Maya Del Sol’s Moroccan Mondays

moroappsIt seemingly doesn’t take much to transform Maya Del Sol’s new dining room into a Moroccan restaurant: A few ornamental tagines; a soundtrack of Arab-Andalusian music; and mint green tea poured from a silver berrad appear do the trick.

But chef Younesse Alami — a Marriott catering sales manager who every other Monday takes over the Park Circle venue – doesn’t merely summon his homeland through material things. He returns to Morocco every December to press oil from his brother-in-law’s olives and buy raw spices.

“I know what I’m getting,” Alami says. “Like the ginger: You grind it, and it’s straight from there to the suitcase to the freezer.” Continue reading

What’s For Lunch at Jubilee

Details about food and drink at this weekend’s Garden & Gun Jubilee have been scarce, but The Glass Onion has released the menu for its pop-up lunch counter.

Soups, salads and sandwiches dominate the menu, which will be available during Made in the South marketplace hours. Attendees have their pick of chicken and sausage gumbo; pork cheek chili and a garden salad, each priced at $8. Shrimp remoulade, chicken salad and beef tongue will be served in salad ($7) and po-boy ($9) form. Other listed savories include duck liver mousse, pimento cheese, collards, red rice and deviled eggs. Continue reading

Tomato Shed Cafe Hosts Holiday Gullah-Geechee Pop-Up

In honor of the season, chef Benjamin “BJ” Dennis is staging a holiday version of his popular Gullah-Geechee pop-up dinner, capped off with a baked pumpkin souffle.

The Dec. 13 supper at the Tomato Shed Cafe on Johns Island will also include smoked turkey wings, braised greens, red rice, roasted vegetables and lettuce with buttermilk dressing. A $30 ticket includes tea, but beer and wine will be available for purchase. The event is free for children under 10.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and dinner’s served at 7:30 p.m. For reservations, call Stono Market at 559-9999.

Communion Wine Club Pops Up Again at High Wire Distilling Co.

Full-bodied, Piedmontese reds are especially well-suited to the holiday season, according to advanced sommelier Patrick Emerson, who’s devoting his next pop-up wine bar to Northern Italian wines.

“They are some of our personal favorites, especially the wines from Barolo and Barbaresco,” says Emerson, who this year launched Communion Wine Club as an umbrella organization for his consulting services and events.

Emerson and Kevin Kelley will pour more than 20 “hard-to-find” wines at the Dec. 13 event at High Wire Distilling Co., 652 King St. Wines will be available in three- and six-ounce portions; customers can also purchase wines by the bottle.

The party runs from 6 p.m.-12 midnight. For more information, visit Communion Wine Club’s website.

Patrick Emerson Wine Bar Pops Up at High Wire Distilling Co.

A pop-up may sounds like a casual affair, but advanced sommelier Patrick Emerson is taking his upcoming temporary residency at High Wire Distilling Co. so seriously that he’s created a video to promote it.

As Emerson says in the ad, the Nov. 14 event will feature Sicilian wines, including a few varietals which Emerson surmises many potential tasters have never heard of. He’s quite possibly right, since I can’t make sense of the two grapes he mentions before Nero d’Avola: I’d like to blame his British accent, but suspect my knowledge of southern Italian varietals is failing me. (Here’s a comprehensive list of the region’s varietals if you need any help playing along.)

Butcher & Bee is selling take-out snacks for the pop-up, or guests can purchase wine by the bottle and tote it with them to the nearby restaurant. The party runs from 6 p.m. until “late.”

Italian-American Grandmother Hosts Pop-Up at Butcher & Bee

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Maybe you make regular trips to the Bronx to eat meatballs. Maybe you grew up down the block from an Italian grocer in New Jersey. No matter your red sauce background, Nicole Albano claims, you’ve never eaten anything like her grandmother’s cooking.

“I bet very few people, if any, in Charleston have ever experienced Italian-American food like this,” says Albano, who’s spearheading a pop-up Butcher & Bee dinner with Ann Albano at the stove. “Though there are very good Italian restaurants in Charleston, and plenty of relocated northeast Italian Americans from New York, Boston and Philadelphia, I would say that most are likely more familiar with Italian-American restaurant food.”

By contrast, Albano says, her “nan” works in a Depression-era idiom which prizes versatile, belly-filling dishes. Although the menu for the Oct. 27 event hasn’t yet been finalized, Albano’s specialties include fried zucchini, stuffed artichokes and chicken parmigiana. Continue reading

Temporary Wine Bar to Inhabit Proof

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Proof calls it a “pop-up wine bar.” Less trendy drinkers might call it a visit from a sales rep. Either way, starting next week, the King Street bar is offering downsized samples of wine on Tuesday afternoons – and plans to keep pouring until the vino’s gone.

Unlike most pop-ups, the wine program won’t completely take over the venue: Proof’s standard cocktail menu will still be available.

According to organizer Kevin Kelley, who represents two wine distributors, 30 wines will be served in three-ounce and five-ounce portions from 4 p.m. onward; patrons can also purchase the featured wines by the bottle. Continue reading