April 2012

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Violins of Hope Opens in Charlotte

Local Flavor: Restaurants

These restaurants are among the leaders when it comes to local eateries that feature homegrown ingredients.

Local Flavor: Farmers Markets

Going to the market? Know your farms

Local Flavor: Farms

These farms supply meats, produce, and cheeses to restaurants and farmers markets across the Charlotte area. Some offer tours or welcome visitors—be sure to check with them first for a visitor schedule or to make a reservation.

Local Flavor: Food Trucks

These food trucks set the farm-to-fork concept on wheels. Most trucks have a regular rotation of lunchtime locations around the city, but inclement weather or private parties can keep them off the streets—and make it a challenge to track them down.

Local Flavor: Charlotte Breweries

Find out where your local brews come from

Play by Play: Charlotte Knights’ Not-So-Excellent Uptown Adventure

Here's a play by play of the soap opera below

Occupy Charlotte: Us Versus I

For Michael Zytkow, Occupy Charlotte is the latest installment of a family tradition of activism. And whether the movement wilts or blossoms as the Democratic National Convention nears, people like him will prove to be its legacy

Extra, Extra! Virgin Olive Oil

New shop focuses on top-notch olive oils

Be Prepared During April Showers

Here are 7 Spring Essentials

Leading Man: Tony Zeiss

With the help of an occasional costume, Tony Zeiss, the irrepressible president of Central Piedmont Community College, is carving out a legacy in Charlotte that few will match

Drinks with Leslie Schlernitzauer

This Charlotte native, owner of Porcupine Provisions catering, and chair of the annual Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend (April 18-22), opens up over a glass of Novellum Chardonnay

Trend Alert: Stripes

Welcome to Stripe City

Malabar Brings Paella—and Style—to Uptown

The city’s newest destination for tapas has gone largely unnoticed—until now

Mini Meditators: Yoga for Kids

Kids yoga classes are becoming popular as more parents practice Zen and the art of child maintenance

Quick Study with Ericka Ellis-Stewart

The new school board chair faces large challenges in her first year in elected office

T-Shirt Time at Gone Ape

Charlotte natives bring self-expression to shirt making

BBQ from the Block: Dan the Pig Man & Queen City Q

Two new uptown spots satisfy your craving for barbecue

Tap to Table: Beer-Braised Ribs

Chefs are taking cues from our newly suds-soaked city, using beer—like they’ve long done with wine and liquor—to add a hint of depth and flavor to menu items

Buyer Beware

I was in love with being a homeowner. Then I met my new neighbor

Star Power: e2 Emeril’s Eatery

The new restaurant from celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse opens uptown

Keeping It Real at The Thirsty Beaver and The Rat's Nest

Plaza Midwood’s The Thirsty Beaver Saloon—where the owners are brothers who wear cowboy hats unironically and, yes, everybody knows your name—just might be the most authentic place in Charlotte

Staying Clean: Can the Niners Stay Out of the Mud?

UNC Charlotte is launching a football program just as scandals are becoming increasingly common among the NCAA’s big-time programs. Where will Charlotte stand?

Best Bests April 2012

Your best bets of what to see and do this month