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Six Tables Turnaround

The strange and wonderful Mt. Pleasant restaurant Six Tables — which offers a personal dining experience the likes of which haven't been seen 'round Mt. P, well, ever — recently had to bid farewell to chef Colin Flynn, who will reportedly join former Rue de Jean chef Fred Neuville at Fat Hen, Neuville's new Johns Island joint. Six Tables owner Dean Layes reports that Flynn left a few weeks ago, during which time a new chef has been selected; Layes says they had "some high-profile applicants, some downtown chefs that were interested, but we found a great chef ... he's been at Woodlands, he worked at Bellagio in Las Vegas, and several other five-diamond establishments." The official announcement of the new Six Tables chef will happen in the next week or so, Layes says, so stay tuned. —Sara Miller

Lunchie Munchies

After months of hosting packed-like-sardines late-night crowds, Social Restaurant + Wine Bar is coming out of the dark. On Thursday, they begin offering lunch, serving items like the Social signature Cobb salad, pizza margherita with housemade mozzarella, chicken au poivre, and gourmet sandwiches each Mon.-Fri. from 12-3 p.m. While you're there, screw workplace decorum: Social's wine list has been called the best in town by more than a few oenophiles, and with their multi-tasting flights, you can pretend the small servings don't count as on-the-job drinking. Call 577-5665 or visit www.socialwinebar.com for more info. —Sara Miller

Field Trip for Adults

The worldwide members of the Mississippi-based Southern Foodways Alliance, recently featured in a City Paper cover story, will converge in Charleston this weekend for their annual SFA Field Trip. They'll hit Middleton Place (to check out the Carolina Gold rice and the Charleston Tea Room), Charleston Cooks! (for a class or two), Bowens Island Restaurant (subject of the SFA's most recent archival project), McCrady's (to sample some of chef Sean Brock's country ham cotton candy), and they'll close out the weekend with a fish feast at the Wreck of the Richard and Charlene. The SFA — a prominent foodie group focused on documenting history and thinking and eating consciously — is growing exponentially, but there's always room for one more. To learn more about the SFA or to see if you can grab a last-minute spot on the Field Trip, visit www.southernfoodways.com or call them at (662) 915-5993. —Sara Miller

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