On the Menu: February 22 through February 25

On the Menu Here's what's happening at the Beard House next week: Wednesday, February 22, 7:00 P.M. Grande Dame of Charleston The elegant fare served in the dining room at the Peninsula Grill at the Planters Inn are proof that, at the hands of a masterful chef, the best local produce and seafood can be transformed into dishes that are greater than the sum of their parts. Thursday, February 23, 7:00 P.M. Along the Aegean International television personality, cookbook author, and now chef of NYC’s Loi restaurant, Maria Loi is Greece’s own culinary ambassador. Join this goddess of Mediterranean cuisine for her Beard House debut and experience her signature modern interpretations of traditional Greek favorites. Friday, February 24, 7:00 P.M. Chicago Hot Spot When GQ gave The Bristol a coveted spot on its 2010 list of the 10 Best New Restaurants in America, Alan Richman praised its “laid-back and luscious” food. And with Balena opening its doors early this year, we’d wager that chefs Chris Pandel and Amanda Rockman are destined for repeated acclaim. Saturday, February 25, 7:00 P.M. Modern Comfort Provocative chef Jason Santos, formerly of Gargoyles on the Square, continues his artful envelope-pushing at Blue Inc., where he serves high-end, playful comfort food (think black truffle Dippin’ Dots). Though this whimsical dinner may evoke childhood favorites, it will be paired with decidedly grown-up cocktails and wine selections from Krupp Brothers Vineyards.

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