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Charlotte-area food notes

Former Charlottean on ‘Masterchef’

Dan Paustian, who was raised in Charlotte before moving to Los Angeles, has been picked for the seventh season of the Fox competition show “MasterChef,” hosted by Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi. Paustian, 26, who attended Charlotte Country Day School and graduated from UNC, is now a server at the L.A. restaurant Salt’s Cure.

Talking, drinking and eating

Craft is the theme of “A Meeting of Crafts: Beer, Chocolate and Storytelling” at 7 p.m. June 18 at the Secret Chocolatier, 11318 N. Community House Road in Ballantyne. The evening features three beers supplied by Growler USA paired with desserts and chocolate by the Secret Chocolatier, while nationally known storyteller Faye Fulton spins tales. It’s $25 and only open to people ages 21 and older. Details and tickets: email info@thesecretchocolatier.com or call 704-323-8178.

Matthews market turns 25

The Matthews Community Farmers’ Market, the first grower-only market in the area when it opened, will celebrate its 25th anniversary all summer with a fundraising campaign. The market, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays at 188 N. Trade St., is trying to raise $25,000 by Aug. 1 to increase staff hours and meet operating costs. Details: www.matthewsfarmersmarket.com.

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