Best burger winner

After more than two months of tasty burger creations from residents of the Lowcountry, eight weekly winners have been chosen for the Big Billy’s Burger Joint “Build a Burger” Contest.

The public is invited to see which burger will reign supreme and be named Best Burger by celebrity judges at the Winners Circle Party at 6 p.m. Saturday at 5070 International Blvd. in North Charleston.

Judging will begin at 7 p.m. and includes celebrity judges 95SX Two Girls and A Guy’s Tanya Brown and Mike the Guy, chef Robert Carter, former television personality Ryan Nelson and North Charleston City Councilman Elliott Summey.

The contest was not limited to beef burgers, as contestants could build their burger by choosing turkey, black bean or chicken, as well.

See the full list at www.bigbillysburgerjoint.com.

New salad menu

Executive chef Todd Mazurek has put together a new salad menu full of fresh ingredients, new tastes, flavors and textures at Caviar & Bananas.

The restaurant will introduce five new signature salads, and will also offer a daily salad special inspired by seasonal ingredients called the “Farmer’s Market” salad. Expect new protein toppings, a new line of dressings and salad toppers.

The menu is now available at the 51 George St. and 188 Meeting St. locations.

Expanded options

Ted’s Butcherblock is adding a new offering to its weekend dining events: Friday Night Cookouts.

Pick your entree from the shop’s selection of top-quality all-natural meats, and Ted’s chef will grill it up on the Big Green Egg and serve it with a choice of house-made sauces and two sides plus a featured house-made dessert. The cost is $14 plus the cost of your selection from the butcher counter.

Friday Cookouts take place weekly from 5-8 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

Diners are also invited to check out the shop’s Friday Wine Tastings, an opportunity to taste four featured wines in exchange for a $5 donation to a featured charity. Diners staying for dinner on Friday can enjoy 10 percent off any of the featured wines with their meal.

The grilling continues with Ultimate Burger Saturdays, starting at noon. The recipe changes each week, and details are posted on the shop’s website and Facebook page in advance. The cost for a burger, side and featured craft beer is $15, or $11 minus the beer.

Ted’s is at 334 East Bay St. Call 577-0094 or go to www.tedsbutcherblock.com.

Cast your ballot

Southern Living magazine names Charleston one of the “Tastiest Towns in the South” in its February issue, on newsstands Friday.

Now it’s up to readers to decide the ultimate winner among the 10 nominated towns.

Cast your vote for the “Tastiest Town in the South” through Feb. 28 on southernliving.com/tasty. Each daily vote allows a consumer to be entered for a chance to win $1,500 toward a trip to the Tasty Town of their choice.

Southern Living will profile each of the towns and reveal the winner in the May issue, on newsstands April 19, and online.

Eaters with benefits

Diners at Oak, The Macintosh and O-Ku can bring their Restaurant Week receipts to The Cocktail Club and enjoy a $5 specialty cocktail. The Cocktail Club is at 479 King St.

New drink menu

82 Queen has launched a new specialty cocktail, beer and wine menu. To check out the new libations, go to www.82queen.com/wine-listor www.82queen.com/menus/cocktails.

Now open

Phuong Vietnamese Restaurant at 5634 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston. Call 718-3781.

Now closed

Huck’s Lowcountry Table on the Isle of Palms.

Under construction

Indigo Road Group’s Indaco, a rustic Italian pizza place at 526 King St.

Blue Oyster Bash

Friends of MUSC Children’s Hospital will hold the inaugural Blue Oyster Bash 7-10 p.m. Feb. 2 at Charles Towne Landing’s Founders Hall.

The oyster roast and barbecue event will feature music by The Blue Dogs, “art in progress” as local artisans demonstrate their talents, a silent auction, and a beer and wine bar with a signature “Blue Cocktail.”

Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 after Jan. 25. VIP tickets are $125. Tickets are available at friendsofmuscchildrenshospital.givezooks.com/events/winter-blues-2013.

Friends of MUSC Children’s Hospital raises funds for and enhances community awareness for the Children’s Hospital at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Friday fundraising

Charleston Crab House will host three “All You Can Eat” charity oyster roasts for organizations in the Charleston community.

These events will be 6-9 p.m. on the deck of the Crab House on Wappoo Creek and will include steamed local clusters of oysters, homemade chili and all the fixings.

Roasts are scheduled for Friday (benefiting the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy) and Jan. 25 (benefiting the James Island Charter High School Band).

“All You Can Eat” charity oyster roasts are open to the public. Drinks and other foods are available for purchase.

Go to www.charlestoncrabhouse.comor call 795-1963.

Chefs gala

The 14th annual Chefs’ Feast Gala, presented by the Embassy Suites Charleston Area Convention Center will be 6-9:30 p.m. March 10 in the Grand Ballroom.

Led by chef Robert Carter of Carter’s Kitchen and Rutledge Cab Co., the lineup of chefs includes event veterans Marc Collins of Circa 1886, Jeremiah Bacon of Oak and The Macintosh, and Nate Whiting of Tristan.

Proceeds benefit two of the Lowcountry Food Bank’s childhood hunger programs: Kids Cafe and BackPack Buddies.

Chefs’ Feast is black-tie optional. Tickets are $175 and include entrance as well as food and drinks. Go to www.lowcountryfoodbank.org/chefs-feastto purchase tickets.

Call the Lowcountry Food Bank at 747-8146, ext. 105.

Free pancakes

IHOP will mark National Pancake Day on Feb. 5 with free pancakes, all while celebrating the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30th anniversary.

From 7 a.m.-10 p.m. at participating locations, guests can enjoy a complimentary stack of buttermilk pancakes. During their visits, folks will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital or other local charities.

Leading up to Feb. 5, diners can purchase “Miracle Balloons” with proceeds going to the Miracle Network Hospitals. Go to www.ihoppancakeday.com.