Vegstock 2010

When: Thu., Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m. 2010

Once upon a time vegetable was not king. Vegetable was not even a face card. Instead, it was a joker that got left in the box while the rest of the meal played out. But these days the game has changed. No longer a pile of half-steamed squash and broccoli sprinkled with dried herbs, the veg of the day is as varied and lovingly prepared as the protein.

At a Charleston Grill dinner last winter, the roasted vegetable entrée proved so delicious it threatened to outshine an amazing dish like seared flounder. Even having the choice of a vegetable entrée is a novelty, but Chef Michelle Weaver takes the time to plan one every day for her vegetarian guests, who should be thrilled to hear about this week’s Vegstock 2010, a seven-course vegetarian tasting menu with wine pairings. Expect bright flavors, the freshest produce around, and unexpected preparations.

This won’t be anything like your mama’s steamed broccoli, that’s for sure.

Stephanie Barna

Price: $60

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