Upcoming Food Events (Oct. 20 – 26)

Kristen Wile

THURSDAY (OCT 20)

FALL IN ITALY DINNER AT FRAN'S FILLING STATION

A few seats are left for the "Fall in Italy" dinner: four courses and four wines for $40. Enjoy fig flatbread bites, seared scallops with white beans and escarole, and chicken saltimbocca with autumn vegetables and farro. Dessert is a flourless chocolate cake with sweet ricotta and balsamic caramel. Reserve online at opentable.com.

FRIDAY (OCT 21)

50 CENT COFFEE AT DUNKIN' DONUTS

Dunkin’ Donuts celebrates the opening of its 50th store in the Charlotte area with 50 cent small hot coffee and donuts at all Charlotte locations on Oct. 21. The 50th store, located in Concord, will host a Grand Opening event called Kickin’ Cancer with Coffee. If the community purchases 500 cups of coffee throughout the day on Friday, Dunkin’ Donuts will donate $5 per cup to the Bring It 4 Braylon Foundation.

SATURDAY (OCT 22)

MIXOLOGY WITH BOB PETERS

This is a special edition of Peters' monthly class, rescheduled from a couple weeks ago. It is the first in their fall cocktail series and features Fair Game Distillery from Pittsboro, who will be showcasing their liquors as well as their apple, scuppernong, and peach wines. Earl's Grocery. 2:30 – 3:30. 1609 Elizabeth Ave, 28204.

SATURDAY, SUNDAY (OCT 22, 23)

LEXINGTON BARBECUE FESTIVAL

This perennial favorite, recognized as one of the "Top Ten Food Festivals in America" by Travel & Leisure magazine, returns this weekend. Now in its 32nd year, the festival attracts over 200,000 visitors with its true Carolina-style barbecue. Enjoy live music, hog racing, and a dog show. Participate in the Hawg Run (a 5K or fun run/walk), check out the wine garden, or just relax and enjoy some 'cue.

SATURDAY (OCT 22)

OKTOBERFEST AT PLAZA-MIDWOOD

Celebrate fall with this free, family-friendly event at Healthy Home Market in Plaza Midwood. Enjoy a $5 meal that includes a sausage, bag of pretzels and a drink as you listen to live music and sample beer offered by carious vendors.

SUNDAY (OCT 23)

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WINE DINNER AT ARIA

As part of Aria Tuscan Grill's partnership with Habitat for Humanity Charlotte, the restaurant is hosting a charity wine dinner to raise funds for the organization. Enjoy four courses created by guest Chefs Leslie and Bruce Schlernitzauer of Porcupine Provisions and Aria’s Executive Chef Chris Bateman and Chef de Cuisine’ Alex Piatt. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity Charlotte.

SUNDAY (OCT 23)

PASSION8 RESTAURANT TURNS 10

Help this favorite among locavores celebrate their tenth anniversary this Sunday. Enjoy a complimentary cocktail, drink specials, hors d'oeuvres, music and more. Tickets are available online.

MONDAY (OCT 24)

HAVE A SLICE DAY

 In honor of National Pizza Month, Villa Italian Kitchen is treating customers to a free slice of their Neapolitan cheese pizza, made with 100% whole milk mozzarella and house-made pizza dough. The offer is for this coming Monday, October 24, and requires a coupon available on their Facebook page or their special website, freesliceday.com. Exclusions and other rules apply.

Categories: Agenda, Food + Drink