Gourmet Foodie Fests
Gourmet magazine has a couple of high-profile South Carolina events coming up very soon, bringing big-name chefs to the area for golf tournaments, cooking demonstrations, and a "gala food and wine festival." The Gourmet Gracious Living Event is slated for Oct. 5-7 at Kiawah's Sanctuary. The weekend kicks off with a champagne reception on Friday night. On Saturday, Gourmet executive chef Sara Moulton will host a cooking demonstration with Chef Martial Noguier of Chicago's one sixtyblue. Then, Moulton and Noguier will join Chef Tom Colichio (Craftbar, Craftsteak, Top Chef) at the Cassique clubhouse for the Gala Food and Wine Festival. Sienna's Ken Vedrinski will also make an appearance. Local foodies better get on the ball if they want to attend this exclusive event — it's limited to 50 guests. Call (800) 654-2924 for reservations and ticket information.
In November, Sara Moulton returns to South Carolina for the Celebrity Chef Classic on Hilton Head Island. This time, she pairs up with celebuchef Ming Tsai of the TV show Simply Ming and the New York restaurant Blue Ginger. He'll give a private cooking demonstration on Sat. Nov. 17. Chef Brett Reichler from B.R. Guest Restaurants and Chef Michael Schlow of Boston's Radius, Via Matta, and Great Bay Restaurants will also participate in the awards ceremony, dinner, and farewell breakfast. For more information, visit sccelebritychefclassic.com —Stephanie Barna
Last year, Chef Tyler Florence had himself a big, old-fashioned Southern wedding on the banks of the May River at the fabulous Inn at Palmetto Bluff. The South Carolina native returns to the area often to visit family and friends, hence his appearance at the Charleston Food + Wine Fest. He seems to have discovered a little slice of heaven down there in Bluffton. In November, he'll host Tyler Florence's Palmetto Bluff Lowcountry Celebration. Over the course of three days, Nov. 17-19, he'll give live cooking demonstrations, host a block party in the village, present a culinary festival at the Village Green, and throw a traditional Lowcountry oyster roast. Foodies who want to participate in the event can buy a weekend package starting at $1,600. It may not be cheap, but based on our recent visit, it will surely be worth every penny. For more information, call (866) 706-6565. —Stephanie Barna