Mick Matricciano of the Belmont Lounge scored the win in the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival Official Mixologist Competition.
His winning cocktail will be served at the festival's Opening Night Party.
Get ready for the power of the Flowerhorn Sour with the Asian lucky fruit pomelo. The Belmont Lounge is at 511 King St.
Dinner, show package
"Dinner and a Show" takes center stage at Tristan as it partners with Charleston Stage for an evening of dinner and entertainment.
The $150 package includes a pre-show dinner for two at Tristan beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dinner includes one appetizer to share, two entrees, two desserts and one bottle of house red or white wine.
Guests also receive two tickets to the Dock Street Theatre for any Thursday, Friday or Saturday night performance. Call the Charleston Stage box office at 577-7183 to purchase.
Tristan is at 10 Linguard St. 534-2155
Wine and cheese
Osteria la Bottiglia and goat. sheep. cow join forces for a wine dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Osteria la Bottiglia, 420 King St. The cost is $50, plus tax and gratuity. To reserve a spot, call 727-4158.
The Glass Onion will host a tasting with Oregon winemaker Thomas Houseman of Anne Amie Winery 6-9 p.m. Jan. 30.
The dinner will feature three courses featuring Pinot gris and Pinot noir wines. Visit the Glass Onion's website, www.ilovetheglassonion.com, for details and to reserve a spot. The restaurant is at 1219 Savannah Highway.
Med Bistro additions
Med Bistro is now offering wiener schnitzel Thursday nights along with 50 percent off bottles of wine.
Med Bistro is at 90 Folly Road Blvd. Call 766-0323 or go to themedbistro.com.
McCrady's guest chef
McCrady's Restaurant and executive chef Sean Brock welcome San Francisco chef Daniel Patterson to McCrady's. The two chefs will create and serve an eight-course tasting menu at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19.
Dinner is $125, plus tax and service, with an optional wine pairing available for $75.
Call 577-0025 to reserve a spot. McCrady's is at 2 Unity Alley. Reservations are limited.
Burgers and a game
39 Rue de Jean is running a special half-price off its classic burger every Sunday until Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 5).
Rue de Jean is at 39 John St. 722-8881, 39ruedejean.com
Beginning Feb. 6, executive chef Craig Deihl will debut a special Burger Night menu at Cypress.
Special burgers ($5), sides ($3) and draft beers will be spotlighted every Monday as part of the bar menu.
New for Monday will be chili cheese dogs, fried mac and cheese and Deihl's signature burger sauce.
For reservations or more info, call 727-0111 or go to www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com. Cypress is at 167 East Bay St.
Flavors of Oregon
The Old Village Post House in Mount Pleasant will host a special dinner featuring wines from Oregon at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Chef Frank Lee has created a four-course menu, and wine and beverage director Patrick Emerson has paired wines from Oregon with each course to highlight the flavors of the wines.
To reserve a spot, call 388-8935. The dinner costs $65, plus tax and gratuity.
The Old Village Post House is at 101 Pitt St., Mount Pleasant.
For more information, go to www.mavericksouthernkitchens.com.
The Grocery pairs up with Peay Vineyard tonight. The San Francisco Chronicle's 2009 Winery of the Year comes to Kevin Johnson's newest restaurant The Grocery for a special dinner starting at 7 p.m. in The Grocery's private room.
Guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres and champagne before a four-course meal paired with six of Peay Vineyard's finest bottles.
The dinner plus wine pairings is $125, plus tax and gratuity.
The Grocery is at 4 Cannon St. Complimentary parking is available on-site in an adjacent parking lot. For more information, go to www.thegrocerycharleston.com,
Gold stars for PBR
The Recovery Room has earned blue-ribbon bragging rights. They are the No. 2 seller of PBR in cans in the country and No. 1 outside of New York.
They are at 685 King St. 727-0999
--The Pleasant City Deli in Mount Pleasant has closed.
--Kim's Restaurant has closed at 1716 Old Towne Road in the Northbridge Shopping Center. Word on the street is they plan to re-open in a new location. Calls to the restaurant were not answered.
Horse and Cart Cafe plans to open at 1035 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. 388-7679
A full-service laundromat, bar and cafe called Dirty Laundry is under renovation at 186 St. Philip St. Go to justaddsoap.com.
Pawley's to open
Pawley's Front Porch plans a January opening at 608 Long Point Road in the Belle Hall Shopping Center. They are taking over the former Beef O'Brady's spot. Visit the website at pawleysfrontporch.com or pawleysmobileeats.com.
Chipotle is coming
Chipotle plans its first venture in the Charleston area with two locations. A May opening is planned for 7398 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston and a November opening in Mount Pleasant at 1905 Highway 17.
Main Squeeze Fresh Juices and Smoothies has opened at 656-C Long Point Road in the Belle Hall Shopping Center, Mount Pleasant. Call 856-7399.