Randi Weinstein Leaving Charleston Wine + Food Festival

randi2Randi Weinstein, who spent seven years with the Charleston Wine + Food Festival and became its most recognizable face after the resignation of founding director Angel Postell, today announced her departure.

“There is a short window for me to depart for a smooth transition, and that’s now. I’m sad to go, but excited for new opportunities,” Weinstein, director of events, is quoted as saying in a release from the Festival. “My heart will always be with the Festival, and I believe it will grow and do great things in Year 10 and beyond.”

The Festival’s executive staff has been in flux since Postell stepped down from her position in March 2013. The current executive director, Gillian Zettler, was hired last November after an extensive search, although she didn’t assume the full scope of her duties until this year’s Festival was completed. And director of communications Cathryn Davis Zommer last month replaced Ashley Zink, who held the job for three years before relocating to Washington D.C. Continue reading

Heinze and Langhorne Brace For Separation Anxiety

heinzeThe chef de cuisine switchover at McCrady’s may go unnoticed by diners, but promotee Daniel Heinze suggests it could be slightly traumatic for the two men involved.

“It’s going to be scary to be without each other,” says Heinze, 30, who next month takes over from Jeremiah Langhorne. “Jeremiah and I are very like-minded, but absolutely different people. We’re the yin and the yang.”

Although Heinze declined to reveal which chef identifies with which classical Chinese force, he described the six-year long collaboration in a way that recalls Lennon and McCartney’s songwriting partnership: “There are some things that have always been his, some things that have always been mine,” he says. But the end result was a coherent menu consistent with executive chef Sean Brock’s commitment to inventive presentations of locally-sourced ingredients and inspirations. Continue reading