Second time’s the charm

According to a recent Post and Courier report by Kyle Stock, the Charleston Food and Wine Festival thrived this year, bringing in almost a cool $1 million, with $62,000 of that being profit. In a dramatic comparison, the festival lost $106,000 its first year. The numbers broke down with $472,000 from ticket sales, $319,000 from sponsors, and $202,000 from merchandise (tote bags, t-shirts, koozies.) As for next year, the festival should start off strong with $50,000 in the bank, and a $17,400 grant from the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. —Liz Robinson

Snack for a Good Cause

Just in case you didn’t know, kids these days are fat. How to beat this trend? By learning to cook and eating hors d’oeuvres, of course. Carmelita Caruana of the BBC and cookitaly.com will be hosting a series of Lowcountry events to raise funds for Louie’s Kids, a nonprofit organization created by Louis Yuhasz that helps obese children change their lifestyle. On Sun., Aug. 12, Carmelita and Chef John Marshall will host a “Sunday Supper-Italian style” at Al di La in West Ashley. On Wed., Aug. 15 reserve a spot at FIG Restaurant downtown, where Carmelita will be hosted by Chef Mike Lata for a Slow Food-inspired local farm lunch. On Thurs., Aug. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. the Square Onion in I’On will have an Italian wines and appetizers event. And Charleston Cooks still has space open for its “Tuscan Farm Fare” on Aug. 17. Both FIG and Charleston Cooks will cost you a minimum $65 per person, and the Square Onion event is $45 per head. Just remember while you’re stuffing your face that all your money is going to a good cause: teaching kids not to stuff their faces. For more information, contact Al di La at 571-2321, FIG at 805-5900, the Square Onion at 856-4242 and Charleston Cooks at 722-1212. —Liz Robinson

Taking The Cake

If the fact that Martha Stewart has survived the big house doesn’t make her interesting enough to watch, a little local color might draw your attention. On July 27, Executive Chef Robert Carter of Peninsula Grill will be joining Martha to make his chef d’oeuvre, the ultimate coconut cake. The best dessert in Charleston, as we like to call it, serves 16 people and weighs more than a newborn infant. And if that isn’t enough flake for you, the episode will also feature Mandy Moore, singing songs from her new album, “Wild Hope.” Tune in. — Liz Robinson