Chew on This: Local Restaurant News

Deidre Schipani – Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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Poogan’s Porch at 72 Queen St.

Pigs and bourbon

The second annual Pig Roast & Bourbon Sip, hosted by Poogan’s Porch, will be 3-6 p.m. Sunday in the courtyard behind Poogan’s Porch.

The event will feature live music, bourbon tastings, an array of Southern barbecue favorites and an oyster shucking area.

Wine will be provided by La Wine Agency, Virgil Kaine will offer bourbon pours and Palmetto Brewery will provide beer.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door; tickets include entrance as well as all food and drink. Proceeds will benefit the Lowcountry Food Bank. Advance tickets may be purchased at www.lowcountry foodbank.org. Poogan’s Porch is at 72 Queen St. Call 577-2337.

Power to the plow

The Slow Food Charleston and Whole Foods Market fall film series wraps up Thursday with “Farmageddon” at Cinnebarre, 963 Houston Northcutt Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. Admission is free.

Film-inspired food will be created by the chefs at Whole Foods. Go to www.slowfoodcharleston.com.

Barbecue contest

Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road, will be hosting the Smoke on the Harbor BBQ Thowdown, a Southern Barbecue Network-sanctioned event.

The event benefits the Lowcountry Food Bank.

It will take place Nov. 16-18 at the Lookout Pavilion. The event is open to the public. Guests are asked to bring nonperishable food items. For five canned goods donated, $5 will be taken off the admission price.

Go to www.smokeontheharbor.com or e-mail mgalvin@charlestonharborresort.com.

Lining up wines

The Old Village Post House will host a Row Eleven wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Executive chef Frank Lee and chef de cuisine Forrest Parker will pair the menu with all the best wines in the growing “row.” Wine and beverage director Patrick Emerson has paired wines from Row Eleven’s three Row Eleven, Stratton Lummis and Civello brands to the menu.

The dinner is $75, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 388-8935. Online reservations are not accepted for special dinners.

The Old Village Post House is at 101 Pitt St. in Mount Pleasant. Go to www.mavericksouthernkitchens.com.

Oyster season

Salty Waters Rawbar & Grill at 520 Folly Road will host oysters roasts every Saturday during the shucking season. Look for buckets and all-you-can eat beginning at noon. Call 762-9252.

Leg up on crabs

Sandbar Restaurant at 86 Sandbar Lane on Folly Beach is offering all-you-can-eat crab legs seven days a week. Call 588-9111.

The art of tasting

Social Restaurant + Wine Bar has announced that owner Brad Ball has received his advanced sommelier certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Ball is the youngest sommelier in South Carolina to receive this distinction.

With the addition of Ball, there are now five advanced sommeliers in the state. Ball joins fellow Charlestonians Rick Rubel and Andrew Marshall of Charleston Grill and Patrick Emerson of Maverick Southern Kitchens. There are only 400 with this distinction in the world.

Social Restaurant + Wine Bar is at 188 East Bay St. Call 577-5665.

More Brock accolades

Cooking Light magazine has announced that Sean Brock of Husk and McCrady’s is a 2012 Trailblazing Chef.

The annual award recognize seven chefs who are doing important things in American food. The winners are featured in Cooking Light’s 25th anniversary issue, on newsstands now.

Brock was awarded The Culinary Preservation Award. Check it out at www.cookinglight.com.

Golden brew

Holy City Brewing captured the gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Its Pluff Mud Porter held its own against more than 40 other brown porters.

Smokin’ the votes

Home Team BBQ took the title of “most life-changing ribs in America” in a poll conducted by Esquire magazine. Nine finalists from Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina made up the final field.

Home Team BBQ is at 2209 Middle St. on Sullivan’s Island and 1205 Ashley River Road in West Ashley. Go to hometeambbq.com.

Pints, flights and fun

Caviar & Bananas will host happy hours 4-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Draft beers, local and craft brews plus a $5 happy hour menu are sure to please. Check them out at 51 George St. Call 577-7757 or go to caviarandbananas.com.

Weekend brunching

Lowcountry Bistro, 49 South Market St., is serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Weekend brunch service will begin at 10 a.m. Call 302-0290 or go to www.lowcountrybistro.com/brunch.

Bargains at the Bonz

TBonz in West Ashley, 1668 Old Towne Road, is offering seven lunch entrees for $7.

These specials, dine in only, are available 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 556-2478 or go to www.tbonz.com.

Ramen rage

Kanpai Japanese Restaurant has expanded its ramen menu. The restaurant is at 1035 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in the Fairmont Plaza in Mount Pleasant. Call 884-4227.

Aloha

The Flyin’ Hawaiian Grill is open at 1585 Central Ave. in Summerville. Call 851-8822.

New breakfast spot

The Collective at 766 S. Shelmore Blvd. in Mount Pleasant has opened in the Bi-Lo shopping center. It is in the former Bodacious Bagels location, and not only features breakfast foods but also many of the baristas that made the now-closed Hope and Union a destination for the coffee crowd.

Steaks on the market

Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill opened Friday at 14 Market St. Chef Eric Huff plans a meaty menu with local seafood options to boot. It opens at 4 p.m. daily. Call 737-8700 or go to www.burwellscharleston.com or facebook.com/Burwells.

Reeling in the big fish

Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina at 20 Patriots Point Road has named the new restaurant concept. It will be called Blue Marlin in honor of the large catch marlin pulled from waters off the coast. A 2013 opening is planned. Go to www.bluemarlinfishhouse.net for more.