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Food trucks bring local fare into Rock Hill

Chef Alyssa Gorelick teaches one of her culinary camp students the basics of cooking.
Chef Alyssa Gorelick teaches one of her culinary camp students the basics of cooking. BRYAN BAZEMORE PHOTOGRAPHY

Food Truck Friday in Rock Hill

The food truck craze has come to Old Town Rock Hill.

Stop by Fountain Park the third Friday of each month for a number of dinner options, children’s activities and live music. Expect comfort foods, Southern favorites, desserts and more.

Trucks vary each month; trucks participating in past shows including The Art of Baking, Vito’s Pizza, Chrome Toaster, Slo Smokin BBQ, Maryland Crab and Maki Taco. The next scheduled Food Truck Friday is 6-9 p.m. July 17. Visit the Facebook page for the lineup: www.

▪ Food Truck Friday

300 E. Main St.

Rock Hill


Ballantyne’s Global is moving to downtown Pineville from Toringdon Center, where it’s been for the past nine years.

Chef Bernard Brunet and his wife, Shannon, plan to reopen the restaurant in a historic building they are renovating. Plans include a wine cellar and a more casual dining space on the first floor, with the main dining room on the second.

The restaurant features globally inspired cuisine and an impressive wine list. Global plans to open in late summer in the new location.

Mediterranean in Dilworth?

Coming soon to the former Tijuana Flats at 1608 East Boulevard will be a Mediterranean-inspired smokehouse from local restaurateur Martin Sprock, of Leroy Fox and RuRu’s.

Sprock also is co-founding partner of Moe’s, the fast-casual concept featuring Southwestern fare. Giorgio Bakatsias of Georges Brasserie will serve as executive chef, focusing on barbecue including pulled pork, lamb and chicken, all Mediterranean-style and cooked over hickory wood. A bar and patio are planned for the space, likely to open in early fall.

204 North

Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte soon will be home to 204 North, offering a range of items at mid- to high-level prices.

Owner Anthony Kearey plans to feature American fare with local and regionally sourced ingredients, a wine list and cocktails in the almost 8,000-square-foot space.

The Asbury

A series of collaborative dinners are scheduled for this summer at The Asbury uptown.

First up is a Gin and Watermelon Down Home Supper on July 13. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., chef Chris Coleman will team with chef Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill for the evening to celebrate summer in the South, watermelon and gin over five courses, two by Coleman and three by Smith. Cost is $45 per person. Call or visit the website for reservations.

On Aug. 12, NoDa Brewing Co. and The Asbury will host a beer dinner beginning 6:30 p.m. Cost for three courses paired with four beers is $50 per person. Reservations are required.

▪ The Asbury

235 N. Tryon St.



Upstream in Phillip’s Place in SouthPark is serving up deals the third Friday of every month.

Sip and Savor is featured in the lounge: three wines paired with three tastings for $25, no reservations.

Mondays, stop in the bar for oysters for $1-$1.50 from 4-6:30 p.m.

Half-priced wines by the glass or half-priced select bottles of wine are offered Sundays.

▪ Upstream

6902 Phillips Place



Chef Blake Hartwick and the culinary team at Bonterra are participating in the James Beard Better Burger Project through July 31.

The project is a contest to prepare a better, more sustainable burger by utilizing a blend of ground meat and cultivated, chopped mushrooms.

Mushrooms reduce sodium, fat and calories while adding nutrients including potassium and vitamin D, making the burger a healthy option.

Blake will feature a Wood Grilled Border Springs Lamb Burger for $15 in the competition.

Vote for the burger via social media by ordering the burger and posting a photo on Instagram, or discuss it on social media with the hashtag #betterburgerproject and Blake’s name.

The top five chefs with the most photos downloaded will win a trip to New York in October to prepare their burger at the James Beard House.

▪ Bonterra

1829 Cleveland Ave.


Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen

Children who like to cook or just be in the kitchen are in luck: Chef Alyssa Gorelick is offering culinary camps this summer in SouthEnd.

Campers will be taught more than just basic cooking; Gorelick will explain the how and why behind each featured item.

Two weeks of camp are planned and will include themes like burger day, in which campers will learn the entire process, including how to grind the meat and make the patty, potato chips and ketchup.

Taco Day and Summer BBQ Day are also on the schedule. Culinary camps are offered July 13-17 for ages 13-18 and July 20-24 for ages 8-12. Call or visit the website to register.

▪ Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen

2104 South Boulevard



Good news for coffee drinkers short on time: Charlotte-area Starbucks have rolled out a new mobile pay application for iPhone users – Android later this year – to allow users to place orders and pay from their phones.

Mobile Order and Pay is available in 3,400 stores in 21 states. The app also can be used for groups placing large orders.


Folks in Matthews have been wondering when Newk’s will be opening on Independence in Windsor Square.

Newk’s was planned for that location and very close to closing the deal, but unfortunately it fell through. Newk’s now is looking to open more locations in Concord or Mooresville.

Jenny Brantley is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Jenny? Email her at