Our Town Cinemas in Davidson is adding more local food to its menu, for movie-goers who want to dine while watching their favorite flicks. Also, Flatiron Kitchen has hired a catering manager and is pushing its services for business meetings, family and church events, fund-raisers and weddings. Meanwhile, food and wine-related events are on the calendar at Wooden Stone Gallery in Davidson. We have news about hot dogs: Hot Diggitee Dogz new lunchtime cart on Main Street in Davidson and Brians Dog House Grill in Huntersville.
OUR TOWN CINEMAS ADDS WRAPS
When Our Town Cinemas opened at the end of 2009, owners said local food would be a staple on their menus. The moviehouse, which features beer and wine as well as cabaret seating, will introduce wraps from Healthy Home Market beginning this Friday, May 13.
In an announcement last week, Our Town Cinemas said it will begin serving Deluxe Chicken Salad and Veggie Hummus Wraps made fresh daily by Healthy Home Market, which is right next door in the Sadler Square shopping center.
It’s the latest concession-stand item offered in partnership with another local business. Already on the menu are pizzas from the nearby Brickhouse Tavern, pretzels from Philly Pretzel Factory in Mooresville, Carolina Blonde Beer, confections from Davidson Chocolate Co.
“Local foods support the local economy, which is part of Our Town Cinemas’ business plan,” spokeswoman Jan Black told DavidsonNews.net. “People recognize the brand and quality of the foods offered at an affordable price. They bring a ‘real food’ option inside a movie theater.”
She said the local foods are fresher and can inspire moviegoers to begin patronizing the partner businesses. “Everyone wins,” she said.
For the latest movie show times at Our Town Cinemas, see our listings on the right side of The Guide, CLICK HERE »
FLATIRON DOES CATERING
Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse in downtown Davidson has hired a catering manager and is beginning to market catering services to businesses and groups around the area.
Jerri Tyler joined Flatiron in March to run the new division, Flatiron Events & Catering. She already has been out and about at Davidson events, including Art on the Green and last weekend’s Town Day, selling the restaurant’s special sandwiches, which are described as “something different then the usual deli trays”
She also will be out at Concerts on the Green and is lining up other business through area groups, doctor’s offices, businesses and hotels. They’ll do business meetings, corporate function, family and church gatherings, school fund-raisers, and weddings.
For outdoor events recently, Flatiron has been offering three sandwiches: a turkey wrap, a chicken gouda wrap, and a veggie black bean burger.
“Things are starting to take off a little bit,” with the business, Ms. Tyler said Wednesday.
HOT DOGS EVERYWHERE
What’s with all the new hot dog joints? Hot Diggitee Dogz on Davidson’s West Side has extended its sales with a new cart on Main Street in Davidson, near the library and CVS. And a new hot dog restaurant named Brian’s Dog House Grill has opened off Exit 23 in Huntersville.
Bob Barton of Davidson owns Hot Diggitee Dogz, at 300 Mock Road near the Ada Jenkins Center. He won approval at the April 27 Design Review Board to operate the sidewalk cart. The town ordinance allows street carts at designated locations on Main Street, available to vendors on a first-come basis. The carts’ designs, size and signage must be approved by the Design Review Board.
Courtney Sanchez operates the cart. She said she’ll be open weekdays for lunch, from about 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Read our opening-day story about the cart from last Thursday, May 5, CLICK HERE »
Meanwhile, owner Brian Benatovich has opened Brian’s Dog House Grill in the Rosedale Shopping Center, next to Harris Teeter and across from Presbyterian Hospital. The shop promises charcoal broiled hot dogs with Sahlen’s Hot Dogs from Buffalo, N.Y., curly fries and milkshakes.
Brian’s will have a ribbon cutting with the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, May 12, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. And they’re planning a grand opening on Saturday, May 14, with free ice cream and samples.
FOOD EVENTS AT WOODEN STONE
Wooden Stone gallery on South Main Street will host a couple of food-related events in the coming weeks.
Chef Vera Samuels, who is a regular at the Davidson Farmer’s Market, will lead a “Farm to Table Cooking Class” on Sunday, May 22, 2-4 p.m., at Wooden Stone, 445 S. Main St. She’ll help you learn what to buy at the farmer’s market and how to prepare.
Wooden Stone also will have a “Sip & Shop” Wine Tasting with Davesté Vineyards on Saturday, June 11, 4-6 p.m. More info: woodenstonegallery.com.
‘PAWBROKERS PARTY’ AT ALTON’S
Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails, in Jetton Village in Cornelius, is hosting a “Pawbrokers Party” on Tuesday, May 24, from 5-9 p.m., to benefit Noah’s Ark Rescue, an animal rescue group.
Guests are invited to bring unwanted jewelry to donate to a sale. Proceeds will benefit Noah’s Ark. They’ll also be accepting donations of dog and cat food.
Alton’s has created a signature drink for the event, The Pawtini.
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