Blend Juice Bar Open in Mt. Pleasant

blendThere’s little doubt that Blend, the brand new juice bar in Mt. Pleasant, takes its “putting the fresh in refreshing” slogan seriously: When I recently rang up the store to learn more about its plans, my call was politely declined by a staffer apparently busy chopping vegetables.

“We’re in the middle of prep,” he told me after consulting with the owner.

According to its online menu, Blend is serving a wide range of juices and smoothies. Although customers are given the option to assemble their own juice combinations, there are eight “signature juices” on offer, including a pair of juices spiked with cayenne and jalapeno peppers. Continue reading

Today’s Menu of Activities for Food Day

Wondering how to mark Food Day today? Two schools have scheduled events in conjunction with the annual celebration of healthy, affordable food, which now unfolds in cities nationwide:

At the MUSC Urban Farm, which last year hosted one of 3200 Food Day events across the U.S, the 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. party’s all about the sweet potato. In addition to self-guided tours of the farm at the corner of Bee and President streets, the agenda includes a 11:30 a.m. talk on a new sweet potato breed; a 12 noon cooking demo and a 12:40 p.m. sweet potato head contest starring local celebrities, including the Post & Courier‘s own David Quick. All events are free.

And at the College of Charleston, students, faculty and staff members are invited to the campus’ Liberty Fresh Food Company for an all-local lunch; the menu includes zucchini sliders and turnip chips.

Casual Mediterranean Chain Zoës Kitchen Comes to Mt. Pleasant

img42After opening 94 locations, most of them in the Southeast, Zoës Kitchen is opening its first South Carolina store in Mt. Pleasant.

Zoës Kitchen at 1242 Belk Drive is hoping to pique anticipation for its Oct. 10 debut with a Facebook contest in which 500 free meals will be awarded. The contest gets underway today, and runs through opening day.

The Zoës chain started in Birmingham, Ala., where Zoë Cassimus in 1995 opened a casual lunch counter emphasizing fresh ingredients and Greek flavors. The current menu includes salads, pita sandwiches and kebabs. Zoës also offers takeaway prepared meals sized for four eaters and side dishes packed in pints. Box lunches and party trays are available through the restaurant’s catering division.

Beer and wine will also be sold at the Mt. Pleasant store, which has indoor seating for 76 people and a patio which seats 50. The restaurant plans to open daily from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.