Child's Birthday Dinner: Cafe Fork, 408 Ashley River Road in Pierpont Crossing Plaza, is planning a Julia Child Birthday Dinner Celebration 7-10 p.m. Friday. Dinner will be inspired by Child's cookbook, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." $70, reservations required. Call 769-0300.

Child's birthday dinner: The Glass Onion, 1219 Savannah Highway, will celebrate Julia Child's birthday Saturday with a prix fixe "Julia" menu featuring three courses of Child's classics. Live jazz. $35; see the menu at Dinner begins at 5 p.m. Call 225-1717 for reservations.

Guerrilla fundraiser: Guerrilla Cuisine, Charleston's only underground supper club, will host chef Jonathan Ory preparing a seven-course seasonal menu Sunday to benefit the Charleston Miracle League. Ory is a Charleston native who worked extensively in Chicago restaurants and is now at Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta. Cost is $75 per person plus BYOB and a suggested gratuity of $25. Sign in at 5:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at:

Friends of Bob: Circa 1886 is planning a five-course dinner with wine pairings to raise money for local nonprofit Louie's Kids while giving diners a chance to be part of a local weekly cooking show. The Friends of Bob Waggoner dinner will be 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18. It will feature Circa chef Marc Collins; Waggoner, the former chef at Charleston Grill; and guest chefs Wally Joe of Acre Restaurant in Memphis and Mark Monette of the Flagstaff House Restaurant in Boulder, Colo., and Monettes on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii. $75. The first people who sign up for the event will receive seats at the Aug. 17 taping of Waggoner's weekly cooking show, "U Cook With Chef Bob." To purchase tickets for the event, call Circa 1886 at 853-7828.

Vegstock: Charleston Grill marks the 41st anniversary of the Woodstock Festival with Vegstock 2010: An Evening of Peas, Love and Wine. The dinner at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19 will feature a seven-course vegetarian menu with wine pairings. Tickets are $60 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required. Call 577-4522.

Let's do lunch: King Street Marketing Group will host a three-course lunch at noon Aug. 20 at Fish Restaurant, 442 King St. Each guest will receive a King Street Goodie Bag, free parking and a chance at prizes from downtown businesses. Ticketed admission is $18. Proceeds benefit Louie's Kids. Visit or call 303-1113.

Coffee with Sister: Patricia Barnes, aka Sister Schubert and the creator of packaged rolls by the same name, will speak at a coffee to benefit The Oaks Residence Assistance Fund. The "Coffee With Sister" will be 10 a.m. Aug. 25 at the Presbyterian Centre, 650 Summers St. in Orangeburg. Barnes will sign copies of her book, "Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters: Recipes for Cooking, Living, and Success." Tickets are $25. Reservations can be made by sending a check payable to "The Oaks" to Coffee with Sister, The Oaks Marketing Department, P.O. Box 9005, Orangeburg, SC 29116. Deadline for reservations is Aug. 17. Call 803-268-1707. The Oaks is a nonprofit United Methodist Community providing retirement living and continuing care.

Barbecue judges wanted: The Southern Barbecue Network is seeking to train judges for a barbecue tournament series in South Carolina. Judges are being certified for the Wings and Butts Festival at Riverfront Park in North Charleston on Sept. 24-25. A certification seminar will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Summerville Masonic Lodge, 111 Main St. The seminar will teach prospective judges how to identify and score championship barbecue. Contact to receive information and an application or call 200-4109. The seminar is $25 and includes a barbecue lunch.

Ultimate Critics Dinner: Five of Charleston's top food writers have come together to create the "Ultimate Critics Dinner" on Sept. 1. The event will benefit the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival's 2011 signature charity.

Sponsored by The Cottages on Charleston Harbor, the dinner will be alfresco dining featuring five courses and paired wines created by seven local chefs that have been selected by local food writers and critics as the best local culinarians of 2010. The event will be at the Cottages, which is offering a special overnight rate.

The Ultimate Chefs include Jeremiah Bacon of Carolina's, Sean Brock of McCrady's, Craig Deihl of Cypress, Mike Lata of FIG, Frank Lee of Slightly North of Broad, Michelle Weaver of Charleston Grill and Lauren Mitterer of WildFlour Pastry.

The critics and food writers who selected them are Deidre Schipani of The Post and Courier, Jeff Allen and Robert Moss of the City Paper, Marion Sullivan of Charleston magazine and local author and writer Holly Herrick.

The reception and dinner begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $200. Advance reservations are required by calling 727-9998, ext. 1, or by e-mailing by Aug. 30.

Launch Party: Tickets are on sale for the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival's annual Launch and Benefit Party, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 20 Patriot's Point Road, Mount Pleasant. $35. Reservations required; call 727-9998, ext. 1, or e-mail by Aug. 30.

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