 Toro and more. 704-552-7256.
Executive chef Domenic Battistella of Red Rocks (4223-8 Providence Road) hosts a five-course beer dinner Wednesday, using the craft ales of Stone Brewing Co. in California. Battistella's late grandmother lived near the brewery and had taken him for a tour and tasting on his last visit. Among courses: India Pale Ale with roasted pork belly and leek fondue; “Arrogant Bastard” with Certified Angus Beef dry-aged strip; and Smoked Porter with “beeramisu” for dessert. $45; 704-892-9999.
Blue (Hearst Plaza uptown) hosts a five-course Coeur D'Alene wine dinner Wednesday, with winemaker Kimber Gates on hand to discuss the offerings. Those include a roasted venison strip loin with preserved huckleberries, with 2004 “Opulence” Horse Heaven Hills Reserve Syrah. $75; 704-927-2583.
Sonoma Modern American (100 N. Tryon St.) hosts a Mulderbosch Vineyards dinner Thursday. Winemaker Mike Dobrovic of the South African winery will be on hand. On the menu: jumbo prawn chanterelle ragout with 2007 Chardonnay; roasted Maple Leaf duckling breast with Nise's butternut squash puree and fig compote, and 2003 Mulderbosch Shiraz and Sanctum Shiraz; iron-skillet-seared N.Y. strip and 2006 Faithful Hound; and more. $80; 704-377-1333.
Nolen Kitchen (2839 Selwyn Ave.) offers a Chameleon wine dinner Oct. 26, with the Napa boutique winery's wares served with a five-course dinner that includes wild boar loin with zinfandel-braised apple brulee and foie gras. $75; 704-372-1424.
Another Noodles on way
Noodles & Company plans its second Charlotte opening, at 2201 South Blvd., on Oct. 24. The chain serves a variety of Asian, Mediterranean and American noodle dishes, soups and salads.