Gallery Restaurant will host a James Beard House Preview Dinner with wines provided by Childress Vineyards on Oct. 16.
Executive chef Kirk Gilbert and chef de cuisine J. Kelly Morrow have prepared a five-course menu that embodies their commitment to the earth-to-table concept, including a house-made cheese and charcuterie display, duo of barbecue-glazed squab breast with Grateful Growers pork ham hocks, lamb merguez and Poussin tourchon.
The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $85 per person. Advance reservations are required, 704-248-4100. Gallery Restaurant will host the dinner at the James Beard House on Nov. 10.
Classes at Sinfully Sweet
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Sinfully Sweet Cakes Etc. is offering classes taught by Pam Langston on Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Topics include using fondant, making holiday designs and candy making. Costs range from $35 to $85. Sinfully Sweet is at Tower Place Shopping Center, 8700 Pineville Matthews Road No. 350. Details: 704-540-5007, www.sinfullysweetcakes.com.
Monty's Seafood Grill
Monty's Seafood Grill has opened its private event room after an extensive renovation.
The space has a 50-guest capacity and Monty's also now offers rental of a 42-inch TV for business and special event presentations. They're booking holiday and social parties and corporate events. Monty's is at 15205 John J. Delaney Drive at Ballantyne Commons East. Details: 704-541-0377.
Matthews farmers market
The Matthews Community Farmers Market is open year-round.
The regular season farmers' market runs from mid-April through November, Saturdays 7:15 a.m. to noon. The winter market is open every other Saturday, 8-10 a.m., December through March.
Items expected at this weekend's market include pears, celery, beets, radishes, turnips, baby bok choi, collard greens, vegetable amaranth peppers, okra and more. Meats will include pastured pork and grass-fed beef. Free-range chicken eggs, soft goat cheese and local honey also will be available.
Jimmie's Sweets' winner
Gingerbread pound cake with caramel frosting was the winner in Jimmie's Sweets' Confection Election.
The bakery is open 10 a.m-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays in downtown Matthews.
704-847-3242 or www.jimmiesweets.com.