Helen Schwab

New South End food truck serves food cooked in beer

A new food truck that launched Wednesday called Twisted Eats serves items made only with Wooden Robot beer. The truck is a collaboration between chef Rob Masone of Kre8 Xperiences and Wooden Robot Brewery. It will serve beer-infused menu items like beer cheese and beer boiled macaroni and cheese egg rolls.
A new food truck that launched Wednesday called Twisted Eats serves items made only with Wooden Robot beer. The truck is a collaboration between chef Rob Masone of Kre8 Xperiences and Wooden Robot Brewery. It will serve beer-infused menu items like beer cheese and beer boiled macaroni and cheese egg rolls. File art

A new food truck that launched Wednesday called Twisted Eats serves items made only with Wooden Robot beer. The truck is a collaboration between chef Rob Masone of Kre8 Xperiences and Wooden Robot Brewery. It will serve beer-infused menu items like beer cheese and beer boiled macaroni and cheese egg rolls.

The food truck will be parking outside Wooden Robot Brewery at 1440 S. Tryon St. in South End Wednesday through Saturday evenings, as well as on Sunday for a special “funday” brunch.

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New bar/restaurant coming to Plaza Midwood

Plaza Midwood neighbors may be glad to know a new concept coming to the former Joe Hoopers Neighborhood Pub spot on Central Avenue is neither a condo nor an apartment.

According to the newly launched www.itsnotacondo.com, a “great new place to eat and drink is coming to 1300 Central Avenue” in early 2016.

The site was put up Thursday morning to “generate some buzz and curiosity,” says Ken Thomas, vice president of entertainment at the Ark Group, which develops the NC Music Factory.

Thomas and his business partner Zach Current bought the Joe Hoopers business earlier this fall. Current is a founder and former operator of Fuel Pizza who will be focusing full-time on the new Plaza Midwood concept, Thomas says.

5Church opens Charleston location

Popular uptown Charlotte restaurant 5Church opens a Charleston location Friday. The new restaurant is in an old church at 32B N. Market St. in Charleston’s downtown historic district. 5Church Charleston will be Charlotte-based MAP Management’s third restaurant, after 5Church and Nan & Byron’s in South End.

Katherine Peralta

Dine out, do good

Carolina Panthers Coach Ron Rivera and his wife Stephanie will host a wine dinner to benefit pancreatic cancer research on Sunday, Nov. 29 at Bonterra (1829 Cleveland Ave.) The four course menu featuring a wood grilled octopus salad, coq au vin and a 24-hour short rib comes complete with wine pairings for $100 per person. Reservations required at 704-333-9463,

The Art Institute of Charlotte (2110 Water Ridge Parkway) hosts a dinner to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. On the eight course tasting menu: spinach ravioli, seared scallops and roasted lamb loin plus a mocktail bar designed by the students. $55 per person; reservations are required at 704-357-5900.

Fig Tree (1601 E. 7th St.) hosts a pancake breakfast to benefit Assistance League of Charlotte’s Operation School Bell, which provides clothing for children in need, Sat. Dec. 5 from 9 a.m.-noon. A minimum donation of $10 per person or a donation of a new children’s winter coat gets you pancakes, eggs and sausage plus a visit from Santa Claus. 704-332-3322.

Craft Cocktail Tour Returns

Bistro La Bon (1322 Central Ave.) hosts an Art of the Modern Cocktail Party Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. to kick off The Cheers to the Queen City Cocktail Tour’s Winter Warmer Session. Local chefs Luca Annunziata of Passion8 and Vivace’s Mike Suppa will join Bistro La Bon’s Majid Amoorpour in the kitchen for the evening to create two craft cocktails each along with food pairings. Cost for the night is $50 per person and includes 6 signature cocktails, pairings and live music from Jazz Arts Initiative. Tickets at www.LiberateYourPalateCLT.com.

The Queen City Cocktail Tour’s winter installment will run Dec. 15 - March 15, 2016. To take advantage of the self-guided tour, purchase a passbook of $5 drink specials at www.LiberateYourPalateCLT.com. Use during the winter to discover cocktails at over 24 locations, getting your passbook punched for each coupon redeemed at venues along the way. Correspondent Jennifer Brantley

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