Global Restaurant's Chef Bernard grew up along the sun-soaked shores of the southern French village of Nice, where his grandfather was a pastry chef and his father owned a fish shop. This rich familial and Francophilic culinary heritage inspired him to take chef apprenticeships in Paris, the United Kingdom, Russia, and upon globe-roving cruise ships. His travels infused an eclectic edge into his cooking, which still incorporates traditional meals, fusion concepts,
and a French spirit. His journeys also yielded him more than recipes — during one of his cruises, he met his wife, Shannon, whose experience with the front end of the food-and-beverage industry led the pair to open their own restaurant in Charlotte.
Inside the duo's creation, Global Restaurant, electric blues and oranges brighten the space, and crisp tablecloths lay a canvas for dishes with inventive flavors and artistic presentations. Chef Bernard's specialties include cauliflower-goat-cheese sauce, boldly splashed across a seared sea bass, and date chutney and caramelized apples that dance across an all-natural duck.
The menu, which is in many ways a travelogue of Bernard and Shannon's journeys, has snagged the attention of the Charlotte Observer and of WCNC's Charlotte Today, which invited Bernard on air for a live cooking demo, where he seared some of his famous diver scallops atop the weatherman's greenscreen.
Whether sinking into a lounge chair with a cup of joe or drinking in the sounds of live music, visitors to Electric Beanz Coffee Bar will discover freshly brewed, locally roasted coffee and pastries in a laid-back atmosphere. In addition to serving a selection of coffee standards, Electric Beanz's baristas also blend fresh-fruit smoothies, pour Italian sodas, and sling a variety of fresh-baked pastries, ranging from muffins to empanadas. Specialty single-origin coffees are also available, brewed in a French press, an appliance that famously gave Jean-Claude Van Damme all his muscles.
Since 1993, Cirque Dreams' family-friendly variety extravaganzas have called upon a cast of acrobats, strongmen, and daredevils to wring the oohs and aahs out of audiences with tremendous feats of derring-do. During each themed production, more than 100 performers garbed in dazzling outfits twirl high in the air, contort their bodies into impossible shapes, and solve long division problems to earn uproarious applause from the crowd. At Dream Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida, hundreds of contracted artists from around the world develop their skills and prep for Cirque Dreams performances under the direction of Neil Goldberg and his team of choreographers, contortionists, and designers.
Enjoy a night of theater in Winston Salem. Millennium Center has the wit and drama for you in their current season.
With a sizzling plate of terrific food, this theater boasts among the best eats this side of the city.
At this theater, kids of all ages are welcome.
Millennium Center offers patio seating in the warmer months.
If you're ready for a show, Millennium Center often books live musical groups or a DJ.
The theater features live music and a dance floor, so you can kick up your heels and step to the rhythm.
The noise level can often drown out conversation, so make sure your party is prepared to speak up.
Prepare to face the crowds if you visit on the weekend — Friday and Saturday are Millennium Center's busiest days.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Find some fast American favorites at City Beverage.
Serving the opposite of low-fat fare, City Beverage is perfect for people who want to indulge.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at City Beverage with its kid-approved food and ambience.
At City Beverage, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in City Beverage's beautiful outdoor seating area.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at City Beverage.
For an eclectic twist on traditional dining, live music is often featured at City Beverage as well.
If you're hoping to snag a table on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to ring the restaurant for a reservation first.
City Beverage welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
At City Beverage, drivers can settle for safe parking in the lot next door.
If you don't want a night that will cost you an arm and a leg but you do want a delicious meal, come to City Beverage.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
For true American comfort food, head to Comedy Zone and Nite Club for a sandwich or side of fries.
The menu at Comedy Zone and Nite Club does not include any low-fat options, so come ready to indulge.
Comedy Zone and Nite Club is a prime location to dine with a group.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Comedy Zone and Nite Club.
Prices at Comedy Zone and Nite Club are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
Comedy Zone and Nite Club has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.