Celebrity chefs

Cypress will host a celebrity chef tour dinner benefiting the James Beard Foundation on Feb. 6.

Executive chef Craig Deihl will join culinary forces with Trevor Kunk (Blue Hill, New York), Tory McPhail (Commander’s Palace, New Orleans), Andrea Reusing (Lantern, Chapel Hill and 2011 James Beard Best Chef: Southeast) and David Varley (Mina Group).

The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. with wines and cocktails.

Tickets are $160, inclusive of tax and gratuity. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the James Beard Foundation, and reservations can be made through the Celebrity Chef Tour website, www.celebritycheftour.com, or by calling Cypress at 937-4012, ext. 229.

‘Beef 7 Ways’

Kick off your new year with a one-of-a-kind, first-of-its-kind “Beef 7 Ways Wine Dinner” at the Old Village Post House with special guest chef and owner of Mi Xao, Anh Toan Ho.

It will be an evening of culinary fusion as chef de cuisine Forrest Parker and chef Ho have created a menu that balances the flavors of Vietnam with Lowcountry favorites. Each course is paired with a complementary wine.

The dinner is $50, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and must be made by calling 388-8935. Online reservations are not accepted for special dinners.

The restaurant is at 101 Pitt St., Mount Pleasant. The dinner will take place at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23. A full menu can be viewed at www.mavericksouthernkitchens.com.

New year, new hours

The Dine With Sal restaurant group, which owns and operates five Charleston area restaurants, is extending weekend hours.

Sal Parco, owner of the Dine With Sal restaurants, said that after hearing from many customers that they would love to eat Sunday brunch and breakfast at the Mustard Seed and Boulevard Diner, he decided to extend hours starting this weekend.

The following restaurants have new hours:

Mustard Seed (Summerville, Mount Pleasant and James Island): Now open 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sundays for brunch.

Boulevard Diner (Mount Pleasant): Now open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays for breakfast.

Village Bakery & Cafe (Mount Pleasant): Now open for dinner 5:30-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The Village Bakery will be offering a select local farm to table dinner menu.

For locations and more information, go to www.dinewithsal.com or facebook.com/dinewithsal.

In other news, Parco has closed Sette VII in Mount Pleasant. This marks the second restaurant Parco has closed in the past year. Uno Mas closed in the fall.

Sette VII will remain vacant a short period, as Alfredo Temelini of Pane e Vino downtown opens a second location in Mount Pleasant. A Jan. 17 opening is planned. Pane e Vino Mount Pleasant will be at 201 Coleman Blvd.

New year, new menu

The Taco Spot has released a new menu, keeping the old but adding on “specials” as part of the new menu launch. It is at 1301-B Ashley River Road. Go to www.thetacospot.com.

Now serving brunch

Gathering Cafe at 1124 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. is now serving Sunday brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 297-8380 or go to gatheringwestashley.com.

Face-lift for Cru

Terry Zucker, mother of Cru Cafe chef/owner John Zucker, is bringing her design skills back to the popular Pinckney Street restaurant as Cru Cafe closes through Monday for some motherly love. Terry Zucker of Starting Over Design Studio was the original designer for Cru Cafe, 18 Pinckney St. Call 534-2434.

Rollback at the Porch

Poogan’s Porch is rolling back its prices to 1978, celebrating 35 years in business.

Executive chef Daniel Doyle and the Ball family offer this annual “reduction” to thank their patrons. The menu is available Jan. 21-31. The “rollback” menu is available at dinner only. The restaurant is at 72 Queen St. Call 577-2337 or go to poogansporch.com.

The herd is expanding

Mike Kulick, owner of the Tattooed Moose at 1137 Morrison Drive, is looking to expand to Johns Island with a restaurant, bar, smokehouse, retail establishment, and event and wedding venue. Plans are in the early stages.

Finalists announced

A panel of judges recently re-created all 28 submissions for the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival’s Official Mixologist Competition and narrowed down the entries to four high-scoring favorites. The finalists and their cocktails are:

Hallie Arnold of The Grocery: All About the Benjamins.

Evan Powell of Republic Reign: The Rhuby Slipper.

Joe Raya of The Gin Joint: Sharecropper Collins.

Justin Simko of The Bar at Husk: The Poor Woodcutter.

The finalists will face off at the festival’s Official Mixologist Competition, an invitation-only event. Guest votes will be tallied along with votes from a panel of judges to determine the overall winner, whose cocktail will be featured as the signature drink at the Feb. 28 Opening Night Party: Salute to Charleston’s Chefs.

Go to charlestonwineandfood.com.