On the Menu for Aug. 5, 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.

Grape Stomping FestivalIrvin-House Vineyards is hosting the 11th annual Grape Stomping Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 23. Visitors can stomp local muscadines in the grape-stomping contest, compete in the Lucy Look-Alike Contest and spend the day on Wadmalaw Island. Admission is $10 per car, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Edith L. Frierson Elementary School.

Local food vendors will be on site, including Coastal Crust, Home Team BBQ, Stono Cafe, Dulce Truck, King of Pops and Ben & Jerry’s. Music will be provided by The Southern Belles, and there will be a jump castle, face painting and local craft vendors.

Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket; coolers are not allowed. Tastings in the Firefly Vodka distillery and Irvin-House Vineyard winery are $6 for six of 24 flavors of Firefly spirits and $5 for five wines. The vineyard’s frozen Wine-a-Ritas will also be for sale.

Jasmine Porch restaurant and Bittermilk are partnering to host a beverage series dinner at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at the restaurant, located at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Guests can sample several Bittermilk cocktail combinations during a back-porch barbecue by Chef Ryley McGillis. Bittermilk representatives will be available to speak with guests about the cocktails.

At the end of the evening, guests will choose their favorite Bittermilk cocktail, and the most popular one will be added to the Jasmine Porch cocktail menu. The event also will launch the availability of Bittermilk in the restaurant’s retail store.

Cost is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity and includes dinner and cocktails. For reservations, call 843-768-6253.

Hot Nights & Holy City Beer DinnerMiddleton Place Restaurant and Holy City Brewing are hosting the second annual Hot Nights & Holy City Beer Dinner from 6-9 p.m. Sunday in the Middleton Place Pavilion.

Executive chef Brandon Buck has reached out to regional farmers to create his five-course summer dinner. South Carolina’s Manchester Farms quail, North Carolina’s Ashley Farms guinea hen and Heritage Farms pork belly, along with Carolina shrimp bouillabaisse, will be part of the menu.

Buck and Holy City’s Chris Brown have paired Yeast Wrangler, In the Wheat of the Night, Old Lightning Smoked Scotch Ale and Fish Bowl with the courses. Washout Wheat, Holy City’s tribute to the Folly Beach Washout, will start the night, and for dessert, Middleton Place Restaurant pastry chef Courtney Simpson will serve Raspberry Moon Pie paired with a limited production Schneider Dew.

Graham Whorley will provide music. Cost is $85 per person, which includes gratuity. Purchase tickets at www.middletonplace.org or by calling 843-556-6020. Attendees can receive a 10% discount on a room at the Inn at Middleton Place that night; call 843-566-0500.

Chicken Salad Chick is opening a new franchise location at 400 Azalea Blvd., Suite G, in Summerville. Owners Julie Beville and Michelle Singleton of SingBev Hospitality LLC currently operate three Chicken Salad Chick restaurants in Greenville, Lexington and Columbia, with the first of 10 Charlotte locations opening soon. The restaurant offers 15 original chicken salads, as well as gourmet soups, side salads and desserts.

Liberty IPA DayLiberty Tap Room & Grill in Mount Pleasant is celebrating National IPA Day on Wednesday with $3 India pale ales all day long and a 14-tap line of IPAs on draft. National IPA Day was founded in 2011 as part of a universal movement to advocate for craft beer.

Social Restaurant & Wine Bar at 188 East Bay St. has a new happy hour menu and hours. The new menu will feature snacks and drinks at $3, $4 and $5 and will begin at 3:45pm, playing off the 3-4-5 menu structure. Menu items will include $3 snacks such as roasted cauliflower with pimenton aioli and potato chips with blue cheese fondue; $4 pizzas; and $5 bistro plates of items such as mussels du jour. Drink specials include $3 domestic bottles and well drinks; $4 for some drafts and house sparkling wine, red and white; and $5 specialty cocktails.

West Ashley Crab Shack is partnering with Paint Nite Charleston to offer painting classes on Aug. 12 and 26 and Sept. 9. During Paint Nite, guests of all artistic skill levels will mingle and drink while a Paint Nite artist guides them through a painting. Canvases, paints, brushes and a smock are provided. Each Paint Nite will feature an original, beach-themed painting.

Reservations are required; purchase tickets online. Each Paint Nite class begins at 7 p.m. and lasts two hours.

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