As if this day couldn't get any better for the town's professional eaters, there's this:
The 2013 James Beard Awards nominee announcement has been scheduled for March 13 in the great city of Charleston! What's more, our friends at the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival® and the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau will be hosting a Friends of James Beard Benefit fundraiser at Fort Moultrie in nearby Sullivan's Island, and you can bet that many of Charleston's finest chefs will be there.
Lots of exciting things about this. First, there will be a dinner at Fort Moultrie, which will make for an unforgettable setting. Second, we have three Beard award-winners, so we expect at least those three guys will be cooking, along with other nominees and winners (I'm thinking Craig Deihl and the Lee Brothers will definitely be included).
The JBF fundraiser in Charleston will be one of the first private events ever held at Fort Moultrie and will feature Charleston chefs who have either received a JBF Award, received a nomination, or recently cooked at the James Beard House. Other Charlestonians with ties to the Foundation, such as the authors of JBF Award-winning cookbooks, will also participate. The menu will reflect the era when the fort was originally in use, and will also spotlight traditional Lowcountry cuisine and ingredients
Stay tuned for more information. Tickets will be put on sale for the fundraiser dinner by the Charleston Wine + Food Festival in September.