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March 6 - March 10, 2019

Charleston Wine + Food

Tasting Notes

CHSWFF Blog

Beyond the Plate: Experiencing Farm-To-Table at The Umstead

As issues surrounding food security and the importance of supporting local producers continue to stay relevant in the culinary world, more and more chefs are incorporating locally-sourced, sustainably-produced ingredients into their menus. Whether it’s lettuce leaves plucked straight from the soil or oysters harvested only minutes away from the tables where they’re served, the value of homegrown harvests are evident.   However, for many diners, the idea of “farm-to-table” can be little more than a buzzword uttered by a server or printed in the pages of a local restaurant review. Without an understanding of the true story of farm-to-table ingredients, the concept can be elusive.     During a recent trip to Raleigh, NC, our team had the opportunity to go beyond the plate and immerse ourselves in the journey from the fields where the ingredients were grown to the dinner table peppered with meticulously-prepared plates featuring the veggies and garnishes. For the minds behind the decorated Herons at The Umstead, farm-to-table is more than just an idea. It’s a way of providing their guests with a unique, innovative meal rooted firmly in the foodways of the area.     Despite the dreary weather, chef de cuisine Spencer Thomson accompanied us to One Oak Farm where the affectionately-dubbed farmer Alyssa showed us the process of growing the produce that adorns the plates at Herons. Amidst the foggy hills and soggy ground, we saw the covered beds and steamy greenhouses where leafy greens and fragrant spices sprouted before being harvested and incorporated into the restaurant’s menu. Alyssa’s deep understanding of her crops and their unique flavors was apparent as she shaved off pieces of various roots and picked leaves from their stalks for us to sample and taste.     With the taste of fresh ginger in our mouths, and the scent of lavender on our hands, we returned to The Umstead where we sat down to a dinner prepared by celebrated chef, Steven D. Greene. As each course was carefully set onto the table, our team was quick to spot the colorful flower buds and yellow-hued corn we had seen on the farm. The precision and intricacy of each dish was obvious as we delighted in the beautifully-crafted recipes that were rich in flavor, but still easily-identifiable as products of the area’s foodways.     The synergy between One Oak Farm and Herons at The Umstead creates a special culinary experience. Unique to the hills of Raleigh, the menu was testament to the power of the farm-to-table ideology. Steven, Spencer, Alyssa, and the entire team behind-the-scenes at Herons prove that sustainable farming and a conscious effort to champion local ingredients lead to a certain magic on the plate that can’t be replicated anywhere else. The entire operation at The Umstead is nothing short of incredible and opened our eyes to the ways in which dining can truly go beyond the plate.   The next time you take a trip, or even when you’re preparing your next home-cooked meal, take the time to seek out local ingredients and restaurants that employ farm-to-table practices. We promise your tastebuds will thank you.  
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Lowcountry Limelight: Charlotte Park

The culinary community + charitable action have always been intimately tied together for Michigan-native Charlotte Park. As the founder of a local influencer group, TastemakersCHS, and the driving force behind Crumb4Charleston, she knows first-hand the impact food can have on the world. We chatted with Charlotte to find out how she got inspired to use food as a catalyst for change and why it's important to use your platform for good in the latest addition of Lowcountry Limelight.  

 

How did you get your start as a food blogger/influencer?

 

I have always been obsessed with all things culinary: exploring new restaurants, browsing food blogs, binge watching Anthony Bourdain and cooking/baking for my friends and family. At my college in Michigan I started a “College Chef” column at our newspaper to showcase simple and affordable recipes that college kids could master. From there I created my blog Saltandpreppy.com to document all my favorite recipes so they would be easily sharable with others. Upon moving to Charleston I continued my love for cooking and baking and also found exploring new restaurants to be my favorite way to spend time with people. I was quickly introduced to the world of food instagrammers through my PR work for various restaurants at my company Lou Hammond Group. We would often host dinners and special events inviting the same influencers to experience and I quickly became friends with many of them.

 

You are the creative force behind Tastemakers Charleston, a monthly meetup of local influencers. Where did you get the idea to bring everyone together?

 

It’s no secret that Charleston is a foodie town through and through. There is a large number of wonderful people in this city that have found a passion in documenting their culinary adventures in the city through their Instagram handles. I was running into the same people time and time again at our restaurant PR events and thought it would be beneficial for everyone- both the influencers and the restaurants- to create a group to streamline the invitation process along with the tracking of social media coverage. The idea of TastemakersCHS was to create a community of people who share the same passion while expanding our reach and influence. We began with seven members in 2016 and have quickly grown to over 25 members, with a combined reach of over half a million followers on Instagram. I’m excited to be using our group’s social media reach to raise money and awareness for local non-profits through our new TastemakersCHS charity partnership program which launched a few months ago!

   

Why do you think it’s important for influencers to collaborate and support one another?

 

In a community as tight knit as Charleston, it only makes sense for influencers to support and engage each other. Since joining TastemakersCHS, many members have found ways to partner together on specific projects, brand initiatives and other creative collaborations outside of our bi-weekly events. While the majority of members manage their Instagram on the side for a fun hobby, some with a larger reach are finding ways to turn their passion into their career- especially as the power of social media in the restaurant world continues to grow. It has been amazing to see so many members develop strong bonds with one another and become friends through TasteMakers.

 

In addition to Tastemakers, you also founded Crumbs4Charleston, a nonprofit supporting local culinary initiatives. Tell us a little more about Crumbs and its mission.

 

My love for cooking growing up quickly changed to a love for baking upon my moving to Charleston, since baked goods were something I could easily bring to friends and coworkers to brighten their day. Experimenting with new recipes became my way to de-stress and unwind after work, and I found myself bringing sweets into work a few times a week. Seeing how stocked with sugar our work kitchen was getting, I knew I wanted to do something more with my passion for baking other than bring in sweets to my awesome coworkers.I began Crumbs4Charleston with the desire to align my love for baking with my love for God by offering friends the chance to purchase sweets & give back to awesome charities in Charleston making a true impact. I offer three different baked goods every two months (everything from brownies and cookies to brittles and fudge) for purchase on my website www.crumbs4charleston.com and donate 100% of the proceeds, minus the cost of ingredients, to a different Charleston charity. I try and offer unique baked goods (like Thin Mint Donut, Cookie Dough Stuffed Cupcakes and Candy Cane Fudge) that people can’t normally find in stores. I do all my baking on Saturdays and hand deliver to customer’s doors on Sundays. I aim to not only donate to different Charleston charities, but help raise awareness of all that they do through Crumbs4Charleston promotion on social media.

   

What kind of charities have you worked with and why did you choose to focus on culinary-focused organizations?

 

I have worked with over 12 non-profits in the city thus far and while many aim to combat hunger in some way (such as Fields to Families, Fresh Future Farm and East Cooper Meals on Wheels), others focus on other causes ranging from addiction recovery to human trafficking prevention to sea turtle rescue. There are endless non-profits in the city doing incredible work to help bring light to darkness and I feel extremely grateful top play a very small part in their individual missions. I recognize how lucky I am to live a life free of hunger, poverty and need and feel a deep call to assist in helping my neighbors who are struggling.

 

If someone wants to support Crumbs, how can they donate?

 

People can view this month’s bake goods and place orders on Crumbs4Charleston.com. I am currently offering Bacon Almond Brittle, Candy Cane Fudge and Peppermint Bark for December, with all proceeds going to Fresh Future Farm to help provide healthy and affordable produce to low-income families in North Charleston!

   

What’s next for you, Tastemakers and Crumbs?

(You’re one busy woman!)

 

I’m super pumped for all that is on the horizon for TastemakersCHS and Crumbs4Charleton in 2019! As far as TastemakersCHS, I’m excited to continue to grow and develop our charity partnership program. As a part of partnering with TastemakersCHS, we connect the restaurants to our charity partners and develop specific dish or drink donation for the month, encouraging Charleston diners to eat out for a good cause. Our end goal with our TastemakersCHS charity partnership program is to give as many Charleston non-profits as possible the added exposure and awarness they deserve, while raising funds at the same time. As far as Crumbs4Charleston, I hope to continue to grow my charity network and customer base. I have plans to partner with a few local coffee shops in the new year to sell my treats and in turn increase the money I am able to raise for each non-profit partner.

    Images courtesy of: Callie Cranford, Mac Kilduff and Zheng Chia
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Plan Your Trip: Where to Stay

From historic mansions turned luxurious hotels to spacious suites with breathtaking views of the Lowcountry marshes, Charleston sure knows how to show off. After a long day of fun + flavor at the Charleston Wine + Food festival, the last place you want to be is a cramped hotel room with a rock-hard bed. These Holy City hotels will have you enjoying your time spent in as much as your time spect out and about.  

FOR A LITTLE TASTE OF SOUTHERN CHARM:

Charming Inns

With an enchanting blend of opulence + intimacy, history + hospitality, culture + cuisine, and art + architecture, Charming Inns represents true southern hospitality. Their multiple properties, including Fulton Lane Inn, Kings Courtyard Inn, and the Wentworth Mansion, offer accommodations perfect for anyone looking to experience the Holy City while enjoying the fun + flavor of Charleston Wine + Food.    

FOR THOSE WHO LOVE TO WATCH THE SUNSET:

Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Waterfront/Downtown

Set on the banks of the Ashley River, Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Waterfront/Downtown offers unrivaled views of the beautiful Lowcountry coastline with the heart of historic downtown easily accessible. Charleston Wine + Food guests will find themselves only minutes from their favorite events, including the Culinary Village, while taking in the sights + sounds of the iconic waterfront.      

FOR A LAP OF LUXURY:

Belmond Charleston Place

Indulge yourself in the best of Charleston Wine + Food before returning to a warm welcome in the heart of the historic district. Belmond Charleston Place is the pinnacle of southern charm + luxury, with a location only steps from some of your favorite events.

   

FOR A TOUCH OF SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY: 

The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

Experience the best in southern charm at a hotel located in the heart of downtown Charleston. The Mills House places you at the center of the Holy City’s bustling arts + cultural community while offering easy access to many Charleston Wine + Food events.    

FOR THE CULINARY VILLAGE CONNOISSEUR:

Francis Marion Hotel

The iconic Francis Marion Hotel sits in the heart of downtown Charleston while being only steps from the centerpiece of the Charleston Wine + Food festival, the Culinary Village. Guests can take in the fun + flavor of the historic Holy City with unsurpassed views of the Lowcountry.      

FOR A HOME AWAY FROM HOME:

Residence Inn Downtown Riverview

You’ll feel at home in the spacious rooms found at the Residence Inn Downtown Riverview located on the banks of Charleston’s coastline. With easy access to downtown Charleston and many Charleston Wine + Food events, you’ll enjoy your time in the Lowcountry without feeling like you ever left the comfort of your own bed.      

FOR UNRIVALED VIEWS OF CHARLESTON HARBOR:

Courtyard Charleston Waterfront

Experience comfort and southern hospitality at Courtyard Charleston Waterfront hotel, located minutes from the historic district of Charleston. Take in the stunning views of the Ashley River while being only minutes from the heart of Charleston Wine + Food. This unique hotel is perfect for any guest looking to make the most of their time in the Holy City.      

FOR THE BEACH BUM:

Wyndham Vacation Rentals

From the shores of Isle of Palms to the southern charm of Downtown Charleston, Wyndham Vacation Rentals offer unique accommodations for Charleston Wine + Food guests looking to experience all the Holy City has to offer. With properties ranging from villas to homes, Wyndham has a property perfectly-tailored to enhance your time in the Lowcountry.    

FOR A COZY GETAWAY:

Zero George Street

Zero George Street is the definition of southern hospitality. Standing at the corner cozy charm + rich elegance, this boutique hotel offers a lush + intimate experience to Charleston Wine + Food guests looking for a luxurious experience.      

FOR THE SLEEK + CHIC:

The Dewberry

Nestled only feet from historic Marion Square, The Dewberry offers sleek + modern accommodations with a nod to the history + culture of Charleston. Located steps from the Culinary Village, guests will enjoy easy access to the festival complemented by unrivaled views of the Holy City.      

FOR THOSE NEEDING A LITTLE SPACE:

Homewood Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District

Located only minutes from the heart of downtown Charleston, Homewood Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District offers a spacious retreat where you can unwind after a long day at the Charleston Wine + Food festival. Acting as the perfect home base for your trip, you won’t miss a minute of the fun during your stay in Charleston.      

FOR THE FESTIVAL GOER ON-THE-GO:

Holiday Inn Charleston Historic District

Holiday Inn Charleston Historic District blends contemporary luxury + traditional southern hospitality to create an unforgettable experience. Situated on the iconic King Street, Charleston Wine + Food guests will find themselves in the middle of the fun + flavor of the festival with a quiet retreat only steps away from their favorite events.    

FOR THE HISTORY BUFF:

Embassy Suites Charleston Historic

Experience the vibrant culture of Charleston with a stay at the historic Embassy Suites Charleston Historic. Set against the iconic Marion Square, Charleston Wine + Food guests will delight in being feet from the Culinary Village + some of the festival’s top events while still being able to stroll the cobblestone streets of downtown.      

FOR THE SIGHTSEER:

Courtyard Charleston Historic District

The Courtyard Charleston Historic District serves up a sought-after southern experience only steps from the heart of Charleston Wine + Food, the Culinary Village. Steeped in southern charm, the Courtyard offers easy access to downtown Charleston, with many popular restaurants + locales found only minutes from the front steps of the hotel.      

FOR THE TREND-SETTING TRAVELLER:

Cambria Hotel Mount Pleasant

One of Charleston’s newest hotels, the Cambria Hotel Mount Pleasant offers modern + luxurious lodgings for guests looking to experience the Lowcountry. Blending contemporary style + classic Southern charm, the Cambria Hotel provides stylish accommodations with easy access to downtown Charleston + many Charleston Wine + Food events.      

FOR A FEEL OF THE LOWCOUNTRY BREEZE:

Springhill Suites Riverview

Relax + unwind after a fun-filled day at the Charleston Wine + Food festival in the stylish + spacious suites at Springhill Suites Riverview. With easy access to the bustling historic district, guests will experience the meaning of southern hospitality + old-world charm while taking in the lively culture of one of the most celebrated southern cities.  
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The Perfect Pairing

When James Beard Award-winner Morgan Calcote first walks into the room, you’re met with an infectious smile and vibrant energy that immediately endears the young general manager from Charleston darling, FIG. However, once she begins to talk, there is an obvious wisdom that comes from someone who is both deeply passionate and invested in their craft.   Morgan’s journey in food and beverage began at an early age. She grew up visiting her grandparents’ farm where they produced food for both her family and those in the community. Inspired by what she had experienced on the farm, food continued to be a thread throughout Morgan’s life.   During her college years and post-grad explorations, Morgan gained her first exposure to wine in the countrysides of Europe and New Zealand. Even more than wine, though, she learned about the importance of connecting with people. The spirit of hospitality followed her back to Charleston where she set her sights on the quickly-growing culinary community.     When Charleston-based Japanese restaurant O-ku opened in 2010, Morgan was on the front lines, managing the dining room while having her first interaction with a master sommelier. After making the switch from O-ku to FIG, her curiosity about the inner workings of wine only deepened as she moved up the restaurant’s ranks.   Fast forward to 2018 and Morgan is now the manager of FIG and has served as the head of the restaurant’s wine program for two and a half years.   Managing the wine program for one of Charleston’s most-celebrated restaurants is no easy feat. While many restaurants are able to stock a lengthy roster of wines in large cellars, FIG curates a much shorter list. Each bottle is hand picked based on where it’s produced and how well it compliments one of the delicious dishes on the FIG menu. Morgan carves out time each year to travel and learn about the continuously evolving world of wine to ensure FIG’s wine list never dulls. However, for Morgan, the guests in her dining room serve as one of the biggest inspirations for curating a wine program that is both impressive and approachable.   The team at FIG’s dedication to providing a memorable experience for every guest has established the southern eatery as one of the Lowcountry’s most-beloved spots for both locals and visitors. It came as a surprise to no one who has dined at the restaurant, then, when FIG won the 2018 James Beard Award for Best Wine Program. The award was a direct reflection of Morgan’s commitment to providing the best wines possible for her guests while building a connection between the restaurant and the surrounding community.   Despite the international attention that accompanies such a prestigious award, Morgan’s focus remains on making FIG approachable for any and everyone. Because, for her, the most important aspect of the culinary community is the ability for anyone to take a seat at the table.   Blend that with one of the impeccable wines from FIG and you’ve got yourself a perfect pairing.
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Ticket Giveaway : Win Tickets to the 2019 Culinary Village!

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Measuring Up Success

Every five weeks in a small + intimate conference room inside One80 Place you will find family + friends gathered to celebrate the graduates of One80 Training. Indulging in a little healthy competition, the graduation ceremony, Measure Up, includes a lighthearted mini-version of Chopped.   Graduates showcase their culinary skills by preparing an innovative + mouthwatering dish to be sampled + judged by three local cuisine connoisseurs. Their creations are evaluated on presentation, taste, and imagination. After a winner has been declared, it is time for the final send off. Instead of caps + gowns, these graduates are walking away with official chef uniforms, cookbooks, knife sets, and ServSafe certifications as they venture into the exciting world of Charleston food + beverage.   Program Director, Angie Dupree, is side by side with the graduates every step of the way. Angie emphasized the unique perspectives + skills around the Community Kitchen when saying to graduates, “every cycle is so different - we learn so much from each of you.” After creating everlasting friendships, she takes pride in watching the graduates blossom into successful culinary dilettantes.   Enter Stefan DeArmon, a shining success story of One80 Place Training. As one of the freshest additions to the pit at Smoke BBQ, Stefan is a valuable member of Charleston’s food community. Formerly a homeless Veteran, Stefan was paired with Chef Roland Feldman of Smoke BBQ during the 2017 Charleston Wine + Food festival as a part of his externship experience. Chef Roland was awestruck by Stefan’s talent + finesse, leading him to offer Stefan a full-time position in Smoke’s kitchen on the spot.   This past year Stefan stumbled upon a delicious breakthrough leading to a hot new endeavor, Reverend Cornbread Co. While we predict Stefan will measure up to his potential, we also know he will not forget his roots by continuing to give back to the place that helped him reset + restart his life. He offers his time to One80 Place by serving lunches + teaching program trainees to cure pork belly. “When you receive a blessing, you give a blessing,” Stefan humbly states.   Meaningful experiences that enhance lives + add flavor to the Charleston community will be dished out by the CHSWFF partnership with One80 Place Training for years to come. Keep your eyes peeled for emerging wine + food talent featured at this year’s festival:  Jerry McMillian, George Murray, and more working in the festival Prep Kitchen with an array of local chefs.   ______   Follow along this five-part series featuring stories about the partnership between Charleston Wine + Food + One80 Place. It’ll definitely have you thinking: #WhereElseButCharleston?
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Big Plates, Bigger Hearts

Before the long line of guests appears and the sound of trays can be heard clanking on tables, the bumping of old-school rock + roll can be heard echoing from the One80 Place Community Kitchen.     Inside the kitchen, you can find James “Big Al” Alexander Ross, the bearded, tongue-pierced teddy bear who helps run this well-oiled machine. So before jumping in with serving spoons + smiles, we snagged the opportunity to chat it up with the culinary assistant to find out more about his story working for One80 Place.   “This is the best kitchen job I’ve ever had, brother,” said Big Al. “As far as food + beverage jobs go, this is as stress-free as it gets!” And sure enough, we found Big Al’s statement to ring true.     Prior to donning our aprons and serving up some hot meals, we helped Big Al + the kitchen team by rolling up silverware and drying off trays. In the middle of our pre-meal duties, we were happily surprised by the delectable dinner platter that we got to serve + share. Baked chicken + vegetable medleys, country fried rice + mashed potatoes were being doled out in heaps with the most colorful array of sweet treats to give out as dessert. The pièce de résistance was the fact that across each tray was a well-balanced, nutritious, and generous amount of southern style, lip-smacking food.   Our time volunteering was nothing short of inspiring. It showed us how One80 Place’s kitchen truly embodies the concept of “it takes a village.” We were honored to be a small part of that village as College of Charleston Fellows for Charleston Wine + Food.   And of course, none of the work done in this heartwarming kitchen would be possible without the committed staff, local volunteers, endless amounts of daily donations from local supermarkets + meaningful community partnerships. ______     Follow along with this five-part series featuring stories about the partnership between Charleston Wine + Food + One80 Place. It’ll definitely have you thinking: #WhereElseButCharleston?
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Always in Season: Fresh Opportunities to Give Back

Charleston Wine + Food is known for its annual festival that takes place early spring, but what’s not as widely known is what’s going on behind the scenes the other 361 days of the year. Enter the salt to our pepper, the corn to our bread: One80 Place.   Through several different initiatives, Charleston Wine + Food works alongside the organization to support its culinary training program, One80 Place Training. One80 Place Training is a five-week culinary training program that prepares job-seeking men + women to meet the demand for qualified culinary talent in Charleston. Training in everything from basic knife skills to more elaborate cooking techniques is offered.   The partnership of One80 Place + Charleston Wine + Food exists primarily to create connections within Charleston’s culinary community, provide financial support of One80 Place Training, and share the stories of up + coming culinary talent.  Partnerships are built with local restaurants + chefs who provide mentorship to One80 Place trainees, serve as guest lecturers, and provide externships or jobs.  An annual financial donation is made to support the training program as it works to fulfill the mission of One80 Place. Finally, Charleston Wine + Food is able to provide invaluable support of the training program by utilizing its broad reach + influence in recruiting potential participants, partners, and additional support.   In order to create positive economic impact for our local culinary community, Charleston Wine + Food specifically aligns its support to One80 Place Training + One80 Place Food Rescue. This philanthropy helps to combat the current staffing shortage in our culinary community, which in turn benefits our favorite local spots as they receive freshly minted culinary professionals to join their staff.   Follow along with us on this 5-part series featuring an in-depth look at the partnership of Charleston Wine + Food + One80 Place to be inspired to do your part in making everyone that visits our beautiful home say: #WhereElseButCharleston.
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The Pork Chop Theory

“One pork chop in a pan goes dry; Two or more and the fat from one feeds the other.”              

   - Nathalie Dupree

  Wednesday morning the staff of Charleston Wine + Food gathered around the table for a coffee talk with our first chairperson, Nathalie Dupree. A leading figure for CHSWFF, Nathalie told us how she got to where she is today, and how Charleston Wine + Food came to life. What started as a small meeting of 60 people in the back of High Cotton, grew into the organization we see today. As chairperson of CHSWFF and a natural born trailblazer, Nathalie worked to set the path for the organization today. Nathalie's passion for cooking started back when she was living in the international house at Harvard. She had all the basic lessons you learn in the kitchen, like knowing to never multiply a recipe by 3. She wanted to do more, but was advised by her mom not to. With this advice, she worked various jobs in advertising and PR before moving to London with her former husband. This move gave her the chance to go after her passion and enroll in Le Cordon Bleu London. With a diploma in hand and the advice of Julia Child in her ear, Nathalie left The Cordon Bleu and moved to Spain where she worked as a chef in a small restaurant. Nathalie mentioned a review that titled her as a “Kitchen Manager”. The idea that a women couldn’t be a chef didn’t sit right with her, she new there needed to be more diversity in the kitchens. Every organization has its struggles when it starts. From the beginning Charleston Wine + Food has worked together to make each year better than the last. This is where Nathalie’s Porkchop theory came into play, her advice to us was to remember that we thrive as a team. When there is only one, they get run down and tired, but with two or more, you feed off of each other and solve problems as a unit. Nathalie is a true representation of our higher purpose, she left us inspired to follow her lead and continue to do our best from one pork chop to another.
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Top 10 CHSWFF events under $100

With the countdown on for the 2018 Charleston Wine + Food Festival, we’re sharing our list of the best events under $100. Fill your stomach + soul with exciting experiences full of delicious bites, bubbly vino + good times.   Flavor by Design: Anything but Ordinary, Thursday, March 1st   An architect, a builder and a chef walk into a bar…   That’s the story behind one of Charleston’s premier dining rooms, The Ordinary. Join chef Mike Lata, builder Mark Regalbuto, and architect David Thompson as they share the secrets behind the acclaimed space. Top it all off with a visit to the American College of the Building Arts where you’ll meet an artisan who contributed to making The Ordinary anything but.   The Brewmaster’s Table, Thursday, March 1st   Move over vino, beer is back! You’ll crack open a cold one with James Beard Award-Winner Garrett Oliver as he discusses the art of beer + food pairing. In an exclusive live-cooking demonstration, Garrett will prepare small bites to compliment your favorite frothy brews to prove beer deserves its place at the table.   That’s Amore, Thursday, March 1st   Mamma mia! We’re bringing Italy to the streets of the Holy City where you’ll sway to sweet jazz tunes under the lights of a string-lit city block. Sip on Italian wines + spritz’ and spiral into a carb coma with lots a’ pasta + decadent desserts. Saluti!   Business of Food, Friday, March 2nd   Join some of the culinary world’s biggest players for an afternoon full of lively discussion about the future of food. In a two-part panel discussion, panelists like Curtis Duffy, Angie Mar + Charleston’s own Sean Brock will take the stage to discuss topics like social change, heritage ingredients + how they’re pushing culinary boundaries. Grab a seat for this enlightening discussion you’ll only find at CHSWFF.   Pecha Kucha + Choir! Choir! Choir!, Friday, March 2nd   Looking for an event to satisfy your stomach + your soul? Look no further than the fourth edition of Pecha Kucha, this time with a performance by Choir! Choir! Choir! The drill is simple. 8 speakers, 20 slides, 7 minutes. However, you’ll feel the energy as the room comes alive with exciting insights from top-notch speakers and a performance that will leave you with goosebumps. Grab a bite beforehand from local food trucks to round out an altogether unforgettable night.   Iron Mixologist, Saturday, March 3rd   Four of Charleston’s best bartenders will battle it out through three rounds of cocktail competition in hopes of taking of the title Iron Mixologist Title. Each bartender will have to bring creativity, speed, quick thinking and composure behind the bar as the face an imaginative kitchen pantry to impress a panel of top-shelf judges. Delicious cocktails, heart-pounding competition, and pure fun make this a can’t miss event during festival weekend!   Pinot NV!, Saturday, March 3rd   Enjoy an afternoon of pinot that’ll leave you red with NV! Grab a glass and get to sippin’ as you explore the bounty of pinot while sampling an array of food pairings ranging from savory to sweet. Your palate will delight in the sweet edge + powerful punch that is pinot.  
  1. Chas Night Bazaar, Saturday, March 3rd
  No passports required for this globe-trotting culinary journey. A late night bash awaits you as you sample wines, cocktails + brews from around the world and sink your teeth into delicious bites from far off places. Dance the night away to DJ beats as you travel the world without ever leaving Charleston!   Namaste Bubbly, Sunday, March 4th   No champagne, no gain, right? This Sunday Funday will be filled fizz-ical activity + healthy fare as you find your zen with Sarah Frick of Charleston Power Yoga. Time to stretch it out for a morning guaranteed to be a downward dog’on good time.   Toasted, Sunday, March 4th   Time to toast another year of the Charleston Wine + Food festival! We’re capping off the 2018 festival with a barbecue bash full of smoky bites + brews set to the sounds of rockin’ live music. Meat sweats are likely, great time guaranteed.
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