Food & Drink

Food news from around the Charlotte region

‘Soul Food’ talk

UNC Charlotte’s yearlong “Soul Food” series will wrap up at 6 p.m. Thursday night at the Center City campus with a talk by Adrian Miller, author of the James Beard Award-winning book “Soul Food: The Surprising Story of American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time.”

Miller’s talk is not only the fourth event in the series, it’s also the final event in a daylong community event put on by UNCC’s Center for the Study of the New South that includes panel discussions on sustainable food and food distribution.

All the events happen at UNCC’s Center City campus. The sessions are free, but reservations are required by emailing center director Jeffrey Leak, Details:

Dole’s handy soup option

Dole’s new Garden Soup line has nice touches to make your microwave lunch easier: They’re low in fat, reasonably low in sodium (about 480 milligrams in 1 cup), and made from non-GMO ingredients with no MSG. Some are even gluten-free. The shelf-stable, 3-serving cartons have a suggested retail price of $3.49. Available in five flavors, including Carrot-Ginger, Tomato Vegetable and Southwestern Black Bean & Corn.

Symphony Kitchen Tour

Who doesn’t want to peek at other people’s kitchens? The annual Symphony Guild of Charlotte’s Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour Week is Oct. 17-18. Tickets are $50 for the prelude party at South End Kitchens, 1500 South Blvd., from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 17, and $25 ($30 at the door) for the 10 a.m.-4 p.m. tours. Stops include four kitchens in Myers Park/Eastover and four in South Park/Morrocroft. Details:

Get a knife lesson

Sharpen up with a Basic Knife Skills class with Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen at the Atherton Market at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Tickets are $45. Details: