Chew on This: Local restaurant news
Deidre Schipani – Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Light it up
Firefly Distillery on Wadmalaw Island has added offerings to its lineup: Firefly Moonshine.
Between 41.1 and 100.7 proof, 20.55 percent and 50.35 percent alcohol by volume, Firefly Moonshine is produced in six flavors: White Lightning, Apple Pie, Caramel, Cherry, Strawberry and Peach.
“When we first started making the Firefly Moonshine, we kept it to ourselves. It was a ‘distillery secret’ that only a few people knew about,” said Scott Newitt, a co-founder of the distillery along with Jim Irvin. “But it tasted so good our ‘Firefly insiders’ kept asking for it. So we decided it was time to share the good stuff and make it available across the U.S.”
Firefly Moonshine sales kicked off at the distillery tasting room in mid-February and was introduced statewide later in the month. It is on its way to licensed liquor distributors, retailers, bars and restaurants nationwide.
Go to www.fireflymoonshine.com.
Palma and pinot
Pinot and seafood will reign supreme at High Cotton’s wine dinner featuring wines from Anne Amie Vineyards.
At 6:30 p.m. April 4, executive chef Joe Palma will create a five-course menu featuring seafood dishes.
The dinner is $85 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 724-3815. High Cotton is at 199 East Bay St.
Go to www.highcottoncharleston.com.
Cruising for a brewskie
Palmetto Breeze has launched its schedule of beers, breezes and cruises:
April 4: Westbrook Brewing
May 2: Stone Brewing Co.
June 6: SweetWater Brewing Co.
July 11: New Belgium Brewing
Aug. 1: Palmetto Brewery
Sept. 5: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
The cruises begin at 6 p.m., with “Meet the Brewers” at 7 p.m. Beer and food pairings will be served at Lighthouse on the Creek on Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant. Tickets are $55 and include the cruise, food and beer pairings. Tickets can be purchased at Bottles on Coleman Boulevard, Lighthouse on the Creek or Red’s Ice House. Call 881-7384.
Spicing it up
Charleston Tea Plantation has introduced two new tea flavors to its American Classic tea selections: Cinnamon Spice and Carolina Mint.
American Classic tea is made from tea grown locally at the Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island and is Certified S.C. Grown. It’s the only tea grown in America. Charleston Tea Plantation is at 6617 Maybank Highway on Wadmalaw Island.
Tacos going to Dogs
The RiverDogs will transform the former Nacho House to a Taco House called Wacko Taco.
Because of its popularity, the baseball club will continue to offer the well-known Kitchen Sink Nachos, which includes everything in the concession stand (but the kitchen sink).
The taco menu will be expanded to include a pulled pork taco featuring locally produced Sticky Fingers pulled pork.
Beer Shakes also make its debut this year and will be available in three flavors: Palmetto Espresso Porter Chocolate (from a local brewery), Guinness Caramel and Sweetwater 420 Strawberry.
Other menu items expected to hit it out of the park are a peanut butter and jalapeno jelly bacon burger and a variety of pork rinds.
Introduced last year to a rousing success was the Sausage World stand, which will continue to offer the alligator, brat and duck sausages. In addition, a chicken and apple-flavored sausage has been added.
For more information, contact the Riley Park Box Office at 577-DOGS (3647) or online at www.riverdogs.com.
Irvin-House Vineyards has resurrected Sippin’ Saturdays noon-4 p.m.
Food service begins at noon with music starting at 1 p.m.
Irvin-House Vineyards is at 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island. For details, call 559-6867 or go to www.charlestonwine.com.
More Easter options
82 Queen will be open 10:30 a.m-3 p.m. for brunch and will open for dinner at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are strongly suggested. Go to www.82Queen.com.
Lowcountry Bistro will open at 10 a.m. and serve its regular menu.
New dog in town
Seppy’s Hotdogs will open on April 13. Join in the opening day festivities noon-3 p.m. It is at 1537D Ben Sawyer Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. Go to www.seppyshotdogs.com.
Corn, pigs and grits
“Hogs and Hominy ... grits that is” will take place 6:30-9 p.m. April 11 at 549 East Bay St. On the menu: pork, grits, a contest, Charleston libations, storytelling, music and more. Tickets include dinner and the program for $75. Go to brownpapertickets.com or call 804-484-5365 for details. This is a culinary evening produced by Sarah Graham and company.
Multiplication of loaves
Five Loaves Cafe has opened at 1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite 50, in the Crickentree Village Center in Mount Pleasant. This is a move within the same center; now they are in the improved and remodeled former Village Tavern space. Look for the bright yellow sails. Call 849-1043.
Pub in Summerville
Caleb Taylor opened the Homegrown Brewhouse at 117 S. Main St., Summerville. On the menu: 40 taps, local beers, beer floats and desserts made with beer.
Clusters packing in
Pearlz Oyster Bar at 9 Magnolia Ave. in West Ashley will hold its last oyster roast of the season 2-5 p.m. April 7. The cost is $12 for all-you-can-eat oysters. They will offer live music by Thomas Champagne and special prices on drinks. Call 573-2277.
Scratching the surface
The former Abe’s Oyster House on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant has new owners who plan to convert this house of bivalves into a cooking emporium called Scratch.
On the menu: an eclectic assortment of global dining options, scratch-made tortillas, breakfast, lunch, a beer garden bar and outdoor patio. Zach Bedell and chef Mat Jones plan to be open for the summer season.