Food & Drink

Food notes around Charlotte region

Soup on Sunday

Soup on Sunday is one of Charlotte’s most popular charity events: Chefs make soup, artists make bowls, you buy bowls and eat soup, and Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region gets the benefits.

The 15th annual Soup on Sunday will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Philip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Center, 425 N. Kings Drive at Central Piedmont Community College (the dignified brick building at Seventh Street and North Kings).

Prices range from $30 for soup and beverages to $40 for soup, beverages and a handmade bowl ($10 for ages 7-12, free for 6 and younger). Details, tickets: or 704-335-4312.

Boy Scout barbecue

Another popular food event in Charlotte is Jan. 16-17: The annual Troop 355 Boy Scout barbecue at Sharon Methodist Church, 4411 Sharon Road, across from SouthPark. Barbecue is $11 a pound; Brunswick stew and various sauces are also available. Sandwiches and plates from $7 and $10 at lunch to $9 and $12 at dinner. Pickup is noon-8 p.m. Jan. 16 and 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 17. Preorders, details:

Cooking classes coming up

• Cooking With Gene Briggs at Blue, College and Fifth streets. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. “Healthy New Year,” with Korean lettuce wraps, Moroccan lentil soup, chicken cacciatore and angel food cake. $44.95, reservations required: 704-927-2583.

• Bar Cocoa at the Ritz-Carlton, taught by pastry chef Heidi Kabath: Jan. 17, Healthy Desserts; Feb. 7, Chocolate Lovers; and March 14, St. Patrick’s Desserts. All classes are 9 a.m.-noon, cost $75 and include a keepsake apron and free parking. Reservations required: 704-547-2244.

Beer and burger festival

Creative Loafing Charlotte is planning a burger and craft beer festival April 11. The Moo & Brew Festival at the NC Music Factory will include samples from 40 breweries and burgers from local restaurants. Proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Tickets range from $45 for general admission to $65 for VIP. Details:

Kathleen Purvis