Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lots up at Osso

First: You can register to win dinner for two at Osso "at the same table where 'The Bachelorette' Emily Maynard and Ryan had their first date" -- and you can purchase a "Bachelorette Package," too: $125 gets you dinner for two, a bottle of Champagne, a red rose and a VIP table. The VIP table, that is. You can do this 5-10 p.m. any Tuesday through Saturday; 704-971-0550.

Next: An Italian wine dinner May 23 with courses such as oven-roasted calamari with crab and herb stuffing and Caposaldo Veneto Prosecco, and pan-seared rabbit thigh and sausage with 2010 Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti Le Orme.

And finally: new menu items. These range from saffron arancini (rice balls stuffed with a Roman-style short rib ragu) and orecchiette pasta with housemade duck sausage to pan-seared Alaskan halibut and grilled New York strip. 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd.; 704-971-0550.

Yesterday, Portlandia got into my blog. Today, The Bachelorette. Shall I be concerned?