DINNER | Are there more fish in the sea?
Charleston is known for many things: the beaches, the quaint and vibrant downtown atmosphere, the friendly locals, and most importantly, the seafood. Lately there have been global and local concerns that overfishing would lead to fewer fish, which would be smaller and less desirable, thus effecting not just fishermen but boat manufacturers, hotels, and restaurants. The Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SSI) was created in Oct. of 2002, when some of Charleston's top chefs and restaurants joined with the S.C. Aquarium, the Coastal Conservation League, Johnson and Wales University,
Arlaana Wine Tastings
Tasting of wines from around the world accompanied by hors d'oeuvres. Each Wed. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $20. Arlaana Restaurant, 259 Seven Farms Dr. 471-2400. www.arlaana.com
The McCrady's chef demonstrates the sous vide technique. Wed. Feb. 21, 6 p.m. $55. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212. www.charlestoncooks.com
Charleston Tea Plantation Tours
The recently restored tea plantation, now owned by R.C. Bigelow, is open for tours. See how tea is made, talk to tea experts, and sample American Classic Tea. Each Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun. 12-4 p.m. Charleston Tea Plantation, 6617 Maybank Hwy. 559-0383. www.charlestonteagardens.com
South American Wine Dinner
O'Hara and Flynn presents this wine dinner featuring South American wines and a menu by Chef Charles Moore that has a French flair. Reception begins at 6 pm. Thurs. Feb. 22, 7 p.m. $75. The Library Restaurant at Vendue Inn, 23 Vendue Range. 577-7970. www.vendueinn.com
Chocolate Seduction Tour
Take a tour of the sweeter side of Charleston, led by Carolina FoodPro's Amanda Dew Manning and featuring fine dining establishments, specialty shops, and chocolatiers. Each Fri. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Through Feb. 28. $60. (843) 728-2783. www.carolinafoodpros.com
Sampling California Cabernets with Sandy. Fri. Feb. 23, 5-7 p.m. $5. Avondale Wine and Cheese, 813B Savannah Highway. (843) 810-0088.
In Good Tastings
Informal weekly wine event. Each Fri. 5-7 p.m. $1. In Good Taste, 1901 Ashley River Road. 763-5597.
The bar varies the four wines offered each Friday, so stop by for a surprise. Each Fri. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $3. Grazi's, I'on Square. 216-2087.
Wine Tasting at O'Hara and Flynn
Weekly wine tastings and cheese pairings selected by the staff. Each Fri. 5-7 p.m. and Sat. 3-5 p.m. $5 donation. O'Hara & Flynn, 160 E. Bay St. 534-1916.
Dinner in 30 Minutes
Learn how to get dinner on the table in no time flat and make yummy food like piccata, polenta, spinach, and chocolate budino. Sat. Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $59. Culinary Institute of Charleston, 7001 Rivers Ave. www.culinaryinstituteofcharleston.com
So you wanna be a wine expert? Check out the wine education series based on Windows on the World by Kevin Zraly. White wines of France on Feb. 24, and Wines of Wash., Ore., and N.Y. on March 24. Sat. Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m. and Sat. March 24, 6:30 p.m. $30/class. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212. www.mavericksouthernkitchens.com
The 8th annual gala raises much-needed funds for the Lowcountry Food Bank's Kids Café program. Hosted by Chef Robert Carter of Peninsula Grill, the event brings together the Lowcountry's best chefs for a scrumptious evening. Sun. Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m. $150. Embassy Suites Hotel Airport-Convention Center, 5055 International Blvd. (843)747-8147. www.lowcountryfoodbank.com
A Taste of France
Enjoy a five-course wine dinner exploring the culinary regions of France. Call for reservations. Last Mon. of every month. $40/individual, $70/couple. Coco's Cafe, 863 Houston Northcutt Blvd. 881-4949. www.cocoscafe.net
Rhone Reds and soft-ripened French cheese. Mon. Feb. 26, 5-7 p.m. $5. Avondale Wine and Cheese, 813B Savannah Highway. (843) 810-0088.
Beyond the Basics
Classes focusing on a single-subject in-depth to teach more advanced cooking techniques and concepts. A new series begins on Feb. 26. Each Mon. 6:30 p.m. Through March 26. $60/class, $240/5-classes. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212. www.mavericksouthernkitchens.com
Learn more about what it takes to become a master sommelier in this introductory class, which covers every growing region in the world and will tutor you in the art of blind tasting to help you learn to recognize both quality and flaws. Mon. Feb. 26 and Tues. Feb. 27. $495. McCrady's, 2 Unity Alley. 577-0025. www.courtofms.com/application
Thoroughbred Club Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea with all the trimmings; reservations strongly suggested. Each Mon.-Sat. 1-4 p.m. $22/Classic Charleston, $27/ South of Broad. Thoroughbred Club, 205 Meeting St. Charleston Place Hotel. 722-4900 x7689.
Sample varying flights of wine, focusing on Spanish flavors. Tues. $12-$25. Raval, 453 King St. 853-8466.
Wine and Cheese Benefit
Newly opened Avondale Wine and Cheese will host an intimate wine and cheese pairing to benefit My Sister's House. Reservations required. Tues. Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m. $35 all inclusive. Avondale Wine and Cheese, 813B Savannah Highway. 810-0088. firstname.lastname@example.org
Charleston Women Wine Tasting
Charleston Women In International Trade hosting wine tasting. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. RSVP via email to email@example.com. Tues. Feb. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $25. Tristan, 55 South Market St. 534-2155. www.cwitsc.org
Wine Lover's Happy Hour
Wine flights of five different wines of varying themes. Each Tues.-Sat. 5-7 p.m. $5 for 5 (2 oz. pours). Amuse, 1720 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 573-8778.
J. Bistro Wine Tasting
Pasquale Pellicoro hosts a wine tasting of at least four wines accompanied by fun finger foods. Each Tues. 5:30-7 p.m. $10. J. Bistro, 819 Coleman Blvd. 971-7778. www.jbistro.net
Perrin and Fils and Chateau de Beaucastel Wine Dinner
Enjoy a rare treat as fifth generation winemaker Marc Perrin of Chateau de Beaucastel in Orange, France joins Chef Anthony Gray for an unforgettable evening complete with a five-course meal and wine matched to perfection. Reservations are required Wed. Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m. $120/person. High Cotton, 199 East Bay St. 724-3815. www.high-cotton.net
Vertical Cab Tasting
Chef Brett McKee teams up with Jordan Winery for a complimentary vertical tasting of cabernet sauvignon at 5:30 p.m. Following the wine tasting, McKee will pair the wines for five courses including beef carpaccio, four mushroom and gruyere tart, grilled squab, sliced Tuscan-rubbed Chateaubriand. Wed. Feb. 28, 5:30-11 p.m. $150 for dinner. Oak Steakhouse, 17 Broad St. 722-4220.
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