Monday, June 13, 2011

Coming up

Smashburger, a Denver-based chain specializing in Certified Angus Beef burgers, plans to open June 20 at StoneCrest, and plans four more Charlotte-area locations, all with "Carolina-specific" menu items, from a Carolina burger (with barbecue slaw and pimento cheese) to Brunswick fries (topped with stew, cheddar and barbecue sauce). The name comes from the place's cooking method: burgers of 1/3 or 1/2 pound are "smashed on a flat grill to sear in the juicy flavor." 7804 Rea Road;

Café 157 hosts a four-course Mercer Estates wine dinner June 22, with a menu that includes grilled jumbo shrimp, pan-seared Chilean sea bass and roasted beef tenderloin medallions. $49; 704-844-8686; 157 N. Trade St., Matthews.

Zink hosts a Wild Horse Winery and Vineyards five-course dinner June 24, with a portion of proceeds benefitting the wild horses on the Outer Banks, through the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. The winery says it will also donate a minimum of $10,000 to the fund between June and August, to help preserve the land as a permanent sanctuary for the horses. Among the courses: white corn vichyssoise with Dungeness crab and 2009 Unbridled Chardonnay, and local sourwood honey-glazed Kurobuta pork short ribs with 2008 Unbridled Pinot Noir. $75; 704-909-5500; 4310 Sharon Road.