Cookbook release

Peninsula Grill and the Historic Charleston Foundation are co-hosting a Gala Holiday Luncheon on Tuesday to celebrate the release of a new cookbook and to honor the foundation.

Executive chef Graham Dailey of Peninsula Grill has authored the restaurant’s first cookbook, “Peninsula Grill: Served With Style,” and will be serving an intimate tasting menu including Peninsula Grill favorites.

In the spirit of the season, a charitable holiday tree also will welcome gifts for the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital.

The luncheon will be at 12:30 p.m. at Peninsula Grill, 112 N. Market St. Tickets are $100 per person, with proceeds benefitting the foundation. A portion is tax deductible.

Reserve seats by calling the foundation at 723-1623. Visit

Artist featured guest

Blue Bicycle’s Author Luncheon Series continues with well-known local artist Mary Whyte at Osteria la Bottiglia, 420 King St. (next door to the bookstore), at noon Tuesday.

Tickets are $25 and include lunch, the author talk and a champagne-and-dessert reception.

Whyte will discuss her new book, “Down Bohicket Road,” published by University of South Carolina Press. She will talk about how a group of Gullah women from Johns Island influenced her life and art in astonishing and unexpected ways.

To purchase tickets, call 722-2666 or visit bluebicyclebooks.big with-mary-whyte.

Restaurant hosts signings

Karla Telega, author of “Box of Rocks,” and Debbie Brownfield, author of “Secrets of the Enemy,” will sign copies of their books 4-8 p.m. Friday at Miz Scarlett’s Table, 108 E. Railroad Ave., Moncks Corner. The book signing is free.

Call 323-6714 or email katie

Birder-author to sign book

Patrick Harwood will sign copies of his book, “The Birds of Magnolia Cemetery: Charleston’s Secret Bird Sanctuary,” 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. The event will be held at Magnolia Cemetery, 70 Cunnington Ave., Charleston

Harwood is on the faculty in the department of communication at the College of Charleston.

His book was published by BirdEyeViews in 2011.