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Stars Rooftop & Grill Room, 495 King St., will open its doors Friday, bringing the art of live fire cooking to downtown Charleston. The space will feature a full bar and grill room on the first floor, event space on the second floor and a rooftop bar on the third floor.
Nathan Thurston, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University and former executive chef of The Ocean Room at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, will serve as executive chef.
Stars’ kitchen suite includes a six-spit rotisserie, Argentine-style grill for fish and vegetables, wide bar grill for steaks and chops, and a fire wall for direct ember cooking. The restaurant will have an extensive list of wine and beer on tap as well as specialty cocktails.
Stars will open its main floor bar to the public at 6 p.m. Friday with dinner service beginning at 7 p.m. The Stars rooftop will also open at 7 p.m. Regular dinner hours are from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Weekend brunch will be added later this year. For reservations, call 843-577-0100.
Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ won Esquire magazine’s award for favorite ribs in the country. Home Team BBQ has locations in West Ashley and Sullivan’s Island.
Charleston butcher shop and gourmet market Ted’s Butcherblock is celebrating seven years in business with its annual Anniversary Block Party Celebration from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. This year's event will be a "Bacon Extravaganza," complete with bacon tastings, a bacon pinata, craft beer and a bacon-centric lunch menu. The bacon menu is $12 a plate and craft beers are $3 each.
The Bushels will also perform live bluegrass from 1 to 4 p.m. Ted's Butcherblock is located at 334 E. Bay St. in downtown Charleston.
Blossom has rolled out a new Tuesday lunch program with a changing menu each week. (Photo/Provided)
Blossom is offering a new Tuesday lunch program with a changing entree each week for $7. The weekly entree options include pizzas, pastas, casseroles, pot pies, soups and salads. Blossom is located at 171 E. Bay St. in downtown Charleston.
Legare Farms on Johns Island is hosting its annual Fall Harvest Dinner with farm fresh meat and produce prepared by local chefs. The event is Nov. 4. Tickets are $65 each; call 843-559-0788.
Proceeds from this event fund the Legare Farms Education Foundation, a nonprofit that provides school field trips and other education community events to raise awareness of the agricultural heritage of the Lowcountry region.
Chipotle Mexican Grill is hosting its Halloween fundraiser, Boorito. On Oct. 31, Chipotle will treat customers dressed in costume to a burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos for $2 between 4 p.m. and closing. Proceeds from the fundraiser, up to $1 million, will benefit the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to creating a more sustainable and healthy food supply and to raising awareness of food issues. Participants in this year’s fundraiser are invited to enter the Chipotle Costume Contest for a chance to win $2,500 and other prizes. For more information and contest rules, visit chipotle.com/boorito.
Jackson Holland joins The Cocktail Club as beverage director and bartender. (Photo/Andrew Stephen Cebulka)
The Cocktail Club in Charleston has hired Jackson Holland as its new beverage director and bartender. Formerly bar manager at The Macintosh, Holland has 13 years of experience and is a certified level one sommelier. He received a 2011 Garden & Gun “Made in the South” award for Charleston Bold and Spicy Bloody Mary Mix, a product he co-created. He was also named a semifinalist for his Orange Flower Water Fizz cocktail at the 2010 Ketel One Classic.
O-Ku is hosting a trunk show from 6 to 9 p.m. today. Browse the latest fall trends from Colleton's Boutique and eco-friendly jewelry from Drift Projects. There will be complimentary passed sushi and a featured $5 specialty cocktail. The event is free. O-Ku is located at 463 King St. in Charleston.
The Lowcountry Hoedown will be 7 to 11 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Visitor's Center Bus Shed, 375 Meeting St. in downtown Charleston. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door with 10% of ticket sales benefiting Lowcountry Local First. Tickets are all-inclusive and food and drink will be provided. Tickets can be purchased at www.lowcountryhoedown.com or at Bottles, 610 Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant.
The Red Shoe Society is hosting a Food Truck Rodeo to benefit The Ronald McDonald House. The event is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at The Ronald McDonald House, 81 Gadsden St. in Charleston. Participating food trucks include Outta My Huevos, Taco Boy, Foodie Truck and Refuelers. Cover is $10 and includes first beer.