Food & Drink

Charlotte-area food notes

Alton Brown will bring his new show to Charlotte in April.
Alton Brown will bring his new show to Charlotte in April.

Coolinary Challenge is for kids

Aspiring chefs ages 8 to 18 have until Oct. 15 to enter the Coolinary Kids Challenge, part of Educate Your Palate, a fundraiser for Classroom Central, which raises money to provide school supplies for students who live in poverty.

All kids in the six-district Classroom Central area, including Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell-Statesville, Union County, Kannapolis and Lancaster, S.C., are eligible to enter. To enter, students need to answer several questions, including “Who’s your favorite celebrity chef,” and share a recipe idea with five ingredients or fewer. Eight students will be picked to co-develop their recipe with a chef for the final event Nov. 12 at Discovery Place. Get tickets and entry forms at

Rule the Nutella world

You have until Oct. 11 to enter a contest to become the Chief Nutella Ambassador. The prize: A year’s supply of the chocolate-hazelnut spread, a weeklong trip to New York and the chance to help plan events for World Nutella Day on Feb. 5, 2016. Entries include a short video on how you would lead World Nutella Day. Five finalists will be announced Nov. 16, and then they’ll have to campaign on social media to become the winner. The entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. Oct. 11. Details:

Alton Brown is coming back

Alton Brown’s new show, “Eat Your Science,” will stop in Charlotte April 17, part of a 40-city national tour. Brown, host of numerous shows including “Good Eats,” has a new book coming out in fall 2016, “Alton Brown: Every Day Cook,” a collection of 100 of his personal recipes, along with a little science and history. Tickets go on sale Oct. 9 and range from $20 to $124.40. Get on a mailing list for ticket information at

Be afraid, pumpkins

Get pumpkin-carving inspiration at “Carved,” the Piedmont Culinary Guild’s pumpkin-carving festival featuring chefs, mixologists, food artisans and other culinary professionals. This year’s event will be 4-7 p.m. Oct. 25 at Free Range Brewing, 2320 N. Davidson St. Besides the carving competition, activities include farm-themed crafts, a sugar-skull demonstration and a spot where kids can enter pumpkins they’ve already carved. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $5 for kids under 12 (kids who bring a carved pumpkin get in free). Details: Carved 2015 at

Coming Friday

Helen Schwab offers a list of great patios and terraces for outdoor dining. Find restaurant reviews and news on Fridays in CLT.