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12 Brews of Christmas

The 12 Brews of Christmas South End brewery crawl and toy drive is Dec. 5 from 1- 7 p.m. Donate a new, unwrapped toy to get free trolley rides along Camden Road, access to 6 breweries including Unknown Brewing and Wooden Robot, food trucks and live music. Twelve day brews will be tapped throughout the day; view tap schedule and map of the trolley route atwww.12brewsofchristmas.com.

Dogwood Southern Table

Dogwood (4905 Ashley Park Lane) hosts a community supper Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. with David Tate, proprietor and winemaker at TATE Wines. Four course menu features S.C. Wreckfish served with apricot chutney and local mustard greens and Harmony Ridge duck breast with currant savory bread pudding. Cost for the meal with wine pairings is $69; reservations at 704-910-4919.

Passion8

Passion8 (1523 Elizabeth Ave.) hosts an Eric Solomon wine dinner Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Cost of $80 per person includes 5 courses with wine pairings from both Spanish and French portfolios.

Chef Luca Annunziata will teach a braised meat cooking class Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 3 courses for $45 per person; 704-910-3161.

Luna’s Living Kitchen

Luna’s (2000 South Blvd.) has a new seasonal menu. Featured are split pea soup, hearty chili, a “tomatico” tart with cashew cream mascarpone, cherry tomatoes, fresh arugula and shitake mushrooms and a winter kale salad with red cabbage and avocado. Crème brulee and pumpkin pie are among the new dessert offerings. Pumpkin lattes, Mexican hot chocolate and spiced apple cider are also offered; 704-333-0008.

AZN Azian Cuisine

AZN (4620 Piedmont Row Drive) is offering a 3-course menu for $30 through Dec. 30. The prix fixe menu includes a choice of appetizer including pork dumplings and Vietnamese spring rolls, an entrée such as Korean style short ribs and caramelized salmon, two sushi rolls and dessert; 980-819-9189.

The Pizza Peel

Both locations of The Pizza Peel (4422 Colwick Road, 1600 Central Ave.) are hosting a toy drive though Dec. 10. Bring in a new, unwrapped toy and receive 10 percent off your check.

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