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On the Menu for Jan. 10, 2017

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On the Menu provides the latest news from the Charleston area’s culinary community, including new restaurants, new menu items and upcoming events, as well as details about local chefs. Submissions should be sent to

492 restaurant, at 492 King St. in Charleston, is hosting the second annual Truffles and Hazelnuts Dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday featuring chef Carlo Zarri of the Ristorante Villa San Carlo in Cortemilia, Italy.

He will prepare a six-course, prix fixe menu including truffles from Italy’s Piedmont region accompanied by a wine pairing and glass of Champagne for $110 per person. Reservations can be made by email or by calling 843-203-6338.

Local bookmobile Itinerant Literate and The Junction Kitchen & Provisions have formed a book and dinner club called “Get Lit.” The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at The Junction, , at 4438 Spruill Ave. in North Charleston, for the book Still Mine by Amy Stuart. The event starts with a meet-and-greet half hour, followed by discussion. Stuart will be available via Skype for a question-and-answer session after the discussion. The cost is $25 and includes a three-course tasting menu and wine pairings.

Chef Shuai Wang of Short Grain food truck will join Chef Reid Henninger at Edmund’s Oast, at 1081 Morrison Drive in Charleston, for a one-night dinner service starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Head bartender Jayce McConnell will be making special cocktails to pair with Wang’s menu.

Mex 1 Coastal Cantina, at 817 St. Andrews Blvd. in West Ashley, is hosting a fourth anniversary party from 5-11 p.m. Saturday. The event includes a snowboard rail jam contest, live music from DJ Marley and Pink N Roll, drink specials and a surfboard raffle.

Limehouse Produce is sponsoring the 2017 Citrus Celebration featuring Page mandarins, a cross between a Minneola tangelo and Clementine mandarin — essentially three-fourths mandarin and one-fourth grapefruit.

Customers can vote for their favorites online, and those who post photos on social media with the hashtag #citruscelebration will have a chance to win a gift certificate at a winning location. A panel of judges will determine the best dish and best drink during the week of Feb. 20. All winners will be promoted online and in print media.

The Marina Variety Store, at 17 Lockwood Drive in Charleston, will host the Big Bad Breakfast takeover — a benefit for Big Bad Breakfast chef John Currence’s Move On Up Foundation and the locally based Lowcountry Street Grocery — on March 3 as a pre-conference event for BevCon Charleston.

Cost is $50 per person and includes a late-night breakfast menu created by chefs Currence, Kelly English, Sarah Simmons and Aaron Hoskins, along with host chef Ryan Collins. Special cocktails made by Gary Crunkleton and Alba Huerta will be available for purchase, along with wine and beer.

Seatings for the meal are at 10, 10:30 and 11 p.m. Ticket holders also get access to the BevCon popup downstairs at Salty Mike’s bar that begins immediately after the breakfast-themed dinner.

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