Monday, July 19, 2010

Beer vs. Wine: The battle rages

The Liberty on Aug. 11 hosts "Beer vs. Wine," a dinner in which each course is paired with one beer and one wine. An expert on each will be on hand to make the pairings and discuss, and diners will be encouraged to make the call: Which is the better pairing? Among the courses: Wagyu carpaccio; foie gras "creme brulee"; pan-roasted scallops; suckling pig; and whole roasted peaches with ginger ice cream. $45; 1812 South Blvd.; 704-332-8830.

Other pairings events:

"A Deep Summer Vegetable Supper" commences at 7 p.m. July 24 at the Inn at New Town Farms in Waxhaw, with chef Joseph Bonaparte doing the cooking of a five-course all-vegetable dinner, Anita Skogland choosing organic wine pairings and breads from Bernadette Franco. $100; reservations by e-mail to

D'Vine Wine Cafe does a Carolina Farm to Fork dinner July 29 with Spanish wines for $59.95. Included: N.C. trout BLT with Zios Albarino, braised pork shoulder with Prima Toro; short ribs with Casa de la Ermita; and more. 14815 John J. Delaney Dr.; 704-369-5050.