SUSHI ON SHEM
It seems like everything's getting infused these days. Over on Shem Creek, the former Creekside is being transformed into Infuzions Fusion Sushi Bar and Cuisine. Owners Prima Patel, Winston Roach, and Mike Santos are still perfecting the menu, but say to expect Japanese, Thai, and Caribbean food along with tons of inventive sushi rolls. Santos says its been three years in the making. Of course, no fusion restaurant would be complete without some creative cocktails, and you'll be able to find plenty of them there, like one featuring our hometown hero Firefly sweet tea vodka infused with peaches, marinated in-house. Head to the Creek and check them out. They plan to open on Nov. 14.
IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE
The Charleston Food and Wine Festival is on the lookout for some help in the kitchen. They've developed a Chef Assistant Program that will give aspiring chefs the opportunity to work at a premier culinary event with some of America's top chefs. All students enrolled in the Culinary Institute of Charleston, the Art Institute of Charleston, and the College of Charleston are eligible. The deadline to apply is Jan. 19. Visit www.charlestonfoodandwine.com for more information.
WHEN IN DOUBT, DRINK UP
Winestyles, a new boutique "full service" wine shop, is opening next to Belk in the Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre on Nov. 22. With monthly selections handpicked for the season, bistro seating, Tuscan and Napa Old-World style wine displays, and a private tasting room for parties — Winestyles seems like it's going to be more of a wine lovers' headquarters than your average bottle shop. If it has to do with vino, they'll find a way to incorporate it into their services. They'll even pour it for you at your next gathering. Prices on bottles range from $9 to $25 and over for the creme de la cremes. The best part of all is customers get to sample their wines before buying them.
RED MEAT LOVERS REJOICE
Nothing makes you feel more warm inside than being in a family-owned and operated restaurant dining on a porterhouse and a lobster tail. The Hall family, Bill (the father and proprietor), Tom, Bill Jr., and mother Jeanne are giving Charleston a new place to get a great steak. Located in the Upper King design and dining district, Hall's Chophouse is promising sophisticated cuisine — prime steaks, seafood, signature desserts, and a few dirty martinis — at affordable prices. Tom Hall says Hall's is going to bring "southern hospitality to the American steakhouse." People can congregate around the antique wood and glass bar beside exposed brick walls on the first floor and enjoy live jazz in the evenings. The Halls emphasis is on comfort, substance, and the friendliest damn service around. If all goes according to plan, the chophouse should be open by mid-January.
RAY'S ON TV
Rob Redfern is hot for Ray's BBQ. No one was quite sure who the famous hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman was when he stopped by Ray's in Mt. Pleasant a few months back and raved about the barbecue. But sure enough, when Redfern stopped back in Charleston to shoot a segment on red fish, he asked them if he could feature the restaurant on his show Rob Redfern's Outdoor Magazine. The show is airing this weekend. Watch it on Fox Sports Network, early Saturday morning to see Redfern and his crew chow down on some chopped pork sandwiches. Re-runs will be playing on Tues. and Thurs. Check your listings for exact show times. —Alison Sher