Summer School: Grab Your Bibs

What says summer in the South more than a great serving of down-home barbecue? Want to learn the secret to a successful batch of anything barbecued? Novice cooks, here's your chance to hone your grilling skills as the South Carolina Barbeque Association and the Carolina Pit Masters team up for the very first South Carolina Barbeque Cooking School, held at the Rodeo Arena in Lexington, S.C. on June 22 and 23. Prepare yourself for a hands-on lesson in competitive barbecue cooking by reigning Master Barbecue Award Champion Tim Handy of Summerville and 2006 S.C. State Champion Jack Waiboer of North Charleston. The cost to sign up is $250, and forms are available on the S.C. Barbeque Association's website. For more info or to sign up, call (803) 782-9595 or visit www.scbarbeque.com. —Laura Zapp

Bye Bye Butcher, Hello Gourmet!

The New York Butcher Shoppe in Mt. Pleasant recently made the ultimate transformation, leaving the Empire State theme in the dust and exploring a more down-home approach. Have no fear, Butcher Shoppe patrons, the change of hands won't ruffle many feathers, as butcher extraordinaire Brian Meyer remains in charge of the cleaver. An extension of the über-successful catering service Lowcountry Boils, the Land & Sea Market will continue the popular delicatessen style, but with an added touch of Lowcountry gourmet. Featuring fresh local seafood, fine wines, and cheeses, Charleston's Land & Sea Market, located at 113-B Market Center Blvd. also provides a fast solution for foodies on the go, with prepared dishes and fully-cooked entrées. For more info, call 388-9675 or visit wwwcharlestonlandandseamarket.com. —Laura Zapp

Come Fly With Wine

The friendly skies just got saucier, as Social invites guests to "Take a Flight a Night." Presented with a trio of wines per night, ranging from Pinots to rosés, guests can explore exotic reds and whites in 2.5-oz. servings. Participants will learn how climate, soil, sun, and vintner techniques affect flavor through expert groupings of wines. Between sniffing, sipping, and swishing, Social will provide a wine-friendly menu to perfectly accentuate the characteristics of the wine in hand. Flights are priced at $10, so start planning your trip now. For more info, head to 188 East Bay St. call 577-5665, or visit www.socialwinebar.com. ­—Laura Zapp



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