Chew on This: Local restaurant news
Deidre Schipani – Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Lee Brothers event
Middleton Place will host the Lee Brothers on Thursday for a special lecture.
Award-winning authors and Charleston natives Matt and Ted Lee will give a brief lecture on Lowcountry cuisine and its influence on modern American cooking. The discussion will be followed by a reception and a book signing of the Lee Brothers’ latest narrative cookbook, “The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen.”
The event is free and open to the public.
Middleton Place is at 4300 Ashley River Road. Call 556-6020 or go to MiddletonPlace.org for details.
Another special event at Middleton Place is the sixth annual Chef’s Potluck on Sunday.
The event will highlight the bounty of spring by partnering local farmers and fishermen with 12 of the Charleston area’s best chefs.
Featured restaurants this year include Caviar & Bananas, Cru Cafe, Cypress, Daniel Island Club, EVO, FIG, The Glass Onion, The Grocery, Monza, Poogan’s Porch, Social Restaurant + Wine Bar, Slightly North of Broad and Two Boroughs Larder.
The chefs from these restaurants will be paired with local producers Blue Pearl Farms, Abundant Seafood, Blackbird Farms, Burden Creek Dairy, Clammer Dave’s Sustainable Seafood, Compost in My Shoe, Fiddle Farms, Hickory Bluff Berry Farm, Hudson Farms, Joseph Fields Farms, Keegan-Filion Farm, Legare Farms, Local Seafood, Lowland Farms, Manchester Farms, Our Local Foods, Rebellion Farms, Rosebank Farms, Spade & Clover, St. Jude’s Farms and Sweet Bay Produce.
In addition, there will be live music from Garage Cuban Band and local libations provided by Firefly, Grassroots Wine, Coast Brewery, Palmetto Brewery and Social Mocktails.
The event takes place 4-7 p.m. at the Middleton Place Pavilion. Tickets are $60 in advance for Lowcountry Local First members and $70 for nonmembers; day-of tickets are $70 for Lowcountry Local First members and $80 for nonmembers. Tickets are available at The Glass Onion, 1219 Savannah Highway, and online at www.lowcountrylocalfirst.org/potluck.
And there’s yet another event of note over at Middleton Place.
In 2011 and 2012, Micah Garrison, director of food services, and Brandon Buck, executive chef at the Middleton Place Restaurant, planted a small “production garden,” sourcing the restaurant with a variety of heirloom produce.
With the hiring of farm co-managers Amy Talarico and Frank Beaty late last year, the full-fledged Middleton Place Organic Farm is underway with spring vegetables being harvested and the summer crop planted.
The collaborative effort between Garrison and Buck, along with Talarico and Beaty and supervision by Vice President of Horticulture Sidney Frazier, broadened the scope of the production garden, creating a 1-acre farm on the northwest corner of the National Historic Landmark.
The farm will provide produce to the Middleton Place Restaurant and will supply a full-fledged Community Supported Agriculture program in the coming months.
Thornhill Farm in McClellanville is hosting a tour on Saturday for folks to see where its food comes from, meet the farmers and enjoy the company of fellow community members.
From 9 a.m.-1 p.m., enjoy a tour of the farm, barbecue, activities for children, a plant sale and more.
Admission is free, but donations are accepted to benefit the farm’s nonprofit, Adaptive Gardens of the Lowcountry, which provides horticultural therapy to special needs residents of the Charleston area.
The farm is at 10882 U.S. Highway 17. Call 887-3500.
Caviar & Bananas has announced the hiring of a new chef, Scott Roule, as it celebrates its fifth anniversary in May. Roule comes to Charleston from Charlotte.
Caviar & Bananas has two locations: in the City Market on Market Street and at 51 George St. Call 577-7757 or go to www.caviarandbananas.com.
New somm in town
Cappie Peete, beverage director at McCrady’s Restaurant, has earned her Advanced Sommelier Certificate and joins a small group of certified wine sommeliers. McCrady’s is at 2 Unity Alley. Call 577-0025.
Planet Follywood at 32-A Center St. on Folly Beach has announced a new spring menu with changes coming from daily specials that were made permanent fixtures. Look for wraps, pita pockets and build-your-own concepts. Go to www.planetfollywood.com.
Catch of the day
Chef Ken Vedrinski will be expanding his restaurant offerings this summer as he opens his newest venture, Coda del Pesce (Italian for “tail of the fish”).
The 70-plus seat contemporary Italian-influenced restaurant will showcase the area’s most untapped asset: the ocean and the view.
Located at 1130 Ocean Blvd. on the Isle of Palms, the restaurant in undergoing a renovation to ensure key elements highlight the impressive backdrop. There will be a small outside deck overlooking the ocean featuring 18 seats.
Open seven days a week, the bar will begin service at 4:30 p.m. daily and dinner will be served 5-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and until 11 p.m. on weekends. Find out more at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Torch Velvet Lounge at 545 King St. is open Tuesday-Saturday. Call 723-9333.