Here’s a new twist on the traditional Charlotte Restaurant Week: Dine Out Charlotte. The “week” runs for ten days (April 12th – 21st) just like the traditional CRW, but this one has a charitable kick to it: $2 of each meal is donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank’s Feed Hungry Kids program.
Traditional CRW happens each summer and winter, but Dine Out Charlotte gives local diners a springtime option. The 3 course prix fixe meals are either $22 or $32 dollars, depending on the restaurant. To view the participating restaurants, their special menus for this week, and to make reservations, go to: http://dineoutcharlotte.com/restaurantlist.php
Some highlights: Restaurant Week favorite Blue features a Bison Osso Buco and their sublime Sticky Toffee Pudding. Fiamma has almost their entire regular menu on their event menu, and Maestro’s Bar and Bistro in Pineville is featuring their Apricot & Brandy Lacquered Duck Breast and my personal favorite, their Filet Mignon Medallions with Cabernet Demiglace. For the budget conscious, both Cantina 1511 locations are offering their 3 course menus for $22 AND the second course has pairings that include a beer or glass of wine.
The Dine Out Charlotte event is focusing on local independent restaurants and chefs featuring menus with fresh, local spring produce. Second Harvest Food Bank’s Feed Hungry Kids program will be able to buy 8lbs of food with each $2 dinner donation. Great food, great cause, what else could you ask for? Come on Charlotte, Let’s Eat!
Locally owned restaurants pitch in to help the hungry through the new Dine Out Charlotte, a spring kind of restaurant week that’s offering dinner at more than 30 area places.
April 12-21 (yes, it’s a 10-day “week”), you can get three courses for $22 or $32 (depending on the restaurant’s price ranges), and $2 of that is donated directly to the Second Harvest Food Bank’s Feed Hungry Kids program, says founder Jeff Ahmadi. The website lets you book tables, and restaurants are still being added to the list, Ahmadi says. Among those on the current list: Blackthorne, Blue, Cafe Monte, Campania, Cantina 1511 (whose ownership includes area folks), City Tavern, Dressler’s, Fiamma, the Harper’s/Mimosa Grill/Upstream siblings, Hot Stone Grill, Maestro’s Bar and Bistro, Miro, Miyagi’s, Nick’s Steak, Old Stone, Osso, Pisces, Prickly Pear, Red Rocks, Rudy’s, Santé, Senor Tequila, Wooden Vine and Zen Fusion.
***Photo taken at Blue Restaurant and Bar