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Restaurant news: You'll find variety served up for summer

Moe's Southwest Grill

Moe's is giving its guests a shot at $10,000 in the Dance Your Queso Off contest. To enter, simply create a queso-inspired dance (no longer than 30 seconds) and upload it to www.ilovequeso.com before July 24. Moe's judges will consider originality, video quality, dance moves and the dance-off ranking to determine a winner.

Visit www.ilovequeso.com to watch video entries and vote on favorites. Fans can vote for the best, funniest and/or most entertaining dance video. The contest leads up to Moe's second annual Free Queso Day on July 20. Participating locations will give one free 6-ounce cup of queso to every guest, all day.

Moe's Southwest Grill

4724 Sharon Road

704-714-1117

14825 John J. Delaney Drive

704-369-5020

www.moes.com

Portofino's

Enjoy warm weather Italian favorites such as a Chicken Caesar, Ensalada Caprese and Pasta Primavera. Portofino's is featuring two new vintages through the end of June: Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and Cantina Zaccagnini Pinot Grigio. Various wine specials start at $5 per glass, or $15 a bottle.

Portofino's

5126 Park Road

704-527-0702

www.portofinos-us.com

The Palm

Nova Scotia lobster is on special through Aug. 31. A 4-pound lobster split for two, two starter salads and two sides for $95; call for reservations.

A five-course Rodney Strong dinner hosted by the Wine Vault will be held June 20. Dinner includes New York Strip au Poivre and Nova Scotia Lobster sliders. Call for reservations.

The Palm

6705-B Phillips Place Court

704-552-7256

www.thepalm.com

Upstream

Sushi Extravaganza daily from 4-7 p.m. in the bar features half-price sushi rolls, great pricing on their crab cakes and calamari and the Quick Bites menu.

A Farmer's Market Dinner on July 16 will highlight local farmers. A $60 four-course meal begins at 6 p.m. Call the restaurant for details and reservations.

Upstream

6902 Phillips Place

704-556-7730

www.harpersgroup.com

Global

A new menu has been unveiled at Bernard and Shannon Brunet's Global just in time for the restaurant's five-year anniversary. Diners will find dishes from around the world: Atlantic sea bass, all natural duck and lamb from France and open ravioli from Italy. Paella from Spain is also offered - a combination of rice, green peas, red pepper, Chorizo sausage, chicken, Prince Edward Island mussels, shrimp and a sea scallop tossed with saffron flavor. If you join Global's email list, you will receive an offer for 50 percent off a second entrée through June 30.

Global Restaurant

3520 Toringdon Way

704-248-0866

www.global-restaurant.com

Cooking classes

The Fresh Market

Free chef cooking demonstration June 18; drop in anytime between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Learn to make sauteed tomato basil pork with a bright summer salad and berry dessert parfaits. Nobilo sauvignon blanc is the wine selection.

The Fresh Market

4223 Providence Road

704-365-6659

7625 Pineville Matthews Road

704-541-1882

www.thefreshmarket.com

Zink

Learn how to make "Cal-Med" foods - Californian with a Mediterranean twist - on June 25. July 30, learn about Alaska's sustainable seafood. Both classes run from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and cost $35. Call the restaurant for reservations.

Zink American Kitchen

4310 Sharon Road

704-909-5500

www.zinkamericankitchen.com

The Liberty

On June 18, come in for a Taste of Provence and French Country Cooking. On July 16, learn new recipes from the South and from the kitchen window. Classes begin at 10 a.m. and run approximately two hours; cost is $30.

The Liberty

1812 South Blvd.

704-332-8830

www.thelibertycharlotte.com

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