GOD BLESS BAGELS
Bruegger’s, a national bagel chain operated out of Burlington, Vt., is opening two downtown Charleston locations — at 347 King St. and in the old KFC on Spring Street. The menu includes 17 different bagel flavors, 13 cream cheeses, and a variety of sandwiches, soups, and desserts. Bruegger’s is not the first bagel joint to the peninsula, but Einstein Bros. bagels — located on St. Philip St. — is run by the College of Charleston and is subject to their capricious hours, nonexistent parking, and leisurely summer vacation. You’ll be able to get your bagels at Bruegger’s on a more consistent basis beginning this August. —Elle Lien

MOO-RAGEOUS
Maggie Moo’s is offering a summer cool-down with the grand opening of their new Ice Cream and Treatery at 159 Church St. The celebration will take place on Sat. July 29, with Charleston royalty — Miss Charleston and Miss Charleston Teen — manning the scoops. Free ice cream will be given to the first 25 attendees. The brain freeze fest will begin at 11 a.m. sharp; don’t forget the handi-wipes. —EL

FRESH TALENTS IN TOWN
Cintra has named Thomas Clayton its new executive chef. Clayton, formerly the chef at Vintage, brings a new, personal flair to Cintra’s traditional Italian cuisine. His progressive attitude is the cornerstone of his cuisine. “I don’t follow the trends,” he says, “I do what I like.” Another development on the F&B front is the selection of Tim Armstrong as the new chef at Old Village Post House. Armstrong brings along over 18 years of experience working for restaurants like Petrossian and Blue Fin Restaurants in New York. His new lunch and dinner menus seem perfect for the Southern bistro of OVPH, including fresh seasonal vegetables and a variety of fish and seafood. —Laura Kelly

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DRAW?
The BB&T Charleston Food + Wine Festival is calling for entries for an official poster competition. Any resident of the tri-county area may submit their original creation for the design of the 2007 BB&T Food + Wine Festival poster. Judges will select the poster that best reflects the attitude of the festival. Winners will receive $1,000 cash, 50 posters, 12 T-shirts, and their poster will be the official 2007 festival poster. The design will be included as a pullout in Charleston Magazine‘s Dec. 2006 Food + Wine issue. Submission deadline is Sept. 15, 2006, and entry is free. —LK