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Chef Mike Lata and his business partner Adam Nemirow opened The Ordinary at 544 King St. in mid December. The oyster bar and seafood restaurant is up for a James Beard Award for for Best New Restaurant.

The James Beard Foundation took the show on the road Monday, announcing the finalists for the awards at the historic Lowndes Grove Plantation. This was the first time the New York-based foundation held the annual announcement in Charleston.

Charleston was honored and distinguished with three nominees:

Sean Brock of McCrady’s and Husk for Outstanding Chef.

The Ordinary oyster bar and seafood restaurant, owned by chef Mike Lata and business partner Adam Nemirow, for Best New Restaurant.

“Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking” by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart for an “American Cooking” book award.

The awards, the highest honors in the food, beverage, restaurant, hospitality, cookbook and food journalism fields, will be announced May 3-6 in New York City.

Join James Beard Award-winning authors and brothers Matt and Ted Lee at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Charleston Library Society, 164 King St., for a discussion on “Charleston Receipts” and local cuisine.

The Lee Brothers hail the classic volume as the “definitive Charleston cookbook of the 20th century.”

“The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen,” the story of “Receipts” and the delicious recipes it contains will be the focus of the afternoon’s discussion.

The Lee Brothers’ book will be available for autographs, and a reception will follow the program. The Junior League of Charleston will provide samples from its cookbook.

Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. To register, call 800-838-3006 or go to

Chef Teca Thompson of Brazilianuts Food Service and Events will prepare a three-course Brazilian meal to benefit the Lowcountry Food Bank on Sunday.

From 4-7 p.m. at Tabbuli Grill, 6 Market St., guests may enjoy live jazz and samba music by Duda Lucena and Malandro Soul. The evening’s menu will feature the Brazilian national dish, feijoada, a black bean stew made with sauteed beef, pork, ham hocks, Portuguese sausage, cured ham and bacon served with rice, collard greens, fried yucca flour and diced oranges.

Tickets are $25 plus tax and gratuity, with 20 percent going to the Lowcountry Food Bank. Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Purchase tickets in advance at

Cask Happy Hour takes place at Ted’s Butcherblock today. The crew at Ted’s will tap into a cask of New Holland Brewery’s Imperial Hatter Double IPA starting at 6:30 p.m.

The featured beer will be available for $5 a pint, and a special menu of spring-inspired small plates will be offered along with the shop’s regular selection of gourmet sandwiches, paninis, soups, salads and prepared foods. No reservations are required.

Ted’s is at 334 East Bay St. For details, call 577-0094 or go to

The Old Village Post House and Palmetto Brewing Co. will present a beer dinner at 6:30 tonight at the restaurant, 101 Pitt St. in Mount Pleasant.

Chef de cuisine Forrest Parker will prepare a menu to be paired with Palmetto brews.

Palmetto Brewing first served Charleston’s thirst in the 1850s. It brewed through the Civil War, the earthquake of 1886, a major hurricane and into the turn of the century, but failed to survive prohibition. The tradition was revived in 1993, and Palmetto became the first brewery to operate in South Carolina since prohibition. Its beer is handcrafted in small batches in Charleston.

The dinner is $50 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 388-8935. Online reservations are not accepted at this time. Go to

A wine dinner will take place 7 p.m. Saturday at Laura Alberts, 891 Island Park Drive on Daniel Island, featuring wines from mountain and valley growing regions: Cuvaison Chardonnay, Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir, Michael David Earthquake Petite Syrah and Pierre Sparr Riesling.

The evening begins with a wine reception followed by a four-course dinner prepared by executive chef Matthew Brigham paired with the wines.

The cost is $65 plus tax and gratuity, and reservations are required. Call 881-4711. View the menu at

Mellow Mushroom Avondale will host its second 1974 Disco Throwback Brunch with rollback pricing to commemorate the two-year anniversary.

From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, brunch will feature specials inspired by the pricing of the original 1974 Mellow Mushroom menu, the year the first Mellow Mushroom opened in Atlanta.

Last year’s rollback pricing included specials such as 60-cent Budweisers and $3.50 large pizzas, and this year may include similar specials.

A DJ will be spinning disco music, and the first 100 people in the door will receive a mystery voucher for various prizes, including free pizza for a year.

The Grill on the Edge, 41 Center St. on Folly Beach, opens at 7 a.m. March 31. Diners can choose from the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet for $9.99 or the regular bunch menu. Mimosas are $2.50, and the bloody mary bar is $5.

Liberty Tap Room, 1028 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant, will be open at 11 a.m. Easter Sunday.

TBonz Gill & Grill, 80 N. Market St. downtown Charleston and 1668 Old Towne Road in West Ashley, will be open at 11 a.m. Easter Sunday.

Rita’s Seaside Grille, 2 Center St. on Folly Beach will be open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Easter Sunday, serving brunch, lunch and dinner. Some daily specials will be available.

Folly Beach Crab Shack, 26 Center St., will be open 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Easter Sunday. The raw bar will be open until 2 a.m. along with a late-night menu. Sunday brunch will feature a make-your-own bloody mary bar. Dinner specials will start at 4 p.m. Reservations needed only for a party of 12 or more.

Tristan, 10 Linguard St., will be open 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Easter Sunday for brunch. It will be offer three courses for $40. Go to

Maverick Southern Kitchens will offer a special Easter brunch at Slightly North of Broad, High Cotton and the Old Village Post House. Each restaurant will offer a pre-fixed menu with choice of an appetizer and entree. Slightly North of Broad will offer two courses for $25 or add dessert for $30. Old Village Post House will offer an appetizer and entree for $23 or add a dessert for $27. High Cotton will offer an appetizer and entree for $25 or add a mimosa or dessert for $30. Go to

Co, 340 King St., is hosting a $4 Happy Hour featuring special dishes and cocktails 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 720-3631 or go to

Village Bakery and Cafe, 125 Pitt St. in Mount Pleasant, is serving a local farm-to-table dinner menu. Find out more at 216-6771 or

Sweetgrass Cafe, 308 U.S. Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant, is featuring Ben’s BBQ, homemade rice, butter beans and more. Open 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Liberty Tap Room and Grill is serving Sunday brunch at 1028 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. Hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday with a $2.50 brunch beverage menu.

Verde, a salad and wrap shop, will open its second location in the Brookgreen Shopping Center on Coleman Boulevard. The original location is at 347 King St.

Petticoats, 68 Queen St., reopened on Wednesday. It is serving a lunch buffet 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

The Southern General has opened at 3157 Maybank Highway across from Fred Neuville’s Fat Hen. This gourmet sandwich shop and bar offers lunch, dinner and late-night service on the weekends. 11 a.m.-until Monday-Saturday.

The Oyster Room has opened at 14 Center St. on Folly Beach. Chef Eric Miller will focus on oysters, seafood and turf to go with the surf. 580-4050.

Charming Inns has announced that Mathew Pleasants, a former executive sous chef at Circa 1886, will be the chef at Kitchen 208, 208 King St. An April opening is planned.

Blue Marlin Fish House at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina plans an April opening with facilities for dining, private dining and a yacht club. Charles Arena is the chef at 20 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant. Call 856-0028 or go to