Five days a week, Firefly Distillery invites guests onto its property to learn about the brand and taste spirits. But the only glimpse visitors get of the distillery’s inner workings is a video tour and a look at the company’s original still.
On Apr. 15, though, Firefly is offering actual tours of its Wadmalaw Island production line, featuring two 350-gallon stills. “Guests aren’t ever allowed in this area,” publicist Ryan Nelson says. “So it’s great for them to see how it’s truly made.”
The free tours coincide with Firefly’s sixth birthday. Continue reading
A glass of wine at a Charleston restaurant typically costs about $10. But for the same price, Social this Wednesday is selling tastes of 50 wines.
The taste-around is being organized in conjunction with the wine bar’s seventh birthday.
The event runs from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. For more information, visit Social’s Facebook page or call 577-5665.
Another local restaurant is turning one, and it’s celebrating by crunching numbers.
According to a release from Burwell’s, the downtown restaurant overcooked just 12 steaks out of every 30,000 it served over the past year. “That’s a solid standard,” the release says. (Presumably, that number reflects the judgment of the kitchen, not its customers: If only a dozen out of every 30,000 customers complain, Burwell’s has assembled the friendliest group of eaters ever to grace a dining room.)
As for the temperatures the kitchen was trying to achieve, “80 percent (of steaks) were ordered either medium or medium rare,” the release reports.
No word on whether any steaks were sent back for undercooking.
The spate of human birthdays in November makes scientific sense: Count back nine months, and you’ll land on Valentine’s Day.
But what explains the prevalence of local restaurant November birthdays? Is it a reflection of owners frantically trying to open their doors before the holiday season? Or a desperate effort to qualify for the year’s best new restaurant accolades? Whatever the reason, eaters are the beneficiaries: High Cotton turns 14 tomorrow, and the restaurant’s celebrating by pouring free sparkling wine. Each dinner guest will receive a complimentary glass of Dibon Cava Brut.
High Cotton opens at 5:30 p.m.
Every time I write about a restaurant marking its founding date, I agonize over whether to refer to the event as a birthday or anniversary. But with the kind of party Xiao Bao Biscuit’s planning for its very first special day, I feel comfortable calling it a birthday.
The restaurant’s invited Bev Eggelston of Eco Friendly Foods to smoke a steamship round (that’s your top round, bottom round and eye round) of beef on Saturday, Nov. 16. “Rumors of Korean fried chicken should also be taken seriously,” co-owner Joey Ryan adds. “Beer and cocktails will most assuredly be on hand as well.”
The party starts at 1 p.m., and runs until closing or the food sells out.
The Lot‘s turning one next Monday, and the James Island blackboard-menu restaurant is celebrating with whole hog barbecue.
From 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on Sept. 9, The Lot’s serving up smoked pork plates with two sides and dessert for $15. Standard dinner service will be suspended so folks can focus on the birthday festivities, which include music by Weigh Station Duo and drink specials. A ticket’s also good for $2 off Black Joe Lewis’ show at The Pour House later that evening.
In order to handle the hog, The Lot purchased a new smoker, but staffers aren’t yet sure what to call the contraption. The restaurant’s now offering a free ticket to the birthday barbecue in exchange for the best name posted on its Facebook page: Current nominees include Sir Smokes A Lot, Rusty, Boss Hog and The Lot Ness Monster. If you can do better, post your suggestion here.
Tickets to the party can be purchased in advance at The Lot.