You can count the Ocean Room at The Sanctuary, the restaurant inside Kiawah Island’s luxury hotel, among only 700 eateries across the nation to receive Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence.” The designation speaks to the appropriateness of the wine list’s selection based on meals as well as the depth and breadth of its selection — approximately 900 bottles at the Ocean Room. As if you needed another reason to make the drive. —Lynsy Smithson Stanley


They call her “Little Mama,” but Charleston native Beth Burrell has spent the last four months working on big tastes for Folly Beach. Burrell, co-owner of Lil Mama’s, calls the menu “funky and eclectic” and promises that her gourmet pizza, salads, and sandwiches mesh perfectly with the Rainbow-clad crowd of Folly Beach. The joint, located at 106 W. Hudson St., serves lunch and dinner, with entreés ranging from $6-$16. Call 588-2212­­­­­ for more info. —LSS


Think you’re the world’s best barista? Here’s your chance to shine. Back for the fourth year, the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) presents the Southeast Regional Barista Competition in Chapel Hill. Baristas from 10 Southeastern states will compete in 15-minute elimination rounds, preparing one espresso, one cappucino, and one original signature drink. The champ gets a trip, all expenses paid, to the 2007 U.S. Barista Championship in Long Beach, Calif. Two competitors from each coffeehouse may compete. The contest is Sept. 22-24, and the competition’s going to be scalding. Anyone wishing to enter can find registration information at www.scaa.org. —Laura Kelly


Woodlands Resort and Inn, located in the historic district of Summerville, offers a perfect solution for the last days of summer vacation. The Dining Room features a “Young Gourmands” four-course tasting menu each night this month. Dishes like pan-roasted chicken or Florida rock shrimp are on the menu, and young foodies (up to 17 years old) can enjoy the four-course masterpiece for the special price of $45. For all others the meal is $69, and $78 for the five-course menu. Reservations are a must for this hot spot and can be made at 308-2115. —LK

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