Charleston Culinary Tours’ Wine and Food Festival Survival Guide

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2015 by Lowcountry Boil

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2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the BB&T Wine and Food Festival, and how it has grown! The Festival has helped to establish Charleston as a culinary destination and injects new energy into the city each year we emerge from doldrums of winter.The 2015 Festival promises to be bigger than even, yet is aiming to be more accessible to the casual foodie. That having been said, with the wide array of events, it’s difficult to pick which ones to try. Charleston Culinary Tours is here to help! Read on to see our picks for the events for which tickets remain. For a complete list of events, click here.
March 4th, 7:30 p.m.

Opening Night Gala

 $150/person, Marion Square
This event has all the big Charleston names paying homage to the seminal Lowcountry cookbook, Charleston Receipts, what could be better?

March 5th, 7 p.m.

Wild Olive Signature Dinner
$175/person, 2867 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, SC.
If it wasn’t for the 25 minute drive from Charleston to the Wild Olive, this dinner would be sold out! Chef Jacques Larson made a name for himself locally at the Wild Olive and then rose to national prominence when he opened The Obstinate Daughter. If you do attend this dinner, you owe it to yourself to stop into the Fat Hen beforehand for a look around as it’s another outstanding restaurant just down the street!

Xiao Bao Biscuit Signature Dinner

$175/person, 224 Rutledge Ave.
Infusing the Lowcountry into their Asian comfort food, XBB has become a local favorite. Chef Joshua Walker is another of the young chefs who are working to move Charleston’s cuisine forward, filtering Charleston through another cultural lens.

March 6th, 10:30 a.m.

Distiller for a Day Workshop
High Wire Distillery, $125/person, 652 King Street
High Wire Distilling Company’s Scott Blackwell is a captivating storyteller and engaging personality, so this should be an enjoyable event. Scott’s background is in food, so his approach to spirits is driven by his culinary sensibilities, resulting in an array of remarkable alcohols. Plus, lunch from Butcher and Bee (right across the parking lot) is a nice touch.

March 7th
12:00 p.m.

The Park Café: Windy City meets Holy City
$100/person, 730 Rutledge Ave., Charleston
The Park Café is excellent, but very low key, so their willingness to host an event with chefs from two big-name Chicago restaurants,Blackbird and The Girl and the Goat, is laudable. Park Café’s Chef Jon Amato honed his skills at FIG, and now brings that aesthetic to a neighborhood-oriented restaurant with a very affordable menu. Chef Amato attempts to balance cost considerations with the preparation of extraordinary food. No doubt this event will under promise and over deliver!

2:00 p.m.

Clammer Dave’s Oyster Roast
$65/person, Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina’s waterfront Lookout Pavilion, 20 Patriots Point Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC
This might be the most value oriented event on the Festival’s schedule! Oyster Roasts are quintessentially Charleston and Clammer Dave is one of the signature providers of clams and oysters to Charleston restaurants. The event also includes Jon Zucker from Cru Café, a much loved Charleston restaurant that doesn’t seek out much media exposure.7:00 p.m.
Lana Signature Dinner
$175/person, 210 Rutledge Ave.
Chef John Ondo’s Lana Restaurant has been a favorite of ours for years and is a little under the radar. Chef Ondo is in the first tier of Charleston chefs, so take advantage of this market inefficiency and grab tickets to this dinner while you can!Twenty-Six Divine Dinner
$100/person, 682 King Street
We got to know husband and wife chef team Enan and Jenn Parezo a little better via our podcast, but we are embarrassed to say Twenty-Six Divine was under our radar too until recently! Enan and Jenn’s restaurant is truly a labor of love and that shows in the warm atmosphere, intimate setting and delicious food.While the mission of the Wine and Food Festival is laudable, you’re helping to support a nonprofit that has been instrumental in making Charleston what it is today. $175/person dinners can get expensive fast! Consider working the following alternatives into your Festival experience to stretch your budget a little further and ease your budgetary heartburn:

Make a dinner reservation at any of the big name Charleston restaurants for a night they are not hosting a signature dinner before these places fill up fast. While dinner at any high end Charleston restaurant can be expensive, you’ll be able to see what Charleston’s culinary luminaries are up to spending quite so much money.Visit some other, non-Festival restaurants. Participating in the Wine and Food Festival is a huge commitment and, despite the ticket costs, the events are not profitable for restaurants as they are a quasi-in-kind donation to raise money for the Festival. Accordingly, many outstanding restaurants have only limited participation or do not participate at all, but are still outstanding. Some of our favorites include Prohibition, HoM, R. Kitchen, Burwell’s, Chez Nous, Butcher & Bee and Eli’s Table, but there are many, many more!Check out some local bakeries. Charleston has several world-class independent bakeries that are adored by local foodies, but not given much recognition by the Festival. Take an afternoon and visit a few. Sugar Bakeshop, Wildflour Pastry, Sweet Radish Bakeshop and Brown’s Court Bakery are all within a few blocks of each other, making for a convenient and delicious afternoon.

Schedule your own brewery or distillery tour. If you’re interested in Charleston’s breweries and want  inside access, the Charleston Brews Cruise has been offering motorized tours of several of Charleston’s breweries for the last 3+ years and has great relationships. If spirits are your thing, Charleston’s three distilleries all offer tours of their facilities while the Charleston Distillery Tour will offer motorized distillery tours of all three breweries in one comprehensive tour.

Lastly, take one of our Charleston Culinary Tours! We’ve been guiding culinary tours in Charleston for 3+ years and, in addition to showing you what our city has to offer, we can help point you in the right direction to get the most out of your Wine and Food Festival experience! Call 843-259-2966 today. 

www.charlestonculinarytours.com

Music and Oysters for Wildlife at Sewee Outpost

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2015 by Lowcountry Boil

1Music and Oysters for Wildlife 10th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Saturday January 10th from 2 pm to 6 pm at Sewee Outpost in Awendaw, SC. Enjoy live, local music, steamed Bulls Bay oysters, craft beer and wine, and a silent auction. It’s all for a good cause, so get your tickets now at eTix. The fun-filled event will be held rain or shine with heated tents but no outside alcohol or pets.

MUSIC LINE UP:
1:30pm Lincoln Middle/High Steel Band to welcome at gate
2pm Danielle Howle
2:30 Mark Bryan of Occasional Milkshake with Doug Jones
4:00 Sun-Dried Vibes
5:30 Red Dog Ramblers

Founded as Sewee Association in 1996, the guiding vision of Friends of Coastal South Carolina is shaped by dedication to preserving the ecosystems and wildlife of the South Carolina coast for future generations. To that end it supports the respective missions of our coastal national wildlife refuges and forest through active participation in programs and projects that enhance these treasured resources. The organization works to instill a conservation ethic in students and encourage the next generation of scientists through our environmental education programs. For more information visit www.sccoastalfriends.org.

The HO HO Holiday Market Oyster Roast Extravaganza

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2014 by Lowcountry Boil

10616022_10152874063668340_1645914689337590565_nThe HO HO Holiday Market Oyster Roast Extravaganza will be held on Sunday, December 21st from 11:00am – 3:00pm at the Sunday Brunch Farmers Market located at 2113 Medway Rd in Charleston. Come out and celebrate as a another fun-filled season wraps up at Medway Park! Bring your family and friends as they cook up some of the Lowcountry’s finest sustainable oysters beginning at 1 p.m. It is only $10 a bucket! It’s also the perfect chance to let our amazing vendors help you wrap up that last-minute holiday shopping! This year get that special someone in your life some awesome local goodies and shop while soaking in the musical awesomeness of Matt Williams and Charlie Thompson! We can’t wait to see you!

10436693_557750451002793_5101918098944296458_nThe Sunday Brunch Farmers Market is a 100% local market dedicated to quality and community. This is an opportunity specifically for small producers and new and beginning businesses who source locally to sell among their peers and to develop their market base.  The market is open 11 – 2 every Sunday from September 28 – December 21. Come celebrate community and stock up for the holiday with tons of quality local goods!

3rd Annual New Year’s Eve Rose Ball

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2014 by Lowcountry Boil

NYE2015Flyer1The 3rd Annual Rose Ball, an exclusive collaboration between Boris Van Dyck of IceBox Bar and Camille Key of Charleston After Dark, will be held on Wednesday, December 31st, at the Johnson Hagood Stadium, home of the Citadel Bulldogs. Guests will enjoy a fashionably upscale New Years Eve Ball inside the Club Level & VIP patio from 9:00 pm until 2:00 am, with all-inclusive hors d’oeuvres and bar service, different genres of entertainment, visual and artistic production inside and outside on the football field, along with beautiful rooftop views of the entire city. A portion of proceeds benefits The Tanzanian Education Foundation, a Charleston based 501c-3 non-profit which provides funding for elementary education in Africa.

The entertainment lineup for the 2nd Annual Rose Ball, NYE 2014, included VIP Headliner DJ Jonas Tempel, Co-founder of Beatport & Factory Design Labs from Denver, Colorado, along with Vocalist Quiana Parler of Charleston, Miami based DJ & Radio Personality – DJ Cato K – who headlined in the Club Level; DJ Arthur Bros. from Charlotte, The Dubplates Band, Vocalist Timmy Davis, DJ Mateo, Deejay D-Nyce, Ballerina Andrea De Vries and Visual Art Production by Artist Banks Pappas of NYC, and more surprise performances. .

Dress to impress in whatever makes you feel good, whether you feel like dressing up for a sophisticated ball or just a classy night out on the town. Indoor and outdoor access will be available throughout the night with additional seating areas for all guests.

Purchase tickets and VIP tables at here.

Yoga, Live Music & Inspiration Set to Fill Memminger Auditorium

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2014 by Lowcountry Boil

10247208_10204544521794728_6068437539643083423_nBack by popular demand, YOGAPOP returns to Memminger Auditorium on Friday, November 21 to deliver another unique & innovative night of yoga, live music, and entertainment. This intimate night includes a one-hour, all levels yoga class taught by local yoga teacher & health guru, Elli Boland. Joining her in co-creation of the night are dear friends Ashley Cebulka (life coach and the festival dubbed “Chief Inspirer”) and Brendan James (national touring musician and troubadour). As the class comes to a close, the ever enticing Yoga Village opens, where you can shop local artisan vendors, grab a bite, have a cocktail, and mingle with the greater Charleston yoga community. Live music & other fun entertainment will ensue.

This event benefits This Is Noteworthy and the Global Fund for Women. This Is Noteworthy is a Charleston-based non-profit responsible for curating the music for the Cooper River Bridge Run, C2’s Eclectic Evening music program, Balcony TV CHS, and CHS BandSwap. Global Fund for Women advances the rights of women and girls worldwide by increasing the resources for and investing in women-led organizations and women’s collective leadership for change.

YOGAPOP is for everyone including first time yoga students, advanced practitioners, locals and visitors. Everyone can get their downward dog on and groove to the beat! Tickets are on sale now at www.yogapop.org for $25 advance, $32 door (if available). Capacity at this event is limited, so we encourage you to purchase tickets in advance.

Lowcountry Autism Foundation for Oysters for Autism

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2014 by Lowcountry Boil

LAFPlease join the Lowcountry Autism Foundation for Oysters for Autism on Sunday, November 23rd from 4-7pm at Bowens Island Restaurant! With incredible views, guests will enjoy an afternoon of everything Charleston that includes live music, oysters, drinks and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and include oysters and non-alcoholic beverages. Beer and wine available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Lowcountry Autism Foundation or are available online HERE. We hope you join to support this worthwhile cause!

All proceeds will benefit children with Autism Spectrum Disorder who are helped by the Lowcountry Autism Foundation at the MUSC Children’s Hospital. Family Support Services is a key component to the continuum of care which helps establish MUSC Health as a Certified Autism Friendly Hospital. Lowcountry Autism Foundation’s mission is to remove barriers and increase access to early clinical diagnosis, and treatment services, for individuals and families living with autism.

For additional information, please visit www.lafinc.org.

 

3rd ANNUAL LOWCOUNTRY HOEDOWN NEXT WEEKEND

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2014 by Lowcountry Boil

It’s that time once again to suit up in your finest plaid and cowboy boots for the 3rd annual Lowcountry Hoedown presented by Bottles Beverage Superstore. This all-inclusive shindig returns to Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed next weekend on Saturday, November 8 from 7-11pm. Dubbed a “Celebration of Southern Fare & Libations…Set to a Fiddle”, an impressive line-up of restaurants, distilleries, breweries, and bands will be on-site serving up the best of the South.

486507_403831886330943_2111300636_nSip & swig on bourbon, moonshine, whiskey cocktails, and craft brews from two dozen Southern distilleries & breweries including Charleston’s own Holy City Brewing and Striped Pig Distillery. Nibble and nosh on BBQ & tasty Southern treats from a dozen restaurants and artisan food vendors. Be sure to cast your vote for Fan Favorite Eat & Drink, as the coveted squirrel awards are prized at the end of the night to one lucky restaurant and distillery or brewery.

Of course, no Hoedown is complete without dancing, so plan to get down to the funky rhythms of two fantastic bluegrass bands: Seven Handle Circus from Atlanta, GA (returning from 2013, after popular demand!) and The Dunder Chiefs from Charleston, SC.

As we like to say if it’s from South of the Mason-Dixon Line and East of the Mississippi, it’s fit for this Hoedown. So suit up in your best Hoedown attire and prepare for a boot stompin’ good time.

Tickets can be purchased at Bottles Beverage Superstore (610 Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant) or online at www.lowcountryhoedown.com. Tickets are $50 in advance, $65 at the door (if available), and include sampling from all participating vendors and live entertainment. A portion of the proceeds from this event benefit Lowcountry Food Bank, whose mission is to lead the fight against hunger in our area. Please support them and families in need this season.

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