Scrumptious Summerville kitchen tour returns

Five Loaves Cafe is coming back to the Summerville event (Provided)

With Taste of Charleston suspended for at least another year, another fall food extravaganza is beefing up its programming.

The Pinwheel Gala, a new offering associated with the annual Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour, was already in the works when the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association last week announced its hiatus. But chef chair Marilyn Kaple hopes eaters in the market for a “high-quality tasting opportunity” will consider the Sept. 29 event at the Summerville Country Club.

“We have always had a sponsors’ gala in advance of the Kitchen Tour, but it was more of a thank you,” Kaple says. “Now we are hoping to offer an additional cuisine-enjoyable event that creates a full culinary weekend.”

According to Kaple, the buffet menu for the $100 cocktail party includes a steamship round, provided by Miler Country Club; Just Eat This’ fried green tomatoes with goat cheese; Love Bites’ potato-leek soup and seared pork; Culinary Creation’s heirloom tomato pie and desserts from Buttercup Bakeshop, Edible Arrangements and Cocoa Academic.

Like the Kitchen Tour, now in its fifteenth year, the event is a fundraiser for the Dorchester Children’s Center. Tickets to the Oct. 1 tour, for which area chefs are stationed in volunteers’ homes, are priced at $50 in advance. “This year's restaurant participants are top-flight, and we are in some marvelous unique, historic homes,” Kaple promises.

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Eating all of the chicken livers just as fast as I can.