28 February 2011

Potlikker Film Festival: Charleston

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Upstairs at McCrady's Restaurant
(2 Unity Alley, off East Bay Street)

Charleston, SC - On March 2, on the eve of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, the Southern Foodways Alliance will pitch its tent at McCrady’s Restaurant. On the menu: SFA-produced Lowcountry foodways films. Smart words. Good local drinks. Honest local foods. Cool music. Good company.

By way of Joe York-directed films, John Simpkins-crafted words, and the bass drum stylings of Mr. Jenkins, we will celebrate South Carolina food titans like Robert Barber, Buckshot Colleton, Emile DeFelice, Bertha Grant, and Glenn Roberts.

Sean Brock of McCrady’s and Husk, Robert Stehling of Hominy Grill, and Sarah O’Kelley of Glass Onion, will be our cooks for the evening. You’ll taste potlikker, squirrel gravy, and other delights. You'll sip oyster-flavored beer from local fave Coast Brewing. SFA founders Vertamae Grosvenor, Marion Sullivan, and Nathalie Dupree will hold court.

Tickets, priced at $50 per person, include food, drink, music, films, and, for a lucky few, a cool door prize. Available by advance purchase only. Click here to buy tickets.

23 February 2011

O-Ku Opens for Lunch on Upper King

CHARLESTON, S.C.  – Lunch fare in downtown Charleston is about to get more interesting as O-Ku announces that it will open for lunch beginning Feb. 28, serving a diverse selection of Japanese cuisine and sushi from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Celebrating authentic Japanese cuisine with a contemporary spin, Executive Chef Sean Park’s lunch menu will feature appetizers, such as dumpling dimsum; sushi and sashimi selections, including Tasmanian salmon and Kanpachi yellowtail; specialty rolls such as the fire cracker roll and the salmon and lemon wrapped roll and a variety of combination choices. O-Ku will also offer a modern take on a traditional bento, a Japanese-style lunch box featuring an assortment of sides, salads, noodles and sushi for $10-$15.

As an added incentive to the neighborhood locals, O-Ku will offer a 10% discount to Upper King Street residents, students, and businesses on Mondays.

Miso soup
Yellowtail carpaccio
Dumpling dimsum

Bento Box: 
Chicken Teriyaki Bento
Yakiniku (tender beef) Bento
Seafood Teriyaki Bento
Tofu Bento, with veggie roll
Sushi Bento, with 5 pieces of nigiri
Sashimi Bento, 6 pieces of sashimi
Sushi and Sashimi Bento, 4 pieces of nigiri, 6 pieces of sashimi

* Each Bento Box includes:
·        Mesclun salad with ginger carrot vinaigrette
·        Crab salad, avocado roll
·        Steamed glass noodle with sautéed mushroom, onion and carrot with a ginger garlic sweet soy    

Potato Wrapped Roll
Fire Cracker Roll
Tuna Wrapped Roll
Salmon and Lemon Wrapped Roll
Rainbow Roll
Tuna Crunch Roll

Sushi Lunch includes ginger salad, choice of specialty roll and five pieces of nigiri.

Sashimi Lunch includes ginger salad, bowl of rice and 10 pieces of sashimi.

Sushi and Sashimi Lunch served with salad, choice of specialty roll, four pieces of nigiri and six pieces of sashimi.

For more information, please visit www.o-kusushi.com or call 843.737.0112.

14 February 2011

Ovis Hill Farms Barn Raising

CHARLESTON, S.C.  – More than 400 people will fill the lawn of Lowndes Grove Plantation Feb. 20 as Patrick Properties, Lowcountry Local First and Keegan Farms host the Ovis Hill Farms Barn Raising event to benefit farmer Charlie Caldwell of Ovis Hill Farms, who tragically lost his barn and more than 500 of his prized animals in a fire this past December.
Guests at the event will enjoy an oyster roast prepared by Nico Romo of Fish restaurant from 1 to 4 p.m., as well as special dishes from 12 other Charleston chefs: Mike Lata of FIG, Sean Brock of McCrady’s and Husk, Ken Vedrinski of Trattoria Lucca, Frank Lee of S.N.O.B., Jeremiah Bacon of Oak Steakhouse, Craig Deihl of Cypress, Ricky Hacker of Evo, Fred Neuville of Fat Hen, Marc Collins of Circa 1886, Mike Lotz of Triangle Char and Bar, Ben Berryhill of Red Drum and Jacques Larson of Wild Olive. The afternoon will also feature live music by local singer Elise Testone.
Tickets for the event are $50 per person and include all food and entertainment (beer and wine are not included), and free for kids ages 10 and under, in the hopes of raising $20,000 to rebuild the Ovis Hill Farms barn and replace the lost livestock. 100% of the proceeds benefit Ovis Hill Farm! http://ht.ly/3W3cs