Friday, July 26, 2013

Wine, beer, all kinds of dinners ... and magic!

"Magic & Wine" (for adults only, I'm told) happens July 28 at ilios noche: wine and appetizers and magic tricks from Chris Hannibal. $60; 11508 Providence Road; 704-814-9882.

Roosters Uptown offers a New Town Farms dinner Aug. 1 for $65. As the farm's Sammy Koenigsberg put it, "We are excited about this dinner because Jimmy Noble's restaurants have been our best customer at New Town Farms consistently for many years... (Roosters downtown) chef Joe Kindred is a particularly zealous supporter of the farms in our area." On the menu: Whynot Farms Berkshire salumi with fried New Town Farms pickles; New Town Farms heirloom tomato gazpacho and carpaccio; Red Bro chicken (a French heritage breed, pasture raised), fig tart and more. 150 N. College St.; 704-370-7667.

Lulu hosts a J. Lohr brunch tasting at noon Aug. 3 for $45, with the Wine Vault. On the menu: chicken liver pate with Bay Mist Riesling; creme brulee French toast with Arroyo Vista Chardonnay; Fogs Reach Pinot Noir; a merguez omelet with South Ridge Syrah, and more. 1911 Central Ave.; resrvations: 704-548-9463.

The Crepe Cellar hosts a beer dinner Aug. 5 for $50, with beers from Allagash, including a bourbon-barrel-aged black and two aged sours. The menu ranges from oysters on the half shell with Allagash Blonde to N.C. striped bass with White, to confit of duck with Golden Brett, and more. 3116 N. Davidson St.; reservations required at 704-910-6543.

B.Y.O.B. at Upstream is Aug. 9 for $55: You bring your own wine and chef Tom Dyrness does a four-course meal. 6902 Phillips Place; reservations required: 704-556-7730.