Overheard on the Charlottesville restaurant scene: This week’s food news

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Pearl's Bake Shoppe is now open on West Main. File photo. Pearl's Bake Shoppe is now open on West Main. File photo.

Chef Harrison Keevil of Brookville Restaurant will create a farm-fresh meal at Bellair Farm Sunday, May 26. Blenheim Vineyards will handle the wine. Tickets are $65 ($10 for children under 9). Call The Happy Cook at 977-2665 to secure yours.

You’ll get a second chance to try that meal (though slightly altered) on Sunday, June 9, at Timbercreek Organics. Same deets.

On Tuesday, May 7, Bill Curtis will serve Sherwood Farms’ beef brisket along with six red wines and a Sauternes, all from Bordeaux. It starts at 7pm, costs $50 for wine club members. Call 293-3663 to make reservations.

Popeyes on Emmet Street (sandwiched between KFC and Raising Cane’s) is now open.

Ditto El Puerto, on the Downtown Mall next to Salon Druknya. Rumor has it Guadalajara may have some competition.

Coming soon: Sedona Taphouse in the former Millmont Grille spot. This is its second location and it boasts over 500 craft beers; fresh, organic, or even local ingredients; and a commitment to supporting its community. Every Monday is the “$5 Steak Out for Charity”—get an 8 oz. Angus steak over red mashed potatoes for $5. The restaurant’s Facebook page says to expect an early June opening. Our mouths are already watering.

Bang! has updated its $6 Wednesday night menu for warmer weather. Among the highlights: tuna sashimi with mango spoons, goat cheese dumplings with cilantro sauce, and mozzarella-stuffed jalapeños wrapped in bacon.

The second floor of Miller’s is getting an overhaul. Expect a full bar, TVs, and more seating areas to give it a sports bar feel. But don’t worry—there’ll still be smoking.

Berry Berry Frozen Yogurt has opened on the Corner next to Boylan Heights. Similar to Sweet Frog (et al.) in its setup, Berry Berry uses Greek froyo, which makes it creamier and tangier than regular yogurt. While you’re there, try some Bubble Tea: a Taiwanese beverage containing tea mixed with fruit or milk.

Another West Main treat, Pearl’s Bake Shoppe is now open, with freshly baked cupcakes ready by 10:30am and served until 6pm. The second shop of its kind (the first is in Richmond), Pearl’s has earned top marks from Richmond.com, Virginia Living, and Richmond Magazine.

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