Food drives: Tricounty Family Ministries is spearheading a Food for All program at local Publix stores. Donate during the holiday season at the stores by selecting a donation coupon at checkout. The gift goes directly to local anti-hunger organizations.
Also, all local UPS stores are hosting a "Holiday Feast" food drive benefiting the Lowcountry Food Bank through Nov. 23. Bring a nonperishable food item donation to any local The UPS Store and receive $1 off any product or services offered (excluding postage stamps & postal services).
Bourbon tasting: The Thoroughbred Club at Charleston Place Hotel is hosting a tasting featuring six small-batch bourbons at 6 p.m. Thursday. The bourbons are Pappy Van Winkle 20-year-old, Bookers, Woodford Reserve, Basil Hayde, 1792 and Parkers Heritage Reserve 27-year-old. The tasting will be in the Palmetto Cafe.
Tickets are $30 plus tax. Call 722-4900 and ask to be connected to the Thoroughbred Club.
Book signing: Local cookbook author Holly Herrick will sign her "Southern Farmers Market Cookbook" (Gibbs Smith, June 2009) at Rosebank Farms' Fall Festival, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 4455 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, Johns Island.
Open House: The Coastal Cupboard will have an Open House in celebration of the expanded retail space and opening of the new demonstration kitchen. Cooking demos, specials on featured merchandise, food samplings, door prizes and giveaways, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. Events are 10-11 a.m., Stonewall Kitchen holiday appetizers with Paul Saltzman; 11 a.m.-noon, "Breakfast on the Battery" book signing and cooking demo with Connie Stahl; noon-1 p.m., Le Creuset cooking demo with Kim Underwood; 1:15-1:45 p.m., All Clad & Swiss Diamond demo with Deane Priest; 2-3 p.m., Olde Colony bakery samples; 3:15-3:45 p.m., Vinturi Wine Aerator demo with Frank Bullard; 4-5 p.m., Sweet Teeth chocolatier Eric Battles; 6-8 p.m., Brett McKee of Oak Steakhouse in Charleston and 17 North in Mount Pleasant. The Coastal Cupboard is at 644-J Long Point Road in the Belle Hall shopping center, Mount Pleasant, Call 856-4321.
Fall Festival: Rosebank Farms on Johns Island will celebrate its fifth annual Lowcountry Fall Festival 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Events include molasses-making demos at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., table arrangement demo at 10:30 a.m., broom corn demo at 2 p.m. and butterfly lectures and tours. Barbecue and vegetables lunch noon-1:30 p.m., $12. Details: email@example.com or call 768-0508 during weekday business hours.
Harvest Fare: The second annual Charleston Farmers Market Harvest Fare, co-sponsored by Stage Presence, will highlight market vendors, their produce and local chefs in a series of cooking demonstrations. Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Marion Square. The demonstrations, hosted by John LaVerne, owner of Culinary Tours of Charleston, include: 9:30 a.m., MELT Down with vendor and MELT chef Nathan Albertson; 10:30 a.m., From Farm to Plate with Craig Deihl, executive chef at Cypress; 11:30 a.m., Organic Table with FIG chef Mike Lata and organic herb vendor Lee Burbage; and 12:30 p.m., Swamp Fox Dessert Treat with chef Ryan Kacenjar. Free.
Oyster roast: An oyster roast to benefit the Rural Mission will be 3-6 p.m. Sunday at Bowen's Island restaurant. All-you-can-eat oysters, beverages, music. $25 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Call 768-1720 for tickets or visit www.ruralmission.org.
Darkness to Light: Sixteen chefs from some of Charleston's best restaurants will showcase their skills as part of the CNN Circle of Light Gala on Nov. 19. Marion Square will be transformed into scenes from India for the eighth annual event, which will include gourmet cuisine, wines, a live auction and Bollywood-style entertainment. The event benefits Darkness to Light, an organization that helps prevent and raise awareness about child sexual abuse. Tickets are $300. Preferred seating tickets are available on a limited basis for $400 each. Table for eight, $2,400. Corporate tables, $5,000. To reserve seats, visit www.D2L.org or call 965-5444.
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