Update: The Matthews Community Farmers Market will be closed Saturday because of weather.
From market manager Pauline Wood: "As weather predictions have become more dire, we felt it was in the best interest of our customers and vendors to skip it this time. Our next scheduled farmers' market is Feb. 13 from 8-10am."
The Charlotte Regional Farmers Market will be open, although several vendors have cancelled, including Gilcrest Natural Farm, Grateful Growers, New Beginning Farm and Lil Bit of Heaven, Laughing Owl Farm.
Market manager Frank Suddreth said the market will be open for anyone who can make it out, though. "We put out salt around the buildings and I turn the heat on about 3 o'clock in the morning."
The Davidson Farmers Market wasn't scheduled to be open this week. Their winter market is still planned for next Saturday.
If you need to stock up and you can wait a couple of days, several farms already plan to be at the Charlotte regional market from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday. Weather permitting, of course.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
The Mint Museum's Feb. 11, "The Science of the Cocktail," has been cancelled by the organizer, Canadian Mist. (Rats, I was hoping to go. Although I was having scary thoughts of that poor woman who slipped and ripped the Picasso at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Heels, cocktails, priceless art. Dicey combination.)
If you already bought tickets, you can get a refund by calling the Mint.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
- Eat pancakes and help Haiti: Forest Hill Church will host a flapjack fundraiser starting at 7 a.m. Saturday at Applebee's, 5100 Piper Station Drive. Tickets are $8 at the door, or call 919-388-5886 and get you a short stack, sausage, milk, juice and coffee. The money goes toward medication for the church's clinic in El Seibo, Dominican Republic.
- Shake it up at the Mint: "The Science Behind the Cocktail Tour" is coming to the Mint Museum/Randolph (ie, the "old" Mint) from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 11. Speakers are Tim Laird, chief entertaining officer for Canadian Mist and "spirits scientist" Steve Hughes. Tickets are $10 for museum members and $15 for nonmembers; it's only to people over age 21, of course. Proceeds benefit the Mint. Reservations are suggested. Go to http://www.mintmuseum.org/ or call Elizabeth Isenhour at 704-337-2009.
- Ballantyne has got meat: Fans of the Waxhaw butcher and deli What's Your Beef (and excellent butcher Vic Giroux) should know the shop has moved to a new location, 14021 Conlan Circle in Ballantyne. If you get as lost in Balli Hi as I do, it's in Ballantyne Quad, neat Ballantyne Commons and John J. Delaney.
- Where does he find the time: Bobby Flay is now a contributing editor to Parade magazine, which comes in your Sunday Observer. He'll write (or his name will be on the article - raise your hand if you really think celebrity chefs write their own stuff) a monthly article called "Cook It!" It debuts Jan. 31 with a Cuban-themed Super Bowl menu.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
While we're on the subject of wine: Tickets go on sale Monday for the Charlotte Wine & Food Festival.
If you're never attended or don't know this event, it's worth checking the list. First, it only happens every two years, so you don't want to miss it. It's also a fundraiser for several local charities, so the money stays in this area.
And while many wine events can have the aroma of exclusivity, this one isn't one of them. Yes, there are high-end events and big-ticket tastings and dinners. But it also has a very reasonably priced one, the Saturday Vintner Tasting at Gateway Village.
I'm not a big-ticket gal -- $8 bottles are usually my budget -- but I've attended almost all of the Vintner Tastings because they're a great deal. For $30, you get to try samples of almost all the wines featured during the weekend, most of them poured by the people who make them. If you've always wanted to know what Silver Oak tastes like or compare several levels of ports without selling your grandmother's silver, this is your chance.
The festival also added classes and those will come back this year. They range from really basic, entry-level wine information and up to more challenging guided tastings. Last time, they did a tasting of 100-point wines. This year, they're doing one called "Almost Perfect" -- wines that fell short of the top rankings, with an instructor explaining what their flaws are.
There are two first-time events this year: Charlotte's first-ever wine competition on Feb. 6 will evaluate wines that will be a part of the festival. (FYI, I'm one of the judges). This should be useful because the wines also will be available in local restaurants and wine stores.
Second, they're branching out from wine. In addition to the long list of restaurants that host vintner dinners showcasing the wines, The Liberty will hold the event's first beer dinner.
Prices for most things are still being set, so you'll have to check the Web site Monday for the full list: http://www.charlottewineandfood.org/. But many things sell out quickly, so don't put it off.
Friday, January 15, 2010
From this morning's round of newsletters:
- Grateful Growers has added dog food, ground from trimmings and organ meats. They promise it's all natural, hormone-free, etc. They also promise to fry some up and eat it themselves, so if you see the sampling skillet out at the Charlotte Regional Farmer's Market, you might want to ask before you grab a toothpick. $3 a pound, at their various locations.
- It's an on-weekend for the Matthews Community Farmer's Market winter market. But manager Pauline Wood warns that the cold was mighty hard on things that grow in the ground. And things that lay eggs above the ground. Eggs and green vegetables may be in shorter supply. Even the honey froze. (Which sounds weirdly delicious to me. Mmmm, honey pops.) But there will be lots of local meat and baked goods, plus some vegetables and some eggs. Plan accordingly.
- There are new options for local meat availability for those who don't like to get up early enough to hit the markets: Healthy Home Market on South Boulevard and in Davidson is stocking Grateful Growers, and HHM on South Boulevard has Proffitt Family Farms meats, too. Hillbilly Produce, Common Market, Reid's and Earth Fare all have various Grateful Growers products.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Looking to improve your game? Check out a cooking class:
"American Game Birds," 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Zink, 201 N. Tryon St. $35, reservations 704-444-9001.
"Warm Your Bones," taught by Greg Balch of Ratcliffe on the Green, still has openings at Cooking Uptown on 7th Street. It's $65, and it's 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. The store also has its list of February and March classes up, so now is a good time to get a seat. Go to www.cookinguptown.com for details.
The Liberty gastropub, 1812 South Blvd., is starting classes with chef Tom Condron this Saturday, Jan. 16. Classes include wine and beer pairings and printed recipes to take home for $25. They're already got a year's worth scheduled. Call 704-332-8830 for details or go to www.thelibertycharlotte.com.