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.

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.


Seconds Please Tea Room

The Second Presbyterian Church hosts its 3rd Annual Seconds Please Tea Room, a chance for guests to enjoy a variety of Lowcountry favorites and give back to the community at the same time. All proceeds will benefit church missions. Eat-in, take-out, and delivery available with menu and pricing available via phone. Fri. May 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. May 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fri. June 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sat. June 2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Second Presbyterian Church, 342 Meeting St. 810-0088.

Charleston Farmers Market

Every Saturday, the market features the finest local produce, plants, flowers, and herbs along with food, fine art and crafts, and live entertainment. Each Sat. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Through Dec. 16. Marion Square, Calhoun and King. 724-3746.

Italian Wine Dinner

Tristan will host an all-Italian wine dinner featuring vino from Villa Monte Vibiano Vecchio, accompanied by a four-course meal concocted by Executive Chef Ciaran Duffy. Reservations are encouraged. Thurs. May 24, 6:30 p.m. $75. Tristan, 55 South Market St. 534-2155.

Wine Flight Dinner

Chef Colin Flynn pairs five courses with wine for this weekly dinner. Call for reservations. Each Thurs. 7:30 p.m. $99. Six Tables, Belle Hall Shopping Center. 664-G Long Point Road. 971-8850.

A Taste of France

Enjoy a five-course wine dinner exploring the culinary regions of France. Call for reservations. Last Mon. of every month. $40/individual, $70/couple. Coco’s Cafe, 863 Houston Northcutt Blvd. 881-4949.

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.


Chateau Brana Tasting

Arnaud Delaire from the Chateau Brana Vineyard in Bordeaux will be on hand for a tasting of seven wines including the 2002 Chateau Haut St. Brice St. Emilion Grand Cru. Wed. May 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $20. O’Hara & Flynn, 160 E. Bay St. 534-1916.

Summer Wine Strolls

Stroll America’s oldest landscaped gardens and sample a variety of summer wines. Stay for dinner and get a complimentary dessert. Wed. May 23, 5:30-7 p.m. $5. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road. 556-6020.

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.

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.

Wine Tasting

Sample wines with local distributors twice a week. Call for details. Each Mon. Thurs. 5-7 p.m. $5. Avondale Wine and Cheese, 813B Savannah Highway. (843) 769-5444.

In Good Tastings

Informal weekly wine event. Each Fri. 5-7 p.m. $1. In Good Taste, 1901 Ashley River Road. 763-5597.

Viva Italia

Explore the wines and cheeses of Italy, just in time for Spoleto. Each Fri. 5-7 p.m. Through May 25. $1 donation to Hospice of Charleston. Ted’s Butcherblock, 334 East Bay St. 577-0094.

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.

Wines of Spoleto, Italy

Sample red wines straight from Spoleto, Italy with Lorenzo Fasola Bologna of Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio. Fri. May 25, 5-7 p.m. O’Hara & Flynn, 160 E. Bay St. 534-1916.

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.

Flight Night

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

Scottish Beer Dinner

Scotland’s Belhaven Brewery will be featured in a five-course tasting menu created by Chef Jeremiah Bacon. Courses include Pompano Almondine with Scottish Ale and pan-roasted sweetbreads with “Wee Heavy” high-gravity ale. The dessert course is almond cake with Scottish Mead. Wed. May 30. $65. Carolina’s, 10 Exchange St. 724-3800.

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.

Earth Fare Cooking Classes

Chef Kim continues her free cooking classes with two sessions in May. Learn the tricks of the trade and create sensual summer delights as Mango Gazpacho with Pickled Shrimp and Mango Kulfi, an Indian Ice Cream Treat. Later in May, professional Casey Price of Jeremiah Farms will provide a hands-on lesson on goat cheese making. Thurs. May 24, 6:30 p.m. Free. Earth Fare, 74 Folly Road. 769-4800.

See Food, Seafood

High Cotton Chef Anthony Gray will show off some of his favorite seafood recipes. Wed. May 30, 6:30 p.m. $55. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212.

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