By CAMILA DOMONOSKE
There’s a big weekend coming up! With Cinco de Mayo, the Kentucky Derby, and Davidson’s Town Day all falling on May 5th, you have a wide range of options for activities, food, and drink. See details below, plus the news on restaurant openings and a line-up of Mother’s Day options.
DAVIDSON TOWN DAY MAY 5
This Saturday, the Town of Davidson will hold its 41st annual Town Day on the Village Green. The event starts at 10 a.m., after an 8:30 a.m. Spartan 5k, and ends at 2 p.m. Flatiron Kitchen and Taphouse, Ben & Jerry’s and Hot Diggitee Dogz will have food for sale, and the Davidson Presbyterian Church will be selling fried fish, cole slaw, french fries, and wings. More information.
Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse reports it will be closed all day Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, to prepare and host a private event. They’ll be back on Sunday, May 6.
PURE PIZZA OPENS TODAY
Wednesday, May 2, marks the opening day for Charlotte’s first “farm to fork” pizzeria, Pure Pizza. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the 7th Street Public Market in Charlotte. They focus on locally-sourced ingredients and a healthier overall pizza. For more information, visit www.purepizzaclt.com. 7th Street Public Market, 255 East 7th St.
BONEFISH GRILL OPENS MONDAY IN BIRKDALE
On Monday, May 7th, Bonefish Grill in Birkdale will open for business (4-10 p.m.). More information. Bonefish Grill, 8805 Townley Rd, Huntersville. 704-892-3385.
CINCO DE DERBY
Yep, this weekend is both Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby. Take your pick: mint julep or margarita?
Hickory Tavern in Birkdale will be starting off the 5th at 9 a.m. with “Kegs and Eggs” breakfast, offering mint juleps throughout the day, and tuning in for the Derby in the evening. 9526 Birkdale Crossings Dr., Suite 30. 704-897-8490. http://www.thehickorytavern.com.
Pacos Tacos and Cantina 1511: Cantina 1511 in Dilworth and Stonecrest will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with music, contests and festivities beginning at 4 p.m. Paco’s Tacos and Tequila in Southpark will have an outdoor beer garden next to the restaurant at Marriott Southpark. Both locations will offer Corona and Corona Light for $2, and 50-cent Coronitas… while supplies last! Paco’s Tacos and Tequila, 6401 Morrison Boulevard #8a, Charlotte. Cantina 1511, 1511 East Blvd. Charlotte and 7708 Rea Rd Charlotte.
Miciah’s Speakeasy will have Corona and Margarita specials and live music by Cold Bait Live Beer. 229 Medical Park Road, Mooresville. 704-799-0095, http://www.miciahsspeakeasy.com/.
Jeffreys Restaurant in Mooresville will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with $2 Corona and Corona Light, $4 Margaritas and Sangria, and a menu full of Mexican-themeed entrees. Oscar Colwell, pianist, will be playing live music. 117 Trade Court, Mooresville. 704-799-1110. www.jeffreyslkn.com
The Fox and the Hound in Birkdale will be holding Cinco-de-Mayo-themed Fiesta Group Trivia from 5-7 p.m., and offering drink specials throughout the day. At 9 p.m. they’ll switch the TVs to the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Miguel Angel Cotto fight, in case you like your Cinco de Mayo with a little bit of boxing. 8711 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville. 704-895-4504. More information.
Zapata’s Restaurant in Cornelius will be serving until midnight on Cinco de Mayo. 19905 NC Hwy 73, West Catawba Ave, Suite 102, Cornelius.
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH/DINNER
Mothers Day is coming right up; make your reservations soon!
Osso Restaurant and Lounge in Charlotte will be offering a 4-course family-style Italian dinner on Mother’s Day, from 5-9 p.m. Dishes include gorgonzola and panceatta salad, lasagna bolognese, bistecca alla fiorentina, and tiramisu. $29.95/person. Details. 704-971-0550. 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd, Charlotte.
Campania Cafe and Trattoria will be serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a complimentary mimosa for mothers and a variety of frittatas, pastas, and other entrees. 416 S. Main St, Davidson. 704-987-5111. More information.
Alton’s Kitchen and Cocktails in Cornelius will be offering a breakfast and brunch buffet. The menu includes everything from french toast to lamb and prime rib. Breakfast is $16.95 for adults and $9.95 for kids 4-12, and brunch (starting at 11) is $26.95 for adults, $12.95 for kids. Kids 3 and under eat free. 19918 North Cove Rd, Cornelius. 704-655-2727. Details.
Restaurant X in Davidson will be offering brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brunch items include apple pancakes, omelettes, eggs benedict, crab cake benedict, full Irish Breakfast, and a variety of salads. South Main Sq., 408 S. Main St., Davidson. More information.
Red Rocks Cafe in Huntersville will offer a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., after which the regular menu will be available. $25 adults, $11 children. Items include lemon dill salmon, prime rib, and fried chicken. 8712 Lindholm Dr (Birkdale Village), Huntersville. For reservations and more information, call 704-892-9999 or visit http://www.redrockscafe.com/.
Toast of Davidson will be offering its normal brunch menu, with a wide variety of eggs, omelets, burgers, and sandwiches. Reservations strongly encouraged. Toast Cafe, 101 N. Main St, Davidson. 704-655-2778. www.toastcafeonline.com
BUSINESSES AID A GIVING SPIRIT FOUNDATION
Davidson and Charlotte businesses this month are helping to fund research and support for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in a series of fundraising days. The awareness month is providing support to the four-year-old A Giving Spirit Foundation, which helps fund research and provides support to families facing the disease.
Sabi Asian Bistro, Main Street Books, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, all in Davidson, and FABO Café of Charlotte have hosted or will be hosting events this month and will donate part of their sales the foundation.
The non-profit Giving Spirit Foundation (AGSF) was founded in 2008, after Laura Woodall of Davidson was diagnosed with ALS. Mrs. Woodall quickly realized that one of the most challenging parts of living with disease is the toll it can take on the family, mainly due to the financial pressures it brings. She asked friends to form A Giving Spirit Foundation, and it now provides financial assistance to mothers in Charlotte area who are suffering from a debilitating disease or other unforeseen health challenges. It also supports researchers seeking a cure for ALS, including Project ALS and The ALS Association.
Last year, the foundation awarded $22,938 in grants to families throughout the region, an average of about $2,550 per grant.
The month comes amid ALS Awareness month, Mother’s Day and Mrs. Woodall’s birthday.
“AGSF has given to individuals who needed assistance and has given to research. It is my and my family’s hope that this foundation continues to give back. My vision is that A Giving Spirit Foundation will persevere for years to come,” Mrs. Woodall said in a press release.
From April 30-May 2, Sabi Asian Bistro at 130 Harbour Place Drive was scheduled to give a portion of sales to the foundation when diners write “AGSF” on the bottom of their receipts. Main Street Books in downtown Davidson has a sales day on May 5. On Monday, May 7, from 5-8 p.m., when Ben & Jerry’s, 202 S. Main St., Davidson hosts sales hours. And on Tuesday, May 8, from 7-9 p.m., the foundation will receive a portion of the sales at Fabo Café, 2820 Selwyn Ave, Charlotte.
For more information, visit www.agivingspirit.org,. There, you also can make a tax-deductible donation to the foundation.
Live Music this week:
JENNIFER PERRY AT THE WINE CELLAR – This Saturday, May 5th, Jennifer Perry will be jazzing up The WIne Cellar starting at 9 p.m. 19712 One Norman Blvd, Suite #110, Cornelius. winecellarlkn.com