We already told you about the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival’s ticket launch party on Wed. Sept. 18 at the swanky Mixson Bath & Racquet Club. It promises to be full of the regular, well-heeled local crowd with plenty of cocktails and food.
If Siri has already made note of that one for you, here are a slew of other don’t-miss events of the season. I had to create a new calendar just to keep track of all this stuff.
[image-1]The Dames will be at it again at Lowndes Grove, throwing a wine tasting and artisan food event on Oct. 3 from 6-9 p.m. Organized by the local chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, the event puts out plenty of good wine and tasty food to make the party worth attending. The night will raise money for scholarships awarded to local female culinary students. Our favorite Dame Nathalie Dupree will be there signing copies of her latest James Beard Award-winning cookbook Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, and if you want to eat some Southern fare, Callie’s Biscuits, Big T Coastal Provisions, and the Grey Ghost Bakery among others will be serving up some food.
The Preservation Society’s This Plate Matters series wraps up with a dinner at the Edisto Brick House on Tues. Sept. 17 hosted by Matt and Ted Lee. That one is most likely sold out, but you can always call up and beg for them to squeeze you in (just don’t tell them I sent you).
The weekend of Sept. 27-29, you can stick around here for Southern Living’s Taste of Charleston, which encompasses a Sweet & Southern event on Shem Creek, the annual Iron Chef competition at the Culinary Institute, dine arounds at different restaurants, and the main event on Sunday at Boone Hall Plantation.
Or, if you’ve had enough of Charleston, hightail it up to Greenville for Euphoria, their food and wine event, which will have some Charleston talent, so you won’t be totally turning your back on your hometown. Kevin Johnson, Craig Deihl, Jeremiah Bacon, Fred Neuville, and Mike Lata will be up there for the Taste of the South event and guest chef dinners. It’s a fun weekend, and Greenville is noticeably cooler (as in temperature not attitude) than Charleston this time of year.
In case you missed the Greek fest in May, they’re bringing it back for a second time Oct. 4-6. Baklava, gyros, and lokoumades!
If dining outside on a farm is your jam, then get ready to mortgage your house for these tickets. Kevin Johnson of the Grocery will be doing an Outstanding in the Field dinner at Thornhill Farm in McClellanville on Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $200.
The Lowcountry Field Feast returns to the Barn at Walnut Hill for its annual hoedown on Oct. 13. This year, the chef will be Josh Keeler of Two Boroughs Larder. The $150 ticket benefits Lowcountry Local First.
And then there’s the Garden and Gun Jubilee in December at Charles Towne Landing. This thing boasts a ridiculous three-day schedule of awesome events — breakfast with G&G editors, dinner by Mike Lata, music by Junior Brown, a pig roast with Rodney Scott and John T. Edge. The Southern mafia knows how to do it up, but it ain’t cheap. The dinner and a show is strictly for the country club set at $400 a plate, and you can get one-, two-, or three-day passes.
On Nov. 3, Jeremiah Bacon and Steve Palmer at Indigo Restaurant Group will host a $200-plate dinner at the L’Atelier de Le Creuset to raise money for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. A heavy hitting roster of chefs will be participating including Sean Brock, Bob Carter, Josh Keeler, Mike Lata, Ken Vedrinski, Michelle Weaver, and Nate Whiting among many others.
And don’t forget about this weekend. Tonight, Jonathan Green’s Lowcountry Rice Culture Forum kicks off with a reception at the Culinary Institute followed by several days of scholarly discussions of the history and importance of rice. Read Robert Moss’s article for more on that. They have $25 tickets for the forum on Friday, and Middleton Place will host rice harvesting demonstrations over the next few days too.
Oh, yeah, and Cook It Raw. Pretty big deal. International clique of rock star chefs will descend on Bowens Island to explore barbecue on Oct. 26.
Best get your stretchy pants out of storage. You’re gonna need them.