New coffee shop: Center Point Coffee at 676 Orangeburg Road in Knightsville is celebrating its grand opening Friday with giveaways and door prizes. The shop, started by Summerbrook Community Church, is offering premium coffees from a variety of origins, espresso drinks, teas, fruit smoothies and pastries from Saffron Bakery. Free Wi-Fi also available. The shop is open Monday-Thursday from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Spring picnic: Legare Farms will host an old-fashioned Spring Picnic 4-7 p.m. Saturday at 2620 Hanscombe Point Road, Johns Island. Includes hamburgers, garlic bratwurst dogs, vegetarian carrot dogs, corn on the cob, potato salad and homemade ice cream. Bring instruments, games and balls/bats for the kids. Adults $25, children ages 5-14, $10. Call 559-0788 to purchase tickets by credit card.

Lowcountry Cook-Off: The Yemassee Revitalization Corp. is holding the inaugural Yemassee Lowcountry Cook-Off from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by Le Creuset, the cook-off is a competition among amateurs and pros and will be determined by the audience. Tickets for attending and 10 tastings are $12 in advance through Friday or $15 at the door. Call 441-7402 or email The cook-off will be at the Yemassee ball field, Highway 68.

Guest chef series: Chef Craig Deihl of Cypress kicks off a 2011 guest chef series May 23 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.

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 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 AFB aerial park. Live entertainment. Tickets, $125 inclusive, must be purchased in advance. Call 364-6745 or visit

Sunday Supper: Heirloom Book Company is hosting a Sunday supper from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday with chef Sarah Simmons, Food & Wine magazine's Home Cook Superstar, a South Carolina native and founder of the Manhattan-based supper club, City Grit.

Simmons will present "Parlez Vous Francais, Ya'll," a five-course tasting menu featuring classic French dishes with a Southern twist. Includes wine pairings. $100. To purchase, go to