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Mixson Guest Chef Summer Cookout Series

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

MH-20150304-21Each month this summer, Básico chef Bryan Cates will invite a local chef to help grill up some poolside treats at Mixson Bath & Racquet Club. During the events, the chefs, who are all members of the club, will prepare one dish each for three courses –  appetizer, entree, and dessert. “It will be super casual,” says Cates. “We’ll have stations set up and we’ll present the food in stages. Each course will have a local, seasonal grilled component.” Twisted Cypress Brewing, a new local microbrewery, will provide the brews for this dinner series.

  • Thursday, June 11th: Chef Russ Moore of Slightly North of Broad
  • Thursday, July 9th: Chef Jacques Larson of the Obstinate Daughter and Wild Olive
  • Thursday, August 13th: Chef Graham Dailey of Peninsula Grill

Dinner tickets can be purchased here.

The series will benefit Metanoia’s Summer Youth Freedom School, which identifies at-risk youth with leadership potential and teaches them the skills necessary to succeed. For more information visit pushingforward.org.

 

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.

The Cocktail Club to Host Guest Mixologists at Pop-Up Tastings

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2015 by Lowcountry Boil

11035693_829237280490194_7511399533761027450_oThe Cocktail Club is hosting some key VIP guest beverage professionals for a special pop-up tasting during this year’s Charleston Wine + Food Festival on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 from 3:00-5:00PM.

Friday’s featured pros are Miles Macquarrie from The Kimball House in Atlanta, GA and Saturday’s is Sarah Marie Martin of Dixie Vodka. The beverages professionals will join forces with the creative team at The Cocktail Club and together will feature a special drink menu for guests to enjoy.

The events are $5 per person at the door and provide two drink tickets. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit Wholesome Wave, a national nonprofit that enables under-served consumers to make healthier food choices by increasing affordable access to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables.

For more information about The Cocktail Club, visit www.thecocktailclubcharleston.com.

Charleston Mac Off

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2014 by Lowcountry Boil

178The 5th Annual Charleston MAC-OFF is scheduled for October 25, 2014 from 2pm to 7pm at the Grove at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant. Last year, over 4,000 people gathered to sample traditional and gourmet offerings of Mac & Cheese and award bragging rights to The Best Mac & Cheese in Charleston.

No other food combines love, comfort, and Southern roots like Mac and Cheese. This melt in youth mouth mainstay is a classic that is served as a side dish, a pasta entre, a casserole, fried appetizer or even dessert on many Charleston menus. So we have created an event that gives tribute to our love of this versatile cheesy dish and we are seeking to crown the best of the best.

The MAC-OFF gives Charlestonians the chance to get out and enjoy the crisp weather with great comfort food, music, beer and wine, and other activities. This annual event promotes and supports local restaurants, Southern food culture, the local economy and our nonprofit partner, Lowcountry Local First.

This year enjoy music by Jared Blake from The Voice and Adalya, a cooking demo by Southern Season and a crowd of local businesses and vendors.

Three Prizes Awarded: Best Mac & Cheese Critics Choice, Best Mac & Cheese People’s Choice & Best Local Ingredients Critics Choice.

General Admission $10 (plus online processing fee of $2.95)

Food, drink and Mac & Cheese tasting tickets are $1 (There is an opportunity to buy these online in savings bundles).

Charleston Culinary Tours Sets Second Fresh at the Farm Dinner in Series

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2014 by Lowcountry Boil

Charleston Culinary Tours presents the second Fresh at the Farm Dinner of the series that will be held on August 3rd at Geechie Boy Farm on Edisto Island, SC. Chef Stephen Thompson of Prohibition and Chef Joe DiMiao of Stars Restaurant will set the scene for a true farm-to-table experience. The dinner structure is a cocktail hour and hors d’ oeuvres from 5:30 to 6:30 pm and then a family style dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Tickets are available for the August 3rd dinner at a cost of $75/person and may be purchased at www.charlestonculinarytours.com. The final dinner in the 2014 series will be held on November 2nd at Celestial Hills Farm in Huger, SC.

Fresh at the Farm Dinner Chef Stephen Thompson

Chef Stephen Thompson of Prohibition

Chef Joe DiMaio of Stars

Chef Joe DiMaio of Stars

With years of hands-on experience in a variety of different kitchens and atmospheres, Chef Stephen Thompson has been able to really let his creativity shine at Prohibition. For Chef Thompson, the art of preparing food is more than just a job or even a passion as it’s a way of life. As classmates at the Art Institute of Charleston, Thompson and Chef Joe DiMaio and have always enjoyed a close relationship and supported one another as each worked up through Charleston’s culinary ranks. Known for innovation in the kitchen and a commitment to using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, Chef DiMaio jumped at the opportunity to co-host one of the dinners in the series.

Geechie Boy Farm

Geechie Boy Farm

Geechie Boy Farm proprietors Greg and Betsy Johnsman returned to the Edisto Island family farm in 2003, growing a variety of vegetables. In 2007, they acquired a 1945 gristmill and after some trial and error began producing grits and cornmeal. Greg’s commitment to traditional milling techniques has been embraced by chefs across the Lowcountry. Geechie Boy products are now served in more than 40 restaurants around South Carolina and are shipped nationwide.

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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 additional information about the Fresh at the Farm Dinner Series, please visit www.charlestonculinarytours.com/fresh-at-the-farm-dinner-series.

 

72 Hours: A Culinary Adventure in Charleston

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2014 by Lowcountry Boil

Do you want to pack as much as possible into a 72 hour visit to Charleston, SC?  Here’s one foodie itinerary to try!
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Thursday:

Morning — Chefs’ Kitchen Tour – Start your trip off by visiting the kitchens and meeting the chefs in 3 of Charleston’s top restaurants.  Your guide, Hoon Calhoun, will educate you on Charleston’s culinary history and orient you with regard to Charleston’s best restaurants today.  The tour starts with coffee and doughnuts at Glazed, Charleston’s gourmet, homemade, delicious, I-can’t-believe-this-is-in-a-doughnut shop, and proceeds to visit 3 restaurants, meeting chefs and tasting all along the way.

Heather and Chef Josh Keller of 2 Boroughs Larder

Heather and Chef Josh Keller of 2 Boroughs Larder

Lunch — Two Boroughs Larder — Josh and Heather Keeler’s Two Boroughs Larder is where Charleston chefs go to eat.  Charleston’s Celebrity Chef Sean Brock calls Two Boroughs Larder the best restaurant in Charleston.  Go judge for yourself — and order everything on the menu to be sure.  This is the place to take chances — you probably won’t recognize half of the ingredients on the menu — but trust in Josh’s capable hands and discriminating taste.  Everything will be delicious, and some dishes will be transcendent.  In between courses, take a moment to explore the selection of hard goods and specialty products available for purchase.

Afternoon — Pastries and coffee — After lunch, exiting Two Boroughs, you’ll find yourself smack dab in the middle of what is emerging as Charleston’s pastry epicenter.  Stroll to Sugar Bakeshop and have the first of (perhaps) many delicious pastries, choosing one — or two — of a variety of cupcakes or cookies.  The selection varies daily, but on Thursdays the options include the Lady Baltimore Cupcake, which should not be missed!  Bill and Dave, Sugar Bakeshop’s owners, are architects from New York City who relocated to Charleston, and their visual aesthetic is apparent as everything in the display cases is as beautiful as it is delicious.  Enjoy your treat in Sugar’s quaint courtyard.  From Sugar, consider visiting Wildflour PastryBrown’s Court Bakery or Sweet Radish for another delicious treat and a cup of coffee.  All are within a block or so of Sugar and along the way you can explore the rapidly gentrifying Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood.

Dinner — Taste Of The Market — When you have finished exploring the Upper King Street area, head downtown to the City Market District and the Taste of the Market, held the 3rd Thursday of Each month.  This event features the best that the City Market area has to offer, with (substantial) food samples available from a variety of Market area restaurants, chef demonstrations and live music.  The ample samples will be more than enough to make a meal and after the event you’ll be well positioned to explore the heart of Charleston’s historic downtown.

After Dinner — Head on over to Burwell’s for an after dinner drink and, if the weather is nice, make your way to the back patio to have a craft cocktail made by John or JoJo, Burwell’s expert mixologists.  Cocktails not your thing?  No problem — try the Craftsman Kitchen And Tap House, a beer emporium featuring 48 beers on Tap!  Still not satisfied?  Give Social Wine Bar a try, which features up to 60 wines by the glass and a 4,000 bottle display cellar.

Friday:

Morning — Bakehouse — Get your day started with a cup of coffee and a fresh baked pastry at the Bakehouse.  Although everything is good, the cinnamon rolls are especially delicious.  The WiFi is free and the airy cafe is in a perfect spot for people watching.
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Lunch — Bull Street Gourmet — Grab a light bite at this adorable market/cafe on lower King Street.  Split the daily sandwich special or share a bowl of the soup of the day — both are likely to be simple and delicious.  Also Bull Street has an excellent selection of bottled wines, for now or later.

Afternoon — Take a Downtown Culinary Tour with Charleston Culinary Tours.  This 2.5 hour tour explores the City Market area and Charleston’s French Quarter.  Stopping at 3 restaurants for food samples and 1 restaurant for dessert, the Downtown Culinary tour will introduce you to some of Charleston’s best restaurants and educate you with regard to Charleston’s rich culinary history and current culinary trends.  There is plenty of food on this tour, so pace yourself as you eat your way around Charleston’s historic downtown.

Dinner — 82 Queen — Make you dinner reservations a little later to give yourself an opportunity to recover from your culinary tour.  If the weather is suitable, ask for a table in 82 Queen’s beautiful and romantic courtyard, which is dominated by a mammoth Magnolia tree.  82 Queen is a Charleston classic, graceful and refined, specializing in Lowcountry classics and Southern hospitality.  Be sure to order the She-Crab Soup, the best in the city.

Saturday:

Brunch — Lowcountry Bistro — Chicken and Waffles anyone?  At Lowcountry Bistro the answer is an enthusiastic YES!  This casual cafe offers a wide variety of other southern specialties (the Shrimp and Grits are especially good here as well), but ordering the Chicken and Waffles is a no-brainer.  Overlooking the City Market, a table on the piazza is a prime position to take in Charleston’s charms and prepare for your day.

Afternoon — The Heirloom Collection (formerly the Heirloom Book Company) — Tucked away down an alley off Broad Street, this adorable book shop sells cookbooks, specializing in rare and out-of-print editions.  The collection is eclectic, but an excellent selection of Charleston and Southern cookbooks are available.  The shop is clearly a labor of love and their passion for cookbooks is equal parts contagious and inspiring!

CocktailsPre Dinner — The Holy City is well known for its affinity for alcohol and Charleston Culinary Tours’ Mixology Tour will help show you the state of Charleston’s cocktail culture today.  This 1.5 hour tour stops at 3 local watering holes where guests meet a mixologist who will explain his/her specialty cocktail and then mix one for everyone to enjoy!  Think of it as a mobile pre-dinner cocktail party.

Dinner — Husk — Come pay homage to Chef Sean Brock’s celebration of all things Southern.  With a menu that changes twice daily and an almost maniacal devotion to sourcing ingredients locally, Husk has totally reshaped Charleston’s culinary landscape and has inspired a wave of innovation and culinary excellence that has engulfed the city.  While it’s impossible to predict what might be on the menu, the Crispy Pig’s Ears are the stuff of legend and pork dishes generally have a place near and dear to Chef Brock’s heart.  Make your reservations early — ever since it was named Best New Restaurant by Bon Appetit in 2011, a Husk reservation became one of the toughest in town.

After Dinner — Kaminsky’s — Finish off your night with a dessert at Kaminsky’s, a bustling dessert shop on Market Street.  With a display case overflowing with almost impossibly delicious looking cakes and pies, it may be tough to make a decision.  Hedge your bets and choose more than one item — it’ll be the most delicious insurance policy you ever bought.

Charleston Culinary Tours Introduces a Mixology Tour

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2013 by Lowcountry Boil

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 After recently adding an Upper King Street tour, Charleston Culinary Tours is pleased to bring a 1.5 hour Mixology Tour that introduces guests to some of Charleston’s best cocktail crafters. Each Mixology excursion stops at three watering holes where guests will meet the magicians behind the bars that are mixing the lowcountry’s most exciting, innovative and delicious drinks. Tour participants will have an opportunity to sample a specialty craft cocktail at each of the three stops after learning about the art of mixing cocktails and gaining insight into how Charleston’s mixologists are embracing traditional techniques while also taking ingredients from farm to tumbler. During walks between stops, a guide provides insight into Charleston’s cocktail culture, both past and present. Limited to 14 guests, advance mixology tour tickets are $40.00 per person and available at eTix.

“We had been talking to our various restaurants participants about the Mixology Tour for awhile,” said co-owner Oscar Hines. “It was just a natural fit to complement our culinary tours in a city full of great talent behind the bars.”

Charleston Culinary Tours combine the best of Charleston history and food with unique historic tours that highlight the local cuisine. Held rain or shine, there are four tours that include Historic Downtown, Upper King Street, The Farmer’s Market and Mixology. 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, you 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 additional information about Charleston Culinary Tours, visit www.charlestonculinarytours.com.
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