If you’re anything like me, you’ve been indoors, staying cautiously put as the last remnants of winter storm Izzy melt down the storm drains.
By the way, meteorologists are predicting more winter weather this weekend in the Charlotte region.
Not sure yet how that will impact your plans, but in the meantime, there’s an array of events to fancy, including the annual Queen’s Feast, featuring more than 70 restaurants.
Our reporter Jalon Hill will have more on that below.
More than eats, this week’s lineup also includes a musical, a poetry slam, and an NBA game with a buzzing young Hornets team.
On another note: Happy birthday to Helen Taylor, a loyal QCity Metro member, and welcome to our newest members, Donna Franklin and Sidney Smith.
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Enjoy your weekend QCity, and don’t forget to check the weather before you go.
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Our Weekend Picks
Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week (Fri.): Explore new dining destinations and rediscover your favorites during Queen’s Feast, running from Jan. 21 – 30. Enjoy 3-course meal deals at 70 restaurants in eight counties around the Charlotte metro area.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Fri): Catch a professional basketball game at the Spectrum Center as LaMelo Ball and the Hornets host Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the OKC Thunder.
Spaced Out (Fri.): From “Star Wars” to “Star Trek” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” relive unforgettable moments in movie history through the iconic scores with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Note: Proof of Covid-19 vaccination or negative test required.
SlamCharlotte Poetry Slam (Fri.): Blumenthal Performing Arts holds monthly spoken word slams hosted by SlamCharlotte, the city’s three-time national championship spoken word poetry team. Check out master poets from all over the region performing with a historic church as their backdrop.
Vegan BBQ and Craft Beer Pairing (Sun.): Join Pilot Brewing as it features VE-GO Food Truck in a culinary experience guided by Advanced Cicerone®, Rachael Hudson. Tickets include six beers and five courses.
Note: Every week, we try to spotlight events we think our audience will like. What are we missing? Let me know your thoughts.
Grab a bite at this Black-owned restaurant soon to be featured on national television
Black-owned South Charlotte restaurant What the Fries will be featured in season 16 of “Food Paradise” in the “Retro Remix” episode.
The two dishes to feature on the show include a long-time favorite that will return to the permanent menu after the episode airs.
Specializing in gourmet loaded fries, chef and co-owner Greg Williams is excited to have What the Fries featured on national television.
“Having an opportunity like this to showcase our food, our first restaurant, and our people at a national level is just amazing,” he says in a statement.
What the Fries aims to deliver something beyond delicious foods to its community.
“We hope this will help set us apart and tell the story of how we are more than just fries; what we offer is an elevated and unexpected culinary experience,” says chef and co-owner Jaime Barnes.
You can watch the episode on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 10 p.m. on the Cooking Channel.
If you want to experience the restaurant yourself, check it out and let us know what you think.
This weekend: Charlotte Restaurant Week returns
Charlotte Restaurant Week, aka Queen’s Feast, returns Friday, but with a few changes this year.
Queen’s Feast has expanded to include more than 70 restaurants throughout Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Iredell, Gaston, Catawba, Stanly, York, and Lancaster counties.
Through Jan. 30, participating restaurants will offer prix fixe meals priced at $40 and $45, in addition to options priced at $30 and $35.
Queen’s Feast founder Bruce Hensley decided to offer more pricing options this year to help struggling restaurants cope with higher food and operating costs.
Check out the list of restaurants and their locations curated by our reporter Jalon Hill.
An evening with Grammy winner Gregory Porter
A big man with a big sound, two-time Grammy Award-winning artist Gregory Porter performs live at the Belk Theater – Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022.
Known as one of jazz’s most important male vocalists, Porter brings his soul-drenched, emotionally charged original songs right here to the Queen City.
OPEN CALL FOR PLAYWRIGHTS: The African American Playwrights Group and Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts are accepting submissions for original works by BIPOC artists for their 2nd Annual Playwright’s Festival. Learn more.
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