All Natural Grill-Off
Earth Fare hosts its first ever, all natural grill-off on June 30, and they’re looking for original recipes that adhere to Earth Fare’s food philosophy. Entry forms due June 12. Judges will select five entries for the final competition. First prize is $500. Free to enter. Earth Fare, 74 Folly Road. 769-4800 ext.23. www.earthfare.com
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. www.charlestonteagardens.com
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.
Uncle Bubba Signing
Earl Heirs, a.k.a. “Uncle Bubba,” baby brother of Food Network’s Southern cooking queen, Paula Deen, is doing a book signing for his new cookbook, Uncle Bubba’s Savannah Seafood: More than 100 Down-Home Southern Recipes for Good Food and Good Times. Wed. June 6, 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble (Towne Centre), 1716 Towne Centre Way. 216-9765. www.bn.com
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.
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. www.sixtablescharleston.com
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.
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. June 6, 5:30-7 p.m. $5. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road. 556-6020. www.middletonplace.org
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. www.fishrestaurant.net
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. www.arlaana.com
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.
Bell Distributors Romanian, Italian, and Spanish wines. Fri. June 8, 5-8 p.m. $5. O’Hara & Flynn, 1640 Palmetto Grande Dr. 216-1916.
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.
Wines from Down Under
Central Grille’s monthly tasting will feature a talk on Australian wines by Laura Lombardi from Ben Arnold, as well as appetizers prepared by chef Glynn Swain to accompany each wine. Reservations required. Mon. June 11, 7-9 p.m. $35. Central Grille, 114 Central Ave. 821-7151.
Sample varying flights of wine, focusing on Spanish flavors. Tues. $12-$25. Raval, 453 King St. 853-8466.
Around the Globe
Sample at least four sparkling wines from around the world at this tasting, presented by chef and owner Tamir Lehrman and wine expert Pasquale Pellicoro. Summer hors d’oeuvres will also be served. Tues. June 12, 5:30-7 p.m. $10. J. Bistro, 819 Coleman Blvd. 971-7778. www.jbistro.net
Learn from experienced pros how to prepare and serve perfect cocktails, from traditional drinks to new trends. You must be 21 years old to register. Through June 7, 6:30-10 p.m. $149. Culinary Institute of Charleston, 7001 Rivers Ave. 574-6152. www.tridenttech.edu/culinary_institute_of_charleston.htm
Monday Night Chefs Series
Chef Jeremiah Bacon demonstrates fare from Carolina’s menu on June 11. Red Drum Gastropub Chef Ben Berryhill presents Southwestern specialties on June 18. On June 25, FIG’s Chef Mike Lata shares the genius behind his seasonally inspired menu. On July 9, former Celia’s restaurant Chef Celia Cerasoli presents Italian favorites. Cypress Chef Craig Deihl demonstrates Lowcountry cuisine with a twist on July 16. Pastry Chef M. Kelly Wilson shares sweets on July 23, and Kramer returns on July 30 for those who can’t get enough. Meetings are in Building 920, room 407. Each Mon. 7-9:30 p.m. Through July 30. $49/course. Trident Technical College (Main Campus), 7000 Rivers Ave. 574-6805. www.tridenttech.edu/ce.htm
Chef David Szlam
Cordavi chef David Szlam will demonstrate Spanish seafood stew wtih smoked baguette, incorporating local seafood. Tues. June 12, 6 p.m. Free. Whole Foods Market, 923 Houston Northcutt Blvd. 971-7240.
Cooking With Cypress
Watch as Cypress Chef Craig Deihl blends Lowcountry cuisine with an Asian flair. Learn his tricks of the trade and peruse his newest cookbook. Wed. June 13, 6:30 p.m. $55. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212. www.charlestoncooks.com
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