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OYSTER ROAST | The season comes to a rousing end

Charleston Harbor Oyster Roast
Sat. March 31
2-6 p.m.
Charleston Harbor Resort
20 Patriots Point Blvd.

It's no Sunday, but Saturday is still a good day for wood-burning fire pits and a DIY Bloody Mary bar. It's the season finale oyster roast at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. Stop by after the Cooper River Bridge Run and catch your breath. Drink beer. Eat cow, chicken, or fish from any of the vendors. The 700 (give or take) members of Plane Jane will be making the people dance, and buckets of oysters are only $7. There will be artwork from Eye Level Art to make you go "hmmmm..." and there's always the ocean to appreciate. Maybe Flipper will stop by and say hi. Don't forget your oyster knives and gloves, and call a taxi or rickshaw if you plan on getting sloshed. Daytime drinking can be dangerous. SATURDAY

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WINE DINNER | On the porch

Wine Tasting and Four-Course Meal
Thurs. March 29
6 p.m.
$100/person (plus tax and gratuity)
Jasmine Porch
1 Sanctuary Beach Dr.

Coming all the way from California to meet and greet Charleston winos, Linda Villagomez from Tandem Winery will be at Jasmine Porch this Thursday to discuss the stemmed-glass adult

beverages she'll pair with Chef Nate Thurston's four-course meal. This outdoor, oceanside wine dinner is the first in a series of four to be held on the grounds of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Villagomez and Thurston will discuss what they're bringing to the table and why. Call for reservations. THURSDAY

Charleston Tea Plantation Tours

America's only tea plantation, now 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 Sun. 12-4 p.m. and Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Charleston Tea Plantation, 6617 Maybank Hwy. 559-0383.


Tea Room and Gift Shop

The oldest consecutively running Tea Room with a gift shop that features handmade 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.

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.

In Good Tastings

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

A Historical Perspective on Some Favorite Wines

An afternoon of fine wines and delicious hors d'oeuvres to benefit the Historic Charleston Foundation. Sommelier Debbie Marlowe of The Wine Shop will be in attendance, and as part of the tasting, she will present A Historical Perspective on Some Favorite Wines. Fri. March 30, 5:15 p.m. and Mon. April 2, 5:15 p.m. $25. Circa 1886, 149 Wentworth St. 722-3405.

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 -- 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.

Irvin House Vineyard Tour

Tour 48 acres of Wadmalaw Island and see how Irvin House Vineyard wine is made, from grape to bottle. A complimentary wine tasting and a fresh, local, sustainable seafood lunch will be served. Sat. March 31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $20/members, $40/nonmembers. 577-3474.

Seafood Cooking Demonstrations

Join Sustainable Seafood Initiative Partner Chef Charles Arena for a local seafood cooking demonstration. Eat his food and take home a recipe card. Sat. March 31, 12-1:30 p.m. Free with admission. S.C. Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. 577-3474.

Appetizers for Easy Entertaining

Learn how to make your very own tapas. Sat. March 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $59. Culinary Institute of Charleston, 7001 Rivers Ave. 574-6655.

Culinary Boot Camp

A day-long crash course in culinary know-how. Sat. March 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $150. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212.

Brooklyn Brewery Dinner

Brooklyn Brewery co-hosts a five-course beer-paired dinner at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Tues. April 3, 7 p.m. $70. Turtle Point Grill, Kiawah Island Golf Resort. 266-4070.

Flight Night

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

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.

Sushi Workshop -- Learn to make rolls and sushi with Chef David Dedguia of Wasabi. Tues. April 3, 6:30 p.m. $60. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212.

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.

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


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