Food & Drink

Food Notes

Art with chops

Expect poetry and food creation at “Chops and Chopped,” 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, 721 N. Tryon St. Artist-in-residence Robert Karimi will involve poets and chefs in what the arts center is calling “a unique mashup.” Free, but registration is required:

Melt your heart

If you can’t say farewell to all that Valentine chocolate, learn more from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at “The Science of Chocolate” at UNC Charlotte City, 320 E. Ninth St. Led by Ana Vasquez, the co-owner of Davidson Chocolate Co., the event is free and put on by Science Cafe, a part of the Charlotte Area Science Network.

More green on the farm

Making small farms profitable is the focus of the fourth annual Growing Your Farm and Food Business Conference on Feb. 23 at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis. Hosted by the group Piedmont Grown, the one-day conference includes breakout sessions and a keynote talk by Chris Blanchard of Purple Pitchfork in Decorah, Iowa. Registration ranges from $25 to $65 at

(Chicken) nuggets of information help parents

Parents might buy lower-calorie options for their kids in fast-food restaurants if they knew menu items’ calorie counts or how much exercise it would take to burn it off, according to a national study. The study published by Pediatrics found that parents ordered the most when there was no health information and the least when the menu items included calories and minutes of exercise needed to burn them. Orlando Sentinel