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(Roasts are all-you-can-eat and don’t include drinks, unless otherwise noted.)

WHAT: 5th Annual Shucking for Seniors

WHERE: Bowens Island Restaurant, Bowens Island

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

WHY: To support the Independent Transportation Network’s Charleston Trident service, offering door-to-door rides to seniors and visually-impaired adults.

WORTH KNOWING: In addition to oysters, the spread features oysters and chili. The afternoon’s activities also include a silent auction and live country-western music.

COST: $25 in advance; $30 at the door

MORE INFO: 225-2715 Continue reading

Wine Fest Adds Shrimp and Grits

A shrimp-and-grits cookoff is the newest addition to the Irvin-House Vineyards’ annual Blessing of the Vines festival.

On Nov. 9, restaurants including Fat Hen, Rosebank Cafe, Stono Cafe, Seanachi’s  and Tomato Shed Café will converge on Wadmalaw Island to prepare their finest versions of the iconic dish. Tickets cost $5, and all proceeds will be donated to the Frierson Elementary After School Program and The Center for Women.

Other activities on the 12 noon-5 p.m. schedule include live music; pony ride; wine and spirit tastings and a sugar cane crushing. Admission is $10 per car; call 559-6867 to learn more.

Taco Boy Shells Out 5 Percent of Friday Night Proceeds for School Farms

Taco Boy Downtown this Friday is serving tacos made with ingredients sourced from Lowcountry Local First Dirtworks Farmers to benefit schoolyard agriculture.

The Green Heart Project, a volunteer organization supporting scholastic farms, will receive 5 percent of the evening’s proceeds. The party runs from 8 p.m.-11 p.m., with Dunderchief and Pick’n’Roll providing the music.

Local Chefs Band Together to Support Share Our Strength

nokidWhether they prefer fancy or folksy food, Charleston diners have a number of opportunities this fall to support Share Our Strength’s fight against childhood hunger.

Throughout the month of September, restaurant chains including Mellow Mushroom, Arby’s, Denny’s, CiCi’s Pizza, TGIFriday’s and Bruegger’s Bagels will donate a portion of their sales to the No Kid Hungry campaign. The campaign last year raised $5.9 million to fund school and summer nutrition programs; educate families about healthy eating and raise national awareness of child hunger. This year, the goal is $10 million.

Restaurants are also offering various incentives for customers to give directly to Share Our Strength: At Mellow Mushroom, customers who donate $25 or more will receive a free sausage hoagie, chips, drink and a t-shirt.

The Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry dinner at L’Atelier de Le Creuset on Nov. 3 is likely to be short on hoagies and chips, but it will have a surfeit of chefs. The four-course dinner, sponsored by the Indigo Road Restaurant Group, features 23 of Charleston’s top chefs, including – among the non-Indigo representatives — Sean Brock, Mike Lata, Ken Vedrinski, Craig Deihl, Kevin Johnson, Josh Walker, Sarah O’Kelly and Josh Keeler.

Tickets to the 6 p.m. dinner, preceded by a VIP reception at 5 p.m., are $125. To reserve, call (202)808-7859 or visit the website.