Moonshining

Cork Neighborhood Bistro’s new executive chef, Heather Edwards, is making her debut with an unconventional, first-of-its-kind moonshine pairing dinner.

Edwards is from the mountains of North Carolina, where moonshine is engrained in the fabric of many locals.

In the tradition of Popcorn Sutton, she has partnered with Firefly Distillery and its Moonshine line. This dinner takes place tonight and includes four courses and moonshine cocktails.

There will be two seatings, at 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Live bluegrass music by the Blue Stone Ramblers will take place outside along with a cocktail hour prior to each event.

The cost is $65, with 10 percent of the total proceeds going to benefit the Charleston Jaycee’s Camp Hope.

Tickets are available for purchase in the restaurant at 1067 E. Montague Ave. in North Charleston, or online at www.brownpapertickets.com (search: Cork Bistro) or via corkbistro.com.

Space is limited and you must be 21 or older to attend.

Slow Food stirs the pot

Slow Food Charleston will hold its summer potluck today at Coast Brewing Co., 1250 N. 2nd St. in North Charleston, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Coast Brewing is a small, family owned craft brewery and will offer tours and tastings. There is a fee for the tastings.

Admission to the potluck is free and is open to all Slow Food members and those interested in becoming members. Guests are asked to bring a dish to share and folding chairs.

For more information, go to www.slowfoodcharleston.org.

Taking it to the bars

Charleston Culinary Tours has now added a 1½ hour Mixology Tour.

Participants will be introduced to three of Charleston’s experienced mixologists, sample a specialty cocktail at each location, and learn the art and the craft of the perfect cocktail construction.

This tour is limited to 14 guests. The cost is $40 and tickets can be purchased at Etix.com.

Find out more at www.charlestonculinarytours.com.

A royal summer feast

82 Queen has launched a new Summer Dinner Series.

Each dinner will showcase different liquors or local breweries along with 82 Queen’s Lowcountry cuisine.

The first of the dinner series, the Bourbon Dinner, will take place June 28. The dinner will feature Jim Beam’s diverse line of bourbons such as Basil Hayden’s and Knob Creek.

Chef Steven Lusby has created a menu that not only compliments the bourbons but infuses the elixirs into the dishes.

Only 40 tickets will be available for the event. Tickets are $79 in advance and $99 the day of the dinner. To purchase your tickets, contact 82 Queen at 723-7591 or email SCharles@82Queen.com.

Future dinners include a Carolina Brewery Dinner on July 12 and a Firefly Moonshine and Palmetto Brewery Dinner on Aug. 16. Each of these events will be $59.

For more information, go to 82Queen.com.

Thai one on

Now through July 14, Mellow Mushroom will offer the flavors of Thailand reflected in its new menu of munchies, salads, sandwiches, desserts and paired beverages called High on Thai.

Check the website, www.mellowmushroompizza.com, for all the details.

Festa Italiana

On June 28 at 6:30 p.m., the folks at St. Johns Madden Hall will host a celebration of the Italian table. They are at 28 Sumter Ave. in Summerville.

On the menu: salad, bread, pasta, meatballs and sausage with cannoli for dessert.

The brunch bunch

Kitchen 208 is already so popular with the “breakfast club” that they are now offering Sunday brunch from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Kitchen 208 is at 208 King St.

Green dining

Verde, the quick-and-easy salad concept eatery, opened a second location at 730 Coleman Blvd. in the Brookgreen Shopping Center in Mount Pleasant.

Known for its create-your-own salad bar offering more than 45 different ingredients, the new location will feature the same signature ingredients, salads, wraps and homemade dressings as downtown Charleston.

Verde will maintain its same business hours at both locations, offering lunch and dinner service from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays.

Find out more at www.eatatverde.com or by calling 388-4394.

Change-ups at Proof

Proof on King is now open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday and from 6 p.m.-2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Proof is at 437 King St. 793-1422

Onesies

J.Paul’z Mount Pleasant will celebrate its one-year anniversary June 29.

Folks are invited to join the staff for food and beverage specials that day as well as music provided by High Tide. The music begins at 8 p.m.

Both locations will celebrate the anniversary by having anniversary drink and food specials Monday through June 29.

J. Paul’z Mt. Pleasant is at 1405 Ben Sawyer Blvd. and can be reached at 884-2425.

J. Paul’z James Island is at 1739 Maybank Highway and can be reached at 795-6995.

Flipping out

Sue and Johnny Thigpen are closing Johnny’s Olde Village Grill at 1042 E. Montague Avenue in Park Circle after 31 years of flipping burgers and more.

The Thigpen’s plan to retire.

Pizza-less

Andolini’s Pizza at 967 Folly Road on James Island has closed.

Andolini’s downtown Charleston, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston and West Ashley spots remain open.

Springboard to eats

Austin’s Food and Drink has opened in the former location of the Black Bean Co. at 116 Spring Street.

Black Bean Co. has relocated to 429 King St.

Austin’s is open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

On the menu: soups, salads, sandwiches, smoothies and homemade desserts.

Summerville sweets

Southern Sisters Bakery has opened at 140 Hemphill Court in Summerville.

365 and celebrating

Lowcountry Bistro at 49 South Market St. is celebrating its first birthday.

Stop in for food and drink specials today and Friday.

Call 302-0290 or go to www.lowcountrybistro.com.