Fresh Opportunity: Events Coming Up in April

Charlotte Fresh here, catching you up on upcoming local events you won’t want to miss!  Space is limited at many of these, so call or email quickly to reserve your spot.  Don’t forget to check my Special Events page regularly for new listings.  Please comment if you know of an event that should be added.

  • Saturday, April 7, 2012:  Don’t miss “opening day” at most of your favorite local farmers’ markets.  Also, strawberries are in season, so check out your favorite pick-your-own farms now.
  • Sunday, April 8, 2012:  Harvest Moon Grille’s Easter brunch. 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Choose from scrapple with over-easy eggs and Southern tomato gravy, eggs benedict (over crispy pulled pork), stuffed apple French toast and more.  For more info and reservations: (704) 342-1193.
  • Friday, April 13, 2012: 3rd annual Toast the Earth in Davidson, NC. 7:00-10:00pm. Sample an array of North Carolina wine, beer and companion foods. A benefit for the Davidson Land Conservancy.  Tickets and info at
  • Friday, April 20 and Wednesday April 25, 2012: Watch Heidi Billotto cook on WCNC’s Charlotte Today. 11:00am-12:00pm.
  • Saturday, April 21, 2012: Growing and Cooking with Fresh Herbs at Reid’s Fine Foods. 11:00am-2:00pm. This is one of Heidi Billotto’s favorite seasonal classes, so get a jump start on this year’s herb garden with a little help from Windcrest Farms organic herbs and great recipes from Charlotte’s Culinary Expert Heidi Billotto. Cost of the class includes a take home organic herb plant from Windcrest Farm. Reid’s will also have additional herbs to stock your kitchen garden. Cost: $70. Email Heidi at to make your reservations.
  • Wednesday, April 25, 2012: Passion8 Bistro Farm-to-Fork Dinner Series, Fort Mill, SC. 6:30pm. Monthly event series featuring the harvest of a particular farm. This event features A Little Bit of Heaven Farm. Four courses, $48 per person. Call (803) 802-7455 for reservations.
  • Saturday, April 28, 2012: Spring’s Bounty April cooking class at Passion8 Bistro. 11:00am-1:00pm. Preparing the best local food of the season. $42 pp. Also features some of Spring’s light & lovely wines. For more info and reservations call (803) 802-7455.
  • Saturday, April 28, 2012: BLT Steak Charlotte welcomes spring with a “Fresh from the Farmer’s Market” cooking class. 2:00 p.m. Chef Ben Miles will select ingredients from the Matthews Community Farmers’ Market that are in peak harvest and teach guests how to work with whatever is in season. Class attendees will receive a recipe packet and watch as Chef Miles demonstrates how to create a delicious seasonal dish in the home kitchen. Each guest will be able to enjoy the featured dish at the end of the class and partake in a Q&A. Cost: $45 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling (704) 972-4380 or visiting
  • Monday, April 30, 2012:  Save the date for the next meeting of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council.  Location TBD.  Meetings are open to all who are interested in improving our local food system.  Please come to our April meeting to learn more about our re-structured Council and to meet the members of the Experts’ Panel. If you are interested in receiving information about the CMFPC, contact Meredith King Ledford at

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