Wine Strolls Return to Middleton Place

SONY DSCMiddleton Place is again closing out the first half of its Wine Stroll season with a rum salute.

On June 25, the plantation will serve samples of light, dark and spiced rums, in addition to rum punches and Caribbean snacks. Middleton Place has not yet announced the price of the rum event – a press release warns it “may be individually priced” – but standard Wine Strolls through the gardens cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Middleton Place Plantation members receive a $5 discount.

The Wednesday night series begins on Mar. 12, and resumes on Sept. 3 after its heat-related hiatus. The program runs from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. For more information, call 556-6020, or visit middletonplace.org.

Middleton Place and Holy City Team Up for Beer Dinner

SONY DSCPerhaps cognizant of potential guests’ worries about imbibing five courses worth of beer pairings before driving home from Middleton Place Restaurant, the venue is making sure its upcoming Braise & Brew dinner ends on a non-alcoholic note.

For dessert, attendees at the Jan. 26 event will be served caramel-apple doughnuts and glasses of Holy City’s Christmasly Spiced Scratch Root Beer.

Holy City’s head brewer, Chris Brown, collaborated with Middleton Place executive chef Brandon Buck to plan the menu for the fourth annual edition of the beer dinner. Other courses include a winter squash soup paired with a German winter lager; a ham hock ragout paired with a bacon-infused porter and brisket paired with stout. Continue reading

Middleton Place Farm Earns Organic Certification

mpfarmWhen Middleton Place late last year hired a pair of farm managers to work its fledgling one-acre production garden, the site didn’t just hire somebody with organic farm experience: It hired somebody with organic farm certification experience.

Partly because Amy Talarico knew the ropes, and partly because the garden was located on an unmolested patch of land, Middleton sped through the certification process, last month earning its official organic designation. The certification came as good news to the farm, which this spring coped with the same drenching storms that destroyed crops across the region.

“We got absolutely murdered by the rain,” co-manager Frank Beaty says. “The old-timers we know said they hadn’t seen (anything like) it in 30 years, so we don’t feel so bad about the lackluster product.” Continue reading

Middleton Place Hosts Beer Dinner

Holy City is spicing up its signature American porter for a Middleton Place Restaurant beer dinner that’s meant to serve as a counterpoint to its annual Braise & Brew event, a January celebration of heavy meats and dark beers. At Hot Nights & Holy City on Aug. 25, the menu includes fried chicken, grilled venison and a beer to make drinkers sweat themselves cool.

For its Savory Jalapeno Pluff Mud Porter, Holy City’s brewers added locally-grown, house-smoked jalapenos to the 5.5 ABV beer. The porter will be paired with house-cured pork belly and peach preserves.

Tickets to Hot Nights & Holy City are $75; the dinner runs from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. To purchase tickets, log on to middletonplace.org, or call 556-6020.