Chew on This: Restaurant News

Pop the cork, swirl and sniff. Charleston Grill is hosting another wine dinner.

Charleston Grill is hosting the second installment in its Charleston Grill Wine Region Series at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with wine from Umbria, Italy, home region of Spoleto.

Executive chef Michelle Weaver and sommelier Rick Rubel will host an evening of wine and food from Umbria, starting the evening with a tasting reception of wines and hors d’oeuvres in the Palmetto Courtyard.

Afterward, there will be a three-course dinner with wine pairings in the Vintner’s Room at Charleston Grill.

Cost: $75, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required, and seating is limited; call 577-4522.

The fourth annual All-Americana Crawfish Boil is Sunday at Home Team BBQ, 1205 Ashley River Road.

There will be music 2- 10 p.m., featuring the bands L Shape Lot, Guilt Ridden Troubadour, and John Wesley Satterfield and band. Admission is $10 and includes one free plate of crawfish; additional plates are $5 each.

The Glass Onion restaurant will celebrate Manchester Farms quail May 23. This West Ashley restaurant at 1219 Savannah Highway will offer all-you-can-eat quail during that Wednesday’s dinner service, 5-9 p.m., for $30. The offer will include two sides but cannot be shared. www.ilovetheglass

Callie’s Charleston Biscuits and Carolina Creole sauce were chosen as NASFT 2012 sofi award finalists, the Oscars of the specialty foods world.

Carolina Creole sauce, along with Callie’s Biscuits, which received nominations for three products — Cheese & Chive Biscuits, Shortcakes and Carrie’s Fiery Pimento Cheese — will go for the gold in June.

Also, Caviar & Bananas was announced as Outstanding Retailers 2012 by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade.

The awards recognize excellence in customer service, product sourcing, merchandising, quality assurance and a passion for presenting top-quality food.

Circa 1886 will offer extended hours for pre- and post-theater dinner options during Spoleto. Circa 1886 will open a half-hour earlier, at 5 p.m., and close a half-hour later, 10 p.m., starting May 25. These new hours are in effect until June 10.

Circa 1886 is at 149 Wentworth St. To reserve, call 853-7828 or go to

Southern Living magazine has recognized the Charleston RiverDogs’ “Homewrecker” hot dog in its most recent issue.

In the section on The South’s Best Stadium Food, the publication points to the half-pound, foot-long all-beef hot dog that comes with toppings ranging from pimiento cheese to okra.

The “Homewrecker” has also received national exposure through Adam Richman’s “Man v. Food” cable television show.

For tickets, call 577-DOGS (3647) or

Maverick Southern Kitchens restaurants will all be open on Mother’s Day, May 13, and will feature a special brunch.

High Cotton will be offering a special prix fixe menu 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Two courses: appetizer and entree for $25 or add dessert for $30. Make reservations at www.highcottoncharleston.comor call 724-3815.

Slightly North of Broad will offer a prix fixe menu 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Enjoy two courses: appetizer and entree for $23 or add dessert for $27. www.slightly northofbroad.netor call 723-3424.

Old Village Post House will offer a prix fixe menu with two courses: appeti- zer and entree for $21 or add dessert for $25. www.oldvillageposthouse.comor call 388-8935.

Proof, at 437 King St., opened Tuesday. Proof is a joint venture with Craig Nelson and the co-owners of TBonz Restaurant group, Mark Cumins and Jerry Scheer. The concept is a classic cocktail bar along with a large selection of wines by the glass and features a seasonal small-plate menu. Check them out on Facebook or call 793-1422.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Charleston restaurants with the Chef’s Kitchen Tours of Charleston, which this time around features Tristan restaurant.

The tour begins with coffee and artisan pastries. It is offered 9:30 a.m.-noon Fridays only. Tickets: Call Bulldog Tours at 722-8687 or 800-918-0701.

Skarney’s, at 2846 Highway 17 North in Mount Pleasant, boasted fresh food fast and affordable.

Taps, at 9770 Dorchester Road, is now serving cheese and charcuterie plates. 821-0888, Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier has launched a new kind of gallery at its Society Street location.

It will not only showcase the edible chocolate artistry of Christophe’s confections but also make the space available for local artists to present their works.

With a back room and outdoor patio, this space is now available for local shows.

It is at 90 Society St., 297-8674.