Chew on This: Restaurant News

You’ll now have longer to order The Fat Hen’s Creme Brulee French Toast, with strawberries soaked in Grand Marnier, at Sunday brunch.

Executive chef Craig Deihl of Cypress has been named a finalist for the coveted James Beard award, Best Chef Southeast. This is Deihl’s second time as a finalist for the award, considered the Oscars of the food world. The winners will be announced May 7. For information about Cypress, call 727-0111 or go to

Kick off Charleston Craft Beer Week with the opportunity to sample some of the finest craft beers at “Bark for Brew,” a dog-friendly, craft beer tasting presented by Fetch Doggie Day Care.

Bark for Brew is set for 2-5 p.m. April 22 at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park prior to the RiverDogs’ scheduled game against the West Virginia Power.

There will be dog-related booths by Fetch Doggie Day Care, All Is Well and My Three Dogs that you and your pet can visit, as well as a special photo shoot for your furry friends by Southern Charm Photobooths.

Tickets are $25 and includes entry to the tasting, sampling tickets and a ticket for the RiverDogs Dog Day baseball game for you and your dog. Tickets are limited and may be purchased at the Riley Park box office or online at

Call the RiverDogs at 577-DOGS (3647).

Chef Fred Neuville at Fat Hen has announced new hours and an expanded brunch, along with a new drink menu. Sunday brunch will be served 10 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., and dinner no longer will be served. Starting Sunday, Fat Hen will be open for dinner 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Look for specials at Fat Hen is at 3140 Maybank Highway. 559-9090.

Check out the new look at Sermet’s Corner at 276 King St. 853-7775. Look for an upstairs jazz club called The Mezz to open in late April.

Sippin’ Saturdays are back at Irvin-House Vineyards. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to picnic under the oaks.

Every Saturday through fall, the winery will host a different local food vendor and musical group to entertain locals and visitors. There is no admission fee. Irvin-House Wine-a-Ritas will be served on the patio, Irvin-House Vineyards wine may be purchased by the glass or bottle and enjoyed outside. Sippin’ Saturdays are 1-5 p.m. at 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island. 559-6867.

TBonz Gill and Grill presents Bluegrass music with the Bushels (8-11 p.m.) and $10 Blue Plate Specials, as well as drink specials every Wednesday night at the downtown location. It is at 80 N. Market St. 577- 2511.

The Recovery Room is the No. 2 seller of PBR in the country. To celebrate this recognition, they are hosting PBR Week, which started Monday and runs through Sunday. Today is Trivia Day at 8:45 p.m. On Friday look for raffles, Saturday a taste test 8-10:30 p.m. and on Sunday the grand finale with a dog parade. The bar is at 685 King St. and opens at 4 p.m. 727-0999., the internationally known guide to dining, hotels, travel and lifestyle, has published its annual restaurant issue, which includes the highly anticipated Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. list.

Jeremiah Langhorne, chef de cuisine at McCrady’s, has been named one of the Top 5 Rising Chefs in the United States. McCrady’s is at 2 Unity Alley.

“Treat Yourself on Tax Day” at all Crab Shack locations on Sunday and Monday. All entree specials are $10.40. For information and locations, go to www.crab

Pastry chef Amanee Neirouz at Tristan has launched her new spring menu.

Satisfy your sweet tooth on Meyer lemon curd with berries, chocolate pots de creme, passion fruit pudding cake and seasonal sorbets. Tristan is at 10 Linguard St. 534-2155, www.tristan

The world’s iconic vintners will bring their wines and expertise to the fourth annual Gourmet & Grapes culinary extravaganza benefiting the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. The event will be May 4-6 at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The weekend kicks off with a reception and distinctive multicourse dinner paired with wines, featuring Row Eleven Winery, Heitz Wine Cellars and Trinchero Wine Estates. Call the resort at 800-576-1570.

Sean Brock, who is known across the country for his commitment to sustainable dining, will be the guest celebrity chef at this year’s Food for Thought conference, to be held April 24-26 in Greenville. Go to

Party with the Old Village Post House as they host the Spring Fling Wine Dinner at 6:30 p.m. April 25. Wine and beverage director Patrick Emerson has created a new spring wine list that is paired with a four-course menu by chef de cuisine Forrest Parker and executive chef Frank Lee. Call 388-8935 to reserve a spot. The dinner is $65 plus tax and gratuity.

The Old Village Post House is at 101 Pitt St., Mount Pleasant. www.maverick

Communities in Schools of the Charleston Area is a nationally accredited nonprofit dropout prevention agency that surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

CIS serves about 10,200 students and their families in 24 public schools in Charleston and Berkeley counties.

Each year, High Cotton restaurant partners with CIS to raise funds for the program. This annual event is held on Administrative Professionals’ Day, April 25, to encourage business leaders to pay tribute to their support staff while also supporting a community organization. Last year, High Cotton raised $4,200.

Chef Ramon Taimanglo has created a three-course menu for the event. The lunch is $25, gratuity not included.

Reservations are available 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 724-3815. High Cotton is at 199 East Bay St.