Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend Wells Fargo Kickoff Dinner

Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend recently announced that the 2018 Wells Fargo Kickoff Dinner was a resounding success, raising over $140,000! As an opening to Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend’s thirtieth year of fundraising, the Wells Fargo Kickoff Dinner has become a cherished tradition in the Charlotte community and a true jewel in the crown of the Queen City. The featured guest of the evening was celebrity winemaker Paul Hobbs, aptly named the “Steve Jobs of wine” by Forbes Magazine, who led a series of tastings throughout the evening. Guests savored a five-course meal by Chef Michael Bader. Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend’s charitable endeavors like the Wells Fargo Kickoff Dinner focus on “Nourishing Youth and Children,” nurturing the whole child in body, mind and spirit. The beneficiaries of the 2017-2018 Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend include Charlotte Concerts, The Council for Children’s Rights, Mitchell’s Fund, Pat’s Place Family Advocacy, and The Relatives. The event was only a precursor to Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend itself, which takes place this month on April 18-21. For tickets and more information, visit CharlotteWineAndFood.org. 

30th Annual Festival of Tables

In its 30th year, the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary’s Festival of Tables event has raised more than $1 million for critical needs in Charlotte. This year’s event on May 3 from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel will raise support to 


address key issues our community faces, such as economic mobility and family stability. The Festival of Tables is a premier interior design event bringing together Charlotte’s top designers to display creative “tablescapes.” The event includes a silent auction and a luncheon featuring Moira Quinn from Charlotte Center City Partners and keynote speaker Jane McIntyre, former head of the United Way. Funds raised will provide college scholarships for at-risk youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte and support The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope program, which is a concentrated effort to help homeless families step out of poverty. Tickets are available for purchase online for $55. For more information, visit SalvationArmyCharlotte.org/FOT. 

Charlotte Jazz Festival

Move over, New Orleans, Charlotte is jazz capital for this weekend, April 9th through 15th. Enjoy performances by the acclaimed Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, including The Music of Thelonious Monk with Wynton Marsalis on April 13 and Leonard Bernstein at 100 on April 14 at the Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts. Pair intimate jazz music with nature’s beauty in the jazz tent in Romare Bearden Park, or check out the next generation at the jazz youth competition. As you know, jazz pairs well with all things edible: check out the jazz brunch, happy hour performances, and late night jams for music with mood. You’ll also find a variety of free public performances dotting the city throughout the week. For more details and to purchase tickets to special performances, visit BlumenthalArts.org/Jazz.