Thai House in Gastonia (interior at right) hosts a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Jan. 15, with complimentary Thai food and drink. (RSVP by Jan. 14.) 4008 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia; 704-823-1797.
Tapas to tacos, foie gras to fries, Helen Schwab has written about food in and around Charlotte for more than 20 years. Her related experience includes traveling (pizza in Naples to pizza in New York), waitressing (she understands about tipping from both sides), journalism (a B.S. from Northwestern University), and cooking at home, the less said about which the better.