Charleston Chefs Look to Asia For Gibbes’ Street Party Inspiration

streetpartyAlthough the Gibbes Museum’s Street Party is now in its fifth year, tomorrow night’s event marks the first time the fundraiser has adopted a regional theme. And according to spokeswoman Amy Mercer, participating chefs are having fun with the “East Meets West” concept.

“Many of the chefs ended up creating Asian foods,” she says, citing Cypress chef Craig Deihl’s planned Korean beef buns; FIG chefs Mike Lata and Jason Stanhope’s fried oyster hand rolls and country pate and chicken liver mousse banh mis from Edmund’s Oast chef Andy Henderson.

Not every one of the 18 restaurants represented at the tasting party gravitated toward the Eastern end of the celebratory equation. Jacques Larson, who’s still in opening mode at The Obstinate Daughter, is contributing calamari fra diavolo.

“I think it’s safe to say that the chefs enjoy the party almost as much as the guests,” Mercer says.

Tickets to the Street Party on Meeting Street are $125 for museum members, and $150 for non-members. In addition to food samples, the event features cocktails, henna artists and live music, which – along with the tents, umbrellas and lighting — “are all meant to reflect an actual street bazaar.”

The party runs from 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. For tickets, visit or call 722-2706, ext. 21.

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