Fresh on the menu

Marion Square becomes center stage as more than a dozen of the Lowcountry’s top chefs demonstrate how to make some of their favorite recipes with ingredients that are grown and produced in South Carolina.

Presented by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, attendees also will be able to sample products from the producers, processors and vendors that make up the Certified South Carolina program.

The chef demonstrations will take place in the Certified S.C. Tent at Marion Square and are covered by general admission tickets ($20 Friday and Saturday, $10 Sunday; $40 for a three-day pass).

Here’s the schedule:


11 a.m., Nate Whiting of Tristan

Noon, Simon Andrews ofThe Swamp Fox Restaurant

1 p.m., Steve Lusby of 82 Queen

2 p.m., Michelle Weaver of Charleston Grill

3 p.m., Eric Huff of Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill


11 a.m., John Ondo of Lana

Noon, Miles Huff of The Culinary Institute of Charleston

1 p.m., Fred Neuville of Fat Hen

2 p.m., Mark Collins of Circa 1886


1 p.m., Jill Mathias of Carolina’s

2 p.m., David Pell of Coast Bar & Grill

3 p.m., Jason Reed of Boone Hall Farms

Ducks Unlimited Oyster Roast

Join East Cooper Ducks Unlimited for the 16th annual oyster roast and a Lowcountry cookout.

In addition to all-you-can-eat oysters and Southern delicacies, enjoy an open bar, music, raffles and live and silent auctions.

The event will be 6-11 p.m. Friday at the Charleston Visitor Center, 375 Meeting St.

Tickets are $60 in advance, $75 at the door if still available, and include a 2013 membership to Ducks Unlimited.

Find out more or order tickets at or by calling 513-7387.

Bluegrass Breakfast

On Saturday, start your day with breakfast, bloody mary’s and live bluegrass at the Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King St.

Music will be performed by the Lindsay Holler Band.

The event will run 9-11 a.m. and is part of the VIP calendar of events. VIP tickets start at $150 for two patrons.

Find out more at

Duck Shuck Oyster Roast

The South Carolina Waterfowl Association’s 18th annual event will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Omar Shrine Center, 176 Patriots Point Road, in Mount Pleasant.

The event will include live music, a live and silent auction, plus raffles. The attire is casual.

Tickets are $50. To order, call 803-452-6000 or go to

Lowcountry Bistro

The flavors of the wild are on the menu at Lowcountry Bistro, 49 South Market St.

No guide is required, just an appetite for buffalo, alligator, duck and quail.

Check out the section of their website,, where executive chef Steven Lusby and chef Matt Paul “got game.”

Find out more at 302-0290.

82 Queen

Let your appetite take flight at 82 Queen, where duck wings, elk burgers, boar sausage and lamb ribs walk on the wild side with creative sides, ragouts and reductions that speak to where the wild things are.

During SEWE, executive chef Steven Lusby plans daily specials.

82 Queen is at 82 Queen St. Call 723-7591 or go to

Charleston Cooks!

Sharpen your skills at Charleston Cooks!

The retail shop at 194 East Bay St. will hold two classes that will feature the perfect recipes for your SEWE adventure.

The classes will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $60.

Go to for more.

Red’s Ice House

Red’s Ice House, 98 Church St., on Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant will kick off the weekend in fine outdoor style.

Check out their website,, for up-to-date details.


Slightly North of Broad, 192 East Bay St., will be serving a “game on” menu featuring antelope, wild salmon and buffalo on Saturday. Call 723-3424 to reserve a spot.