The Queen’s Feast enters its final weekend, but Charlotte restaurants still offer some excellent meal deals as January draws to a close, as well as a fine charity event.
Worthwhile (and Delicious) Charity Event
The 12th annual Soup on Sunday benefitting Hospice & Palliative Care of the Charlotte Region takes place Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Philip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Center of Central Piedmont Community College, located at the corner of Kings Drive and 7th Street, 11 am-2 pm. More than two dozen of Charlotte’s finest restaurants and caterers will send pots of their finest soups, bisques, and chilis, as will the culinary students and staff at Central Piedmont, the Community Culinary School, and Johnson & Wales. See a complete list online. Breads from Great Harvest Bread Company, coffees from Caribou Coffee, Coca-Cola beverages, and sweet tea from Bojangles’complement the feast. General admission ($30 adults; $10 ages 7-12; under 7 free) includes food and beverages. The “Soup Lover’s” ticket ($40) also includes a hand-crafted pottery bowl created by local artists to take home. Tickets are available at the door, by phone (704-335-4312), and online.
Chill Out with the Upper Crust
The elegant Duke Mansion hosts its first Chill Chaser Evening Friday, Jan. 27 from 5:30-7 pm. The monthly event features a cash bar (credit cards are ok) plus canapes. RSVP: 704-714-4445
Lulu, the lovely, French-inspired spot in Plaza-Midwood, offers a $30 4-course dinner menu through Sunday, Jan. 29. Choices for the Winter’s Feast include a starter of olives, pâté or gingered fried calamari, followed by soup or salad, an entree and dessert. Entree choices include some of the cafe’s most popular including rabbit and mushrooms braised in red wine, cod Provençal with olives and capers, risotto of the day, or steak and frites. 704-376-2242
For a more casual meal, the East Boulevard Bar & Grill features the East Feast, through Jan. 29. The 3-course meal, priced at $15, includes your choice of a wide variety of starters, including Fried Pickles, Buffalo Wings, Mozzarella Sticks, Round Fries or Onion Strips; followed by your choice of soup or salad; and one of East Boulevard’s signature sandwiches or entree salads. Choose the Classic Burger, two fish tacos, Steak or Chicken Philly, tuna or chicken salad melt, Buffalo Chicken sandwich, Cobb Salad, or a spinach or house salad topped with Ahi tuna, salmon or grilled chicken. Pair this meal with East Boulevard’s many TV screens in its new location and you have the perfect spot to watch our Panther stars play in the Pro Bowl. 704-332-2414
Harper’s Restaurants in Southpark and Carolina Place/Pineville also have a specially priced menu available through Jan. 29. The 3-course meal, priced at $20.12 in honor of the New Year, includes several of Harper’s most popular dishes including appetizers such as the Lump Crab and Artichoke Dip, Harper’s Original Chicken Supremes, or the Dipping Trio of house-made pimento cheese, salsa, and three-cheese spinach dips; followed by salmon, rotisserie chicken, Hickory Grilled Sirloin or Six Cheese Penne Pasta. Dessert choices include Harper’s Apple Pie, Flourless Chocolate Cake and Key Lime Pie. Reservations: 704-366-6688 (SouthPark) and 704-541-5255 (Pineville).
Have a hungry family to feed, and not much cash? Stop by Fatz with locations near Carowinds and Concord Mills. The Meal Deal, available through Jan. 30, feeds a family of four for just $3.99 each. Thsi take-out only deal includes one pound of Calabash Chicken, 2 sides such as loaded baked potato soup or baked apples, a gallon of tea or lemonade, and a half dozen poppy seed rolls with cinnamon honey butter.
Only two Sundays remain to take advantage of Fleming’s 3-course Sunday Prime Rib Dinner at the special price of $29.95 every Sunday through February 5th. In addition to a generous cut of prime rib au jus with horseradish and Dijon sauces, the meal includes your choice of a salad, side, and dessert.
Chinese New Year
Celebrations of the Year of the Dragon continue this week. See our rundown of the many celebrations going on around town. And here’s one more. The Dharma Lounge celebrates on Saturday, Jan. 28, with a special edition of its Origami party featuring live vocals from Christine Navarro and house beats from Jah Sun Rising and Nat Eichleer, along with a Lion Parade Dance by performers from the Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy.