Block & Grinder
Block & Grinder (2935 Providence Road) hosts a Korbin Kameron wine dinner with Bond Street Wines Feb. 23. Five courses with wine pairings is $75. Reservations: 704-364-2100.
Corkbuzz (4905 Ashley Park Ln.) hosts a Jaffurs Winery dinner Mar. 3. A three course menu paired with select wines is $75. Reservations: 704-625-1328.
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Bonterra (1829 Cleveland Ave.) hosts a Robert Foley Vineyards dinner to benefit the HeartBright Foundation on Mar. 8. The five course meal with wine pairings is $125. Reservations: 704-333-9463.
Aria Tuscan Grill
Chris Bateman has been named Executive Chef at Aria (100 N. Tryon St.). Chef Bateman has been with the Sonoma Restaurant Group for 11 years, most recently at City Smoke.
Reid’s Fine Foods
Reid’s (4331 Barclay Downs Dr.) hosts a Michel Chapoutier wine dinner on Feb. 25. The three course menu is $60 per person. Reservations: 704-377-7686.
Both Charlotte area locations of Midwood Smokehouse are featuring new menu items. New brisket sandwiches include an Abilene Press and the Corkscrew Special. A build your own salad option allows diners to choose their own toppings and proteins. “Today’s Pie” offers seasonal pie choices; a newly expanded bourbon and whiskey menu offers top tier and small batch bourbons and whiskeys. Locations: www.midwoodsmokehouse.com.
A Farewell to Downton Dinner
A Farewell to Downton Abbey formal dinner is planned at The Sharpe House (402 S. Center St. Statesville) on Mar. 6. The six course dinner menu features beef Wellington and Mrs. Patmore’s crab cakes. Tickets are $100 per person with proceeds benefiting the Silas Alexander Sharpe Foundation and PBS Charlotte. Reservations by March 1: 704-682-7508.
Villa Italian Kitchen
Villa Italian Kitchen (4400 Sharon Road) is celebrating leap year by offering a free slice of pizza to customers who have birthdays on Feb. 29. A valid I.D. must be presented to get the deal, available on Feb. 29 only.
Highland Avenue Restaurant
Highland Avenue Restaurant (883 Highland Ave.) hosts “Kyle and Friends Hootenanny” on Mar. 28 to benefit the Hickory Soup Kitchen. Planned for the evening: live music, craft spirits and brews plus dishes from over 25 Southern chefs including Heirloom’s Clark Barlowe. Tickets are $150 per person through Mar. 6 and $175 after Mar. 7. Reservations: 828-267-9811.
The Mandrake Charlotte
The Mandrake Charlotte (333 S. Trade St.) is partnering with Wooden Robot Brewery to host “Icons and Landmarks of the Queen City” on Feb. 20. The fundraiser will showcase work from five local artists, beers from Wooden Robot and a menu from Mandrake Executive Chef Donnie Simmons. Each of the five artists featured will design a Wooden Robot beer tap handle to be auctioned off. Proceeds from the evening’s silent auction and raffle items will benefit The Relatives, an organization dedicated to keeping families together and kids safe. Reservations: 704-370-3006.
Katie Peralta and Jennifer Brantley, correspondent