Friday, April 10, 2020

Just shy of celebrating 20 years, Paolo's Gelato is among those that needs help to survive the coronavirus

Fighting to stay afloat

Posted by Parker Milner on Fri, Apr 10, 2020 at 12:57 PM

Paolo Dalla Zorza says he’s in jeopardy of losing his business due to the coronavirus. His shop, Paolo’s Gelato & Gourmet, was one of the first to hit Upper King Street when he opened in 2000 steps from 39 Rue de Jean and Basil. “This part of town was very scary at that time,” says Zorza.

Since opening, Zorza has delighted locals and tourists alike with his fresh fruit-infused gelatos with flavors like blueberry, pomegranate cherry, and pistachio. By offering milk and water-based gelatos, Zorza sets himself apart. “My formula is different because I combine fresh fruit with water or skim milk,” Zorza explains. “It’s much lighter than most because others use cream.”

Born in Venice, Italy, the charismatic owner was devastated when he began to realize the impact the coronavirus would have on his business.

“With the high rent we pay and no foot traffic, there’s no way we can survive if we don’t get more take out orders in. This is the reality,” shares Zorza, who wants people to know that he serves more than just gelato.

From spaghetti aglio e olio to paninis or individual 10-inch Roman-style pizzas, Zorza has customers looking for affordable savory meals to-go covered. In addition, he's selling pantry staples like pasta, extra virgin olive oil, and jarred roasted red peppers imported from Italy. Nightly ice cream is a must while we’re all stuck at home, so Paolo’s is helping you stuff your freezer with pints and quarts of stracciatella, chocolate, and more to-go.

Patrons can order online for take out, curbside pick-up, or delivery, and Zorza says Paolo’s is also on UberEats.

Toward the end of March, Zorza’s staff was furloughed in an effort to ensure there was a shop to return to when they were permitted. Instead of gearing up for his 20th anniversary party this September, Zorza is just trying to survive through the summer. “I’m not sure we’re going to make it.”

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Zero Restaurant + Bar's "take out experience" featuring their Royale burger debuts Thurs. April 2

Royal treatment

Posted by Parker Milner on Wed, Apr 1, 2020 at 4:41 PM

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Miss the thrill of going out to eat? Zero Restaurant + Bar wants to bring the experience to the comfort of your home with "The Royale Take Out Experience" featuring executive chef Vinson Petrillo's renowned Royale burger.

Here's how it works: Head to to purchase your ticket for Thurs. April 2, Fri. April 3, or Sat. April 4. Each ticket includes two wagyu beef Royale burgers with cheese, one shared side dish, one bottle of wine, and a roll of toilet paper raided from the hotel's supply.

This "royale" take out treatment costs $101.80 plus gratuity, and 10 tickets will be sold each day. Guests can pay in advance online, and the Zero Restaurant + Bar staff will help coordinate contact-free pick-ups between 12 and 2 p.m. the day of your dinner. This take out series will change weekly, and the restaurant has hinted at an experience featuring soft-shell crabs next weekend.  

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Nathan Thurston now offering prepared meals with Rosebay, available for pick up and delivery

Stay safe, stay home

Posted by Parker Milner on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 11:39 AM

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Thurston Southern Catering is rolling out a new service that aims to assist individuals and families in need of healthy, wholesome meals while they try to stay safe at home. Rosebay, which launched last week, offers prepared meals along with grocery items like Geechie Boy grits and Storey Farm eggs.

"About six months ago, we identified a need for more restaurant-style catering," says chef Nathan Thurston. "I saw a shift in the market where demand was becoming heavier on restaurants for smaller events." Although the idea for Rosebay was established before the coronavirus, Thurston says that the intricate parts were developed post-outbreak. "I saw the writing on the wall that social events and gatherings were going to be put on pause for awhile. We needed to find a way to pivot our business, and we are lucky we have the equipment and team to do so."

Rosebay offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, providing a one-stop-shop for those looking to stay safe at home. Family meals that feed four include entrees like roasted chicken pot pie, steakhouse chili, and make-at-home taco kits.

The name Rosebay is often given to the first plant to grow after a forest fire, making it a fitting title at a time when many hope that something great can be born out of this difficult period in history. Thurston hopes to do the moniker justice by giving back to the Charleston community. "For every transaction, a portion of the proceeds goes to feeding people in need," explains Thurston. "We just dropped off three meals for a North Charleston family stranded in a hotel." Thurston also plans to use local purveyors like Geechie Boy Mill, Rosebank Farms, Limehouse Produce, and Tarvin Seafood who are receiving fewer orders following several recent restaurant closures.

Although this concept is starting in the midst of a pandemic, Thurston says he plans to keep it around moving forward. "We have positioned this portion of the catering company to still offer meals for purchase once this thing is over. We will also still give back to the community in the future."

Rosebay orders can be made online by 2 p.m. the day before pick up and deliveries, which are made between 12 and 6 p.m. 

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Monday, February 24, 2020

What's Poppin': 35+ ways to eat and drink in Charleston this week

Poppin' to the Primary

Posted by Shannon Murray on Mon, Feb 24, 2020 at 10:18 AM

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Welcome to Primary week, Charleston. If politics make you hungry, then we've got you covered. Here's what's poppin this week:


Come to the second installment of the Boy Choy Bok takeover at Spanglish Kitchen where they'll be serving up brand new eats from 5-10 p.m.

Taste and play with chocolate at the Teen Chocolate Festival in the Charleston Public Library.


Edmund's Oast has an amazing lineup of Sicillian Wine tasting with a special guest from Centopassi winery at a pop in event starting at 5:30 p.m.

Overture West Ashley is having their 1st annual Oyster Roast and Chili Fest from 4-7 p.m.

There's a Sap-Lai Kitchen takeover at Dash with Nam Khao, Papaya Salad, and Sticky Rice.

Its monthly Drag Bingo at Dudleys with Carmella Monet Monroe and Mercy Madison starting at 10 p.m.


Sip at a free public coffee tasting at Balzac Brothers and Co starting at 4 p.m.

All local business owners and employees are welcome to the Town Proud Shell-a-Bration oyster roast at 5 p.m.

Wine down on Wednesday with a night market hosted by Skip & Sully and $2 off all glasses of wine.

Honor the Burgundy region of France featuring escargot, braised duck, and wine pairings for $65 at NICO.

Its Wine Night Wednesday's with $12 bottles at A Salt N Battered.

Every Wednesday Uptown Social hosts a karaoke night with DJ Mikey Lee starting at 10 p.m.


Participate in a fermentation class at The Park Cafe from 5-8 p.m. to learn how to ferment your favorite eats.

Come to a free bottle signing and tasting of Boone's Bourbon at The Tilted Glass.

There's a Girls' Night Out at Dockery's where you can catch up with and meet new ladies in the CHS area.

Celebrate Potato Chip inventor George Crum with a blind taste test and vote for your favorite chips at the Charleston County Public Library. 

Head to Holy City brewing to support dogs and cats (raise money for Dorchester Paws) while drinking pints at 5 p.m.

Get freaky at at the Prohibition Freak Show Party with knife throwing, sword swallowing, and glass walking from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Pop into Bay Street Biergarten for a Will Ferrell trivia night to test your knowledge on the Elf and Step Brothers star.

Republic's 7th Anniversary party will feature 7 cocktails for $7 starting at 7 p.m. You might event want to get a VIP ticket for $77.

Sweetwater Charleston is hosting a special Thirsty Thursday with announcements and chances to win prizes.


Support the mission of clean, fair, and good seafood at Babas of Cannon with their Slow Sips for Slow Fish event.

Baker and Brewer is teaming up with Swig and Swine to kick off their Other People’s Pizza and Brew from 6-10 p.m.

Ruth's Chris is hosting a Rombauer Vineyards Wine Dinner with a five course meal from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

You'll find a classic raspberry concoction in the Restoration Library at 5 p.m. that dates back to the 1800s.

There will be a Daniel Island Night Market with eats from Mac Daddy's food truck at 5:30 p.m.


Bring your appetite to the Food Truck Fest at Foundry Point from 12-4 p.m.

Yeeman's Hall Canteen: Hanahan Food Truck Park is having their grand opening of a brand new location for food and fun. 

Enjoy a night of delicious charcuterie, mead samples and a complete take-home mead making kit at the Let's Mead Up event hosted at Coastal Coffee Roasters.

Participate in an O-Ku Sushi Rolling Class for $65 per person from 12-2 p.m.

Eat up at the Leap Day Lowcountry Boil at the Salty Dog Bohicket from 4-7 p.m.

Go to Thai Taco Sushi Bar & Grill for a Bud Light Seltzer Party with DJs, hookah, and bottle service starting at 10 p.m.

Dropping Pin's Chef Sterl is presenting a second vegan eats pop up at The Rib Guy starting at 2 p.m.

This is the first Saturday for you to hop aboard the Charleston Brewery District Trolley. Read all about it.


The Shuck it, Let's Party oyster roast will be held by Pearlz Little Oyster Bar as their last roast until fall 2020.

Head to The Park Cafe for a Holy City Vintage Market with great vendors and yummy food from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Boozy Bingo is back at Charleston Sports Pub from 12-3 p.m. Get sloshed on $10 mimosa carafes and win prizes.

As always El Jefe is hosting their Sunday Bottomless Brunch Buffet for just $25 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Monday, February 17, 2020

What's Poppin': From trivia nights to oyster roasts we've got 30+ ways to pop into your week

Events for Feb. 17- 22

Posted by Shannon Murray on Mon, Feb 17, 2020 at 12:58 PM

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It's the penultimate week of February 2020 and we're gearing up for busy spring season. Fuel up with these area tastings, pop-ups, and kitchen takeovers:


Happy President's Day, you non-presidents. Kids eat free at Tbonz in West Ashley for today only.

Don't miss the Atlanta based Slutty Vegan pop-up at Royal American from 5-9 p.m. Slutty Vegan owner Pinky Cole will be serving up burgers like the Big Dawg, made with Beyond meat bratwurst, sauerkraut, and slutty sauce on a vegan pretzel bun

In preparation for the Charleston County Public Library's Hogwarts After Dark event on Fri., kids are invited to come make pretzel and chocolate wands from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

When in doubt, get your brain trained for the week at Bohemian Bull's Trivia Night from 8-11 p.m.

Southeast Asian pop-up Gingerbug is at restaurant Tu starting at 5:30 p.m. — warm up with a bowl of their roasted duck leg soup.

Join chef Nico Romo for an in-depth look at the history of the oyster starting at 6 p.m. every Mon. at Nico Oysters + Seafood.


Kwei Fei hosts a Sichuan hot chicken pop-up with KinFolk starting at 5 p.m. They'll be offering a limited collaboration menu plus their full menu. No reservations, but you might want to arrive early.

Foxes Fried takes over the Dashi kitchen starting at 5 p.m.


Calling all Office fans. Ghost Monkey Brewery will be hosting an Office themed trivia night starting at 6:30 p.m.

Head to Zero Restaurant + Bar to experience fine dining like never before with Michelin two star chef Gabriel Kreuther from Gabriel Kreuther Restaurant in New York. Kreuther teams up with Zero chef Vinso Petrillo for two nights of culinary creativity as part of the 2020 Michelin on the Road series.

Its 2000s Trivia Night at Oak Road Brewery. From a bald Britney Spears to the iPod nano, we know you've got the knowledge.

Chocolate lovers can attend the Chocolate Festival at the Charleston County Public Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Note that this an 18+ event.

Eat and bowl at The Alley with $4 beyond burgers, an entirely meatless burger, and $4 pints.

Thats right, it's Friends Trivia Night at Mex 1 Park West starting at 7 p.m. 

How well do you really know 90s tunes? Test your knowledge at Voodoo Tiki Bar and Lounge starting at 8 p.m.


Edmund's Oast is hosting a Broc Cellars Wine Tasting night from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Ladies, head to the Harbour Club for a three course meal and vino at their Women of Wine event.

Hop over to 39 Rue de Jean for a Wicked Weed Beer Dinner from 6-9:30 p.m.

Frothy Beard Brewing is hosting a regularly scheduled trivia night with a chance to win Stingray tickets.


Come to the season kick-off of South Carolina Aquarium After Hours. Snack on fresh oysters, chili, and chowder and sip on beer and wine. Tickets are $50.

Bok Choy Boy pops up at at Tradesman Brewing Co. with a new menu item: Korean BBQ Tacos.

Head over to Mpishi Restaurant on Daniel Island for a Dim Sum Night. You'll eat your meal dim sum.

Sarah's Dumps pops up at Cooper River Brewing starting at 5 p.m.

Blair Machado's Nomadic Supper Club series pops up at Second State Coffee this Fri. Feb. 21 starting at 6 p.m. The five-course food and drink pairings will be prepared by chef RJ Moody (Spero) and veteran bartender Jess Rehs (Jackrabbit Filly).


Don't miss out on the Mardi Gras Bar Crawl on King St. from 1-9 p.m.

Celebrate National Margarita Day at 3 Matadors Tequileria with $3 margs all day long.

Minero is also celebrating National Marg Day with $2 off all signature margaritas starting at 11:30 a.m.

Whats that? More margarita deals? Get $35 marg pitchers and $10 for two tacos at MESU.

Party down at the annual Home Team BBQ Rock the Block event with food, drink, music, and more in support of the fight against pediatric brain cancer.

Saturday Oyster roast happenings include the Annual Dill Sanctuary Roast, The Holy City Brewing Roast, The Roast Roast at Rusty Bull, The Charleston Charm Roast, and the Shelter Roast.

Bok Choy Boy is popping up at the Edmund's Oast Bower for a flavor-packed lunch starting at 11 a.m.

The second Brunch at Nite event takes place this Sat. starting at 8 p.m. at C&P Banquet Hall. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online.


Graft wine shop hosts Vintage and Vino, a fun shopping experience with special guest, Dough Boy Pizza, plus plenty of vintage threads for sale.

Make the most of your Sunday Funday at the Sunday Brunch Farmers Market at Charleston Pour House starting at 11 a.m.

Get roastin' at the Charleston Hour Glass Oyster Roast or the Annual Sierra Club Oyster Roast

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