Top chef in town

Top Chef Curtis Stone will be in town Saturday for a Taste and Style Event at the Tanger Outlet in North Charleston.

From 1-3 p.m., Stone will present a live cooking demonstration, and those in attendance will have the chance to meet the chef from Down Under and get his autograph.

Stone’s appearance will kick off a weekend of fun celebrating gourmet food trucks.

From 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, indulge in offerings from local food trucks, enjoy live music, catch Kitchen Collection demonstrations and more.

Saturday also will offer a cooking demo by chef Miles Huff of the Culinary Institute of Charleston, which will happen at noon.

Sunday will serve up a spring fashion event and delicious door prizes.

Tanger Outlet is at International Drive and Tanger Outlet Boulevard in North Charleston. Call 800-4TANGER (482-6437) or go to for more.

Keeping it local

Our Local Foods at 1190 Clements Ferry Road near Mount Pleasant is launching a series of food- and farm-related events for all-local month.

Saturday: Plow to Chow. This will coincide with the opening of the Charleston Farmers Market in Marion Square. Several local restaurants and farmers will be there to offer local foods and cooking demonstrations.

April 20: Dirt Road Trip. This event will be a 10 a.m.-5 p.m. tour of Charleston’s favorite farms. You will be able to meet the farmers, tour their farms and buy local ingredients.

April 28: Chefs Potluck. The event takes place at Middleton Place, where several of Charleston’s high-profile chefs partner with growers and producers to prepare all-local dishes for the public to taste.

Call 849-0080.

Farmers reception

Fat Hen Restaurant on Johns Island will host a “Meet Your Local Farmers” reception to introduce several local farmers to the community.

This station-style event will feature fresh ingredients sourced by participating local farmers and will be paired with signature cocktails from Firefly Distillery’s newly launched Firefly Moonshine.

Chef-owner Fred Neuville says of the event, “Most of these farmers are our neighbors, so we’ve always wanted to treat them to a fun evening, and with the summer season approaching, this seemed like a great time do it.”

Beginning at 6 p.m. May 5, guests may enjoy seasonal options from four food stations located throughout the restaurant’s main dining hall, alcove and outside patio. Legare Farms, Blackbird Farm, Geechie Boy Market and Mill, Ambrose Family Farm, Thackery Farms, Limehouse Produce and Keegan-Fillion Farm among other local producers are supplying the ingredients to be used.

Guests may enjoy dishes such as a whole roasted pig, barbecue chicken sliders with bacon blue cheese coleslaw, shrimp and grits, and a community farmers table offering smoked, pickled, roasted and grilled vegetables, fruits and cheeses.

Johns Island musician Porkchop Meyers will keep guests entertained during the event.

The reception is free for farmers and $45 for the public, including tax, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Lowcountry Dolphin Alliance.

For additional information about the reception or to purchase tickets, call 559-9090.

Fat Hen Restaurant is at 3140 Maybank Highway.

Giving back

High Cotton restaurant will host its ninth annual benefit for Communities in Schools at a special three-course lunch April 24.

Communities in Schools, a nonprofit dropout-prevention agency, will receive 100 percent of the proceeds from the lunch.

Last year, High Cotton raised $3,975.

The annual event is on Administrative Professionals Day to encourage business leaders to pay tribute to their support staff while also supporting a local organization.

Executive chef Joe Palma has created a three-course menu for the event.

The lunch is $25, gratuity not included.

Reservations are required and can be made online at or by calling 724-3815. Lunch reservations are available 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

High Cotton is at 199 East Bay St.

Sweets for a cause

Sweet CeCe’s Frozen Yogurt & Treats, and HUG Charleston have teamed up to bring a sweet way to donate to local charitable organizations: You choose your favorite charity and Sweet CeCe’s pays for your donation.

Starting Saturday, Sweet CeCe’s will donate 20 percent of sales to participating organizations of the patrons’ choice.

In addition to the donation, Sweet CeCe’s also will give away a free cup of frozen yogurt for a future visit with each purchase during the event. will have its Buck Truck stationed next to Sweet CeCe’s at Market and Meeting streets about noon-5 p.m. Saturday to supply children of participants with tickets for a chance at a variety of prizes. The event will go on for a week.

Sweet CeCe’s is at 99 S. Market St. Call 277-2108.

Chasing the blues

Every Monday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Med Bistro, 90 Folly Road, will host “Blue Monday” with Shrimp City Slim. There is no cover charge, and happy hour food and beverage specials will be on the menu. Call 766 0323 or go to

Sustaining seafood

Tristan Restaurant and chef Nate Whiting will host a Sustainable Seafood Dinner on April 24 at the restaurant, 10 Linguard St. The five-course tasting menu with wine pairings will cost $95. Reservations are required. Go to or call 534-2155.

Save the date

“Savor a Meal. Save A Life.” will take place April 25. Have breakfast, lunch or dinner at a participating restaurant and a percentage of your check will benefit the Ryan White program at Roper St. Francis Healthcare. Find out more at

Up and away

Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill has opened its upper-level deck. On the menu: appetizers, hot rock cookery and cocktails. Burwell’s is at 14 N. Market St. downtown. Call 737-8707.

Now open

Republic Reign Garden & Lounge has opened at 462 King St. downtown. Call 696-6827 or go to