Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bits and cheeses

Upstream's new Bar Bites menu includes (for $6 each): tempura-fried green beans, sweet and sour crispy shrimp, smoked belly tostado and more. The restaurant also has a new craft beer lineup, including several N.C. microbrews, and continues to offer half-price sushi at the bar 4-7 and 9-10 p.m. daily. 6902 Phillips Place Court; 704-556-7730.

TCBY has a new product: chilled, fresh yogurt (not frozen) called Yovana. A handful of stores will offer it before the national rollout, and one is the Wesley Chapel store at 6312 Weddington-Monroe Road, 8:30-10:30 a.m. June 23. Customers can get free samples then (while it lasts) of the probiotic-rich yogurt, which is 98 percent fat-free and prepared daily.

You can enter or just watch a mac-and-cheese-eating competition (and maybe win prizes, even as a spectator) July 11 at Whiskey Warehouse, aimed at raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. You must register in advance to compete (and put up a $20 fee); email to The restaurant will be part of the CF Brewer's Ball charity event Sept. 17 at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery as well. 1221 The Plaza; 704-334-7005.