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
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.