Twenty Six Divine Goes Over to the Dark Side For Dinner

darkside2Laser lights have long been paired with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, but “Money” is very rarely matched with sweet potato risotto and a glass of Pinot Noir.

Twenty Six Divine‘s Dark Side of the Moon dinner, featuring seven courses served as the album plays, is so unusual that Googling “Dark Side of the Moon dinner” pulls up just one reference to a similar event: Apparently the Portland branch of Marijuana Anonymous had the same idea.

“We just really like music and food a lot, so we thought it would be fun,” Jenn Parezo says. Continue reading

Food & Beverage Industry Remembers Christopher West

chriswestChristopher West was a much-loved member of the local food and beverage community, but there was never any question that the native Charlestonian identified himself as a writer first: The word was tattooed on his forearm in such a way it could be read whether you were standing alongside him or seated on the opposite side of the bar.

“That’s part of why he liked working F&B,” West’s friend and former employer Garret McNally, owner of Mac’s Place, recalls. “He got stories from it.”

Before West died Saturday at the age of 40, he was working three nights a week at The Griffon Pub, the last in a long string of Charleston restaurants and bars. He was also a regular contributor to Skope, a music magazine based in Boston. Continue reading

The Original Ms. Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails Celebrates First Year

The name suggests seniority, but Ms. Rose is only one year old.

On Saturday, the home-style West Ashley restaurant is celebrating its first anniversary from 12 noon-3 p.m. Tickets to the festivities, which include food, live music, raffles and games, cost $20 in advance; the price jumps five bucks at the door. Children younger than 10 don’t need a ticket, but there’s a three-free-kids maximum per family.

The Original Ms. Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails is located at 1090 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Ticket sales benefit the Jerry Zuker Ride for Hope; call 766-0223 to buy.

Ted’s Butcherblock Frying Up Plenty of Bacon For Block Party

How much bacon can you eat?

That’s not a rhetorical question. In conjunction with its annual block party on Oct. 12, Ted’s Butcherblock is staging a bacon-eating contest. Watch the retailer’s Facebook page for details.

In the meantime, here’s what we know about the eighth edition of the party: Ted’s is serving up more burgers, oysters and sausages and adding extra seats for the anticipated crowd. Outdoors, The Bushels will provide the bluegrass tunes. Indoors, the food samples will be free.

The block party runs from 12 noon- 5 p.m.