Mark your calendar with these May must-dos

May 3 Some of Charlotte’s finest designers will create stunning tablescapes at the 30th-annual Festival of Tables, hosted by the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel, 555 S. McDowell St. The event will feature a silent auction, luncheon, and guest speaker Jane McIntyre, former executive director of the United Way of Central Carolinas. Proceeds benefit homeless women…

Hear from 5 insightful speakers (and enjoy food trucks, wine, beer and music) at the CLT Boomer Spring Expo 2018

This content is brought to you by The Charlotte Observer. Mark your calendars for the CLT Boomer Spring Expo next Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Queen Sports Complex (2229 Tyvola Road). The entertainment (and the giveaway prizes) Attendees can look forward to enjoying handcrafted fare from local food trucks, as well as wine, beer…

BLT Steak unveils its new Sunday Roast—and it’s positively marvelous

The Sunday Roast may be a quintessentially English meal, but there’s no reason to let the Brits have all the fun. The latest offering from Uptown’s chic BLT Steak is an all-inclusive Sunday meal for $49 featuring a chef-selected roast with accompanying sauces, a classic side (think jalapeno mashed potatoes), and mini versions of the restaurant’s famed fluffy popovers—perfect for…

This fundraiser combines two Charlotte loves: original artwork and the tree canopy

As if you needed an excuse to buy more beautiful pieces for your home, this new fundraiser combines two things Charlotteans love: original artwork and the city’s tree canopy. Prominent businessman and artist Paul Simon, who owns retailers Paul Simon Co. and Paul Simon Women with his wife, Marcia, is selling 27 of his original works to benefit TreesCharlotte and…

Bon Voyage! 5 of this year’s hottest travel trends

For travelers looking for custom experiences and luxury travel in particular, bringing a travel advisor on board is becoming increasingly more appealing. Virtuoso—a network of travel advisors and agencies with over 800 locations, 16,000 advisors, and a presence in more than 45 countries—hosts Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas, which brings together high-end vendors from the travel world (think hotels,…

How Florence, Italy native Nada Vergili created ‘tours for people who don’t do tours’

Growing up in Florence, Italy, Nada Vergili was just steps away from some of the world’s most iconic spots—and had a front-row seat to a lifestyle overworked and stressed-out Americans want more of. Now her Charlotte-based tour company, Nada’s Italy, located in the heart of Dilworth, is all about sharing that way of life, “la dolce vita,” with people from…

What not to miss during the 10-day Sensoria festival—an all-you-can-eat buffet of music, theater, Pulitzer-Prize-winning literature and food

Americans love self-help. There’s no archetype we admire more than the Person Who Pulled Himself Up by His Bootstraps. “There’s a sense that we can fix anything if we just learn the keys,” says abstract artist Felicia van Bork. But some things that break, of course—from dinner plates to democracies—are beyond repair. You can see the artist’s take on our…