Monday, May 11, 2009

Pig, wine and Moose

Pig coming up

Harper's Restaurants bought an organic, free-range Berkshire pig and an Old Spot pig from Rock House Farm near Morganton; look for dishes such as slow-cooked pork shoulder with sofrito and local wild asparagus, and crispy lobster with slow-cooked maple-soy-glazed pork belly at Mimosa Grill, M5 and Upstream over the next few weeks. For more on the farm, go here.

Wine/beer dinners

  • Harper's at Carolina Place hosts a Sam Adams dinner May 22 for $30. Five courses include creamy broccoli cheese beer soup paired with Honey Porter, and roasted pork tenderloin with smokehouse bacon cream and Irish Red. 704-541-5255.
  • Sonoma (100 N. Tryon St.) hosts a dinner featuring aged Bordeauxs from the Wine Vault on May 28. Among the offerings: grilled pork tenderloin with pappardelle, English peas and roated tomato pancetta jus with 1982 Calon Segur, and oven-baked shiitake-crusted cod with 1986 Cos D'Estournel. $100; 704-548-9463.
  • Bonterra (1829 Cleveland Ave.) puts together a dinner with Robert Keenan wines May 28, including pistachio-crusted salmon with 2004 Napa Merlot; and lamb agnolotti with 2005 Spring Mountain Mernet and 2005 Spring Mountain Mailbox Vineyard Merlot. $65; 704-333-9463.

Muhammad at fundraiser

Muhsin Muhammad's M2 Foundation -- which aims to give "academic, physical, and spiritual development to underserved young men in the 10th - 12th grades" -- held a fundraiser at the new Big View Diner near Ballantyne last week.

Pictured (left to right): Frank and Angelo Kaltsounis of the restaurant, Muhammad, foundation director Nicole Holtz, chef Anthony Soriano, Bernie Hogan and Stratos Lambos of the restaurant.