Bring a new, unwrapped toy to BLT Steak through Dec. 20 and buy an entree and you'll get a signature dessert for free. The restaurant will pass along the gifts to Toys for Tots. 110 N. College St.; 704-972-4380.
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.