Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dinners coming up

Tex-Mex expert and cookbook writer Robb Walsh comes to Paco's Tacos & Tequila Feb. 9 to discuss his work over a local-ingredient dinner. Walsh, who's won a James Beard award and written for Gourmet and Saveur, has been a consultant for the restaurant and accompanied owner Frank Scibelli on a research trip through Texas before Paco's opened. Among the fare: grilled shrimp and guacamole salad; Tex-Mex tortilla soup and green-chile fried chicken. $40, with proceeds going to the FS Food Group Scholarship at Johnson & Wales. 6401 Morrison Blvd.; 704-716-8226.

Mimosa Grill hosts its first wine dinner of the year on Feb. 9, featuring varietals from Oregon's Torii Mor. Owner Margie Olson will be there for the five-course dinner, which will include lobster carpaccio, bourbon-smoked bacon-wrapped pork loin, coffee-dusted American Wagyu flank steak and more. $85, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the students of Johnson & Wales University's Co-op Club, which runs a community garden. 327 S. Tryon St.; 704-343-0700.