Boston Strong

In response to the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, area bake shop Cupcake has launched a special promotion to benefit those affected.

All proceeds from Boston Cream cupcake sales will go directly to the One Fund Boston organization.

Created in a joint-effort by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, the One Fund Boston organization is raising money to help families most affected by the tragic events that unfolded during the marathon on April 15.

The Boston Cream cupcake is made with a vanilla cake base and is filled with vanilla cream, topped with chocolate icing and drizzled with ganache. These special cupcakes are available daily at all locations: Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Columbia and Greenville until Saturday.

Go to www.freshcupcakes.com.

Ronnie Boals honored

On April 18, the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association honored restaurateur Ronnie Boals with a Lifetime Achievement Award during a ceremony that celebrated his more than 50 years in the Charleston restaurant industry.

In addition to presenting Boals with the award, the CRA donated a $1,500 scholarship to the Culinary Institute of Charleston in his name.

During Boals’ years in the industry, he owned and operated 10 restaurants throughout the area, including Ronnie’s and RB’s on Shem Creek.

CRA President Steve Carroll, and Executive Director Kathy Britzius presented the award.

Art with a mimosa side

The Glass Onion, 1219 Savannah Highway, will celebrate local artist Jenny Brown on Saturday.

The West Ashley restaurant will exhibit Brown’s Lowcountry-inspired art during Saturday’s brunch service from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Glass Onion will be open for regular brunch hours 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and will host the exhibit in its side yard. A complimentary mimosa will accompany the purchase of any painting.

Go to www.ilovetheglassonion.com or call 225-1717.

Culinary showdown

The Charleston Culinary Tours’ Charleston Chefs Showdown will take place 6:30-9:30 p.m. May 9 at the Maritime Center in a North vs. South contest.

South of Calhoun chefs Ross Webb of Leaf Cafe and Steven Ollard of Amen Street will be pitted against North of Calhoun chefs Trey Stabler of Five Loaves Cafe and Shay MacDonald of HoM.

As these competitors go head to head in a series of cook-offs to determine who will be named champion, guests will be able to watch the live competition and view the judging panel in action.

Additionally, spectators will be able to enjoy a variety of Charleston delicacies offered by sponsoring restaurants including Southend Brewery and Smokehouse, Leaf, Amen Street, Sweet CeCe’s, Kaminsky’s, Stars, HoM, Sugar Bakeshop, Lowcountry Bistro, Five Loaves Cafe and The Macintosh, all while enjoying music by The Bushels.

Proceeds benefit Chefs Feed the Need. Tickets are $100 and are available on etix.com or by calling 259-2966.

Local and learning

Try lunch at 24 North Market, the student-run restaurant at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta.

Students in their final quarters in the culinary programs handle both kitchen duties and front of house hospitality under supervison of the faculty.

The three-course lunch menu features entrees such as oolong-marinated striped bass with braised bok choy in a citrus-soy demi glace. There are appetizers including soba noodle salad in rice vinegar with cilantro, julienned vegetables and peanuts. Desserts complement the other two courses and feature items such as green tea mousse cake.

24 North Market is open for lunch 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The three-course lunch is $12, including tax and beverage. All gratuities collected go to the Culinary Student Scholarship Fund. Reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins and takeaway orders are welcome. For reservations, call 727-3500 or email 24northmarket@aii.edu during school hours.

Culinary retreat

Planters Inn is celebrating its restaurant, Peninsula Grill, and the recent release of its cookbook, “Peninsula Grill: Served With Style,” with a culinary retreat. Stay one night, enjoy a three-course menu with wine pairings for two, a signature breakfast and a copy of the cookbook signed by chef Graham Dailey. The package starts at $615 for off-peak days and $730 on weekend nights (Friday and Saturday). Call 722-2345 or go to www.plantersinn.com.

To mother, with love

Numerous local spots are offering up Mother’s Day specials.

Owens Dining Group’s restaurants Opal and Langdon’s will be open for a special Mother’s Day brunch. Additionally, the restaurants will be offering a special Mother’s Day dinner menu. Brunch will be served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with dinner at 5-9 p.m. Go to www.owensdininggroup.com.

Tristan, 10 Linguard St., will be open Mother’s Day serving a special brunch menu 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Go to tristandining.com or call 534-2155.

Both locations of J. Paul’z will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The James Island spot is at 1739 Maybank Highway and can be reached at 795-6995, while the Mount Pleasant spot is at 1405 Ben Sawyer Blvd., 884-2425. Reservations are suggested.

Rita’s Seaside Grille, 2 Center St. on Folly Beach, will be open normal hours 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and serving brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 588-2525.

Ms. Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails, 1090 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., will be open regular hours 11 a.m.-until. Reservations suggested. Call 766-0223.

Liberty Tap Room, 1028 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant, will open at 11 a.m. A new Sunday brunch menu will be served 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Both locations of TBonz Gill & Grill will open at 11 a.m. The West Ashley location is at 1668 Old Towne Road and can be reached at 556-2478, while the downtown location is at 80 N. Market St., 577-2511.

Both locations of Pearlz Oyster Bar will open at 2 p.m. The West Ashley location is at 9 Magnolia Road and can be reached at 573-2277, while the downtown Charleston location is at 153 East Bay St., 577-5755.

Mobile pizza society

Wood-fired pizza, hand-crafted beers and wine, all served from a vintage truck right in your own backyard. Check out Coastal Crust, a mobile eatery. Go to coastalcrust.com or call 654-9606.

Newly renovated

Twenty Six Divine has sprouted a charming outdoor patio, a sky blue dining room, and a new menu of sweet and savory treats. They are at 682 King St., open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Go to twentysixdivine.com.

Black Magic Cafe at 103 W. Erie St. on Folly Beach has completed interior renovations, expanded the patio, has a pet-friendly deck, serves breakfast, brunch and lunch and has a full espresso bar. Open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. Call 633-0025 or go to www.blackmagicfb.com.

Now open

Craftsman Kitchen & Tap House at 12 Cumberland St. features two bars and 48 taps. Choose between pub-style throwbacks or soup, salad, sausage, meat, fish and skillet entree options that change daily. Call 577-9699.

Southern BBQ & Seafood Grill in the Festival Centre in North Charleston at Dorchester and Ashley Phosphate roads is now serving a selection of ribs, wings and seafood.