Good Food, Mad City – January

By Nikki Panos 

January 5, 2016

Already sick of your New Year’s cleanse? Ready to delight in some rad food philanthropy and innovating eating? Jump off the detox train this month at least a few times before hopping back on to check out what Charlotte has to offer in our exponentially growing food scene.

The Art Institute of Charlotte “Take Out” Fundraiser

January 7, 2016 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, $25-$30 at The Art Institute of Charlotte


The Piedmont Culinary Guild is working with The Art Institute of Charlotte early this year to honor a student of the Institute who recently passed away. The event is raising funds for the student’s children through the sale of family sized meals available for pick up January 7th at the Art Institute. Consider placing an order at 704-574-4459 and hold a thoughtful family meal in the name of charity. The menu is everything comfort food should be, perfect for a reflective and thankful night in: 1/2 of a roasted chicken and gravy, mac and cheese, collard greens, and glazed carrots. You also have the option to add a bananas foster bread pudding for desert for an added $5.

Heirloom Blind Squirrel Tasting

January 10, 2016 6 PM – 9 PM, $40 at Heirloom


Benefiting the Carolina Farm Trust, Heirloom is hosting a paired 4 course meal with Blind Squirrel Brewery’s craft beer. Veggies, you’re included too! Vegetarian and vegan options for the pairing are available upon prior request and will definitely wow your tastebuds as assiduously as your carnivorous cohorts. This is sure to be a meal for the books. Blind Squirrel Brewery, based in Newland, North Carolina, will be bringing out some solid brew including an IPA, blond, and brown ale, as well as a signature caffeinated cocktail to be enjoyed with dessert. Yum!

Improper Pairing

January 11, 2016 6 PM, $35 at The Improper Pig

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Are you into all the delights the south has to offer: bbq, beer and a little rum? Join the Improper Pig, Muddy River Distillery and Birdsong Brewing for a unique pairing of all of these things! Your ticket includes a 4 course meal from the Improper Pig along with 4 total pairings from both Muddy River and Birdsong plus…free giveaways! Enjoysmoked chipotle beer chili topped with cheese and cilantro lime creme coupled with a local favorite, Mexicali Stout, and look forward to vanilla raisin bread pudding topped with muddy River spiced rum sauce paired with Muddy River’s spiced rum. Don’t sit this one out folks!

Parallel Visions 

Wednesday January 13 at 7:30pm and Saturday January 16 at 8:30pm at Free Range Brewing

Suggested donation: $10-15 on January 13 and $20 – 25 on January 16


Local movement and sculpture artists will take over Free Range Brewery for an experiential dining performance featuring dance and live video manipulation January 13th and 16th. A feast for the senses, Parallel Visions is the collaboration between three North Carolina natives: Jonathan Prichard (a visual and site-specific performance artist), Alexander Windner Lieberman (an improvisational and collaborative dancer), and Koichi Matsuda (a culinary innovator who explores the interrelations of food, ceremony, and performance). Live camera projections will also be provided by Reuben Bloom of video production company Basic Cable. According to the creators, Parallel Visions will “stimulate your senses on the path to enlightenment with ritual performance, experiential dining, projected images, and guided meditation.” Each evening will be a transformative journey that focuses on self-awareness, reincarnation, vision quests and spirit guides. Guests will also receive multiple food courses throughout. Parallel Visions is sure to be a sensational and savory event unlike anything else!” – Preview by Audrey Baran 

Dinner at Fran’s: A World of Flavors with Birdsong Brewing

January 21, 2016 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, $45 at Fran’s Filling Station


Friendship Picnic

January 29, 2016 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM at C3 Lab


C3 Labs and local non-profit Friendship Trays are partnering up at C3Lab’s Event Space for a community picnic. Gather your friends, assemble your coworkers, and enjoy a peaceful afternoon lunch provided by Friendship Market. Take advantage of your Friday lunch break! Bask in the winter sun at the communal tables, mosey around the galleries and chat with local artists before heading back to work. Your meal purchase will help support Friendship Trays, a fantastic organization dedicated to providing clean, healthy meals to families which otherwise would not have access to fresh food.

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