Red, White & Zink

25 Jun

On Thursday night, I attended my *teardrop* last Yelp Charlotte Elite event—-Red, White & Zink at Zink. American Kitchen

I wasn’t completely stoked for an outdoor event since it felt extra steamy and sultry this week but give me an open patio with cushioned chairs and lots of room and my vote can be swayed.

Since it’s an Elite event, we were presented with our ultra cool Elite gift of the year. Who knew there was a gift of the year?

I present……

Awesome red watches

Apparently,  I really enjoyed March 7th since I didn’t change my settings for a good hour (who am I fooling, I had someone change it for me since I’m not technical)Which matched my outfit, even better!

I shall take the watch along with me on my travels since I don’t own a watch.

Beer provided by New Belgium and wine provided by Three Girls

I instantly fell in love with their pinot noir

(source)

And as always, I said I was going to leave after one or two drinks but we know that never happens. Sigh, how I long to be a woman of my word!

We also had some live music by Jonathan Brooks. This guy rocked! Ok, so I can’t really name anything he sang but I know I was jammin that night.

As for the food? WOW.

Some servers came out with trays of appetizers when we were having drinks

Duck confit flatbread

There were a few other appetizers going around such as the flatbread, tomato, basil and mozzarella kebabs and pork bellies. The main feature of the evening was their sliders

Both of the sliders were amazing however I heard there was a turkey burger one and another beef one topped with pimento cheese but didn’t see them so in my mind they really didn’t exist. The lamb one was excellent thanks to the tomato jam and the fact that , hello, it’s lamb and lamb is amazing. The angus one was so succulent it just melted in my mouth. Add the fact that it was on a mini pretzel roll, the salty taste of that and juiciness of the meat was the perfect combination.

Zink used to be located in Uptown Charlotte but closed and relocated. However, I like to think they stepped up their menu game with the move. While  I went to Zink a few different times  when it was Uptown, I can’t remember it. The food was that forgettable that I couldn’t even tell you if I had a salad, sandwich, entrée, etc. However, this experience was a complete 180 from when they were located Uptown. Maybe it was the ambience of their patio, live music and oh yeah, everything was free? Color me surprised because I was blown away. They also handed out coupons for free desserts that are valid through the rest of the year. Score.

The one thing that made it a sad evening was that it was my last event as a Charlotte Yelp Elite member. I’ve been to so many awesome events that have introduced me to not only new restaurants and vendors in the are but have also introduced me to an amazing group of people. Thanks Charlotte Yelp for everything in the past year, it’s been a wonderful experience.

Until we meet again, See you on Yelp, Charlotte Yelpers!

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12 Responses to “Red, White & Zink”

  1. Callie {Rawxy} June 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    LOVE that nail polish – Looks perfect with the red! I freaking love yelp – although, I’m sometimes bad about yelping things in a timely manner… Ooops.

    • simplyshaka June 28, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

      Thanks, I was weird about it because I felt like a Smurf with the color combo. I have like 60+ places to review on Yelp, oops indeed!

  2. MelissaNibbles June 26, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    The flatbread sounds delicious. This looks like a fun event. I want to join Yelp to meet people, but I don’t go out to eat enough to even review stuff. There must be another group I can join. The “I Sit At Home And Watch Soap Operas Organization” perhaps?

    • simplyshaka June 28, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

      There has to be a club for that-maybe try Meetup?

  3. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 26, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    Your yelp events have looked like so much fun– and I love that watch!!

  4. Jayme @ Runner-n-Spice June 26, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    Yum! I prefer white wine, but….love finding a really good red!

    Speaking of red….nice watch 😉

    • simplyshaka June 28, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

      I used to love whites but this past year have been turning more to red.

  5. diana@mymarblerye June 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    can’t wait to go to my first yelp event!! BTW you should go to yelp events everywhere you are traveling to if they are available!

    • simplyshaka June 28, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

      Good thinking….I wonder if I can do that although I’m not in the specific city’s Elite?

  6. Jenn @ Peas and Crayons June 27, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    awwww my charlotte yelper! there is more yelping in your future =) I know it! ❤ mwah!

  7. Ashleigh June 27, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    Looks like a fun event! Hopefully there will be fun yelp events wherever you end up moving!

  8. Monique June 27, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    awww! how sad… but then again- wherever you end up you can be part of that elite group as well. love Yelp for that!
    And looks like a great event. When you are in NYC we gotta get you into an elite event. They be fun!

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