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March 6 - March 10, 2019

Charleston Wine + Food

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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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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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For She's a Jolly Good Fellow

The partnership between Charleston Wine + Food and College of Charleston is designed to give the student fellows a hands-on experience as an “agency of record” before beginning their careers as communication professionals. Since the class is split up into four cohorts, public relations, media relations, social media + creative, we are able to see firsthand how those teams work in tandem to achieve a cohesive campaign not unlike a real agency. As a member of the public relations team who had little PR experience before beginning this class, I now feel more comfortable in that sphere + more ready to dive into that world when I graduate. I’ve developed a great relationship with my team + the other cohorts and I feel that we’ve all worked very hard to turn out some meaningful + engaging products for the festival. From a personal standpoint, this fellowship has been one of the most beneficial opportunities of my college career. Food has been my passion ever since I was little; I voraciously consumed Food Network after school, and as I got older, I began to find recipes, bake for my family, and read pieces by food writers. Once I got to college, I began a student food publication on campus + began attending as many food events as I could, with one of them being Charleston Wine + Food. It was CHSWFF that made me really fall in love with food events, programming, and PR, so when the opportunity to be a student fellow came up, I jumped at it. It has truly been a delicious experience so far + I look forward to this next semester with the festival building meaningful programming and recounting the stories of our Lowcountry food systems for all to hear.
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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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Making an Impact

Charleston Wine + Food began with a mission in mind: give back to the Charleston area by shining a spotlight on the city’s culinary + hospitality community.   Thirteen years later, the Charleston Wine + Food festival continues to be a driver of success for the Holy City’s world-renowned food industry.   However, the buck doesn’t stop there.   The 2017 Charleston Wine + Food festival made quite an impression, pumping $9.6 million into Charleston’s local economy over five days.   Guests from around the world pour into the Lowcountry to take part in the festival, but the impact reaches outside of the tent walls of Marion Square’s Culinary Village.   Local hotels, restaurants and more open their doors to festival attendees, offering a unique experience for guests that brings them back year after year. Each hotel stay and dinner reservation contributes to the economic impact felt in the Charleston area.   Leon’s Oyster Shop and Little Jack’s Tavern owner Brooks Reitz echoed the importance of the festival to local restaurants when chatting about his latest venture, Melfi’s.   The restaurateur joked, “We have to have this restaurant opened by February! The festival has given a lot of support to what we’re trying to do here in Charleston. The work you guys do plays a role in the success of our restaurants.”   For Charleston area restaurants, the festival brings in an army of national media outlets who are critical to their success. Many owners rely on positive reviews and news stories to bring customers through their doors.   “It’s no coincidence we’ve planned our restaurant openings around festival time,” Reitz said. “The festival gets people excited about going to restaurants. They’re excited to try good food and check out what Charleston has to offer.”   As the 2018 Charleston Wine + Food festival begins to take shape, our biggest hope is to see the economic impact continue to grow.   With each year bringing new and exciting events to the festival’s lineup, more and more guests come to Charleston to experience our city’s vibrant culinary scene.   The festival kicks off springtime in the Lowcountry as people come out of their winter hibernation, ready to get out and explore new restaurants and old favorites.   The resulting impact extends outside of the five days of the festival, with Charleston Wine + Food leaving its mark 365 days a year.
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Find the Truck

Limehouse Produce, a proud annual supporter of Charleston Wine + Food, has wrapped a delivery truck again with a special festival design to celebrate and promote the 2017 festival. The wrapped truck features images from Charleston Wine + Food's 2017 ad campaign. This year's truck showcases a female eating a watermelon sourced by Limehouse Produce, and can be seen driving around town making deliveries. Steps to get involved are: 1.    People that “Find the Truck” can snap a photograph 2.    Post the photo to Facebook and tag: Limehouse Produce and Charleston Wine + Food 3.    OR tag on Instagram: @limehouselocal and @chswineandfood 4.    Include the hashtag #CHSWFFLimehouseTruck One lucky person who submits an image will be selected randomly to win four tickets to Sinister Siesta presented by The National Pork Board on Sunday, March 5 located at The Royal American. The deadline to submit photos is Monday, February 27 at 4:00 p.m. for consideration. Anyone can submit photos and there is also no limit to the amount that one posts to the sites. Limehouse Produce does ask that all photos are done parked and not while driving a vehicle.
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10 Can't Miss Events Under $100

It’s crunch time people! With the festival less than almost a week away, those looking to purchase last minute tickets to the best events can look no further. Check out our favorite events under $100 here: Fowl Mouth - $95 This’ll be the best #partyfowl you’ve ever seen. Check us out at Cooper River Brewing Co. for all things winged fowl. Accompany your smoky snacks with fresh beer, wine, and deep bourbon cocktails at this low-key hangout that’s sure to kick off your weekend the right way! Dynamic Drinking: Making Sinsky Of It All - $95 For one of the best deals of the festival, make your friends jealous with this once in a lifetime chance to hear what Master Sommeliers and elite vineyard owners have to say about some of the best wine in the world. Sustainable and environmentally friendly wines are the focus of this panel, so sit back and get ready to have your tastebuds tannon-talized! Commodores + Admirals - $75 Think delicious party at Charleston’s hottest new late night hangout, The Commodore. Yummy snacks and craft cocktails to be provided by Roti Rolls accompanied by special guests from The Lot on James Island and Eric Warnstedt of the Hen of the Wood (Burlington, VT). Come dance the night away with us at CHSWFF’s hottest new event of 2017! The Ice Age of Mixology - $75 Ever wondered what it takes to make a good cocktail? Fresh mixers, elite liquor, and ICE, of course! Come to Proof with mixologist Charlotte Voisey to learn how ice can make or break a great drink. What The Pho? - $70 Oodles of East-Asian inspired noodles and high energy music by DJ Rehab, this event held at the Le Creuset Atelier is sure to go down in the history books. Imagine a dozen of your favorite local and guest chefs partyin’ all night long- chopsticks provided. The Business of Food - $70 With guests speaker stars like Chef Danny Meyer, Nancy Silverton, Ruth Reichl, Darcy Shankland, and Steve Palmer, those looking to get the inside scoop on the restaurant business look no further. Those already in the local food + bev business, enter code INDY17 and receive a $25 ticket! Namaste Bubbly - $65 Join us in the Cedar Room at the Cigar Factory for an exclusive yoga class taught by local favorite Cortney Ostrosky followed by Sunday champs and healthy fare. Round up your friends and let’s get fizzical! Pedals + Pints - $65 Bring your own bike or rent one from Trek Mt. Pleasant for a stylish, leisurely ride through downtown Charleston with your favorite brewmasters. Reward yourself after with local food truck bites and drafts; this event is sure to be snatched up by beer and bicycle lovers everywhere, so don’t wait! Iron Mixologist - $65 This live action, Iron Chef America-style cocktail combat is back and supported by Imbibe to bring guests the ultimate exhilarating experience. Enjoy exclusive cocktails crafted by local mixologists at Bar Mash and watch the competition unfold! Pecha Kucha + Wine + Food - $40 Join an all-star lineup of local chefs and restaurateurs MC’ed by Tradesman Brewing Company’s Chris Winn to be inspired by food + bev chatter and snacks + drinks. Get your tickets now for this 3rd time event that’s sure to be the opposite of boring. Didn't find the event curated perfectly for you + your crew? No fear! Find a complete list of all of our events with a simple click!
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Spirt-Heavy Events

Are you ready to drink your way through the festival?  If wine just isn’t for you and beer never seems to cut it, look no further than these spirit-heavy events curated for liquor lovers like you!  The Lowcountry has endless bourbon, rum, tequila, + whiskey to offer, plus so much more, which is why we’ve teamed up with the best distributors and distilleries to ensure everyone can get a taste.  Check out what we’ve been getting excited about for weeks below and get ready to knock ‘em back- the festival is just two weeks away!   Iron Mixologist - $65 Presented by William Grant & Sons Supported by Imbibe It’s time to crown our next Iron Mixologist!  Charleston Wine + Food’s 6th annual cocktail competition modeled after Iron Chef America will take place at Mercantile’s Bar Mash this year- and the competitors are gearing up a stiff race and even stiffer drinks.  Sit back and sip on their creations to witness which mixologist will next claim the title! The Ice Age of Mixology - $75 Supported by Imbibe Presented by William Grant & Sons Ever think about how ice can make a difference in your cocktail?  Learn how to choose and use the best ice for your own cocktails and how bartenders are changing the ice game from mixologist Charlotte Voisey while sipping on an ice-cold drink.  Come to Proof for an enlightening and booze-filled afternoon! A Bourbon Affair - $115 Presented by Brackish Supported by Cigar Aficionado Brown water aficionado? The Cedar Room is calling your name! This high-class venue will host every bourbon lover’s dream event: a lineup of the country’s 50 best bourbons and stylish, hand-picked bites to match.  Dress your best for a swanky afternoon of drinking + cigars. The Home Bar at High Wire Distilling Company - $125 Supported by Imbibe If you’ve ever wanted to know how to make the perfect Tom Collins or Mint Julep right in your own kitchen, look no further than this event at High Wire Distilling Co.  Mixologist Jerry Slater will guide us through the ins + outs of cocktail creation (and consumption) to figure out what it takes to make a good cocktail GREAT. Hooked On Bowens - $135 Presented by Don Julio A festival favorite, this evening soirée on Bowens Island will be highlighted by tasty cocktails, free-flowing wine, stunning sunset views on the water, and of course a mouthwatering multi-course meal straight from the sea. If you have a fear of missing out, don’t waste one more minute - purchase your ticket now.
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Top 10 Festival Wines Under $30

With the festival just one month away, at Charleston Wine + Food we think everyone deserves a drink right now!  In order to ensure everyone has the chance to taste the best vinos on the market right now, our partner Bottles has graciously provided a list of delectable wines all under $30!  Affordable wine that still tastes amazing? Be sure to stop by their Wine Retail Tent in the Culinary Village to snag a bottle for yourself.

List curated by Mike van Beyrer

Lioco Chardonnay 2014: $19.99

This Sonoma County pick is brilliant, focused and nuanced, with plenty of citrus, lemon peel, white pepper and orchard fruit nuances. Vinification and aging in steel keeps the flavors fresh throughout. One of the very best values in California Chardonnay you’ll come across.  

Lioco “Sativa” Carignane 2014: $29.99, 92 points Vinous

The 2014 Sativa, 100% old-vine Carignan from Mendocino County, is one of the most striking wines in this price range. A host of inky blue and purplish-hued fruits, mint, spices and leather make a strong impression.  

Felino Malbec 2015: $20.99

This Malbec is always a terrific value, showcasing Mendoza fruit with a California style, and at a great price.  Paul Hobbs and Nicolas Catena are behind this gem.  

Vina Sastre Ribera del Duero 2014: $19.99

Lots of flowers on the nose, particularly violets and lavender, and also some roasted coffee notes. Smooth with mellow tannins, this wine is savory and lightly smoky. The finish is long and mineral with an iron quality.  A perfect pair for grilled lamb chops, sausages, and chickpea stew.  

Patton Pinot Noir 2014: $22.99, 90 Points Vinous

A pale red. Lively, sharply focused aromas of redcurrant and strawberry accented by white pepper and orange zest. Refreshingly brisk and racy on the palate, with weightless bitter cherry and red berry flavors taking a sweeter turn on the back half. This distinctly graceful Pinot finishes with very good lift and spicy cut, leaving berry skin and allspice notes behind.  

Omero Pinot Noir 2014: $23.99

This sublime Oregon Pinot comes from a tiny family owned winery in Carlton, OR. Everything is organic, hand harvested and hand crafted at Omero and this is their largest production offering at just 2100 cases. Cinnamon, vanilla and sandalwood complement the opulent cherry fruit along with notes of rhubarb and sassafras.  

Adelaida Zinfandel 2013: $21.99

Aromas of dried cherries, anise, and Christmas spice. Flavors of crushed raspberries, cranberries, grated nutmeg, chocolate shavings.  Pairs well with barbecued tri-tip with caramelized onions, grilled lamb chops with pistachio salsa verde, carnitas tacos with tomatillo salsa.  

Patricia Green Reserve Pinot Noir 2015: $27.99

A deep red. Expansive red berry and floral pastille scents and flavors show impressive energy and pick up a hint of smokiness as the wine opens up. Smooth and fleshy but lively as well; a late jolt of white pepper adds spicy bite. Generous but vibrant in character, finishing very long and sweet, with gentle tannins lending shape and subtle grip. This wine delivers exceptional bang for the buck.  

Kivelstadt Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc 2015:  $19.99

Expressive scents and flavors of Meyer lemon, quince and pungent herbs, along with notes of ginger and chalky minerals. Silky and expansive in the mouth, with a floral quality adding complexity. Finishes focused and dry, with dusty citrus pith and mint nuances clinging.  

Kivelstadt Red Blend 2013:  $23.99

Rhone style blend made from 50% Syrah from our estate vineyard, 25% Grenache, and 25% Carignane from Venturi Vineyard.  The Carignane and Grenache bring high tone fruit, approachability and energy to balance out the earthier Syrah in the blend. The wine sees 10% new French oak for 16 months and is our bistro style red wine - versatile with an array of cuisine.
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