Monday, October 26, 2009

A full food calendar in Charlotte this week

It's never too early to plan. Check your calendar for a few of these:

  • Day of the Dead Festival, noon-4 p.m. Nov. 1 (that's Sunday) at the Levine Museum of the New South. Dia de los Muertos will include sugar skulls, dead bread and the traditional trappings. Museum admission is free all that day.
  • 4th Annual New South Barbecue Bus Tour, 6 p.m. Nov. 6 and 11 a.m. Nov. 7. Levine Museum curator Tom Hanchett believes today's barbecue traditions are coming from Charlotte newcomers. He'll build his case by taking you to try Vietnamese barbecue, Salvadoran pupusas, Caribbean jerk and Mexican barbacoa. $30 for museum members, $35 for nonmembers. Reservations fill up fast. Call 704-333-1887 or e-mail
  • The Poulet Soiree at the Inn at New Town Farms, 3 p.m. Nov. 7 in Waxhaw, will feature an outdoor feast of French Red Bro chickens pasture-raised by Sammy Koenigsberg and cooked by Art Institute chef Joe Bonaparte. (Poulet Soiree -- don't you think that calls for a performance of the chicken dance?) Tickets are $45, reservations required. Get details and directions by e-mailing
  • Lee Brothers in the house! Matt and Ted Lee of Charleston and New York will sign books and do a cooking demo from their new book,, "The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern," at noon Nov. 6 (that's a Friday) at Williams-Sonoma, 6401 Morrison Blvd. I've seen the book and I know the brothers well, and I have to say nobody has a fresh outlook on Southern food quite like the Bros. They'll also be back in the area Dec. 10 for an event with Friends of the Library at Queens.
  • Learn how to make paella and tres leche cake with chef Bill Bigham at Paula Gillman & Co.,, 295 Herlong Ave., Rock Hill. The class is $65, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 (Thursday). Call 803-329-4567 for a reservation.


Bill Gupton said...

There's going to be a great program at CPCC. Here's a portion of the email that I received:

FRESH - Viewing, Panel and Discussion
Central Piedmont Community College
Charlotte, NC
November 5th, 7:30PM
Tate Hall in the Overcash Building

Free Event – Free Parking

FRESH! - This documentary celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system!

Visit the CPCC website for more details and panel / speaker bios.

A partnership event through CPCC’s Center for Sustainability and Slow Food Charlotte.

Kathleen Purvis said...

Thanks, Bill. There also is a similar event planned at Winthrop in Rock Hill on Nov. 9.

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