Imbibe and dine: A variety of choices

Ratcliffe on The Green (435 S. Tryon St.) hosts a Jon-David Headrick wine dinner Wednesday. On the menu: sauteed Carolina crabcakes with Grenelle Rose; Kona kampachi (yellowtail) over New Town Farms winter squash risotto with 2007 Le Paradou Blanc; roasted Delaware chicken with 2006 La Craie Vouvray; grilled Ostrich strip steak with 2005 Noblaie Chinon Rouge; and more. $80; 704-358-9898.

Blue (Hearst Tower at the corner of College and 5th streets) hosts a five-course beer dinner Thursday. On the menu: beer-battered Georges Bank cod over Yukon Gold potato skordalia with Bells Octoberfest; roasted pumpkin soup with Dogfish Pumpkin Ale; slow-roasted pork over hash of butternut squash, sweet onion and guanciale (a sort of bacon) with Highland Marzen; and chocolate dacquoise with malt chocolate mousse and salted chocolate mousse, with Duck Rabbit Milk Stout. $59; 704-927-2583.

Both Charlotte Morton's will host tastings of Chimay (a Belgian ale brewed by Trappist monks) with signature hors d'oeuvres this month, with $5 of every ticket going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The SouthPark location's is tonight (704-365-1330), and Uptown's will be Oct. 10 (704-333-2602). Cost is $45, and you get a Chimay glass goblet, too.

Fleming's holding fundraisers on Fridays

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse (210 E. Trade St.) opened Friday in the EpiCentre, and will hold three fundraisers for area nonprofits over the next three Fridays. Four-course dinners and wine pairings will be offered at a cost of $50 each, with all proceeds going to the nonprofit of that night. Oct. 10, it's the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer team and its “Save 2nd Base” effort. The Arts & Science Council is up on Oct. 17, followed by Communities in Schools on Oct. 24. Each dinner will be in the private dining room. 704-333-4266.

‘Taste of Charleston' will begin next Friday

The 28th annual “Taste of Charleston” will span three days for the first time, from the Iron Chef competition next Friday to the Taste of the Arts Oct. 11 to the Taste of Charleston at Boone Hall Plantation Oct. 12. That event is a food and wine pairing that includes nearly 20 fine dining restaurants from the area, along with cooking demos, a petting zoo for kids, and more. The events benefit Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center and other organizations. Info: www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com.

Harper has whole-wheat dough for its pizzas

Harper's at SouthPark, Carolina Place and the Harper's To Go Go now offer a whole-wheat dough for their pizzas. Also new: The SouthPark Harper's has updated its dining room and patio area to better accommodate large groups. The patio area has more soft seating and an improved music system, and inside, carpeting and millwork have been updated and a new banquette added. The bar/lounge has also added a $5 “bar bites” menu offered 4 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to closing daily.

Cosmos Café to expand into Ballantyne area

Cosmos Café is at work on a second location, at the Village at Robinson Farm in the Ballantyne area (8410 Rea Road). Expect a menu that's similar (with some adjustments for more family-friendly dining) and an opening around January or February.