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COOKING CLASS | Can it, soldier!

Food Preservation Boot Camp
$119
Tues. April 10 Thurs. April 12
5-9 p.m.
Culinary Institute of Charleston
577-6655

Proving that people use Sur-Gel for a purpose other than passing drug tests, the Culinary Institute of Charleston will host a two-part "Food Preservation Boot Camp." Dr. Libby Hoyle, former professor and extension specialist at Clemson's Dept. of Packaging Science, will teach participants how to pick fruits and vegetables at their peak, then put them into a jar for the Lowcountry's cold and dreary winters. Sanitation and safety will be taught, as well as lab work on jam and jelly creation, canning, and other preservation methods. A copy of the book So Easy to Preserve comes with the class. Call 577-6655 for more info or to sign up. Send your girlfriend and eat homemade blueberry jam all year! --Stratton Lawrence TUESDAY/THURSDAY

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EVENT | I really love your peaches

Charleston Farmers Market
Sat. April 7
8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Marion Square
724-3746

After four months of forced consumption of canned produce, the Farmers Market returns to Marion Square this Sat. and continues weekly until next winter. The farms dotting Charleston's suburbs will offer fresh produce, plants, flowers, and herbs as they harvest. There's also the usual sidewalk vendors offering delicious brunch items from Belgian waffles to crepes and paninis. Yee Haw Junction will kick off this week's market with bluegrass classics from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Come shake off your Friday night in the sunshine and help keep our local farms alive in the process. --Stratton Lawrence SATURDAY

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, ext. 7689.

Wine Wednesdays

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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. fishrestaurant.net

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

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.

Italian Wines

Sample Italian wines with Glen from Grapevine. Thurs. April 5, 5-7 p.m. $5. Avondale Wine and Cheese, 813-B Savannah Hwy. 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.

Wine Tasting

Grazi's Shoe Cafe and Wine Bar varies the four wines each week. Each Fri. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5. Grazi's, I'on Square. 216-2087.

Blind Tasting

Sample wines with experts. Mon. April 9, 5-7 p.m. $5. Avondale Wine and Cheese, 813-B Savannah Hwy. 810-0088.

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.

Wine Dinner

Wines from Australia and France will be paired with five courses, including house gravlax with oyster cucumber salad, vanilla poached diver scallop, crisp pork belly with duck confit cannelloni, and a double-cut lamb chop. Tues. April 10, 7 p.m. $100. Social, 188 E. Bay St. 577-5665.

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. www.jbistro.net

Spring at the Woodlands

Chef Tarver King of the Dining Room at Woodlands demonstrates his favorite spring dishes. Tues. April 10, 6:30 p.m. $55. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212. www.charlestoncooks.com

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


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