By DAVID BORAKS
Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails in Cornelius is adding weekend brunch to its menu beginning July 1. In a roundup of local restaurant news, we take note of a celebrity diner spotted at Campania Cafe in Davidson, and a summer schedule change at Paddy’s Pour House in Cornelius. Meanwhile, food-related fundraisers are many this month: The Davidson Farmer’s Market‘s annual Pea Pod campaign continues all month. And Davidson basketball coach Bob McKillop will be the celebrity bartender Thursday, in a fundraiser at Flatiron Kitchen in Davidson. Read on for the details
ALTON’S ADDS BRUNCH
Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails in Jetton Village, Cornelius, will begin serving Saturday and Sunday brunch on July 1. The restaurant is now hiring for the new shifts.
Meanwhile, Alton’s also has a new bar menu, served daily from 4:30 to 6 and also 9:30 to close on Fridays and Saturdays. Highlights include Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Hangman Shoestring Onions, Palm Beach Poke, Smoked Trout Dip & Roasted Chicken Florentine.
Alton’s is at 19918 N. Cove Road. More info: 704-655-2727 or www.altonskitchen.com.
FAST CROWD AT CAMPANIA
We had another great meal the other night at Campania Cafe & Trattoria in South Main Square, Davidson. The locally-owned Italian restaurant seems to be gaining quite a reputation. At the next table over were NASCAR driver Kyle Busch and his wife, who live in Mooresville. They told owner Nancy DiGiorgio friends recommended the place as one of the best Italian restaurants around.
What’s not to like? Campania’s menu has a wide variety, from the Calamari Fritti and Polpette alla Romana meatball appetizers to pasta specials to Pollo alla Marsala and Steak Florentine. Even the spaghetti and meatballs is worth the trip. You might also go there for the cocktails, like the Raspberry Limonata Martini or Peach Bellini.
On Fridays this summer, Campania continues its Party on the Porch series, with live music 6:30–9 p.m. Clyde Derberry is up this Friday. Campania Cafe is at 416 S. Main Street, Davidson.
MARKET PEA POD FUNDRAISER
Davidson Farmer’s Market runs again this Saturday, (and every summer Saturday) from 8 a.m. to noon, next to Town Hall on Main Street.
The market is in the midst of its annual Friends of the Market Pea Pod Fundraiser. Every Saturday in June, market-goers are invited to make donations to help sustain the market. They’ve got some incentives, from market bumper magnets to new Rooster T’s to sturdy burlap Market totes.
Market manager Courtney Spear said the non-profit market is hoping to raise $3,000 this month, to help with expenses ranging from tents and other market site needs to office supplies and the manager’s salary. It costs $700 each week to run the 40 markets a year. Corporate and community support helps bring local, fresh food to market each week and provide both educational events and entertainment.
Ms. Spear said market shopper are an important source of support. “We’re supported by corporate sponsorships, but truly to keep the market going, we need that support,” Ms. Spear said.
Stop by this weekend at the farmer’s market tent. You can also find out more at www.davidsonfarmersmarket.org
COACH McKILLOP AT FLATIRON
Celebrity bartender night returns to Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse this Thursday, June 7, when Davidson basketball coach Bob McKillop sets up behind the bar. The event runs 7-10 p.m. at Flatiron, 215 S. Main St., Davidson. Proceeds benefit Ada Jenkins Center, the regional community services center on Davidson’s west side.
Meanwhile, Flatiron has live music every Wednesday, 8-10 p.m., this week with acoustic guitarist Jeff Brown, from Statesville. Info: 704-237-3246.
PAWBROKERS FUNDRAISER AT GALWAY HOOKER
Cornelius-based Pawbrokers brings its next jewelry party to the Galway Hooker Thursday, June 7. Money raised from the sale of donated jewelry will support REASON (Responsive Education About Spaying Or Neutering) an educational program for children. Through Pawbrokers, Cornelius resident Roxanne Blake raises money for animal rescue through the sale of donated jewelry. She donates 100 percent of the proceeds from her jewelry parties to different animal rescues, shelters, and other animal-related nonprofits. Bring a piece of unwanted jewelry or pet food to donate. The Pawbrokers party runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at the Galway Hooker, 17044 Kenton Drive in Cornelius.
PADDY’S TAKES SUMMER SUNDAYS OFF
Paddy’s Pour House, in Shops on the Green Cornelius, will be closing on Sundays this summer, “so we can, like the rest of you, enjoy the lake and some time off,” the restaurant says in a message to customers. They’ll be back at it Mondays, when they’ll have Kids Eat Free Night, free pool & $3 all beers. Paddy’s is at 20930 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius.
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