Friday, May 4, 2012

Bits, crumbs, wine

A farmer dinner May 21 at Fern brings five courses (vegetarian, but not vegan) with wine and beer pairings. Among planned dishes are summer gazpacho with Kuentz-Bas Alsace Blend. $45; 1323 Central Ave.; reservations: 704-377-1825.

Osso plans a five-course Italian wine dinner May 23, with courses ranging from oven-roasted calamari with crab and herb stuffing and Caposaldo Prosecco to pan-seared rabbit thigh and sausage with 2010 Michele Chiarlo "Le Orme" Barbera d'Asti and more. $65; 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd.; 704-971-0550.

Cafe Monte in Charlotte, along with The Bistro at Childress Vineyards in Lexington and Fearrington Granary in Pittsboro, made a national list of best brunch spots culled from reviews by Open Table (online reservations) customers.