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72 Hours: A Culinary Adventure in Charleston

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Do you want to pack as much as possible into a 72 hour visit to Charleston, SC?  Here’s one foodie itinerary to try!
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Thursday:

Morning — Chefs’ Kitchen Tour – Start your trip off by visiting the kitchens and meeting the chefs in 3 of Charleston’s top restaurants.  Your guide, Hoon Calhoun, will educate you on Charleston’s culinary history and orient you with regard to Charleston’s best restaurants today.  The tour starts with coffee and doughnuts at Glazed, Charleston’s gourmet, homemade, delicious, I-can’t-believe-this-is-in-a-doughnut shop, and proceeds to visit 3 restaurants, meeting chefs and tasting all along the way.

Heather and Chef Josh Keller of 2 Boroughs Larder

Heather and Chef Josh Keller of 2 Boroughs Larder

Lunch — Two Boroughs Larder — Josh and Heather Keeler’s Two Boroughs Larder is where Charleston chefs go to eat.  Charleston’s Celebrity Chef Sean Brock calls Two Boroughs Larder the best restaurant in Charleston.  Go judge for yourself — and order everything on the menu to be sure.  This is the place to take chances — you probably won’t recognize half of the ingredients on the menu — but trust in Josh’s capable hands and discriminating taste.  Everything will be delicious, and some dishes will be transcendent.  In between courses, take a moment to explore the selection of hard goods and specialty products available for purchase.

Afternoon — Pastries and coffee — After lunch, exiting Two Boroughs, you’ll find yourself smack dab in the middle of what is emerging as Charleston’s pastry epicenter.  Stroll to Sugar Bakeshop and have the first of (perhaps) many delicious pastries, choosing one — or two — of a variety of cupcakes or cookies.  The selection varies daily, but on Thursdays the options include the Lady Baltimore Cupcake, which should not be missed!  Bill and Dave, Sugar Bakeshop’s owners, are architects from New York City who relocated to Charleston, and their visual aesthetic is apparent as everything in the display cases is as beautiful as it is delicious.  Enjoy your treat in Sugar’s quaint courtyard.  From Sugar, consider visiting Wildflour PastryBrown’s Court Bakery or Sweet Radish for another delicious treat and a cup of coffee.  All are within a block or so of Sugar and along the way you can explore the rapidly gentrifying Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood.

Dinner — Taste Of The Market — When you have finished exploring the Upper King Street area, head downtown to the City Market District and the Taste of the Market, held the 3rd Thursday of Each month.  This event features the best that the City Market area has to offer, with (substantial) food samples available from a variety of Market area restaurants, chef demonstrations and live music.  The ample samples will be more than enough to make a meal and after the event you’ll be well positioned to explore the heart of Charleston’s historic downtown.

After Dinner — Head on over to Burwell’s for an after dinner drink and, if the weather is nice, make your way to the back patio to have a craft cocktail made by John or JoJo, Burwell’s expert mixologists.  Cocktails not your thing?  No problem — try the Craftsman Kitchen And Tap House, a beer emporium featuring 48 beers on Tap!  Still not satisfied?  Give Social Wine Bar a try, which features up to 60 wines by the glass and a 4,000 bottle display cellar.

Friday:

Morning — Bakehouse — Get your day started with a cup of coffee and a fresh baked pastry at the Bakehouse.  Although everything is good, the cinnamon rolls are especially delicious.  The WiFi is free and the airy cafe is in a perfect spot for people watching.
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Lunch — Bull Street Gourmet — Grab a light bite at this adorable market/cafe on lower King Street.  Split the daily sandwich special or share a bowl of the soup of the day — both are likely to be simple and delicious.  Also Bull Street has an excellent selection of bottled wines, for now or later.

Afternoon — Take a Downtown Culinary Tour with Charleston Culinary Tours.  This 2.5 hour tour explores the City Market area and Charleston’s French Quarter.  Stopping at 3 restaurants for food samples and 1 restaurant for dessert, the Downtown Culinary tour will introduce you to some of Charleston’s best restaurants and educate you with regard to Charleston’s rich culinary history and current culinary trends.  There is plenty of food on this tour, so pace yourself as you eat your way around Charleston’s historic downtown.

Dinner — 82 Queen — Make you dinner reservations a little later to give yourself an opportunity to recover from your culinary tour.  If the weather is suitable, ask for a table in 82 Queen’s beautiful and romantic courtyard, which is dominated by a mammoth Magnolia tree.  82 Queen is a Charleston classic, graceful and refined, specializing in Lowcountry classics and Southern hospitality.  Be sure to order the She-Crab Soup, the best in the city.

Saturday:

Brunch — Lowcountry Bistro — Chicken and Waffles anyone?  At Lowcountry Bistro the answer is an enthusiastic YES!  This casual cafe offers a wide variety of other southern specialties (the Shrimp and Grits are especially good here as well), but ordering the Chicken and Waffles is a no-brainer.  Overlooking the City Market, a table on the piazza is a prime position to take in Charleston’s charms and prepare for your day.

Afternoon — The Heirloom Collection (formerly the Heirloom Book Company) — Tucked away down an alley off Broad Street, this adorable book shop sells cookbooks, specializing in rare and out-of-print editions.  The collection is eclectic, but an excellent selection of Charleston and Southern cookbooks are available.  The shop is clearly a labor of love and their passion for cookbooks is equal parts contagious and inspiring!

CocktailsPre Dinner — The Holy City is well known for its affinity for alcohol and Charleston Culinary Tours’ Mixology Tour will help show you the state of Charleston’s cocktail culture today.  This 1.5 hour tour stops at 3 local watering holes where guests meet a mixologist who will explain his/her specialty cocktail and then mix one for everyone to enjoy!  Think of it as a mobile pre-dinner cocktail party.

Dinner — Husk — Come pay homage to Chef Sean Brock’s celebration of all things Southern.  With a menu that changes twice daily and an almost maniacal devotion to sourcing ingredients locally, Husk has totally reshaped Charleston’s culinary landscape and has inspired a wave of innovation and culinary excellence that has engulfed the city.  While it’s impossible to predict what might be on the menu, the Crispy Pig’s Ears are the stuff of legend and pork dishes generally have a place near and dear to Chef Brock’s heart.  Make your reservations early — ever since it was named Best New Restaurant by Bon Appetit in 2011, a Husk reservation became one of the toughest in town.

After Dinner — Kaminsky’s — Finish off your night with a dessert at Kaminsky’s, a bustling dessert shop on Market Street.  With a display case overflowing with almost impossibly delicious looking cakes and pies, it may be tough to make a decision.  Hedge your bets and choose more than one item — it’ll be the most delicious insurance policy you ever bought.

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The 5th Annual Follywood Oyster Roast

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2014 by Lowcountry Boil

1559425_614752178560656_2015164510_oFollywood Productions presents the 5th Annual Follywood Oyster Roast on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Charleston Pour House.

On the Main Stage:
Toubab Krewe
Jimbo Mathus & Tri-State Coalition
9 p.m. Doors / 9:30 Show

On the Deck: (in this order)
Cary Hudson & Davis Coen
The Piedmont Boys
Guilt Ridden Troubadour
Mac Leaphart & My Ragged Company
Gaslight Street
& more…

Deck Doors @ 11:30 a.m.
Music starts @ Noon

3 different tickets on sale HERE:
$10 adv/$12 dos for DECK, 1130am doors/noon show
$15 adv/$17 dos for INSIDE SHOW 9pm doors/930pm show
$22 package ticket for all day/night 1130am doors/noon show

For more information, click here.

Wentworth Street Dental Associates Under New Ownership

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2014 by Lowcountry Boil

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Dr. Mckenzie Woodard recently purchased Wentworth Street Dental Associates located at 159 Wentworth Street in downtown Charleston. She is practicing general and cosmetic dentistry from preventative care to a wide range of cosmetic procedures using advanced cosmetic dental treatments and materials. Whether the visit is for a routine check up, planned treatment or a dental emergency, the practice’s goal is to treat its patients like family and exceed expectations.

“I am getting to know each of my patients and helping them quickly feel at home,” said Dr. Mckenzie Woodard. “Additionally, I am providing one-on-one exams to help patients achieve a healthier, beautiful smile that can last a lifetime.”

Dr. Woodard completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at Virginia Commonwealth University after attending Virginia Tech for her undergraduate degree. Prior to purchasing Wentworth Street Dental Associates, she was a dentist with Commonwealth Dentistry in Richmond. Dr. Woodard is a member of nationally renowned organizations including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Academy of General Dentistry as well as the American Dental Association and South Carolina Dental Association.

For more about the practice, visit www.wentworthdentist.com.

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Taste of the Market Held Every Third Thursday in Downtown Charleston

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2014 by Lowcountry Boil

TasteCity Market Hospitality Association and Charleston Culinary Tours present Taste of the Market every third Thursday at Palmetto Carriage Company Lot on Anson Street. Attendees enjoy free samples and gift card raffles from market area restaurants as well as a different chef demonstration each month. Holy City Brewery is now on hand selling $4 domestics and $5 craft beers. Additionally, there is live music and a children’s area. Tickets are $10 with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Hospitality Heroes and free for children 10 and under.

“As we move into 2014 with the Taste of the Market, we look forward to building additional momentum and enthusiasm within the community,” said Charleston Culinary Tours co-owner Oscar Hines. “Taste of the Market has been getting locals and tourists alike excited about coming back to the City Market area again as they realize the Charleston classics are still there while discovering the newer restaurants and merchants that continue to bring vitality to the area.”

Charleston Culinary Tours combine the best of Charleston history, cocktails and food with unique tours that highlight the lowcountry. Each of the five Charleston Culinary Tours visit several different restaurants, bars or the Farmer’s Market to combine elements of a historical tour with a culinary adventure. City Market Hospitality Association promotes businesses in and around Historic Market Street in Charleston, SC. This group organizes events and fundraisers to support the community as a whole while cross promoting the area businesses.

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Lowcountry Smokehouse Draft Dinner Announced in Downtown Charleston

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2014 by Lowcountry Boil

Southend Brewery and Smokehouse along with Charleston Culinary Tours present Lowcountry Smokehouse Draft Dinner on Wednesday, February 12th at 7pm at the downtown restaurant located at 161 E. Bay Street. Chef Garrett Priester & Sous Chef Jonathan DuPriest have prepared an authentic, five-course menu that showcases Southend Brewery beers that are thoughtfully paired with dishes inspired by seasonal flavors and local ingredients with a unique smokehouse style twist. The cost is $60 per person++ and reservations are available by calling (843) 853-4677 or purchase here.

 First Course: Local Oyster Trio

On the Half Shell with “Watch it Grow” Mignonette, smoked with Warm Bacon Gastrique & Micro Spinach and Fried & Tossed in House BBQ with Pineapple Relish

Beer Pairing – Watch It Grow Wheat

Second Course: Riptide Red Crispy Pork Belly

Sweet & Sour Onions, Baby Arugula, Chevre Goat Cheese, Toasted Walnuts

Beer Pairing – Riptide Red

Third Course: Smoked Duck Leg

Warm Sweet Potato Salad, Citrus Brown Butter

Beer Pairing – Castle Pinckney Pale Ale

Fourth Course: Coffee Rubbed Beef Tenderloin

Oven Roasted Baby Carrots, Fingerling Potatoes, Black IPA Demi Glace

Beer Pairing – Seasonal Black IPA

Fifth Course: Artisan Cheese Flight

Assortment of Artisan Cheeses with Accoutrements

Beer Pairing – Chocolate Milk Stout “Shake”

Southend Chef GarrettPriesterLocated in the historic Wagener Building on East Bay Street, Southend Brewery and Smokehouse showcases Chef Garrett Priester’s appreciation for Lowcountry cooking defined by Southern Gullah and French cuisine. The dishes feature local ingredients and sustainable seafood from local purveyors, as well as infuse the distinct brewery flavors of Southend’s signature beers.

History on tourCharleston Culinary Tours combine the best of Charleston history, cocktails and food with unique tours that highlight the lowcountry. Each of the five Charleston Culinary Tours visit several different restaurants, bars or the Farmer’s Market to combine elements of a historical tour with a culinary adventure.

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Charleston Restaurant Week: January 8 – 19, 2014

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Today is the start of  Charleston Restaurant Week and runs through January 19th. Each year, the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, Inc (GCRA) brings the opportunity to enjoy the world-renowned cuisine of the Lowcountry as participating restaurants offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus consisting of three items for one price. Here are the restaurants and their specials…

3 for $20

Another Broken Egg Cafe

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AW Shuck’s Seafood Restaurant

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Baroni’s New York Pizza – Mt. Pleasant

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Baroni’s New York Pizza – West Ashley

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Basil Thai Restaurant – Downtown Charleston

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Basil Thai Restaurant – Mt. Pleasant

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Big Billy’s Burger Joint (2 people for $20)

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Boone’s Bar (2 people for $20)

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Bricco Bracco

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Brixx Wood Fired Pizza

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Caviar & Bananas Gourmet Market & Cafe

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Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House

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Chez Fish (3 Courses for $24.95)

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CO Banh Mi Noodles Bar

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Crust Wood Fired Pizza

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Five Loaves Cafe – Downtown

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Five Loaves Cafe – Mt. Pleasant

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Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurant – Johns Island

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Heart Woodfire Kitchen

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Home Team BBQ – Sullivan’s Island

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How Art Thou Cafe

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J. Paul’z – James Island

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J. Paul’z – Mt. Pleasant

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Joe Pasta

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Juanita Greenberg’s – Mt. Pleasant (2 people for $20)

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Katsu Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi

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La Fontana Authentic Italian Restaurant

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Locklear’s Lowcountry Grill

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Manny’s Neighborhood Grille

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Morgan Creek Grill-Upper Deck (2 Courses for $20)

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Nirlep Indian Restaurant (2 people for $20)

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Noisy Oyster Seafood Restaurant – North Charleston

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Old Towne Grill and Seafood

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P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

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Rutledge Cab Co.

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Saffron Cafe & Bakery

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Sushi 101 (2 people for $20)

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TBonz Gill & Grill – Downtown Charleston (3 Courses for $25)

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The Alley

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The Gin Joint (2 Pairings for $20)

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The Wreckfish

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Tommy Condons

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Tsunami – Downtown Charleston

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Tsunami – Mt. Pleasant

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Virginia’s On King

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Wild Wing Cafe – Downtown Charleston (2 People for $20)

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Wild Wing Cafe – Mt. Pleasant (2 People for $20)

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Wild Wing Cafe – North Charleston (2 People for $20)

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Yamato Japanese Steakhouse

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Yokoso of Summerville

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Zeus Grill and Seafood

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3 for $30

39 Rue de Jean

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Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar

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Angel Oak Restaurant

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Blu Restaurant & Bar

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Bocci’s Italian Restaurant

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Butcher & Bee (2 People for $30)

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Charleston Crab House – Downtown Charleston

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Charleston Crab House – James Island

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Charleston Harbor Fish House

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Coast Bar and Grill

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Cork Neighborhood Bistro

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Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House

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Dixie Supply Bakery and Cafe

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Finz Bar & Grill

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Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar

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Fuji Sushi Bar and Grill

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Fulton Five

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Graze Restaurant

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Hyman’s Seafood

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II Cortile Del Re

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J. Paul’z – Mt. Pleasant (4 Courses for $30)

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Jasmine Porch at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

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LaTabella Italian Grill

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Long Island Cafe

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LongHorn Steakhouse – Mt. Pleasant (Dinner for 2 people)

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LongHorn Steakhouse – North Charleston (Dinner for 2 people)

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Lowcountry Bistro (4 Courses for $30)

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Med Bistro

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Mellow Mushroom – Avondale (2 People for $30)

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Mellow Mushroom – Downtown Charleston (2 People for $30)

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Mellow Mushroom – Summerville (2 People for $30)

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Middleton Place Restaurant

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Ms. Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails (2 people for $30)

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Muse Restaurant & Wine Bar

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Old Village Post House

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R.B.’s Seafood Restaurant

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Red Drum Restaurant

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Red’s Ice House – John’s Island (2 people for $30)

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Red’s Ice House – Shem Creek (2 people for $30)

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Red’s Ice House Shem Creek (2 people for $30)

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Republic Garden & Lounge

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Rio de Brazil (Dinner Special $31.95)

Saffire Restaurant at Charleston Marriott

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Sea Island Grill at Wild Dunes Resort

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Sermet’s Downtown

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Shem Creek Bar & Grill

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Slightly North of Broad

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Social Restaurant + Wine Bar

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SOL Southwest Kitchen & Tequila Bar (2 People for $30)

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Southerly Restaurant and Patio

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Stack’s Evening Eats

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Stars Restaurant – Rooftop & Grill Room

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Swamp Fox Restaurant & Bar

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Sweeney’s

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The Boathouse at Breach Inlet

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Tomasso at Turtle Point

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Water Dog Grill (2 People for $30)

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3 for $40

Langdon’s Restaurant and Wine Bar

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McCrady’s Restaurant

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Opal Restaurant and Bar

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Rosebank Farms Cafe (4 Courses for $40)

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The Atlantic Room at the Ocean Course

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The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

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Trattoria Lucca (4 Items for $40)

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Tristan (4 Course Tasting for $40)

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Lunch Options

82 Queen (2 Courses for $15)

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Butcher & Bee (2 People for $30)

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Crave Kitchen & Cocktails (3 Courses for $15)

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Lowcountry Bistro (2 Courses for $12)

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Morgan Creek Grill-Upper Deck (2 Courses for $20)

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Old Towne Grill and Seafood (2 Courses for $10)

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Poogan’s Porch (3 Courses for $20)

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Rutledge Cab Co. (2 Courses for $15)

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Sweeney’s (3 Courses for $18)

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Zeus Grill and Seafood (2 Courses for $10)

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Sewee Association: Music and Oysters for Wildlife

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2014 by Lowcountry Boil

SeweeSewee Association presents Music and Oysters for Wildlife on Saturday, January 11th from 2-8pm at Sewee Outpost, 4853 U.S. 17 North in Awendaw, South Carolina. The live music line up includes The Blue Dogs, Mark Bryan and the Occasional Milkshake, Danielle Howle, Doug Jones, Lincoln Middle High School Steel Band & Red Dog Ramblers. Guests will enjoy all you can eat Bulls Bay Oysters, a live and silent auction and other food and beverages available for purchase. $35 Tickets are on sale at Sewee Dental Care, Sewee Outpost and Etix with children under 12 free.

The proceeds from this event will help the SEWEE Association carry out its mission. The South Eastern Wildlife and Environment Education Association (SEWEE Association) is the Friend’s Group for the National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) and National Forest (NF) of coastal South Carolina that works with federal partners to achieve their mission in biological, cultural and educational activities.

Take a look at this story about Music and Oysters for Wildlife in a 2012 South Carolina Wildlife Magazine article.

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