Culinary events around town

Pick the Garden, Not Your Nose

The food garden at Trident Technical College, located at 7000 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston, is finally getting a name, and the public is invited to show up Wed. April 18 around 2:30 p.m. and watch the dedication ceremony of the Patrick E. Ringwald Memorial Culinary Garden. Goods produced from the garden are used in culinary courses at TTC. Just turn right a little bit after Zaxby's and be careful not to step on the plants. —Lindsay Sainlar

Another Way to muse

Muse just got its liquor license, which means the barkeep can now pour some unusual European aperitifs, microbrewery beers, and traditional cocktail fare in addition to the 100 wines by the glass. Show up during happy hour, sit on the outdoor patio, and order a $4 Grey Goose martini on the rocks or straight up, with olives or even onions. There are 100 wines by the glass to choose from, and every Thursday a pianist shows up at the little single house on Society Street to play some tunes. —LS

A Dose of HERB

You've heard it a million times. You are what you eat. But that hasn't stopped you from scarfing down those doughnuts and coffee every morning, has it? Well, maybe it's time for a change. Fortunately, the Sprout Restaurant in Mt. Pleasant's new EcoFitness location will soon open its doors to the Healthy Deli Juice Bar. Chefs and owners Mickey and Caroline Brennan will serve locally-grown, 100-percent organic, seasonal, energy sustaining foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as organic juices, teas, and fruit smoothies. The menu items are stored in well-stocked coolers, making it the perfect grab-and-go meal during your lunch break. So drop that greasy burger and head on down to the Healthy Deli Juice Bar. And if you're on James Island and want a "good mood food" meal, stop by Daily Dose, which will reopen on 4/20 at 1622 Highland Ave. (just past the Money Man on Folly Road). Duffy Ingle, our favorite cowgirl, has returned to dose you with heaping portions of all things organic, vegan, and vegetarian. —Ashley Lewis

Let's Get Going

With summer fast approaching, are you in need of the perfect weekend vacation? Jim Flynn's Best Weekends announces its First Annual Travel Awards — the "best" of what the company has discovered in its travels over the last year. Travel expert and founder Jim Flynn took on the challenging and difficult task of crisscrossing the eastern U.S. to lie out on beaches, sleep in luxury hotels and resorts, and dine at world-class restaurants — only to uncover those places that provided a superior vacation experience, of course. This year, Charleston swept the competition and won awards such as Destination of the Year, Best Small Hotel (Planter's Inn), Best Burger (Your Place in Mt. Pleasant), and Best New Resort (Inn at Palmetto Bluff). So there's no need to spend a small fortune gassing up your car for a quick summer vacation this year. It seems like you've got everything you need right here in this little city. For the entire list of this year's winners, visit www.bestweekends.com. —AL



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