Chew on This: Restaurant News

South Carolina peaches will play a key roll in a special dinner later this month at Old Village Post House.

The Old Village Post House is hosting a special peach dinner at 6:30 p.m. July 25 with special guest chef jimihatt from Guerrilla Cuisine.

Chef de cuisine Forrest Parker and executive chef Frank Lee have worked with jimihatt to create a culinary tribute to South Carolina peaches. The menu includes four courses that will be paired with wines to bring out the peach flavors.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 388-8935. The dinner is $65, plus tax and gratuity.

To see the full menu, go to

’Cesca, Charleston’s new southern regional Italian restaurant, is expanding its hours with the addition of lunch and brunch service. Lunch is available 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Brunch will be served 9 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday.

In addition to the regular lunch menu, ’Cesca is offering an express lunch that includes a choice of soup or salad, tagliatelle Bolognese or whole-wheat penne pomodoro and a drink for $11.50.

Brunch includes a buffet offering as well as a la carte. Brunch specialties include a frittata and waffle station with made-to-order omelets and waffles, and a carving station featuring Italian porketta.

’Cesca accepts walk-ins as well as reservations. To reserve a table, go to charleston or call 718-2580.

Executive chef Kevin Johnson of The Grocery is teaming up with Damien Schaefer, creator of the James Beard nominated dining experience and Cooking Channel television show “The Four Coursemen,” for a special dinner at Heirloom Book Co. on July 17.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., guests may enjoy a collaborative, seasonal, multicourse meal envisioned and prepared by Johnson and Schaefer.

Grassroots Wine is providing pairings and will be on hand to discuss the vintages. Lowland and Rebellion farms, among other local producers, are supplying ingredients, and guest chefs include Dean Neff, executive chef at Five and Ten; Matt Downes, owner of Luna Baking Corp.; and Ken Manring, chef and owner of White Tiger Gourmet, all of which are in Athens, Ga.

The dinner is $100, including tax, with a portion of sales donated to Slow Food Charleston. Seating is limited.

For reservations, call Heirloom Book Co. at 469-1717. The Grocery is at 4 Cannon St.

Steven Lusby, 82 Queen’s executive chef, announced a dramatic change in the menu at the restaurant, introducing a two-part summer menu: The “ ‘Queen’s Classics’ menu features traditional Lowcountry dishes, while the ‘Influences’ menu pays homage to the rich, Caribbean flavors deeply rooted in the Lowcountry culinary culture.”

For information on the new menu, go to

Jack’s Cosmic Dogs has teamed up with Sep Harvin of the Williamsburg Packing Co. in Kingstree to produce four new locally made sausages.

New product items will include a bratwurst, all-beef kielbasa, chicken chorizo and a hot Italian. Toppings will be Cosmic favorites such as Jack’s BBQ sauce, Jack’s zippy onion relish and the new mango peppa ketchup.

Jack’s Cosmic Dogs has three locations: 817 St. Andrews Blvd. in West Ashley, 1531 Folly Road on James Island and 2805 U.S. Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant. Check out for more.

Creative Spark will host a “Fairytale Breakfast” on July 21.

Bring the kids for a magical morning full of entertainment, live characters from fairy tale favorites and a gourmet breakfast buffet, including breakfast pizzas, a waffle station and more.

Character appearances include Sleeping Beauty, Prince Charming, Goldilocks, Baby Bear, Pinocchio and the Blue Fairy.

The cost is $10, and reservations are a must. The June breakfast sold out, so plan now. Call 881-3780.

Creative Spark is at 757 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant.

Sesame Burgers and Beer at 675 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant, has launched a new Sunday brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Specials prices will be offered on bloody marys and mimosas. Call 884-5553 for more info.

The restaurant also will host a Stone Beer Dinner on July 18. Check out its website,, for details.

Hailey and Rhett Tanner, formerly of Sushi By Rhett and Savory Sushi and Catering, have launched a new catering company called Holy City Catering.

Find out more at or by calling 762-3338.

A gourmet cupcake boutique complete with a party room will be coming to North Charleston. Butter Cupcakes will be at 5070 International Blvd. (near Panera).

For more information, email

The Original Ms. Roses Fine Food and Cocktails plans a local opening. Call 766-022 for more.

The Workman’s Cafe at 1837 Grimball Road, James Island, is serving Saturday breakfast 7 a.m.-noon. Lunch is served 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Call 406-0120 for more info.

The HydeOut at Dolphin Cove Marina, 2079 Austin Ave., opened June 29 and offers water views with 22 boat slips, live entertainment and a menu of American fare. Call 745-0426 for info.

J.Paul’z Tapas, Sushi & Libations has opened its second location at 1405 Ben Sawyer Blvd. On the menu: new American tapas, sushi, seafood, pasta and full bar.

Find out more by emailing

Dellz Vibez, 569½ King St., is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. On the menu; shakes, smoothies and juices.

Work is under way at Delish Bakery and Bistro at 272-B Meeting St.

Sushi Hiro has reopened at 298 King St. Revolutionary Eating Ventures (REV) teamed up with Hideya Ishibashi to reinvent the Sushi Hiro format.

REV has announced a soft opening with menu additions being made daily. Hours are 5-11 p.m.

Call 853-3524 for more info.