What’s happening in the Charlotte food world this week?
▪ Bill Smith Jr. of Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill is in Charlotte tonight for a special dinner at The Asbury with chef Chris Coleman. The menu: Gin + Watermelon Down-Home Supper, featuring a five-course lineup of creative ways with watermelon. It’s $45 and starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Dunhill, 235 N. Tryon St. Reservations are required; call 704.342.1193.
▪ Let firefighters feed you from 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, at the annual Firefighters’ Pancake Breakfast at the 7th Street Public Market, 224 E. 7th St. Firefighters will do the cooking; you can pick from plain or blueberry pancakes for $5 for adults and $3 for kids. That’s a suggested donation, so you can certainly feel free to pay more: It raises money for the Firefighters’ Burned Children’s Fund. Beverages and other breakfast items will also be for sale, and you can park free for 90 minutes in 7th Street Station if you remember to take your ticket in the market for validation.
▪ Eat tomatoes on Saturday at the Davidson Farmers’ Market’s annual Tomato Tasting. The free tomato tasting starts at 9 a.m. The Davidson market is next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets.
▪ At the Matthews Community Farmers’ Market, North Trade Street in Matthews, you’ll be eating roasted sweet corn on Saturday, for the annual Sweet Corn Roast (their Tomato Day is July 25). You get two ears of roasted corn with butter for $2; the money goes to support the market. Chef Joe Bonaparte of the Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach will make the trip up to run the grill.