Barolo dinner: Chef Ken Vedrinski of Trattoria Lucca will host a four-course dinner with wine pairing on Friday to honor Matthew Gavin Frank and the release of his memoir, "Barolo." The dinner will highlight the food and wine of the Piemontese and the city Barolo. Book signing and reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. $75, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations required; call 973-3323.

Child's birthday dinner: The Glass Onion, 1219 Savannah Highway, will celebrate Julia Child's birthday Aug. 14 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 Aug. 15 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.

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