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
194 East Bay St.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 576-0380 by the Wed. before the week of the event.