Chew on This: Local restaurant news

Deidre Schipani – Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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Caviar & Bananas will host a barbecue night on Aug. 1, complete with slow-roasted brisket, roasted suckling pig and rotisserie chicken.
  • The ’Wich Doctor’s Hanoi Hoagie was singled out by Outside magazine in its list of top Beachside Sandwich Shops.
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    The ’Wich Doctor’s Hanoi Hoagie was singled out by Outside magazine in its list of top Beachside Sandwich Shops.

C&B-BQ Night

Savor the flavors of summer with Caviar & Bananas’ BBQ Night (C&B-BQ).

Barbecue lovers can choose from a menu of slow-roasted ancho-rubbed Creekstone Farms Black Angus brisket, roasted suckling pig or Westbrook beer-brined rotisserie chicken, all prepared with a choice of house-made sauces.

Each meal can be complete with two of the six sides, including smoked gouda mac and cheese, local heirloom tomato and watermelon salad, farmer’s market three-bean salad and more.

Each plate will be served with a homemade buttermilk biscuit.

Finally, guests are invited to finish each bite off with a paired craft beer to complement the flavors of their barbecue meal.

The event takes place from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 1 at 51 George St. The meal (dine-in or take-out) is $12.50 per person, and items will also be available a la carte by the pound.

For more information, call 577-7757 or go to www.caviarandbananas.com.

Sandwich accolades

The ‘Wich Doctor on Folly Beach was selected as the No. 3 Beachside Sandwich Shop by Outside magazine in their August edition.

The Hanoi Hoagie, made with “lemongrass-grilled beef, fresh-cut carrots and daikon, mounds of cilantro, and nuoc cham (Vietnamese dipping sauce)” got the praise.

For more information, call 588-6666. The ’Wich Doctor is at 106 W. Hudson St.

Peachy keen

The Old Village Post House is hosting its annual Peach Dinner at 6:30 p.m. July 24 with peaches from J.W. Yonce & Sons Big Smile Peaches Farm in Johnston.

Chefs Forrest Parker and Frank Lee will create a culinary tribute to South Carolina peaches with their four-course menu.

Wine and beverage manager Tony Norton will pair wines to complement each course.

Special guest Kenneth Bledsoe of Big Smile Peaches Farm will share his stories and experiences of peach farming in South Carolina.

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

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

For more information, go to www.mavericksouthernkitchens.com.

Good neighbors

High Cotton, part of the Maverick Southern Kitchens family, is the state winner of the 2013 Restaurant Neighbor Award from the National Restaurant Association.

The Restaurant Neighbor Award was created to recognize restaurants that exemplify the industry’s philanthropic spirit.

While participating in the company-wide charitable programs of Maverick Southern Kitchens, High Cotton separately conducts numerous activities. Partnering with Neighborhood House in Charleston, an organization that serves lunch Monday through Friday, High Cotton staff prepares meals for up to 200 people on a monthly basis and serves them. The restaurant also works and provides staff time and food at fundraisers for the Lowcountry Food Bank, an organization that provides discounted food for the Neighborhood House in Charleston.

In addition to helping those who need meals, High Cotton also supports Communities in Schools of the Charleston Area, a nonprofit dropout-prevention agency that surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Now on its 10th year, High Cotton hosts a three-course luncheon where 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to Communities in Schools.

Additionally, High Cotton’s general manager, Jill Maynard, has established a scholarship in her late husband’s name at the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College. Every year, the community joins together for a fishing tournament fundraiser and now the scholarship is endowed and has helped many students reach their academic goals in their culinary career.

High Cotton is at 199 East Bay St. For more information, go to www.mavericksouthernkitchens.com.

Preserved and served

“This Plate Matters” invites guests to experience some of the most historic and recognizable architectural ruins of the Lowcountry like never before.

Local interior designers will transform these unrestored spaces and fine cuisine crafted by local chefs will be served during this fundraiser. Proceeds will help the Preservation Society of Charleston fulfill their mission “to inspire the involvement of all who dwell in the Lowcountry to honor and respect our material and cultural heritage.”

Sites selected for supper locations are connected to the Seven to Save, an annual outreach program to raise awareness and support key preservation projects in the region.

Three events will take place:

The Trolley Bar at 645 Meeting St. at 7 p.m. July 30 featuring chef Tara Derr Webb of Farmbar.

The Cigar Factory at 701 East Bay St. at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 featuring chef Carrie Morey.

The Brick House at Edisto Island at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 featuring chefs Matt and Ted Lee.

Tickets are $150 each or $400 for all three.

Tickets are limited and can be purchased by calling 722-4630 or online at PreservationSociety.org.

Wine + Food tickets

Tickets for the 2014 BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival will go on sale Sept. 18 on the Festival’s website, www.charlestonwineandfood.com.

The annual Ticket Launch Party will be held that same day from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the newly opened Mixson Bath & Racquet Club in North Charleston.

As in previous years, the festival events schedule will go online about one week prior to the on-sale date to allow guests to plan their weekend.

Tickets to the Ticket Launch Party will be available for purchase on the website in early August at a cost of $40.

Mixson Bath & Racquet Club is at 4400 Marblehead Lane.

New summer hours

Il Cortile Del Re now opens at 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Happy hour is from 5-6:30 p.m. with specially priced appetizers and drinks. Thursday night is ladies night at the bar. The restaurant is at 1993 King St. Call 853-1888.

Celestial brunch

Stars Restaurant Rooftop and Grill Room is now serving a Sunday brunch buffet.

A bloody mary bar, omelet station, signature “twisted” eggs benedict and a seasonal buffet are just a few items on their menu. Brunch is served 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Stars is at 495 King St. Go to starsrestaurant.com.

Opening soon

Desano Pizza Bakery at 94 Stuart St. plans a late summer opening for Neapolitan-inspired pies.

Pending

A new concept from Maverick Southern Kitchens in the works is The Boulevard at 735 Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant.

On the menu, according to Maverick Southern Kitchens founder and President Dick Elliott, is a 145-seat restaurant offering light suppers, full bar and outside seating seven days a week. A fall opening is planned.

Temporarily shuttered

Crave, 4430 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, on Johns Island suffered an electrical fire on July 8. A reopening date has not yet been set. Keep up to date through its Facebook page at facebook.com/CraveInternationalFoods.

Closed

Eurasia Cafe & Wine Bar at Patriots Plaza on Houston Northcutt Boulevard, Mount Pleasant.