Dear Food World: Does everything have to happen in October? I know it’s a nice month and all, but our plates are getting full around here.
To wit, these events all deserve your attention:
1. Time to buy tickets for the 5th annual Taste for the Land celebration for the Catawba Lands Conservancy. The event is 6-9 p.m. Oct. 27 (a Thursday) at Dressler’s in the Metropolitan, 1100 Metropolitan Ave. Tickets are $100 and get you seasonal hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and a signature cocktail, music by Dead Man’s Banjo, and an onsite farmers’ market. Proceeds benefit the conservancy. Call 704-342-3330, ext. 220, or go to catawbalands.org.
2. It’s also time to grab a ticket for the Benefit21: An EXTRAordinary Evening, a gala at the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge to benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte. The speaker is Amy Wright, the founder of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee Shop in Wilmington, which employs people with intellectual disabilities, and the mother of two children with Down syndrome. Tickets are $120 and include passed appetizers, a seated dinner and two drink tickets. Details and registration: www.biddingforgood.com/DSAGC. Ticket deadline is Oct. 30.
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3. East Mecklenburg High School’s culinary arts program will hold its first homecoming barbecue Oct. 21 (yes, this Friday) from 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Takeout is available, and tickets are $9 at the school, 6800 Monroe Road.
4. The Global Table Culinary Walking Tour is 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in East Charlotte. This is a tour through 10 culturally diverse food businesses along North Sharon Amity Road and Central Avenue. You’ll see ingredients and cooking techniques and sample food. Tickets are $40. It’s put on by Spice Roads Productions and E.A.S.T., the volunteer board behind the Taste of the World culinary tour. Get tickets and details on Facebook (search for Global Table Culinary Tours) or through PayPal.
There you go: Enough to fill your calendar and your plate.