High tea and boutique shopping are slated for The Duke Mansion on Dec. 2. Starting at 2 p.m., you'll find goods from shops such as The Buttercup, The Blossom Shop, Jeffre Scott Apothecary, Reid's Fine Foods, Twenty Degrees Chocolates, blis Uptown and more. Tea with sandwiches, canapes and sweets will be served at 3.
$35 for adults, $15 for 5-12; reserve by Nov. 28 at 704-714-4445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; 400 Hermitage Road.
Tapas to tacos, foie gras to fries, Helen Schwab has written about food in and around Charlotte for more than 20 years. Her related experience includes traveling (pizza in Naples to pizza in New York), waitressing (she understands about tipping from both sides), journalism (a B.S. from Northwestern University), and cooking at home, the less said about which the better.