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Buttermilk Dinner at Tristan; Party at Lowndes Grove

EVENTWIRE—The tangy, cold refresher of Southerners' youth is making a comeback and Diane St. Clair is, in part, to thank. Her book The Animal Farm Buttermilk Cookbook made the ingredient accessible to home cooks unfamiliar with liquid. After St. Clair's visit to fine dining destination Tristan, chef Nate Whiting was inspired to host a dinner celebrating buttermilk. The four-course dinner will be hosted on September 26 at 7:00 p.m., and guests can expect dishes like fried chicken with red hot honey, carbonara and slow braised veal served alongside a potato puree, cipollini onions and Mepkin Abbey mushrooms. Tickets are $125 and will include a copy of St. Clair's book. Call 843.534.2155 to reserve your spot. [EaterWire]

EVENTWIRE—Female culinary minds from the Charleston chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier will gather at Lowndes Grove Plantation on October 3 to celebrate An Autumn Affair. The event will feature food writers, Nathalie Dupree and Holly Herrick, and treats from local purveyors like Callie's Biscuits and Empanada Mama. The evening will also present a wine tasting, live music and a silent auction. You can purchase the $55 tickets online at www.ldeicharleston.com. [EaterWire]

FRANCOPHILEWIRE—If you're in Manhattan next week, chef Nico Romo of Fish is also leaving for the city to participate in Taste of France. The two-day event begins on September 28 and is a massive showcase of everything French. Guests will not only sample cuisine from the region, but there will also be beauty treatments, bulldog shows, music and much more. The giant spectacle takes place in Bryant Park and tickets (prices vary) are available at www.tasteoffrance.com. [EaterWire]

LEEBROSWIRE—The venerable Lee Brothers are hosting a cookbook boot camp. The event isn't until January 2014, but the sign up starts now. Spaces are limited to six chefs. Those looking to "hone their stories and begin a cookbook" should review the website www.thefoodlife.com. [EaterWire]

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