NEW CONCEPTS UNVEILED

Some tantalizing details of two new restaurants have been released in the last few weeks. First up is Ken Vedrinski’s new trattoria planned for Ash and Bogard streets, near the heart of the proposed Midtown development. Trattoria Lucca will be targeted at locals looking for an affordable and delicious haunt. On Sundays, the community table will host a supper with three seatings and endless bowls of food (kind of like Olive Garden, only good). Vedrinski, who owns Sienna on Daniel Island, has been working with interior designer Heather Wilson to create a soft, warm, and inviting space — just like you’d find in Italy. They expect to be open in June. Another restaurant gunning for a June 2008 opening is Red Sky Grill out at Seabrook Island. Former Ocean Room Sous Chef Matt Bolus purchased the restaurant and is giving it a facelift, updating the decor and the menu to reflect modern tastes and trends. Bolus says the cuisine will be light and bright with a focus on fresh.

Eat at Tristan,
Support the Arts

Take your Spoleto ticket to Tristan at 55 S. Market St. and you’ll be eligible to win tickets to the Palette and Palate Stroll in July, and they’ll also donate five percent of your bill to the Charleston Fine Arts Dealers’ Association (CFADA). They’re open for lunch, Sunday brunch, and dinner (starting at 5 p.m.) during the festival.

Accolades and Awards

SNOB (Slightly North of Broad) has officially become a hall of famer, getting inducted into the Fine Dining Hall of Fame by the Nations Restaurant News on May 18 in Chicago. They were recognized for many factors including excellence in food quality, ambiance, and leadership in training and motivating staff. It’s been a great year for the Maverick Restaurant Group; Dick Elliott recently won the Restaurateur of the Year award from the S.C. Hospitality Association. In similar news, Wando High School can boast that it has one of the best culinary programs in the nation. The Warriors won third place in the National ProStart Invitational, which was held in San Diego in April. Their teacher, Julian Buckner, was also in Chicago last week accepting an accolade of his own — the Maynard Award, which goes to “educators of excellence.” Congrats to all involved. Now, let’s keep our fingers crossed that at least one of our chefs comes home with a James Beard Award in June.