The big foodie event this weekend is Chef Sean Brock's Outstanding in the Field dinner at Thornhill Farms in McClellanville. Tickets are long gone for that one, but you can still trek up to Greenville for a weekend of stuffing your face. Euphoria kicked off last night and will be raging for the next few days. Mike Lata (FIG) and Brett McKee (17 N. Roadside Kitchen) will both be making appearances.
Tonight, two of our favorite West Ashley destinations are teaming up for a special wine and cheese hour. Avondale Wine and Cheese and the Glass Onion are hosting a Sass Wine tasting with nibbles from the Glass Onion and a chance to win a bottle of wine and some tickets to the Sass Wine Dinner at the GO on Tuesday.Robot Candy on King Street is hosting Johnny Battles from Sweeteeth Chocolates from 7-9 p.m. for free tastes of truffles and the new bacon bar.
Over on Daniel Island, the Laura Alberts crew is hosting a four-course Elyse Winery Dinner.
Get up early on Saturday morning and take part in the Brett Maynard memorial fishing tournament to honor the local chef who died in a car crash two years ago. All proceeds go toward the Brett Maynard scholarship at the Culinary Institute.
The Slow Food set will be congregating over at Murray-LaSaine Elementary on James Island in the afternoon to "Dig-In" and improve the school grounds and work on the children's garden.
In Mt. Pleasant, Wine Awhile will be throwing themselves a birthday party with specials on Okotberfest brews. They'll also have bratwurst and pretzels for sale. We can only hope October weather will be here soon.
On Saturday afternoon, the Charleston Beer Exchange guys are hosting a meet and greet with Kevin Love of Smuttynose Brewery in New Hampshire. A must for any self-respecting beer geek. They'll be filling up growlers and giving away free glasses while supplies last.
Later on, beer drinkers can stumble on over to the Joe for the Ballpark Festival of Beers. This event leans more towards mainstream tastes, but if you like beer and barbecue, it's the right place for you.
On Sunday, the latest Guerrilla Cuisine dinner features Tristan Chef Nathan Whiting, who will be preparing a Sicilian-style menu, and it promises to be a memorable installment of the underground supper club.
Muse has extended its Restaurant Week prices for the entire month of September, which means you have another week to enjoy three courses for $30.
And if you just can't bear to leave the house, you can spend your weekend entering the Music to Your Mouth contest. Go to musictoyourmouth.com, blather on about your favorite southern dish, and they'll pick a winner at random to received an Ultimate Weekend Package for two to the fourth annual food event at Palmetto Bluff, the "Lowcountry's most decadent celebration of food, wine, and music." The November festival will feature Gail Simmons, Sean Brock, new Top Chef Kevin Sbraga, in addition to about 50 other high profile foodies from around the country.