Foodie 101 - Food and Wine Pairings
Wednesdays, Sept. 12-Oct. 10
$25/per class, $100/for all five
55 S. Market St. Downtown
CLASS | Let Tristan take you by the hand
It used to be simple. White wine for fish and chicken. Red for beef and lamb. But not anymore. The choices are too abundant, the varietals too plentiful. How do you know what to eat with something altogether different? A little bit of knowledge can help you jump off the menu and dive into the world of pairing your own wines with a meal. But where to gain such expertise without spending hundreds of dollars conducting your own research? Tristan offers a five-part lesson in the basics of food and wine pairing. Each week will focus on a different course and will have casual discussions about the food and wine presented. Take this series, and you'll be well on your way to becoming a world-class gourmet, impressing friends and that snooty waitron with your oh-so-cultivated palate. NEXT WEDNESDAY
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 Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun. 12-4 p.m. Charleston Tea Plantation, 6617 Maybank Hwy. (843) 559-0383. www.bigelowtea.com/act
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. (843) 722-4900 x7689.
Sample four high-gravity beers and enjoy specials on cheese plates. Each Thurs. 5-7:30 p.m. $5. O'Hara & Flynn, 1640 Palmetto Grande Dr. (843) 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. (843) 724-3746.
Mellow Mushroom Fundraiser
Mellow Mushroom will donate 10 percent of patrons' bills to the organization or charity of their choice. If the patron spends over $500, Mellow Mushroom will donate 15 percent. The fundraiser wraps up with an '80s prom party on Saturday night. Sept. 10-15. Mellow Mushroom, 309 King St. (843) 723-7374.
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. (843) 573-8778.
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. 5:30-7 p.m. $5. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. (843) 556-6020. www.middletonplace.org
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. (843) 471-2400. www.arlaana.com
Sample wines from 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.
Around the World Wine Tasting
Sample wines from around the world. Each Fri. 5-7 p.m. $5. O'Hara & Flynn, 160 E. Bay St. (843) 534-1916. 1640 Palmetto Grande Dr. (843) 810-0088.
In Good Tastings
Informal weekly wine event. Each Fri. 5-7 p.m. $1. In Good Taste, 1901 Ashley River Road. (843) 763-5597.
Sample varying flights of wine, focusing on Spanish flavors. Tues. $12-$25. Raval, 453 King St. (843) 853-8466.
Wine Tasting Benefit
WINEDINEWINE hosts a tasting to benefit the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center. The featured wine pairings consist of sparkling, white, and red wines paired with artisanal cheeses, mustards, meats, and sweets. Wed. Sept. 12, 6-8 p.m. $35. O'Hara & Flynn, 1640 Palmetto Grande Dr. (843) 810-0088. firstname.lastname@example.org
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