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"Tour of Italy"
Tues. June 19
$79 (exclusive of tax and gratuity)
The Dining Room at Woodlands
125 Parsons Road
Although Spoleto's over, you can still get a taste of Italy at The Dining Room at Woodlands, where their much-lauded kitchen experts present one delicious dish after another. On Tuesday night, intrepid foodies and oenophiles can sign up for the four-course pairing dinner, which includes mouthfuls of fig and gorgonzola-stuffed quail breast (second course), tomato braised veal breast (main course) and a pre-dinner tasting at 6:30 p.m. All four courses are expertly matched with quaffs from across the boot-shaped country, with the grand finale — strawberry semifreddo with brown sugar meringue and Genovese basil — coupled with a sparkling Cabernet 'demi-sec' from Tenuta S. Anna, Piedmont, Italy N.V. Reservations required. TUESDAY
"Under the Boardwalk"
The Third Thursday Good Food Catering June Schmooze is happening a week early, and will feature beach music, shagging, and summertime foods like soft pretzels, corn dogs, shrimp tacos, and chicken legs. Thurs. June 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $25. Historic Rice Mill Building, 17 Lockwood Dr. 723-7952. www.CharlestonFoodCompany.com
Wine Flight Dinner
Chef Colin Flynn pairs five course with wine for this weekly dinner. Call for reservations. Each Thurs. 7:30 p.m. $99. Six Tables, Belle Hall Shopping Center. 664-G Long Point Road. 971-8850. www.sixtablescharleston.com
This weekly tasting will offer samples of at least four higher gravity beers along with specials on cheese plates. Each Thurs. 5-8 p.m. $5. O'Hara & Flynn, 1640 Palmetto Grande Dr. 216-1916.
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.
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 Sun. 12-4 p.m. and Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Charleston Tea Plantation, 6617 Maybank Hwy. 559-0383. www.charlestonteagardens.com
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.
Book Signing and Peanut Tasting
Matt and Ted Lee, authors of The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook, will be in-house doing a signing and featuring their famous boiled peanuts. Wed. June 20, 6-8 p.m. Free. Indigo Books, 472 Freshfields Dr. 768-2255. freshfieldsvillage.com
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.
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
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. www.arlaana.com
Sample wines with local distributors twice a week. Call for details. Each Mon. Thurs. 5-7 p.m. $5. Avondale Wine and Cheese, 813B Savannah Highway. (843) 769-5444.
In Good Tastings
Informal weekly wine event. Each Fri. 5-7 p.m. $1. In Good Taste, 1901 Ashley River Road. 763-5597.
Sample varying flights of wine, focusing on Spanish flavors. Tues. $12-$25. Raval, 453 King St. 853-8466.
Cooking With Cypress
Watch as Cypress Chef Craig Deihl blends Lowcountry cuisine with an Asian flair. Learn his tricks of the trade and peruse his newest cookbook. Wed. June 13, 6:30 p.m. $55. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212. www.charlestoncooks.com
The Butcher's Plate
High Cotton Chef Anthony Gray is an expert at making sausages, cured meats, and pâtés. Learn his secrets. Sat. June 16, 10:30 a.m. $50. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212. www.charlestoncooks.com
Learn How to Write a Cookbook
The Culinary Institute of Charleston is offering a class called, "Writing a Cookbook for Publication," which explores how to write a cookbook proposal, find an agent and look at publishing house and self-publishing options. There's a lot to learn! Sat. June 16, 2-5 p.m. $59. Culinary Institute of Charleston, 7001 Rivers Ave. 574-6152.
Homemade Dog Treats
Three Dog Bakery baker Jennifer Muzzi will show owners who love their four-legged creatures how to make delicious and nutritious doggie treats. Wed. June 20, 6:30 p.m. $40. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. 722-1212. charlestoncooks.com
Monday Night Chefs Series
Red Drum Gastropub Chef Ben Berryhill presents Southwestern specialties on June 18. On June 25, FIG's Chef Mike Lata shares the genius behind his seasonally inspired menu. On July 9, former Celia's restaurant Chef Celia Cerasoli presents Italian favorites. Cypress Chef Craig Deihl demonstrates Lowcountry cuisine with a twist on July 16. Pastry Chef M. Kelly Wilson shares sweets on July 23, and Kramer returns on July 30 for those who can't get enough. Meetings are in Building 920, room 407. Each Mon. 7-9:30 p.m. Through July 30. $49/course. Trident Technical College (Main Campus), 7000 Rivers Ave. 574-6805.
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