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Charleston Wine + Food

Tasting Notes


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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Storytellers of the Culinary South

Crosbys_BoatFor three years, Charleston Wine + Food has partnered with Southern Foodways Alliance, a member-supported organization at the University of Mississippi whose mission is to document, study, and celebrate the diverse food cultures of the changing American South. In fall of 2014, the Southern Foodways Alliance began working on The Saltwater South, a long-term oral history project documenting the stories of men and women making their living off the waters of the American South, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, and the inlets, rivers, and creeks moving through the region. The project started in the Lowcountry, and the SFA and Charleston Food + Wine have partnered to premiere these stories at the 2015 festival. Panels showcasing the interviewees will be spread throughout the Culinary Village and guests can hear full histories on-line or watch oral histories on the festival landscape. The Saltwater South: Charleston Stories will be released on the SFA’s web site in conjunction with the festival. Some of stories from shrimpers and oysterwomen, crabbers and fishermen, will be on display throughout the Culinary Village during the festival. And to celebrate the stories behind Lowcountry kitchens and tables, the Southern Foodways Alliance will debut the SFA Oral History Bus at Charleston Wine + Food, filming oral history interviews and collecting stories of Charleston’s culinary past and present at the 2015 festival. With the support of Charleston Wine + Food, the Southern Foodways Alliance will document stories of Charleston’s cooks, artisans, chefs, farmers, and purveyors during the festival. These culinary luminaries will share their stories of the Lowcountry. While some are Charleston natives and some are from afar, all claim this place as the source of their influence and inspiration. Join us to learn, share and swap delicious and historic stories of the Lowcountry at the 2015 festival. saltwater south
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Download 2015 Festival App

Want to customize the decade? You can! The 2015 festival App is officially live and available for free download in the iPhone App Store and Google Play starting today. The App provides one-stop to streamline and enrich the 2015 festival experience. With more than 100 demos in the Culinary Village alone and 107 events across Charleston, the App is a wonderful way to organize and plan to see favorite chefs, authors, musicians and purveyors.
10 Ways the App Makes It Easy
  1. Organizes all components of the festival including the ability to view event descriptions, details, and participants
  2. Detailed information about the heart of the festival ~ Culinary Village ~ including demo schedules and vendors
  3. Create your own custom schedule with detailed event information
  4. Scheduled reminders with each event’s location and start time easily created to streamline your festival experience
  5. Interactive maps display the layout of downtown Charleston with the ability to zoom further into Marion Square for a more detailed map of the Culinary Village!
  6. Push notifications provide up-to-the-minute messages about any changes that may take place throughout the festival weekend.
  7. Rate your favorite participants and events to spread (and share) the love
  8. Connect + participate in the festival's social media channels in one convenient place
  9. Helpful tips and festival facts make navigating Charleston and BB&T Charleston Wine + Food a breeze
  10. It's free!

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Let your favorite technology customize the decade so you can focus on the task at hand: food, wine and fun. The BB&T Charleston Wine + Food mobile App for the 2015 festival is now available for free download in the iPhone App Store and Google Play. iPhone App Store Download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/charleston-wine-+-food/id794502893?mt=8 Google Play for Android Download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.charleston.wineandfoodfest    
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We totally get it. The 2020 festival has a lot going on. Contact us to guide you through the ticketing process, answer any questions, and help point you in the right direction.


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635 Rutledge Avenue, Suite 101, Charleston, SC 29403