July 3, 2014

Menu puts region’s produce in spotlight

News and notes from the local restaurant scene: Rocco Whalen, chef/owner of Fahrenheit in uptown Charlotte, has rolled out a new summer menu.

News and notes from the local restaurant scene:


Rocco Whalen, chef/owner of Fahrenheit in uptown Charlotte, has rolled out a new summer menu.

The menu highlights summer produce from the Carolinas.

“We aspire to keep the menu fresh and enticing to our guests time and time again, and there’s no better way to do that than to pace ourselves with what the soil and farms have to offer,” Whalen said.

Featured are a Carolina shrimp pizza, a wood-grilled filet mignon with barbecued carrots and 10 vegetable fried rice prepared in a wok with jasmine rice and 10 fresh vegetables.

Whalen recently participated in the Great Chef’s Event in Philadelphia with friends Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin. The event brings together four dozen top chefs from across the U.S. to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand and the Vetri Foundation for Children. Whalen also participates in the event every September in Los Angeles with Suzanne Goin. In years past the evening has raised more than $1 million.

Whalen also was a sponsor of Charlotte’s 25th Anniversary Food and Wine Weekend, benefiting local children’s charities.

222 S. Caldwell St. 980-237-6718; www.chefroccowhalen.com/fahrenheit.


Dressler’s will be opening a third location in the Charlotte area soon.

Owner Jon Dressler hopes to have the newest Dressler’s restaurant open near SouthPark in Sharon Square sometime this fall. The location will focus on Southern fare served in a casual environment that includes an outdoor patio.

The other restaurants are in uptown at The Metropolitan and in Huntersville in Birkdale Village.


5 Church

A new six-course summer tasting menu is available at 5 Church.

For $60 per person are an amuse, appetizer, first amuse, first entrée, second entrée and dessert. Sylvain Mousset, a sommelier and the new wine director at 5 Church, will pair selections with appropriate wines. The menu includes chilled asparagus soup with crème fraîche, chilled lobster with black lava salt and a banana spring roll with vanilla gelato. Call or visit the website for reservations.

127 N. Tryon St. 704-919-1322; www.5church.com.

Burger 21

Burger 21 is looking to add up to four locations in Charlotte in addition to the current store on Ballantyne Village Way. Burgers and shakes are the focus, with 21 “chef inspired” burger options in addition to chicken tenders, hot dogs and more.

14825 Ballantyne Village Way. 704-900-5645; www.burger21.com.

Mimosa Grill

Uptown’s Mimosa Grill is open for lunch from noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, in time for summer lunches on the patio. The farm-to-fork restaurant features classic cuisine with a Southern twist, prepared by chef Jon Fortes.

327 S. Tryon St. 704-343-0700; www.mimosagrill.com.


Stonecrest’s Spanish restaurant, Miro, will close July 11 after serving dinner. Word has it the owners are scouting a new location.

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