Chew on this: Restaurant news

Oak Steakhouse restaurant will be open for Thanksgiving.

Pig roast and bourbon

The folks at Poogan's Porch will host Celebrate the Season: Pig Roast and Bourbon Sip 3-6 p.m. Sunday in the courtyard of the restaurant. All proceeds benefit the Lowcountry Food Bank's Food Works program.

The event will celebrate the timeless Southern tradition of a pig roast along with other Southern favorites. Bourbon will be poured, as well as wine from La Wine Agency and an assortment of beers. Local band the V-Tones will provide the musical entertainment for the event. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.lowcountryfoodbank.org.

Poogan's Porch is at 72 Queen St. Call 577-2337.

Thanksgiving options

Taste of Christmas past

Circa 1886 celebrates the holidays with its 26th annual Charleston Holiday Progressive Dinner.

The event runs Monday-Saturday, Dec. 1-23. There will be no event on Dec. 14.

Diners board carriages and travel to three locations for a special holiday dining experience. Hors d'oeuvres

will be served at the Kings Courtyard Inn at 198 King St., then a three-course dinner at Circa 1886 at 149 Wentworth St., and finally coffee and dessert at the John Rutledge House Inn at 116 Broad St. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. following dessert. Carriages will provide transportation to each location.

The cost is $95, excluding beverages. Payment must be received seven days prior to the dinner, and there is a 72-hour cancellation policy. To reserve, call 853-7828 or visit www.circa1886.com.

Beer fest first

The Gridiron Beer Fest will take place 11 a.m-7 p.m. Nov. 19 on the field at The Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium. At noon, watch The Citadel take on the University of South Carolina in Columbia, and at 3:30 p.m., Clemson tackles North Carolina State. Both games will be shown on the stadium's jumbo television screen.

The event will feature more than 40 craft beers to sample, domestic beer and food for purchase, live music from Homemade Wine and a designated kids area. Wear your team colors and bring blankets to sit on.

Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the American Widow Project. Tickets are available at www.gridironbeerfest.com. Parking is free. This event is sponsored by Lee Distributors and Red's Ice House.

Kickin' in for campers

Kickin' Chicken has committed the month of November to raise funds for Camp Happy Days and the Charleston and Summerville Miracle Leagues.

For every Kickin' Chicken sandwich and every dozen wings sold at all five area locations, $1 will be donated to the selected charities. Visit kickinchicken.com for locations.

Dining with Whiting

On Tuesday, the Dining With Chef Nate Whiting at Tristan Restaurant series will host its season finale.

Dining With Whiting will begin at 7 p.m. and take place in the restaurant's private dining room. Each course will feature the evening's secret ingredient and will be paired with wines from around the world. Call 534-2155 to make reservations. Tristan is at 10 Linguard St.

Ted's for the holidays

Ted's Butcherblock at 334 East Bay St. is celebrating the start of the harvest season with the release of a Thanksgiving menu, perfect for stress-free entertaining. The full Thanksgiving menu with pricing is available at www.tedsbutcherblock.com. Orders must be placed by Nov. 17 and may be picked up Nov. 22 and 23. To place an order, call 577-0094.

Ringing in the sweets

Sugarbelles has opened at 121 S. Main St. in Summerville. On the menu: cupcakes and sweets.

Bourbon on the menu

The Charleston Mercury along with Tidewater Catering will present a Bourbon Tasting and Southern food sampling. Professor Donald Livingston will connect the dots of bourbon and the War Between the States. The event takes place 6-8 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Library Society. Tickets are $60 per person. Call 937-5651 or email dmixon@postandcourier.com for information.

Burger and beer

Funky Little Kitchen Restaurant will host a burger and beer challenge 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. In the hunt for best burger: Vino Burgerz, 17 North, Eurasia Cafe, Finz, Sesame and Coleman Public House. Brewers include Westbrook, Palmetto Brewing, Coast and Holy City.

Funky Little Kitchen is at 5105 U.S. Highway 17, Awendaw. Call 928-4444.