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Thursday

How Sweet It Is!

What: Charleston Sweet Gourmet will donate 25 percent of its sales Sept. 29 to the Charleston Horticultural Society. Sweet Gourmet carries specialty foods, coffees and teas, local and imported products, and gourmet chocolates and cookies. Tickets for the society's fall "Gardens for Gardeners" tour will be on sale and available for pickup that day.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 29.

Where: Charleston Sweet Gourmet, 36 Windermere Drive.

Price: Free.

More Info: 579-9922 or www.charlestonsweetgourmet.com.

Cork Bistro wine tasting

What: Presented by Marie Sauer.

When: 5-7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.

Where: Cork Neighborhood Bistro, 1067 E. Montague Ave.

Price: $5 for five wines.

More Info: 709-8660.

Bubbly & Brew

What: Third annual Bubbly & Brew will benefit My Sister's House. Features food from local restaurants, champagne, cocktails and beers from local brewers, all donated by the community. There will be a silent auction with proceeds going to My Sister's House, and live music from the party band Lovebutter.

When: 6-10 p.m. Sept. 29.

Where: Harborside East, 28 Bridge-side.

Price: $50.

Friday

Wine Tasting Fridays

What: Each Friday, a casual, informal wine tasting, with a different collection of wines each time.

When: 5-7 p.m. Fridays.

Where: In Good Taste, 1901 Ashley River Road.

Price: $1.

More Info: 763-5597 or www.ingoodtastecharleston.com.

Wine Tasting

What: Wine and cheese are served.

When: 5-7 p.m. each Friday.

Where: The Wine Shop, 3 Lockwood Drive.

Price: $5 per person.

Dessert Room

What: The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Women's Club's fourth annual Dessert Room Divine. Delicious and decadent desserts as featured in the Cathedral Cookbook, "These Thy Gifts," and other classic favorites will be served along with gourmet coffee, provided by Charleston Coffee Roasters, iced and hot tea. Live music. Boxed to-go orders will be available. Gift items also will be for sale for early Christmas shopping. Cash or checks accepted. Guests are invited to tour the cathedral.

When: 6-9:30 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 14.

Where: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 120 Broad St.

Price: $5 for dessert with beverage.

More Info: 766-9527 or www.charlestoncatholiccathedral.org.

Saturday

Wine Tasting Saturdays

What: Casual, informal wine tastings Saturday afternoons, with different selections each time.

When: 2-4 p.m. Saturdays.

Where: In Good Taste, 1901 Ashley River Road.

Price: $1.

More Info: 763-5597 or www.ingoodtastecharleston.com.

Sunday

Kitchen Tour

What: Ninth annual Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour. Patrons tour grand homes, cottages and gardens in Summerville and sample gourmet treats from Lowcountry chefs. Local musicians are set to perform in each home or garden and area florists will grace the interior decor with arrangements.

When: 1-5 p.m. Oct. 2. Rain or shine.

Where: Tallow Street.

Price: $50 per ticket.

More Info: 875-1551 or www.dorchesterchildren.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 5

Wine Tasting

What: Wine tastings are held on first and third Wednesdays of every month, featuring three different wines with a sample cheese and chocolate pairing.

When: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 5.

Where: Uncorked Wine Bar, 664-G Long Point Road.

Price: $8/person.

Thursday, Oct. 6

Cancer diet, cooking

What: A Cancer Prevention and Survival Cooking Course. Participants will learn how proper diet can help them prevent and survive cancer. Offered by The Cancer Project, a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing cancer prevention through education and research.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 6-27.

Where: Roper St. Francis Cancer Care, 2085 Henry Tecklenburg Drive.

Price: $60 fee to cover the cost of this four-class series.

More Info: 402-CARE (2273).

Friday, Oct. 7

Iron Chef Competition

What: Taste: Iron Chef Competition will showcase local chefs in a head-to-head battle in the Culinary Institute's amphitheater kitchen.

When: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 7.

Where: Culinary Institute of Charleston-Downtown Palmer Campus, 66 Columbus St.

Price: $25 general and $50 reserved seating.

More Info: 856-9201 or www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com.

Dishing it Up

What: Food-related paintings by national artists and a cookbook signing of "Tart Love: Sassy, Savory and Sweet" by Holly Herrick. Artists featured include Shannon Runquist, Karen Appleton and Tate Nation.

When: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 7.

Where: Lambert Gray Gallery & Studios, 54 Broad St.

Price: Free.

More Info: 822-1707 or www.lambertgraygallery.com.

Saturday, Oct. 8

Taste of Charleston

What: The Charleston Restaurant Association and Southern Living magazine present the Southern Living Taste of Charleston 2011. For the first time, the main event expands from one day to two at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant. Features more than 40 of Charleston's top restaurants serving sample-size portions of their signature dishes and beer and wine, live entertainment, children's area and beer garden.

When: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 8-9.

Where: Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road.

Price: $15-$20 admission.

Taste of the Arts

What: Taste of the Arts on Gallery Row will be held at a dozen art galleries on Broad Street in downtown Charleston. The art walk is sponsored by The Art Institute of Charleston and combines Lowcountry art with the culinary arts. While guests stroll through the galleries they will enjoy samplings of wine and appetizers from Charleston restaurants.

When: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 8.

Where: Edward Dare Gallery, 31 Broad St.

Price: $25.

More Info: 856-9201 or www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com.

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