CHEESE TASTING | Ted gets your goat
Cheesemaking with Fromagerie Belle Chevre
Fri. April 27
334 East Bay St.
Cheeseheads gather 'round — Ted's Butcherblock has an event for you. The gourmet butcher shop on East Bay Street will be hosting artisan cheesemakers from the Fromagerie Belle Chevre dairy farm in Alabama. The family-owned farm uses French farmstead techniques to make cheese from natural cultures, enzymes, and fresh goat milk collected from their own goats. The cheeses are then handmade and cured to develop their unique, delicate flavors and smooth, creamy textures. They'll demonstrate cheesemaking techniques and will provide tastes to attendees, who can also sample chilled rosés.
DINNER | Dine for the dogs
All Things Italian
Sun. April 29
901 Island Park Dr.
Chef Ken Vedrinski of Sienna Restaurant on Daniel Island has put together an all-star line-up, enlisting Chefs John Marshall of Al di La and Jacques Larson of Mercato to join him in the kitchen to prepare a four-course feast. New York pastry chef Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez will craft the fourth course. "All Things Italian" will benefit Pet Helpers Rescue and Adoption Shelter. A silent auction including a weekend stay at the beach, gift certificates, art work, and an exclusive day on Chef Vedrinski's boat will provide another excuse to spend some moolah. Pet Helpers will be bringing their furry friends who need a family with a big backyard. Reservations are limited, so call quickly. SUNDAY
Administrative Professionals Day
A three-course lunch with iced tea will reward support people while raising money for Communities In Schools, an organization that links community resources with the needs of students, their families and schools.CIS will receive 100 percent of the proceeds. Wed. April 25, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $25 (excluding gratuity). High Cotton, 199 East Bay St. 724-3815.
Victory Brewing Company from Downingtown, Penn. will be featured at Carolina's monthly beer dinner series. The five-course feast includes calamari, clams, quail, pork, and chocolate — all paired with complementing pours. Reservations required. Wed. April 25, 7 p.m. $65. Carolina's, 10 Exchange St. 724-3800.
Charleston Farmers Market
Every Saturday, the market features the finest local produce, plants, flowers, and herbs along with food, fine art and crafts, and live entertainment. Each Sat. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Through Dec. 16. Marion Square, Calhoun and King. 724-3746.
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. www.charlestonteagardens.com
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.
Jasmine Porch Wine Dinner
Co-sponsored by the Elyse Winery from Napa Valley, Jasmine Porch at the Sanctuary on Kiawah Island will host the second in a series of four-course wine tasting dinners. The oceanside event will begin with a reception at 6 pm. Thurs. April 26, 6 p.m. $100. Jasmine Porch, 1 Sanctuary Beach Drive. 768-6253. www.thesanctuary.com/dining
Library Restaurant Wine Dinner
The Library Restaurant at Vendue will host its monthly wine dinner, featuring wines from Australia. The event is sponsored by O'Hara & Flynn and Grapevine Distributors. Please RSVP. Thurs. April 26, 6:30 p.m. The Library Restaurant at Vendue Inn, 23 Vendue Range. 577-7970. www.vendueinn.com
Millennium Wine Dinner
Six Tables and Three Rivers Winery will host a wine-tasting dinner featuring a five-course meal prepared by Chef Colin Flynn with wines paired by Drew Harris of Millennium Wines. Sat. April 28, 7 p.m. $125. Six Tables, Belle Hall Shopping Center. 664-G Long Point Road. 971-8850. www.sixtablescharleston.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
Vinum Cellars Wine Dinner
Vinum Cellars winemaker Chris Condos will show up to talk about his wines and life during Chef Tim Armstrong's four-course menu with wine pairings. The evening begins with an hors d'oeuvres reception. Please RSVP. Wed. April 25, 6:30 p.m. $75 (including gratuity). Old Village Post House, 101 Pitt St. 388-8935. mavericksouthernkitchens.com/ovph/index.html
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
Lisa Brophy of Grassroots Wine presents a taste of European white wines and rosés. Thurs. April 26, 5-7 p.m. $5. Avondale Wine and Cheese, 813B Savannah Highway. (843) 810-0088.
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. www.jbistro.net
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.
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.
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. www.fishrestaurant.net
Sienna Restaurant Cooking Demo
Join Sous Chef Stuart Tracy as he re-creates dishes served at the old-style but contemporary Northern Italian Sienna Restaurant. Wed. April 25, 6:30 p.m. $55. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212. www.charlestoncooks.com
Successful Spring Entertaining Secrets
Tara Guerard of Soirée, a premier event designer featured in publications like Food & Wine and Martha Stewart Weddings, and author of Southern Weddings will share her secrets on throwing a fabulous party. Tues. May 1, 6:30 p.m. $50. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212. www.charlestoncooks.com
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