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Les Dames d’Escoffier invites you to a highly anticipated event , “AUTUMN AFFAIR,” on OCTOBER 3, featuring an evening of wine tasting, local artisan foods, live music and a silent auction that benefits LDEI scholarships.

6:00pm until 9:00pm  

Purchase tickets: www.ldeicharleston.com

Sample delicious treats from local producers including Callie’s Charleston Biscuits, Wildflour Pastry, The Glass Onion, David’s Confections, Compost in My Shoe, Charleston Grill, Green Grocer

Lowndes Grove

266 Saint Margaret Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29403

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Charleston, S.C. – On Thursday, October 27, 6:00-9:00 p.m., the Charleston chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), a worldwide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage, and hospitality will host their annual fundraiser, An Autumn Affair: A Celebration of Wine and Artisan Food. 


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Stir a little sweetness and flavor into your holiday coffee or hot cocoa with these yummy chocolate-dipped spoons. For a last-minute holiday gift, fill a hand-decorated mug with your favorite gourmet coffee beans or package of hot cocoa mix then add several chocolate-dipped spoons. (Enclose each spoon in a cellophane bag and tie with a ribbon.)  The spoons can be dipped in melted dark or white chocolate or candy coating. Embellish them with contrasting drizzles of chocolate or with peppermint candy chips.  Spoon-dipping is a great holiday activity for kids. The only other essential ingredient you will need besides those mentioned below, is your imagination! 


1 cup dark chocolate chips  

1 cup white chocolate or butterscotch chips

18 to 20 sturdy white plastic spoons


Place 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips into a large glass measuring cup or microwave proof bowl. Heat in 20-second intervals, stirring a little each time, to help remove lumps. Tip: Microwave-melted chocolate holds it’s shape and won’t look melted until stirred. 

When the chocolate becomes smooth, hold a plastic spoon by the handle and dip the “bowl” into melted chocolate to coat. Place on waxed paper to harden. Continue dipping half the spoons. Repeat process with remaining dark chocolate chips and spoons.  (Dipped spoons can be chilled for fast setting.)  

In a clean bowl, microwave half the white chocolate chips, reducing the power to 50 percent. (White chocolate is heat sensitive.)  When melted, partially dip each dark chocolate-coated spoon into the melted white chocolate to create layers. When chocolate is completely set, wrap each spoon in cellophane or enclose 2 or 3 spoons in a cellophane bag; tie tops with ribbon. 

Variations: You can apply the white chocolate with a small, clean paintbrush. The melted white chocolate can also be piped on using a small pastry bag or a small sturdy baggie fitted with a decorating tube. 

Tip: When melting chocolate, remove all moisture from inside the bowl, or the chocolate will seize up and ruin.  



  Photo © Susan Slack

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Sandhill Farmers' Market


Heather’s Artisan Bakery


Beautiful flowers, garden-fresh produce, lively music and friendly, familiar faces: all the signs of Spring at the Sandhill Farmers’ Market, which opened last Tuesday. Twenty seven vendors were on hand for the opening day. 


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It’s almost time for the Halloween celebration at Sandhill Farmers’ Market in Northeast Columbia. Here’s the scoop on the planned activities plus Tips for a Green Halloween and a delicious fall recipe for Apple Crumble. 


Come celebrate Halloween at the Sandhill Farmers’ Market on Tuesday, October 27.  Kids can “Trick or Treat” the vendors, pet the baby lambs and play games.


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The South Carolina State Fair is in full swing. Running from October 14 to October 25, 2009,you will find exhibits on baking, canned goods, flowers, needlework, quilting, fine arts and agriculture. After participating in the pre-fair judging for the baking division, I took time to visit the decorated cakes entered this year and snapped a few photos.  The entries get better and better each year. This is the first of four photo-posts, which will include mouthwatering a variety of breads and pies. Enjoy!




  The cute scarecrow is drawing lots of              attention at the fair. 









         Pooh Bear










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