Whole Foods birthday: Whole Foods Market in Mount Pleasant celebrates its seventh birthday on Saturday with a day of food events and giveaways. Barbecue pitmaster Jimmy Hagood will fire up the grill for a demonstration 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The grill will be open until 4 p.m. offering hot dogs, hamburgers and more. Proceeds benefit the Charleston Chefs Feed the Need initiative. Free tasting and cooking demonstrations also include Charleston Grill chef Michelle Weaver, 11 a.m.-noon; Red Drum chef Ben Berryhill, 1-2 p.m.; and McCrady's sous chef Daniel Heinze, 2:30-3:30 p.m. A free wine tasting will be 4-7 p.m.
Guest chef series: Chef Craig Deihl of Cypress kicks off a 2011 guest chef series Monday with Lee Anne Wong of "Top Chef" and "Unique Eats" television fame. Deihl and Wong will prepare a four-course dinner with wine pairings followed by a complimentary after-hours party. Cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. $75. Reservations required. Call 937-4012, ext. 265.
Sustainable Seafood Dinner: Chef Nate Whiting and Tristan restaurant are hosting the next Sustainable Seafood dinner at 7 p.m. May 25. $75, plus tax and gratuity, with proceeds donated to the S.C. Aquarium in support of the Sustainable Seafood Initiative. Call 534-2155 by Friday for reservations.
Tea Room: Grace Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston opens the door to its annual Tea Room and Church Mouse Boutique on May 30-June 10. Lunch is served in the tea room 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Items on the menu include okra soup, ham biscuits, chicken salad sandwiches and homemade desserts. A piano player entertains diners, and artwork from local artists will be available for sale. Takeout also is available. The Church Mouse Boutique is open 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. daily during the tea room, offer-ing gently used books, jewelry, china, crystal, silver, lamps and more. All profits benefit local charities.
Underground AIDS military: LIME, an underground supper club created by local chef Renata Dos Santos, is partnering with the Charging Charlie Alumni Association for a benefit dinner June 11. The event, at the Charleston Air Force Base, has a theme of "Historical Perspective of Food in South Carolina." Cocktail reception and nine-course dinner prepared by nine local chefs. Benefits Wounded Warrior Project, Hidden Wounds and the Charging Charlie Alumni Association.
The dinner starts at 5 p.m. with a cocktail reception at the base's aerial park. Live entertainment. Tickets, $125 inclusive, must be purchased in advance. Call 364-6745 or visit www.limeincharleston.com.
Canning how-to: Clemson Extension Service will offer seven classes from the end of May through August in Home Food Preservation. The first class, "Waterbath Canning (Pickles, Fruit or Relish)" will be May 31 at the Ridgeville Community Center in Ridgeville. Current USDA practices will be taught through lecture and hands-on experiences. Future classes are June 10 and 14, Jams/Jellies in Cross and Moncks Corner; June 29 and July 21, Waterbath Canning (tomatoes) in Moncks Corner locations; and Aug. 18 and 30, Pressure Canning (vegetables) in Moncks Corner and Ridgeville. $30 per session. Classes are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 719-4140; 723-3800, ext. 4140; or 567-3136, ext. 4140 to register.
Big Chef, Little Chef: Lowcountry chefs are coming together to help Louie's Kids fight childhood obesity with the Third Annual Piggly Wiggly Big Chef Little Chef Competition 6:30-9 p.m. June 16 at Lowndes Grove Plantation. Ten "little chef" contestants from Louie's Kids will be paired with their "big chef" as part of a friendly cooking competition. Guests and special judges will have their chance to taste the collaborative creations and vote on the winning team. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door and include beer, wine and live music. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.louieskids.org.
Win-Win Situation: Ted's Butcherblock, 334 East Bay St., is sponsoring a fundraising initiative to benefit Charleston Chefs Feed the Need. Tickets for a chance to win a Big Green Egg grill and smoker will be available through June 18. Tickets are available for $5 each or five for $20. A winner will be announced at Ted's Backyard Barbecue Block Party. Call 577-0094 or visit www.tedsbutcherblock.com.
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