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.

The Green Door’s Owner Says He’s Nearly Secured New Location

gdoor-240x300The 150 fans of The Green Door who last night attended a final farewell party for the restaurant “partied pretty hard,” even though they didn’t have a new location to celebrate, owner Cory Burke reports.

Burke had hoped to reveal information about his future plans at the customer appreciation party, rescheduled after Big John’s Tavern booted the project from its premises. Burke earlier this year took over Big John’s kitchen, but the partnership didn’t survive a change in tavern management: Although owner Ryan Condon initially agreed to let The Green Door operate through the end of October, Burke’s announcement of a blow-out Halloween party caused Condon to shut down the bar on Oct. 21.

“Having a going away party on Halloween night and going crazy in here, and they’re not going to do that,” Condon told The Post and Courier.

Last night’s party, held at Grow Food Carolina, featured a roti bar with beef cheeks, braised seaweed, pig’s head and strong punch. Continue reading

Les Dames Raises Funds for Culinary Scholarships

Les Dames d’Escoffier is now selling tickets for its annual fundraiser, an evening eat-and-drink sampling which benefits the groups’ scholarship fund.

The 36-year old philanthropic organization of female leaders in the food-and-beverage industry in 2005 established a Charleston chapter, which is hosting An Autumn Affair for the third time. The Oct. 3 event at Lowndes Grove Plantation will feature live music, wine tasting, member book sales and silent auction. The food lineup includes Callie’s Charleston Biscuits, Cacao’s Artisan Chocolates, Celia’s of Charleston and Empanada Mama.

Tickets to the event, which runs from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., cost $55 and are available at ldeicharleston.com.

Restaurant Has A Lot to Celebrate

 

The Lot

The Lot

The Lot‘s turning one next Monday, and the James Island blackboard-menu restaurant is celebrating with whole hog barbecue.

From 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on Sept. 9, The Lot’s serving up smoked pork plates with two sides and dessert for $15. Standard dinner service will be suspended so folks can focus on the birthday festivities, which include music by Weigh Station Duo and drink specials. A ticket’s also good for $2 off Black Joe Lewis’ show at The Pour House later that evening.

In order to handle the hog, The Lot purchased a new smoker, but staffers aren’t yet sure what to call the contraption. The restaurant’s now offering a free ticket to the birthday barbecue in exchange for the best name posted on its Facebook page: Current nominees include Sir Smokes A Lot, Rusty, Boss Hog and The Lot Ness Monster. If you can do better, post your suggestion here.

Tickets to the party can be purchased in advance at The Lot.

Tides Folly Beach Marks End of Summer With AYCE Luau

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Tides Folly Beach wants to save mainlanders the hassle of a tropical island trip.

Tides Folly Beach is stocking the buffet with a number of popular Hawaiian meat dishes for its second annual end-of-summer luau.

Although the hotel didn’t spring for Spam, a $65 ticket to the Sept. 13 evening bash includes access to an open bar and an all-you-can-eat mess of huli huli chicken, loco moco mahi mahi – lapped by mango salsa instead of the traditional brown gravy – roasted pork and laulau, or steamed shrimp. Chief Kamu and his hula dancers will provide the entertainment.

The event also includes music from the Kristi Starr Duo; door prizes and a movie on the beach. Pre-purchased tickets are recommended, but not required: To buy, call 588-6464.

Southern Living Tailgate Contest Returns: Can Clemson Win Again?

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Is this the South’s best party?/ jobu415

Fans of defending Southern Living Tailgating Champion Clemson University have until Sept. 30 to cast an online vote in this year’s edition of the popularity contest.

Fifteen schools, described by the magazine as hosts of the “greatest pregame parties,” are competing for the “Best Tailgate” title. Editor-in-chief Lindsay Bierman is quoted in a release as saying the poll is supposed to determine which collegiate football program has “the most stylish and spirited spread.” Of course, voters don’t need to provide a reason for rejecting Ole Miss, Florida State or the Universities of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, among other contenders.

If you can tear yourself away from the TV, votes carry double the weight on Saturdays. And one voter will be randomly selected to win a $2500 prize. Good luck (to you and your school of choice.)