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A step back in culinary history

And didn't your parents tell you not to play with your food?

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APRIL 9 -- Food for Thought: Artists Who Never Got Over Their Parents' Warning "Don't Play With Your Food." This exhibit brings together artists working in photography and video whose creations explore personal and cultural connections to food. (Runs through June 29.) Free. The Light Factory, Knight Gallery, 345 N. College St. 704-333-9755. www.lightfactory.org.

APRIL 15 -- Traditional Food is New Again: Eating Like Our Ancestors. Join us for an informative lecture by professional cook Ivan Day and an opportunity to see what Charlotte's local farms and organizations are cooking up for our community. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. $10. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive. 704-568-1774. www.charlottemuseum.org, www.historicfood.com/portal.htm.

APRIL 16 -- Charlotte Taste of the Nation. Enjoy a gourmet evening featuring more than 25 of the city's hottest chefs, premier restaurants and culinary schools donating their time, talent and signature cuisine. The day will be packed with wine, beer, live entertainment and auctions. $60-$85. 6 p.m. preview, 7 p.m. culinary event. The Atrium, Two Wachovia Center, 401 S. Tryon St. 704-376-1785. www.tasteofthenation.org.

APRIL 17-APRIL 25 -- Creative Loafing's Beer Week. (April 17-April 25) Taste new beers, visit a brewery, cook with beer, crawl the Uptown bars and much more! www.charlotte.creativeloafing.com/beerweek.

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