February 28 - March 4, 2018

Charleston Wine + Food

Tasting Notes


Chef Profile: Michelle Weaver, Charleston Grill

There is a dish at Charleston Grill that has become local legend. It involves seared foie gras paired with a fried apple hand pie, and it is a signature favorite from the kitchen of Executive Chef Michelle Weaver. When we tell you it's good we are merely skimming the surface of both the dish's rich complexity, as well as the extraordinary flavors found on every plate put forth by this beloved Southern chef. A born n' bred Southerner, Weaver's comfort level infusing international flavors and ingredients into her menu is equal to her ease with a cast iron skillet. Her warm, approachable nature and undeniably strong cooking style has endeared her as one of the region's most respected female chefs. Obviously, we are big fans, so imagine our delight when given the opportunity to chat with this busy culinary force. When did you first realize you wanted to be a chef?      I think my soul always knew. It just took about 25 years for the rest of me to catch up. What has been your proudest moment as the executive chef at Charleston Grill?      Watching young cooks work hard learning their craft and the day comes when the light turns on and it all clicks. You see their confidence and potential blossom. Then they leave the nest and stand on their own feet. Who influenced you to become a chef?      My mom taught me the value of a well seasoned cast iron skillet and garden fresh vegetables. How would you describe your cooking style?      Southern Roots. Global Palate. What would you go back and tell your younger self (just starting your career as a chef)?      Play in your food! Yes! Play in your food!!! What advice you would give to aspiring female chefs?     This is a tough business whether you are a man or woman. Random bite: what do you snack on?      Love fresh bread and cheese. Also nuts: like cashews or peanuts.      But who can resist a potato chip?! Not me. Just for fun: what would your theme song be?      Got To Be Real - Cheryl Lynn      Try not to sing and dance when you hear it! It’s a happy song. Challenge accepted. Get to know Chef Weaver even more here. And, be sure to catch her in action during the 11th Charleston Wine + Food as she leads a force of female culinary talent at North + South + East  + West: Les Tour des Femmes. Weaver will also be serving up her distinct, Southern-inspired flavors at the festival's annual kick-off celebration, Opening Night: Cheers to Charleston!. And, of course, we highly recommend you get on over to Charleston Grill to experience one of Charleston's finest dining experiences, to include, of course, that seared foie gras and fried apple hand pie.
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Pop + Fizz + Clink. Join us 10.13!

Veuve Clicquot is headed to Charleston! Charleston Wine + Food is proud to co-host Veuve Clicquot: Clicquot en Route on Tuesday, October 13, at downtown’s historic William Aiken House. The eponymous brand will make a stop in Charleston as part of the 15,000-mile #ClicquotMail national tour with visits in over 20 cities. Let's talk about what you can expect:
  • Endless Veuve Clicquot
  • Veuve Clicquot care packages (perfect to send to lovers and friends) available for purchase, compliments of Bottles
  • Photo booth, calligrapher and festive lawn games
  • A champagne-inspired playlist by DJ Natty Heavy
“We are so very excited about the partnership between Veuve Clicquot and Charleston Wine + Food,” says Cassondra Hall-Bushey, local Market Manager for Moet Hennessy. “Not only is the Clicquot en Route tour the perfect precursor to the upcoming Food and Wine festival in March, it is also a great opportunity to showcase the synergy between our quality Champagnes and out-of-the-box pairings from talented local chefs.” Event festivities will kick off at 4:30p.m, and the $125 all-inclusive ticket can be purchased right here. See you there!
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We totally get it. The 2018 festival has a lot going on. Let us guide you through the ticketing process, answer any questions, and help point you in the right direction.

Here's how to reach us:

843 727 9998
635 Rutledge Avenue, Suite 101, Charleston, SC 29403

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