Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Mother's Day is May 10, Kids...

  • Moms who wear a festive hat to Mother's Day brunch at the Ballantyne Resort get a complimentary glass of champagne. Brunch is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and costs $48.95 ($25.95 for 7-12, $7.95 for 3-6, free for younger). Reservations required; 704-248-4100 or
  • Siblings Toscana (6401 Morrison Blvd.) and Positano (Birkdale Village) host a four-course Tuscan brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with such entree choices as eggs Benedictina (poached over brioche with prosciutto cotto and hollandaise), risotto del mare (parmesan risotto with shellfish), roasted leg of lamb with asparagus, and rigatoni with sweet Italian sausage and peas. Cost is $24.95 ($9.95 for children) at Toscana, $19.95 ($7.95 for children) at Positano; reservations for either at 704-896-2979.
  • The Wine Shop (7824 Fairview Road) offers a three-course meal from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with choices of she crab soup or salad, eggs Benedict or brioche French toast, and bread pudding with bourbon sauce or peach cobbler. $25 (complimentary Bellini or Mimosa after noon); reservations: 704-365-6550.
  • M5 (4310 Sharon Road) does a buffet from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for $18.95 ($12.95 for children), then reopens at 5 with its regular dinner menu. The buffet includes pastries, an organic salad station, Mediterranean and antipasti bars, an iced raw bar, pizzas and flatbreads, steak and more. Reservations: 704-909-5500.
  • Morton's (227 W. Trade St.) offers a fixed-price menu from 1-9 p.m., with salad; entrĂ©e choices of filet mignon, filet with asparagus and crab, broiled salmon, shrimp Alexander or chicken; plus side and dessert for $59. 704-333-2602 or