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Charleston Wine + Food

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Unveiling Art in A Glass: Canvas + Cocktails

[caption id="attachment_2654" align="aligncenter" width="250"]Art Perfectly Pairs with Cocktails in Lovely Charleston, SC Art Perfectly Pairs with Cocktails in Lovely Charleston, SC[/caption] Mix it up in the New Year! Join the festival in January for BB&T Charleston Wine + Food’s Mixology finals, where one of four cocktail finalists will be awarded the Official Cocktail of the 2015 festival. Sip cocktails inspired a decade of Charleston Wine + Food and enjoy the artful reveal of the original painting, Loaded Rice Barge, by celebrated Charleston artist Jonathan Green and the festival's 2015 Official Poster artist who also will serve as a cocktail judge at the event. Jonathan Green's work tells the story of the southern experience and reflects an intrinsic sense of history and place. Every guest at this spirited event will go home with a 2015 Official Poster! Revel in art with friends while sipping the four finalist's cocktails for the 2015 Charleston Wine + Food Mixology Competition. Sponsored by William Grant & Sons, this year's competition seeks a cocktail that honors and celebrates the decade of Charleston Wine + Food and the vibrant cocktail culture in lovely Charleston, SC.  Culled from over 25 imaginative and delicious entries, judges Patrick Emerson (Beverage Director, CHSWFF) Brooks Reitz (Jack Rudy Cocktail Co.+ Leon's Oyster Shop) and Charlotte Voisey (William Grant & Sons) selected the following four finalists: Jeremiah Schenzel, The Cocktail Club; Kyle Degolyer, Poogan’s Porch; Megan Deschaine, 492 (upcoming) and Chris Laine, Ice Box. The event, Art in a Glass: Cocktails + Canvas, will celebrate cocktails and the arts. Join us on Thursday, January 22nd from 5-7pm at Republic Garden and Lounge on King Street in downtown Charleston. Tickets include cocktails, light hors d'oeuvres and a 2015 Official Poster. Tickets are available now at: www.cwf.obviouslee.com/art-in-a-glass.
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Meet The Stars of Our Most Indulgent Event

[caption id="attachment_2571" align="alignleft" width="250"]North: Carmen Qualiata North: Carmen Qualiata[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2570" align="alignleft" width="250"]South: Frank Stitt South: Frank Stitt[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2569" align="alignleft" width="250"]East: Gabrielle Hamilton East: Gabrielle Hamilton[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2572" align="alignleft" width="250"]West: Michael Tusk West: Michael Tusk[/caption] One of Charleston’s premier galleries on King Street, Michael Mitchell acts as the back drop for North + South + East + West, a gathering of some of the nation’s most touted Chefs as invited by Chef Frank Stitt. Celebrated chef, author, farmer and inspiration for BB&T Charleston Wine + Food’s annual Frank Stitt National Chef Award, Chef Frank Stitt’s culinary journey spans from California to Provence. His extensive travels inspire this invitation-only top chef participants at BB&T Charleston Wine + Food’s premier feast.  Chef Stitt, along with like-minded culinary masters from America’s four corners, join forces for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With wines by esteemed Champagne house Veuve Cliquot and noted Burguny producer Maison Joseph Drouhin, prepare to be swept away on a voyage to remember. North Union Square Café Executive Chef and Partner Carmen Quagliata explores and develops his passion for his native Italian cuisine in one of the country’s most beloved restaurants. Carmen’s culinary style was formed by the Sicilian matriarchs of his family, who made sausage and bread by hand and grew pole beans from seeds carried across the Atlantic by their Italian kin. With four stars from Time Out New York, and the title of New York City’s Most Popular Restaurant from the Zagat Survey, Quagliata brings a skill and flavor to the evening’s festivities that cannot be missed. South Chef Frank Stitt’s fondness for humble southern ingredients comes from his own roots in rural Alabama. Known for being motivated by seasonality, Chef Stitt was one of the first Alabama chefs/restaurateurs to champion sustainable agriculture, and his influence in this area has been noted in his community and beyond. In 2011, Chef Stitt was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America” among other prestigious awards. His cookbooks pay homage to his undying love of Southern cuisine with global influences. East Gabrielle Hamilton is the chef and owner of PRUNE, which she opened in NYC’s East Village in October 1999. She was nominated for Best Chef NYC in 2009 and 2010 by the James Beard Foundation, and in 2011, she won the category. Gabrielle is most recently the author of New York Times bestseller Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, which has been published in six languages and won the James Beard Foundation’s award for Writing and Literature in 2012. West Michael Tusk is the chef and owner of two of San Francisco’s most critically acclaimed restaurants, Quince and Cotogna. His approach to Italian and French regional cuisine is refined and modern, sourcing inspiration from the seasonal bounty of Northern California and his close relationships with local purveyors. Quince has been awarded four stars by the San Francisco Chronicle, two stars from The Michelin Guide, and is a distinguished member of Relais & Châteaux. Chef Tusk was named “Best Chef: Pacific” by the James Beard Foundation in 2011.




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