In honor of the season, chef Benjamin “BJ” Dennis is staging a holiday version of his popular Gullah-Geechee pop-up dinner, capped off with a baked pumpkin souffle.
The Dec. 13 supper at the Tomato Shed Cafe on Johns Island will also include smoked turkey wings, braised greens, red rice, roasted vegetables and lettuce with buttermilk dressing. A $30 ticket includes tea, but beer and wine will be available for purchase. The event is free for children under 10.
Doors open at 7 p.m., and dinner’s served at 7:30 p.m. For reservations, call Stono Market at 559-9999.
One of the first restaurants to brave upper King Street is adjusting its schedule to reflect the changing character of the neighborhood.
With so many diners now flocking to the area, Fish is doing away with the lunch program it devised to draw customers who might be skittish about venturing north of Calhoun Street at night. According to Christie Gregovich of operator Patrick Properties Hospitality Group, lunch wasn’t part of the 13-year old restaurant’s original business plan.
“The thought was really to give folks a reason to come to this side of town,” Gregovich says of the popular $10 lunch deal. “Now with the development of the neighborhood and growth in foot traffic, we can really be truer to our business model and respond to what we see as a stronger call to offer dinner service on Sundays.” Continue reading “Fish Eliminates Lunch Service” »
The spate of human birthdays in November makes scientific sense: Count back nine months, and you’ll land on Valentine’s Day.
But what explains the prevalence of local restaurant November birthdays? Is it a reflection of owners frantically trying to open their doors before the holiday season? Or a desperate effort to qualify for the year’s best new restaurant accolades? Whatever the reason, eaters are the beneficiaries: High Cotton turns 14 tomorrow, and the restaurant’s celebrating by pouring free sparkling wine. Each dinner guest will receive a complimentary glass of Dibon Cava Brut.
High Cotton opens at 5:30 p.m.
In a bid to improve its bottom line, which has been held down by the high costs of organic food, Mt. Pleasant’s Puree Café is launching a full-fledged dinner menu later this month.
“We’re not in danger of going out of business, but it’s got to get profitable at some point,” Jenan McClain says of the vegetarian restaurant she and her husband launched last year.
According to McClain, the restaurant’s commitment to using only organic ingredients hasn’t resonated with local eaters, who tend to group Puree with the spate of other new Mt. Pleasant restaurants emphasizing freshness, such as Southerly and Scratch Taco.
“A lot of people in the South don’t even know what a GMO is, so it’s been a real educational process,” McClain says. Continue reading “Puree Cafe Isn’t Luring Customers With Organic Food; Adds Dinner” »
For eaters willing to buck the old cliché about never wanting to know how sausage is made, Ted’s Butcherblock this month is offering an interactive demo.
On Oct. 23, staffers of the downtown meat shop will show 12 diners how to prepare sausage and pâte. A $75 ticket to the 7:30 p.m. event includes beer, wine and a sausage dinner. To reserve, call 577-0094.
Buttermilk is a recurring item on Tristan’s menus, but the downtown restaurant is now planning a four-course dinner at which the humble beverage will be incorporated into every high-end dish.
At the Sept. 26 event, inspired by Vermont dairywoman Diane St. Clair’s The Animal Farm Buttermilk Cookbook, buttermilk will brine the fried chicken; sauce the carbonara; soften the mashed potatoes accompanying a veal breast and flavor the cheesecake. Chef Nate Whiting describes the dinner as “an homage to buttermilk.”
St. Clair is quoted in a release as saying the menu’s also a tribute to buttermilk’s “amazing culinary versatility.”
Although St. Clair won’t be attending the dinner (she dined at Tristan while in town earlier this year to promote her book), you can score a ticket for $125. The price includes three wine pairings, since man apparently can’t live on buttermilk alone, and a copy of St. Clair’s book. To reserve, call 534-2155.
Woodlands Mansion in Summerville is opening its doors for its first public dinner since closing its restaurant last year: Alums Nate Whiting (Tristan), sommelier Stephane Peltier (Accent on Wine) and pianist Tom Bailey are reuniting for Chase After a Cure, an Aug. 25 event to benefit pediatric cancer research. Tickets to the five-course dinner are $500; only 60 tickets will be sold.
“With Charleston being such a food town, we thought it was natural to create a food event,” says owner Tom Limehouse.
The experience was designed to recreate former patrons’ most cherished memories of the award-winning restaurant. Limehouse predicts diners will recognize a few of the dishes on the newly-finalized menu, which includes sea urchin panna cotta; vanilla-poached lobster; scratch-made risotto; dry-aged duck breast with foie gras and mushrooms and smoked chocolate parfait. In addition to the wine pairings, 30 wines will be poured during a social hour before dinner.
Tickets are available at memoriesatthemansion.com. Click on the menu below for further details.