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March 6 - March 10, 2019

Charleston Wine + Food

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Top Chef Bingo

This is not your Grandma's game of BINGO. To celebrate the season premier of Top Chef Charleston we decided to throw a little shindig with the help of our friends at Bay Street Biergarten and although we aren't crowning a Top Chef master chef, there will be winnings + swag. The name of the game is Top Chef Twitter BINGO and as you expected BINGO rules apply. Our BINGO boards will be filled with potential happenings from the season premiere. Follow along and cover spaces as they happen on the big screen. (If you can't join us in person, play along virtually and download your BINGO board here). The Rules / How to Play  1.) Join us at Bay Street Biergarten on December 1st, 9:30pm EST to watch the season premiere live or play along virtually from home (download your BINGO board here). 2.) Make sure to follow @chswineandfood on Twitter and use the hashtags #CHSWFF + #TOPCHEFBINGO 3.) Tweet each time you cover a space. Remember to use the hashtags #CHSWFF + #TOPCHEFBINGO 4.)Take photo of Bingo board and send a Twitpic to @chswineandfood with hashtags when you cover 5 spaces in a row (horizontal, vertical + diagonal). 5.) Win cool stuff + repeat Join us as we tune into Bravo to watch Tom Colicchio taste something and hate it, or feel the heat in the kitchen rise as a chef says those dreaded six words “I could be going home tonight.” Follow along as you watch the chefs battle for those coveted Top Chef bragging rights right here in the Holy City.  As we tweet it, you mark it. Insider’s tip: don’t go about this alone. Invite your friends to join you at Bay Street Biergarten or host a gathering at home. We can’t wait to see you on Twitter as you score BINGO and win awesome CHSWFF prizes.  
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A Tribute to the Producers

A potpourri of locally-sourced cuisine, a picturesque sunset on the Ashley River, and a community of food system leaders gathered round the table made our 2016 Tribute Dinner a CHSWFF celebration to remember. On the evening of Wednesday November 17, we had the pleasure of honoring the growers + purveyors who provide our city’s world renowned culinary industry with locally-grown produce, farm-raised meat, and freshly caught seafood. The family-style supper began with a cocktail hour with libations by 492’s Megan Deschaine + The Ordinary’s Lane Becker. The starters featured local spirits provided by High Wire Distilling and Virgil Kaine Lowcountry Whiskey, as well as impeccable passed bites prepared by local chef heroes, Mike Lata + Sean Brock. Cocktail hour was followed by a three-course meal prepared by a team of Charleston’s most celebrated chefs, including Kevin Johnson, The Grocery + Robert Stehling, Hominy Grill + Jacques Larson, The Obstinate Daughter + Chris Steward, The Glass Onion + Jeremiah Bacon, The MacIntosh + Frank Lee. Grassroots provided a bevy of incredible wines that paired with the dinner. As if the abundance of food, live music and passionate conversations were not enough, the stunning event space at Lowndes Grove Plantation made for a picture-perfect celebration. Throughout  the evening, guests’ conversations echoed among the live oaks. Several guests shared their pleasure in having the chance to mingle with friends + fellow producers. Honoree Celeste Albers, of Green Grocer, shared, “The best part is that all of the local producers are able to get together.”   Above all, our 2016 Tribute Dinner gave us the opportunity to celebrate and honor Charleston’s industrious producers, for they are the true stars of the city’s explosive culinary scene. It’s our pleasure to share the honorees of A Tribute to the Producers: Mark + Kerry Marhefka of Abundant Seafood Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills Pete + Babs Ambrose of Ambrose Farm Sara Clow of GrowFood Carolina Celeste + George Albers of Green Grocer Annie + Marc Filion of Keegan-Filion Farm Jack + Andrea Limehouse of Limehouse Produce Not only was the Tribute Dinner an opportunity for our local producers to gather under one tent, it was also a chance to give back to our local community. In tribute to the evening’s honorees, a gift of $10,000 was given to Lowcountry Local First’s Growing New Farmers Program. The donation will fund new farmer scholarships which will reduce the cost of the program for participants. To learn more about Growing New Farmers, watch this film about program graduate Stephen Wilson that debuted at the dinner. Visit our Facebook page to browse through images from the evening.   *Note: This blog post was written by Taylor Shawver, a CHSWFF fellow from The College of Charleston. 
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RUM, don't walk to this cocktail crawl!

On the 12th year of CHSWFF my true love gave to me: RUM. Our annual cocktail competition is in full force, and this year we’ll be rumming our way through downtown Charleston in celebration of the city’s rich cocktail history + culture. Join us Wednesday, December 7th from 5:00pm - 9:00pm to meet our four finalists as they present their one-of-a-kind, rum-centric cocktails. Tout your tackiest Christmas sweater and/or antlers and embark on a very merry cocktail crawl as you jingle bell rock your way to each finalist’s home bar. The holiday hoopla gets underway at The Bar at The Spectator Hotel at 5:00 pm. Be sure to snag your Rum, Rum Rewards Coaster to be stamped at all four locations. As you move to each bar, delight in each unique libation, which can be purchased for just $3. We will reside at each bar for 45 minutes to ensure your tidings are handled with care as we mix + jingle our way to a holly jolly, good time. The winner of the evening’s reindeer games will be announced just after 9p.m. at our final stop, Scarecrow. Upon arrival, turn in your completed Rum, Rum Rewards Coaster to win cool CHSWFF swag. All participants will receive a current issue of Imbibe and one lucky, random entry will receive a one-year subscription to Imbibe, as well as two tickets to What the Pho?, supported by Food Republic, where all four finalists will be featured. No ticket is needed to participate.  Let’s refresh: 5p.m. - Start at The Bar at The Spectator to sip on Allen Lancaster's "No Bunny's Bizness". 6p.m. - Pull up a stool at The Cocktail Club for a Ryan Welliver's "Storm the Beach". 7p.m. - No time to slow down. Land at Feathertop and throw back Anthony Kearse's "Havana Turkey Shoot in the Holy City". 8p.m. - You’ve made it to the finish line. Get comfy cozy at Scarecrow and enjoy Jeremiah Schenzel's "Of Saints and Sailors". 9p.m. or a few minutes after - 2017 Official Cocktail and "Crowd Favorite" announced + prizes awarded. Hop on over to our Facebook event page for updates + let us know you plan to mix + mingle with us!
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Cocktail Competition Semi-final: Get the Rum Down

On Monday, November 7th, a panel of esteemed judges representing Charleston’s vibrant cocktail community gathered for a private tasting at Le Creuset Atelier to select finalists for Charleston Wine + Food’s annual Cocktail Competition. Four local bar pros were selected from nearly 30 preliminary participants to compete for the chance to win bragging rights as the creator of the Official 2017 Charleston Wine + Food Cocktail. Supported by IMBIBE, this year’s competition challenged the mixologists to create an original cocktail inspired by rum. Our  contestants delivered fabulous renditions, but four bar bros truly popped the top off our expectations! Introducing the 2017 CHSWFF Cocktail Competition Finalists + Cocktails (in no particular order): Allen Lancaster, The Spectator Hotel : "No Bunny's Bizness"     no-bunnys-bizness Jeremiah Schenzel, Scarecrow: "Of Saints and Sailors" of-saints-and-sailors Anthony Kearse, Feathertop: "Havana Turkey Shoot in the Holy City" havana-turkey-shoot Ryan Welliver, The Cocktail Club: "Hamil-time" hamil-time Save the Date for our finalist round on December 7th in the form of a festive, rum-tastic event: Rum, Rum Rudolph! Final judging and our 2017 Cocktail Competition Winner will be announced at this event. Come rum, come all!
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Grab Your Shakers + Rum, Chucktown: It’s Cocktail -O-Clock!

We’re calling all cocktail connoisseurs currently working in Charleston's bar, restaurant, and spirits industry to join us Monday, November 7th, for Round 1 of our annual Cocktail Competition, presented by Imbibe. All participants will prepare a rum-inspired cocktail to be presented in a blind tasting at Le Creuset Atelier. Four cocktails will then be chosen by a panel of esteemed judges to move to the final round on December 7th during a signature event. The winning mixologist will be announced that night as the 2017 Cocktail Competition winner, and the best part? This title doesn’t only come with bragging rights... The 2017 Cocktail Competition Finalists:
  • Will be featured at the Round 2 Signature Cocktail Event on December 7, 2016
  • Will be featured at Charleston Wine + Food Signature Event, What the Pho?, Saturday, March 4th 
  •  Will have the opportunity to be featured in the 2017 CHSWFF Culinary Village 
The 2017 Cocktail Competition Winner:
  • Will be featured at Opening Night as the 2017 CHSWFF Official Cocktail, Wednesday, March 1, 2017 
  • Will be featured at Charleston Wine + Food Signature Event, What the Pho?, Saturday, March 4th 
  • Will be featured in an intimate demonstration at the SieMatic VIP Lounge, Saturday, March 4th 
  • Will be featured on ImbibeMagazine.com 
  • Will be the featured guest at a Bar Takeover at Porchlight in New York, NY (includes one night stay + $300 JetBlue gift card toward roundtrip airfare)
How to enter? Simply follow this link, sign up, and get your shaker ready to rock. Official rules + more info can be found here.
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