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.
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.