On the Menu: August 16 to August 22

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, August 18, 7:00 P.M. Legends of Barbecue Barbecue legend Ed Mitchell is famous for his succulent North Carolina–style chopped whole hog—served with the area’s tangy apple cider vinegar sauce, of course—but he has also made a name for himself by recruiting area hog farmers to raise the fatty, pastured pigs whose flavorful meat he remembers from childhood. Wednesday, August 19, 7:00 P.M. Bold Taste of Charlotte The boldest food in Charlotte these days? It’s coming out of the kitchen of a 28-seat restaurant in the Marriott City Center. At the dramatic Savannah Red, chef de cuisine Jason Gray has blown away area critics and diners with his fearless, witty takes on traditional Southern cuisine. Thursday, August 20, 7:00 P.M. David Chang Does Vegetables That’s right, you read it correctly: David Chang, the chef who has famously refused to include vegetarian-friendly items on his restaurants’ menus, is cooking a meat-free meal at the Beard House. The multiple JBF Award winner has prepared an incredible menu featuring exotic vegetables—without a piece of pork in sight. For details and reservations, visit www.jamesbeard.org/events or call 212.627.2308. (Photo by Krishna Dayanidhi)

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