Jimmy John’s, Charleston’s self-proclaimed number one place to buy gourmet sandwiches celebrated its grand opening with dollar subs last Friday (sorry if you missed it). Their new sandwich, The Ultimate Porker Club, comes stacked with applewood smoked ham and bacon and mayo, lettuce, and tomato. It’s the first new sandwich J.J.’s has released in four years. To ring in the presidential election, Jimmy John’s is also having a slogan campaign contest. Winner gets a fully-catered Election Day party. Rock your vote at www.sofastyoullfreak.comAlison Sher


The Boathouse hosted a contest last week that challenged bartenders to create a signature drink for the Charleston premiere party for The Secret Life of Bees, Hollywood’s version of Sue Monk Kidd’s bestseller. Bartenders from The Blind Tiger, The Boathouse, The Charleston Crab Shack, High Cotton, and Peninsula Grill developed recipes. The only stipulation was that the drink had to contain Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, an in-kind sponsor of the reception. The Boathouse’s Andrew Tackitt won with his “Purple Honey” concoction. Tickets are still available for the Oct. 16 reception and proceeds will benefit the “Poets in the Schools” program. Visit www.lilaconnects.com for more. —Stephanie Barna


Martha Stewart started out by being a hostess extraordinaire, using her skills to turn regular parties into memorable affairs. Local caterer Callie White has made her name doing the same kind of thing, using her unforgettable biscuits and southern hospitality to become one of the most popular caterers in Charleston. She may not have a billion-dollar empire yet, but she and her daughter Carrie Bailey-Morey have been successfully exporting Callie’s Charleston Biscuits all over the country, garnering attention from Jacques Pepin, Today Show, Food Network, and Saveur. Now, Morey has been named a finalist in Martha Stewart’s second annual Dreamers Into Doers contest. For their entry, Morey submitted a 250-word essay along with photos to explain just how she’s turned her dream into a business. The 12 finalists will appear on the Nov. 12 episode of The Martha Stewart Show where the winner will be presented with $10,000, along with vacations for a lifetime provided by Wyndham Vacation Ownership. Good luck to our local ladies. —Stephanie Barna


Coburg’s not the only ice cream cow in town. Wholly Cow ice cream is manufactured right down the road in Ravenel, and the company that makes it, Ice Cream and Coffee Beans, marks its 25th year in business with a year-long celebration. In addition to Wholly Cow, ICCB — owned and operated by Rob and Laurie Kramer — also roasts Island Coffee and will be launching two new coffee beverages soon: Omai Chai and Café Fraze. Keep an eye out for some events in the coming year. They’ll be organizing a bike ride with Charleston Moves to benefit Louie’s Kids, a cancer awareness day with DragonBoat Charleston, an African festival at Kudu, and a host of other events. —Stephanie Barna

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