Chew on This: Local restaurant news

Deidre Schipani – Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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Shrimp is what’s on the menu at the Old Village Post House’s annual shrimp dinner.

Beer and blue jeans

Put on your favorite pair of blue jeans and join Circa 1886 chef Marc Collins for a fun and informal Blue Jeans and Craft Beer Dinner.

The casual four-course dinner pairs Collins’ Southern fare with craft beer selections from Charleston’s Westbrook Brewery.

The festivities kick off with a reception and live music in the courtyard at 6:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m. Friday. Cost is $50, excluding tax and gratuity.

To reserve your seat or for more information about Circa 1886, call 853-7828 or go to www.circa1886.com. Circa 1886 is at 149 Wentworth St.

Sizzling shrimp

The Old Village Post House is at it again. Its annual shrimp dinner will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Enjoy the culinary delights of the sizzlin’ cooking duo of chefs Frank Lee and Forrest Parker. Wine and beverage manager Tony Norton will pair wines from the Grassroots Wines portfolio with each course.

The dinner is $65, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 388-8935.

The Old Village Post House is at 101 Pitt St. in Mount Pleasant.

French dinner

Master chefs of France and the French Culinary Academy will host their 2013 gala dinner at Lowndes Grove Plantation from 5:30-10 p.m. June 24.

Guests of this black-tie event will join more than 100 internationally renowned French master chefs for a six-course, contemporary French dinner paired with fine wines presented by four of the South’s prominent master chefs of France, including Charleston’s own Nico Romo, the executive culinary director at Fish Restaurant.

The evening program will also highlight the prestigious Woman of the Year award, with entertainment provided by host Patrick Properties Hospitality Group.

A limited number of $200 tickets are available and can be purchased at mcf-acfcharleston.brownpapertickets.com.

Lowndes Grove is at 266 St. Margaret St.

Bowling specials

The Alley in downtown Charleston is offering new weekly specials to help folks beat the heat throughout the summer.

Industry Night: Starting at 5 p.m. Mondays, hospitality industry professionals can enjoy specials on half-off appetizers, $12 buckets of beer, $10 pitchers of beer, $2 PBRs and half-off bowling.

Burger and Bowling League Night: Special summer bowling leagues will be offered for interested teams as well as Hoop & Skee leagues for those with a more competitive nature starting in mid-June. A special burger will be highlighted each Tuesday, and guests can enjoy free boiled peanuts from 4-7 p.m.

Family Day: Bring the family from 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays and take part in kids’ movies and popular TV shows on the big screens, special crafts and a free kids’ meal with a paid adult meal.

Fried Chicken and Beer Night: Home Team Kitchen will knock it out on Thursdays with its fried chicken with a special featured beer of the week. A monthly beer dinner will start in June.

DJ and Dancing: Get funky on Fridays as a DJ spins the latest tunes to get the crowd dancing and enjoying the summertime festivities.

Pizza, Pizza!: A special themed pizza will be offered each Saturday by Home Team Kitchen featuring fresh and local ingredients.

To learn more about the summer specials and events, call 818-4080 or go to www.facebook.com/TheAlleyCharleston.

On the block

Ted’s Butcherblock, downtown Charleston’s only neighborhood butcher shop and cafe, is offering the second installment of its exclusive new quarterly Butcher Demo Dinners, created to educate people about the art and science of butchering.

Once each quarter this year, shop owner Ted Dombrowski and chef Brian Parkhurst are spending an evening demonstrating the skills used every day behind the butcher counter.

The second event will take place 7-9 p.m. June 26, when they demonstrate the process of breaking down a whole hog and discuss the best way to prepare the resulting cuts and sections.

The evening will conclude with a casual pork dinner, and guests will leave with pork to cook at home.

Ted’s Butcher Demo Dinners are limited to 10 people. The cost of $125 includes the dinner, drinks and a selection of meat cuts to bring home. A credit card number is required for reservations, and there is a 48-hour cancellation policy. Reservations can be made by calling 577-0094.

Swilling for sushi

O-Ku sushi bar and restaurant will host a four-course Asian dinner featuring Asian lagers and ales during dinner service from 5-10:30 p.m. June 23.

The cost is $45 and reservations are required. Call 737-0112.

O-Ku is at 463 King St.

The dock of the bay

Charleston Harbor Fish House has opened at 32 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant. By land or water, you can enjoy waterfront dining. Call 284-7070 to reserve.

Now open

Tasty Thai and Sushi’s second location is open at 320 W. Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. It opens daily at 11 a.m.

New food truck

The Office of Coffee & Kurtz is up and running for your morning wake-up. Find the stops at www.coffeeandkurtz.com.

Do-it-yourself

DIY Yogurt is coming to Seven Farms Drive on Daniel Island.

Coming to East Bay St.

New York City Pizza is under construction in the former Harbor Specialties location at 190 East Bay St. With locations in Hilton Head and Bluffton, this pizza parlor is expanding.

An opening date has not been set. Go to www.ilovenycp.com.

New menu

Collective Coffee Co. in Mount Pleasant debuted a new menu Wednesday featuring old favorites and new “soon-to-be favorites,” the majority of which were specials requested by patrons. These will be permanently added to the menu. Some seasonal items have been removed.

Find out more by calling 284-8703.