JCC Bookfest Stages Russian Cafe, Complete With Literary Discussion

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In the tiny village of Anatevka, food was very simple: As Tevye the Milkman says in the film version of Fiddler on the Roof, “When a poor man eats a chicken, one of them is sick.”

But the Charleston JCC this Saturday is putting out a fancier spread for a Bookfest lecture by the author of The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem: The Remarkable Life and Aftermath of the Man Who Created Tevye. Jeremy Dauber’s 8 p.m. talk will be followed by a Russian café-inspired reception featuring babka, macaroons, rugelach, chocolate-covered apricots, tea with preserves, coffee and wine.

Tickets to the event are $10 for JCC members; $14 for non-members. Call 571-6565 for more information.

Home Team BBQ Offers $7 Deals for 7th Anniversary

Fans of Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ surely hope the restaurant’s around for a very long time – and that it changes its anniversary-celebrating strategy before it gets old.

For now, though, matching prices to the restaurant’s age is a very good deal: To mark its seventh birthday, Home Team on Nov. 16 is selling $7 pork platters, $7 all-you-can-eat oysters and $7 gamechangers (Home Team’s signature frozen drink) at its West Ashley location.

“We really love being a part of the Charleston culinary community,” owner Aaron Siegel is quoted as saying in a release.

The West Ashley store is at 1205 Ashley River Road.

Restaurant Beseeches Costumed Customers to Behave Responsibly

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Attention, masqueraders! If you insist on dining in disguise today, Black Bean Co. would prefer you keep your costumes benign. “The sign started out as politely asking customers to not wear their masks into the store, mainly for safety issues,” says downtown store general manager Matt Lickiss. “I like to give some freedom to my cashiers about coming up with their own clever signs.”

Basically, don’t scare your servers, please.

Where to Eat Out on Thanksgiving

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Steve A Johnson

As your thoughts turn from candy corn to cranberry sauce, you may very well decide you don’t want to fuss with fixing Thanksgiving dinner this year. Fortunately, Charleston restaurants are happy to help.

Here, a list of restaurants staying open for the holiday. Remember, reservations are essential; prix fixe prices don’t include drinks, tax or gratuity; and servers deserve to be tipped handsomely for giving up the day with their families. Happy Thanksgiving!

82 Queen

82 Queen, 723-7591

Hours: 12 noon-8 p.m.

Price: Entrees, $31-$39

Service style: A la carte

Sample menu items: Crispy parmesan oysters; sweet tea-grilled pork chop

Turkey description: Roast turkey paired with Southern potatoes, haricot verts, giblet gravy, cranberry chutney

Complete holiday menu: http://www.82queen.com/thanksgiving/

Blossom

171 E. Bay St., 722-9200

Hours: 11 .am.-9 p.m.

Price: Entrees, $24-$32

Service style: A la carte

Sample menu items: Pickled shrimp; pan-roasted grouper; pumpkin cheesecake

Turkey description: Slow-roasted turkey with cornbead and housemade sausage stuffing, slow-cooked green beans, whipped potatoes, cranberry relish, giblet gravy

Complete holiday menu: http://www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com/blossom.asp?id=118213&action=detail&catID=20407&parentID=20406 Continue reading

Whisk Transitions From Bakery to Beverage-Focused Cafe

whiskWhisk is shedding its sandwiches and pastries in an effort to lure more customers, but it’s still unclear whether the downtown shop will retain its bakery-themed name.

“This is the challenging part,” says owner Sam Mustafa, who recently closed Whisk for substantial renovations. “I’m really very boggled.”

Mustafa five years ago opened Sam’s Corner on Meeting Street, selling “hot dogs and all the knick-knacks.” He introduced the bakery concept in 2012, and earlier this year renovated the 700-square foot space to make room for the many items that tourists requested: “It’s a bad place to be, because you want to satisfy people so bad,” Mustafa says of his busy stretch of street. But the renovations didn’t clear up the clutter – and nobody was buying Whisk’s sandwiches. Continue reading

Warehouse Resignee Eva Keilty Not Sure Where She’s Headed Next

warehouseWith restaurants continuing to open in Charleston at a breakneck pace, it hopefully won’t be too long until former Warehouse chef Eva Keilty finds a job.

“I’m leaving without any future plans, so I’m looking for a project to get involved with,” Keilty says.

Keilty declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding her departure from the four-month old restaurant, which received tremendous acclaim for its food during her tenure. Keilty says she feels “blessed” by the media attention, which culminated this week with Warehouse earning a spot on Eater National’s list of “30 Hottest Cocktail Bars in America.” Keilty and three-time James Beard Foundation award finalist Naomi Pomeroy were the only chefs cited by name in the accompanying bar descriptions. Continue reading

Anne Quatrano Brings Her New Cookbook to Southern Season

quatAtlanta’s Anne Quatrano is such an accomplished restaurateur that it’s somewhat mind-boggling that she’s never before published a cookbook. But the chef behind Bacchanalia, Star, Provisions, Quinones, Floataway Café and Abattoir this month halted the confusion with Summerland: Recipes for Celebrating with Southern Hospitality.

Quatrano this Monday will appear at Southern Season to promote her book, which is organized by month. According to Quatrano, November is the month for buttered rutabagas, yeast rolls and hummingbird cake.

““As one of the first restaurateurs to transform a reverence for traditional cooking into a fresh, modern style, Anne Quatrano has inspired and nurtured a generation of young chefs,” Charlestonians Matt and Ted Lee say in a blurb for the book. “After reading Summerland, we can say with certainty that our entertaining will never be the same.”

The free event starts at 4 p.m.

Halls Chophouse Wins TripAdvisor Fine Dining Award

hallschopThere are only five restaurants nationwide which provide a better fine dining experience than Halls Chophouse, according to TripAdvisor reviewers.

The downtown steakhouse today was listed sixth on the crowd-sourced website’s list of domestic “Travelers Choice” winners, sandwiched between Dallas’ The French Room and Virginia’s Inn at Little Washington. The top slot went to New York City’s Colicchio and Sons Main Dining Room, the only U.S. restaurant to also appear on the international winners list.

To qualify for the competition, restaurants must serve dinner and have a check average of at least $50 per guest. Continue reading

Eva Keilty Leaving Warehouse; Sous Chef to Take Over

AR-130919839.jpg&q=80&MaxW=750&MaxH=350Eva Keilty, the Ted’s Butcherblock vet who made Warehouse an eating destination, is leaving the Spring Street bar next month.

Keilty will be replaced by sous chef Emily Haan, who has also held sous jobs at Carolina’s and Monza’s. According to spokesperson Angel Powell, the menu will not change when Haan takes over the kitchen in mid-November.

Powell didn’t have any information concerning Keilty’s future plans; Keilty did not immediately return messages seeking comment. Continue reading

Bay Street Biergarten is Now Open

baystreetTouting its pretzels and convivial atmosphere, Bay Street Biergarten opened today, giving drinkers four days to celebrate one of the year’s beeriest months in Bavarian style.

(Munich’s Oktoberfest wrapped up weeks ago, but football and Halloween help keep stateside beer consumption healthy — so to speak — during October.)

Although the bar at 549 E. Bay Street took menu and decor inspiration from traditional beer halls, Bay Street Biergarten has modernized the concept with on-table, self-service taps. Beers now on rotation include ales from Palmetto, Westbrook and Holy City. Continue reading