Taste of the Panthers
Join top chefs from the Carolinas at Bank of America Stadium on Nov. 12 for an evening of fun, food and fundraising. Mingle with past and present Panther players while you sample some of the area's best cuisine and raise money for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Second Harvest of Metrolina provides a regional distribution warehouse and branches that supply groceries and food to more than 600 agencies in the Carolinas.
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The Ritz Carlton Charlotte's Bar Cocoa is now offering brunch on the weekends from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. You can choose from a three-course menu, which includes coffee and a Bar Cocoa dessert, for $28, or order items a la carte. Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday.
Love pastries? Bar Cocoa is offering cooking classes in their Cocoa Lab on Saturdays. Upcoming for November: cupcakes and cake balls. Choice of 9 a.m. to noon or 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Class includes instruction, tasting and a recipe to take home. Class sizes are limited; check their website for details.
201 E. Trade St.
A Macallan Scotch whisky dinner happens tonight, Nov. 9, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and includes four courses paired with Macallan Scotch. Make sure to save room for dessert: Macallan scotch pudding with toffee crumbles. Cost per person is $65, tax and gratuity not included. Reservations required, 704-338-9444.
222 S. Tryon St.
A new Bistro lunch menu featuring fresh food fast for under $10 has been unveiled. Samplings from the menu include Georges Philly with pommes frites for $7, white wine mussels and frites for $9 and spinach and roasted pepper salad for $8. The Bistro lunch menu is available weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
4260 Piedmont Row Drive
Take advantage of LaVecchia's dinner for two for $69.99 through the end of January. Menu items include a choice of greens such as LaVecchia's Caesar with arugula or a poached pear salad, pan roasted Atlantic salmon, lobster carbonara and a New York strip. Dessert and a bottle of wine are also included in the price. Call for reservations: 704-370-6776.
214 N. Tryon St.
Terrace Café of Ballantyne will host a Highland Beer dinner on Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. A five-course meal will be paired with select Highland beers. A peek at the menu: braised short ribs, seared Carolina flounder and more. Cost for the event is $49.50 per person, tax and gratuity not included. Reservations are required, 704-369-5190.
14815 Ballantyne Village Way
Mert's Heart and Soul
Mert's is taking orders for deep-fried Thanksgiving turkeys through Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. An assortment of sides and desserts are available; orders can be picked up Thanksgiving morning.
214 N. College St.
For Thanksgiving come to Mimosa to eat or to pick up a complete dinner for your family. Thanksgiving buffet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. includes assorted breads, starters, entrees and desserts for $28.95 per person. Children younger than 12 are $12.95. Reservations are required, 704-343-0700.
Turkeys on the Run Dinners are complete Thanksgiving dinners you can order ahead and pick up either Nov. 23 after 4 p.m. or Thanksgiving Day between 8 and 11 a.m. Menu items come in heat-and-serve containers with instructions; menu options and details can be found on Mimosa's website.
327 S. Tryon St.
Back by popular demand is Villa Antonio Ballantyne's all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. Served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, the buffet costs $9.95.
Villa Antonio will be open Thanksgiving Day from 2-10 p.m. The holiday menu can be viewed online and includes a five-course meal for $28.95 per person. Reservations are required, 704-369-5060.
14825 John J. Delaney Drive