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First, we disparaged a grouper dish at the Ocean Room in a recent review of Med Bistro. Apparently, our reviewer got his dishes mixed up — the Ocean Room has not had grouper on the menu for months. We sincerely regret the error and apologize to the good folks out at Kiawah for our mistake.

Last week we gave a sparkling review to Virginia's on King, but our piece left the impression that Virginia Bennett was no longer with us. Her friends and family made sure to let us know via comments on our website that Mrs. Bennett is not only alive and well, but she's a regular at her namesake restaurant, where she welcomes guests and no doubt adds to the homey atmosphere. —Stephanie Barna



Usually when you catch some of our top chefs in a room together it happens to be a fund-raiser, but just last week some of those very chefs gathered with area farmers in a meeting that could drastically change the meaning of "local dining." The idea of chefs sourcing their ingredients locally is not new, but it is a challenge, given many communication and transportation barriers. Well, this meeting set out to tackle these issues head-on thanks to the collaboration of the S.C. Department of Agriculture (SCDA), the Coastal Conservation League (CCL), and Lowcountry Local First (LLF). Those first two names probably ring a bell, but maybe you've missed out on the startup of LLF. This socially-conscious organization seeks to increase community support for independent, locally-owned business and agriculture. Luckily, when SCDA and CCL heard of their efforts, they decided to combine forces and put our tax dollars toward an undeniably good cause. Together they hope to make it a lot easier for local restaurants and local farmers to find each other. One step of their plan includes implementing an internet program called Market Maker that is essentially a meeting ground for chefs and food producers. Developed by the University of Illinois, this software is already in use around the country (including neighboring Georgia.) While the program is still in its infancy, plans are moving forward quickly and anyone interested in participating can join this worthy and tasty movement by contacting Alan Moore, program director for LLF's Sustainable Agriculture Initiative at (843) 740-5444 or —Sarah O'Kelley


Looks like cult favorite Mia's Cafe, out toward Johns Island on Savannah Highway, has closed up shop. The phone number has been disconnected. A new restaurant will be coming to the old SoCal Burrito/Red Pepper Squirrel spot on Coleman Boulevard. Ray's BBQ has hung a sign and renovations appear to be underway.

Sublime will be closing up its Homegrown Grocery in Avondale and moving operations to its North Charleston warehouse location.

Fish has added some intriguing new features, including Martini Mondays ($5 martinis and flights), Wine Wednesdays (half-price bottles and live jazz music), and, our favorite, Tasty Tuesdays where Chef Nico Romo will feature dollar dim sum.

Tristan's new chef Aaron Deal is revamping his menu, adding such fare as butternut squash terrine, diver scallop carpaccio, and white tuna with pancetta crust, black truffle agnolotti, golden beer, haricot verts, and parmesan vanilla broth. Sounds yummy.

The Trusted Palate on Upper King Street has brought its lunch back. The menu features a soup of the day, salads, deli sandwiches, and panini.


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