Blog Profile / Helen Schwab

Filed Under:United States / Charlotte
Posts on Regator:1081
Posts / Week:2.4
Archived Since:June 16, 2009

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... to The Observer's new website, which means I'll be here. That's within the Observer's website, and if you're looking on other devices, it's under Entertainment. Got a question, concern, comment? Let me know. This site will stay up...Show More Summary

Emeril closing in uptown Charlotte

e2 emeril’s eatery and e2GO will close April 26, the company announced this morning. "It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of e2 emeril’s eatery,” chef Emeril Lagasse, owner and executive chef of the restaurant, says in a statement. Show More Summary

Coming to Ayrsley

Look for Piedmont Social House to open in the Ayrsley area this spring, if all goes according to the plans of New Forum Inc., one of the area's developers. Described as "a restaurant/entertainment venue," it's slated to have "a modern...Show More Summary

Wine dinner explores N.C.

"State of Spring" is the title for a March 5 dinner at 7th Street Public Market, with seven courses from Local Loaf chef Adam Spears and wines from N.C. winery Jones VonDrehle, via Assorted Table Wine Shoppe. The lineup includes roasted...Show More Summary

OMB tries to summon spring with Fruh Bock

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery will release the seasonal Früh Bock (say froo bock) Feb. 27, and since its name means "early" in German (and is short for Frühling, which means "spring"), maybe warm weather will immediately ensure. The brew is described as malty sweet with almost citrusy notes, and is 6 percent alcohol by volume (its Copper is 4.8). Show More Summary

Downton Abbey tea plus St. Patrick's Day specials)

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge will offer "Downton Abbey Tea" from 1 to 5 p.m. March 11-14, with "Countess of Grantham’s favourite tea savouries and sweets." You can opt out of the actual tea part and opt into Spanish sherry for $8, or Brandy Alexanders for $10. Show More Summary

Harvest Moon beer dinner

Harvest Moon Grille will hold its first beer/dinner pairing Feb. 26, with brews from Howard Brewing of Lenoir. On the menu: salt and vinegar popcorn (from Laughing Owl Farm), caramel popcorn balls with sorghum molasses hops, and miniature...Show More Summary

Beard semifinalists out: 3 chefs from Asheville and ...

The James Beard Foundation announced semifinalists for its restaurant and chef awards, the 25th anniversary edition of those recognitions. It adds a new one this year, Outstanding Baker, and the Carolinas placed three people in thatShow More Summary

Wine education at D'Vine

D'Vine Wine Cafe resumes its wine education series on Feb. 26 with Craig Strange and wines from Santa Barbara County wineries Dierberg, Three Saints and Star Lane. Strange will talk about pairing wines and food, and five wines will be paired with five courses. $30; reservations: 704-369-5050. 14815 John J. Delaney Drive.

Bits and crumbs: Oyster roast; Duckworth's uptown

"Shuck 'n Awe" is the title of the third annual Winter Fling at the historic VanLandingham Estate (above): It's an oyster roast Feb. 21, held in partnership with the Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association. Dinner (roasted oysters, shrimp,...Show More Summary

Bad Daddy's in national contest

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar will compete in the 2015 Amstel Light Burger Bash Feb. 20, hoping to win the People's Choice Award. Thirty burger chefs will vie in the competition, part of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Miami, hosted by Rachael Ray. Show More Summary

New wine bar/wine shop coming to Dilworth

Foxcroft Wine Co., a wine shop and wine bar, plans a second location in Dilworth, and hopes to open in June or July, says owner Conrad Hunter.Foxcroft (which used to be called the Wine Shop at Foxcroft) opened in 2004 at 7824 Fairview Road. Show More Summary

Free childcare from Olive Garden Feb. 20?

For the second year, Olive Garden hosts "Parents' Night Out": This year, it's Feb. 20. The restaurant chain has arranged with the My Gym children's fitness chain for about 30 kids per location to be there while parents dine. Parents must contact the My Gym locations to get details and reserve (there's a deposit required). Show More Summary

More 'cue coming at second location of Q

Queen City Q plans to open a second location, at Plantation Market Shopping Center in Matthews, in early summer. The original opened in uptown nearly three years ago, and began selling barbecue at the Knights' ballpark last season. The new location will seat about 120, including space on a covered patio. Show More Summary

Have a rescue dog? Put him on a wine label!

Raffaldini Vineyards, in Ronda, features a rescue dog on the label of its Pino Vino each year, and the search is on for Pino Vino VII's. Part of the proceeds benefit animal rescue organizations, says vineyard owner Jay Raffaldini. The new wine, a red, will be unveiled June 13, and entries close April 30. Show More Summary

Kindred slated to open Feb. 17 in Davidson

Kindred, from chef Joe Kindred and his wife and co-owner, Katy, is scheduled to open Feb. 17, with what they're describing as "chef-driven American cuisine": Expect seasonal fare, global influence, Southern tradition and both modern and classic techniques in food and drink. Show More Summary

Burrata, Barolo, bits and crumbs

Mezzo soprano Daidree Tofano serves up Italian love arias and Passion8 four courses on Feb. 11, for $65 per person. Among the offerings: burrata with prosciutto di Parma; gnocci alla Luca (with caramelized onion, crispy eggplant and sausage), braised beef and Amarena cherry panna cotta. Show More Summary

Updated: For Valentine's

BLT Steak will be open both on Valentine's Day and from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15, with a regular menu and a Valentine's one, that's offered both a la carte or as a prix fixe for $60. That includes Maine lobster risotto; peppercorn-crusted...Show More Summary

Bean Vegan Cuisine's 'vegan conquest' advances

Bean Vegan Cuisine plans to open a second location in Asheville this spring, "if not sooner," says the restaurant's Charlie Foesch. The new place will be in south Asheville, at 2145 Hendersonville Road. "The restaurant god were smiling...Show More Summary

'Three free bagels' at Bruegger's

Feb. 5 is the annual giveaway from Bruegger's Bagels, celebrating its birthday (it's 32). You need a coupon to get three free ones and you need to get there before 11 a.m. Go to its Facebook page, or go to the website to get one (its eClub members automatically get one via email).

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