March 6 - March 10, 2019

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Grand Slam Jam: What you missed!

Local talent from the city’s  hottest bars + restaurants brought one-of-a-kind dishes + drinks to College Park Field for the Official 2017 Ticket Launch Party, Grand Slam Jam. In case you missed the ballgame, here are some highlights from all nine innings:
  1. The Spazmatics rocked the house with 80’s jams that kept the crowd on their feet. Dressed in their signature “geeky” attire, the band played a lively performance with choreographed dance moves and non-stop energy.
  1. Greg Garrison, Prohibition chef, and girlfriend, who came to the steamy Charleston restaurant scene from New York, were looking forward to sharing their vegetable dishes. “It’s easy to make a delicious meat dish; it’s more of a challenge to make great veggies,” he told us. But, make sure you get ‘em while they're hot! Garrison is always experimenting with new recipes and changing his menu.
  1. Beer lovers rejoice! Bartenders spoke about 2017’s completely upgraded Beer Garden, which will be in the culinary village. Here is where you can get tickets to the event. Kelcie Keith of Unknown Brewing Company will be one of the many beer experts filling mugs with refreshing new tastes. Last night guests enjoyed Blueberry Lo-Fi Lagers and Sweet Tea Pale Ales.
  1. Caroline Woodruff, of Crooked Crown, delivered handmade poptails, fresh cocktails with a boozy yet fruity popsicle twist. It was the perfect drink for the baseball-themed event.  
  1. Returning guests reminisced on some of last year’s favorite events. “You can’t miss the Culinary Village on the last day,” a couple from Greenville told us. They were accompanied by new guests who were looking forward to their first taste of the festival.
  1. Paul Yellin, from the five-week old restaurant, Cane Rhum Bar was serving a little taste of Barbados. If you haven’t yet, experience Charleston’s first rum bar - stocked with a selection of over 75 rum brands! Paul is most excited about bringing more rum knowledge to the festival scene.
  1. There’s always room for dessert! Brandon Belk from Wich Cream? was serving their farm to freezer fresh ice cream sandwiches. When asked what his favorite part of CW+FF was, he said “Everything! It’s like Christmas to us!” Now that’s pretty awesome.
If you missed out on the fun from the Grad Slam Jam, don’t fret - you still have the opportunity to see these talented chefs and artists will come together and celebrate wine and food. Mark your calendars for the first weekend in March. You don’t want to miss it! There’s still time to secure your spot by purchasing tickets on our website Stay tuned for more exciting news! *This blog post was written by our 2016-2017 Charleston Wine + Food CofC Fellows. Charleston Wine + Food has partnered with the College of Charleston to offer a communications senior capstone class the opportunity to work with the festival. 
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10 Charleston Rainbows Facts Every Chucktown Native Should Know

In commemoration of Charleston’s official minor league team of the 80’s, The Charleston Rainbows, we’re throwin’ it back with a Ticket Launch Party at the Citadel’s College Park Field for a lively celebration of community, culture and outstanding cuisine. Although their reign was short, The Rainbows still hold a sweet spot in the hearts of Chucktown natives, and we want to celebrate in their memory! As fans of this retro team, we’re here to relive the days of the Rainbows with facts that’ll surprise even the most devoted of minor league baseball aficionados!85charai-program
  1. The Rainbows represented Charleston in the South Atlantic Baseball League from 1985-1993.
  2. They were named after Charleston’s historic “Rainbow Row” to celebrate the charm of the city by owner Ernie Passailaigue.
  3. The Famous Alomar brothers, Roberto and Sa ndy, both played for the Rainbows during the team’s much anticipated first season.
  4. Sandy Alomar won the American Rookie-of-the-Year award in 1990 playing for Cleveland, Ohio and continued his legacy for 20 more seasons playing in the major leagues.
  5. Roberto Alomar was elected to the Baseball Hall-of-Fame in 2011.
  6. The Rainbows boasted an attendance record at the time for professional baseball with 131,696 attendees in 1986.  Talk about a home run!
  7. During the year of 1988, the Rainbows fielded a successful team, championing the best record in the Sally League with 85 wins.
  8. The Rainbows were renamed in 1994 to become the beloved Charleston Riverdogs, Charleston’s premier minor league team. Their throwback nights knock it out of the park in remembrance of the Rainbows and their legacy.
  9. The Rainbows played at the 1930’s era ballpark “College Park Field” which still stands today (and will host our Ticket Launch Party on September 15th!) on the corner of Grove Street and Rutledge Ave.  It was also the Charleston Riverdogs’ first home field before moving to the classic Joseph P. Riley field in 1997.
  10. Last summer the Charleston Riverdogs broke out the old jerseys in support of the LGBT community for the Char leston Rainbows Pride Night.  The iconic rainbow that adorns each jersey has evolved as a symbol of support in affiliation with LGBT movements in the Lowcountry.Grand-Slam-Jam
   
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