WINE DINNER | Hoppin’ on in to summer

Carolina Farms Stewardship Dinner

Wed. June 27

6:30 p.m.

$65 (includes tax and gratuity)

Circa 1886

149 Wentworth St.



Whole Foods and Circa 1886 pair up for an evening of ecofriendly, Lowcountry-themed dishes like muscadine-glazed organic chicken breast, wreck bass with Hoppin’ John risotto, all prepared by Circa 1886 executive chef Marc Collins. Twenty-five percent of proceeds from the dinner will benefit Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, a membership-based group committed to the development of sustainable and locally-based organic food systems. Wines will be provided, in part, by Alicia Seay of Seller Door. WEDNESDAY


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

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.

Beer Tasting

This weekly tasting will offer samples of at least four higher gravity beers along with specials on cheese plates. Each Thurs. 5-8 p.m. $5. O’Hara & Flynn, 1640 Palmetto Grande Dr. 216-1916.

Taste of the Lowcountry

The book launch of Maverick Southern Kitchens’ cookbook Taste of the Lowcountry will be celebrated with an open house reception. RSVP required by calling 722-1212. Thurs. June 21, 5-7 p.m. Free. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212. mavericksouthernkitchens.com

Book Signing and Peanut Tasting

Matt and Ted Lee, authors of The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook, host a book signing complete with their famous boiled peanuts. Thurs. June 21, 6-7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 1812 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 556-6561. 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.

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. www.cocoscafe.net

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.

In Good Tastings

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

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 20, 5:30-7 p.m. $5. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road. 556-6020. www.middletonplace.org

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. www.fishrestaurant.net

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 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.

Summer Wines with Leann

O’Hara and Flynn Wine and Cheese Merchants is hosting a special wine tasting, with Leann from Advintage, focusing on summer wines. There will be specials on cheese plates. Fri. June 22, 5-8 p.m. $5. O’Hara & Flynn, 160 E. Bay St. 216-1916.

Passport to the World of Wine

S.C. World Trade Center presents a unique wine tasting in which attendees include a delegation of 28 individuals from 21 different countries, members of the SCWTC, and interested members of the community. Space is limited. RSVP by Wed. June 20. Fri. June 22, 5-7 p.m. Free. Hampton Inn (Downtown), 345 Meeting St. 852-9880. www.scwtc.org

Wine 101 Series

In this wine education series, Maverick Southern Kitchens Wine Director Patrick Emerson will talk about white wines of California (April 21), reds wines of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley (May 19), and white wines of Germany and Austria (June 23). Light appetizers will be paired with the wines. Sat. June 23, 6:30 p.m. $30/class, $75/all-three. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212. www.charlestoncooks.com

Flight Night

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

WINEDINEWINE -Art Opening & Wine Pairing

Sip and swirl with artist Stephen Merz, host, guest, and wine educator celebrating his latest collection of reproductions and abstracts. The evening wine pairings will consist of sparkling, red, and white wine with artisan cheeses, meats, and sweets. RSVP to Shea. Tues. June 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $35. Avondale Wine and Cheese, 813B Savannah Highway. 810-0088. winedinewine@comcast.net

Homemade Dog Treats

Three Dog Bakery baker Jennifer Muzzi will show dog lovers how to make delicious and nutritious doggie treats. Wed. June 20, 6:30 p.m. $40. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212. www.mavericksouthernkitchens.com/cooks

Monday Night Chefs Series

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

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