What’s Happening in Charleston Food News: February 2016

Chinese New Year festivities, Brewvival, and a seafood festival are all in the works

The Hilton Head Seafood Fest is a great reason for a road trip.

Chinese New Year Celebrations: Lee Lee’s Hot Kitchen will celebrate the “Year of the Monkey” with a special menu on February 8. Dishes featured include nien gao, yu, and xi xian cai—a 10 fragrant vegetable dish that symbolizes the perfect life. There will be a special performance by the popular dancing lion and other festive flare.

Not too far down, Victor Social Club will host a pop-up ramen dinner with 2 Nixson’s to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The dinner will debut 2 Nixons’ Peking-duck ramen along with a Szechuan Tsukemen, and there will be some special cocktails to pair.

Bill Smith Dinner: Legendary Southern Chef Bill Smith comes to The Glass Onion for a special dinner on February 10 to highlight his new book, Crabs and Oysters: A SAVOR THE SOUTH Cookbook. Chef Chris Stewart of The Glass Onion and Smith will collaborate on a four-course dinner that will feature dishes inspired by the book—items like crab, oysters, shrimp, and more.

Bitterness Bash: Singles looking for love can head to Bay St. Biergarten for the Bitterness Bash on February 12. DJ Natty Heavy will be spinning the tunes, and there will be games and drink specials. Bitter folks are encouraged to bring their ex items to donate to Good Will (clothing, etc.). Someone will be crowned the King and Queen of Bitterness Bash.

The Savage South: Mixing up the options for Valentine’s Day, the Warehouse is hosting The Savage South—a fish and game chef collaboration. The feast will be served family style with passed plates with Chef Emily Hahn from the Warehouse and Parlor Deluxe and Bob Cook from Cypress and Artisan Meat Share. There will be bluegrass music.

FleetFest: Get your oyster fix at Fleet Landing’s annual FleetFest on February 21. The event will feature Lady’s Island Oysters, BBQ from chef Alex Hammond, beers by Palmetto Brewery and Revelry Brewing. The Ramblin’ Fevers and The Bushels will be performing. A portion of the proceeds benefit Feed the Need.

Brewvival: It’s the annual beer event, all beer lovers get completely crazy for! Brewvival is set for February 27 at COAST Brewing Company and will feature over 40 breweries. The food has been changed up and vendors include Artisan Meat Share, Home Team BBQ, Short Grain, and more.

Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest: Just down an hour and a half away, the Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest is a good reason for a road trip. Starting February 29, there is a week of events including a Lowcountry Seafood Experience on the May River, a Sunset Lowcountry Boil Cruise, and the finale a Seafood Fest on Saturday, March 5. The money raised benefits cancer charities.

Leap Year Rewined: Fish is celebrating the extra day with bottomless wine on February 29. Enjoy $10 bottomless wine carafes from 4:30 to 8:00pm at the bar.

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Cooper River Brewing Company: Downtown has a new brewery with Cooper River Brewing Company’s new 7.500 sq ft. warehouse space in Wagener Terrace. The initial line-up of beers include a Golden Age, an IPA, and a Stout.

Fill: Get your singing side on and head to Fill in Mt. Pleasant, a new restaurant and piano bar to open in Mt. Pleasant. There will be a menu featuring American eclectic cuisine, along with jazz and light piano music. There will be a roster of Charleston’s finest pianists dueling off and playing popular songs for people to enjoy.

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