Food & Drink

Get free samples of Ciao Bella gelato

Get free samples of Ciao Bella gelato throughout Charlotte

Gelato maker Ciao Bella is coming to Charlotte. They'll be giving out free samples today from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Harris Teeter (8538 Park Road) and 5-8 p.m. at Fresh Market on Providence Road. Get samples Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Harris Teeter on Colony Road; Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Reid's Fine Foods uptown and 5-8 p.m. at Harris Teeter on Pineville-Matthews Road. They'll be at the Panthers game on Saturday. Sunday, they'll be at Harris Teeter on Rea Road (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) and Fresh Market on Pineville-Matthews Road (4-7 p.m.). Details:

Nancy Webb

Edy's unveils 2 new Slow Churned yogurt flavors

Speaking of cold stuff Edy's has introduced two more flavors to its Slow Churned Rich & Creamy Yogurt Blends line. New are Peach, capturing the flavor of the summer fruit, with 100 calories and 2 grams total fat per half-cup serving, and Berry Granola Crunch, combining a burst of fresh berries with the crunch of granola, with 120 calories and 4 grams total fat per half-cup serving. Suggested retail of $5.99.

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Art Institute auction

Joseph Bonaparte of the Art Institute is auctioning off two dinners at New Town Farms near Waxhaw to raise money for two AI students to take special culinary trips. The dinners – “Regional Italian Cooking” and “Farm to Table” – are for eight guests each, will be made from all local products and can include cooking lessons. Each has a starting bid of $1,000 and bidding for the Italian dinner already is up to $1,250. Bonaparte's aim is to raise money to help one student, Marla Thurman, attend Slow Food Nation in San Francisco and Terra Madre, the international Slow Food gathering in Italy, and for both Thurman and student Andrew Gaddis to travel to New York in November to assist Bonaparte while he prepares Thanksgiving dinner at the James Beard House. Bidding will close at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. To submit a bid, e-mail it to Bonaparte at Kathleen Purvis

Johnson & Wales to offer new Chef's Choice classes

Johnson & Wales has announced some new additions to its popular Chef's Choice classes for fall: “Real Foods In Fast Times,” where participants learn how to cook to support their health, or “Basics and Beyond: Learn to Cook Like a Pro,” which will focus on fundamentals like poaching, sauteeing, roasting and mastering soups and sauces. Chef's Choice classes can carry some hefty price tags ($725 for a 4- or 5-week session), but these are hands-on classes taught by professional chefs. And they fill fast. Details online at