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The Charleston Wine & Food Festival will pay tribute to Chef Frank Lee of Slightly North of Broad in a special pre-festival event at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at The Grocery. Chefs who got their start in Lee’s kitchen are now leading successful restaurants around the Holy City — and beyond. Guests will dine on a five-course meal with wine pairings, while Chef Lee’s friends and colleagues toast his accomplishments and share stories. Each course will be prepared by teams of guest chefs who began their culinary career in Lee’s kitchen.
Participants paying tribute to Chef Lee include Charleston chefs Chris Stewart, The Glass Onion; Graham Dailey, Peninsula Grill; Kevin Johnson, The Grocery; Robert Berry, Indaco; and Russ Moore, Slightly North of Broad, along with guest chefs Chris Newsome of Ollie Irene in Birmingham, Ala.; Ricky King of Hundred Acres in New York; Sam Goinsalvos of Il Buco Alimentare in New York; Yannick Cam of Bistro Provence in Washington, D.C.; and Malcolm Hudson, formerly of Hudson’s restaurant in Columbia.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the festival’s scholarship programs at the College of Charleston, Art Institute of Charleston and Culinary Institute of Charleston. A limited number of tickets are available for $250 per person. For full event details and to purchase tickets, visit the festival website.
The Mitchell Hill Foundation is hosting an Art for Charity event 4-7 p.m. on Nov. 7 to support the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital’s Change Bandits campaign. Change Bandits is a grass-roots fundraiser that allows people to donate their spare change to help change a child’s life at MUSC Children’s Hospital. For this event, previous patients and children from the community will paint piggy banks that will be up for silent auction until 5 p.m. Nov. 10. A “buy now” option will also be available. Guests can bring their spare change and drop it in the piggy bank they like best. Also, 20% of anything sold from the gallery during the Thursday night event will be donated to MUSC Children’s Hospital. Admission is a $10 suggested donation at the door, which includes food, beverages, music and silent auction. The Michael Mitchell Gallery is at 438 King St.
The Nephcure Walk Charleston is Nov. 3 at Wescott Golf Club in Summerville. This family-friendly event raises awareness and funds to help find a cure for Nephrotic Syndrome and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. There will be a pancake breakfast, live music, children's entertainment and a raffle before kicking off the 5K race to fight kidney disease. Register online.
At the end of September, three local salons participated in the first American Cancer Society Cut-A-Thon. Attitudes Salon in Summerville, Vanity Salon in Mount Pleasant and The Healing Boutique with Paul Mitchell The School of Charleston at Roper St. Francis raised more than $2,400 during the event. The Cut-A-Thon funds support the American Cancer Society’s Survivors' Suite, a place for cancer patients to come during treatment to relax, try on wigs and learn how to care for the wigs. All proceeds from the Cut-A-Thon will go to purchase new and unused wigs for the Survivors' Suite.
The store will also host two book signings on Nov. 2. Gena Knox, CEO of Fire & Flavor and author of Gourmet Made Simple and Southern My Way, will be in the store 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. From 1-4 p.m. Charleston’s own Carrie Morey, owner of Callie’s Charleston Biscuits, will meet with guests and sign her cookbook Callie's Biscuits and Southern Traditions, which shares some of her heirloom recipes from the family kitchen.
The Charleston Basket Brigade is a local nonprofit organization providing Charleston area families with all of the ingredients to cook a Thanksgiving meal. This year the CBB has set a goal to raise $100,000 to feed 20,000 residents (about 3,333 families) for Thanksgiving. It costs $30 to feed a family of six to eight, and 100% of the donations go toward purchasing food. The meal includes a 10- to 12-pound turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, cranberry sauce, a pumpkin pie, fresh rolls and butter. Baskets are assembled and delivered the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.
Teach the Need, a program designed to train local, at-risk youth for “front of the house” restaurant careers, is celebrating a major milestone this month: the organization has expanded to eight area high schools, pairing 110 young mentees with 16 professional mentors representing top local restaurants. To honor the commitment shown by the schools, professionals and students, Charleston Place Hotel hosted a celebratory tour and luncheon earlier this week and another will be on Tuesday.
Water Missions International’s Educators’ Think Tank received a $2,000 S.C. Ports Authority Community Giving grant supporting printing of Lessons in a Bucket resource books and other materials recently distributed among lead elementary science teachers in Charleston County.
Lessons in a Bucket is a youth advocacy initiative of Water Missions International, a Charleston-based safe water nonprofit organization. The program provides free teaching materials and interactive activities to educate children about the science of safe water, the global water crisis and the importance of access to safe, healthy drinking water.
Lessons in a Bucket teaching materials include games, lesson plans and statistics about the global water crisis.
Friends of Charleston County’s Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, is hosting an oyster roast from 1-5 p.m. Nov. 17 with all-you-can-eat oysters, hot dogs and chips, and musical entertainment on Bowen's Island. Tickets are $25 per person in advance and $30 at the door; $10 in advance for children ages 6-12 and $15 at the door; and children younger than 6 enter free. For tickets, contact John Cato via email.