Three for your food-focused calendar:
▪ The Fig Tree, 1601 E. 7th St., is about to be the latest Charlotte restaurant to pack up its knives and go to cook at the James Beard House in New York on Sept. 27. Before they go, chef Greg Zanitsch will hold a preview dinner on Aug. 24 with the five-course menu he’s planning for the event in New York.
The $80 menu with wine pairings from Argyle Winery includes Taglioni With Sea Scallop; University of Georgia Caviar, Preserved Egg Yolk and Chives; Chanterelle Mushroom Panna Cotta with Bacon Dust; and Harmony Ridge Farm Duck Breast Over Butternut Squash and Duck Confit Empanada. Zanitsch’s team for the New York dinner includes sommelier and general manager Sara Zanitsch and pastry chef Samantha Ward.
If you want to go to the preview dinner in Charlotte, call the Fig Tree, 704-332-3322. And if you’re going to be in New York and want to go to the dinner there, go to www.jamesbeard.org/events.
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▪ Take it to the streets on Sept. 9: Culture Feast, a fundraiser for the Arts & Science Council, is a giant outdoor dinner party, with tables stretching down North Tryon Street between 6th and 7th streets. The idea is that you share dinner with people you don’t know while “unexpected cultural events” take place around you. The dinner, prepared by Best Impressions, includes craft beer and wine (so you have to be 21 or older to attend), and there is a vegetarian option (the carnivores get basil-garlic grilled chicken breast, among other things). Tickets are $30 at www.carolinatix.org (if you use the code BringAFriend you can get two for $50). Nice touch: You can also pay for extra tickets that will be used for people who can’t afford to attend.
▪ Visit three farms in Union County on Oct. 2 for Our Family Farm Tour, featuring Dancing Bees, Middle Ground Farm and Windcrest Farm. The farms will be open 1-5 p.m. that day. Tickets are $20 per car for all three. Get details and tickets at store.windcrestorganics.com.