On the Menu for Dec. 17, 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.

The Charleston Museum is hosting an oyster roast to celebrate its 241st birthday. The event is 2-5 p.m., Jan. 12 at The Dill Sanctuary on James Island. The event includes oysters and chili, as well as music from Blue Plantation and a curator-led history walk with views of the Stono River. Tickets are $35 for museum members; $50 for nonmembers.

Charleston restaurant 82 Queen is debuting its winter menu with seasonally inspired dishes featuring ingredients such as truffles, pumpkin seeds and butternut squash. Focusing on his farm-to-table philosophy, chef Steven Lusby designed the menu around local seafood and produce as well as farm-raised proteins. His discussions with area farmers and purveyors about the status and quality of each of the seasonal ingredients dictate what will be featured on the menu.

Some of the new menu items include duck confit sandwich with blackberry jam; autumn salad with spiced, roasted butternut squash and pumpkin seeds; truffled cauliflower steak; sweet tea-grilled pork chop; cornbread waffle; green tomato Benedict; and Lowcountry crab Benedict. Lunch is served 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and dinner is served daily at 5:30 p.m. Weekend brunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday.

Chef Patrick Owens of Owens Dining Group is ringing in 2014 with events at Langdon’s Restaurant & Wine Bar and Opal Restaurant & Bar. Both Mount Pleasant restaurants will feature special New Year’s Eve dinner prix fixe menus on Dec. 31.

Langdon’s Restaurant & Wine Bar, 778 South Shelmore Blvd., will feature a five-course menu for $89 per person, plus $49 for wine pairings. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 843-388-9200. Opal Restaurant & Bar, at 1960 Riviera Drive, will offer a four-course menu featuring contemporary, California-Mediterranean dishes. Cost is $69 per person, plus $39 for wine pairings. Reservations can be made by calling 843-654-9070. See the full menu for each restaurant at www.owensdininggroup.com.

Tristan Dining is taking reservations for a Live Jazz New Year's Eve Dinner on Dec. 31. The Maya Morrill Band will play live jazz for diners, as they enjoy a five- or seven-course menu prepared by chef Nate Whiting. The courses include oysters, flounder roulade, fritto misto, veal and creme brulee. Seatings are at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The five-course menu is $85 per person, and the seven-course menu is $125 per person, both with optional wine pairings. For reservations, call 843-534-2155.

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