Good neighbors: Two Charleston area restaurants have taken top awards in restaurant philanthropy for South Carolina and have a chance to win a national award.

The South Carolina Hospitality Association selected Seel's on Sullivan's and T'Bonz Restaurant Group as state Restaurant Neighbor Award winners. The association said restaurateur Harry Seel stood out this year for his participation in community fund-raising events and that T'Bonz has consistently given back to the community with cash and in-kind services for charities.

Both restaurants are in the running for the national Restaurant Neighbor Award, a program by the National Restaurant Association that recognizes restaurants that exemplify the industry's philanthropic spirit. The program honors charitable contributions in four categories: small business, midsize business, large business/national chain, and Cornerstone Humanitarian. Seel's on Sullivan's will compete in the small business category while T'Bonz Restaurant Group will compete in the midsize category.

The four national winners will each receive a $5,000 award to continue their community programs and be presented the awards this September in Washington, D.C. Visit the National Restaurant Association's Web site,

Sustainable seafood: The Sustainable Seafood Initiative at the South Carolina Aquarium and local restaurants are hosting special dinners and events this month and into the fall.

Thursday at Wild Dunes. Starts at 6 p.m. with an hors d'oeuvres reception at the Lettered Olive, then moves to the Sea Island Grill at 7 p.m. for a six-course dinner with wine pairings. $65. Call 886-2218 by noon Aug. 19.

Sept. 1, 7-9 p.m., Wine on the Water event at the aquarium. Charleston chefs will prepare Sample Sustainable Seafood dishes; live entertainment; book signing of "Last Light Over Carolina" by Mary Alice Monroe. Ages 21 and up only. Tickets required; $20/member, $25/nonmember. Call 577-FISH (3474).

Sept. 22, Sustainable Seafood Progressive Dinners in downtown Charleston. Starting at 5:30 p.m., guests will visit four restaurants in one night, eating one course at each, paired with wine. Each of three dinner tours is limited to 20-25 people and will move as a group from one restaurant to the next. $60, inclusive. Advance ticket sales only at http://cgf

Sept. 21, Sustainable Seafood Dinner at Fat Hen.

Sept. 27, Charleston Green Fair in Marion Square, including a Shrimp Cooking Competition featuring SSI partner chefs.

Back-to-School Bash: Earth Fare will host a special event for schoolchildren 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Includes a scavenger hunt for kids, a healthy brain trivia challenge, healthy lunch demos and giveaways.

Walking Sideways! dinner: Old Village Post House, 101 Pitt St. in Mount Pleasant, plans a multicourse dinner showcasing blue crab and other regional ingredients at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26. Begins with a courtyard hors d'oeuvres reception followed by a four-course seated dinner with cocktail and wine pairings. $55, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required; call 388-8935. See full menu at

Festival poster contest: The BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival and Charleston Magazine are calling for entries for the 2010 Festival Poster Competition. Prize is $1,000 and the title of Official Poster Artist. Contest is open to residents of Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties who are 18 and older. Deadline for submissions is Aug. 28. Applications at

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