It seems like there is never a dull culinary moment in Charleston, S.C., these days, with dinners, tastings, and restaurant openings galore. This summer and fall are no exception. Many of the events feature big-name chefs who are heading into town. There are also events that allow you to get out and enjoy unique, hidden settings like farms and historic parks such as Charles Towne Landing. Here are some of The Daily Meal’s favorites of the coming season. We encourage you to mark your calendar today and buy tickets soon before these events sell out!
Louie’s Kids Guest Chef Dinner: An organization dedicated to fighting childhood obesity, Louie’s Kids' annual fundraising dinner at Circa 1886 is always one not to miss. Chef Marc Collins welcomes Atlanta-based chef Ford Fry (JCT. Kitchen & Bar, The Optimist, King + Duke, No. 246) to be the featured guest for this fundraiser dinner on Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. The two will collaborate on a five-course dinner paired with wines from Charleston native Jamey Whetstone and Whetstone Wine Cellars. Menus items include Ashley Farms chicken, roasted fish "of the moment" and "1855" strip steak. Cost is $80 per person, $50 of which goes directly to Louie’s Kids.
Chef Edward Lee Brings the Bourbon: One of the South's most recognizable and beloved chefs, Edward Lee from Louisville, Ky., will be sure to roll in with some bourbon when he hits Charleston on his whirlwind book tour for Smoke & Pickles. Lee's first stop is the U.S. headquarters for Le Creuset (based in Charleston) to be part of L ’Atelier Guest Chef Series on Thursday, Aug. 29, where he will do a cooking demo and tasting for $60, which includes a copy of the book. He then visits chef Ken Vedrinski, a longtime pal, where the two will collaborate on a family-style lunch at Trattoria Lucca that features items from the book, some with an Italian flare. The lunch costs $75 and also includes a copy of the book.
Domestic Diva Classes: Suzanne Pollack and Leigh Manigault are not your average Charleston ladies. They are some of the most gracious, polished domestic divas around (hence the name). The two have created a school of sorts, the Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits, to teach people how to be better at any kind of domestic affair. With a new book on the way and a recent feature in The Washington Post, they are on a role. This fall they plan to host several classes perfect for any one ready to hone in on their skills for topics like "what to do with all that silver," "brunch is better at home," and "everyday cooking." Classes are already selling out for some sessions, but the duo can provide private classes as well.