Sustainable Seafood Dinner at Edmund’s Oast

Edmund’s Oast is serving butter-poached crab and shrimp; slow-baked grouper and soft shell crab for its first-ever Sustainable Seafood Dinner.

Other responsibly-harvested ocean creatures on the menu for the May 19 event, organized by the South Carolina Aquarium, include flounder and clams.

Dinner starts at 6 p.m., and tickets are priced at $95 (or $135 with beverage pairings.) Ten percent of the proceeds will benefit the South Carolina Aquarium Sustainable Seafood Initiative.

For reservations, call 727-1145.

Charleston Chefs Look to Asia For Gibbes’ Street Party Inspiration

streetpartyAlthough the Gibbes Museum’s Street Party is now in its fifth year, tomorrow night’s event marks the first time the fundraiser has adopted a regional theme. And according to spokeswoman Amy Mercer, participating chefs are having fun with the “East Meets West” concept.

“Many of the chefs ended up creating Asian foods,” she says, citing Cypress chef Craig Deihl’s planned Korean beef buns; FIG chefs Mike Lata and Jason Stanhope’s fried oyster hand rolls and country pate and chicken liver mousse banh mis from Edmund’s Oast chef Andy Henderson.

Not every one of the 18 restaurants represented at the tasting party gravitated toward the Eastern end of the celebratory equation. Jacques Larson, who’s still in opening mode at The Obstinate Daughter, is contributing calamari fra diavolo. Continue reading

Women-Made Dinner Benefits Women-Made Houses

A Guerilla Cuisine supper next Sunday will benefit Sea Island Habitat for Humanity’s Woman Build, a weeklong program in which “women from all walks of life” collaborate on a home construction project.

Participating chefs include Kelly Franz Richburg, Jacqueline Hesse and Andrea Lever Upchurch (Magnolias); Jessica Toutant Eisenberg (The Original Ms. Rose’s) and Danetra Delgadilló Richardson (Kiawah Island Golf Resort.)

The Apr. 27 dinner starts at 6 p.m., and – as always – the location is a secret. Tickets cost $75; purchase at

Dining With Friends Seeks Party Hosts

Dining Out for Life – scheduled to unfold locally on Apr. 24 – annually raises $3 million for HIV/AIDS service organizations. But Charleston has a decades-old tradition of also fundraising through dinners in private homes.

Dining With Friends, which has grown from a small garden party into a massive benefit for Lowcountry AIDS Services, is scheduled for May 3. Party hosts are asked to provide dinner for their guests: The non-profit organization supplies invitations, donation envelopes and posters. To register as a host, visit

An afterparty is planned for No. 5 Faber. Tickets to the event, which runs from 9 p.m.- 12 midnight, are $20. For more information, call 747-2273.

Support Students With Your Fork


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Two upcoming meals are offering eaters an opportunity to support local scholastic programs.

On Apr. 23, High Cotton will serve a three-course, prix-fixe lunch to benefit Communities in Schools Charleston; the event’s timed to Administrative Professionals Day as a way of coaxing bosses into honoring their support staff. The $25 menu runs long on sugar: Among the selections are ambrosia, chicken and waffles with maple syrup and crème brulee.  But other choices include crab soup, a lamb sandwich and bread pudding.

High Cotton will donate 100 percent of the lunch proceeds to the dropout prevention program. Last year, the event raised $3300. Continue reading

More Details on “Rodney in Exile” Downtown Charleston Finale

rodneycook-e1386868427610Eastern Carolina barbecue virtuoso Sam Jones of Skylight Inn is planning to join friend and fellow Fatback Collective member Rodney Scott in downtown Charleston next month for a dinner which will serve as the finale to Scott’s six-state fundraising tour.

Tickets to the Feb. 4 dinner, prepared by the pitmasters and Sean Brock, are priced at $100 apiece.

The Southern Foodways Alliance last year chronicled the relationship between the two wood-and-vinegar devotees: “I’ll joke sometimes and say that he’s my first cousin,” Jones (who’s white) said of Scott (who’s black.) Jones first met Scott at a Charleston Wine + Food event. Continue reading

SOL Burgers to Benefit Louie’s Kids

It’s not just adults who start thinking about slimming down in January: Louie’s Kids, a local organization fighting childhood obesity, is urging families to make dietary changes this month.

“Eating out doesn’t have to break your belly bank,” says founder Louis Yuhasz, who’s hoping eaters of all ages will start ordering healthier items at restaurants. He’s specifically hoping they order the bison burger at SOL Southwest Kitchen and Tequila Bar, since the Mt. Pleasant restaurant has pledged to donate $1 from every sale to Louie’s Kids.

The fundraiser runs from Jan. 10-Feb. 10. Continue reading

Mex 1 Collecting Used Winter Coats

Although the recent weather hasn’t been especially compatible with winter coat-wearing, it’s critical that kids have the right outerwear when winter strikes, which is why Mex 1 Coastal Cantina is collecting coats for Communities in Schools.

If you bring a gently-used coat to Mex 1 on Dec. 18, the West Ashley restaurant will chop 15 percent off your bill. And if you’re looking to win gift certificates, Mex 1 is awarding prizes for the evening’s best ugly sweaters.

The event starts at 6 p.m. For more information, visit Mex 1’s Facebook page.