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Charleston Culinary Tours Introduces a Distillery Tour

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2015 by Lowcountry Boil

Charleston Culinary Tours  has added a Distillery Tour featuring Charleston Distilling Company, High Wire Distilling Company and Striped Pig Distillery on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m starting at the Charleston Visitors Center Bus Shed and concluding near there. As its sixth tour available, this 3.5 hour tour of Charleston’s micro distilleries has guests riding in style in Charleston Brews Cruise’s air conditioned coach for a 3 stop tasting tour, learning more about Charleston’s growing craft distillery scene. In addition to samples at each distillery and snacks and water between stops, at the conclusion of the tour participants will be taken to a local pub to enjoy a cocktail made with one of the spirits distilled locally in Charleston.

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“As most tours sell out, all reservations are required in advance,” said co-owner Oscar Hines. “Each tour is limited in size, so it is recommended that you get your reservations early. Charleston Distillery Tours are held rain or shine.”

Charleston Culinary Tours combine the best of Charleston history, cocktails and food with unique historic tours that highlight the local cuisine and drinks. Held rain or shine, there are now six tours that include Historic Downtown, Upper King Street, Chef Showcase at The Farmer’s Market, Mixology, Distillery & Chefs’ Kichen tours.  The food and drinks on the tours are chosen by various restaurant, bar and distillery partners and feature an array of eclectic dishes and concoctions that provide insight into Charleston’s cuisine and cocktail scene. On each tour, you will not only have an opportunity to sample some of the Lowcountry’s finest offerings, but also to meet the owners, chefs, distillers and mixologists behind Charleston’s impressive culinary and bar innovations.

For additional information about Charleston Culinary Tours, visit www.charlestonculinarytours.com.

Charleston Culinary Tours to Present Fresh at the Farm Dinner Series

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2014 by Lowcountry Boil
Chef Stephen Thompson

Chef Stephen Thompson

Charleston Culinary Tours is planning a Fresh at the Farm Dinner Series featuring Executive Chef Stephen Thompson of Prohibition, a new contemporary American gastro pub downtown. Setting the scene for a true farm to table experience, each dinner event will take place at a local farm. The gastronomic evening with start with a cocktail hour and hors d’ oeuvres from 5:30-6:30pm and then family style dinner will be served from 6:30-8:30pm. The first dinner will be held on May 4th at Walters Farm in Saint George with additional dinners in the series in August at Geechie Boy Farm on Edisto (with Stephen and Joe DiMaio, the Executive Chef at Stars) and November 2nd at Celestial Hills Farm in Huger.

and November. With a table set for 40 guests, the cost is $75/person with tickets available at www.charlestonculinarytours.com.

Farmer Steven Walter

Farmer Steven Walters

Walters Farm is a fitting start to the Fresh at the Farm Dinner series as Chef Thompson and Stephen Walters, proprietor of Walters Farm, have been friends since childhood. Chef Thompson jokingly refers to Steven as “his personal farmer”. Steven Walters personally grows and harvests everything on his 5-acre farm and then makes the 45-minute drive to deliver it to Chef Thompson. Both are excited about allowing guests to dine on ingredients right where they are produced, fortifying the connection between farm and food.

Charleston Culinary Tours combine the best of Charleston history, cocktails and food with unique tours that highlight the Lowcountry. Each Charleston Culinary Tour visits several different restaurants, bars or the Farmer’s Market to combine elements of a historical tour with a culinary adventure. The food and drinks on the tours are chosen by various restaurant and bar partners and feature an array of eclectic dishes and concoctions that provide insight into Charleston’s cuisine and cocktail scene. On each tour, guests will not only have an opportunity to sample some of the Lowcountry’s finest offerings, but also to meet the owners, chefs and mixologists behind Charleston’s impressive culinary and bar innovations.

For interviews, photos, press passes or sponsorship information, please contact Lorrie Dixson of Eskimo Advertising at lorrie@eskimoadvertising.com. For additional information about Charleston Culinary Tours, please visit www.charlestonculinarytours.com.

2011 BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

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Held March 3rd-6th, the sixth annual BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival® invites guests to explore the Holy City by way of taste buds. Rich in tradition, Charleston takes great pride in its culture, most enthusiastically, its food. The festival embraces its surroundings by hosting dinners, receptions, tastings, and tours in a variety of historical locations. The culinary event has been acclaimed as one of the top five food and wine festivals in the U.S. by Forbes Traveler. The BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival® offers attendees the opportunity to sample and learn about Southern and Lowcountry cuisine and marvel at the rich history of one of the nation’s oldest cities. The festival, a non-profit organization, benefits local culinary charities and scholarships.

The most popular event of the weekend, Salute to Charleston’s Chefs: Opening Night Party, sponsored by The Art Institute of Charleston, will get a little sweeter when some of Charleston’s brightest pastry chefs join the party. Local culinary icons showcase dishes from the best twenty five restaurants that Charleston has to offer! From 7-10 pm on Thursday evening, both sweet and savory small plates will be served, alongside a superior wine selection and a signature Festival cocktail, created by the winner of the Festival Mixologist Competition, sponsored by Van Gogh Imports. The celebration will also feature music from the The Quentin Baxter Ensemble, an open-air cabana and cigar lounge.

Provided by Charleston Wine + Food Festival

The main hub of the entire Charleston Wine + Food Festival® weekend, the Culinary Village + AAA Carolinas and Southwest Airlines Grand Tasting Tents, officially opens on Friday afternoon. Expect to find a new layout with over 90 food, wine and spirit stations blended together, an open-air courtyard and an official Festival merchandise boutique. Each wine and food vendor will be serving samples of their products from across the country during the Grand Tasting Tent hours, but the fun for ticket-holders lasts all day with unlimited access to the SCE&G Celebrity Kitchen Tent, Charleston Cooks! Book Signing Tent, Certified SC Grown Outdoor Living + Grilling Area, Whole Foods Market Wine Shop, BB&T Hospitality Tent and the Thermador Cooking Competitions (Saturday only). The Grand Tasting Tents, located in Marion Square Park in the heart of Downtown Charleston, will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Provided by Charleston Wine + Food Festival

For the first time ever the Festival will celebrate the Bravo hit TV show, Top Chef, with a bash and “Lowcountry Ingredient” challenge. A fan favorite from each season will be on-hand to serve a small plate of their signature recipe, using Giddy Goat Handmade Homegrown Goat Cheese, a Lowcountry ingredient voted on in advance by the event’s ticket-holders. A panel of judges will vote on each chef’s dish and decide who has won Holy City bragging rights. Tiffany Derry, a contestant from the 2010 season, will serve as Master of Ceremonies and Lamplighter will match the chefs’ plates with complementary wine.

One of the most coveted events on the Festival schedule is the Restaurant Dine-Arounds. This year nineteen of Charleston’s renowned chefs, three of them James Beard Best Chef Southeast Award winners, will open the doors of their acclaimed restaurants to a nationally celebrated guest chef to craft a 5-course tasting menu that blends together the culinary styles of each chef and creates a one-of-a-kind menu and dining experience. A winemaker will join each restaurant to pair every dish with the perfect varietal.

Provided by Charleston Wine + Food Festival, photos by Andrew Stephen Cebulka

Those distinguished Festival guests who demand the best when tasting wine won’t want to miss the new event, Big Bottles Tasting + Auction, presented by Cayman Islands Department of Tourism. A selection of esteemed vintners will join together to pour from their premium collections of large format bottles of wine. Andrea Immer Robinson, Master Sommelier and the first woman ever chosen Best Sommelier in the United States by the Sommelier Society of America, will welcome ticket holders to this event with complimentary red and white wine glasses from her newly developed glassware, The One. Following a once in a life time “30 Minute Wine Expert” session with Andrea Immer Robinson, guests will have the opportunity to exercise the tasting techniques they discovered as they sample the wines featured at the various stations along with selections of gourmet cheeses from Whole Foods Market locally cured charcuterie and locally crafted chocolates. During the live auction guests will have the chance to bid on items that will feature rare large format autographed bottles of wine.

Rise and shine on Sunday morning in the Holy City for the Lowcountry Gospel Brunch. Spiritually Yours Gospel Ensemble’s music pouring from the tent has the ability to draw people in from across town. Guests will be served a traditional three-course Lowcountry-style brunch from the best brunch restaurants and caterers in town. A special blessing invites visitors to relax and no brunch would be complete without Bloody Marys, Mint Juleps and Mimosas.

Provided by Charleston Wine + Food Festival, photos by Andrew Stephen Cebulka

The perfect end to the festival weekend has to include top southern pitmasters and cold beer. Local and national ‘Que maestros will come together to prepare barbecued whole hog, brisket, chicken and all the fixin’s. Libations, wine and cocktails will be served from multiple bars and seating will be expanded throughout the tent and onto the lawn in Marion Square Park. Live music from The Blue Dogs will make sure that the festival ends with a bang!

For the entire event schedule, more information or tickets to the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival®, please visit the web site, www.charlestonwineandfood.com, or call (843) 727-9998 ext. 2.

Charleston Gears up for Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

Artwork provided by SEWE

Now in its 29th year, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) is one of the largest wildlife art and nature events in the nation, attracting more than 30,000 attendees to beautiful Charleston, SC each year. Running February 18-20, SEWE ’11 will offer diverse exhibits and events in venues throughout downtown Charleston with approximately 120 artists and 300 exhibitors. Events include Birds of Prey flights and children’s activities in Marion Square; chef demos and presentations by Busch Wildlife Sanctuary and Living With Wolves at Gaillard Auditorium, Dock Dogs competitions and retriever demos at Brittlebank Park, lectures, original art at Charleston Place, Mills House, and Francis Marion, nature film screenings, vendors, food, music and much more.

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Tickets start at $10/day, and children 10 and under are free. SEWE provides free shuttle service between venues during show hours with a ticket or badge. VIP packages offer extra perks and after-hours activities, including an artist reception, black-tie gala/auction, the SEWE Soiree, a fun, casual party with oysters, BBQ and live music, and access to the hospitality suites throughout the weekend. These packages, which have sold out in recent years, start at just $350 for two people. For more information visit www.sewe.com.

Event Schedule:

Friday, February 18:

9:30 a.m. Dock Dogs® registration opens; competition “waves” throughout the day Brittlebank Park

10 a.m-6 p.m. All exhibits open

10:30 a.m. Cooking Demo Chef Jeremiah Bacon, Oak Steakhouse “Certified SC” Tent/Gaillard Aud

11 a.m. Fly Fishing Demonstration Brittlebank Park

11 a.m. Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Show Gaillard Aud

11 a.m. Photo Presentation: “Flamingos of Kenya” Francis Marion

11 a.m. Birds of Prey Flight Demo Marion Square

12 p.m. Lecture: “Intro t

o Plein Air Painting” (ticket not required) Chas County Library

12 p.m. Cooking Demo Chef Nathan Whiting, Tristan “Certified SC” Tent/Gaillard Aud

12 p.m. Retriever Demos Brittlebank Park

1 p.m. Cooking Demo Chef Michelle Weaver, Charleston Grill, “Certified SC” Tent/Gaillard Aud

1 p.m. Film:Lords of Nature” Charleston Music Hall

2 p.m. Cooking Demo Chef Simon Andrews, Swamp Fox, “Certified SC” Tent/Gaillard Aud

2:30 p.m. Lecture: “Carl Brenders: How & Why” (ticket not required) Chas County Library

3 p.m. Quick Draw/Speed Sculpt Charleston Place

3 p.m. Cooking Demo Chef Fred Neuville, Fat Hen “Certified SC” Tent/Gaillard Aud

3 p.m. Birds of Prey Flight Demo Marion Square

3:30 p.m. Cast Net Demonstration Brittlebank Park

3:30 p.m. “Living With Wolves”

Presentation Gaillard Aud

4 p.m. Retriever Demos Brittlebank Park

5 p.m. Quick Draw/Speed Sculpt Auction Charleston Place

6-8 p.m. SEWE King Street Stroll (ticket not required) King Street

Saturday, February 19:

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9:30 a.m. Dock Dogs® – registration opens; competition “waves” throughout the day Brittlebank Park

10 a.m.-6 p.m. ALL EXHIBITS OPEN

10:30 a.m. Cooking Demo Chef Miles Huff, The Culinary Institute of Charleston “Certified SC” Tent/Gaillard Aud

11 a.m. Children’s Puppet Show Charleston Music Hall

11:30 a.m. Saltwater Inshore 101 Brittlebank Park

11:30 a.m. Birds of Prey Flight Demo Marion Square

12 p.m. Cooking Demo Chef Frank Lee, Old Village PosthouseCertified SC” Tent/Gaillard Aud

12 p.m. Lecture: “American Sculpture & the Huntington Legacy” (ticket not required) Chas County Library

12:30 p.m. Retriever Demos Brittlebank Park

1 p.m. Living With Wolves Presentation Gaillard Aud

1 p.m. Cooking Demo Chef John Ondo, Lana “Certified SC” Tent/Gaillard Aud

2 p.m. Children’s Puppet Show Charleston Music Hall

2 p.m. Cooking Demo Chef Marc Collins, Circa 1886 “Certified SC” Tent/Gaillard Aud

3 p.m. Birds of Prey Flight Demo Marion Square

3 p.m. Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Show Gaillard Aud

3:30 p.m. Fly Fishing Demonstration Brittlebank Park

4 p.m. Retriever Demos Brittlebank Park

5 p.m. Film: “Story of the ACE Basin” Charleston Music Hall

Sunday, February 20:

9:30 a.m. Dock Dogs® – registration opens; competition “waves” throughout the day Brittlebank Park

10 a.m.-5 p.m. ALL EXHIBITS OPEN

11:30 .m. Fly Fishing Demonstration Brittlebank Park

Photo provided by SEWE

12 p.m. Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Show Gaillard Aud

12 p.m. Cooking Demo Chef Jason Houser, MeatHouse “Certified SC” Tent/Gaillard Aud

12 p.m. Retriever Demos Brittlebank Park

1 p.m. Cooking Demo Chef Steve Lusby, 82 Queen “Certified SC” Tent/Gaillard Aud

1 p.m. Film: “The Story of the ACE Basin” Charleston Music Hall

1 p.m. Birds of Prey Flight Demo Marion Square

2 p.m. Cooking Demo Chef David Pell, Coast Bar & Grill “Certified SC” Tent/Gaillard Aud

2 p.m. Fly Fishing Demonstration Brittlebank Park

2:30 p.m. Dock Dogs® Finals Brittlebank

3 p.m. Cooking Demo Chef Jason Reed, Boone Hall Farms “Certified SC” Tent/Gaillard Auditorium

3 p.m. Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Show Gaillard Auditorium

3 p.m. Film:Lords of Nature” Charleston Music Hall

3 p.m. Retriever Demos Brittlebank Park


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