By Helen Mitternight
OPENINGS AND CLOSINGS
We do like our brown water in Charleston! James Island is host to a new neighborhood bar for novices and aficionados alike. The bourbon-centric Paddock & Whiskey is open in the Terrace Plaza and features more than 50 rare bourbons as well as bar snacks and sandwiches. Chef Taylor Garrigan, Food Network’s Chopped contestant, and of Home Team BBQ, is at the helm. Paddock & Whisky is located at 1962 Maybank Highway.
Speaking of Food Network, second-place finisher from “Food Network Star,” Rusty Hamlin, is chef and partner in the new Papi’s Tacqueria on the Isle of Palms. Get your taco on daily from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. at 1012 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms.
Bubbles, oysters, and food pairings from Wild Dunes Resort’s executive chef Read Wolfe are all part of Boone Hall Plantation’s Wine Under the Oaks Dec. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $55 at www.boonehallplantation.com.
Feel like a visit to Havana this winter? You can salsa for sea turtles at the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Life by Starlight at the aquarium Dec. 8 from 8 to 11 p.m. and Wild Dunes Resort’s Read Wolfe is here too, bringing a special octopus braised and charred with olive oil and citrus. Get a ticket, which includes an open bar and entertainment at www.scaquarium.org.
Every oyster Thursday (remember, oyster season is the months with an “R?”) Basic Kitchen is hosting Cyrus Buffum of Seaborn Oyster Co. for a pop-up called Red Balloon. Back in the mid-1800s, red balloons were displayed in New York’s oyster cellars like the “Hot Donuts” sign today on Krispy Kreme. The oysters are in! The popups will feature $3 oysters plus po-boys and special drinks from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Basic Kitchen is at 82 Wentworth St.
There’s still time to get your tickets for the Charleston Restaurant Foundation’s 36th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival on Jan. 27. Music, contests, and more than 80,000 pounds of oysters will be at Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant. If you don’t have your own, you can buy oyster gloves and knives at the event. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com/oyster-fest.
Not sure what to drink with the holiday ham? Edmund’s Oast has a series of tastings through the holiday season.
- Dec 2: Jura wine tasting, 2 – 4 p.m., with guest speaker photographer Arielle Simmons, who owns a home in Jura.
- Dec 9: Free tasting with Bittermilk mixers.
- Dec 15: Beer and wine tastings and champagne at noon, 12 – 4 p.m. Herd Provisions will be selling their grass-fed burgers from noon to 3 p.m.
- Dec. 23: Free tasting of holiday wines
- Dec. 30: Free tasting of grower Champagne, 2 p.m – 3 p.m.
For info on all the tastings, visit www.edmundsoast.com/exchange.
Parcel 32 on King Street is now serving brunch. Offerings include a seasonal French toast with carmelized apples, whipped goat cheese, dulce de leche and frosted pecans and a smoked Gouda grits with scallions and bacon.
Circa 1886 has a new fall and winter menu featuring dishes like Charleston Hot Quail and apple walnut cake.
Hσm has released its fall menu with double-patty smashburgers. The King Street burger joint is streamlining the number of burger offerings, but promises the ones on the menu will be even better than their already popular burgers.
Want to just LOOK like you’ve spent Christmas over a hot stove without any of the sweat? Hall’s Chophouse is offering a Christmas to go that will make it look like you created the prime rib or turkey along with all the sides and desserts.
Looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve that doesn’t involve being mashed into a doorway with drunken young folk? Try the Cedar Room’s celebration featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, a champagne toast and live music. Tickets are $150 at cedarroomnye.eventbrite.com.
If it isn’t holiday time without cookies, Mercantile & Mash has you covered. Santa and Mrs. Claus are stopping by for photos and cookie decorating on Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tickets $15 at door.
Need some caffeine to get you through the holiday madness? King Bean is hosting a holiday pop-up from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Roastery, 3939 Dorchester Road, North Charleston. You can get some free coffee while you shop and snack on treats from BKed Donuts and Wildflour Pastry.
The folks at Glowfisch Hospitality Group (Sesame Burgers, Five Loaves, Ember Woodfired Kitchen) have decided to become holiday elves. During December, restaurants will be giving a gift card to a random customer two times a day. The cards allow the lucky customers to get their meals free of charge. Glowfisch folk say they hope the winners will pay it forward in the holiday spirit.
Thanksgiving plans fell through? Check out Tradd’s, 167 East Bay St., to see if there’s still room for their holiday feast. The restaurant is serving from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and offers either a buffet or an a la carte menu. Reservations for the a la carte menu are available on Resy and by calling 843-414-7661.
Another option for the holiday is Josephine Wine Bar on Spring Street. They’ll be open regular hours with a prime rib special and walk-ins are welcome, although you can also reserve a spot on RESY.
82 Queen will be open Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. serving a special Thanksgiving Day menu of three courses for $60 per person.
Lowcountry Bistro will be open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day serving special menus.
Do you have a hard time deciding whether the holidays make you want to drink or sit with a pint of ice cream? Fortunately, local business Hardscoop Distillery has released some new holiday flavors of its 16-proof ice cream. You can have either eggnog or chocolate peppermint bark and know that you’re getting local ingredients. One serving is equal to a glass of wine or a strong beer. If you sit by yourself with a spoon and the whole container? You’re on your own.
If you’re a foodie, you probably know about Cherry Bombe magazine and podcast – it celebrates women in the food and beverage industry. They’ve just released their first list of 100 inspiring women and Charleston has two on the list! Lindsay Collins, creator and host of the podcast EffinBRadio, and Cynthia Wong of Life Raft Treats, featured in the August Skirt.
Eater.com has named two Charleston restaurants among their essential restaurants nationally. Sharing the honors is Bertha’s Kitchen in North Charleston and FIG downtown.
Did you happen to catch Magnolias’ executive chef, Kelly Franz on the Food Network? Still time to catch reruns as Tyler Florence brought chefs together to compete in the Bite Club using secret ingredients. No spoilers here, check it out yourself!