Three Foodish Ways to Support Charleston’s Parks

parkpicAs the weather becomes more bearable, Charleston eaters have three edible ways to support local parks:

1. The Charleston Parks Conservancy this Saturday hosts its Party for the Parks, a street fair-style celebration on Ashley Avenue at Colonial Lake. A $65 ticket includes tastes from restaurants including The Rarebit, Indaco and Sugar Bakeshop, but event-goers can further support the parks advocacy group by bidding on a variety of culinary-themed auction items. Among the experiences on the block are an at-home dinner party for 10 prepared by Cypress’ Craig Diehl; dinner for four at The Ordinary and dinner for six at Oak.

2. For a more affordable way to back the Conservancy, dine at Another Broken Egg Café next Friday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch is free, but participants are asked to make a donation in exchange for the meal. Name notwithstanding, the 99 S. Market Street location is the chain’s first South Carolina restaurant. (The dine-for-a-donation fundraiser will also run from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, benefiting Charleston Friends of the Library, and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, benefiting Crisis Ministries.) Reservations are recommended.

3. Finally, West Ashley’s Old Towne Creek County Park is making a splashy debut next month with Wine Down Wednesdays.  On Oct. 2, Oct. 16 and Oct. 30, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission is offering preview tours of the 67-acre estate, previously owned by Emily Ravenel Farrrow. Attendees at the 5 p.m.-7 p.m. event – priced at $15 a person — will receive wine, hors d’oeuvres and a commemorative glass to take home. For more information, visit www.ccprc.com or call 795-4386.

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