Area restaurants are gearing up special offerings in connection with the coming holidays: Victorian tea, wine tasting, candy making and hearty winter fare.
Amber Crest Winery hosts Noel Night: A Holiday Wine Tasting and Gift Shopping event Dec. 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Guests will be able to sample eight wines, eat delicious foods and buy gifts, holiday cards and custom framed art. Admission is a $20 per ticket donation to the U.S. Equine Rescue League, which rescues abused, neglected and/or abandoned horses. The winery is at 9623-L East Independence Blvd. at the Windsor Square Shopping Center. Details: 704- 998- 7540 or www.ambercrestwinery.com
Sinfully Sweet Cakes, Etc. offers a candy-making class Nov. 18-19. Bakers will teach students to make Christmas bark, truffles, buckeyes, peppermint patties, etc. Supplies are included in a two-night class fee of $75 and you can take home candies you make. Call for reservations. The store is at 8700 Pineville-Matthews Road #350 in the Tower Place Shopping Center. Details: 704-540-5007.
The Woman's Club of Rock Hill hosts a Victorian Tea Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. and Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. at the historic Armstrong-Mauldin House at 607 Aiken Ave. Cost is $20 per person, seating is limited and advance reservations are required. Call 803-328-8888. The house will be decorated for the holidays with carolers and servers in Victorian dress. The Sugar Plum Boutique features Christmas-themed gifts and decorations, baked goods and holiday treats. The Victorian teas are part of ChristmasVilleRockHill.com.
Wolfgang Puck Carolina Bistro offers its new fall seasonal specials: clam chowder, chopped salad with roasted butternut squash and Fuji apples, rotisserie barbecue chicken salad, open-faced shrimp and bacon club, and wild mushroom and caramelized sweet pearl onion pizza.
In addition, a four-course dinner for two is $39 (through Nov. 30), and includes any appetizer to share, butternut squash soup, mixed greens or Caesar, any two entrees, and warm apple crisp or crème brulee. Wolfgang Puck Carolina Bistro is at 5349 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. Details: 704-708-5802.