Food & Drink

Food Notes

Ready for Taste of the World?

The popular food event Taste of the World, a culinary tour of east Charlotte, returns in October, and tickets are on sale now.

If you’ve never done it, you buy a $45 ticket and get a seat on a tour bus that visits three of the 26 restaurants on the list, where you’re greeted with samples and a presentation on food and culture. All the guests end up at The VanLandingham Estate for a dessert reception.

If you want to be involved but you don’t want to just ride and eat, there are also opportunities for volunteers to help.

This year’s tour is 4:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 1. For tickets, go to

Kathleen Purvis

Former J&W dean joins Dole research campus

Mark Allison, former culinary-arts dean at Johnson & Wales University, is the new director of culinary nutrition at the Dole Nutrition Institute in Kannapolis. Allison’s job is a new position designed to help chefs, dietitians and others who share information learn more about fresh produce. The Dole campus was started by company Chair David Murdock.

Kathleen Purvis

Get ready to cut up some meat

Cuisine U, a national touring program for culinary training, will make a stop at Sysco in Charlotte Aug. 19-20 for a special class on butchery and charcuterie.

The $699 class, taught by nationally known expert Brian Polcyn, a co-author with Michael Ruhlman of the popular book “Charcuterie,” will cover whole-hog butchery, USDA and European seam butchery, sausage-making, salt use, fermentation and several levels of curing. A compressed version of Polcyn’s six-week course, students will still make more than 20 items, including mortadella, porchetta di Testa, zampone and cotechino.

While the class is aimed at chefs and butchers, it’s also open to farmers and interested amateurs.

Details: Email Vic Rose,, or go to

Kathleen Purvis

What’s growing, Gaston County style

Sept. 1 is the annual Home Grown Gaston event, celebrating locally grown food prepared by local chefs in Gastonia. It’s an evening event from 5-8 p.m. at the Gastonia Farmers Market, 410 E. Long St., and tickets are $35.


Kathleen Purvis