On Oct. 22-24, Charlotte will host the inaugural BayHaven Food & Wine Festival at Camp North End, with ticket sales launching this month. More than 75 Black chefs, artisans, farmers, brewers and more are expected to participate in the three-day festival, which is inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, organizer Subrina Collier says. Subrina and her husband, Chef Greg Collier of Leah & Louise, pictured above, planned the experience after recognizing a void in the festival scene that excluded many Black chefs and their food. “Rather than telling other festivals to include us more, we decided to stop asking and create our own,” she says. Participants include Atlanta chef/author Todd Richards, Asheville chef Ashleigh Shanti, and three Top Chef alums: Tiffany Derry, Chris Scott and Keith Rhodes. Local chefs joining the lineup include Lindsay Williams of Davidson Wine Co. and Michael Bowling of Hot Box Next Level Kitchen.
Festival highlights include a family friendly Chuckwagon Carnival with food trucks, rides and entertainment; the Cotton Club Festival, including chef demos and a tasting experience; the Savoy Jazz Brunch with chef stations and live music; and chefs’ dinners.
Eat & drink
Three Amigos, the Central Avenue Mexican grill and cantina from the owners of Sabor Latin Street Grill, has opened a second location at Colony Place in south Charlotte. threeamigoscharlotte.com
Greenville, S.C., Tex-Mex restaurantTipsy Taco opened at Stonecrest. tipsytaco.net
Fat Cat Burgers + Bakeshop opened in the former Fran’s Filling Station location in Dilworth, adding a walk-up doughnut window and a menu serving burgers, fried chicken, salads and more. Instagram @fatcatburgersclt
Moxie Mercantile opened its third local boutique in downtown Matthews. Michelle Castelloe, a former brand director at Anthropologie, opened the first store in Plaza Midwood in 2015, selling clothing, vintage goods, original art, jewelry and home decor, followed by a second location in Davidson. The 2,700-square-foot Matthews store at 159 N. Trade St. is Moxie Mercantile’s largest, offering new brands such as Farm Rio; Young, Fabulous and Broke; Brooklyn Candle; and Ophelia and Indigo. moxiemercantile.com
Free People Movement, BOSS and Vince planned to open in late May at SouthPark Mall. Golden Goose plans to open this month next to Neiman Marcus.
Texas bootmaker Tecovas opened next to Madewell at Atherton Mill. SP