Monday, October 15, 2012

South African wine, beer social + more

The Wooden Vine offers South African wines Oct. 18, with accompanying South African cuisine from chef Nicolas Daniels. The menu is diverse, from ostrich carpaccio (with 2011 Raats Chenin Blanc "Original") to pan-fried crocodile (with 2010 Bartinney Chardonnay) to pumpkin fritters with honey glaze (with 2006 Klein Constantia Vin De Constance). $75; 704-376-8463; 231 N. Tryon St.

The Palm celebrates Caymus Vineyard's 40th anniversary with a four-course dinner from chef Colin Johnson Oct. 19. Among the courses: foie gras with caramelized red onion and balsamic vinegar, with 2010 Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir; choice of porcini-rubbed filet mignon or Dijon-crusted rack of lamb with 2010 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon; and more. $150 ($125 for 837 Club members); 704-552-7450; 6705-B Phillips Place Court.

Harper's at Carolina Place hosts a beer social Oct. 23, with Olde Mecklenburg tastings and small plates. Three courses, three beers: $25. Reservations: 704-541-5255.

Upstream hosts an Elk Cove wine dinner with the Wine Vault Oct. 28, with Todd Stewart on hand (now with Elk Cove, formerly a manager at the Vault). Among the fare: braised yellow and orange beet salad with Dry Riesling; pine-nut-crusted salmon with butternut squash and Willamette Valley Pinot Noir; and more. $70; 704-548-9463; Phillips Place.

Blue hosts the "Halfway to Festa 2013 Italian Weekend" Nov. 4, with a food and wine pairing that includes whole suckling pig roasted with chestnuts and herbs, whole roasted salmon and more. $95; tickets at or 704-333-8300.