EVENT | Strawberry fields forever (or at least during season)

10th Annual Lowcountry Strawberry Festival
Sat.-Sun. April 21-22
10 a.m.-6 p.m. (opens at
noon Sunday)
$2/children (12 and under) ,
Boone Hall Plantation
2521 Highway 17N

It’s strawberry season and like everything else in Charleston, there’s a festival honoring the arrival of the only fruit to sport its seeds on the outside. Take the oyster festival and replace the goober-textured creatures with the red, juicy, cone-shaped, sweet-like-candy natural dessert that’s chock full of vitamin C and other good-for-you nutrients and you have the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival. It’s a party with sno-cones, chicken fingers, burgers, a chocolate fountain for strawberry dipping pleasure, and, of course, strawberry shortcake. Go listen to some bluegrass and be sure to check out the Berry Princess Contest for 2 to 4-year-olds. Miss South Carolina Shelley Benthall Byson will crown the girl wearing the best homemade strawberry-themed costume the winner. Call 330-9981 and pay $25 to have your darlings entered, otherwise just show up in Mt. Pleasant and ride the ferris wheel, make some sand art, go on a hay ride, and stain your fingers red. Rumor has it if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with someone you’re interested in kissing, you’ll soon fall in love, or lust. Whatever. Strawberries are good. —Lindsay Sainlar SATURDAY


LUNCH | Working for the weekday

Administrative Professionals’ Day Luncheon
Wed. April 25
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
High Cotton
199 East Bay St.

Remind your higher-up, your fearless leader, your boss that April 25 is Administrative Professionals’ Day. Slyly slip it into conversation as much as possible in the next week, and leave a note by the watercooler about the $25 High Cotton three-course lunch designed solely to honor administrators and all their behind-the-scenes duties and hard work. Need to appeal to the “I care about people” emotional side of the ol’ paycheck signer to finagle a free meal at a restaurant that usually isn’t open for lunch? Be sure to mention that 100 percent of the proceeds from this appetizer, entrée, dessert, and iced tea feast prepared by Chef Anthony Gray will go directly to Communities In Schools, a nonprofit organization that works hard at keeping kids in schools and preparing them for life. CIS serves over 3,400 students in 13 public schools in Charleston and Berkeley Counties. Encourage those business leaders in your life to give back to the community, and more importantly, convince them to feed your palate some goodness, just this once. Call for reservations. —LS WEDNESDAY

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

Springtime In Paris
This Third Thursday Schmooze thrown by Good Food Catering will cater to those who love Parisian delectables (baked brie en coute, chicken crepes, quiche, etc.), an assortment of spirits, and a cigar bar. Reservations preferred. Thu., April 19, 6-8 p.m. $20 (includes food/wine/gratuity). Historic Rice Mill Building, 17 Lockwood Dr. 723-7952. www.charlestonfoodcompany.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.

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

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

French Tastes
Francophiles stop by for samples of wine and cheese with Laura Duffy of Aleph. Fri. April 20, 5-7 p.m. $5. Avondale Wine and Cheese, 813B Savannah Highway. (843) 810-0088.

Greek Wines and Appetizers
Ted’s Butcherblock will serve a sampling of Greek hors d’oeuvres with an excellent selection of Greek wines. Fri. April 20, 5-7 p.m. $5/person. Ted’s Butcherblock, 334 East Bay St. 577-0094.

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

Keep It Real Wine Pairing
Reds, whites, and sparkling wines will be paired with artisan cheeses, meats, and sweets for this Slow Food fundraiser. Farmer Celeste Albers will be on hand to talk about her farm and her new product — raw milk. Tue., April 24, 6:30 p.m. $35. Avondale Wine and Cheese, 813B Savannah Highway. 810-0088.

South American Wines
Sample South American wines with Azura of Carolina Wine Source. Mon. April 23, 5-7 p.m. $5. Avondale Wine and Cheese, 813B Savannah Highway. 810-0088.

Wine 101 Series
In this wine education series, Maverick Southern Kitchens Wine Director Patrick Emerson will talk about white wines of California (April 21), reds wines of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley (May 19), and white wines of Germany and Austria (June 23). Light appetizers will be paired with the wines. Sat. April 21, 6:30 p.m., Sat. May 19, 6:30 p.m. and Sat. June 23, 6:30 p.m. $30/class, $75/all-three. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212. www.charlestoncooks.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.

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.

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

Cake Decorating Workshop
Practice basic cake decorating techniques on a pre-made cake, and learn to work with fondant to create spring flowers. Participants get to have their cake and eat it too, along with receiving a complimentary basic tip set. Tue., April 24, 6:30 p.m. $60. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212. www.charlestoncooks.com

Charlotte Jenkins Cooking Class
Gullah Cuisine’s chef/owner demonstrates her soul food recipes. Wed. April 18, 6:30 p.m. $45. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212. www.charlestoncooks.com

Sienna Restaurant Cooking Demo
Join Sous Chef Stuart Tracy as he recreates 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

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