Good Food, Mad City – April Food Events

By Nikki Panos

March 31, 2016

Order/fire ep #4 NC Craft Beer Month viewing party and Pig Picking

Free Range Brewery April 3, 2016 1PM-5PM Donation: suggested donation of $10


Love food? Check. Adore beer? Big check. Does the thought of food documentaries get your goat? Then there is no better place to be the late afternoon of April 3 other than arguably one of the best new breweries in town. Free Range will be hosting the 4th installment of Order/Fire. In addition to the viewing of this uber successful local mini series, Burial, Full Steam and Fonta Flora will be out representing their brews to the delight of us all! And if that isn’t enough for you, they will be partying with a classic pig pickin’. Don’t eat the meats? Not to worry: there will also be sides a-plenty. This is a donation event and all donations will benefit Farm Hands, an awesome organization committed to supporting local agriculture.

Scratch, a sweet sequence with Gateau Baking Company

Frock Shop April 3, 2016 7:30PM-9:30PM $35


This event is a bit unique when we think of paired meal events in the Queen City, and it will be much anticipated for its novel approach. Scratch is a BYOAlcohol event, featuring the culinary artwork of Chef Cara Jorgensen of Gateau Baking Company in collaboration a few other notable chefs including James Jefferies and Darien Steege. Eight, count it, eight courses will be laid out in sequence and include a raw sweet, delicate chocolate, a couple baked goods and even a sweet and savory dish alongside some hand crafted sodas courtesy of Harts Soda Shop. Do not miss this delectable evening and consider going all out for the VIP tickets which include some extra goodies!

Taste of the New South: Savor Sabor!

Levine Museum of the New South April 14, 2016 $125 for non-members $100 for members


Celebrate the Levine Museum of the New South’s newest exhibit, NUEVOlution, a blending of Latino and New Southern culture through this food fusion inspired fundraising event. Taste of the New South has become a favorite springtime event featuring not only cuisine, but also dance and artwork, with over 500 people joining into signalize the integration of culture and food.  

Talon to Table, A Farm to Fork Event for The Carolina Raptor Center

Carolina Raptor Center April 16th, 2016 7PM-10PM $150 per person $1250 per table


Help make an impact aiding our natural resources and native wildlife through a distinct evening at the Carolina Raptor Center. The event will include a well-crafted dinner featuring locally sourced ingredients and dishes as well as curated cocktails and set to the backdrop of spirited live music. Guests will also be graced with the inspiring keynote speaker, Thane Maynard, Director of the Cincinnati Zoo, host of radio’s 90 second Naturalist and co-author of Hope For Animals & Their World, which he wrote with none other than Jane Goodall. Enjoying nature has never been so peaceful, fun and thought provoking.

Sweet Escapes: A chocolate affair to benefit Community Link

Mint Museum Randolph Road April 16, 2016 7:30PM-10PM


Prep your palette for over 500 pounds of chocolate from various local chocolatiers that need to be tasted and tried. Not enough? Hors d’oeurves, beer and wine will also be there for your pleasure alongside live jazz music by A Sign of the Times. This event benefits Community Link which is a non-profit whose mission is helping individuals and families obtain and hold onto housing. Consider participating in the silent auction as well to help this fantastic organization and enjoy this classy event at the peaceful Mint Museum on Randolph Road

Charlotte Taste of the Nation

The Fillmore – April 18, 2016 7 PM- 9:30 PM $85 and VIP $120


Charlotte Taste of the Nation is going to be pack full of goodness. Bursting with 20 vendors from many of Charlotte’s prized and favorite restaurants, from Bistro La Bon to Lumiere, Dogwood Southern Table, and Upstream to name a few,  this event held at the Fillmore is raising funds for No Kid Hungry along with Second Harvest Bank of Metrolina. Make sure you come hungry and feast well! And save a bit of room to tantalize your taste buds even further when you purchase the NKH cocktail, which has been crafted specifically for the event.

PCG North Carolina Wine Dinner and Fundraiser

Philip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Center – April 26, 2016 6 PM $67.62


North Carolina soil is unique. In that way, North Carolina produces unique grapes and therefore wines. Come celebrate our state’s fantastic vintages with the Piedmont Culinary Guild while also helping to raise funds for No Kid Hungry as well as the guild itself. This late spring event will feature the thoughtful work conjured up by one of Charlotte’s favorite chefs, Luca Annunziata of Passion8 and will include hor d’oeuvres followed up by a three course meal, all paired with local vintages. Seats are limited with only 40 spots so pick up your tickets soon on the Piedmont Culinary Guild’s site

Culinary Canvas Series Dinner II with Chef Paul Verica and Rosalia Torres-Weiner

C3 Lab – May 5, 2016 6:30 PM – $80

Culinary Graphic 2016

CLTure, Friendship Gardens and C3 Lab bring you the Culinary Canvas Series II Dinner event on May 5, 2016 at C3 Lab. The collaborative dinner event series brings together the culinary and arts community for a truly creative visual and edible experience. The evening will pair Chef Paul Verica of Heritage Food & Drink (Charlotte Magazine Best Restaurant in 2015) and Charlotte artist Rosalia Weiner. The dinner will connect elements of art and cuisine with the theme “The Hands That Feed Us” paying homage to North Carolina farmers and workers. Attendees will experience a five course meal with hand crafted cocktails provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and local craft beer in a gallery atmosphere with stimulating live art and curated music.

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