Monday, July 11, 2011

Can can, cocktails and BYOB

Look for Champagne, hors d'oeuvres, live jazz and can can dancers at Georges Brasserie July 14 to celebrate Bastille Day. 4620 Piedmont Row Drive; 980-219-7409.

The Duke Mansion hosts summer cocktail parties on July 15, Aug. 5 and Sept. 16: From 5:30-7 p.m., you can sample from a cash bar and get tastes of fare from Duke chef Harrison Booth at the nonprofit bed and breakfast in Myers Park. They'll be offered in the mansion's gardens if the weather's good, inside if it's not. Reservations at 704-714-4448 or email to; 400 Hermitage Road.

Upstream hosts the second of its "B.Y.O.B. Wine & Dine Series" dinners: The idea is that you bring your own wine to go with a four- or five-course menu done by executive chef Scott Wallen. This dinner will be July 29 and reservations are required; 6902 Phillips Place Court; 704-556-7730.