On the Menu for July 23, 2013

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.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, located in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, introduced new menu items for the summer. A new salad includes baby spinach, red onion, cherry tomatoes, crumbled gorgonzola cheese and bacon, drizzled with a light balsamic vinaigrette dressing. The pizzeria is offering several new toppings, as well. Its new dessert trio will allows guests to select a sampling of any three of Grimaldi’s desserts, including house-made cheesecakes, cannolis and tiramisu.

Today is National Hot Dog Day. Seppy's Hotdogs, 1537D Ben Sawyer Blvd. in Mount Pleasant, is celebrating with buy one hot dog, get one free, all week plus free ice pops and decals through Friday.

Kangaroo Express is offering 25-cent hot dogs until 6 p.m. Hot dogs are free with a military identification. Kangaroo Express will continue the celebration Friday with its Dog Day Madness, featuring deals on hot dogs and fountain drinks.

Irvin House Vineyards will hold its annual Grape Stomping Festival on Aug. 24. (Photo/Provided)
Irvin House Vineyards will hold its annual Grape Stomping Festival on Aug. 24. (Photo/Provided)

Irvin House Vineyards, 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island, is hosting the 10th annual Grape Stomping Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 24. Admission is $10 per car and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Frierson Elementary School and Lowcountry Local First.

Visitors can bring lawn chairs or a blanket to picnic on the lawn; coolers are not allowed. Along with live music from Bret Mosley and Guilt Ridden Troubadour, local craft vendors and food trucks will be on site. For the kids, there will be a jump castle, face painting and hula hoops. Tastings in the Firefly Vodka distillery and Irvin House Vineyards winery are $6 to taste six of 24 flavors of Firefly spirits and $5 to taste five wines. The vineyard’s frozen Wine-a-Ritas will be for sale.

A highlight of the festival is the Lucy Look-A-Like Contest, in which I Love Lucy fans don costumes and re-enact the famous 1956 episode when Lucy takes a job in a vineyard.

There’s also a grape-stomping contest; teams of two will compete to see who can produce the most juice from 20 pounds of grapes in three minutes. To sign up, visit www.charlestonwine.com.

The Grill and Island Bar, formerly The Grill on the Edge, reopened July 1 at 41 Center St. on Folly Beach. The menu features seafood, burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads and pastas. Outdoor dining is available. The Grill will be open Monday through Sunday, serving lunch, dinner and brunch on weekends. Jason Craig is overseeing the day-to-day operations.

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