When: Tue., July 30, 7 p.m. 2013
You thought you’d have to go to your grandmother’s house for dinner to get a history lesson, didn’t you? Well, the Preservation Society of Charleston thinks differently and is giving residents exclusive access to some historical properties for a three-night dinner series, one night per property. (The other dinners will take place on Aug. 20 and Sept. 17.) Playing off the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s old slogan “This Place Matters,” the Charleston organization chose the title “This Plate Matters” for their dinner party event. The first location on the list is the Trolley Barn on Meeting Street, which was a bustling hub of transportation back in the 1920s but was abandoned after cars and buses replaced trolleys. The space is part of the Preservation Society’s “Seven to Save” program, which highlights local spaces worth saving. “This event is a way to experience these structures in a way they never would have been thought of. It allows people to interact with otherwise unused spaces and really see the potential of what they can be,” says the Preservation Society’s Katherine Ferguson. Designer Stacey Fraunfelter from Red Letter Events will be working to update the abandoned space and make it habitable for the night, adding rustic touches like Edison lightbulbs on strings and pallet tables. Chef Tara Derr Webb from the Farmbar will crank out the menu, which includes Salmorejo gazpacho, Carolina shrimp, sidewinders of montasio cheese, zucchini pickles, and spiced almonds, and a milk and peach ice cream sandwich dessert.