Louis Osteen, Maynard Memorial Services, F&W Festival, Three Smart Cookies, Early Bird Diner, Raul's, Callie's Biscuits 

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Louis's Las Vegas Closes

According to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Louis Osteen has shuttered his multimillion dollar Las Vegas location only a few months after shutting down his Pawley's Island fish camp. No word on what the Osteens are planning to do next, although Louis told the Review-Journal that they hope to stay in Vegas. Neither Louis nor Marlene could be reached for comment. —Stephanie Barna

Maynard Memorial Services

The memorial service for Brett Maynard, a chef at 39 Rue de Jean who died in a car wreck on Nov. 29, will be held on Wed. Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. at Stuhr's Funeral Home at 232 Calhoun St. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Trident Technical College Foundation, Brett Maynard Scholarship Fund, PO Box 61227, Charleston, S.C. 29419. The folks at Maverick Southern Kitchens sent out a message last week from Brett's wife Jill, the High Cotton manager who was severely injured in the accident and is beginning her arduous recovery process: "I am at home, taking it one day at a time. I'm sending a warm thank-you to everyone who has helped, and will help, me get through. Family members on both sides continue to come to Charleston — my brother Josh, who is stationed in Washington state, just returned from Iraq yesterday and I am excited to see him. Again, thanks to everyone!" Our condolences to the Maynard family and our hopes for Jill to make a quick recovery. —Stephanie Barna

F + W Poster and One Hot Ticket

Charleston magazine and Trident Tech's Culinary Institute of Charleston hosted a poster unveiling party last week for the Charleston Food + Wine Festival. Designer Rodolfo Lopez won out with a festive yet understated design that you'll be seeing a lot more of now that the festival is less than three months away. There are lots of developments over there, including a new mixology competition, a call for Culinary Legends nominations, and more sold out events! Here's a sleeper ticket: Scott Peacock from Atlanta's Watershed cooking with Robert Stehling at Hominy Grill. This is the first year that Stehling, a 2008 James Beard Award winner, will participate in the festival, and he's got himself a perfect guest. Peacock is a southern food icon, well known for his restaurant and the book he wrote with his late longtime friend Edna Lewis. As cookbook author Ted Lee remarked when he heard about the team-up: "Wow. That's a hot ticket!" Don't delay if you want a seat at this dinner. Visit charlestonfoodandwine.com for more. —Stephanie Barna

Sweet Consolidation

Three Smart Cookies in the Ansonborough Shopping Center has moved in with Ted's Butcherblock, proving to be a match made in sweet heaven. Apparently, the cookie folks had more space than they needed, and Ted's had plenty of room in the back, so now Ted's offers their full line of award-winning cookies and dessert bars. —Stephanie Barna

Early Birds and Night Owls Too

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Doesn't it seem like all the good diners are west of the Ashley? Now they've got yet another old-fashioned eatery to add to the mix. The Early Bird Diner has opened in the old Alex's location at 1644 Savannah Hwy. Serving cheap "diner food with a twist," they're keeping some crazy hours — from 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Thurs, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6 p.m.-4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and Sunday brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Call (843) 277-2353 for more information. —Erica Jackson

Heads and Tails at Raul's

Motorists rolling up and down Coleman Boulevard may have noticed the hand-painted signs on the north end of Shem Creek announcing the grand opening of the new Raul's Seafood Market. Co-owners Bobby Carroll and Kimberly Morales and Sales Manger Duane Mecca run the newly refurbished store at the foot of the Shem Creek bridge, just a short stroll from Red's Ice House. Morales worked for years with her late husband Raul at a previous location farther down the creek. The new shop features a variety of freshly-caught fish, crabs, and shrimp, plus snow crab legs, scallops, tuna steaks, lump crab meats, and Bulls Bay clams from the Livingston company in McClellanville. Currently, blue crabs are priced at $8 a dozen and $45 a bushel. The head-on shrimp are priced at $4.75 a pound. —T. Ballard Lesemann

Orders Up for Callie's Biscuits

We predict that the orders for Callie's Biscuits this Christmas will be through the roof. The local legend's mail-order business got a big plug in last Wednesday's New York Times. Marian Barros' Christmas gift guide had some delicious ideas, including Callie's southern biscuits. "A dozen of these savory handmade cheese biscuits are perfect hors d'oeuvres, whole or cut in half." Darn tootin'. —Stephanie Barna


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