What's Happening In Charleston: April 2016


Taste the Alley Street Fair
The second installment of the Taste of Hutson Alley will take place on April 7 in the historic Hutson Alley in between King and Meeting Street. Six restaurants including 39 Rue de Jean, Virginia's on King, and Michael's on the Alley will have stations serving up bites, and beer will be from Freehouse Brewery. Tickets are $65 per person.

Dinner With Bonetta
The Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival will host a special collaboration dinner on April 8 at Mercantile and Mash featuring Sicilian chef Bonetta dell'Oglio, chef Mike Perez from Colletta in Atlanta, and chef Tim Morton from Mercantile. The six-course dinner will feature wine pairings by Vonda Freeman of The Indigo Road and costs $150 per person.

Last Night Bazaar at Butcher & Bee King Street
Before the Butcher & Bee King Street location closes to move down the street, it will have its final Late Night Bazaar on April 9. Starting at 9 p.m., patrons can shop from a few dozen local artisans and food vendors. There is a $5 entry fee and a portion will benefit Redux Contemporary Art Center.

Commune Soft-Shell Dinner
For those who love eating soft-shell crabs, you will not want to miss the next Commune dinner on April 17, which will feature four courses of the tasty seafood delicacy. Chefs for the dinner include Blair Machado of The Park Café, Blake Joyal of The Westendorff, Air Casebier of FEAST Charleston, and wines will be paired by McCarus Beverage Company. The dinner will be at Le Creuset and costs $135 per person.

Nuit Belge Charleston
An event to celebrate Belgium and Belgian-inspired beers is coming to Charleston on April 16. Nuit Belge, an event that has been held in cities such as Nashville and Atlanta, will take place in the Memminger Auditorium and will feature 11 of Charleston's top chefs. These chefs will be offering small paired plates to go along with the featured beers. Tickets start at $100 per person.

Launch Party for Southern Spirits
Edmund's Oast will host the launch party for local author Robert Moss' newest book Southern Spirits: Four Hundred Years of Drinking in the American South on April 17 at 4:30 p.m. in The Bower. The book is a narrative history that traces liquor-, beer-, and wine-drinking in the American South and is the first book to tell the full story about the subject. For the launch, Moss will be onsite selling and signing copies of the book and chef Reid Henninger of Edmund's Oast will provide snacks. In addition, there will be drink specials offered. The event is free and open to the public.

James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour
Women rule at the James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour on April 20 at Cannon Green. For this special dinner, host chef Amalia Scatena will welcome Top Chef winner Kristen Kish, Emily Hahn from the Warehouse, Katy Keefe from McCrady's, Jill Mathias from Chez Nous, and Rebecca Wilcomb from Herbsaint in New Orleans. The dinner is $150 per person and will feature organically farmed French wines by McCarus Beverage Company.

Chef's Potluck
One of the highlights of the spring is the annual Chef's Potluck, which is a part of Lowcountry Local First's Eat Local Month celebration. Middleton Place's backdrop alone makes for the perfect locale to spend a Sunday. Starting at 4 p.m. on April 24, patrons can enjoy farm focused bites from Cypress, Edmund's Oast, EVO Pizzeria, FIG, The Macintosh, and Two Boroughs Larder to list a few. Tickets start at $95 and quickly sell out!

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Riverdogs Baseball Food Court
Take me out to the ballgame — but this time for food. The season has opened for the Charleston Riverdogs and the food is at an all-time high. There is a hut dedicated to a variety of hot dogs, called DogWorld, The Pie House will feature hot pizza and refreshing beer shakes, Chelsea's Cantina will give you the Mexican food fix you need, Smokin' Joe's will have all kind of in-house smoked meats, and Dave's Country Kitchen will offer a shrimp-n-grits corn dog, pickled shrimp, alligator sausage, and pickled okra fries. Moreover, there will be plenty of sweets and cold beverages to enjoy.

Home Team BBQ
Downtown Charleston welcomed the newest Home Team BBQ at 126 Williman Street and the place is the happening spot to be. Taking the best of the two existing locations, the downtown location features an expansive bar and cocktail menu, community tables, both high tops and low, and an outside patio with nearby greenspace. The menu has specials of the day, along with the restaurant's popular meats, wings, nachos, and more.

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