Big news for fans of the “guide for small gatherings” known as Kinfolk magazine. The magazine’s next idyllic dinner party will take place our very own city in just a few weeks on Sun. Oct. 28. Local blogger and Charleston darling, Olivia Rae James, has contributed to the magazine over the last year and is planning the event on behalf of Kinfolk.

In line with the magazine’s philosophy of community, these dinners celebrate place and the connections that can be made through sharing a meal. Other dinners have been hosted in big name cities like San Francisco, Austin, Paris and Brooklyn, which means Charleston has some major hipster status. “Charleston is full of wildly talented, creative, passionate people — artists, entrepreneurs, chefs, designers, photographers, writers, and on and on,” says James. “It’s an inspiring and collaborative community that lends itself to the Kinfolk manifesto. Not to mention our love of food-and-drink-centered gatherings.”

While many of our city’s food-centered events take place downtown, this dinner seeks an escape from the bustling city and so, local farmer-entrepreneur Tara Derr Webb will host the dinner at her four-acre farm in Awendaw. “The minute I stepped onto Tara’s farm I knew it was the perfect fit. It’s just so serene and beautiful,” says James. “Kinfolk is about stepping away from our computers and getting back to the basics; friends, food, community. I felt like this quaint farm in Awendaw was the ideal spot to do that.”

At the center of the evening will be a simple autumn menu prepared by Derr Webb along with dessert from Sugar and Jack Rudy cocktails by Brooks Reitz. The table will be set for 30 and tickets are sure to be competitive. The price is $40 and as James says, you are sure to leave with “new friends, a full belly, and a renewed appreciation for this great community.” To enter the lottery for tickets, visit

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