Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Cedar Room throws a Not-So-Basic Brunch Sunday July 29

Treat yo self

Posted by Katie Lyons on Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 11:06 AM

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If you daydream about mimosas and eggs benny and your week revolves around your Sunday brunch reservation, then head over to The Cedar Room on Sun. July 29 for an epic brunch bash.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., food and drinks are all inclusive from Mercantile and Mash. The brunch menu includes avocado hash, quiche, sweets, and much more. Wash it down with mimosas, champagne, and cocktails. Owl’s Brew will be pouring drinks of their tea mixers with fun flavors like chai tea with pineapple and white tea with watermelon.

In addition to the brunch festivities, Candlefish is giving everyone a complimentary custom candle and Colur Studios is setting up a beauty bar. Guests can browse the paintings of local artist Blakely Little or take photos in front of the innovative floral installation by Petaloso. Miami-based DJ/Singer Cat Shell will be spinning tunes all day long so guests can hit the dance floor and work off all those cocktails.

Tickets are $65 online or $75 at the door.

Event Details Not-So-Basic-Brunch

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Spero, an understated local favorite for three years, is closing its doors

"A bastion of something more hopeful"

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 3:33 PM

Spero owners RJ Moody and Rob Laudicina posted the news on social media Monday night that this Saturday would be their final service. "It's with heavy hearts and a clear conscience that we have come to this decision, and it wasn't easy. If y'all are around this week, swing through and say hey. We'd love to see you."

When the two opened the Meeting St. restaurant in March 2015, Moody told CP, "Our food concept? I go with the Bruce Lee quote: 'Simplicity from freedom'... Nothing crazy or out of control, just the freedom to do whatever we want, whatever looks good that week or that day."

Embracing that freedom, as well the S.C. state motto, Dum Spiro Spero — "While I breathe, I hope" — garnered the duo quite a following over the past few years.

Edmund's Oast co-owner Scott Shor says that when he heard the news he immediately felt a sense of melancholy. "It's hard news to swallow. It's sad. I would say that Spero was something very special that represents a certain type of genuineness or authenticity that we don’t see often."

In 2015, CP critic Eric Doksa waxed poetic about the quirky restaurant's small plates — especially the ham and mustard butter — writing, "Spero is where you should eat right now."

The owners told P&C that they were closing so they could tend to their personal lives, something Shor says can get lost in the daily battle of operating a restaurant. "It's a brutal life, whether it's closing a restaurant or major social issues that are often in the F&B world, it's tough financially, but it's also a tough lifestyle. These are guys with families," says Shor.

Spero churns out a seasonal menu with inventive yet simple, good fare, from deviled eggs with everything bagel seasoning to bread flights so good you'll forget you don't eat gluten in public. And, unlike a lot of restaurants in this town, they don't sweat the plating. Doksa writes, "We won't fret about the appearance, as there are clear signs of simplistic creativity in the kitchen."

Go get your eggs - JONATHAN BONCEK
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In our Winter 2018 Dish Dining Guide, focusing on small plates, small spaces, and small talk we highlighted Spero as a restaurant successfully embracing this model. Chef/owner Moody told Mark Rinaldi, "Our original idea behind opening Spero was that blue-collar people who don't make a lot of money, who can't afford to go out on the town on King Street, have a place to come where they can get the style of food they might get at McCrady's or FIG and not shell out hundreds of dollars."

Shor says that the people behind large, oft-noted restaurants like McCrady's and FIG and Edmund's Oast look at places like Spero and "it let's us breathe a sigh of relief that something like that exists, this different kind of hospitality. Something that's so much more nitty gritty and real life scrappy and fun, but you're still getting that great local food and beverage. It represents that there's a counterpoint to what we do."

Shor cites other small, authentic concepts that have shuttered within the past couple of years — Artisan Meat Share, Butter Tapas, Two Boroughs Larder. "In Charleston we don't see that [authenticity] often. So much of what we do is about putting on a show, smoke and mirrors. We teach our staff to act a certain way, a way that people don't normally act. We plate food in fancy ways. We put on this theatrical performance and it's great because it takes people [out of reality] but when you see a unique needle in a haystack, where it's not all about pomp and circumstance, where it's about people creating expertly crafted food without pretense and serving it wholesomely, it's strikingly refreshing."

Is Charleston all talk about craving those genuine dining experiences, but not really showing up? Is the, as Shor describes, "never-ending stress of the finite labor pool" partly to blame? Is Charleston's ever-growing restaurant scene growing so fast the customers can't fill seats and the dishes can't get cleaned because the back of house is understaffed? Why do these special spaces close? Shor says he's not sure what the answer is. Maybe there is no answer. Maybe there's just breathing and hoping you'll get it right while maintaining your sanity.

"Spero was a bastion of something more hopeful," says Shor. "It was just two guys in there sort of just not giving a shit about pretense and making sure they give you something good and tell a couple of jokes. In lieu of a bigger urban environment, it's all we have to hold on to the real authenticity of life."

Visit Spero between now and Sat. July 21 for that bread flight with ham and mustard butter. 

Location Details Spero
616 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 203-3255
American and Modern American

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Community Perk, Belmond Charleston Place's new coffee shop, opens today

Perk up

Posted by Francesca Mathewes on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 12:31 PM

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Belmond Charleston Place is adding another addition to their assemblage of high-end shops and eats with a new coffee shop, Community Perk. The casual coffee shop sports a French-inspired feel, complete with savory treats like avocado toast, smoked salmon on bagels, and premium sandwiches served with truffle chips, plus some housemade pastries for dessert.

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There will also be a diverse, fair trade coffee and espresso lineup with a vast range of blends to choose from, in addition to some delicious nitro cold brew on tap. If a trip to Paris isn’t in your near future, Community Perk will do just fine; the intricate tile work, yellow bistro chairs, and local artwork makes it feel like you’ve stumbled into a traditional Parisian patisserie. Stop by their brand spankin’ new space in the East Gallery of the Shops at Charleston Place any time between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a caffeine pick-me-up. 

Location Details Belmond Charleston Place
205 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC

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South Seas Oasis celebrates their one year anniversary with Mai Tais and a fire show

Talk tiki to me

Posted by Katie Lyons on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 11:18 AM

The peninsula's very own sushi-meets-tiki bar, South Seas Oasis, is celebrating their first birthday this Sat. July 21.

From 8 p.m. on, head over to the alley behind the Children's Museum for an authentic Tiki celebration. Marvel at live fire and Hawaiian drum shows while listening to jams from a surf rock band. Raid your dad (or any dads) closet for the best Hawaiian shirt contest and you can win a prize.

For the birthday menu, there is going to be a Polynesian pig roast turned into pulled pork tacos with pickled pineapple, charred poblano, and guac. Try one of their birthday rolls with your choice of fish, pickled asian pear, green onion, Hawaiian dressing, avocado, and seaweed salad. Wash it all down with a handcrafted cocktail like Mermaid’s Milk or Between the Sheets.

In addition to the party, all glassware is 20 percent off and all tiki apparel is 30 percent off. If you bring your “octo-bob” glass to the party (or bring a pic) you will receive a special present because South Seas knows it’s better to give than to receive.

Location Details South Seas Oasis
South Seas Oasis
23 Ann St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 306-0101
Thurs.-Sat. 5 p.m.-1 a.m.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

What's Poppin': 17 ways to expand your palate this week

Pop to it y'all

Posted by Christina Burnley on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 at 4:40 PM

From beer to bubbles, French hot dogs to American wieners, we've got food and drink events happening all over Chucktown this week. Forgo the grilled chicken dish you've made for the past three Tuesdays and try Short Grain's meatball parm at their Edmund's Oast pop-up starting at 11 a.m. Throw out the boxed wine that's been sitting on your counter for god knows how long and instead grab a glass at a wine shop's weekly tasting. Read on for all the deets below:


Austin-based, Pranom Thai Pop-Up is traveling through Charleston and popping up at Charles Towne Fermentory starting at 5 p.m. Chef Dream has received dozens of accolades for his Thai street food across the country, and now it’s time for the Lowcountry to taste his craft. 


Try a weekly wine tasting at Wine & Company from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for $10. Best of all, there is a new lineup to sample every time. Taste five classics and find your new summer favorite.

Hang out with Charleston Girls Pint Out from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Ghost Monkey Brewery for a Beer and Cupcake Pairing featuring Cupcake DownSouth.

Short Grain pops up at Edmund's Oast Brewing Co. starting at 11 a.m. — looks like this week they're serving up lamb meatball parm. 


Ember Wood Fired Kitchen is partnering up with Two Blokes Brewing Co. for an optional brewery tour starting at 5:15 p.m. followed by a beer dinner at 6 p.m.

New food truck Bearded Dogs stops by The Barrel for National Hot Dog Day starting at 5 p.m.

Celebrate sommelier extraordinaire Femi Oyediran's birthday at Graft Wine Shop from 7 to 10 p.m. with live music and cheap bubbly.


Mixson Market will be hosting a Drink Pink wine tasting from 6-8 p.m. Enjoy the taste of wines from Breakthru Beverage alongside cheese and charcuterie from Mixson Market.

The third Thursday of each month, Smoke BBQ in Mt. Pleasant hosts an all-you-can-eat barbecue party starting at 5 p.m. They'll cook up a whole hog on the patio and you can dig in for just $15. There will be also be live music and giveaways from Stella Nova, Firefly Spirits, and Barelli Barber.

Rusty Bull Brewing is celebrating National Hot Dog Day a day late from 7 to 10 p.m. with a "show off your dog" contest (bring your pets and show off their tricks for prizes), funk music from The Night Caps, and hot dogs and beer brats from Jonny Poppers food truck all night long.


Edmund's Oast Exchange continues their Champagne and Jazz Friday series starting at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy $10 glasses of champagne, live jazz by local guitarist Ryan Flannery, and light snacks.

Fast & French will be popping up at The Brew Cellar from 5:30 to 9 p.m., serving up hot dog, veggie sandwiches, and chilled soups. 

Chef David Schuttenberg continues his dinner residency at The Daily every Fri. and Sat. night from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. 


Charleston Sports Pub opens its James Island location with a bang — a Lowcountry boil bang. Starting at 6 p.m., enjoy an all-you-can-eat $15 Lowcountry boil, live music, and a beer truck.

Holy City Brewing celebrates seven years of tasty brews starting at 11 a.m. This year's theme is an "End of the World" party so dress up like you're starring in The Day After Tomorrow and enjoy more than 25 beers on draft plus a dunk tank with your fave HCB staff members.

Low Tide Brewing hosts Pet Helpers for Biscuits and Brews from 3 to 6 p.m. There will be food trucks, raffles, and a biscuit-making contest (using the spent grain from the brewery).


Edmund's Oast Exchange hosts an Arabica Coffee Soda and Cascara Tea Tasting from 2 to 3 p.m.

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