Good Food, Mad City: Charlotte Events in June

By Stephanie Hoyt

June 1, 2017

The first day of summer, June 21, is quickly approaching and Charlotte is celebrating with tons of fun and exclusive food and drink events. Whether ice cream, low country boils or barbeques signify the beginning of summer for you, there is an affair to help you rejoice in the essence of warmer months. For those beer lovers looking to sample craft brews and find a new summer favorite to enjoy this season, there will also be plenty of festivals and dinners featuring local breweries. Kick off summer with some of these great events below while supporting your city’s top restaurants and breweries.

Order/Fire Season 2 Episode 9 ft. Chef Ashley Boyd

June 4 at Free Range Brewing – Free

Ever wonder what inspired some of Charlotte’s best chefs to pursue their dreams? Come watch the last episode of season 2 for Order/Fire, a Charlotte video web series, featuring Ashley Boyd, one of the city’s top pastry chefs. Ashley will be sharing her passion about desserts, her secrets on flavor profiles and her background as an art restorationist. Support Order/Fire as they end this season and also be entered for a chance to win some great prizes like a dinner for two at 300 East, where Boyd works, or a dinner for 2 at Heritage Food & Drink as well as killer dessert tastings.

Cue and Brew

June 7 at Midwood Smokehouse in Ballantyne – $45

Summer is the time for enjoying Barbeque and beers with good company. Lenny Boy Brewing and Midwood Smokehouse are teaming up to bring diners just that: a three course barbeque meal paired with Lenny Boy Brewing craft beers. Attendees will sip on Lenny Boy’s famous Citraphilia IPA, a citrusy IPA with light hops, Burndown Brown, a creamy, English style brown ale with notes of chocolate and toffee and a special small batch surprise created just for this dinner.  The slow-smoked barbeque will be prepared by Midwood Smokehouse Pitmasters so it is sure to be delicious. If you have not tried Lenny Boy Brewing or Midwood Smokehouse yet, this dinner will be the ideal time to try these popular Charlotte destinations at an affordable price.

2017 Charlotte Magazine BOB Awards Party

June 8 at The Underground – $40 GA or $85 VIP (includes 4 drinks)

Charlotte Magazine highlighted some of Charlotte’s top restaurants in their May issue, Best of the Best (BOB), featuring the city’s finest food and drink, nightlife, shopping and more. Help our local businesses celebrate at the BOB Awards Party on June 8 while eating, drinking and dancing the night away. BOB Award-winning restaurants such as Midwood Smokehouse, Sea Level, Yafo Kitchen and The Dumpling Lady will be serving up gourmet cuisine while attendees sip free beer from Lenny Boy Brewing.  There will also be a Ferris wheel, music from DJ Rowshay and raffle prizes benefiting The Isabella Santos Foundation, helping to raise money for children with cancer.

Strawberry Moon Dining Experience

June 9 at Heirloom – $50

Did you know June’s full moon is named the Strawberry Moon because its presence means it’s time to gather ripening fruit? Celebrate the Strawberry Moon with a seasonal, five-course tasting menu from Chef Clark Barlowe at local gem, Heirloom restaurant. Some innovative menu items diners can look forward to are: beeswax potato soup using Tony Noe’s spring potatoes, beeswax and Ashe County cheddar cheese and house made linguine with Sunburst Farm tomato-strawberry sauce and fresh pecorino cheese. Head over to Heirloom for the freshest North Carolina ingredients and inventive dishes.

State of Origin Craft Brew Festival 2017

June 10 at Courthouse Square, Morganton, NC – $50 (GA)

State of Origin is a boutique craft brew festival hosted by Fonta Flora Brewery inviting breweries to embrace unique flora and fauna to create a delicious craft beer. All breweries participating must bring craft beer that was made using ingredients grown in their “state of origin.” Some Charlotte breweries participating include Birdsong Brewing, Triple C Brewing and Wooden Robot Brewery. The ticket price includes all the beers you can drink as well as plenty of music, performed by Brucemont from Asheville, NC, Brave Baby from Charleston, SC and more.

Cocktail and Sushi Class

June 15 at Enso Asian Bistro – $40

Let me see your sushi roll! Learn how to make your own sushi while also crafting handmade cocktails at one of Uptown’s top sushi restaurants, Enso Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar. Their expert sushi chefs and mixologists will guide you in creating three craft cocktails, a ginger salad, California rolls and Spicy Tuna rolls. If you want to learn how to make your own sushi from the professionals so you can start making it at home, this is the class for you.

Foxy Mixology- A Tiki Crafted Cocktail Dinner

June 15 at Leroy Fox – $38

Get in the summer spirit with this tiki bar inspired dinner and cocktail pairing by mixologist Adam Gautreau and the chefs at Leroy Fox. The menu will have you dreaming you are on a beach in Hawaii with tropical menu items such as tuna tartare with pineapple carpaccio and fried avocados, Kalua style pork belly with ginger fried rice and Malasadas (Hawaiian fried doughnuts) with lime dipping sauce. If those menu items don’t make your mouth water, the cocktails are sure to with names like the “Foxy Colado” or “Planters Punch,” made with Kraken rum and fresh squeezed juices.  

Superheroes After Dark: Launch Party

June 15 at Assorted Table and Wine Shoppe (7th Street Public Market) – $30 plus

Let your inner nerd out at the kickoff party for the 2017 HeroesCon Comic Book Convention. Regular admission includes a wine tasting featuring Iconic and Mouton Noir wines, nerdy appetizers created by Chef Taylor Kastl of Tayste Catering, access to artists such as illustrator Frank Antonio, great music and fun! If you would like to enhance your experience at this Superheroes themed event, be one of the 20 diners at the four course wine pairing dinner. There will be four comical wines, four geeky courses and great company. Costume play is highly encouraged so start planning your outfit now to represent your favorite Superhero.

Harvest Up! June Edition

June 17 at Advent Coworking – $60

Terra Flora is back for another collaborative dinner featuring delicious vegan culinary, good company and local farm fresh ingredients. This month’s dinner will be showcasing Bell’s Best Berries Farm, a small farm located in Union County. Bell’s Best focuses on growing chemical free produce which will be used by Chef Cat of Terra Flora using his modern, plant-based approach. On the menu for this month is Terra Flora’s vegan cheeses, Bell’s Best kale cooked three ways, sticky rice croquettes in a curry cream sauce and carbonated mangoes, with Terra Flora’s frozen yogurts. With innovative techniques such as foams and fizzing fruits, the food is sure to impress diners while also giving them a chance to network at the communal dinner table and learn from Chef Cat.

Brew Stash Bash

June 17 at US National Whitewater Center – $6/sample card

Start off your day with the Brew Dash, a 5K Trail Race at the US National White Water Center or with yoga starting at 9:30 a.m. The craft beer tasting goes from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and will feature a wide selection of regional and national craft breweries. A sample card, which can be redeemed for tastings of signature beers is only $6 for four 4 oz. samples. There will also be live music starting at 1:00 p.m. on Belmont Abbey Island, ending at 8:00 p.m. Come out to the US National Whitewater Center for almost twelve hours of fitness activities, beers and music.

Nitro Ice Cream Class

June 17 at Heirloom – $45

Start your summer with the season’s most popular treat. Join Heirloom’s pastry chef, Ann Marie Stephaney, in creating your own ice cream using liquid nitrogen. Liquid nitrogen, which has a boiling point of -196C, helps to create the smoothest ice cream possible. Participants will learn how to freeze fresh summer flavors in this class while also tasting three ice creams and Heirloom’s small plates. This unique session will offer demonstrations from Chef Ann Marie as well as unique hands-on learning opportunities.

Summer Farm to Table Dinner at Bell’s Best Berries

June 17 at Bell’s Best Berries – $90 

Chef Julia Simon is reuniting with Robin and Jay from Bell’s Best Berries to bring you five stellar vegan, gluten free courses on a beautiful farm in Monroe, NC. Live music will accompany this special dinner event, and sangria will keep you cool on this warm summer evening and live fire dancing will make this the hottest vegan dinner event of the summer.

Soul Food Sessions 3

June 19 at Heirloom – $80

Soul Food Sessions is back for their third dinner featuring some of the region’s best African American chefs and mixologists. Soul Food Sessions was created to bring people of all walks of life together to celebrate traditional Southern cuisine and African American culture. Expand your horizons and experience this event at Heirloom for a gourmet six-course meal and three craft cocktails featuring the summer bounty. This dinner in the series will feature two guest chefs from Charleston, SC as well as local Charlotte chefs.

Meet the Vintner: Andrew Murray

June 20 at The Asbury at The Dunhill Hotel – $40

If wine is your beverage of choice, come to The Asbury at The Dunhill Hotel to meet renowned winemaker, Andrew Murray, of Andrew Murray Vineyards. Murray, who specializes in Rhône varieties, has crafted highly acclaimed wines in the Santa Ynez Valley for 20 years. Attendees will sip on five of his unique wines while savoring small plates created by Chef Matthew Krenz, executive chef of The Asbury. This will be an intimate experience where diners will get to know Andrew Murray, learn more about his amazing wines and eat delicious food by Chef Krenz created to pair with Murray’s wines.

Dinner with Friends

June 21 at The Asbury at The Dunhill Hotel 

Photo by Jonathan Cooper

The Asbury is hosting its second event in this year’s collaborative dinner series called “Dinner with Friends” to celebrate the June 2017 issue of Local Palate magazine with editor Peggy Loftus. Chef Matthew Krenz is featured in this issue hosting a dinner with Charlotte chefs, farmers and beer buddies at Krenz Ranch in New Salem, NC. Guests from Krenz’s dinner will join the chef for this collaborative dinner that recreates the farm feast. Local Palate will also be in attendance to share what it’s like behind the scenes at one of the region’s most popular food magazines. As The Asbury’s first event this year, Biscuits + Beer, sold out, get your tickets now.

Carolina Farm Trust Dinner

June 22 at Mama Ricotta’s – $45

Support local farmers by attending the Carolina Farm Trust Dinner benefiting Street Fare Farm, growing quality, organic produce in Concord, North Carolina. Chef Tom Dyrness of Mama Ricotta’s has created a four course dining experience incorporating Street Fare Farm’s locally grown harvest. For a reasonable price, you will leave this fun and interactive dinner full and happy knowing you enjoyed some of the freshest local produce while supporting a local farm.

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