I'll Bite

New restaurant, a big chef dinner, beer, wine and cider

So much for summer being the slow days. Make sure you have these on your food calender:

Community Table Bistro: Goodwill Industries’ new cafe opens Thursday (June 23) at the new Levine Opportunity Campus, 5301 Wilkinson Blvd. Hours are 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m., with food prices ranging from 99 cents to $7.99. Community Table will be a culinary training program. New since we checked in a couple of weeks ago: Andrew King, director of food services, will be joined by Patty Greene, formerly executive chef at Soul Gastrolounge (and other places: Bistro La Bon, Harvest Moon Grille and Carpe Diem), as bistro manager and chef de cuisine. Details: www.goodwillsp.org.

Matthews Community Farmers’ Market dinner: It’s time to reserve tickets for the July 18 dinner to raise money for the Matthews farmers market. The dinner is $150 and features six chefs – Luca Annunziata of Passion8, Joe Bonaparte of Myrtle Beach Culinary Institute, Tim Groody of Fork!, Joe Kindred of Kindred, Adam Reed of Sante and Paul Verica of Heritage Food & Drink – cooking six courses of all-local food, paired with wines. The dinner will be at 7 p.m. July 18 at Passion8 and spaces are limited, so you want to get on this right away. Details: www.matthewsfarmermarket.com.

Olde Meck Brewing: Who doesn’t want to celebrate beer purity? Olde Mecklenburg Brewing will hold a “Reinheitsgebot” celebration to celebrate 500 years of German beer purity laws with a festival July 22-24. The German law states that beer shold only be made with water, malt, hops and yeast. The party at the brewery, 4150 Yancey Road, will feature music from Folk Soul Revival and the release of the Mecklenburger lager.

Ring of Fire Festival: Here’s a great excuse for a trip to the country. McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks will hold a festival from 1-4 p.m. June 25 with food trucks, wine and cider and the Johnny Cash tribute band The Folsom Prison Gang. Tickets are $15 and include a logo glass and a glass of wine. Details: Call 336-874-3003 or email info@mcritchiewine.com.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis