[image-1] Charleston Wine + Food draws near and, as happens every year, almost every event is sold out. While you may be late to the party, fear not, plenty of bars and restaurants (and sometimes art galleries and clothing stores) in town host fringe events throughout the week. Here’s where to party on the outskirts of the fest:
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International rare wine expert Peter Lashmet hosts three wine dinners starting on Wed. March 4. The first dinner takes place at 7 p.m. at Wild Common and features California cabernets; the second dinner, at Sena Cafe in Mt. Pleasant, takes place at 6:45 p.m. on Thurs. March 5 and highlights old and rare Italian Barolo; and the third is back at Wild Common on Fri. March 6 at 7 p.m. featuring rare Bordeaux.
Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails hosts a bar takeover charity extravaganza this Thurs. March 5, 6 p.m.-midnight. Bartenders from all over the country — from Portland, Ore. to Dallas, Texas — will raise money and awareness for Carolina Studios, a nonprofit that teaches students creativity and computer skills, by whipping up special cocktails with Dixie Southern Vodka, Sutlers Gin, Makers Mark, and more.
Garden & Gun hosts Bourbon & Bounty, a ‘Southern dinner’ at the magazine’s headquarters at 6 p.m. The evening features dishes from chefs Isaac Toups, Whitney Otawka, and Craig Deihl, with Blade and Bow bourbon cocktails, wine pairings, and live music from the Chatham Rabbits. Buy tickets ($350) online.[image-6]
Charleston Hemp Collective hosts some CBD-infused events throughout Wine + Food. On Thurs. March 5, 6-9 p.m. join the collective for a “best buds” event featuring products from Clarity Nutraceuticals, Apis Mercantile, CannaBonez, and My Bud Vase, as well as small bites from Stella’s restaurant and CBD cocktails. Head back to store on Fri. March 6 fro live music and more CBD cocktails, 6-9 p.m.
Estadio is throwing down with a pinxto party with bites from visiting chefs include Opie Crooks from A Rake’s Progress and local chef Reid Henninger. Sip on free porrons from De Maison and $3 lagers from Mortiz Barcelona. Head there from 3-6 p.m.
Start your W + F weekend with Creative Mornings this Fri. at 8 a.m. You’ll hear from the co-founder of Harbinger and Harken, Greer Gilchrist. Register for the free event online.
5Church hosts a chef collaboration with chefs Jamie Lynch and Joe Sasto (from the upcoming season of Bravo’s Top Chef All Stars LA), with reservations starting at 5 p.m. The five course prix fixe menu ($95) will feature Italian and new American dishes.
Not your traditional fringe event, Blue Bicycle’s book signing with cookbook author Alison Roman is a great way to meet one of Wine + Food’s talents. Head to BBB at 6:45 p.m.
Bistro A Vin hosts a French wine pairing lunch, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy four wines and four courses for $95/pp. Enjoy bites like tuna ceviche and apricot tarts, paired with wines from Champagne, Burgundy, and the Rhone Valley.
Head to Uptown Social at 7 p.m. for an all-you-can-eat pizza party, featuring bottomless Trop Hop IPAs and house red and white wine. Enjoy music from the David Higgins Band.
King Street Dispensary partners with Wicked Weed Brewing for a special brunch menu paired with exclusive Wicked Weed beers. Make your reservations online.
Kids get in on the W + F action at the Children’s Museum on Sat. March 7 at 11 a.m. with Kalamata’s Kitchen. Included with admission to the museum, this event offers kids a VIP badge and a food adventure passport that will be stamped each time they try a new food. Kids will enjoy bites from Stella’s, Xiao Boa, Leon’s, and Lewis Barbecue.
Event venue Jackson Street Cottages hosts Fizz & Fried, a fried chicken and Champagne affair, 1-6 p.m. Event entry is just $15, which includes a glass of Veuve Clicquot Brut, entertainment, and games. For $85 you’ll get a bottle of Veuve, plus a bucket of fried chicken from Street Bird, West Side.
Edmund’s Oast hosts a feast with food from Chef Bob Cook, and cocktail and whiskey pairings by Miles MacQuarrie and Angel’s Envy at 6 p.m. Tickets are $95 and can be reserved by calling (843) 727-1145.
Billy Reid hosts Wine + Food with Friends, 1-4 p.m. Enjoy a Lowcountry boil, bloody mary bar, and more. RSVP online.
Butcher & Bee is catering to your W + F hangover needs with a weekend collab with Nashville chef Bryan Weaver of Redheaded Stranger Tacos. Weaver will be serving up homemade tortilla tacos in collaboration with Zia Hatch Chiles. (You can catch this collab during Sunday brunch service too).
This Saturday join Handcraft K&C for “ports of call,” an evening featuring imaginative cocktails from local mixologists like Darren Fallon (The Watch) and Anna Lazaridis (Hometeam BBQ downtown). The fun starts at 7 p.m.
Head to Williams Sonoma Charleston to meet at 11 a.m. Gaby Dalkin of What’s Gaby Cooking, who will celebrate the launch of her new cocktail collection. Enjoy a meet and greet while noshing on small bites and tasting Dalkin’s cocktail mixes. This event is free but if you want a copy of Dalkin’s book, be sure to snag a $30 ticket ahead of time.
Before heading out to Wine + Food festivities get in some yoga at the Charleston Hemp Collective at 8:45 a.m. Each participant will receive 20 percent off all Charleston Hemp Collective products, complimentary mimosas, and a gift valued at $35. Sign up for the $15 class online.
Head to Uptown Social’s rooftop for an ice cream social at 3 p.m. featuring Fat Sheep Co. ice cream and Knockout Cookies. While you’re chowing down enjoy music from DJ Sparkbox and The Midnight City Band.
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