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Guerrilla Cuisine is partnering with Chase After a Cure for a dinner to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. The dinner, set for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10, includes a multicourse dinner at a secret location in Charleston that will be emailed to guests prior to the event. Tickets are $75 per person, and seating is limited. Purchase tickets online.
The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission is hosting the 12th annual Harvest Festival on Saturday at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center on Johns Island. The festival’s barbecue cook-off returns this year, giving visitors the chance to sample portions of barbecue prepared by participating local restaurants for $1 for each 3-ounce sample, and then vote on their favorite.
Five local bluegrass bands will perform, and there will be hayrides, pumpkin decorating, lasso demonstrations and crafts. The event is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 per person, or free for children 12 and younger and park Gold Pass holders. Food and barbecue cost extra.
Chef Jason Colon is opening Ristorante Lidi at 901 Island Park Drive on Daniel Island. The opening is projected for late fall.
Lidi will serve Italian cuisine of handmade, sustainable and local ingredients. Many of the pastas will be made in-house, and a selection of menu choices will be offered family-style. There will be an extensive wine list and cocktail and dessert menu. Bar patrons may order from the full menu or choose lighter fare.
Colon graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Boston, and worked at the Armani Cafe in Boston. He assisted in the opening of Gusttimo di Roma, a chain of Italian cafes in China, Korea and Japan, and Sarang, a Korean restaurant in Singapore that has since expanded into other areas of China. He was also sous chef for Ciao Mein Restaurant in Hawaii. In Boston, Colon spent four years at Mare, and he helped open Market by Jean Georges at the W Hotel and ABC Kitchen in New York City. He was also executive sous chef at Miel in the Intercontinental Hotel.
Locally, he was executive chef at ‘Cesca Ristorante & Trattoria.
Stumphouse Architecture and Design is overseeing the interior and exterior building renovations, and local artist Sophie Nemethy is creating murals of pastoral Italy. The contemporary redesign will include family and community tables, booths, bistro seating and a separate bar area. There will also be outdoor seating.
Square Onion is celebrating its 10th anniversary with special deals the week of Nov. 11-15.
Husband-and-wife team Cary and Mary Zapatka opened the restaurant a decade ago in the I’On community in Mount Pleasant. The restaurant offers homemade soups, salads and sandwiches and freshly prepared dinners, appetizers, casseroles and desserts to go. Square Onion is open 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
James Beard Award-winning chef John Currence is heading to Charleston Nov. 19 as part of the book tour for his new cookbook, Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey. Local chefs will join Currence for a tasting of some items in the cookbook, including Jason Stanhope of Fig, Jeremiah Bacon of Indigo Road Group, Josh Keeler of Two Boroughs Larder, Sean Brock of McCrady’s and Husk, and Stuart Tracy of Butcher & Bee. The event will be at the newly opened High Wire Distilling warehouse, 652 King St., and the parking lot adjacent to Butcher & Bee. Tickets are $85 and include a copy of the cookbook. Tickets are limited; order online. Attendees must be 21 or older.
The Indigo Road restaurant group has added to the lineup of chefs participating in the No Kid Hungry Dinner on Sunday: Mike Isabella, chef-owner of Kapnos, G and Graffiato, all in Washington, D.C., and G Grab and Go in Edison, N.J., will join 24 Charleston chefs for this event.
VIP guests will have signature hors d’oeuvres on the patio of L’Atelier de Le Creuset, with craft cocktails prepared by The Macintosh’s Cullen Wyatt, with spirits from High Wire Distilling. Local acoustic quartet The Bushels will provide entertainment.
The No Kid Hungry Charleston Dinner will benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which works to end childhood hunger across America by connecting kids with healthy food.
The four-course dinner begins at 6 p.m., with the VIP reception beginning at 5 p.m. at L’Atelier de Le Creuset, 116 Ripley Point Drive in Charleston. VIP tickets are $200 per person, and general admission tickets are $125 per person. For reservations, call 202-808-7859 or order online.
Ted's Butcherblock is offering a selection of holiday gift items including special packages of premium all-natural steaks, chops, bacon and homemade sausages, along with artisanal cheeses, house-made spreads and imported olives. Wine and craft beer options are also available. Purchases may be made in the store at 334 East Bay St., online or by calling 843-577-0094.