Chew on This: Local restaurant news
Deidre Schipani – Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The Cannonborough Beverage Co. continues its Soda Sweet Sixteen, a March Madness-style bracket that invites devotees of the company’s sodas to decide which new flavor will debut at this year’s farmers market.
The choices are down to the Final Four, with the final round announced Saturday.
Fans of the Cannonborough Beverage Co. can place their votes by commenting beneath the bracket on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Cannonbevco.
The winning flavor will be featured at the Cannonborough Beverage Co.’s stand at the April 13 Charleston Farmers Market in Marion Square.
For information on the company, go to www.cannonbevco.com.
Wine-ing on Daniel Is.
Sauer Grapes, 885-C Island Park Drive on Daniel Island, will host a series of wine tastings for tennis fans through Saturday. All tastings are free.
Regular hours are 3-8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Go to www.sauergrapeswine.com or call 849-1999.
Catch lunch at Fish
Just in time for spring weekend festivities, Fish will open its doors to the Saturday lunch crowd beginning this week.
Locals and visitors can enjoy Fish’s $10 lunch menu favorites.
Doors open for Cooper River Bridge Run racers and fans at 9 a.m. Saturday. Regular lunch hours will be 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
Fish Restaurant also is launching a new spring menu that features local peas, mushroom and asparagus alongside garden herbs like basil and tarragon, Bibb lettuce, tamarind and quinoa.
Dim sum highlights include chef Nico Romo’s clam creme brulee and the lobster roll with spicy pickled celery on coconut brioche.
For dinner, they recommend the tilefish with quinoa and fava beans in a truffle mushroom consomme or seared scallops over coconut-avocado sushi rice with a sunchoke and fennel quiche.
New dessert and cocktail menus are also debuting. Go to www.fishrestaurantcharleston.com.
Benefit at Opal
Opal executive chef Patrick Owens is hosting a benefit dinner in honor of friend and local food and beverage industry fixture Matt Tooman, who recently was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Tooman was the former bar manager at Muse and is a wine consultant for Whole Foods.
In an effort to raise awareness about MS and support Tooman in his fight against the disease, Owens is putting together a benefit dinner April 15.
The evening will kick off with a “Charcuterie Happy Hour,” featuring plates of house-cured meats, artisan cheeses and accompaniments. Guests then can choose from a three-course prix-fixe menu, which includes dessert and wine pairings.
The event begins at 6 p.m. The cost is $75 plus tax and gratuity, and proceeds will benefit Direct-MS.
Opal Restaurant + Wine Bar is at 1960 Riviera Drive, Suite C, at The Shoppes at Seaside Farms in Mount Pleasant. Call 8654-9070 or go to www.owensdininggroup.com.
New chef at Kiawah
The Kiawah Island Golf Resort has welcomed a new chef, Brendon Bashford.
As part of his initiation, area residents have been invited to stop by 5-7 p.m. April 11 to meet The Sanctuary’s culinary team.
Dine on its seasonal creations inspired by bright colors, crisp flavors and crunchy textures at this complimentary event at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, One Sanctuary Beach Drive.
Black Magic Cafe at 103 W. Erie St. on Folly Beach will extend its offerings by adding full-service dining supported by new dining room and bar menus.
Owner Eran Maron has hired chef Bill DeRoche, previously of the TBonz group and Sesame, to bring his Lowcountry sensibilities to the menu.
Mimosas, bloody marys, Irish coffees, craft beer and wine selections will round out the Black Magic experience.
Black Magic Cafe is open daily at 7 a.m. Call 406-3507.