Beer Dinner

Carolina's Restaurant will be featuring a Beer Dinner, which includes five courses perfectly paired with complimenting libations. Reservations required. Wed. March 28, 7 p.m. $65/person. Carolina's, 10 Exchange St. 724-3800.

Charleston Tea Plantation Tours

America's only tea plantation, owned by R.C. Bigelow, is open to visitors. Take a narrated, bus tour of the fields and 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.

Crow Bar Season Opening Party

This rooftop bar is open again for summer, and Derek Cribb will be providing acoustic music for the folks who show up to drink $3-off specialty cocktails and sample goods from the Crow Bar menu. Its raw bar is debuting April 6. Fri. March 23. whatever you feel like spending. The Boathouse at Breach Inlet, 101 Palm Blvd. 886-8000.

Pet Helpers Meow & Bow-WOW Benefit

Avondale Wine & Cheese hosts the Meow & Bow-WOW Benefit for Pet Helpers featuring three reds, two whites, and one sparkling paired with artisan cheeses, pate and sweets. RSVP. Tue., March 27, 6:30 p.m. $35/person. Avondale Wine and Cheese, 813B Savannah Highway. 810-0088.

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.


Tea Room and Gift Shop

The oldest consecutively running Tea Room with a gift shop that features handmade items and jam, jellies, pickles, and other food items. Lunch is served from 11 am-1:30 pm Mon.-Sat., featuring Lowcountry favorites like she-crab and okra soup, chicken salad, homemade desserts, etc. Reservations for groups are encouraged. Through March 31. Old St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 2604 Ashley River Road. 766-1541.

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.

Water for Life Gala

In an effort to provide safe water to people in developing countries and disaster areas, Water Missions International will serve hors d'oeuvres and refreshments for those who walk through a fascinating exhibit that celebrates the necessity of clean water. Thu., March 22, 7 p.m. Charleston Place, 130 Market St. 769-7395.

Women's Creative Cafe

The Creative Spark Cafe will turn into a hip coffee house with refreshments and desserts for those who show up to mingle. Fri. March 23, 8 p.m. $8. Creative Spark Center for the Arts, 757 Long Point Road. 881-3730.

"Year Of The Pig" Roast

In honor of the Chinese New Year, Ted's Butcherblock is preparing unusual pork barbecue --- roast pig stuffed with duck. Sake, wine, beer, and live music on-hand all afternoon. Sat. March 24. $10/food and drinks, $1 drinks (benefits Special Olympics). Ted's Butcherblock, 334 East Bay St. 577-0094.


Coco's Cafe will host its "Next Taste of France," featuring Alsace. The menu includes Sliced Floie Gras with Peaches, Onion Tart, Broiled Trout in Reisling, and a Cheese Plate. RSVP. Mon. March 26. Coco's Cafe, 863 Houston Northcutt Blvd. 881-4949.

Spring Into Spring Wine Dinner

Old Village Post House will host a special wine dinner featuring items from its new spring dinner menu. The evening begins with a hors d'oeuvres reception in the courtyard followed by a four-course dinner with wine pairings. Space is limited; RSVP required. Wed. March 21, 6:30 p.m. $68 (includes tax and gratuity). Old Village Post House, 101 Pitt St. 388-8935.

Tandem Winery Dinner

A special dinner in the Long Room featuring the fabulous wines of Tandem Winery and live classical music. Five of the wines have been paired with Chef Brock's exquisite four-course dinner of Peekytoe Crab, Four Story Hill Farm Veal, Roasted Moulard Duck, and Artisanal Cheeses. Linda Villagonez, Tandem's National Sales Director, will be our guest for this special event. She will present and discuss each wine as it's poured. You can meet Ms. Villagonez before dinner at the bar downstairs. Call to make reservations. Wed. March 28, 7:30 p.m. $95 per person. McCrady's, 2 Unity Alley. 577-0025.

Wine Wednesdays

Enjoy live music by local performer Eddie Stonaker and half off any bottle from the new wine list. Each Wed. 5:30-8 p.m. Fish, 442 King St. 722-FISH.

Women Of Wine

The first in a series of wine dinners featuring female winemakers in front of a girls-only crowd. This reservation-required four-course dinner will honor Mia Klein, owner of Selene Wines, a nationally acclaimed vineyard. Wed. March 21, 6:30-9 p.m. $75/person (including tax/gratuity). Laura Alberts Tasteful Options, 819 Island Park Dr. 881-4711.

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.

Flight Night

Sample varying flights of wine, focusing on Spanish flavors. Tues. $12-$25. Raval, 453 King St. 853-8466.

In Good Tastings

Informal weekly wine event. Each Fri. 5-7 p.m. $1. In Good Taste, 1901 Ashley River Road. 763-5597.

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.

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.

Wine Tasting

Grazi's Shoe Cafe and Wine Bar varies the four wines offered each Friday, so stop by for a surprise. Each Fri. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5. 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.

Beyond the Basics

Classes focusing on a single subject in-depth to teach more advanced cooking techniques and concepts. Each Mon. 6:30 p.m. Through March 26. $60/class, $240/5-classes. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212.

Indian Cuisine: Culture & Cookery

Vann's spice guru Sarah Graham will begin with a short section on the culture and customs and an introduction to the relevant spices. Then participants will cook a selection of recipes from each India's four major regions. Sat. March 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $59. Culinary Institute of Charleston, 7001 Rivers Ave.

Kids' Cooking Class

Pastry Chef Kimberly Brock Brown teaches kids to make marzipan bunnies, chicks, and cookies. Sat. March 24, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $39. Culinary Institute of Charleston, 7001 Rivers Ave.

Wine 101

So you wanna be a wine expert? The wine education series based on Windows on the World by Kevin Zraly finishes up with "Wines of WA, OR, and NY" on March 24. Please call to reserve a space. Sat. March 24, 6:30 p.m. $30. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212.

E-mail cuisine calendar items to or fax to 576-0380 by the Wed. before the week of the event.


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