Sunday, December 15, 2019

Charleston Wine + Food offers locals discount for multi-night, "international market" Night Bazaar

No passport required

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Sun, Dec 15, 2019 at 10:50 AM

  • Photo by Blake Shorter, courtesy Charleston Wine + Food
One of the few events that isn't sold out, Charleston Wine + Food's Night Bazaar — think Culinary Village vibes, but under the stars — will take place every night Thurs. March 5-Sat. March 7 from 7-10 p.m. at Holy City Brewing's brand spanking new tap room.
The fest has added this multi-day experience because, as CHWFF marketing and communications director Alyssa Maute Smith told us "this is the first time it [the Culinary Village] has ever sold out this far in advance."

Tickets to the "international market" are $115, but locals get $30 off, putting your all-inclusive access at a cool $85. The expansive HCB grounds will be transformed, featuring live bands, a DJ, a spirits stall, and artisan stalls, with rotating talent every night. Discounted locals tickets are available to everyone who lives full time in the tri-county area (must have ID for verification). 
Participants for Thurs. March 5 include a handful of national talent, plus local all-stars like Kwei Fei's David and Tina Schuttenberg, 5Church Charleston's Adam Hodgson, chef Bob Cook from Edmund's Oast, KinFolk's Joe and Kevin Nierstedt, Butcher & Bee's Alison Cates, and Indaco's Mike Holler.

Ditto for Friday, with local talent including Evan Romano of Dough Boyz, Swig & Swine owner/pit master Anthony DiBernardo, Matzo Y Masa's Samantha Kramer and Jullian Abarca, Pink Bellies' Thai Phi, Pure Fluff's Arielle Stratton, Leon's Noah Singerman, and David Grillo from Cantina 76. Saturday's local stars include Vik Patel of Dhaba 13 and Uptown Social's Jonathan Kaldas.

Check out other events under $100 (they aren't sold out — yet) here.
Event Details Opening Night
@ Marion Square
Calhoun and King
Charleston, SC
When: Wed., March 4, 7:30-10 p.m.
Price: $150
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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Here's where to sup on Christmas Eve and Day in Charleston

Like a bowl full of jelly

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Take in Charleston's skyline (with a side of prime rib) at The Watch this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day - PROVIDED
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  • Take in Charleston's skyline (with a side of prime rib) at The Watch this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

There's no better gift to discover beneath the tree than an invite to a swanky holiday meal. Leave your new Le Creuset dutch ovens in their box for now, and head to these area restaurants for a meal even Santa would love:

Hotel Bennett Christmas Eve Dinner & Christmas Day Brunch
Get fancy at Hotel Bennett this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Enjoy an a la carte menu inspired by the Big Easy on Xmas Eve; chef Michael Sichel creates classic and comforting dishes like carrot ginger soup, lobster flan with fennel confit and bearnaise, and roasted grouper creole. Executive pastry chef Remy Funfrock makes a praline yule log. For brunch the next day, dig into a buffet ($70/adults, $32/children) of cured meats and cheeses, chilled seafood, carving stations, salad, quiches, pastries, and more.

General Tso's Christmas Eve
Honoring the tradition from their NYC days, Kwei Fei is adding an Americanized menu with favorites like beef and broccoli, lo mein, and general tso. You will also be able to order from the regular Sichuan menu, with everything available for dine-in or takeout.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at 5Church 
5Church is serving a three-course menu ($52/adults, $20/children 12 and under) from 12 to 9 p.m. First course dishes include kale salad, clam chowder, and carrot ginger risotto; entrees include local pork chop, braised beef short rib, and sweet potato ravioli; and desserts like S'mores brownie, sorbet, pear cheesecake, and citrus tart. Celebrate the magic of Christmas at 5Church with a buffet ($50/adults, $20/ children 12 and under) between the hours of 3-9 p.m. Buffet items include shrimp cocktail, caesar salad, braised short ribs, seasonal soup, chicken marsala, creamed spinach, buttered green beans with almonds, whipped Yukons, brown sugar roasted carrots with pecans, and seasonal desserts.

Christmas at Revival
Revival hosts a special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day prix fixe menu Tues. Dec. 24 from 5-10 p.m. and Wed. Dec. 25 from 12-8 p.m. Tickets are $80+/adults, $15+/children ages four-12. Menu highlights include a creamy porcini and chestnut soup with truffle cream, boneless pan fried quail breast with Carolina gold rice grits, herb crusted beef prime rib, pan roast filet of grouper, rack of lamb, chocolate chess pie, and pecan pie. Wine pairings are an additional $40 and kids can choose from chicken fingers, mac and cheese, and other kid-friendly dishes.

Eat Americanized Chinese dishes at Josephine, Kwei Fei, and Butcher & Bee - COURTESY BUTCHER & BEE
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  • Eat Americanized Chinese dishes at Josephine, Kwei Fei, and Butcher & Bee
Christmas at BLU
From noon to 6 p.m. on Christmas Day BLU celebrates with a special menu; tickets are $39.95+/adults, $19.95+/children four-12. There will be a salad station, chilled seafood display, entrees like an herb and citrus marinated salmon and rosemary and garlic roasted chicken with a selection of sides, a carving station, and desserts.

Indaco's Feast of the Seven Fishes
Tues. Dec. 24 starting at 5 p.m. celebrate this traditional Italian-American Christmas Eve tradition at Indaco — the seafood-centric dishes reflect the southern Italy tradition of abstaining from meat until the feast on Christmas Day. This year Indaco will be honoring the Feast of the Seven Fishes by offering a $55 three course family style dinner highlighting their favorite seafood-inspired plates. The menu will include dishes like fried artichokes, grilled octopus, black spaghetti with local shrimp, roasted whole fish, and more.

Christmas at The Watch 
On Xmas Eve and Xmas day from noon to 7 p.m., guests can choose from The Watch's regular menu items plus two special holiday offerings: a 12 oz. slow roasted queen cut prime rib with garlic roasted potatoes and crispy Brussels sprouts in a horseradish cream for $36 and pan seared scallops with sweet corn and pepper ragout in a green chili butter for $32.

Christmas Eve at Josephine
Josephine hosts a Christmas Eve Chinese dinner for the second year in a row; menu items include dishes like egg drop soup, ginger beef skewers, Mongolian beef, and Kung Pao chicken.

Butcher & Bee
On Christmas Eve, B&B turns their menu into a celebration of Chinese American dishes with General Tso's, fried rice, and stir fry, all made with ingredients found on their everyday menu. Make your reservation ASAP.

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Blue Bicycle hosts Steve Palmer for signing of his memoir on recovery, Say Grace, on Wed. Dec. 18

Sobering discussion

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 9:45 AM

Indigo Road founder and Charleston restaurateur Steve Palmer will discuss his new memoir, Say Grace: How the Restaurant Business Saved My life at Blue Bicycle Books next Wed. Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. Kate Daniel of Bar Mash will be onsite serving spirit-free drinks.

Palmer's gripping debut memoir takes an unadulterated look at the world of addiction, from the bottom of the bottle to the long, hard road to sobriety.

Palmer writes, "I was tired. I was sick. As they say in the recovery community, I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. Still believing in my own inevitable doom, I didn't really think rehab would work. I had already been twice before. But nothing else was working either. Moderation had failed. Making promises to myself had failed. Trying to stick to drinking only on weekends or just smoking pot had failed. I had tried everything, and nothing had worked. Maybe this wouldn't work either, but what was there to lose?"

Chat with Palmer and get a copy of Say Grace signed; books are available at Blue Bicycle for $25
Event Details "Say Grace" Book Signing at Blue Bicycle Books
@ Blue Bicycle Books
420 King St.
Charleston, SC
When: Wed., Dec. 18, 6-7:30 p.m.
(843) 722-2666
Price: Free to attend
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Family-owned Community Table now open in I'On serving dinner daily and weekend brunch

Modern comfort in Mt. Pleasant

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Wed, Dec 11, 2019 at 1:15 PM

Ryan and Kelleanne Jones' "modern comfort food" restaurant, Community Table, is now open at 148 Civitas St. in Mt. Pleasant. They're serving dinner daily from 4-9 p.m. and brunch Fri.-Sun. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

When we chatted with the veteran restaurateurs this fall, they said the food at Community Table would be "approachable everyday classics … that make you feel good. That you want to eat every day."
Dinner menu items include requisite end-of-the-decade modern American dishes like blistered shishito peppers, beets and feta, a Bibb lettuce salad, and a fancy burger. There are also signposts for comfort sprinkled throughout: cast iron local fish, house-made fettuccini, cornmeal dusted fried oysters.

For brunch there are a handful of salads; sandwiches; and entrees including steak and eggs, griddled brioche, smoked fried chicken, and smoked salmon tacos.
The open and airy restaurant seats about 85 people, with a community table for 20 in the side room, a 12-person community table adjacent to the bar, 25 high tops on the porch, and tables filling the rest of the dining room.

The Joneses, who successfully helmed a wood-fired concept at Workshop for three months prior to opening their I'On restaurant, are hoping to open yet another wood-fired spot downtown in 2020.

Follow them on Instagram for the latest, and check out the full Community Table menu:

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Celebrate July in Christmas at Sightsee Shop this Fri. Dec. 13

Aloha, y'all

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Wed, Dec 11, 2019 at 12:17 PM

  • (Detail) Elizabeth Ervin
"July in Christmas," the last of retail/coffee spot Sightsee's 2019 Aloha Friday series, takes place at the little shop on Line St. this Fri. Dec. 13 starting at 8 a.m.

While there won't be any Santas in bikinis, Sightsee owners Joel Sadler and Allyson Sutton are promising some "serious summer vibes." The fun starts with all-day egg nog cortados on the menu, in addition to the regular lineup of coffee offerings.

While sipping on your egg nog, check out the shop's photography show and print sale with works from local photographers Leslie Ryann McKellar, Elizabeth Ervin, and Jared Bramblett. Starting at 4 p.m. there will be an artist reception with all featured talent onsite — hear the stories behind their work (where'd you find this sexy staircase, Ms. Ervin?) and sip on Christmas-y, adult friendly libations.

Floral design company arome Charleston will also have dried floral bundles and petite hanging wreaths so you can deck your halls in the chicest way possible.

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