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Lowcountry Local First, a nonprofit focused on strengthening Charleston’s local economy by supporting locally owned businesses and farmers, has kicked off its third annual Eat Local Month during April. Eat Local Month, presented by Limehouse Produce, is a Lowcountry Local First initiative providing hands-on educational opportunities and events for the community to eat what is ripe and in season while connecting with local farmers, restaurants, businesses and organizations.
Lowcountry Local First’s April events include:
- Eat Local Challenge, where the general public is challenged to shift $10 or more of their weekly food budget to local products.
- Plow to Chow on April 12, at which chefs will provide demonstrations at the reopening of the Charleston Farmer’s Market in Marion Square.
- Lowcountry Farm Tours on April 19, where visitors will learn about local farming practices and consume local fare during a self-guided tour through Johns and Wadmalaw island farms.
- Chef’s Potluck on April 27, featuring 16 chefs paired up with Charleston area farmers, fishermen, ranchers and producers to serve locally-sourced dishes along with local libations, live music and a special live auction hosted by local comedian, Dusty Slay.
All funds raised during Eat Local Month support Lowcountry Local First’s work in sustainable agriculture. To date, Lowcountry Local First has put 95 apprentices through the Growing New Farmers Program and launched Dirt Works Incubator Farm, among other initiatives.
The Old Village Post House is hosting a Carolina Rice Kitchen Dinner at 6:30 p.m., April 16. Learn about the history of the Carolina grain and the agricultural impact of this crop while enjoying a five-course menu. Featured wine pairings will be provided by Harry Root of Grassroots wine. A portion of the proceeds from this dinner will be donated to help research at Clemson University Agricultural Extension.
The events also include guests David Shields, the McClintock Professor of Southern Letters at the University of South Carolina; Glenn Roberts, founder of Anson Mills and president amd CEO of the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation; and Brian Ward, a horticulture specialist with Clemson University.
The special dinner menu features culinary interpretations drawn from S.C. history, such as a quail with oyster cream, based on an 1847 recipe in Sarah Rutledge’s The Carolina Housewife. The menu also includes contemporary presentations highlighting the historic crops.
Cost of the dinner is $100 plus tax and gratuity; reservations are required, so call 843-388-8935. The Old Village Post House is located at 101 Pitt St. in Mount Pleasant.
The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission is hosting Wine Down Wednesday during April at Old Towne Creek County Park. This West Ashley park is not yet regularly open to the public, but on select dates in April, Lowcountry residents are invited to enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music.
Wine Down Wednesday will take place 5-7 p.m. on April 16 and 30. Charleston County residents can register in advance for $15. The cost for noncounty residents and day-of admission is $20 per person. Admission fees cover wine, hors d’oeuvres and a commemorative wine glass.
Justin Mackie will perform on April 16, and food will be provided by Kickin’ Chicken. On April 30, Triangle Char & Bar will provide food.
Old Towne Creek County Park, formerly Ashem Farm, was home to Charleston preservationist Emily Ravenel Farrrow and her St. Andrews Riding Academy. Located in West Ashley, the 67-acre estate is dotted with open fields mixed among groves of live oaks.