MAY 1 -- Cinco de Mayo Sampling. Grab a margarita and celebrate all things Mexico. Cantina is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a cooking demonstration from the restaurant's chef. Enjoy watching a preparation of their signature Shrimp and Avocado Ceviche-Acapulco Syle dish and tasting it when it's finished. Wash your sampling down with the General Manager's newest cocktail -- the Viva Mexico Avocado. If your mouth waters for more, you can take the recipes home with you and have your own Mexican fiesta. Free. 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Cantina 1511, 1511 East Blvd. 704-331-9222. www.cantina1511restaurant.com.
MAY 2 -- Historic South End First Friday Gallery Crawl. Dinner and art in South End is the perfect start to a summer weekend. Every month on the first Friday you can check out the latest works from unique artists after dining out at one of your favorite local eateries. Gallery listings and participating restaurants at www.historicsouthend.com. Free. 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
MAY 5 -- Cooking For Hunger. Table presents a chef-prepared, multicourse meal featuring products from Earth Fare. Proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Advance reservations only. $65. 6:30 p.m. Table Restaurant & Bar, 14835 John J. Delaney Drive, Ste. 150. 704-369-5170. www.bluerestaurantandbar.com.