Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wagyu, gluten-free pizza (not together), more

Wagyu beef (the breed made famous by Japan's Kobe beef) is back on the menu for a limited time at several Harper's Restaurant Group sites. Rich and extensively marbled and pricier than regular meat, this beef comes from Rock House Farm in North Carolina. Zink near SouthPark and Charlotte's Harper's at SouthPark and Pineville have each added several Wagyu specials to their regular menus; Mimosa Grill uptown and Upstream at Phillips Place will each present daily specials.

All 19 locations of Brixx now offer gluten-free dough.

Gallery 's new winter dinner menu includes first plates such as parsnip soup and Hudson Valley foie gras; small plates such as vegetable risotto, veal osso buco and seared sea scallops; and entrees such as salmon with sweet potato fingerlings and roasted lamb ribeye. 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway; 704-248-4100.

The Ritz-Carlton plans afternoon tea for Easter (April 23) and Mother's Day (both May 7 and 8). For $30 per adult, you get a finger sandwich selection, warm scones with preserves and Devonshire cream, then a course of petit fours, all with looseleaf teas. The child's price is $10, and sandwiches for them include peanut butter with housemade strawberry jam and ham and cheese, plus a selection of desserts. 201 E. Trade St.; 704-547-2244.