Helen Schwab

Bits and crumbs (and free food)

Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar
Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar File Photo/Charlotte Observer

CORRECTION: Today and each remaining Monday in July, kids eat free from the kids’ menu at Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar. The deal is a way to celebrate the fourth anniversary of “Kids LiveWell,” which is a collaboration between the National Restaurant Association and Healthy Dining, a group founded by a public health nutrition expert and aimed at identifying healthy recipes and dishes offered in restaurants. (A news release incorrectly said it was a program run by national hunger relief group Share Our Strength.)

“Our hope is that this campaign will raise awareness and encourage others to donate to this amazing cause,” Greg McIntosh, general manager, said in a news release that noted one in five children in America struggles with hunger. The restaurant: 6706-C Phillips Place Court; 704-295-0101.

Heritage chef-owner Paul Verica gets some New York Times press in a story about freezing foods at their peak flavors, here. Notable quote: “I know it’s such a cool and hip thing right now,” Mr. Verica said of the clamor over traditionally fermented foods, “but for me, I want pure clean flavors.” Verica’s working the rounds – he was just in Saveur magazine, too. 704-843-5236; 201 W. South Main St., Waxhaw.

Zebra again hosts Hannibal the magician on the evening of July 31: That’s a dinner and performance for $150. On the menu: pan-seared scallops with citrus watermelon candy and blackberry foam; grilled ribeye, shrimp and crab with port wine demiglace; sampler surprise; wines and more. 704-442-9525; 4521 Sharon Road.