Chew on This: Local Restaurant News

Caviar & Bananas will be trading California olive oil for California beer at its happy hour kickoff Sept. 27.

The South Carolina Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative and Maverick Southern Kitchens’ Old Village Post House will host a Sustainable Seafood Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19.

Executive chef Frank Lee and chef de cuisine Forrest Parker have created a four-course menu. Patrick Emerson, wine and beverage director, will pair wines to the menu. An expert on sustainable initiatives from the aquarium will be on hand to discuss the importance of local seafood choices.

The dinner is $70, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required, so call 388-8935 to make yours.

The Old Village Post House is at 101 Pitt St. in Mount Pleasant. Go to www.mavericksouthernkitchens.com.

At 6 p.m. Sept. 27, Caviar & Bananas will host a “beer-nanza” to kick off its new happy hour.

On tap for the kickoff event will be several breweries sampling beers, including two from California. Also, Caviar & Bananas will feature some of its new happy hour snacks, Charlie Magazine will host a blind beer tasting and there will be live bluegrass music by Blue Plantation. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com (keyword: caviar).

This new happy hour will run 4-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and will feature a made-to-order happy hour menu designed by executive chef Todd Mazurek. Caviar & Bananas is at 51 George St. Call 577-9997.

The September issue of Southern Living magazine lists “South Carolina’s 10 Best Seafood Spots,” and The Crab Shacks made the list.

The story focuses on casual restaurants that are known for seafood and notes a “don’t miss” menu item from each. The Charleston area has three other restaurants on the list, including Seewee Restaurant, The Wreck of the Richard & Charlene and Bowen’s Island Restaurant.

Check out the article at www.southernliving.com (it’s under “South’s Best Lists” under the “Travel” tab).

Baguette Magic will begin weekly bread delivery to residents of James Island, Folly Beach and downtown peninsula. Sign up at www.baguettemagic.com to have baguettes, sourdough, eight-grain, brioche or croissants delivered to your doorstep.

Creative Spark will host a “Fairytale Breakfast” on Saturday. This magical morning includes entertainment, characters from fairy-tale favorites and a breakfast buffet, including breakfast burritos, a doughnut hole station and beverages. The cost is $10, and reservations are required. Creative Spark Center for the Arts is at 757 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant. Call 881-3780 or go to www.creativespark.org.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey will be serving up a free breakfast to the public at Cork Neighborhood Bistro in Park Circle 8-10 a.m. Friday.

Kelly Golden, 94.3 WSC morning host, will broadcast live from the event and will include interviews with local figures, along with up-to-the-minute news coverage from 94.3’s Stu Morris.

The event will benefit the Teacher’s Supply Closet, a nonprofit organization that provides free school supplies to teachers in the tri-county area. Donations will be accepted.

Cork Neighborhood Bistro is at 1067 E. Montague Ave. in North Charleston.

This month, Mellow Mushroom is joining restaurants nationwide to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign by raising funds through Share Our Strength’s Dine Out for No Kid Hungry program.

Order a bruschetta appetizer at Mellow Mushroom and the restaurant will donate $1 on your behalf.

Now in its fifth year, Dine Out for No Kid Hungry has raised more than $4 million for the campaign.

Go to www.mellowmushroom.com or dineoutfornokidhungry.org.

The Charleston Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier (women in the food, beverage and hospitality industries) will host its annual scholarship fundraiser 6-9 p.m. Sept. 27 at Lowndes Grove Plantation.

On the menu: Callie’s Biscuits, Wildflour Pastry, The Glass Onion, Charleston Grill, Roti Rolls, Jestine’s Sweet Shop, Celia’s of Charleston and more.

Taste more than 100 wines and hobnob with LDEI authors Nathalie Dupree, Holly Herrick, Sarah O’Kelley, Susan Slack and Nancie McDermott.

Lime and the Coconuts will perform. Tickets are $45 and are available at ldeicharleston.com.

Morgan Creek Grill is hosting a seven-course wine dinner at 5 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Captains Room. The cost is $60, and reservations are required. Call 345-1099 or go to morgancreekgrill.com. Morgan Creek Grill is at 80 41st St. on the Isle of Palms.

The Wentworth Grill, 68 Wentworth St., welcomes chef Jeffrey Robinson to its kitchen. He has introduced his new fall menu. Call 534-0300 or go to wentworthgrill.com.

Blossom has launched a new Sunday brunch menu featuring a section of Healthy Living Choices. Brunch is served 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Blossom Restaurant is at 171 East Bay St. Call 722-9200.

Charleston Grill chef Michelle Weaver is taking your tastebuds on a tour of Greece.

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the flavors of the Greek Islands will be showcased through nine Greek wines and a three-course dinner plus wine reception and mezes (appetizers).

The cost is $90, plus tax and gratuity. To reserve a spot, call 577-4522. Charleston Grill is at 224 King St. Go to www.CharlestonGrill.com.