On the Menu for Nov. 13, 2012

On the Menu provides the latest news from the Charleston area’s extensive culinary community, including new restaurants, new menu items and upcoming events, as well as details about local chefs. Submissions should be sent to dailyjournal@scbiznews.com.

Pinewood Preparatory School is hosting its third annual Pickin' in the Pines, a bluegrass and barbecue festival from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday on the school’s campus. Pinewood is located at 1114 Orangeburg Road in Summerville. Presented by Palmetto Primary Care Physicians, the festival features local bands HomeGrown and Common Ground as well as games, line dancing, corn hole and jump castles. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students; free for children 3 and under. Ticket price includes food from Momma Brown’s BBQ. All proceeds benefit Pinewood's music and technology program. Purchase tickets online or call 843-376-0142, ext. 2003.

Blu Restaurant and Bar will host an oceanfront dining buffet Thanksgiving Day from noon to 6 p.m. Price is $31.95 for adults and $14.95 for children. A limited buffet will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. for $18.95 for adults and $7.95 for children. See the menu at www.BluFollyBeach.com. Reservations are required; call 843-588-6658.

Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza is giving out free, large pepperoni pizzas through Monday. The giveaway is part of the “Free Pizza OMG” campaign organized by the pizza company’s local owners, George Sarkis and Roberta Gosselin.

Sarkis is giving away the pizzas as part of his personal mission to get local families to commit to eating fresher food, and as an act of goodwill before the holidays. “Many people in Charleston aren’t used to this Take ‘N’ Bake concept yet. We want to give Charleston families this experience of fresher pizza, without costing them a dime,” he said.

Visit freepizzaomg.com to reserve a free pizza at any of the five Charleston locations.

This Friday Closed for Business, 453 King St., kicks off the Most Arrogant Bar challenge with Stone Brewing Co. It is a national competition, where bars compete to sell the most liquid Arrogance. Competition runs until midnight Nov. 17. Closed for Business will be the only bar in town competing and will be pouring Lucky Bastard Ale and a double dry hopped version of Arrogant Bastard Ale.

Also, Closed for Business is hosting a cask night tonight with Holy City Brewing. The Pecan Dream cask has cooked pecans soaked in bourbon, molasses, nutmeg and vanilla beans added to it.

On Thursday, Closed for Business welcomes a new brewery, Lazy Magnolia, to Charleston. Lazy Magnolia was the first brewery in Mississippi.

The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive in Charleston, has added new menu items, including a fried bologna sandwich with a fried egg and American cheese; a chili cheese hot dog; and Tips & Chips — corn tortillas covered in queso, tomatoes, diced jalapenos and sour cream then topped with sauteed beef tips.

The Royal American is also hosting The Music Initiative from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. every Tuesday in November. Music Initiative will be filming the shows for the third season of Charleston's only music television series, Eclectic Evenings, sponsored by Holy City Brewing. The artists this month include Cletus Baltimore, Destro Gold, Yellowknife, Pierce Edens & The Dirty Work, Grand Kids, Modern Man, Carnaval, The Fairy God Muthas and Wild Cub.

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