Friday, January 14, 2011

Beer, wine dinners and more

Zink hosts a Founders Brewing Company beer dinner Jan. 18 (moved from Jan. 11 because of weather): Four courses and pairings for $55. Among the fare are an open-faced grouper cheek taco, with pale ale; and cocoa-braised bison short ribs with a porter. 4310 Sharon Road; 704-909-5500.

D'Vine Wine Cafe hosts a beer dinner Jan. 20 with Global Brewers Guild. On the menu: Thai lettuce wraps with Great Divide Dunkel Weiss; bourbon-glazed pork spare ribs with Crooked Line Cockeyed Cooper Barley Wine; seared venison chop with North Coast Brewing Co. Old Rasputin; and more. $40; 14815 John J. Delaney Drive; 704-369-5050. (Also coming up next week: a new winter wine list and menu, and the venison chop on this beer dinner menu may make the list; it's being served all weekend to gauge interest.)

The Wine Shop at Foxcroft plans a Lambert Bridge wine dinner Feb. 7 with speaker Andy Wilcox; among the courses will be pork sugo (sauce) with tagliatelle with 2006 Merlot, and braised short ribs with squash orzo and 2006 Limited Selection Cabernet Sauvignon. $50: 7824 Fairview Road, 704-365-6550. Also, the Shop has several new menu items, from handmade focaccia and pastas to duck confit, winter salads and hanger steaks.