The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge
The Ballantyne (10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.) is serving holiday tea in the lobby from 1-5 p.m. now through Dec. 31. Live entertainment, loose leaf teas, savories and sweets are included in the price of $49 for adults and $29 for children. Champagne can be added for an additional $10. Reservations: 704-248-4100.
The hotel will host a gingerbread decorating workshop with executive pastry chef Ben Kallenbach from 2-3:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17. Cost for the family-friendly event is $50 per group (up to four people). Advance payment is required for the workshop. Reservations: 704-248-4100.
Gingerbread Lane creations from the hotel’s annual gingerbread contest will be on display at the hotel from next Thursday through Dec. 28. Vote on your favorite entries for a minimum of $1 per vote. All proceeds will benefit Levine Children’s Hospital.
Both locations of Terrace (formerly Terrace Café) are offering a newly revamped menu with a focus on dinner and dishes with a Southern twist. Featured for dinner are smothered chicken with sautéed button mushrooms, grape tomatoes and grilled onions, bourbon braised beef short ribs with roasted garlic parsnip puree and sautéed mustard greens and pan roasted sea bass with buttered crab meat. Locations: www.terracerestaurants.com.
Chef Clark Barlowe of Heirloom (8470 Bellhaven Blvd.) has launched a new menu offering a la carte seasonal dishes. On it: a mix of traditional and fun dishes, all staying true to Barlowe’s belief in N.C. ingredients. Expect a house-made pasta that can change daily, turkey and dressing, a Salem Hills Carolina burger, fried chicken served with mac and cheese, as well as chestnut soup garnished with lemon balm and onion pie. Heirloom will undergo a remodel in January, updating bathrooms, flooring, a new dining room layout and lighting.
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
Weihnachtsmarkt – OMB’s German-inspired, open-air Christmas market – will run the next three weekends at the brewery (4150 Yancey Road): this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9-10 and Dec. 16-17. The market will be open from 4-9 p.m. on Fridays and 2-9 p.m. on Saturdays. Expect booths with baked goods, gifts, seasonal beers and homemade spiced red wine served hot.
Blackfinn Uptown (210 E. Trade St.) will host Cocoa & Cookies from 5:30-7:30 p.m. next Thursday. Homemade holiday cookies and sweets, giveaways and a hot cocoa bar with candy fixings are included in the ticket price of $5. Guests will be given the option to spike their hot cocoa, as well.
Burtons (1601 E. Woodlawn Road) at Park Road Shopping Center will host a toy drive for Toys for Our Troops from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Dec. 10. The restaurant will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for National Guard, Reserve, military and veteran families.
Standard Oyster Company
Standard Oyster Company of Hickory (2147 N. Center St.) will host a Holiday Whiskey & Wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 13. Executive chef Samuel McMillian will prepare four courses paired with a choice of whiskey or wine. Cost is $45 per person. Reservations: 828-322-1705.
Joe and Katy Kindred
The owners of Kindred Restaurant in Davidson, Joe and Katy Kindred, have signed a lease on a second restaurant space in Cornelius on Lake Norman. The new concept – Hello, Sailor – will be housed in the former Rusty Rudder spot, complete with a massive patio and boat slips. The couple hopes to have their new restaurant open in the first half of 2017.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Area locations of Carrabba’s are now open for lunch for the holidays. Lunch will be served starting at 11 a.m. through Jan. 2. Locations: www.carrabbas.com.
Jennifer Brantley, correspondent