Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Carpe Diem news

If you're a fan of Carpe Diem's buttermilk fried chicken breast, you might want to join the Facebook group "I love the buttermilk chicken at Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers." Members get notices when the item goes on special (sometimes it's half price). Those who like the place's regular Facebook page will get news about other specials.

Also new: a $30 three-course dinner each Monday-Thursday that features three area farms. A recent lineup: spring salad with Tega Hills Farm Bibb lettuce, roasted beets and more; Baucom's Best beef and N.C. pork meatballs served over orecchiette with New Town Farms broccoli raab and mozzarella; and crème brulée made with organic Cackleberry Farms eggs.

The latest dinner menu includes savory tomato cobbler, filet of beef with summer ale jus, and seared sea scallops with a succotash of black-eyed peas and house-cured bacon. A new summer beverage lineup includes a Piccadilly Cooler (Hendricks gin with lime juice and cucumbers), South Beach (Thai basil-infused vodka with coconut water and navel orange juice) and more.
1535 Elizabeth Ave.; 704-377-7976.