Archive for February, 2012

BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 29, 2012 by Lowcountry Boil

Photo courtesy: Charleston Wine + Food Festival

Charleston is known for a lot of great things but cuisine is one thing that always tops the list. Throughout the city are a wide range of exceptional restaurants and talented chefs. Named one of the nation’s best food and wine festivals by Forbes Traveler, BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival takes place on March 1st-4th. During the weekend guests will savor the superb culinary talent from renown chefs and sommeliers locally and from around the country.  Additionally, the event also gives back to the local community. Feed the Need, a coalition of area chefs committed to help relieve the economic stress of feeding the hungry at four local shelters, will be the 2012 Signature Charity and Lowcountry Local First’s Incubator Farm and Training Center that offers low expense access to land for new farmers and the ability to share resources, equipment and ideas will be the 2012 Emerging Project. While a majority of the events have sold out, below is a list of the ones with tickets still available.

12:00 – 2:00 pm
Locavore Luncheon$100.00


Photo courtesy: Charleston Wine + Food Festival


Photo courtesy: Andrew Stephen Cebulka

WHEN: March 1st-4th
WHERE:  Throughout Charleston
TICKETS: Available HERE.

Hawk Rawk – Benefit Concert for Josh Dybzinski

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2012 by Lowcountry Boil

Come on out for Hawk Rawk on March 11th at the Pour House from 2pm -midnight for an event benefiting Josh Dybzinski. Josh was in a car accident in December and suffered a spinal cord injury. There will be some great music, food from Home Team BBQ, a silent auction and raffle giveaways, all in an effort to help Josh with medical and cost of living expenses heading his way.  $20 per person / Kids FREE.

Deck Bands:
The Audicy 3-4:15
Taco Donkey 4:30-5:15
Guilt Ridden Troubadour 5:30-6:15
Aaron Firetag 6:30-7:15
Acoustic Jam 7:15

Main Stage:
Disco Demolition Knights 6-7:15 PM
Gaslight Street 7:30-8:45
Stereo Reform 9:00-10:15
Shonuff 10:30-11:45
Jam 11:45

If you can’t make the event, you can donate to Josh’s Fund via this link. For more information, click here.

Hope to see you there!

Shuttle Hogs Introducing New Vehicles in Fleet for Charleston

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2012 by Lowcountry Boil

Shuttle Hogs provides reliable transportation service in the Charleston area with six vehicle options for shuttle rides and private service including wedding parties, airport pick ups, sporting events, and concerts. Shuttle Hogs’ goal is for customers to receive safe transportation with the best possible price and service.

Boss1970 Cadillac Coupe de Ville – THE BOSS HOG

While neither supersonic nor hybrid, this baby is made out of leg-room, white leather and American steel. The Boss Hog is perfect for the wedding getaway, anniversary, romantic date or just cruising through Charleston in a drop-top land-yacht.

good time charlie1985 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Limo – GOOD TIME CHARLIE

Detroit gave the people a powder blue, six door Cadillac that was born to make memories. This Caddy seats at least nine people has blue lights in the ceiling and a iPod hookup. It’s perfect for weddings, birthdays, bachelor(ette) parties, or a night on the town with no worries!!

mini vanMini Van – Chrysler Town and Country – THE BULLET

The Bullet is the most recent addition to the fleet. Push button doors, four captains chairs and low clearance make this car incredibly easy to get in and out of around town. This is not your mama’s soccer van. The toughest part about a minivan is admitting how much you really like it.

tahoeChevy Tahoe – LUMPY

With ample legroom, Lumpy is a Chevy Tahoe SUV that comes complete with leather seats, space for six passengers and is piloted by the coolest guy on the planet. Take this ride out for a spin and enjoy a great night on the town.

the hog12 Person Chevy Van – THE ORIGINAL HOG

It’s the original shuttle van, plain and simple. It is clean, fits twelve people comfortably, and is an ideal means of transportation for getting the crew to and from your next outing, whether it be for golf, a wedding, supper club, concert or any other special event.

big mama15 Ford Passenger Van – BIG MAMA

The Econoline XLT extended 15 passenger van is the standard workhorse for touring groups across America. It has a tow hitch for trailers and toys and it’s own zip code of cargo space for luggage, clubs, coolers and beach chairs. Whatever you need, Big Mama’s got you covered.

Shuttle Hogs Owners Jason McGehee and Mick Jewell smallEntrepreneurs Jason McGehee and Mick Jewell started Shuttle Hogs as they saw a great need for transportation services from Sullivan’s Island on the weekends. What started as a shuttle service with one van, the company now handles parties and events with six safe rides for clients all over the lowcountry.

Please call Shuttle Hogs at 843-424-1323 for reservations and special event pricing or see the entire fleet at

Bulls Bay Oyster Roasts Now Available in Charleston

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2012 by Lowcountry Boil

Photo courtesy: George Motz

Today, most oyster roasts are truly oyster “steams” as the more traditional cooking method is often set aside and replaced by the steamer pots that many find to be more convenient. With Bulls Bay Oyster Roasts, you can enjoy the age old method of roasting that has been used for generations without any of the hard work.

Oliver Thames, Photo courtesy: George Motz

“I started Bulls Bay Oyster Roasts to preserve the Lowcountry tradition of wood-fired oyster roasts.  We cook our oysters over a wood fire on a hot steel plate, covered with water-soaked burlap,” said Oliver Thames of Bulls Bay Oyster Roasts. “Nothing can compare to the taste of a Bulls Bay oyster cooked over an oak fire or the comraderie of the crowd enjoying the smell of the smoke and sizzling oysters while waiting anxiously for the next batch!”

Bulls Bay Oyster Roasts is dedicated to sharing their passion for preserving the traditions that surround the Charleston area’s waterways. Drawing from a family heritage in the Lowcountry that dates back for over 300 years, they believe that the most delicious oysters in the world come from the local waters of Bulls Bay. Their crew will take care of everything, from cooking to cleanup as they provide everything from custom built wood-fired cookers, to tables, knives, and shell collection. Additionally, they work with local oyster suppliers to get the freshest Bulls Bay Oysters. They are committed to delivering the authentic Lowcountry oyster roast experience!

Courtesy: The Mud & The Blood

The oyster roast concept was so fascinating to Travel Channel host George Motz that he filmed a short documentary called The Mud and The Blood that will be featured in Charleston’s upcoming film festival. Featuring the guys from Bulls Bay Oyster Roasts, Motz shows all aspects of the roasts from start to finish along with the socializing that goes along with them. If you are anxious to try Bulls Bay Oyster Roasts’ product, they will be throwing a oyster roast as the film premieres at the Charleston Film Festival.

WHEN: Saturday March 3rd at 4:14pm (film), 6pm (oyster roast)

Terrace Theater
1965-D Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 762-9494

TICKETS: $10 for Film & $20 for Oyster Roast by clicking here.

MORE INFORMATION: To contact Bulls Bay Oyster Roasts for a quote or more details about booking an oyster roast, please call Oliver at (843) 412-8973.

30th Annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2012 by Lowcountry Boil

There are certain events each year everyone looks forward to taking place in Charleston. One of the most popular and largest annual event to take place in South Carolina is Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, also known locally as SEWE. Taking place February 17-19th, SEWE has grown in 30 years to be the largest event of its kind in the nation, attracting over 500 artists and exhibitors from around the globe who present their offerings to over 40,000 attendees. A 3-day celebration of nature that has earned a reputation for excellence, SEWE now hosts the world’s foremost experts in wildlife and nature art as well as conservation research and environmental education.

Poster design by Dustin Van Wechel

Check out the wide array of SEWE events:

Friday, February 17

9:00 AMPrivate Viewing Hours Charleston Place
10:00 AMALL EXHIBITS OPEN Multiple Locations
10:30 AM“Wild in the Kitchen” Demo: Chef Eddie Moran of Mercato Gaillard Auditorium
11:00 AMLecture: “Intro to Plein Air Painting” by Heiner Hertling
11:00 AMFly Fishing Demonstration Brittlebank Park
11:00 AMJack Hanna Presentation Gaillard Auditorium
12:00 PMRetriever Demonstration Brittlebank Park
12:30 PM“Wild in the Kitchen” Demo: Chef Frank Lee of Old Village Post House Gaillard Auditorium
1:00 PMLecture: “Legends of the Hunt” by John Seery-Lester Charleston County Library
2:30 PMLecture: “Carl Brenders: How and Why” by Carl Brenders Charleston County Library
2:30 PM“Wild in the Kitchen” Demo: Chef Marc Collins of Circa 1886 Gaillard Auditorium
4:00 PMRetriever Demonstration Brittlebank Park
4:30 PM“Wild in the Kitchen” Demo: Chef Simon Andrews of Swamp Fox Charleston Place

Saturday, February 18

9:00 AMPrivate Viewing Hours Charleston Place
10:00 AMALL EXHIBITS OPEN Multiple Locations
10:30 AM“Wild in the Kitchen” Demo: Chef Jeremiah Bacon of Carolina’s Gaillard Auditorium
11:30 AMRegistration for Casting Rodeo Brittlebank Park
12:00 PMRetriever Demonstration Brittlebank Park
12:30 PM“Wild in the Kitchen” Demo: Chef Steve Lusby of 82 Queen Gaillard Auditorium
1:00 PMJack Hanna Presentation Gaillard Auditorium
1:00 PMCelebrity Story Reading Charleston County Library
2:30 PM“Wild in the Kitchen” Demo: Chef Jason Houser of Muse Gaillard Auditorium
3:00 PMFly Fishing Demonstration Brittlebank Park
3:00 PMLecture: “Animal Sculpture in America” by Robin Salmon/Brookgreen Gardens Charleston County Library
4:00 PMRetriever Demonstration Brittlebank Park
4:30 PM“Wild in the Kitchen” Demo: Bob Waggoner of PBS’s U Cook with Chef Bob Gaillard Auditorium
7:00 PMSEWE Soiree Charleston Visitor Center

Sunday, February 19

10:00 AMALL EXHIBITS OPEN Multiple Locations
10:30 AM“Wild in the Kitchen” Demo: Chef Michelle Weaver of Charleston Grill Gaillard Auditorium
11:00 AMRetriever Demonstration Brittlebank Park
12:00 PMCeasar Guerini Gun Raffle Charleston Place
2:00 PMFly Fishing Demonstration Brittlebank Park
2:30 PM“Wild in the Kitchen” Demo: Chef Jason Murphy of Holy City Hospitality Gaillard Auditorium
3:00 PMRetriever Demonstration Brittlebank Park

The mission of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is to continue to positively impact the local and statewide economies through increased tourism by showcasing the finest wildlife art available in the world by investing in and positively influence wildlife and nature education through specialized programming as well as assisting in the conservation of wildlife and the environment by creating awareness and contributing financially to designated programs.

WHEN: February 17-19th

WHERE: Various Charleston area locations

TICKETS: Available at most SEWE exhibit sites during the event. $40 for Three day general admission, $20 for Friday or Saturday, $10 for Sunday. Children 10 & under are admitted free.

Local Photographer Introduces The Colors of Charleston CD

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 13, 2012 by Lowcountry Boil

Local photographer Joel Cardwell has published a photo CD titled The Colors of Charleston. The CD contains 90 high quality photos of the Charleston area and a video of the images.  For Cardwell, the CD is the culmination of five years of photographing the lowcountry.  It includes “The Holy City”, the photo that won first place in The City Paper Photo Contest in 2006. It took just four months from concept to completion.  The CD can now be found in the Visitors Center gift shop, the Hudson News gift shop at the airport, WonderWorks downtown in the city market, the South Carolina Aquarium gift shop, and at select Piggly Wiggly stores. The folks at City Slicker have added Cardwell’s photography to their Charleston Walking Tour i-Phone app.   Cardwell is also talking to local upscale hotels to use the CDs as turn down service for VIP guests.

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“I love this city and I can’t imagine a more beautiful setting for photography,” said Cardwell, “The diversity of landscapes, architecture, and people make Charleston to perfect place for me to live and work.”

Cardwell continues, “There’s a famous quote from an elderly Charleston matriarch, who although she had the means, never left the city to travel.  When asked why, she replied “Why should I travel, when I’m already here?”  I feel the same way about this historic and charming city.”

Joel Cardwell always had a love of art, instilled by his first grade teacher.  He studied graphic design and commercial art in high school.  After a long successful career in newspaper advertising sales and management, Cardwell got into photography when he received a Nikon D50 camera for Christmas in 2005.  In 2006, he won first place in The City Paper Photo Contest, which gave him the confidence to develop his creative outlet of photography.  Cardwell shoots portraits, pets, children, weddings and couples as well as his favorite subject…Charleston, South Carolina.

You can view the images on Cardwell’s Facebook fan page at Joel can be reached at 843.410.8012 for details on purchasing the CD for personal or corporate use or for other photographic services.

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