Friday, March 4, 2011

Coming up: "Gold" Chipotle, events, etc.

Quote of the day:
"Traditionally an 18th anniversary is celebrated with porcelain, but that clearly wouldn't have worked."
-- Mark Crumpacker of the Chipotle chain, which wants to jack up awareness of its choice of ingredients (those "raised with respect for the animals, the environment and the farmers." In lieu of porcelain, it's going to wrap its burritos in gold-colored foil for four months. In April, an online contest called "Wrap What You Love" will ask readers to submit photos of "objects they love wrapped in gold foil," and give prizes for the most creative. Please do not tell me what you plan to submit.

Georges Brasserie celebrates Mardi Gras March 8-13 with menu specials from seafood gumbo to redfish with crawfish, hurricanes, live music and more. 4620 Piedmont Row Drive; 980-219-7409.

The uptown Brixx hosts a March 13 event in conjunction with Charlotte Craft Beer Week (that runs March 11-20; check out details at, an N.C. tap takeover with 26 N.C> brews plus a Foothills Brewing firkin (that's a size of container) on the bar. Beers will be $3 per pint, brewery representatives will be on hand for questions, and there'll be live music on the patio beginning at 4 p.m. 704-347-2749; 225 E. 6th St.

The Palm hosts an Antinori Family wine dinner March 23, with a four-course dinner and pairings, plus "brand ambassador" Shane Owens as co-host. $125; 704-552-7450; 6705-B Phillips Place Court.