Category: Cuisine

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3 of Charlotte’s top event planners offer tips for being a host—and guest—this holiday season

Whether you’re doing the entertaining or the partaking this holiday season, you may need a little inspiration. So we asked three of the city’s top event planners to design tablescapes and give their best tips for being both the host and the guest. Then all that’s left to do is clink a glass and toast to the season. Carla Eustache…

Legion Brewing announces plans to become SouthPark’s first brewery

You’ve enjoyed drinking Juicy Jay I.P.A.s or Carolina Sparkle Party craft beers while sitting on the side patio at Legion Brewing in Plaza Midwood over the last two years. Starting in the fall of 2018, you’ll be able to experience its newest tap room location in SouthPark, too. The owners of Legion Brewing signed a lease for a massive 8,500-square-foot…

Cup of Cheer: Make Mulled Wine at Home in 5 Easy Steps

Holiday parties and mulled wine go hand in hand. It adds warmth to the ambiance—something sweet and spiced simmering on the stove while friends hang out. It’s also a long-standing European tradition. According to lore, in the second century, Romans began to heat wine to steel their bodies against the winter temperatures. Chris Woodrow, former owner of Vin Master in South End, doesn’t just…

Baku owner Birdie Yang wants to banish all your ‘sake shots’ misconceptions

Birdie Yang, 33, is a sake evangelist—and he wants to make the rice-based alcoholic beverage a staple in Charlotteans’ dining experiences. Enjoy a meal at one of his four restaurants—Baku, YAMA, Yama Izakaya, and a new YAMA  location coming soon to the new Waverly development—and you can order from one of the largest sake collections in the Southeast, with bottles…

Southern Comfort

The Packhouse reimagines classic fare with a down-home treatment A section of East Morehead Street, known mostly for its sterile law offices, sleepy corporate buildings, and the Dowd YMCA, received a bit of down-home treatment from an Eastern Carolina girl. Just look for the rocking chairs out front. Restaurateur and philanthropist Deedee Mills recently opened The Packhouse, an homage to…

Decadent Desserts

Beat the heat with cookie-dough pops, rolled ice cream, and other epic sweet treats. Celebrate Labor Day with a tasty treat from some of the city’s newest ice cream shops. Consider this your summer bucket list: Head to TWO SCOOPS CREAMERY for delicious homemade ice cream. Enjoy the classic cones or try one of the shop’s original flavors, such as…

Soul Food

Asian flavors mix with local ingredients at Chef Tim Groody’s newest restaurant. It’s not often we ask you to venture outside of the loop for a new dining adventure, but some chefs warrant a drive north. Chef Tim Groody is one of those worthy reasons. His newest concept, Ramen Soul, lives high up in Mooresville (exit 35, to be exact)…

Raising the Steaks

SouthPark’s newest steakhouse features decadent flavors and decor. In recent years, SouthPark’s Sharon Square has transformed itself into a bonafide dining destination for Queen City dwellers. A summer stroll down Ashley Park Lane bears a multitude of options for the savvy eater, including its newest addition, Oak Steakhouse, located at the corner of Ashley Park Lane and Sharon Road. The…

Make It Whiskey in a Barrel, Neat

Local spots like The Ballantyne are crafting their own spirits with a Legendary Kentucky bourbon maker. As soon as The Ballantyne’s general manager Peter Grills learned that he could create a custom barrel of bourbon for his guests at Gallery Restaurant & Bar, he knew it was something he must do. Grills was on a trip with friends in Kentucky…

Next Course

Charlotte’s dining scene is heating up fast. Chefs across town—and from out of town—are bringing exciting new flavors and concepts to the table. Mouths are already watering for these three highly anticipated spots on the culinary horizon. Copain Charlotte chef and restaurateur Jim Noble is expanding into the area adjacent to his Rooster’s restaurant in SouthPark. In addition to incorporating…