Food & Drink

Food Notes

Bakers will love Wilton's Cake Lifter. The wide surface and slightly angled rim (designed to slide more easily under cakes) make it a cinch to move those fragile layers. It's 10-by-12-inches wide and dishwasher-safe. It costs $10 at Michaels stores. Chicago Tribune

Dressed for cooking success

We loved the whimsy and attractive design of Anna Maria Horner's “Breakfast” cotton canvas apron from Peking Handicraft, especially the pretty neckline and embroidered pockets. It's $20; available online, with a variety of other cute styles, at (click on “gifts”). Chicago Tribune

Grilling lessons

Learn to grill like the pros using charcoal, wood, gas and smoke at home – on your own grill. Ernie's BBQ of Charlotte is offering private classes. Cost is $50 per person, 10-person minimum. Call 704-577-1777 to schedule. Details at www.erniesbbq .net. Nancy Webb

Carolina Cake Show

Get those mixers ready. The 2008 Carolina Cake Show is Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Carolina Place Mall. You have to register early because space is limited. The show features birthday, wedding and special occasion cakes. Registration details: NW

Local wine winners

N.C.'s Brushy Mountain Winery won five medals in recent international wine competitions. The Elkin winery was up against 2,000 wines from nearly 500 wineries in the National Women's Wine Competition in California and The Fingerlakes International Wine Competition in New York. For a listing of winning wines go to www. NW

Simply Sweet transition

Simply Sweet is closing its southeast Charlotte retail shop and taking its chocolate show on the road. Chocolate Bar in a Car will deliver an “interactive chocolate experience” through parties at schools, offices, camps and other locations. Just call it a traveling chocolate academy. Details: Call owner Rodd Neumann at 704-737-0382 or get details online at NW