EVENT | It’s a Bacardi party

Bacardi Mojito Challenge

Wed. Aug. 15

7-10 p.m.


S.C. Aquarium

100 Aquarium Wharf

(888) 262-9787

An expert mojito features not only the correct rum-to-soda ratio, but also the right amount of sugar and mint. Too much and it tastes like toothpaste, too little and it tastes like, well, rum. Some local bartenders will be mixing it up at this Wednesday’s Bacardi Mojito Challenge at the Aquarium. Mixologists from Tristan, FIG, Charleston Grill, High Cotton, S.N.O.B., Muse, Coast, and the Thoroughbred Club, among others, will be there battling to make the best Bacardi Mojito, and your votes decide the winner. WEDNESDAY

Louie’s Kids Fundraiser: In-Home Cooking Classes

Italian chef and BBC cooking show host Carmelita Caruana will present classes on Italian cuisine in participants’ homes. Proceeds to benefit Louie’s Kids. Through Aug. 17. $200 to host a class. 343-5746. www.louieskids.org

Louie’s Kids Fundraiser: Slow Food Lunch

Avid Slow Foodie Carmelita Caruana teams up with Chef Mike Lata of FIG for a local farm lunch. Call for reservations. All proceeds go to Louie’s Kids. Wed. Aug. 15, 12 p.m. $65/minimum donation. FIG, 232 Meeting St. 805-5900. www.fig.com

Louie’s Kids Fundraiser: Tuscan Farm Fare

Carmelita Caruana demonstrates how to prepare traditional Tuscan food. All proceeds go to the Louie’s Kids Fund. Wed. Aug. 15, 6:30 p.m. and Fri. Aug. 17, 6:30 p.m. $65/minimum donation per person. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212. www.charlestoncooks.com

Louie’s Kids Fundraiser: Italian Wines & Appetizers

Gather your supper club friends and learn some unique tips for entertaining with the Italian Wines & Appetizers event. All proceeds go the Louie’s Kids Fund. Thurs., Aug. 16, 5-7 p.m. $45/minimum donation per person. The Square Onion, I’On Square, 18-B Resolute Ln. 856-4246. www.squareonion.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.bigelowtea.com/act

Good Food Catering’s August Shmooze

Mingle and cool down with fresh drinks and Mediterranean fare from Chef Jeremiah Jackson of Good Food Catering. Cucumber-melon martinis, homemade hummus, and spanakopita are just some of the offerings at this waterfront gathering. A selection of beer, wine, and cigars will also be available. Thurs., Aug. 16, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $25. Historic Rice Mill Building, 17 Lockwood Dr. 723-7952. www.CharlestonFoodCompany.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.

Coffee Roasters Tours & Tastings

Charleston Coffee Roasters opens its doors for monthly tours and tastings. Attendees will learn about exotic coffees from around the world and experience roasting first hand. Tours will be from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m. Fri. Aug. 17 and Fri. Sept. 21. Free. Charleston Coffee Roasters, 289 Huger St. 266-7444. www.charlestoncoffeeroasters.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.

Wholly Cow Coffee Tasting

Wholly Cow hosts a coffee tasting featuring beans from four Central American countries. Tues., Aug. 21, 6 p.m. Free. Wholly Cow Ice Cream and Espresso Bar, 840-B Coleman Blvd. 216-5991.

Wines of the World

Start with cocktails at J’Paulz followed by a limo ride to Woodlands for the Wines of the World Dinner featuring Pinots. Tues., Aug. 21, 5:30 p.m. $200. Woodlands Dining Room, 125 Parsons Road. 810-0088. WINEDINEWINE@ comcast.net

Pinot Lover’s Dinner

Woodlands Resort hosts its monthly Wines of the World tasting and pairing dinner with a focus on pinots. 12 different wines will be served as well as an artfully prepared menu from Executive Chef Tarver King. Tues., Aug. 21, 6:30 p.m. $79. Woodlands Resort and Inn, 125 Parsons Road. 308-2103. www.woodlandsinn.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.

Arlaana Wine Tastings

Tasting of wines from around the world accompanied by hors d’oeuvres. Each Wed. 6-8 p.m. $20. Arlaana Restaurant, 259 Seven Farms Dr. 471-2400. www.arlaana.com

Wine Tasting

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

Around the World Wine Tasting

Sample wines from around the world. Each Fri. 5-7 p.m. $5. O’Hara & Flynn, 1640 Palmetto Grande Dr. 216-1916. 160 E. Bay St. 534-1916.

French Wine Tasting

This week’s tasting features the renowned Chateauneuf du Pape varietals from Provence. Fri. Aug. 17, 5-7 p.m. $1. Ted’s Butcherblock, 334 East Bay St. 577-0094. tedsbutcherblock.com

In Good Tastings

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

Flight Night

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

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. 5:30-7 p.m. $5. Middleton Place, 4290 Ashley River Road. 556-6020. www.middletonplace.org

Carribean Salsa

Participants will jam to a reggae beat, find islands on the globe, discuss the climate and how it affects produce, and make mango salsa. Call to register. Sat. Aug. 18, 11 a.m. Free. Earth Fare, 74 Folly Road. 769-4800. www.earthfare.com

Kosher Cooking

Learn the art of kosher cooking with Rabbi Ari Synter and kosher caterer Marcie Rosenberg of Dining In, Inc. Learn the basic symbols to look for when purchasing products, and how to adapt your favorite recipe for a kosher kitchen. On Aug. 27, Rosenberg continues to teach how to keep your kitchen organized and Tristan Executive Chef Ciaran Duffy teaches how to make trendy kosher dishes. Mon. Aug. 20, 7-9 p.m. and Mon. Aug. 27, 7-9 p.m. $69. Trident Technical College (Main Campus), 7000 Rivers Ave. 574-6152.

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