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Good Food, Mad City – 7 Cool Food Events in September

By Nikki Panos

August 29, 2016

Sycamore Brewing Oyster Shuck 

September 8, 5pm-9pm at Sycamore Brewing – Free event, purchase oysters

13935002_700600033441186_4542111910820251102_n-1Come out to Sycamore and celebrate Lowcountry culture by participating in Sycamore’s Oyster Shuck! Grab a brew and pick out your oysters; they range from $1-$3 per salty snack. This is a family and dog friendly event, so be sure to bring everyone out to enjoy food, drinks and good vibes. Sycamore has a kick-ass outdoor area, perfect for taking in the breeze. 

Eat From a Food Truck

September 10, 12pm-6pm at AvidXchange Music Factory – Tickets: $10 plus

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If you don’t make it to any other food truck rally, make it to this one! Eat From a Food Truck is the Carolinas’ largest food truck festival and will have 100 trucks traveling in from all over the Southeast. As a family friendly event, you are encouraged to bring the kids. The event will have bouncy houses, obstacles courses and even a climbing wall. There will also be live music throughout the day and of course beer. Don’t miss the opportunity to try several food trucks listening to live performances by Langhorne Slim and The Law, DJ Overcash, Family & Friends, and the Loose Lugnuts.

Evoke Truffle Dinner

September 15,  6:30pm-9:30pm at Le Meridien – Tickets: $128

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Sought after and savory are a few of the best words to describe the allusive truffle. This month, chefs Oscar La Fuente and Robert Reinken of Evoke have joined forces with Alex Toska of Toska Truffles to showcase this prized fungus through a extraordinary six-course mealventure. Let your palate travel with the experts as they share their knowledge of truffles, their history and preparation. Feast on delicacies harvested from the most reputed regions of the world, paired with great wines. To tantalize your tastebuds a little, here is a small preview of some of the dishes being served: Rabbit terrine served with truffled brioche followed by wild mushroom tortellini with truffle consomme, and as a desert, look forward to the chevre cheesecake served with truffle honey, poached pear, paired with ice wine.

No Kid Hungry Dinner

September 17, 6pm at Mimosa Grill – Tickets: $175 plus

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Aid in the fight to end child hunger by participating in an incredible benefit meal put on by 6 amazing Charlotte and surrounding area chefs! Laura Maniec of Corkbuzz will serve as the evening’s expert sommelier, and Chef Alyssa will be contributing her talent. The event will also feature Chef Emily Hahn from Charleston, SC along with Annie Pettry of Louisville KY. For those who prefer craft cocktails to wine, partake in mixologist, Madison Birch’s concoctions. Upon arrival, take in a drink during the cocktail hour, followed by a multi-course seated dinner. Don’t forget why you came and be sure to participate in the live auction benefiting children right here in the states.

3rd Annual Southeast Asian Street Food Festival

September 17, 12pm-6pm at Midwood International & Cultural Center – Free

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Charlotte’s palate is expanding and if you haven’t had the opportunity to expand your taste profile, set out on a new adventure at the Southeast Asian Street Food Festival! The festival is a grassroots event, proudly showcasing food from a variety of Southeast Asian countries and tribes. Foodies are encouraged to attend and participate in a silent auction, watch youth performances, and even witness a Pho eating contest! Proceeds are going to SEAC youth program, benefiting low-income immigrant and refugee youth right here in the Queen City.

Taste of the Mint

September 21, 4:30pm-7pm at Mint Museum Uptown – Tickets: $30/$40 

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Art is culture. Food is culture. Blend those two and you have Taste of  the Mint. Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth’s food will be out in full force, offering guests thoughtful pairings of small plates with hand picked beverages. If you don’t like surprises and wish to know what your taste buds will be experiencing in advance, get your tickets early and receive a “Know Before You Go” email. After dinner, you’ll be able to enjoy the museum’s offerings as well as a guided tour through the new exhibition.

Beef + Bourbon Collaborative

September 26, 6:30pm-9:30pm at The Asbury – Tickets: $100

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Raleigh Chef Scott James of Angus Barn is being welcomed to The Asbury at the Dunhill Hotel for a very special collaborative dinner featuring 5 courses, prix fixe (several courses served at a total fixed price). The menu is nothing short of impressive from a passed snacks course, to grilled oyster beef tartar, followed by courses such as roast beef pickled cherry with Shakerag cheese and house-made horseradish. If that’s not enough, a dessert to die for: Yorkshire pudding! Get ready to imbibe in some awesome bourbon throughout the course of the evening as well. 

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