Lulu says goodbye
After nine years as a mainstay in Plaza Midwood, Lulu dine | wine will close at the end of the year. In an email announcing the decision, general manager Emily Holtzclaw wrote: “We send our love and gratitude to our wonderful patrons, staff (past and present), friends, family and vendors. We are grateful for the time spent here at 1911 Central Ave.” Lulu’s last night will be New Year’s Eve. Until then, the restaurant is open daily for dinner and Saturday-Sunday for brunch. www.luludinewine.com.
Del Frisco’s serves claws
Starting Saturday, Del Frisco’s is serving stone crab claws. Flown in from the Florida Keys, stone crab claws are available for just a few months each year. According to Del Frisco’s, they’re a rare, truly sustainable seafood because the claws usually regenerate after being harvested. The claws are steamed on the boat immediately after being caught and then chilled for shipping. Del Frisco’s will serve them in sets of three, six or nine, cracked to order, with a Dijon dipping sauce. Warm towels accompany them, as they’re a messy delicacy. Del Frisco’s is in Piedmont Town Center. Reservations: 704-552-5502 or www.delfriscos.com.
• At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday,The Asbury
chef Chris Coleman is teaming withLaetitia Vineyards
owner Nadia Zilkha to host a wine dinner at the Asbury featuring the California wines. Cost is $85 plus tax and tip. Space is limited; reservations: 704-332-4141.
• Halcyon Flavors from the Earth is hosting a Wrath Wines dinner at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4. Wrath produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc from its estate vineyard in California’s Santa Lucia Highlands. Production is small and distribution limited. The evening’s five-course menu includes ceviche of hamachi, pickled shrimp, avocado and grapefruit paired with the 2013 Wrath Ex Anima Sauvignon Blanc; venison, braised red cabbage en croute with walnut crumb and juniper cream paired with 2012 Wrath San Saba Vineyard Pinot Noir; and chocolate Marquise with sour cherry compote and coco nibs paired with 2012 Wrath San Saba Vineyard Syrah. Cost is $85. Reservations: 704-910-0865.
Melting Pot turns 25
Both the Midtown and Lake Norman locations of The Melting Pot are marking the restaurant’s 25 years of serving Charlotte with a 25-day anniversary celebration benefiting Levine Children’s Hospital. Nov. 1-25, the restaurants will offer a “25th anniversary charity dinner,” which includes a four-course fondue meal for two for $99.95. Of that, $25 will be donated to Levine Children’s Hospital. Each pair who orders the anniversary special will also get a $50 “dip certificate” to use during a 2015 visit to either Charlotte location. The four-course meal for two includes cheese fondue, salad, an entrée and chocolate fondue. Reservations: 704-334-4400 or
Miro says hello again
Miro Spanish Grille reopened Oct. 16 in a new location at Toringdon Market, 12239 N. Community House Road. 704-540-7374.