If you have American Girl fans in the house, they can take it into the kitchen. In honor of the first AG movie coming out this summer, “Grace Stirs Up Success,” Williams-Sonoma has partnered with Mattel to start a line of baking sets, utensils and a cookbook that will be available in September. Williams-Sonoma also is offering cooking classes ($30, including a bag of items). The first class at the Charlotte location sold out quickly, but the store expects to offer more classes through December. Call 704-364-8886 to get on the list.
Keep summer sustainable
The Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension Service’s Sustainable Living series of classes is continuing through the end of the year. Next up: Spendid Raw Food Dishes, noon-1:30 p.m. July 8, $5; Solutions to Garden Problems, noon-1:30 p.m. July 22, $5; Plant Propagation, from Seeds to Cuttings, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 1, $10; and Dehydrating Foods, noon-2 p.m. Aug. 12, $10. Most classes are at the Mecklenburg County Center, 1418 Armory Drive. Registration: 704-336-2082.
You’ll need a doggie bag with that
What’s the highest-calorie restaurant meal in America? In the Xtreme Eating Awards, its annual survey of chain-restaurant meals, the Center for Science in the Public Interest says it could be Red Lobster’s Create Your Own Combination Meal. Ordered with Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Walt’s Favorite Shrimp, Shrimp Linguine Alfredo, a Caesar salad, French fries and a single Cheddar Bay biscuit, the tally came to 2,710 calories. The runners-up: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit’s 3 Meal Plate, 2,500 calories; Outback Steakhouse prime rib meal (with dressed baked potato and a blue cheese wedge salad), 2,400 calories; and Cheesecake Factory’s Louisiana chicken pasta, 2,370 calories.