To celebrate its one-year anniversary, Positano (Birkdale Village in Huntersville) hosts a wine dinner Tuesday, with a five-course Tuscan menu and wines for $35 per person. Among dishes on its new seasonal menu are gnocchi with tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella, rigatoni with Italian sausage and sweet peas, housemade ravioli stuffed with ricotta and spinach, whole roasted fish of the day, Livorno-style seafood stew, braised lamb shank over cavatelli pasta and more.
Chima is slated to open Monday at 139 S. Tryon St., offering a Brazilian rodizio-style dinner: Servers sequentially bring skewers of more than a dozen meats to the table, serving individual slices or pieces to diners. Accompanying the meats, which range from picanha – a cut of beef prized for its flavor – to salmon, is a 40-plus item “salad bar” that includes breads, soups and cheeses. Cost for the full dinner is $47.50, though a promotional price will kick off at $39.50. Salad bar alone is $29.50. Dinner only to begin; lunch is planned. 704-601-4141 www.chimasteakhouse.com.
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McIntosh's (1812 South Blvd.) offers Thanksgiving meals and a la carte dishes for the holiday. Dinner entrees are Ashley Farms organic turkey ($280 for the meal) or beef tenderloin with McIntosh's signature seasoning rub ($295); you also choose three of nine side dishes (including Southern sweet potato casserole, wild rice, scalloped potatoes, cornbread dressing and more) and a dessert. You may order the entrees raw or cooked, and the meal serves 8 to 12. Orders must be placed by 10 p.m. Nov. 20, and you can pick up at the delivery entrance between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 25 or 26: 704-342-1088.
“Turkeys on the Run” at Harper's at 6518 Fairview Road is a four-course takeout Thanksgiving dinner, with Carolina turkey (cooked or uncooked) and choice of seasonal vegetables and sides, plus dessert. Cost is $15 per person, with a minimum four-person order by Nov. 24. You can pick it up Nov. 25 or 26; 704-366-6612.
Ballantyne Resort (10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway) offers a Thanksgiving Brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with carving stations, salads, regional sides and desserts for $48.95 per person, $25.95 for those 7-12, $7.95 for those 3-6, and free for those younger than 3. Reservations are required: 704-248-4100, or at www.gallery-restaurant.com.
New on the plate
Harper's at SouthPark adds comfort foods for the fall, among them slow-roasted boneless beef short ribs with garlic mashed potatoes, hickory-grilled pork tenderloin, chicken roti (rotisserie chicken atop bread stuffing with green beans), bacon-wrapped Idaho rainbow trout and sliders three ways.
Sibling Upstream (6902 Phillips Place) also has new menus. At lunch, look for an expanded lineup of Japanese-inspired bento box lunches and sushi, plus organic beet salad, fall chopped salad, noodle bowls and soups. Dinner brings new fish dishes such as hazelnut-crusted Idaho brook trout with butternut squash risotto; skewers of shrimp, chicken, scallops and beef; and specials like broiled cod with miso and Wagyu fried rice.
Jeff Gordon's wines
The night after a bourbon dinner (Nov. 24; $59) at Blue (Hearst Plaza uptown), Jeff Gordon is slated to be on hand for a dinner featuring his wines. On the menu: pan-seared black grouper over lobster pumpkin risotto with 2006 Carneros Chardonnay, duo of American Kobe beef with 2004 “Joie de Vivre” Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and more; $115; 704-927-2583.