Good Food, Mad City – November

By Nikki Panos Photo by Jim Dimitroff

November 6, 2015

Charlotte’s food community is growing fast, with an influx of new citizens and exciting venues to host unique events, the city is also going through an exasperated period of changes. Through the madness, we hope to shine a light on food events each month that provide GOOD food and entertainment while giving back to this MAD city.

Project 658 Chefs for Change at The 658 Center

November 9, 2015 6:30 PM – $85 and $75 with a donation of a blanket

Chef Chris Coleman of The Asbury Dunhill Hotel

The Piedmont Culinary Guild will host Project 658 Chef’s for Change on November 9 from 6:30 to 9:30, and will feature PCG chef’s Joe Kindred of Kindred in Davidson, Chris Coleman of The Asbury, as well as Nick Kepp of First Presbyterian Church to serve three of the four course farm-to-fork dinner. Pastry Chef Joselyn Permutter of Sweet Affairs will complete the meal with the final dessert course. This fundraiser will benefit Project 658 Culinary School, which functions through a 1-to-1 feeding program. This catering company ensures that each meal purchased will sponsor a meal in the Project 658 outreach feeding program, providing a person in need a healthy meal. The Culinary School itself is founded on the principles of teaching its students advanced skills to ensure each graduate will enter the workforce armed with the knowledge to craft their art in a sustainable manner and aid our food system’s much needed repair. Tickets for the night’s dinner are $85 or $75 if you bring a blanket as a donation for the Project 658 clothing project.  Check out Piedmont Culinary Guild’s website for more information on location.

Classroom Central’s Educate Your Palate 2015 at Discovery Place

Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM $125.00 General Admission


Tis the season of giving thanks and giving back. What better way to spend time and aid in charity than through one’s belly really? This month, on Thursday November 12, Discovery Place is holding a charitable event benefiting Classroom Central, which helps provide school supplies to students living in poverty. Dubbed Educate Your Palate, the fundraiser will surely please participants as esteemed, seasoned chefs partner with a couple neophytes in the culinary world and newer to the scene, to feed attendees delightful fare and drink. If attending the event, you will have the opportunity to indulge in food prepared by Chef Alyssa of Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen, who is known around town for her cooking classes held at Atherton Market, as well as Chef Zack of Rooster’s Uptown, and Chef Andres of CustomShop. General admission is $125, and with a lineup of such impressive chefs along with a noble cause, surely will prove to be worth the dollars spent.  

An Evening of Italy Potluck 

November 14, 2015 Aperitivo: 6-7 PM Cena: 7-10 PM – Free


Consider joining the Slow Food Charlotte chapter for their November potluck as the non-profit gathers to enjoy the company of like-minded individuals passionate about restructuring our crumbling food system through eating local. On the eve of November 14, Slow Food will be convening for Italian-inspired fare at the home of Fabio Burattini, where a pasta bar will await RSVP’d guests. This is an intimate affair beginning around 6, and its success relies on the participation of guests in providing their favorite Italian wine, side of protein, salad, veggie, soup, or dessert. Slow Food Charlotte’s main focus is locality and supporting local farms, so be sure your dish is sourced from local vendors! Check out Slow Food’s website for more information.

Care Ring’s BEER BANDS & BBQ BASH at Triple C Brewing 

Saturday November 14, 2015 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM – $25


Triple C Brewing is a brewery known to support charity, and they are going for it once again! On Saturday evening on November 14, from 5-9PM, Triple C will be hosting Beer Bands & BBQ Bash and 100% of the proceeds will go directly Care Ring, an organization founded on the mission set on “empowering individuals with limited resources to establish and maintain good health”. Your $25 ticket will directly aid in Care Ring. 80’s and 90’s music will be featured by Care Ring’s own Executive Director on lead vocals of the Don Jonas band as well as music by The Fidgets along with succulent bbq pork and beer can chicken, with all the finest bbq accouterments. Triple C will be providing 2 beers per ticket and will be having a limited release brew on tap that day prepared specifically for this fundraiser. Imbibe in some beer in your very own souvenir cup and be sure to not leave before taking some photos in the photo booth. Cheers everyone!

Beaujolais Festival at Queens University 

Friday, November 20, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

MEMBER $35.00 MEMBER $30.00 VOLUNTEER $15.00


If you are into fermented grapes, also known as wine, Charlotte certainly provides. Beaujolais is a traditional French festival held in the third week of November, and Charlotte is only one of 16 American cities which officially participate. The Queen City’s Beaujolais festival takes place in Burwell Hall at Queen’s University and is truly a unique experience. The festival is put on by the Alliance Francaise de Charlotte, and its purpose is to celebrate the first grape harvest of the season; a true reason to celebrate as any human who loves wine can attest. Tickets will run you $30 if you happen to be a member of the Alliance, and a mere $5 more if not. Your ticket will include wine tasting of six distinct wines, as well as delightful food, live music by jazz bands and a men’s choir, as well as a silent auction and raffles! Parking is free and the event begins on November 20 at 6:30 and runs until 9:30 in the evening.

South End Bazaar at C3 Lab

November 21, 2015 11 am to 8 pm – FREE

Bazaar Sq Post

A much anticipated event, the South End Bazaar at C3 Lab on November 21 from 11AM-8PM will be sure to please all. The bazaar will feature local local local: authentic food, local craft beer, local music in celebration of small business in Charlotte. As the word indicates, the event will be set up like a street marketplace with a bustling fun atmosphere perfect for the family or your group of fine friends. Food will be provided by New Wrap Order, Yummi Banh Mi, Friendship Trays and King of Pops. This is a free event that also benefits the Isabella Santos Foundation, so gather your crew and be sure to check it out!

Coach Rivera Charity Wine Dinner

November 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm – $100 


Coach Rivera Charity Wine Dinner is being hosted at Bonterra on November 29th. JD is personally donating to this wine dinner and proceeds from the dinner will benefit Pancreatic Cancer. Stephanie & Coach Ron Rivera are hosting this dinner to help raise awareness in the fight to find a cure for pancreatic cancer. It is a night of wine, community & food at Bonterra Dining & Wine Room. It will be a farm to table four course menu with stunning wine pairings.

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