University City Wine Fest Returns for Fifth Annual Event With New Title Sponsor – Crescent Communities

University City Wine Fest Returns for Fifth Annual Event With New Title Sponsor – Crescent Communities

THE WINE FESTIVAL – OUR MAIN EVENT – WILL OCCUR OVER TWO DAYS FOR SAFE BOUTIQUE EXPERIENCES.  University City Partners is excited to announce the return of University City Wine Fest with a new title sponsor, Crescent Communities, for the fifth annual Wine Fest this spring. Crescent Communities University City Wine Fest will take place April 14-18 with five boutique-style wine tastings and activities. Events will be held at various locations, including the lake and boardwalk at Shoppes at University Place, and at nearby Armored Cow Brewing. Presented by Extreme Property Services and Queen City Elite, the 2021 Wine Fest will extend the signature Wine Festival event from one day in past years to both Saturday AND Sunday, April 17-18, this year. Doing so will allow more people to enjoy the fun even as we lower the number of people who can attend on either day as a way to provide adequate social distancing. From a limited-capacity dining experience at a local chef’s home to sipping wine on the water at University Place, all Wine Fest events will provide opportunities to sample a variety of wines in a safe environment. “The annual Wine Fest is one of our most popular events in University City,” said Darlene Heater, Executive Director of University City Partners. “The lake and boardwalk are the perfect backdrop for sipping wine, and our business owners in University City are great partners that help to create a full cultural experience. And, I am thrilled that Crescent Communities is joining as the title sponsor to support bringing these wonderful experiences to our community.”   Five days of fun for...
Royal Wine and Dine Experience

Royal Wine and Dine Experience

CRESCENT COMMUNITIES UNIVERSITY CITY WINE FEST – DAY 2. ( 6-9 pm April 15 at 10818 Tavernay Pkwy. ) Be treated like royalty during an evening with Chef Lisa Brooks at her beautiful home as she guides you through six courses of culinary delights all paired with wines. MENU Heirloom Tomato Tartlet With Corn & Fennel Chow Chow Paired with Tesora Decca Regina Pinot Grigio Fresh Cucumber Bisque Paired with Buttercream Chardonnay Frisée Salad With Smoked Tomato Bacon Vinaigrette Gratineed Diver Scallop With Lemon Tarragon Gremolata Paired with Angeline Sauvignon Blanc Roast Pork Tenderloin w/Citrus Cilantro Date Chimichurri, Pan Roasted Fingerlings , Yellow Squash Purée Paired with Unanime Pinot Noir Raspberry Soufflé Paired with Borrasca   MASKING: Mask is required when out of your seat. COST: $191 per person. Tickets must be purchased at least 24hrs prior to the events and no tickets will be sold the day of the events. This will allow us time to plan the social distance event layout. BUY TICKETS ONLINE or by calling 704-372-1000.   About Crescent Communities University City Wine Fest Crescent Communities University City Wine fest takes place April 14-18 with five unique wine-filled events in and near Shoppes at University Place. Get details and tickets at universitycitywinefest.org. Get Wine Fest updates at...
University City Night Market to offer new shopping and entertainment experience

University City Night Market to offer new shopping and entertainment experience

University City Partners announces the start of an outdoor nighttime marketplace, University City Night Market, at the lake and boardwalk at Shoppes at University Place. University City Night Market will support small local businesses, while building and highlighting some of the best of the city’s culture. The market will open on Small Business Saturday, November 28, and continue each Saturday through December 19 from 6 – 9 p.m. In time for the holidays, the open-air night market will offer fun and adventurous retail shopping, holiday beverages and festive music. An opportunity to support local restaurants and retail “If there is ever a time to shop small, it is now,” said Darlene Heater, Executive Director of University City Partners. “University City Night Market creates an opportunity for us to back local restaurants and small retail vendors, as well as activate a safe social space. We ask visitors to come out, follow all safety precautions and support our small businesses.” University City Night Market follows the opening of University City Farmers Market and University City Food Truck Friday in partnership with the City of Charlotte StreetEats program. The Farmers Market and Food Truck Fridays have been successful in safely supporting local businesses and nurturing the community in the heart of University City. Night market to offer handmade crafts, jewelry, art and clothing At University City Night Market, shoppers will find an array of vendor goods like handmade crafts, jewelry, art and clothing. Surrounding the shopping experience, attendees will encounter live entertainment. Whatever your taste, University City Night Market will have something to offer. All events are open to the public and free...
Tired of cooking? Observer shares 230-plus restaurants open for business

Tired of cooking? Observer shares 230-plus restaurants open for business

Tired of cooking at home? Charlotte Five has published a list of 230-plus restaurants offering take-out and meal deliveries, including nearly 20 restaurants in University City. The list includes brief details about each restaurant. Most offer takeout and/or meal deliveries, usually through one of several delivery services. Some also have online ordering. The list does not include open fast-food restaurants, such as the popular University Place Chick-fil-A at University Executive Park Drive and West W.T. Harris Boulevard. Click here for the full list. University City restaurants on the list include: Blaze Pizza Boardwalk Billy’s City Barbecue Chili’s Ciro’s Italian Restaurant Coffee Cone Café Famous Toastery Five Guys Great Harvest Bread Co. Macaroni Grill Ninety’s Ice Cream Sabor Latin Street Grill Salsarita’s Shomars Smoothie King Zoe’s...
These 4 new restaurants will tempt your tastebuds

These 4 new restaurants will tempt your tastebuds

Locally based restaurants offering Indian street food, Latin American street food, Southern fare and American comfort food and have opened recently in University City. Here are the details.   Chatpatay Casual Indian Kitchen Chatpatay opened its second Charlotte location last fall at 9211 N. Tryon St. close to the JW Clay Blvd Lynx Station. “We are a casual Indian restaurant where we bring the street food straight from Mumbai Chaupaati to Charlotte,” says the restaurant website, which describes Chaupaati as “one of the most famous public beaches in Mumbai where food enthusiasts enjoy a vast selection of street food from the “Thelas” or food carts.” The website has much more detail about the inspirations for its dishes, the people who will prepare your meal and the ambiance you’ll experience while dining. Most of the 78 reviews so far on Yelp for the University City location are enthusiastic. “An unassuming gem, tucked into a strip mall, this place is BURSTING with flavor,” reviewer Elise posted on Jan. 28. “As far as the food goes, it was AMAZING!!! Very tasty and different from the traditional Indian food,” Rick from California wrote after his visit on Jan. 2. The original Chatpatay is at 9101 Pineville Matthews Road in Pineville. Chatpatay at a glance 9211 N. Tryon St. (the former Kohl’s shopping center across from UNC Charlotte). Directions 980-875-7775 Open 11 am-3 pm and 5-9:30 pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; 11 am-3 pm and 4-10 pm Fridays and Saturdays; Closed Tuesdays. Services: Order online. Catering. Delivery Website Yelp page   Cuzzo’s Cuisine University A food truck proclaiming “World Famous Lobster Mac-n-Cheese” has...
Restaurant opens in JW Clay Blvd LYNX parking deck

Restaurant opens in JW Clay Blvd LYNX parking deck

Retail space at the JW Clay Blvd LYNX parking deck has its second tenant. Sabor Latin Street Grill opened in December on the JW Clay Boulevard side of the building. Atrium Health Urgent Care University City opened in October. Sabor is a locally owned fast-food chain featuring foods from several Latin American countries, plus beer, wine and cocktails. The University store at 9325 JW Clay Blvd. is Sabor’s 14th location and its first at a light-rail stop. The restaurant is open 11 am-9 pm daily. The parking decks at the JW Clay Blvd and University City Blvd transit stops are the first parking facilities along the LYNX line to offer commercial space for lease. Visit...