Coming Out of the Cellar

AAA Four Diamond Award-winning restaurant Circa 1886, located in the lush Wentworth Mansion, has an offer any wine lover will find hard to refuse. Throughout 2007, Executive Chef Marc Collins invites visitors to bring their best vino and he will create a perfectly paired four-course menu for parties of four to 12, all crafted to complement wine from the patron’s private wine cellar. Circa 1886 will waive the corkage fee and the cost is $100 per person. To experience this culinary delectation, interested diners are encouraged to contact Ginny Severs at 853-7828 to inform the restaurant of their wine selection and to reserve a table. —Laura Zapp

Smokin’ Mount Pleasant

Three-year old Georgia restaurant Shane’s Rib Shack has crossed the border and set up camp in Mt. Pleasant. Best known for its hand-cut baby back ribs, chicken, pork, and made-from-scratch sides, Shane’s offers an authentic barbecue experience, with pork smoked for 10 hours. Slinging meat drenched in Shane’s Sauce, a family recipe from founder Shane Thompson’s grandfather, “Big Dad,” this Shack is the youngest of the family, with the same menu as the original rib shack in McDonough, Ga. Shane’s Rib Shack is located at 1909 Hwy. 17 N. —LZ

Charleston, Represent!

Those who’ve tasted his deliciously fresh culinary creations won’t be surprised to hear that FIG’s Chef Mike Lata will join eight other top-tier chefs from across the southeast for the annual “Taste of the South” event, held in the Great Smokey Mountains. Lata will convene with award-winning chefs from across the region for a fund-raising weekend benefiting the Southern Foodways Alliance. The agenda includes a seminar and cooking demonstration focusing on local food, a wine-and-dine-out night enigmatically titled “Pappy Van Winkle Chef’s Night Out,” and the grand event — the Saturday Night Gala Dinner, where all nine guest chefs will prepare a special meal featuring regional ingredients from the chefs’ respective locales. Congrats, Chef Mike! —Sara Miller

Five-Star Taste Test

Chef Tarver King, of The Dining Room at Woodlands Inn, invites guests to tour the four corners of the globe with a monthlong “Salt and Pepper” tasting menu. The full five-course tasting menu, which showcases artisan salts and exotic peppercorns in both the courses and the amuse-bouches that will be paired with each one, is $78 per guest. Also offered is a three–course a la carte menu ($54) and a four-course menu ($69). The full menu can be viewed at The Woodlands’ website ( and reservations can be made by calling (843) 308-2115 or by e-mailing —Ashley Phillips