Charleston Wine + Food Festival: One of the biggest events on the agenda in March for food lovers is the Charleston Wine + Food Festival. Here is some recommendations on some events to attend:
The Roasted Goat: Anything the Southern Foodways Alliance is a part of, is an event worth attending. The Roasted Goat on Thursday, March 3 starting at 7:00pm at High Wire Distilling Co. will feature a hand full of chefs from Charleston, New Orleans, Atlanta, Nashville, New York and more all serving up goat and other meats that have been roasted over an open flame.
SloCuts 3: Mark Andrew Gravel brings back the annual SloCuts at Elliotborough Mini Bar on Thursday, March 4 with Chef Jon Roberts from Driftwood—a traveling wood-fired kitchen. The two will cook a Barbacoa de Borrego Feast with pit roasted Border Springs lamb and more.
Pecha Kutcha: Creative Parliament is at it again with a culinary-themed Pecha Kucha on Friday, March 4 starting at 6:30pm. The speakers include chef Alluette Jones, Justin Buchanan of Red Harbor Rum, Caviar & Bananas owner Margaret Seeley Furniss, Quentin Middleton of Middleton Made Knives, Scott Shor of Edmund’s Oast, Thomas Bowen of Cycles Compost Charleston and Will Altman of Righteous Ranch.
Ladies Night at Proof: Don’t let the name fool you—Proof will be packed with men on Friday, March 4 as three of the country’s top bartenders take over the bar for Ladies Night. Meaghan Dorman from Dear Irving and the Bennett in New York City, Caroline Smith-Adams from Voodoo in Charleston, and Charlotte Voisey the world brand ambassador for William Grant and Sons, will be mixing “tiki” style drinks it up starting at 7:00pm.
Kimball House Take Over at Edmund’s Oast: Another powerhouse of bartenders—the staff from Kimball House in Atlanta come to Edmund’s Oast on Saturday, March 5 starting at 5:30pm to take over the Bower. They will be offering a special cocktail menu, oyster bar and food menu from the chef Jeffrey Wall at Kimball House during this takeover.
Beer for Breakfast: Who does not love to eat breakfast for dinner? And then to add beer to mix, you have us sold. Chef Robert Stehling will host Chef Patti Jackson of Delaware and Hudson in Brooklyn, NY to prepare this special dinner at Chick’s Fry House on Saturday, March 5.
Slow Meat Pitmaster Roast: Home Team BBQ will show off their new downtown location with a special Pitmaster Roast on Saturday, March 5 starting at 6:00pm to benefit Slow Meat—a Slow Food national endeavor. Some of the South’s top pitmasters including, Aaron Siegel, Taylor Garrigan, and Madison Ruckel from Home Team BBQ, Jonathan and Justin Fox from the Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q in Atlanta, Carey Bringle from Peg Leg Porker Restaurant in Nashville, and Anthony Dibernardo from Swig & Swine will join Chef Michael Gallina, former chef de cuisine at Blue Hill at Stone Barns for an epic evening of meat.
Refried Gringos Pop-Up at Butcher & Bee: We always love a different mash up menu and John Lewis of Lewis Barbecue and Damon Wise of the Wise Buck Restaurant Group are sure to bring it Friday, March 11 at Butcher & Bee for the Refried Gringos Pop Up. The two will offer a Mexican inspired menu with tortas, tacos, enchiladas and more starting at 8:00pm.
Snail Awards: Slow Food Charleston is launching an annual Snail Awards to recognize leaders in the community that support the Slow Food movement. The event takes place Monday, March 21 at The American Theater and will honor a variety of categories. Chef Mike Lata, founder of the local Slow Food chapter, will receive the Legend Award and will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
Chef Ludo Lefebvre at Le Creuset: Le Creuset welcomes one of the best chefs in the country when Chef Ludo Lefebvre comes to Charleston for a special cooking demonstration and tasting on Wednesday, March 30. The event includes a copy of his cookbook along with a multiple course tasting with an individual omelette demo and wine pairing.
60 Bull Street: We hated to see Bull Street Gourmet close their neighborhood location and were excited to hear someone else would rejuvenate the place and put it back to use. 60 Bull Street is open for breakfast and lunch and offers sandwiches, salads, soups and more.
The Darling Oyster Bar: Only time will tell if The Darling Oyster Bar will be able to distinguish itself from The Ordinary and Leon’s Oyster Shop that are both located right down the street and doing fairly similar menu items. The Ordinary and Leon’s are proven stars, so it is risky to try and compete with what is already successful. There are some new things to try like oyster spaghetti and lobster pot pie, along with the fried chicken, raw bar, and ceviche offerings.
Huey’s Southern Eats: It’s brave to name a restaurant after an animal, and in this case a goose, but Wild Dunes Resort wanted to pay homage to the bird living at the old Texaco on the island. Huey’s Southern Eats is located in the resort’s Links Course Clubhouse and offers southern staple dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Stems & Skins: When two of the best local wine buyers left their current gigs to open a place, people took notice. Matt Tunstall, formerly at Husk, and Justin Croxall, owner of Bull Street Gourmet opened Stems & Skins in North Charleston. The quaint space serves and sells natural wines, classic cocktails and beer from around the world. They also have a selection of charcuterie and cheese, bar snacks and sandwiches.
The Watch at Restoration Hotel: Boasting some incredible views of the downtown skyline, The Watch at Restoration Hotel offers lunch and dinner by Chef Chad Anderson who prides himself on using fresh and local ingredients whenever possible.
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