Barbecue and beer united uptown
Gin Blossoms – who recently beat out the Spice Girls in a poll of “most ’90s band of all time” – will headline the new Southern Sauce festival uptown Sept. 18-19. It rolls together the Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship and Charlotte Beerfest, with barbecue in Romare Bearden Park and beer in BB&T Ballpark. The barbecue area will be free, while the beer festival will be $50 ($100 for VIP) and includes beer samples and live entertainment. Details: www.southernsauceclt.com. Kathleen Purvis
Sit with the chefs at Art Institute
Artisan, the student-run restaurant at the Art Institute of Charlotte, 2110 Water Ridge Parkway, is trying something different this summer. Instead of lunch, it’s open for dinner on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and it’s added an eight-seat chefs table in the kitchen. Dinner is $30, including a nonalcoholic cocktail. Seatings are at 6:15 or 6:30 p.m. The schedule varies with the school schedule, so call 704-357-5900 for reservations. Lunch will return Oct. 12.
Olde Meck’s Copper leads sales
Copper Amber Ale from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery now leads in sales of prepackaged craft beer in Charlotte, passing Sam Adams’ seasonal 12 packs, according to a report from IRI Worldwide. OMB is adding an upgraded bottling line to increase its capacity. Kathleen Purvis
Kraft recalls large packages of sliced cheese
If you have the 3- and 4-pound packages of Kraft Singles, return them to the store for a refund. The Kraft Heinz Company issued a voluntary recall of the packages because a small strip of plastic can stay on the cheese when it’s unwrapped, causing a choking hazard. The recall applies to large-size packages of American and White American cheese with the best-used-by date between Dec. 29, 2015, and Jan. 4, 2016, and the manufacturing code S54 or S55. Questions: Call Kraft at 800-432-3101. Kathleen Purvis