Casting call

A new Food Network show, “Food Court Wars” is casting in the area.

With Tyler Florence as host, the show will pit two teams against each other as they battle to win a restaurant space rent free for an entire year within one of Charleston’s malls; a prize worth up to $100,000.

Casting producer Kristen Damiani and executive producer Gordon Ramsay are searching for local teams with pre-existing relationships (i.e. friends, family, couples, co-workers) who believe they have the winning formula to successfully run their own locally inspired and original eatery. The concept must be specific to the Charleston region.

The deadline to apply is Monday. For more information, go to www.FoodCourtWarsCasting.com.

Tasty Charleston

To celebrate the best of today’s Southern cuisine, Southern Living magazine has announced the “10 Tastiest Towns in the South,” as determined by popular vote.

Southern Living editors identified the most compelling food destinations across the region and allowed consumers to vote for their favorites once a day.

While Durham, N.C., took home the top award, Charleston impressed editors and voters alike. Charleston was recognized for its hyper-attention to local sourcing and indigenous heirloom ingredients.

Chefs Sean Brock and Mike Lata are cited as the city’s star tastemakers. The magazine also singles out Butcher & Bee, Two Borough’s Larder and The Macintosh, and recommends having a barrel-aged Manhattan at The Bar at Husk.

Each town is featured in the May issue, on newsstands Friday. For the full story, go to www.southernliving.com/tasty.

Ted’s truckin’ to D.I.

The new Ted’s Butcherblock food truck will be participating in the Thursday afternoon farmers market on Daniel Island through Oct. 3.

A selection of the shop’s most popular items will be pre-cut and vacuum packed for freshness and available for purchase during the market.

The shop will accommodate special orders. With 24-hour advance notice, special cuts, fresh seafood and more can be prepared and available for pickup at the market. Customers wishing to place special orders can call the shop at 577-0094 or email info@tedsbutcherblock.com.

The farmers market is on Seven Farms Drive in front of the Family Circle Tennis Center.

Giving back

Kickin’ Chicken has announced its fifth annual Month of Giving celebration.

Through May 9, each of the five area Kickin’ Chicken restaurants will donate 10 percent of sales every Thursday to a different neighboring nonprofit organization; that is 20 local nonprofits in total.

A schedule of benefiting organizations by date and location can be found on the website, www.kickinchicken.com.

At the end of last year, Kickin’ Chicken donated more than $20,000 to Camp Happy Days and the Charleston and Summerville Miracle Leagues after their fundraising efforts during the Month of Giving Campaign in November.

Have mercy

Blu Restaurant at Tides Folly Beach will hold a Mercy of the Chef dinner 5-10 p.m. Thursday.

As the name suggests, guests are invited to indulge their taste buds at the “mercy of the chef,” with each of the four courses constructed at the whim of Blu’s executive chef, Jon Cropf.

The four-course dinner will showcase seasonal ingredients available in the Lowcountry and the innovative techniques of Cropf and his team.

Mercy of the Chef takes place every third Thursday at Blu.

The cost is $40 for four courses, with wine pairings. Reservations are not required but are suggested. Blu is at 1 Center St. on Folly Beach.

Call 588-6658.

Seven for salmon

Wild Dunes Resort, 5757 Palms Blvd. on the Isle of Palms, will host a seven-course chef’s table special dinner with wine pairings from the Republic National Distributing Co. at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The theme, “A Study of Salmon,” was inspired by a new “Study of” culinary program throughout Destination Hotels & Resorts, the resort’s management company, to showcase the collection-wide chefs’ abilities to create unique, inspiring dishes based on a special ingredient per quarter, with this quarter featuring salmon.

The chef’s table dinner is $85, excluding tax and gratuity. For more, call 886-2032.

Taste of churches

The churches of the James Island community will hold their second annual Taste of James Island Churches at 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Various churches from the community will show off culinary skills with dishes. There will be live entertainment and a kids activity area.

The event will be at the soccer field of James Island Christian School, behind the McDonald’s on Folly Road.

The event is free to the community and is sponsored by James Island Outreach. The outreach will be collecting canned goods at the gates to assist in stocking the pantry.

For more, call 762-3653.

Shopping for health

Louie’s Kids is holding bi-weekly, one-hour grocery store tours to teach families how to buy healthy, inexpensive food for their homes.

The tours will be run by Laura Conners, nutrition and fitness director at Louie’s Kids.

Contact Conners at Laura@louieskids.org or call her at 819-4693 to reserve a spot for your family. Tours are limited to five families each week.

No. 10

Dragon Palace at 162 Seven Farms Drive on Daniel Island celebrates its 10th anniversary. Celebrate and enjoy a variety of specials offered through April 30.

Learn more at dragonpalacesc.com.

Grand opening

Republic Reign Garden & Lounge will hold its grand opening Friday and Saturday. It is at 462 King St. Call 724-7400.

The Mac’s back

The Macintosh, 479B King St., has opened its outdoor patio. Call 789-4299.

Guest chef

St. Helena Island native Absalom Thomas will be a guest chef at Alluette’s Cafe, 80-A Reid St., through April 30. Thomas lives in Baltimore and operates Rogue Chef, a personal chef business. Call 577-6926.

New at Osteria

Massi’s Wine Bar and Osteria is offering a three-course meal for $30 from 5-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The bar is at 420 King St. Call 727-4158.

Opening plans

YoBo Cantina Fresca plans to open at 10 Windermere Blvd. in West Ashley. On the menu: vegan and vegetarian Mexican inspired foods. Call 853-3287 or go to yobocantinafresca.com.

From bulgur to zaatar

A Lebanese restaurant will occupy the space of the former Izakaya Ramen, and before that Sushi Hiro. Joseph and Dolly Awkar plan to open a Lebanese restaurant called Leyla at 298 King St. A July opening is planned.