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 dwfchs.org.

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.

Two Bar Crawls Scheduled for March

In case drinkers need more incentive to hoist a pint during St. Patrick’s Day week, the Folly Association of Businesses is again hosting its holiday pub crawl to  raise money for local charities.

The beneficiaries of the Mar. 15 event haven’t yet been announced, but the roster of participating bars and restaurants includes Loggerhead’s, Woody’s, Folly Brew Pub, Drop-In Deli, Planet Follywood, Crab Shack, The Grill and Island Bar, Surfbar, Blu, Rita’s Seaside Grille and Snapper Jack’s.

Each of the Folly Beach venues will offer food and drink specials from 12 noon until 5 p.m. For more information, check out visitfolly.com. 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

Edible Ways to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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A number of local restaurants and bakeries are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a nearly 30-year old campaign to raise money for breast cancer research and prevention, with dedicated menu items:

  • Fish is also pouring pink drinks for the Center, donating $1 for every pink cocktail and glass of pink wine sold during its Wednesday, Oct. 23 happy hour, which runs from 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. As extra incentive to support the cause, the first 10 guests to arrive will receive a free glass of sparkling wine.
  • Cupcake DownSouth has created a special “Cupcake for the Cure,” described as “a chocolate cake with cream cheese icing and a pink sugar heart.” For every cupcake sold, the bakery will donate $1 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Customers who make an additional $1 donation will also receive a $1 coupon for use on future visits.