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The annual Southern Living Taste of Charleston put on by the Charleston Restaurant Association runs Friday through Sunday. The weekend will feature two new events: Taste: Sweet & Southern on Shem Creek and Taste: Dine Around.
Taste: Sweet & Southern on Shem Creek is Saturday at the Lighthouse on Shem Creek. The event will feature performances from singer/songwriters, including Rob Crosby. Lowcountry cuisine will be served by a variety of local caterers. There will also be moonlit harbor cruises. Tickets are available at CharlestonRestaurantAssociation.com for $50; $60 at the door.
Taste: Dine Around will be at participating restaurants throughout the Charleston area on Friday and Saturday. The Dine Around will feature a three-course menu paired with a specialty beer. No tickets are required to attend, but reservations are recommended.
82 Queen, Lowcountry Bistro, Tristan, Hall’s Chophouse, ‘Cesca Charleston, Noisy Oyster, Tsunami, Jim N’ Nick’s, A.W. Shucks, Tommy Condons, Sermet’s Downtown, Eli’s Restaurant, Toast, Tabbuli Grill, Hyman’s Seafood, Southend Brewery, Fulton Five and Basil Restaurant.
17 North Roadside Kitchen, Graze, Zeus Grill & Seafood, Langdon’s, Opal Restaurant & Bar, Eurasia, Mosaic Cafe, Next Door Bistro, Red Drum, Basil Restaurant, Gullah Cuisine, Finz Bar & Grill, Fuji Sushi Bar & Grill, Bricco Bracco and Carter’s Kitchen.
Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurant
The inaugural Lowcountry Hoedown will be 7 to 11 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Bus Shed in downtown Charleston. This all-inclusive affair pays homage to some of Charleston and the South’s most delicious foods, beverages and entertainment. Sip cocktails from moonshine and bourbon distilleries, while nibbling on Southern treats, including samples from the best Lowcountry barbecue joints. Providing music will be The Corduroy Road and BlueBilly Grit, winners of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition.
Tickets are on sale at www.lowcountryhoedown.com or at Bottles, 610 Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. Tickets are $50 in advance; $60 at the door. Ten percent of ticket sale proceeds will benefit Lowcountry Local First.
A barbecue cook-off featuring local restaurants has been added to the 11th annual Harvest Festival Nov. 3 at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center on Johns Island. Visitors will be able to sample portions of each restaurant’s barbecue and then vote on their favorite. Additional food will be available along with beverages. Five local bluegrass bands will perform. There will be hay rides, a stick pony corral, pumpkin decorating, penny diving, lasso demonstrations and crafts for kids. The event is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person; free for children 12 and under and Charleston County Parks gold pass holders.
The Pantry Inc. is celebrating National Coffee Day Saturday by offering a 12-ounce Bean Street Coffee for a penny to shoppers at its more than 1,500 Kangaroo Express convenience stores. The special offer is available from 8 to 11 a.m.; one per customer while supplies last.
Earlier this spring, Market Street restaurant A.W. Shuck’s caught fire. The 85-year-old warehouse was saved and the restaurant completely renovated. Also getting a makeover was the menu, featuring favorites with the addition of new items. As part of the renovation, a gourmet hot dog stand known as A.W. Dawgs was added at the State Street entrance featuring Vienna Beef hot dogs and tacos served with hand-cut fries and craft brews.
Significant renovations are scheduled for the Sullivan’s Island restaurant, Atlanticville. Brad Creger, Atlanticville’s owner, announced the restaurant will close Sunday and will reopen in the spring in time for the annual Cooper River Bridge Run weekend. Atlanticville was built in 1990 on the former site of Island Boy, which was damaged by Hurricane Hugo. “It’s been 22 years since the facility had anything more than a minor facelift,” Creger said. “It’s time.”