For eaters willing to buck the old cliché about never wanting to know how sausage is made, Ted’s Butcherblock this month is offering an interactive demo.
On Oct. 23, staffers of the downtown meat shop will show 12 diners how to prepare sausage and pâte. A $75 ticket to the 7:30 p.m. event includes beer, wine and a sausage dinner. To reserve, call 577-0094.
Buttermilk is a recurring item on Tristan’s menus, but the downtown restaurant is now planning a four-course dinner at which the humble beverage will be incorporated into every high-end dish.
At the Sept. 26 event, inspired by Vermont dairywoman Diane St. Clair’s The Animal Farm Buttermilk Cookbook, buttermilk will brine the fried chicken; sauce the carbonara; soften the mashed potatoes accompanying a veal breast and flavor the cheesecake. Chef Nate Whiting describes the dinner as “an homage to buttermilk.”
St. Clair is quoted in a release as saying the menu’s also a tribute to buttermilk’s “amazing culinary versatility.”
Although St. Clair won’t be attending the dinner (she dined at Tristan while in town earlier this year to promote her book), you can score a ticket for $125. The price includes three wine pairings, since man apparently can’t live on buttermilk alone, and a copy of St. Clair’s book. To reserve, call 534-2155.
Woodlands Mansion in Summerville is opening its doors for its first public dinner since closing its restaurant last year: Alums Nate Whiting (Tristan), sommelier Stephane Peltier (Accent on Wine) and pianist Tom Bailey are reuniting for Chase After a Cure, an Aug. 25 event to benefit pediatric cancer research. Tickets to the five-course dinner are $500; only 60 tickets will be sold.
“With Charleston being such a food town, we thought it was natural to create a food event,” says owner Tom Limehouse.
The experience was designed to recreate former patrons’ most cherished memories of the award-winning restaurant. Limehouse predicts diners will recognize a few of the dishes on the newly-finalized menu, which includes sea urchin panna cotta; vanilla-poached lobster; scratch-made risotto; dry-aged duck breast with foie gras and mushrooms and smoked chocolate parfait. In addition to the wine pairings, 30 wines will be poured during a social hour before dinner.
Tickets are available at memoriesatthemansion.com. Click on the menu below for further details.