South Charlotte

From dinner series to dessert award

The beef rib-eye from BLT Steak is featured in the uptown Charlotte restaurant’s July 31 craft beer dinner menu.
The beef rib-eye from BLT Steak is featured in the uptown Charlotte restaurant’s July 31 craft beer dinner menu. BLT STEAK


The newly opened Corkbuzz Restaurant and Wine Bar in SouthPark will host a Dashe Cellars Winery Dinner on July 22.

Dashe founders Michael and Anne Dashe combine French and American winemaking styles to produce single vineyard California wines. Chef AJ Schaller’s menu for the evening includes a pea and burrata salad paired with a dry Riesling, crispy pork belly paired with a 2012 zinfandel and seared duck breast paired with a 2011 zinfandel. The event will be 7-9 p.m. and costs $100 per person for five courses and wine pairings. Call Corkbuzz or visit the website for reservations.

Corkbuzz in SouthPark has Sunday clambake feasts this summer beginning at 6 p.m. Gather as many as six friends and reserve a clambake table. Your group will arrive, be seated and be treated to an evening of seafood paired with four bottles of wine handpicked by Corkbuzz’s master sommelier Laura Maniec.

The menu includes Caesar salad, soft rolls, sautéed peel-on shrimp, baked lobsters, grilled cream corn, pole beans, seasonal fruit cobbler and verbena ice cream.

The complete menu, four bottles of wine, bibs and crab crackers are $300 for up to six guests. Call Corkbuzz or visit its website for reservations.

▪ Corkbuzz

4905 Ashley Park Lane


The Fig Tree

The Fig Tree Restaurant, in the Elizabeth neighborhood, has received the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence, the magazine’s second-highest award, for the fourth consecutive year.

The award is given to restaurants that offer roughly 400 or more selections including top wines with superior presentations from varied wine regions.

“We’re so honored to receive this accolade,” said Sara Zanitsch, co-owner of The Fig Tree. “We go out of our way to make sure every diner has an amazing experience at The Fig Tree, and in many cases, wine is a part of their celebration. With more than 2,500 bottles and over 970 labels in our collection, our diners can expect an exciting dinner paired with an amazing bottle of wine every time.”

Zanitsch’s husband and co-owner, Greg Zanitsch, serves as executive chef. “The mark of a great restaurant is not only to have great food, fine wine and impeccable service, but to promote local products as much as possible,” he said.

The Fig Tree is known for producing seasonal menus with influences from Italy and France.

On July 30, The Fig Tree will host a Mark Herold wine dinner, pairing the winery’s exceptional Napa Valley wines with Zanitsch’s menu. Call for details and pricing.

▪ The Fig Tree

1601 E. 7th St.


BLT Steak

Uptown’s BLT Steak continues its summer craft beer dinner series July 31 by teaming with The Unknown Brewing Co. for an informative evening of craft beers paired with the chef’s hand-picked menu.

Unknown founder and head brewer Brad Shell will be available to talk about each beer selection and answer questions.

The four-course menu includes charcuterie and cheese served with Pre Game Ale, diver scallops served with Scratch and Sniff IPA, beef rib-eye paired with Over the Edge IPA and a peach-and-plum tart paired with Southern Hospitali-Tea, an amber ale.

The event begins at 7 p.m. and costs $95 per person, including tax and gratuity. Call or visit for reservations.

▪ BLT Steak

110 N. College St.



Park Road Shopping Center continues to grow, with the addition of Chop’t Creative Salad Co., nestled next to Charlotte Café.

Plans are for a late August opening, with plans to serve lunch and dinner. Chop’t, a “better fast-food” concept, is known for its chef-inspired chopped salads featuring fresh local vegetables and ingredients.

Create-your-own salads, salads topped with braised chicken and grains, and destination salads featuring international flavors will be on the menu, with snacks and a menu for children.

The Secret Chocolatier

Charlotte’s shop for chocolate lovers has taken home a bronze award in the International Chocolate Awards’ 2015 Americas Competition.

The Secret Chocolatier’s dark chocolate truffle took home the prize.

“It is a huge honor to receive this recognition and to be among some of the top chocolatiers of the world in getting this prestigious award,” co-owner Andy Ciordia said. “This is a testament to our talented team, our commitment to creating top-quality chocolates and to our customers for their loyalty.”

The Secret Chocolatier’s truffle was judged by a panel from Europe, Japan, the U.S. and South America.

The family owned chocolate shop offers hand-made confections crafted with locally sourced ingredients. The chocolates can also be found at area Harris Teeters, farmers markets and other locations.

• The Secret Chocolatier

Cotswold: 2935 Providence Road

Ballantyne: 11318 N. Community House Road


Jenny Brantley is a freelance writer: