FUND-RAISER | Cooking for Louie’s Kids

Carmelita Caruana

Fund-raiser for Louie’s Kids

Aug. 8-Aug. 17

(843) 343-5746

Italian chef and BBC cooking show host Carmelita Caruana will be in Charleston for the next week, hosting events to benefit Louie’s Kids, a nonprofit organization aimed at teaching obese children to make better lifestyle choices. There are several chances to get in on the action, beginning on Wed. Aug. 8 with a reception at High Cotton. On Sun. Aug. 12 Carmelita and Chef John Marshall host a “Sunday Supper — Italian Style,” at Al di La in West Ashley. Other events include a Slow Food luncheon with Chef Mike Lata at FIG on Wed. Aug. 15, and a cooking class at Charleston Cooks! and an educational supper club meeting at the Square Onion in I’On on Thurs. Aug. 16. Each event has a minimum donation, ranging from $45 to $90. WED.-NEXT THURS.

Louie’s Kid’s Fund-raiser: Welcome to the Lowcountry

The chefs of Maverick Southern Kitchens — Frank Lee of SNOB, Anthony Gray of High Cotton, Tim Armstrong of Old Village Post House, and Danielle Wecksler of Charleston Cooks! — will host a reception for Italian chef Carmelita Caruana to kick off her series of fund-raisers for Louie’s Kids. Advance reservations required Wed. Aug. 8, 5-8 p.m. Free, but donations accepted. High Cotton, 199 East Bay St. 724-3815.

Louie’s Kids Fund-raiser: Sunday Supper

Chef John Marshall and Carmelita Caruana host a “Sunday Supper” to raise money for Louie’s Kids. Sun. Aug. 12. $90 minimum donation. Al di La, 25 Magnolia Road. 571-2321.

Louie’s Kids Fund-raiser: 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.

Louie’s Kids Fund-raiser: In-Home Cooking Classes

Carmelita Caruana will present classes on Italian cuisine in participants’ homes. Proceeds to benefit Louie’s Kids. Aug. 9-17. $200 to host a class. 343-5746.

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 Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun. 12-4 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.

7th Anniversary at Fish

Celebrate Fish’s 7th birthday. Guests will enjoy canapes prepared by Executive Chef Nico Romo, along with live music on the outside piazza. Wed. Aug. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Fish, 442 King St. 722-FISH.

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 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. 5:30-7 p.m. $5. Middleton Place, 4290 Ashley River Rd. 556-6020.

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.

Wine Tasting

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

In Good Tastings

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


South of France Wine Tasting

This week’s tasting features a selection of wines from around the world, with a focus on the varietals found in the South of France. Fri. Aug. 10, 5-7 p.m. $1. Ted’s Butcherblock, 334 East Bay St. 577-0094.

Flight Night

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


Around the Globe

Sample at least four wines from southern France at this tasting led by wine expert Pasquale Pellicoro. Hors d’oeuvres will also be served. Tues. Aug. 14, 5:30-7 p.m. $10. J. Bistro, 819 Coleman Blvd. 971-7778.

Screaming Ice Cream

Chef Kim teaches participants how to make strawberry granita, blackberry buttermilk sherbert, and ice cream truffles. Call to reserve a spot. Thurs. Aug. 9, 6:30 p.m. Free. Earth Fare, 74 Folly Road. 769-4800.

Louie’s Kids Fundraiser: Slow Food Lunc h

BBC Italian cooking show host and 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.

E-mail cuisine calendar items to or fax to 576-0380 by the Wed. before the week of the event.