Chew on This: Restaurant News

Poogan’s Porch at 72 Queen St. will be serving up its James Beard House menu through Aug. 5.

James Beard menu

Poogan’s Porch executive chef Daniel Doyle prepared a six-course “Lowcountry Elegance” menu on June 14 at the prestigious James Beard House in New York.

Now, the menu is available in the Lowcountry. Restaurant diners can sample dishes featured from Poogan’s James Beard dinner in a special a la carte menu through Aug. 5 in addition to Poogan’s regular menu.

Poogan’s Porch is at 72 Queen St. To reserve, call 577-2337. Go to

Up close and local

Whole Foods Market will celebrate local South Carolina food producers this summer by hosting Local Fest noon-4 p.m. Saturday at the Mount Pleasant store, 923 Houston Northcutt Blvd.

Local Fest will showcase local producers such as King of Pops, Battery Park brie, Hickory Hill Milk, Sallie’s Greatest Jam’s, gRAWnola, Charleston Tea Plantation, Simply Southern Gourmet Mustard, Nicole’s Nutty Goodness, Granna’s Gourmet and more. Tastings will be available. Call 971-7240.

Eating for a cause

You still have some time to grab the latest sandwich in Rising High Cafe’s Hoagies and Heroes campaign, which benefits local nonprofit organizations.

The local artisan bakery and restaurant is serving the “Wrapped in Hope Sandwich,” created by “Army Wives” actor Sterling Brown.

The sandwich is $8 and includes a side item and fountain drink. Ten percent of the proceeds benefit the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, an organization that brings awareness and healing to children who have been victims of abuse.

Each month, a local charity will select a spokesman to build a sandwich on its behalf with a portion of the proceeds from the sandwich sales going to charity.

Rising High Cafe is at 480 East Bay St. Call 958-8596 or check out

Bow-wow wow, part of NBC’s family of sites, chose Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ as the sixth most pet-friendly restaurant in the United States.

Home Team BBQ has two locations: 2209 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island, and 1205 Ashley River Road, West Ashley. Go to

The city of Charleston made the list for pet-friendly practices in restaurants.

All fired up

Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill will open late this summer in the former Gilligan’s spot at 14 N. Market St. Burwell’s concept expands on a tradi-tional steakhouse model, offering new and unusual protein cuts and portions.

Owner-operators John Thomas and Kenneth Emery and executive chef Eric Hull will transform the spot into a 5,600-square-foot bar, lounge and dining room. They will offer valet parking and be open daily 11 a.m. until close. An opening date has not been set.

Baking for a cause

The American Cancer Society will host its inaugural Charleston cupcake competition Aug. 19. “Cupcakes vs. Cancer” will welcome all professional, amateur and youth bakers of Charleston to bake off to fight cancer. The event will be 2-5 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott, 125 Calhoun St. There are categories for each group, and there is an entry fee.

Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

For information, to register to compete, purchase tickets or volunteer for the event, go to www.CupcakesVsCancer

A decade of dining

Laura Alberts Tasteful Options celebrates its 10th anniversary this year serving fine food, wine, beer, special dinners and Saturday brunch to residents of Daniel Island and beyond.

Owned by Laura Leppert and Karen Elsey, Laura Alberts is at 891 Island Park Drive, Daniel Island. Call 881-4711 or email laura

On tap at Liberty

Liberty Tap Room, 1028 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant, will host a five-course Sam Adams Beer Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. $45. or 971-7777.

Chicken Kitchen

Jestine’s Kitchen was recognized on in an article titled “Best fried chicken in America.”

Honorable mentions included Husk, 76 Queen St., and Martha Lou’s Kitchen, 1068 Morrison Drive.

Jestine’s Kitchen is at 251 Meeting St. Call 722-7224.

Summer at the Grill

Executive chef Michelle Weaver has introduced her new summer menu at Charleston Grill, 224 King St. Call 577-4522.

Three for the road

AAA “50 Inspector Picks for Budget Dining” has selected three Charleston restaurants for mention in a nationwide field of 550: Gaulart & Maliclet (aka Fast & French), Jestine’s Kitchen and Jack’s Cosmic Dogs.

Now serving brunch

Puree Organic Cafe, 1034 Chuck Dawley Blvd., Mount Pleasant, serves Sunday brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 884-5464 or

Now open

The Kobe Grill, 1836 Ashley River Road, in West Ashley is serving Japanese hibachi. Call 297-8097.

Wine futures

Chef Ken Vedrinski has sold his wine bar, Enoteca, to Anna Faenza, who has renamed this small watering hole Elliotborough Mini Bar. She plans to serve wine and beer as well as small plates.

The Mini Bar is opening soon at 18 Percy St.

Patrick promotes chef

Patrick Properties Hospitality Group has promoted Eric Williams to banquet sous chef for its multiple properties: William Aiken House, Fish Restaurant, Lowndes Grove Plantation and the American Theater.

Williams will work with executive chef Nico Romo.

All that jazz

The Mezz, Charleston’s jazz bar, has opened above Sermet’s Downtown at 276 King St. Call 853-7775.