Upcoming Food Events (Feb. 16-23)
Anything-but-basic brunches, wine decoding classes, steamy cocktails, and chocolate are all on our radar for the upcoming weekend and week ahead
After a week of hearts and chocolates, perhaps a solid brunch is in order.
Valentine's Day has come and gone, but there's still plenty to do around Charlotte.
BALLANTYNE HOTEL WINTER WEEKENDS
Every Friday and Saturday from 8:30 to 10 p.m. in February enjoy Winter Weekends at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. Guests can experience a dessert bar and Champagne bar as part of couple's date night for $28 per couple plus tax and gratuity. The deal includes one beverage per person and a shared delicacy. Additional items can be purchased a la carte; hotel rooms purchased with the Winter Weekend special can be enjoyed at 15% off, as well, through February 19, 2017. Reserve your spot now by calling 704-248-4100 or visit the website for more information.
Join bar consultant Emily Elda and guest mixologist and head bartender at 5Church, Justin Hazelton, for a late Valentine's Day at the Hygge Charlotte where guests will learn to make three romantic cocktails in a hands-on class. Tickets are $65 per person and include three full-size cocktails, individual bar station, take home recipes, and light bites. Reserve your spot here. Class begins at 7 p.m.
The Secret Chocolatier is celebrating the month of love with a special class - "Intimacy with wine and chocolate." The class will take place on February 18 at 7 p.m. Located at The Secret Chocolatier's Ballantyne spot, attendees are invited to enjoy a pairing of specialty wines and plated chocolate desserts. A portion of proceeds will benefit Crisis Assistance Ministries. Space is limited; reservations required. Call 704-323-8178 or visit the website.
REID'S GAME DINNER
Reid's Fine Foods and The Sporting Gent are hosting a wild game dinner on Saturday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Myers Park (Selwyn Avenue) location. Guests will enjoy dinner courses of quail, ostrich, boar, alligator, and elk, each paired with wine. Price is $75 per person and reservations can be made by calling Reid's at 704-377-1312.
Looking for a brunch spot in uptown? BLT Steak now offers brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can grab a classic like country style blueberry buttermilk pancakes or go outside the box with one of the restaurant's many specials.
Head to Corkbuzz on Mondays for buy a bottle, take a bottle. If you enjoy a bottle of wine at this spot on a Monday, you'll be able to take a complimentary bottle of the same wine home for free!
TASTE & LEARN
If you need a little extra help figuring out your wine labels, head to The Peculiar Rabbit on Thursday, February 23, at 6:15 p.m. for a class on decoding all things wine. The class will include an organized tasting, cheese and fruit tray, and a 1 hour lesson by a certified sommelier. Cost is $35 per person. Buy tickets here.