Eating for a good cause: When you dine at Columbia-area Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants today – Thursday, June 15 – you’ll help support the Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity. Mention the fundraising event and Chipotle will donate 50 percent of the meal proceeds to help Habitat continue to provide low-income families and individuals in the Midlands with a safe, decent place to live. Specifically, money raised today will be used to rebuild the fire-damaged home of a 105-year-old woman who has adopted or fostered 70 children.
10:45 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday, June 15 at various Chipotle Mexican Grill locations, including 6070 Garners Ferry Road; 4840 Forest Drive (Trenholm Plaza); 619 Gervais St.; and 276 Harbison Blvd. (Harbison Court).
Devine Cinnamon Roll anniversary: The deli and bakery is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a monster of a giveaway. The first customer on Saturday gets a free Cinnamonster, as seen on The Food Network. The first 100 customers get a free (regular-size) cinnamon roll.
Begins 7 a.m. Saturday, June 17 at Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli, 2617 Devine St. www.thecinnamonrolldeli.com
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Shrimp and Grits Festival: Many Midlands restaurants have shrimp and grits on the menu, but who has the best? Time to sample and choose a winner.
6-10 p.m. Saturday, June 17 at Columbia Conference Center, 169 Laurelhurst Ave. $40, adults; $25, children under 21. Includes unlimited samples from participating restaurants, live music and door prizes. www.columbiashrimpandgrits.com
Grapes of Spain Wine Dinner: 116 State hosts Javier Baquero with Grapes of Spain for a seven-course dinner paired with wine. Guests will receive a glass of Cava and an amuse bouche before being seated for dinner. All wines will be available for order at the end of the evening. Vegetarian and pescatarian options available.
6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21 at 116 State Espressso and Wine Bar, 116 State St., West Columbia. $65. Reservations: (803) 791-5663
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JAZZ VENUE: Jazz lovers in the Midlands now have a consistent go-to venue for live performances with the recent opening of Chayz Lounge at Nonnah’s in the Vista.
The brainchild of multimedia producer and broadcast talent Chaye Alexander, Chayz Lounge began in 2009 as an online radio station and virtual space to enjoy R&B and jazz and established itself as an avenue for new and recording artists. But Alexander, who moved to Columbia 12 years ago, envisioned the concept including a venue for live performances that would allow musicians and music lovers to enjoy performances up close and personal.
“Chayz Lounge at Nonnah’s offers the best of both worlds – great music and a wonderful dining experience,” Alexander said.
Upcoming shows at the venue will feature national saxophonist and recording artists Dee Lucas on Friday, June 23 and J. Henry on Saturday, July 8.
In addition to being designed as a space to enjoy live music, Chayz Lounge also will serve as an event space for events ranging from social gatherings to business functions, Alexander said, and with services ranging from setup to catering.
923 Gervais St., inside Nonnah’s. www.chayzlounge.com