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March 6 - March 10, 2019

Charleston Wine + Food

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Travel.Eat.Repeat. presented by Toyota

The Culinary Village is thrilled to welcome back Toyota to The Patio! Get ready to go on a culinary adventure at Travel.Eat.Repeat. presented by Toyota. Check out this sneak peak of what Toyota will be cooking up!    

Camry Kitchen Creations

   

Customize a cutting board that shows off your style and your state! Watch as your South Carolina-inspired cutting board is personalized in the trunk of the Camry.

   

RAV4 Tag Your Bag

   

Can we tag along on your next trip? Put your personal touch on these soft leather luggage tags to make your suitcase stand out from the rest!

   

Silkscreen Totes

   

Back by popular demand, these canvas tote bags will return with two new commemorative designs. Grab one while they last!

   

Tandem Photo Op

 

Grab a friend and strike a picture-perfect pose on the tandem bicycle!

   

Aquas Frescas

   

Stop by the Aquas Frescas cart for a refreshing, fruity sample of this Mexican staple.

   

Culinary Passport

   

Collect 3 stamps on your culinary passport as you explore Travel.Eat.Repeat. in the Culinary Village and receive a complimentary leather passport cover.

 

And Toyota Owners - be sure to show your keys for a special gift!

   

Postcard Photo Booth

 

Attending Smokin' in the Boys' Room or Southern Renaissance? Commemorate your 2019 festival experience with a postcard greeting to send to friends and family.

   
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2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Haul out the holly + start making your lists! With Christmas fast approaching, we're rounding up some of our favorite gifts guaranteed to bring a little holiday cheer to every foodie + wine lover in your life.    

Le Creuset Dutch Oven

The iconic Le Creuset Dutch oven is indispensable in the kitchens of home cooks and professional chefs alike. Long recognized for its strength and durability, cast iron is the prime material for slow-cooking, braising and roasting, thanks to its ability to maintain even and consistent heat. The enameled Dutch oven needs no seasoning, and it’s suitable for both stovetop and oven use. Whether you're a home cook or seasoned pro, every kitchen will brighten up with a Le Creuset Dutch Oven.  

Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark

Williams Sonoma’s nostalgic peppermint bark is often copied but never matched in quality or flavor. The once-a-year favorite is handcrafted using the finest ingredients, including custom-blended Guittard chocolate and triple-distilled oil of peppermint. Master candy makers pour a layer of melted dark chocolate on a marble table and then top it with a layer of creamy white chocolate. This "bark" is finished with a snowfall of handmade peppermint candy pieces. The result is an unforgettable holiday confection with a perfect harmony of flavors and textures in every bite. This year, Williams Sonoma has tucked Gift Cards ranging from $20 to $1000 inside tins of their Peppermint Bark – there’s a Chance To Win With Every Tin!  

Williams Sonoma Hot Chocolate + Mini Marshmallows

Hot chocolate is even better when you add fluffy marshmallows. This gift bundle includes both treats. Inspired by the hot chocolate served in Parisian cafés, Williams Sonoma’s  Classic Hot Chocolate is intensely chocolaty with a well-rounded body, rich taste, smooth texture and exquisite aroma. Their Vanilla Marshmallows are crafted by confectioners using traditional methods – the secret to the airy-light texture and creamy sweetness.  

Williams Sonoma’s Exclusive Stainless Steel Thermo-Clad™ Cookware

Have someone that loves to cook on your list this year? This ultimate cookware set has all of the cookware pieces a cook uses most often for both everyday cooking and entertaining. Crafted in Italy, this five-star cookware uses a proprietary aluminum alloy that provides up to 35% better thermal conductivity than any aluminum clad-metal cookware on the market.    

Bottles

Located conveniently across the Ravenel Bridge in Mount Pleasant, Bottles is your one-stop shop for wine, spirits, and more. Whether you know exactly which bottle you're looking for or just need a quick gift to bring to your holiday party, the folks at Bottles will help you find the perfect present for anyone. Still trying to decide what you're getting for the wine lover in your life? Bottles carries many of the winemakers who participate in the festival, including Merry Edwards, Robert Sinskey, and Andre Mack. Nothing says "Happy Holidays!" like a ticket to CHSWFF and a nice bottle of wine!    

A Signature Welcome

Founded in 2014 in Charleston, SC, A Signature Welcome makes holiday gifting beautiful and seamless with multi-address shipping (group orders receive a shipping dashboard to complete details after purchase), hand-written notes, no order minimums, and free shipping, as always. The 2018 Holiday Collection features a range of gourmet food gifts including the best local artisans, an array of hostess gifts, hand-poured candles, gifts for the gentlemen in your life and the sweetest collection of curated baby gifts. There's something for everyone on your list! View the entire Holiday 2018 Collection here.    

Charleston Mix Bloody Mary

Made from all-natural ultra premium ingredients Charleston Mix is gluten, HFCS and MSG free. Each bottle possesses classic bloody mary ingredients used in perfect harmony to create the refreshing, prominent flavor that is Charleston Mix. As the #1 mixer in the South, one taste you’ll understand why it’s considered the bloody mary, perfected.    

Toadfish Outfitters

The Toadfish™ Coastal Kitchen Collection combines the most innovative seafood  tools on the market into one set. Their patented designs make preparing seafood easier,  safer, and more enjoyable. This collection includes an oyster knife, a shrimp cleaner, and a crab cutter, to make all your shellfish prep a breeze. Toadfish™ created the Coastal Kitchen line to enhance the  coastal lifestyle and provide a connection point between what we eat and the sustainability of those resources. Any seafood fanatic will love to add this set to their toolkit!    

HookNHide Belts

HookNHide creates belt buckles that also function as bottle openers. Inspired by the outdoors, Hook N Hide designs the belts in Charleston based on wildlife that can be found in the Lowcountry and around the Southeast. These belts are wearable art and are the perfect accessory when you need to pop open a bottle!
 

Goldbug Collection from Croghan’s

As the oldest family owned jewelry store in Charleston, Croghan’s Jewel Box is a treasure trove of the most exciting and unique inventory in the Lowcountry. Inspired by the short story Gold Bug written by Edgar Allan Poe during his time in Charleston, Croghan’s Goldbug Collection carves the famous Palmetto bug into metal, making it resemble beautiful fossilized creatures that will surely turn heads. The Goldbug Collection offer beautiful and unique pieces of jewelry to wear with pride and spread a little joy this holiday season.    

Holy City Brewing Sparkly Princess Beer

Brewed for the Best Of Awards Party 2017, and upon the request of the folks at the City Paper, Holy City Brewing kept to the Fairytale theme for the festivities. What kind of fairy tale would it be if it didn’t have its own Sparkly Princess? Holy City Brewing decided to kettle-sour an IPA, to make something hoppy, tart and full of citrus. Using Eldorado as the bittering hop and then dry-hopping it with even more of the stuff, giving it a mouth-watering hop-nose. Crisp and refreshing, the Sparkly Princess + all of Holy City Brewing's catalog make the perfect gift for any beer lover.    

Blackberry Farm Classic Saison

These beers are about recreating, connecting and enjoying an active lifestyle. Our personal favorite, the Classic Saison, is a medium-bodied, refreshing brew that pairs well with a wide variety of foods or can be enjoyed by itself. Whether you’re a beer novice or a true brewmaster, Blackberry Farms Classic Saison checks all the boxes for a perfect holiday gift.    

Christina Jervey Jewelry

Both unique + simple, Christina Jervey Jewelry makes the perfect gift for anyone who loves beautiful, understated pieces. Inspired by nature, Christina Jervey Jewelry offers a wide variety of pieces including bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and much more. Make this holiday season special with a stunning, handcrafted piece of jewelry sure to stand out in any crowd.    

Charleston Wine + Food Retail

We may be a little biased, but our retail is some of the coolest around! We're hosting a Charleston Wine + Food Holiday Pop-Up Shop this holiday season for you to shop all your favorite merch from past festivals. Stop by our office beginning December 3 - December 21 from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm where you can browse t-shirts, tanks, and more for 25% off. Trust us, nothing will bring more cheer than a CHSWFF hat + a ticket to this year's festival.
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NBC’S TODAY JOINS 2019 FESTIVAL LINEUP

Charleston Wine + Food will welcome NBC’s TODAY to the 14th annual festival, March 6  - 10, 2019, for on-site broadcast, digital, and cooking demos.   As a leader in news, entertainment, and lifestyle content, TODAY will deliver outstanding broadcast and digital coverage to its viewers from Charleston Wine + Food. TODAY will be featured at several Charleston Wine + Food Signature Events, including Bread of the South, Raising Shell, Winederlust, Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room, and A Catchy Name. TODAY will also participate in the Culinary Village Friday, March 8 - Sunday, March 10, and broadcast live from Charleston, SC during the festival.   Charleston Wine + Food is renowned for offering creative, dynamic, and ever-changing programming that features top winemakers, chefs, culinary professionals, artists, and experts from around the globe that come together annually in March to produce a wine + food festival that rivals the very best of its kind. TODAY will provide compelling content and experiences for festival attendees, residents of the City of Charleston at large, and TODAY viewers. “We are immensely proud and excited to embark on this partnership with TODAY and we look forward to showing TODAY viewers what we think makes the culinary + hospitality community of Charleston so special,” says Gillian Zettler, Executive Director of Charleston Wine + Food.     Charleston Wine + Food announced its partnership with TODAY in New York City on Monday, November 26, 2018 during the fourth hour of TODAY.   For more info, visit the TODAY Show's website.  
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A Whole Lot More Than Getting Coffee

When you start an internship, you always wonder if the horror stories are true.   Am I going to be getting coffee for the office everyday? Will anyone know my name? Luckily for me, interning at Charleston Wine + Food turned out to be the complete opposite.   When I accepted an internship with CHSWFF’s Marketing + Communications department, I was ecstatic. I was going to be able to combine my love of food with my passion for public relations. But, regardless of my excitement, the nerves were still there when I walked through the door on my first day. With almost no experience prior to the internship, I was certain no one would take me seriously and I would be relegated to coffee duty before the first week was up.   Instead, I met a team of amazing professionals who welcomed me with huge smiles and a willingness to let me learn from them, especially my supervisor. From the first staff meeting I attended, the CHSWFF team treated me as a peer and made sure I wasn’t just an intern. By the second month of my internship, I was writing press releases, drafting blogs, and interacting with some of Charleston’s top culinary and media professionals.   Leading up to the festival, I truly felt as though I had become a member of the team. Not only was my input valued, but I was given responsibilities most interns could only hope for. The biggest of these was the opportunity to take the lead on a series of Facebook Live videos before and during the festival, featuring some of the culinary world’s biggest names. And, yes, I was starstruck when I met Gail Simmons.   By the time the festival ended and my internship was winding down, eight months of hard work and learning seemed to have gone by in the blink of an eye.   During a lunch conversation with a friend, I was asked what it was like being an intern at Charleston Wine + Food. That got me thinking, and I realized that intern isn’t really the right word. In my opinion, the word “intern” makes you seem less-than and trivializes your importance to the organization. My experience with Wine + Food was certainly not those things. As a member of the CHSWFF team, you know you are going to be surrounded by some of the brightest and most talented people in the business. Not only are they talented, but each staff member is extremely willing to share their knowledge with you. I have learned from every single person at Charleston Wine + Food and now have an arsenal of skills I would have never gotten in a classroom.   More importantly, my time at CHSWFF taught me a lot personally. Witnessing a staff who are so passionate and dedicated to what they are doing day-in and day-out showed me the meaning behind the phrase, “Do what you love.” The staff at Charleston Wine + Food inspired me to always work my hardest and give each task 110 percent. But, even more than hard work, the CHSWFF team taught me the importance of treating each other with kindness and supporting those around you. College has a way of emphasizing individual achievement, but I learned that no one can ever be successful without the support of an amazing team.   So, looking forward, I’m not sure what my next step is. But, what I do know is that my time with CHSWFF has allowed me to grow both professionally and personally. I have strengthened my writing skills, bolstered my strategic thinking, and grown into a real public relations professional. Outside of the pages of a resumé, though, I am leaving as a better person thanks to my time at Charleston Wine + Food. I now know what it means to work as a team and how to find the value in every person. With that said, I will always be grateful for the time I spent with Charleston Wine + Food. The people I met and the experiences I had are unparalleled by any other internship. It is my hope future interns find the experience as rewarding as I did and help this amazing organization continue to grow. Until then…   Cheers!  
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Recruitment Event

Calling all patient, gentle, + kind souls that have a passion for our local culinary + hospitality community. Charleston Wine + Food is currently hiring for several full-time, part-time, contract and intern roles. We are excited to regroup after a successful 2018 festival and begin to plan an epic 2019 festival. Interested in joining us on this beautiful, crazy exciting journey? Join us at our Job Recruitment Event on Thursday, June 7th at Charleston Wine + Food HQ. At this event you will get to hear more about our organization, our tribe of passionate + creative humans, and what gets us up out of bed every morning. We will then break up into small groups where a Charleston Wine + Food staff member will lead a group interview session.      
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A Gift to One80 Place

On Friday, April 20th, Charleston Wine + Food's Executive Director, Gillian Zettler, presented an Award for Outstanding Community Partner along with a check for $30,000 to One80 Place Training at their Donor Appreciation Breakfast.   One80 Place Training is a 5-week crash course culinary program that teaches basic kitchen skills and readies individuals for a job in the culinary industry.   Overseen by Angela DuPree, Director of Training, One80 Place Training features guest chefs that teach enrollees culinary skills like egg cookery, knife skills, mise en place and more. The 5 week course concludes with an externship in a local restaurant where enrollees get on the job training. Since last April, 95% of program graduates have been placed in jobs.   The program has grown organically and garnered much support from the local restaurant industry. Chefs can engage with the program by becoming guest lecturers, providing an externship opportunity, becoming a mentor or providing a job.   One success story that was shared at the Appreciation Breakfast was that of Stefan DeArman, affectionately called "The Revered." Roland Feldman, owner of Smoke BBQ and Stefan's employer, shared that it was at Toasted during the festival that he first met Stefan. As soon as the band came on, he lit up and started signing. His joy was contagious, Feldman explained. The two also shared The Reverend's new cornbread business and some of the attention they have received for it. Read more about his latest venture here.   Charleston Wine + Food is excited and honored to support One80 Place Training. This program not only gives so much to our community, but makes our staff feel excited to produce an event that can support a way to change people's lives for the better.
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2018 Charleston Wine + Food Street Team

Calling all social media mavens + digital aficionados! This year experience a fresh, new way to see and taste the festival with the #CHSWFFStreetTeam. This fabulous group of social media savvy bloggers + Instagrammers are prepped and ready to bring you the most delicious sights and sounds of the 13th annual Charleston Wine + Food festival. Get to know our street team below, and make sure you’re following along on their accounts and #CHSWFFStreetTeam for the juiciest scenes + sips happening February 28 - March 4.

Andrea Serrano:

(@charlestonshopcurator)

Andrea is a freelance Wardrobe Stylist and blogger. After spending time working in New York developing her clientele and working as the in-house stylist for Dennis Publishing, she decided to settle down in Charleston. After spending some time in retail and opening a few of her own boutiques, Andrea became the Freelancer she is now and started her blog Charleston Shop Curator.

Ashley Brown: 

(@sweetsouthernprep)

Ashley is the proud mother of four with a love for all things fashion and family. She created her blog Sweet Southern Prep, in 2010 as a way to share lifestyle tips and fashion. The blog grew and soon she was working with brands like Kate Spade and Lilly Pulitzer. She's been running the blog since its start 8 years ago and still going strong.

Candice Herriott:

(@chsfoodwriter)

Lover of good food. Candice Harriott started Charleston Food Writer to share her culinary adventures. The simple things like entertaining friends, cooking  and learning new things inspired her to create a place where she can share her stories and connect with other food lovers along the way.

Jai Jones:

(@jaieats)

Jai Eats, a blog created by Jai Jones as a way to share his favorites. Writing from Charleston SC, there's never a shortage of good restaurants and drinks to share. Inspired by the way everyone comes together because of food, Jai's blog shares favorites in hopes of making them yours too.

Johnny Caldwell + Taneka Reeves:

(@cocktailbandits)

The dynamic duo Johnny + Taneka, creators and writers of Cocktail Bandits talk about food and beverage from a feminine, urban perspective. Their blog shares their own cocktails, their favorites from bars all over, and food as well.

 

Liz Martin:

(@charlestonweekender)

The Charleston Weekender, Liz Martin started her blog in 2015 creating a space that gives you that weekend getaway vibe. Her site features travel guides, Charleston guides, and an online shop full of Charleston apparel, weekend essentials and everything you need to make you life a little brighter.

Miguel Buencamino:

(@holycityhandcraft)

Miguel grew up in Orlando, FL. His background stems from a love for cooking with his grandmothers. Learning from family and his time testing recipes in the kitchen, Miguel created Holy City Handcraft as a way to share his adventures in the kitchen either cooking or mixing cocktails.

Natalie Mason: 

(@snoopnattynat)

Natalie, creator of Designer Bags & Dirty Diapers, is a lover of all things family, fashion and food. Her blog highlights day-to-day outfits and where you can find some great sales. You'll also find delicious recipes and entertaining tips on her site.

Sydney Gallimore :

(@queenofthefoodage)

A lover of food, Sydney Gallimore founded Queen of the Food Age back in 2011. Her blog was a way of sharing the two things she loved most: food and writing. She's also a freelance writer for Charleston Grit, Thrillist, Where Traveler and more. Her love for what she does shows through all her work.

Sydney Turnquist :

(@queenofthefoodage)

Sydney Turnquist is the co-writer for Queen of the Food Age. The adventurous food critic has continued to explore Charleston since she moved here in 2009. She's broadened her palate and ventured into trying various foods outside of her comfort zone by tasting her way through the Holy City.

Christian Senger:

(@holycitysinner)

The Charleston news go-to, Christian Senger created Holy City Sinner in 2011. His blog has been voted as one of the most popular in Charleston, dishing day-to-day news and happenings within the Holy City. He talks about all sides of the city, giving readers a better understanding of Charleston.

  Photos by : @libbywilliamsphotos  Transportation by: @lowcountryvalet
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Continuing Education

Charleston Wine + Food strives to bring people together each year through storytelling and food. Continuing Education is a project that does just that. What started with a native strain of watermelon, The Bradford Watermelon, quickly created the opportunity for local chefs to meet local farmers. It is a project that allows those who attend to better understand where their produce is coming from while learning about produce native to South Carolina.   The first event took place on The Bradford family farm, where chefs and guests were taken through the fields to learn more about the Bradford Watermelon. After a quick demonstration they got to taste the produce and take home some of the sweet molasses made from the rhine of the watermelon. The second event of the project brought on a new group of chefs along with returners to go back to the Bradford family farm to learn more about the Carolina African Runner Peanut. This peanut was first used in soup by Africans in North America. This is the first year that this strand of peanut has been available to the public since the late 1920’s or early 1930’s.   This event allowed those who attended to see the smaller details, to better understand the time and effort it takes to revitalize a crop. Continuing Education gives local chefs and farmers a chance to meet, share stories and be creative.    SaveSave
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Food Rescue

Every year, Charleston Wine + Food strives to be better than we were before. Working with One80 Place has helped CHSWFF improve our impact on our community and our environment.   On average, One80 Place serves 175,000 meals from its community kitchen to shelter guests and local community members with a budget of $0. To make this happen, food is collected from local food drives and their food rescue truck that collects $330,000 worth of food from local grocery stores, restaurants, businesses, individuals.Last year, the food rescue truck was able to collect 3,128 lbs of food from the CHSWFF Culinary Village.   If you’re interested in donating food or would like to find more ways to help head over to One80 Place’s website!
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CHSWFF Going Green

In the past decade, we’ve witnessed a stunning transition as corporate social responsibility evolved from a nice-to-have silo to a fundamental strategic priority for businesses large and small. “ - Forbes, 2017. At Charleston Wine + Food (CHSWFF), we believe that this trend stemmed from good people hoping to leave a positive, lasting impact on future generations. Some companies use their influence to support specific foundations, or advocate volunteer time to help those in need. Others enable positive change through food, combating poverty on a local/regional level. For other groups, climate change and sustainability have become an increasingly important initiative.   Companies and people alike are taking steps to reduce the amount of waste they produce and change the impact they have on the planet. In an attempt to join the global movement of going green, CHSWFF is taking a step back and looking at how we can provide a more eco friendly experience.   Event Director, Ali Bechtel, recently took time to talk to me about how CHSWFF is working to be more eco friendly during the  2018 festival, and it seems like we have found several ways to make our festival more environmentally friendly. We’ve developed a great relationship with VerTerra, a company that specializes in sustainable dinnerware, to supply compostable serving dishes and utensils. In the Culinary Village we also have “weigh stations,” or strategically positioned areas for all guests to throw out trash, recycling and compost in separate bins. Throughout the festival local, regional, national and international chefs are encouraged to use reusable or compostable materials and have compost bins at their workstations as well.   “Ultimately, CHSWFF hopes to inspire those at the festival and other festivals to have a great time, enjoying fantastic drinks, phenomenal food and all the while, become more eco friendly,” says Bechtel. “We’ve been inspired by progressive and sustainably-minded cities like Vancouver and Denver, and plan to work with the city + county of Charleston to create a sustainable festival guide for similar events of our scope to plan responsibly. This guide will likely include a list of local resources, insight into intuitive directional signage and how to communicate your efforts at scale.   For those who have tickets to our Culinary Village, this year we ask that while you enjoy all that the Village has to offer, and look out for our stations and the signs so you can toss your waste appropriately. If you have any questions our team members at the Village are more than willing to help!   Through working with the city, county and all those who make our festival possible (chefs, staff, attendees, etc), CHSWFF is looking to pave a more sustainable path for future festivals and leave our mark by not only connecting others, and sharing stories between sips of wine and bites of heart-filled cuisine, but through inspiring those around us to continue making a difference whenever we can.  
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