With the long walks and low density of vending machines per square mile, golf courses tend to leave players hungry. Luckily, at The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation, The Wescott Bar & Grill awaits visitors in the clubhouse. The bar and grill prepares upscale American and Italian food, with dinner entrees such as herb-marinated roasted chicken thigh and a surf and turf dish with a 6-ounce filet mignon and 4-ounce garlic butter lobster tail. Those entrees might pair with imported or domestic wine, including an Italian moscato and a pinot grigio from California. The Wescott Bar & Grill also cooks up omelets and other breakfast specialties, as well as a full lunch menu packed with more sandwiches than Yogi Bear's vault.
Charleston Waterkeeper conducts four primary programs to gather data on Charleston’s waterways in order to protect the health and vitality of the water for the entire community. Water Quality and Stormwater Monitoring programs gather empirical information to identify and resolve water-pollution issues from sewage and storm-water runoff. The Permit Watchdog program researches permits and discharge-monitoring reports to prevent unlawful discharges, and the Patrol program helps keep the rivers clean and free of pollution by maintaining a physical presence on the water. Charleston Waterkeeper recently became a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, a movement of 200 organizations that patrol and protect more than 100,000 miles of rivers, streams, and coastlines across the globe.
Guests perched on plush couches at Torch Velvet Lounge sip creative martinis and other mixed drinks in the glow of flickering candles. Like fruit salads served at midnight study sessions, the vodka-based Grapes of Wrath cocktail mixes the sweet flavors of grape and watermelon with a healthy dose of Red Bull ($11). Bartenders breathe life into the Captain's Choice, a spicy-sweet mélange of rum, orange curaçao, cinnamon, sugar, and a spritz of Bacardi 151 ($11), and meld Rumple Minze and Bailey's Irish Cream to mix the Mint Chocolate Chip ($11). During live music sets throughout the week, saxophone and keyboard melodies mingle with thumping dance beats and the splashing of cocktails being mixed on the turntables.
Brazilian Market touts hundreds of imported Brazilian culinary staples. Behind the meat counter, butchers slice picanha, or top sirloin, a cut popular in Brazilian rodìzio-style restaurants, and wrap up lombo recheado, pork stuffed with herbs and cheese. In addition to thick slabs of traditional Brazilian meats, Brazilian Market stocks goods such as South American coffee, tea, and coconut water. Customers can also shop for sundries such as Havaianas flip-flops and Brazilian hair products.
Given its signature touches, Sapphires Sports Bar & Grill is more of a biography than a bar. Green Bay Packers memorabilia speaks to owner Mike's affection for the team, as do the wings specials and festive gatherings on game days. Co-owner Charlene has likewise left her mark—each table is scattered with a variety of wine labels, the results of her years spent scouting for fine food and drink as a former Delta flight attendant. By putting their personal touches into the decor, the owners hope to invite guests into a memorable setting, and by employing several of their relatives, they strive to foster a warm, welcoming atmosphere around the venue's copper bar.
Beyond being a catalog of hobbies and hospitable staff members, Sapphires is also an homage to accessible gourmet. Its menu—inspired by a mix of timeless grill food and Charlene's gourmet tastes—surprises seasoned pub-goers with items such as the smoked-salmon pizza, a disk of rosemary focaccia adorned in capers, red onions, and bites of fresh fish. Even the list of 19 wing sauces denotes sophisticated cooking, dressing chicken in sweet-and-spicy plum, garlic thai, and bourbon-style marinades, instead of traditional flavors such as "smoke" and "yummy." Guests can compose signature burgers with made-from-scratch patties, or peruse the night's specials for examples of international recipes.
The Red Pepper is a single Italian eatery with rich roots. The owner first learned the ropes of the restaurant business at his grandmother's Italian restaurant in Rochester, New York. As he developed his skills, he and his family began opening their own eateries across the country, each time granting the locals with their own Italian cuisine. Eventually, the family settled in Summerville and The Red Pepper was born. There, red umbrellas and baskets of flowers dot an outdoor patio, drawing diners into the fresh air for alfresco meals composed of classic Italian cuisine including pizza, panini, and cold and hot hoagies. In the kitchen, chefs craft savories from ingredients such as tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella. The dinner menu abounds with seafood and pasta dishes, and for dessert, the owner’s wife handcrafts treats from Old-World recipes his family has cherished for generations.
CTK Fitness’s troupe of certified health heroes connects consistent workouts to improved eating habits to help clients lose weight and achieve fitness goals. Each 60-minute boot-camp class begins with a gentle warm-up to loosen limbs from atrophic tendencies before enlisting bodies in a fast-paced circuit-training routine, including stations for weight training, cardio, and acceptable bed making. Focused on treating bodies inside and out, CTK complements fitness classes with specially designed eating plans. A certified trainer works with individual svelte seekers to create a preplanned menu and nurture corporeal vessels with either 1,200–1,500 healthful calories per day or one loving grandmother to tuck them in at night.