Charleston Chefs Look to Asia For Gibbes’ Street Party Inspiration

streetpartyAlthough the Gibbes Museum’s Street Party is now in its fifth year, tomorrow night’s event marks the first time the fundraiser has adopted a regional theme. And according to spokeswoman Amy Mercer, participating chefs are having fun with the “East Meets West” concept.

“Many of the chefs ended up creating Asian foods,” she says, citing Cypress chef Craig Deihl’s planned Korean beef buns; FIG chefs Mike Lata and Jason Stanhope’s fried oyster hand rolls and country pate and chicken liver mousse banh mis from Edmund’s Oast chef Andy Henderson.

Not every one of the 18 restaurants represented at the tasting party gravitated toward the Eastern end of the celebratory equation. Jacques Larson, who’s still in opening mode at The Obstinate Daughter, is contributing calamari fra diavolo. Continue reading

Frank Lee’s Band of Tamed Male Chefs Gathers for Tribute Dinner

FrankLeeTickets are still available to the Charleston Wine + Food Festival’s dinner honoring Frank Lee, the chef who sits atop Charleston food tree.

The festival on Dec. 9 is assembling 11 chefs (six from Charleston; five from out-of-town) to pay tribute to Lee with a five-course dinner at The Grocery. The chefs will be joined by two “culinary experts,” longtime Columbia chef Malcolm Hudson – who festival events director Randi Weinstein credits with converting Lee from “vegetarian to a meat-loving fool” – and Justin Hammerstrom, a former sous chef and mixed martial arts fighter who now serves as corporate trainer for a kickboxing franchise.

Although Hammerstrom last cooked professionally in a high school cafeteria, his participation in the program is fitting, since the featured chefs say they’re indebted to Lee for much more than kitchen know-how. Continue reading

The Current Oyster Roast Calendar

Two more roasts appear on this edition of the calendar. Here’s where to slurp:

(Roasts are all-you-can-eat and don’t include drinks, unless otherwise noted.)

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WHAT: Weekly Thursday Night Oyster Roast

WHERE: 82 Queen

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 7-Thursday, Dec. 12

WHY: “Back in the day, our courtyard raw-bar was a staple for oysters and we thought we would bring back a little of our roots,” Jonathan Kish, CFO of 82 Queen, is quoted as saying in a release.

WORTH KNOWING: The restaurant will host a four-course finale party on Friday, Dec. 13. For more details or to reserve a seat, call  Johnny Williams at 723-7591.

COST: $11 buys a bucket of oysters.

MORE INFO: 82queen.com

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More Oyster Roasts Ahead: The Latest, Greatest Local Calendar

The oyster roasts just keep on coming! Up next:

(Roasts are all-you-can-eat and don’t include drinks, unless otherwise noted.)

WHAT: 5th Annual Shucking for Seniors

WHERE: Bowens Island Restaurant, Bowens Island

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

WHY: To support the Independent Transportation Network’s Charleston Trident service, offering door-to-door rides to seniors and visually-impaired adults.

WORTH KNOWING: In addition to oysters, the spread features oysters and chili. The afternoon’s activities also include a silent auction and live country-western music.

COST: $25 in advance; $30 at the door

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Top Chef Two-Timer on Roster for No Kid Hungry Dinner

Graffiato Restaurant Mike IsabellaIn addition to the two dozen local chefs already announced as participants in the four-course Charleston No Kid Hungry Dinner, the evening’s line-up now also includes Top Chef vet Mike Isabella.

Isabella, chef-owner of three Washington D.C. restaurants, will prepare hors d’oeuvres for VIP guests.

The Nov. 3 dinner at L’Atelier de Le Creuset benefits Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger. Tickets are $125, but you have to shell out $200 if you want to taste Isabella’s apps. The VIP reception starts at 5 p.m. Reservations can be made online or by calling 808-7859.

Grab Your Knife: The Latest, Greatest Oyster Roast Benefit Calendar

And off we go with the oyster roasts! Coming up next:

(Roasts are all-you-can-eat and don’t include drinks, unless otherwise noted.)

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WHAT: SC Aquarium Sustainable Lowcountry Oyster Roast

WHERE: Mingo Point, 876 Kiawah Island Parkway, Kiawah Island

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 12, 4 -7 p.m.

WHY: Ten percent of the proceeds will go to the South Carolina Aquarium.

WORTH KNOWING: The menu includes yellow fin tuna crudo; hickory-grilled Picanha steak; local white shrimp and swordfish; All of the dishes are paired with Palmetto Brewing ales. Reservations are required.

COST: $65

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Taco Boy Shells Out 5 Percent of Friday Night Proceeds for School Farms

Taco Boy Downtown this Friday is serving tacos made with ingredients sourced from Lowcountry Local First Dirtworks Farmers to benefit schoolyard agriculture.

The Green Heart Project, a volunteer organization supporting scholastic farms, will receive 5 percent of the evening’s proceeds. The party runs from 8 p.m.-11 p.m., with Dunderchief and Pick’n’Roll providing the music.

Support Grow Food Carolina by Dining Out Tonight

5-percent-growfoodHaving trouble deciding where to eat tonight? We can narrow your choices down to 23 worthy restaurants.

The following restaurants are donating five percent of sales to Grow Food Carolina, which supports local farmers, eaters and chefs by systematically addressing the logistical marketing and distribution challenges faced by area growers: All you have to do is eat.

Place your generous orders at Blu Restaurant, Burwell’s, Cru Cafe, Glass Onion, Green Door, Hank’s Seafood, Heart Woodfire Kitchen, High Cotton, Hominy, HUSK, Langdon’s, McCrady’s, Mercato, Basico, Opal, Peninsula Grill, Republic Lounge, SNOB, Ted’s Butcher Block, The Lot, Tristan, Verde or Xiao Bao Biscuit.

Publix-Sponsored Healthy Eating Fundraiser Underway

A national Publix charitable campaign which last year raised $105,000 for schools is back for a second run.

From now until Oct. 30, Publix shoppers can contribute to “Healthy Families, Helping Kids” by buying select fruits and vegetables. Based on sales, participating produce suppliers will make a cash donation supporting classroom nutritional projects.

Publix last year funded 420 projects, including projects at James Island Elementary School and West Ashley High School. The grocery chain is urging local teachers to apply for funding through donorschoose.org; eligibility requirements are posted here.

Surfers Healing Fundraiser in Folly

Surfers Healing, a foundation which promotes treating autistic children by putting them on the front end of a surfboard, is hosting a fundraising breakfast this weekend in Folly Beach.

At The Grill and Island Bar’s “Feed Yourself, Nourish a Soul”, which runs from 9 a.m.-12 noon on Saturday, $10 will buy a breakfast plate. Non-alcoholic drinks are included, but the bar’s also offering $2 mimosas and a $4 bloody Mary bar.

For more information, call 633-0143.