dilworth tasting room

Meet the new face of an old Dilworth neighborhood favorite.

Keeping true to the original structure and character of the longtime neighborhood pub of 35 years, Dilworth Billiards, you can tell the moment you walk through the front door that it has been upgraded into a beautiful and spacious new gathering place.

Owner Jaffer Kovic, and his father Hase, remodeled almost every inch of the interior. What you will notice first is the two large red leather couches facing one another, a long mustard yellow leather bench wrapping the street facing wall of tables and another huge black couch along the side wall. Secondly, you’ll see a gorgeous bar lining the back wall that is back-lit with vertical rows upon rows of wine bottles.

Kovic has extensive knowledge in the wine industry as an advanced sommelier. He also understands exactly what it means when a new venture just feels right. By chance, he and his family drove by a “For Lease” sign posted in front of Dilworth Billiards. Owner of the building, Eric Sprouse, was pleased to enter a leasing agreement with Kovic and is excited about what he has done with the space, keeping it as open and welcoming as it was before.

 

The Decor | The bar is custom made by Kovich’s father Hase, mahogany wood with handcrafted copper accents as well as the columns and wine racks. An exposed brick wall is adorned with empty square picture frames. Soft round light fixtures hang and fill the 2,800 square foot room. You will also find some artwork created by Kovich’s young daughter. A warm and comfortable atmosphere with a knowledgeable staff creates for a great night of learning and indulging.

 

The Food | Created by Ivana Bekavac to compliment the wine and beer menu, simple and elegant, and approachable.Heavy on superior quality meat and cheese, small bites and snacks like mixed nuts and burrata, four styles of bruschetta, three panini options and a plethora of combinations to choose from to create your own charcuterie spread. Keep an eye out for new additions as their supply will change on a regular basis.
My recommendations would be the Roasted Grape Bruchetta and the Burrata with Basil Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes.

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The Drinks | As written on Kovic’s business card “In every empty wine bottle is a story.” the drink menu was designed with you in mind. A craft beer list twenty-nine deep from around the world, fourteen white wines and twenty-four reds, plus a handful of champagne and sparkling wines. The staff is unbelievably knowledgeable and asks the right questions to help you find a wine that suits you when undecided.
I was graciously assisted by our waitress to find my favorite of the evening. She gave me three different wine samples so she could learn my taste. We found that Four Vines “Naked” Chardonnay from Santa Barbara County, CA 2015 was a winner.

 

The Patio | The original koi pond still exists. Lush trees and flowers surround private bistro table nooks with brick walkways leading to each around the pond. String lighting and paper lanterns shine above. This patio is the ultimate date spot.

Swing by Dilworth Tasting Room as soon as possible for a girls night, date night, quick drink and a light snack. You could also make a night of it with your family or coworkers visiting Charlotte, show them something new.

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evoke | spring

It’s that time again for a flood of new seasonal menu’s to taste and promote. I was graciously invited to attend Evoke’s new Spring Menu tasting, for the third time! Joined by other food blogger friends and magazine representatives we were all immediately asked what we would like to drink. The other two tastings I’ve attended, the staff was attentive and friendly. They make sure your drink and water glasses are full and that you always have a clean fork. This time was no exception. It is a fantastic place to dine.

Evoke is located off of McDowell in the lobby of Le Meridian hotel. Their goal is to offer chic, new-age menu items that focus heavily on house-made pasta, dry-aged steaks and fresh crudo to set your palette soaring with new flavors to taste.

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Their new Chef de Cuisine, Rodrigo Velazco, came into the dining room to speak with us before the tasting began. He is charismatic, passionate, humble and serious all wrapped in one chef’s coat. Coming from a life in Venezuela, he has experience and commitment to sourcing locally so that he can show his roots on the plate in the revamped spring menu launch. You won’t catch him without his two golden spoons!

6 Course Menu Tasting

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Yellowfin Tuna | sea beans, saffron pickled fennel, arugula, crispy onion, lemon oil

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Burrata Salad | heirloom peeled tomato, brioche crisp, black olive vinaigrette, basil

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Lobster & Sweetbreads | peas, mint, lemon, tarragon jus vinaigrette

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Pimenton Rigatoni | braised rabbit, fava beans, morels, mint gremolada

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Sturgeon | white asparagus, fennel, pearl onions, grapes, di vitello jus

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Corn Cheesecake | burbon mousse, rosemary, blueberry

As a parting gift they had four different sea salts to choose from – Porcini, Smoke, Chipotle, Lava. Each was paired with their own miniature golden spoon like what Rodrigo carries around.  It was the perfect touch!

Pictured | Jess @sliceofjess Check out her awesome home-made recipes!

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