Southern Living’s Taste of Charleston festival will celebrate its 35th anniversary this weekend. The event, as usual, features two culinary competitions, an Iron Chef-style challenge on Friday, when chefs from a hospital and a restaurant will face off, and then an invitational the next day when chefs from South Carolina hospitals will compete against each other to be named the 2015 Cooking Well Invitational Winner.
The centerpiece attraction of Taste of Charleston takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, where top casual and fine dining restaurants will serve sample-size portions, plus beer and wine. Highlights include live music, the popular “Waiters’ Race” and the “Kid’s Kitchen Sideshow.”
Admission is $17.50-$25. Food and drink tickets are sold separately. For more, go to www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com/taste-of-charleston/.
Wine on the mind
It’s best not to keep things bottled up. Everybody needs a little time to un-wine. Yes, we like our puns cheesy. So cheesy you might want some wine to wash it down. Here are three events that won’t let your glass go empty this week.
The national organization Wine, Women & Shoes is back at the Daniel Island Club (600 Island Park Drive) from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday to benefit Florence Crittenton, a local nonprofit that helps young mothers become self-sufficient. Women are invited to sip reds and whites from some of the top winemakers in the country as they browse shoes, handbags, jewelry and other accessories from a variety of labels. There’s a runway show, a shoe competition, an auction and a raffle. Tickets are $100 for general admission, $150 for VIP tickets, or $1,000 for a VIP table for eight. For more info, call 843-722-7526 or visit www.WineWomenandShoes.com/flocrit
Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission gives another glimpse of its future West Ashley property, Old Towne Creek County Park, with its seasonal Wine Down Wednesday event from 5-7 p.m. this week and again on Oct. 14 and Oct. 28. There will be hors d’oeuvres, live music by Henri Gates and of course, wine. Right now, the 67-acre property is only open during special events, but it will eventually become a county park available for regular use. Charleston County residents can register in advance for $15. Non-Charleston County residents and day-of admission is $20 per person. For more information, visit www.charlestoncountyparks.com or call 843-795-4386.
Over at the Glass Onion, 1219 Savannah Highway, Grassroots Wine will taste selections of “lesser known and affordable” wines paired with small bites for $10 per person from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Bottles also will be for sale. AFor more information, visit www.ilovetheglassonion.com/events
Building a future
Since it was established 25 years ago, East Cooper Habitat for Humanity has helped build 68 houses in the Lowcountry for underprivileged families in need of safe, affordable homes. To celebrate the milestone, the nonprofit, Christian housing ministry will host an evening of local music and food at the scenic Alhambra Hall. The Plantation Singers, an a capella group who primarily sing Gullah spirituals, will perform as guests arrive, then Plane Jane, a local rock band, will take the stage later in the evening to play modern hits and oldies.
In addition to an open bar, guests can sample bites from local restaurants including Graze, Burton’s Grill, Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe and several others as well as sweets by the pastry chefs at the Culinary Institute of Charleston, Cupcake and the Village Bakery. There will be a silent and live auction featuring vacation packages, gift certificates and art. Proceeds will benefit East Cooper Habitat for Humanity.
When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: 131 Middle St., Mount Pleasant
Price: $75 per person, or $125 per couple
More info: www.eastcooperhabitat.org.
Meat & music at the Moose
The Tattooed Moose’s annual showcase of local music has shortened its name to Moosefest this year, but its lineup of talented homegrown artists is no less meaty. The event formerly known as Moosetoberfest, and before that, Rocktoberfest, will feature performances by eight bands throughout the evening, including Bill Carson, Hermit’s Victory, Faline and Mechanical River. Another highlight each year is the “Meat Raffle,” a giveaway that’s exactly what it sounds like. Every beer order comes with a raffle ticket, which is entered into the raffle of various meat prizes. In past years, the giveaway has included pork chops, specialty bacon, “mystery meat platters” and even chicken feet and gizzards. If that doesn’t get your mouth watering, perhaps the beer specials will: $5 Oktoberfest drafts and $6 for a shot of well liquor and a 16-ounce can of Pabst Blue Ribbon.
When: 6 p.m. Sunday
Where: 1137 Morrison Drive
More info: 277-2990