Tastings, Dinners, and Other Foodie Fun 

From the City Paper's cuisine calendar

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TASTING | Who’d turn down this jury duty?
Beer Rating and Tasting
Fri. July 27, 7 p.m.
$10
Avondale Wine and Cheese
813-B Savannah Hwy.
West Ashley
769-5444

Beer snobs, get ready to swill some suds. This Friday, Avondale Wine and Cheese will be hosting a beer judging event. Representatives will have booths set up offering samples of their brew, which will be paired with specific cheeses to enhance their flavors. Attendees will rate the beers, and Avondale will add the top ten picks to their menu. The offerings will include several Belgian Beers, such as Duvel, and Delirium Tremens, whose name means “trembling delirium” in Latin (better hope that’s not foreshadowing). A Decent Animal and Lindsey Holler will be providing some tunes to set the atmosphere. Ten bucks will let you decide which beers from around the world make the cut. —Liz Robinson FRIDAY

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.bigelowtea.com/act

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.

Fish for the Future
A four-course dinner to benefit the S.C. Aquarium's Sustainable Seafood initiative, will be provided by Executive Chefs Fred Neuville of Fat Hen, Craig Diehl of Cypress, and Ken Vedrinski of Sienna. The menu pairs Australian wines with responsibly harvested seafood. For reservations, contact Dayle at 559-9090. Wed. July 25, 6 p.m. $70. Fat Hen, 3140 Maybank Hwy. 559-9090. www.thefathen.com

The 3rd Annual Cocktail Challenge
The Cabana Cacha'a Cocktail Challenge, presented by the Charleston Wine Traveler, pits bartenders from eight local restaurants against each other to make the best cocktail using the double-distilled sugarcane rum from Brazil. Guests will be able to sample the contenders while noshing on hors d'ouevres in a gorgeous setting. Wed. July 25, 6-8 p.m. $20. Motley Rice Building, 28 Bridgeside Blvd. 607-WINE. www.cabanacachaca.com

Summer Shrimp and Wine Dinner
This event features numerous shrimp dishes paired with wines from the seasonal wine list. An hors d'oeuvres reception will precede a four-course dinner designed by Chef Tim Armstrong. The price includes tax and gratuity. Call for reservations. Wed. July 25, 6:30 p.m. $68/person. Old Village Post House, 101 Pitt St. 388-8935. www.mavericksouthernkitchens.com

Beer Tasting
This weekly tasting will offer samples of at least four high gravity beers along with specials on cheese plates. Each Thurs. 5-7:30 p.m. $5. O'Hara & Flynn, 1640 Palmetto Grande Dr. 216-1916.

Painted Hills Beef Tasting
The Pacific Northwest will be celebrated with a tasting of Painted Hills beef from Oregon. Attendees will sample several different cuts of this all-natural beef, all paired with excellent wines from the Willamette Valley. Cost includes food and wine. Thurs., July 26, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Ted's Butcherblock, 334 East Bay St. 577-0094. www.tedsbutcherblock.com

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.

High Gravity Beer Tasting
Beer guru Scott Shor will be tasting five stellar beers from around the globe as Chef Michael Ruggiero prepares gourmet dishes to pair with the featured beers. Cost includes food and beer. Tues., July 31, 6:30-8 p.m. $15. Ted's Butcherblock, 334 East Bay St. 577-0094. www.tedsbutcherblock.com

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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

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.

Summer Wine Strolls
Stroll America's oldest landscaped gardens and sample a variety of summer wines. Stay for dinner and get a complimentary dessert. Wed. 5:30-7 p.m. $5. Middleton Place, 4290 Ashley River Rd. 556-6020. www.middletonplace.org

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. www.fishrestaurant.net

WINEDINEWINE Club East of the Cooper
Monthly wine pairing with featured artist Stacy Beverly from Mt. Pleasant. There will be an education evaluation and a current wine topic discussion, as well as a wine door prize. RSVP please. Wed. July 25, 5:30 p.m. $5/members, $20. O'Hara & Flynn, 1640 Palmetto Grande Dr. 810-0088. winedinewine@comcast.net

Arlaana Wine Tastings
Tasting of wines from around the world accompanied by hors d'oeuvres. Each Wed. 6-8 p.m. $20. Arlaana Restaurant, 259 Seven Farms Dr. 471-2400. www.arlaana.com

Wine Tasting
Sample wines from local distributors twice a week. Call for details. Each Mon. & Thurs. 5-7 p.m. $5. Avondale Wine and Cheese, 813B Savannah Highway. 769-5444.

Wine Classes
O'Hara & Flynn and Pasquale Pellicoro take you on informational journeys in wine. Six wines will be paired with cheeses and charcuterie at each of the themed sessions. Thurs. July 26 & Aug. 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $15. O'Hara & Flynn, 160 E. Bay St. 534-1916.

Around the World Wine Tasting
Sample wines from around the world. Fri. $5. O'Hara & Flynn, 1640 Palmetto Grande Dr. 216-1916.

Friday Wine Tasting
Sample wines from around the globe. Each Fri. 5-7 p.m. $5. O'Hara & Flynn, 160 E. Bay St. 534-1916.

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

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

Sam Adams Beer Dinner
Sam Adams Brewery representatives will be on hand for questions as the menu pairs five different brews with frog legs, mussels, swordfish, lacquered bacon, chocolate p't', and sides. Wed. July 25, 7 p.m. $65/person + tax and gratuity. Carolina's, 10 Exchange St. 724-3800. www.carolinasrestaurant.com

Picnicking Gluten-Free
A gluten-free diet doesn't have to be boring. Chef Kim shows how to include fried chicken breasts, grilled veggie quinoa salad, and chocolate truffle brownies for an outdoor feast. Call to register. Wed. July 25, 6:30 p.m. Free. Earth Fare, 74 Folly Road. 769-4800.

Monday Night Chefs Series
Michael Kramer returns on July 30 for those who can't get enough. Meetings are in Building 920, room 407. Each Mon. 7-9:30 p.m. Through July 30. $49/course. Trident Technical College (Main Campus), 7000 Rivers Ave. 574-6805. www.tridenttech.edu/ce.htm

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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