Feed Hungry Kids (and yourself) with Dine Out Charlotte – Guest Blog by Charlotte Foodie

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!
 
 
Make your reservations today at: http://dineoutcharlotte.com
 
“Like” Dine Out Charlotte on Facebook for latest updates: https://www.facebook.com/dineoutcharlotte?ref=hl 
 
 

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Why don’t adults get a Spring Break???

After a long winter, the words “Spring Break” sound like an angel’s chorus!

The kids get a full week without getting up before the sun, whining through a hasty breakfast, and getting to the bus stop on time.  There’s no homework, and most after-school activities (ballet in my household) are off for the week.  Some families decide that Spring Break is the perfect opportunity to take a vacation, and set off for an adventurous week.

The downside to this for parents is all the things mentioned above!  The kids have a full week with nothing to do.  Within an hour of waking on Monday morning, parents hear “I’m bored.”  Scrambling, parents must find things to do to fill the hours.  It wouldn’t be right to allow the kids a week full of television zombie existence, right?  If you do plan a trip, there’s the planning, the packing, the travel, the frantic “do everything you can while you’re there”, and then the traveling home, unpacking, and the week’s worth of laundry.  This is not Spring Break for the parents!  This is a double load of work!!

I was on Facebook today, and a friend posted “Why don’t adults get a Spring Break???”  Well, friend, I have the perfect response to your question.  Dine Out Charlotte is Spring Break for us, the parents who desperately need a break after having the kids home for a full week!  Hang on, adults!  Your Spring Break is coming!!

Miró Spanish Grille is one of my favorites.  Tucked into upscale Stonecrest shopping center, Miró offers true Mediterranean cuisine that satisfies even the most discriminating palate.  Enjoy a glass of Sangria while you dine on one of their delicious appetizers (I’d try their Almejas- sautéed clams in garlic, olive oil, and white wine).  Choosing one of their entrees might present a difficult decision, but the truth is that you really can’t go wrong.

If you’d like to sample a more traditional Mexican cuisine, I’d suggest Cantina 1511.  With one location in Dilworth and one in Ballantyne, there’s a location close to you.  Sip on a gigantic Margarita and look over their menu.  Whether you want authentic Mexican or you prefer Tex-Mex, Cantina 1511 has the entrée for you.  My personal favorite is the steak quesadilla.  As a quesadilla connoisseur, I can tell you that their steak quesadilla is the best I’ve ever tasted.  Sumptuous and tender, the flavor combination is out of this world.

Spring Break for parents?  Why didn’t we think of this before? It starts April 12th and runs for 10 nights. I am calling my spring break friends and making plans!  Find the participating restaurants at www.DineOutCharlotte.comImage