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Husk Greenville, 722 S. Main St., will host New Wave Spanish Wine Takeover Night, in partnership with Selections de la Viña, beginning at 5 p.m. Sept. 18. Come just for the flight of six wines or order dinner a la carte to go along with these wines that represent the vanguard of Spanish producers growing heritage grape varieties following pre-industrial agricultural practices — basically, as nature intended it. Such wines are known as “natural wine.” The flights will be available at the bar or dining room, and reservations are recommended. Visit huskgreenville.com or call 864-627-0404 to reserve a spot.

Few dollars for big impact

The inaugural pay-it-forward “SEAT (Sit Eat And Talk) at the Table” brunch held Aug. 18 at Soby’s raised $3,500 for charity, which was donated to Harvest Hope Food Bank. In 2017, Harvest Hope distributed more than 27.8 million meals and fed approximately 38,000 people a week in its 20-county area. In the Greenville area alone, almost 7.5 million pounds of food were distributed to 201,976 families in 2017.

Every dollar equates to five pounds of needed food, so if you do the math, that $3,500 collected by the “SEAT at the Table” event will provide 17,500 pounds of food for needy families. Or, if $17 feeds a family for a week, that means more than 200 families can receive necessary food items for an entire week. It’s not hard to see how far a few dollars can go to resolving food insecurity.

Designed to feed everyone, regardless of their ability to pay for their meals, the fundraiser brunch was organized by some of the most-recent graduates of the Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative and was sponsored in part by Soby’s dining group Table 301 and BMW. “SEAT at the Table” was designed to be a welcoming pop-up, pay-it-forward event to nourish, educate, and unite the diverse Greenville community, regardless of background or means.

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Atlanta-based Flying Biscuit Cafe is headed to 656 S. Main St., Greenville, next to the Greenville Army Store. Franchise owner Summer Lee, who lives in Columbia but grew up in Easley, has been a faithful Flying Biscuit diner for 20 years, driving 2½ hours to Atlanta or two hours to Charlotte to get her fix. Now, she’s bringing the all-day breakfast and lunch spot much closer. She and her son will operate the Greenville location, while she also works to open locations in Charleston. The cafe is much more than biscuits — there are lots of salads and sandwiches, breakfast bowls, oatmeal pancakes, and more. Look for an early 2019 opening.

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