March 6 - March 10, 2019

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Of Rice + Rum: A Middleton Tradition

The last day of the festival is typically reserved for the events we’re most proud of- annual traditions and historical dinners grace our Sundays full of pride and love for the Lowcountry.  For our twelfth year, we’ll be at the illustrious Middleton Place for “Of Rice + Rum” to learn from their specialists and a few of our own (Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills) about the centuries-old story of rice in South Carolina.  Presented by Mount Gay Rum, those dishes with a backstory will be highlighted by the oldest rum in the world from the island of Barbados.  Join us for an event you won’t soon forget! Keep scrolling to learn about our favorite grain’s origins at Middleton Place and what makes this ingredient so special.  Much of what follows is excerpted from the book, Beyond the Fields – Slavery at Middleton Place: Jamal Hall, a historic interpreter at Middleton Place, demonstrates the process by which grains of rice were prepared for market. Rice was placed in a mortar and “beaten” or pounded with the square end of a pestle to remove the husk from the grain. Fanner baskets to separate the rice from the bran were the final step before the grain was packed into barrels, made by skilled slave coopers, for shipment to English ports. At Middleton Place, the interpretation of rice cultivation has evolved from the display of somewhat romantic images by Alice Ravenel Huger Smith on display in the Mill to a demonstration rice field planted annually with a small crop of the famous Carolina Gold grain. Rice cultivation, although introduced in the 1690s, did not provide a significant cash crop for planters until the 1700s. As the rice industry grew, so too did the need for more laborers to work the rice fields, especially workers experienced in cultivating the grain. That meant the importation of increasing numbers of slaves from the western coast of Africa, an area stretching from what is now Senegal to Sierra Leone and Liberia. In this region the inhabitants had been growing and consuming rice for centuries. On Africa’s Atlantic Rice Coast, rice, along with seafood, was the major source of nourishment. In their clay cooking pots, coastal Africans cooked rice in various ways. One very special dish combined rice, spices, seafood or sometimes meat. These gumbos or pilafs (also spelled pillau or perloo), as we now know them, were introduced into this country by slaves and became staple dishes on southern tables. If you’re craving more, don’t wait any longer- purchase your pass to Middleton Place now! http://cwf.obviouslee.com/events/of-rice-rum/ Programing at Middleton Place includes a number of annual events specific to rice culture. On April 22nd and 23rd (subject to weather conditions), visitors will may join a costumed historic interpreter in planting Carolina Gold Rice – the crop that defined the Low Country. Presentations will also be given on the cultivation, processing and cultural impact of rice in South Carolina during the 18th and 19th centuries. Several months later in August or September, depending upon the weather and growing season, the rice field will be harvested and hands-on activities such as threshing, pounding and fanning the rice will be demonstrated. For more information, visit www.middletonplace.org  
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Hotel Packages: Your One Stop Shop for Savvy Festival Navigation

With over 100 events across the city of Charleston and more than 70 hotel options, who can choose when it comes to Charleston Wine+ Food? Our local hospitality groups make it easy! Whether you’re a savvy CHSWFF devotee or new to the scene, the culmination of hotel packages we have curated for you will help you navigate your travel and the 2017 festival with ease. So don’t let your FOMO get you down. Peruse our hotel packages and find the one that’s right for you! We have highlighted a few of these stellar packages below. The Francis Marion: So Close You Can Taste It Located across from Marion Square, The Francis Marion Hotel has the perfect view of the heart of the festival - The Culinary Village. Enjoy prime proximity and an array of à la carte ticket options including tickets to Opening Night: Rooted in Charleston, Fowl Mouth and A Bourbon Affair.

The Wentworth Mansion: Wine + Food Gourmand Package

Treat yourself to the ultimate Charleston experience with this exclusive three night package for two in the luxurious Wentworth Mansion. Touting the best view of the Holy City, you will savor every minute of your stay.. Rise and shine downtown then make your way to local Runnymede Plantation for fire-kissed dishes From the Ashes, or relish in an afternoon at the RiverOaks for our Iron + Oak Signature Event.

John Rutledge House Inn: Wine + Food Gastronome Package Enjoy the historic elegance that is the John Rutledge House Inn and experience the new ambiance of Anson’s renovated space with a hotel package that has a flavor for every palette. You’ll satisfy more than just an appetite, as local architect David Thompson takes you through a variety of downtown restaurants exposing you to the story behind design in our new excursion Flavor by Design. This package caters to all your senses - you won’t want to miss out!

Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Waterfront: Girls Just Wanna Have Wine...and Food

Grab your girls and head to Charleston for a wine lover’s dream weekend. Sip on wines from Michele Chiarlo during a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Indaco Wine Lunch with Executive Chef Kevin Getzewich + James Beard winner Chef Andrew Carmellini. Then head back to your hotel to determine which local somm takes home the ultimate bragging rights of Sumo Sommelier. The perks continue with available tickets to two Charleston Wine + Food traditions, the Culinary Village and Gospel Brunch. Your seats won’t be saved for long, so grab your tickets soon for an experience like no other!

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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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Charleston Receipts: Southern Storytelling at its Best

The inspiration for the festival's highly anticipated Opening Night Gala celebrates a literary contribution of Charleston culinary history. Many Southern cooks count among their most prized possessions hand-written recipes passed down from generation to generation. These inherited gems are more than butter and sugar calculations; they are stories. They are glimpses into the past, into the homes and hands that fed us. They are warm and comforting, refreshing and life-giving. They are more than recipes – they are receipts.

Recipes are instructions; receipts are biographies, shared at the table. 

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Charleston Receipts, collected by the Junior League of Charleston, is the inspiration for this year’s Charleston Wine + Food Opening Night Gala. Charleston Receipts was first published in 1950, and is known as the Bible of Southern Cooking. This collection of receipts is old Charleston on paper. The book includes beautiful illustrations and through it’s use of the Gullah language, serves to preserve that unique part of our Lowcountry heritage. It also, of course, includes recipes receipts that have inspired and confounded cooks for generations. Through the Junior League of Charleston, all proceeds from the sales of Charleston Receipts have always gone directly back into the local community. As the oldest Junior League cookbook still in print, this publication has raised well over $1,000,000 during its nearly 65 years. Today’s sales will support the Junior League of Charleston’s current focus area of combating hunger and homelessness in the tri-county area, though partnerships with Lowcountry Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Florence Crittenton, Communities in Schools, and others. Please click here to purchase your copy, or click here to get one of the last remaining tickets to Opening Night Gala presented by the Art Institute of Charleston.
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