A Quartet of Unofficial Events

In addition to the dozens of events on the official festival schedule, a number of venues are throwing their own special events while they have a captive culinary audience. Here is an overview of some of the breakaway fun:

Rioja Wine Dinner

Who: Dhane Chesson of Wines of Rioja

Where: The Macintosh, 479B King St.

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Cost: $85

More info: Chesson has chosen the wines for this three-course dinner, for which the menu includes roasted tilefish and duck galantine. For reservations, call 789-4299. Continue reading

Charleston Wine + Food Festival Releases Complete Schedule

BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival

BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival

The complete schedule for the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival wasn’t available when today’s food section went to press, but prospective ticket buyers can now find the entire agenda on the festival’s website.

Among the new events offered are breakfasts at Basico, Callie’s Kitchen and the Rarebit; a pair of events featuring Atlanta chef Kevin Gillespie; dinners at Edmund’s Oast, Xiao Bao Biscuit; a Poogan’s Porch dinner starring pioneering cocktail revivalist Dale DeGroff and a demo by Thai food champion Andy Ricker of the ever-growing Portland/NYC Pok Pok empire. In keeping with current beverage trends, there’s also a sherry seminar on the schedule. Continue reading