A potluck, a field feast, and a fall harvest dinner — it's a triple dose of fine food this fall.
The potluck on October 9 is hosted by Slow Food Charleston, a local chapter of the international organization that promotes good living, healthy eating, and local food systems. Being a potluck, you're encouraged to pack a seasonal, local dish and a pie (for the fundraising auction). The location is Joseph and Helen Fields' farm out on Johns Island. Artist Jonathan Green will be there to discuss the Lowcountry Rice Project, an effort to examine the history of the crop in the Lowcountry and how the Africans contributed to the rice economy. Expect to meet the area's passionate food activists at this event. Be ready to get involved too. Slow Food has some cool projects coming up, including the Slow Food Truck, an edible roving classroom that will travel to East Cooper schools for lessons. Cool, huh?
The second event is the annual Lowcountry Field Feast on Oct. 2, which is sponsored by Garden & Gun Magazine and benefits Lowcountry Local First. It's a darling dinner under the tents, with Chef Mike Lata plating course after course of fresh, local fare. This year's feast takes place at Meg Moore's newish Dirthugger Farm on James Island. Tickets are $125, benefitting LLF and supporting programs like the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative and Farm Fresh Food. Expect to meet well-heeled G&G readers from all across the South along with the local fooderati. (Update: this dinner is sold out, but you can get on the waitlist.)
On November 6, the Legare family opens their farm up for a Fall Harvest Dinner. At this annual gathering, the farmers host a local beer and wine reception followed by a dinner under the tents prepared by local chefs. The $60 ticket price benefits the Legare Farm's nonprofit Education Foundation. Expect a down-home, family friendly kind of gathering.