Friday, November 21, 2014

Growlers Pourhouse opens for lunch in NoDa, Lumiere starts brunch

Growlers Pourhouse now serves lunch starting at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday-Friday, and its housemade sausage and brats, twice-fried fries (and poutine -- fries with gravy and housemade cheese curds on top) and panini (and there's gluten-free bread). Lunch starts at noon Saturdays and Sundays, as in the past. 3120 N. Davidson St.;

Lumiere plans to start serving Sunday brunch on Dec. 7: Look for classic French omelets, pastries and more: 1039 Providence Road; 704-372-3335.

Speedway Christmas coming

“Speedway Christmas” at Charlotte Motor Speedway lets visitors dine in the Speedway Club and overlook a holiday light show with more than 3 million lights and an infield Christmas Village (there’s a Santa’s workshop, mini fair rides and a petting zoo) – plus, you can sign up to drive the track. This is the fifth year for the event, and the course has been redesigned; this year, you drive under the concourse behind the front stretch grandstands as part of the 3.1-mile course. Drive-in holiday movies will be shown Friday and Saturday nights.

The driving course opens Nov. 22, and the Christmas Village will be open each Thursday-Sunday until Christmas Day, plus Dec. 22-24, then will open again Dec. 26-28. The light show goes through Dec. 30 (closed Christmas Day). Entrance is $20 per car on nights the Village is open, $15 per car when it’s closed. Visitors can dine at the Speedway Club each day in that timeframe except Christmas, and on Thanksgiving Day, it's serving 400 troops. The speedway is at 5555 Concord Parkway S. in Concord; info at or 800-455-3267.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bubbles and Bordeaux

D'Vine Wine Cafe hosts "Bubbles & Bordeaux" Dec. 4 for $49.99. On the menu: Sauternes with foie gras "rocher" (think of Ferrero Rocher candies, then think foie gras); Vieux Manoir Red Bordeaux with duck confit, sweet potato waffle and cranberry chutney;
Delamotte Brut Champagne with pear frangipane tart, and more. 14815 John J. Delaney Drive; 704-369-5050.

Heritage celebrates 1 year with tasting menu

Heritage Food & Drink in Waxhaw celebrates its first year with a tasting menu from chef-owner Paul Verica, offered Tuesdays-Thursdays through the end of the year. The menu features some of the dishes the place opened with, says Verica.

Options include the pretty beet salad above (with walnuts, goat cheese, parsley and balsamic), sunchoke chips, pulled pork in a jar (with grits, collards and a topping of crispy onions), short rib with house pasta, N.C. shrimp with black rice and Asian greens and more. Three courses for $33, four for $40; 704-843-5236 or email; 201 W. South Main St. in Waxhaw.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

5Church, Chicken Salad Chick plan 2nd locations

Chicken Salad Chick plans to open a second Charlotte location Dec. 16, in the Bank of America Plaza uptown at 101 S. Tryon St. Owners Julie Beville and Michelle Singleton plan 10 Charlotte locations, according to the Alabama chain's press release, and founder Stacy Brown's company has sold 100 franchises, from Florida to Texas.

5Church's owners plan to open a second location in Charleston this summer, at the corner of Market and East Bay streets. While the Charlotte one's named for its location at Fifth and Church streets, this one earns its moniker by being sited in a former church. Look for "neo-Victorian" decor and Sun Tsu's "The Art of War" lettered on the ceiling -- both signature details of the original.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Wondering where to eat in Charlotte on Thanksgiving?

If you're not cooking, take a look at this list of Charlotte restaurants that will be open, and get your reservations in. It's a bigger list than usual this year.

(I love this image, and I think it may come from cool educational site, though I'm having trouble being sure. Happy to recredit if someone else knows...)

Dine out (well, buy out), do good

Common Grounds Farm Stand hosts its sixth annual Cornucopia on Nov. 22: It's a fundraiser for the Urban Ministry Center, with free admission, live music from Wicked Powers and a vendor village, ranging from artists to food makers, plus the Plated Palette food truck, and a raffle for family-meal dishes from Chef Alyssa's Kitchen, Block & Grinder, Bonterra, The Asbury, 300 East, the Tin Kitchen, Hot Box Street Food, Harper's Restaurants and the Moffett Restaurant Group (that comprises Barrington's, Good Food on Montford and Stagioni). The Farm Stand will also be selling frozen family-size dinners, soups, chilis, baked goods, cheeses, dips and more. The event runs 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at 119 Huntley Place.