Lunch and learn

Louisville, Ky.-based chef Edward Lee, a guest chef at the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival, returns to the Holy City on Aug. 29-30 for a special celebration of the recent launch of his new cookbook, “Smoke & Pickles.”

He will participate in a special L’Atelier Guest Chef Series at Le Creuset on Aug. 29 and then will host a special family-style luncheon with chef Ken Vedrinski at Trattoria Lucca on Aug. 30.

Lee and Vedrinski, long-time friends, have similar connections to family and the influence people such as their grandmothers have had on their cooking. Together, they will collaborate on a gathering where platters of foods found in Lee’s new book will be shared and stories will be intermixed throughout the event.

The luncheon begins at 12:30 p.m. and costs $75 for an all-inclusive three-course meal with a signed copy of Lee’s book. Space is extremely limited and reservations can be made by calling 973-3323 or emailing

For more on the Le Creuset event, call 723-4191.

Lee is owner of 610 Magnolia and MilkWood in Louisville. He is a three-time James Beard Foundation Best Chef: Southeast finalist and he has competed on “Iron Chef America” and “Top Chef: Texas.” “Smoke & Pickles” is his first book and is an Amazon Best Books of the Year So Far selection.

Happy birthday, Julia

The Glass Onion will celebrate Julia Child’s birthday Aug. 15 during their dinner service from 6-10 p.m.

The West Ashley restaurant at 1219 Savannah Highway plans to offer a prix fixe “Julia” menu with three courses featuring classics from Child’s repertoire, such as marinated mussels, scallops a la Parisienne and Queen of Sheba cake.

The cost will be $40 and reservations are required. There will be an optional wine pairing of sustainable French wines for $20.

The full menu can be found at The restaurant will close for lunch at 4 p.m. that day to prepare for dinner.

Doctor in the house

McCrady’s Restaurant will team up with Dr. Loosen, a wine estate of the Mosel region in Germany, for a special five-course dinner Aug. 23.

Dr. Ernie Loosen, who produces only Riesling from traditional, slate-soil vineyards in the Mosel valley, will be on hand to talk about the wines and answer questions.

The dinner and wine pairings cost $120, tax and gratuity not included. The evening will begin with a reception at 7 p.m. with dinner at 7:30 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling McCrady’s at 577-0025.

McCrady’s is at 2 Unity Alley.

Wines of Rombauer

Oak Steakhouse and executive chef Jeremiah Bacon will feature the wines of Rombauer during a four-course dinner at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 The cost is $85. Oak is at 17 Broad St. Call 722-4220 for more information or to reserve a spot.

Louie’s Kids fundraiser

Circa 1886 will be hosting guest chef Ford Fry for a fundraising dinner for Louie’s Kids at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15.

Along with executive chef Marc Collins, Fry will help prepare a five-course meal to serve to attendees. There will also be a silent auction.

The cost is $80, with $50 going to support the Louie’s Kids programs. Tax and gratuity are not included.

Circa 1886 is at 149 Wentworth St. For more information, go to

For more on Louie’s Kids, go to

Beer shakes

Venues Today magazine, a popular trade publication for the world of sporting and entertainment arenas, has recognized the beer shakes at the Charleston RiverDogs’ Joseph P. Riley Park as “sensational.”

In fact, the magazine liked it so much that it has listed the beverage as the Best New Menu Item for 2013 and have honored the shakes with a Silver Spoon Award.

Beer shakes, which made their debut in April, are available in three distinct flavors: Palmetto Espresso Porter Chocolate, Guinness Caramel and Sweetwater 420 Strawberry.

John Schumacher, the food guru for the RiverDogs, reports that 3,000 beer shakes have been sold during the first half of the season. Schumacher also reports that they have partnered with Advintage, a distributor who specializes in microbrews, to add a monthly beer shake special.

Name change

Folly Beach celebrates the newly transformed restaurant The Grill and Island Bar, formerly Grill on the Edge, at 41 Center St.

Its new menu is Folly and family friendly and both indoor and outdoor dining is available.

The Grill will be open Monday through Sunday serving lunch and dinner, with brunch service on weekends. Co-owner Dan Doyle has brought in Jason Craig to run the day-to-day operations.

For more information, go to

Cru carryout

Cru On The Go has announced a new lunch box program as part of its catering operations.

Forty-eight-hours’ notice is required for a variety of lunch to-go options. Email for details.

John Zucker, chef and owner, has also launched the Pit Cru, which focuses on barbecue, including whole pig roasts, pork, beef, turkey and chicken.

For more information, call 793-4823.

Tapped out Tuesdays

Join the folks at Stars Restaurant Rooftop & Grill Room at 495 King St. for Tap Wine Tuesdays at the Walnut Bar only (downstairs) for half off tap wine and a select small bite menu from 5-7 p.m. Call 577-0100.

The grand reveal

3 Matadors Tequileria at 2447 Ashley River Road in West Ashley will celebrate its grand opening Saturday. Look for drink specials, live music, games and giveaways.

Permanent placement

Cory’s Grilled Cheese, a popular food truck for the quintessential grilled cheese sandwich, has a bricks and mortar home at 1739 Maybank Highway on James Island. It is serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Call 580-2145.

Taco power on DI

Agaves Cantina at 885 Island Park Drive on Daniel Island plans a soft opening Friday. A grand opening will follow later in the month at this Mexican-inspired eatery in the former Lana location overlooking Guggenheim Park.

Replacement in Mt. P.

Pal Joey’s Martini Bar 1035 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant has closed. In its place will be a burger-and-sandwich joint that’s planning a late summer opening.