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March 6 - March 10, 2019

Charleston Wine + Food

Tasting Notes

CHSWFF Blog

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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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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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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Lunch is Served

This year Charleston Wine + Food is starting the holiday season off with a 12 Days of Giving blog series highlighting our ties in the local community. To start off this series we first would like to highlight a recent team outing to One80 Place.   A few weeks ago six members of the Charleston Wine + Food team spent an afternoon with our friends at One80 Place to serve lunch to the guests of the shelter.   The One80 Place kitchen serves three meals a day totally approximately 170,000 meals to its clients and anyone who is hungry.   That day in the kitchen our team helped to serve 120 meals thanks to pizza donated from Whole Foods, along with fresh salad, warm bread + more. It was a truly enjoyable experience for the team to engage with the One80 Place staff and a great way to give back to our community and support the mission of One80 Place.   Interested in learning more about volunteering at One80 Place? Learn more here.
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