Lure Oyster Bar
The owner of Bradshaw Social House, the Sprowles family, has opened Lure Oyster Bar in The Village at Robinson Farm on Rea Road.
The bar is in the former Cosmos Café location and offers a revamped interior with nautical touches. The menu includes oysters, lobster rolls and fish tacos as well as salads, burgers, pizzas and flatbreads.
Lure is open for dinner during the week beginning at 4 p.m., with lunch and Sunday brunch on the weekends. The all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch runs from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and offers a raw bar, an omelet station, roasted pork, shrimp, bottomless mimosas and more.
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Check out its Facebook page for a complete menu as well as weekend music lineups.
•Lure Oyster Bar
8420 Rea Road
Which Wich has opened down Rea Road from Lure, in Blakeney.
The sandwich shop offers 50 different customizable deli sandwiches.
9831 Rea Road
Pei Wei Asian Diner
Ballantyne’s Pei Wei has added sushi to its menu.
The diner offers spicy tuna roll with spicy ahi tuna, cucumbers, scallions, rice and sesame seeds, served with a side of wasabi, ginger and Sriracha dipping sauce; or its mango California roll with Pacific crab, mango, cucumbers, scallions, rice and sesame seeds served with a side of wasabi, ginger and citrus ponzu sauce.
A sizable gluten-free menu includes an Asian chopped-chicken salad, Pei Wei spicy shrimp, sweet and sour chicken and Vietnamese chicken salad rolls.
•Pei Wei Asian Diner
13855 Conlan Circle
Bar Cocoa, in the Ritz-Carlton uptown, is offering new sweets this summer.
Included are Carolina Blue macarons made with chocolate crunch cookies and a chocolate ganache filling, and milkshakes including cookies and cream, banana caramel, chocolate raspberry and hazelnut double chocolate.
Handcrafted eclairs are also new; flavors include caramel, s’mores, pistachio with fresh strawberries and traditional.
According to chef Nathan Volz, “Many equate chocolate and desserts with cold weather, but we’re discovering that summer is a new prime time for desserts.”
Bar Cocoa is known for its house-made gelato, which comes in flavors including tiramisu and coconut.
201 E. Trade St.
The Secret Chocolatier
The Secret Chocolatier has won six TasteTV Annual Awards.
The international awards rate artisan chocolates and confections and are judged by national and regional panels of food and media experts.
The Secret Chocolatier took home three awards for its white chocolate cardamom crunch bark: gold for best ingredient combination, silver for most unique white chocolate; and a bronze for best white chocolate. The shop also won awards for its artisan toffee: its sea salt toffee won bronze medals for best ingredient combination and best taste; and its honey toffee won a bronze for best texture.
The Secret Chocolatier sells handmade chocolates and confections at locations in Cotswold and Ballantyne, as well as at Harris Teeter and local specialty shops.
•The Secret Chocolatier
2935 Providence Road
11318 N. Community House Road
Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend
Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend recently announced that this year’s event, held this past April, generated more than $300,000 for local nonprofits.
The weekend’s events highlighted Charlotte’s best culinary talents, restaurants and wines to benefit partner charities. Four organizations were selected by CWFW based on the services they provide to the Charlotte community’s children.
“The four charities were selected by our board based on the critical services they provide to Charlotte children that are in need of education, protection, food and shelter,” Charlotte Food & Wine Weekend Board Chairman Doug Cohen said. “We value their role in our community and want to recognize them for their ongoing services and endless contributions.”
Beneficiaries of the event are: Council for Children’s Rights, Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Backpack Program for kids and Charlotte Concerts.
The $317,000 donation funded a new violin for 60 children, summer band camp for 120 campers and tickets to a music performance through Carolina Concerts, as well as 240,000 meals and 19,200 food-filled backpacks for kids through Second Harvest.
Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend is held in Charlotte every two years. Since its inception in 1989 the event has raised more than $4 million for local charities.