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Tea Party | Don't forget, she put you on this earth

Tea Party for Two
Sat. May 12
10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
$90/you and Mom
Charleston Cooks!
194 East Bay St.
722-1212
charlestoncooks.com

Scratching your head about what to do for Mom in order to top last year's festivities? How about you treat the favorite woman in your life to a delectable afternoon of baking and bonding at Charleston Cooks!? Not only will you be able to spend a little one-on-one time with Mommy Dearest, the highly-trained instructors at Charleston Cooks! will teach the two of you how to create some traditional tea accompaniments like fresh blueberry scones and delicate floral petit fours as well as extravagant additions like cucumber watercress and prosciutto mango chutney sandwiches and lavender tea cakes with lemon curd. Even better than learning some new tricks in the kitchen, participants will be able to enjoy their creations in an intimate tea party, making this Mother's Day one to remember. SATURDAY

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.

First Flush Festival

Charleston Tea Plantation celebrates the beginning of its harvest season with a day of music, food, art, and the freshest tea in the world. Local wine, hand-rolled cigars, and music by Calvin Taylor, Mojo Revival, and Doug Jones. Sat. May 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8 adv./$10 day of; $5 children 6-12; free under 6. Charleston Tea Plantation, 6617 Maybank Hwy. 559-0383. charlestonteagardens.com

Free Ice Cream

Free cones and scoops will be given away. Tue. May 15, 6-9 p.m. Haägen-Dazs, 43 S. Market St. 723-9326.

Arlaana Wine Tastings

Tasting of wines from around the world accompanied by hors d'oeuvres. Each Wed. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $20. Arlaana Restaurant, 259 Seven Farms Dr. 471-2400. www.arlaana.com

Flight Night

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

In Good Tastings

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

J. Bistro Wine Tasting

Pasquale Pellicoro hosts a wine tasting of at least four wines accompanied by fun finger foods. Each Tues. 5:30-7 p.m. $10. J. Bistro, 819 Coleman Blvd. 971-7778. www.jbistro.net

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. May 9, 5:30-7 p.m. $5. Middleton Place, 4290 Ashley River Road. 556-6020. www.middletonplace.org

Viva Italia

Explore the wines and cheeses of Italy, just in time for Spoleto. Each Fri. 5-7 p.m. Through May 25. $1 donation to Hospice of Charleston. Ted's Butcherblock, 334 East Bay St. 577-0094.

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.

Wine Tasting

Grazi's Shoe Cafe and Wine Bar varies the four wines offered each Friday, so stop by for a surprise. Each Fri. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5. Grazi's, I'on Square. 216-2087.

Wine Tasting at O'Hara and Flynn

Weekly wine tastings and cheese pairings selected by the staff. Each Fri. 5-7 p.m. and Sat. 3-5 p.m. $5 donation. O'Hara & Flynn, 160 E. Bay St. 534-1916.

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

Ground Great Grits

Anson Restaurant is one of the few restaurants in town that stone-grinds its own grits. Chef Kevin Johnson will bring the grits mill to class, show how it's done, and prepare some recipes with, you guessed it, grits. Wed. May 16, 6:30 p.m. $45. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212. www.charlestoncooks.com

VegHead Demonstration

This is a class for someone who either wants to become a vegetarian or for those who already abstain from eating animals. Chef Ken Immer from OM Cooking with share creative, delicious, and nutritious recipes beyond the bland, boring veggie cooking rut. Wed. May 9, 6:30 p.m. $40. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212. www.charlestoncooks.com

Island Chef Tells All

Learn how to make yummy and stylish picnic fare. Wed. May 9 6 p.m. Free. Whole Foods Market 923 Houston Northcutt Blvd. 971-7240 theislandchef.com

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

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