Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Bits and clams

The Melting Pot of Lake Norman begins a five-part summer wine series (with small plates and fondue) June 11, with offerings based on South Pacific flavors. New Zealand wines will be paired with bacon and jalapeno Swiss fondue, salad, Hawaiian flatbread and mango chocolate fondue, for $32.50. Upcoming dates: June 25 (Latin America), July 9 (All-American), July 30 (Italy), Aug. 13 (Mediterranean). Reservations: 704-987-2201; 16625 Statesville Road in Huntersville.

e2 starts "clambake Fridays" June 13, and plans to offer them 4:30-7 p.m. each Friday through July 25 on its patio. Middle neck clams (they're between littlenecks and top necks in size), chorizo sausage, corn on the cob and Yukon Gold potatoes are the menu: Cost is $20 per person and it's all-you-can-eat. 135 Levine Avenue of the Arts; 704-414-4787.

Arturo Cousino of Chile's oldest family winery, Cousino-Macul, comes to town June 18 for a wine dinner at Chima, with five courses, pairings and dessert and coffee. $69; 139 S. Tryon St.; 704-601-4141.