On the Menu for July 1, 2014

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.

Charleston Culinary Tours presents the second Fresh at the Farm Dinner on Aug. 3 at Geechie Boy Farm on Edisto Island. Chef Stephen Thompson of Prohibition and Chef Joe DiMiao of Stars Restaurant will hold cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and then serve a family-style dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person and may be purchased online.

Fish's Bastille Day celebration is July 14.Fish in downtown Charleston is holding its annual Bastille Day Celebration on July 14 with French food, drinks and entertainment.

This year’s event features a dual program of festivities as guests choose a side: “Princes” — who will have a four-course meal served in two acts between performances by the Lyonnais chef in the main dining room — or “Patriots” — who will have French food and drinks in the bar areas. Dinner is $40 per person or $50 with French wine pairings.

There will also be entertainment and dance performances, coordinated by What If? Productions. The celebration is 4:30-10 p.m. starting in Marion Square and marching to Fish, with performances beginning at 6 p.m. For dinner reservations, call 843-722-3474.

Bittermilk, a Charleston cocktail mixer company, has unveiled mixer No. 4, a New Orleans Style Old Fashioned Rouge. Bittermilk owners Joe and MariElena Raya used botanicals found in French absinthe and spices used in bitters,  pigmented it with cochineal and aged it in Willett Family Reserve rye whiskey barrels to give it dry, spicy notes.

The mixer was inspired by the Sazerac, which originated in New Orleans in the 19th century, according to Joe Raya.

The No. 4 New Orleans Style Old Fashioned Rouge will be available via the company website and in retailers across the country, including Two Boroughs Larder, Bottles and The Glass Onion in Charleston.

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