Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dine out, do good

Tropical Escape Cafe and Bar in Rock Hill hosts "Jazz for Japan" on March 27, benefitting the American Red Cross. Area jazz musicians will play at dinner, community folks (including Sen. Wes Hayes and Rock Hill City manager David Vehaun) will serve as celebrity waitstaff, and a Red Cross representative will be on hand to accept donations. A buffet lunch will be served 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., and dinner will be 5-9 p.m.The restaurant, celebrating its 25th anniversary, will donate 20 percent of gross sales for the entire day to the American Red Cross relief efforts for Japan. 564 N. Anderson Road; 803-366-3888.

Whiskey Warehouse hosts an Olde Mecklenburg beer dinner to support the public library April 7. Grateful Growers, Calico Dairy Farms, Lady Jayne’s Bakery and others are working with the restaurant on the dinner, which will include a cheese plate with cured ham and Fruehbock; slow-cooked pork shoulder with shiitake mushroom sauce and Copper Altbier; and more. (Yes, you can get a vegetarian option; e-mail by April 2.) $25 if you donate three books; $28 if you don't; 20 percent of revenue will be donated to the library. 1221 The Plaza; 704-334-7005.