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. Continue reading

Southern Season Uncorks Thursday Wine Tastings

southernseasonA Thursday night Southern Season wine program which was recently the subject of a renewed promotional push got off to a fairly standard start: Last week’s $15 tasting covered Portuguese wines, while tonight’s session is devoted to what to drink with “a casual Easter brunch or an elegant Easter dinner.”

But in a month or so, Summer Thursday Uncorked will take a more interesting turn, with a line-up that’s refreshingly offbeat. In June, the program will tackle wines from films; wines from Germany (other than Riesling) and wines from the former Communist nations of Central and eastern Europe.

For the complete schedule, visit southernseason.com. Tastings begin at 5 p.m.

Savannah Food & Wine Festival Announces Schedule

Fuel’s Alex McMahan, who yesterday failed to follow in his father’s footsteps with a Taste of Charleston waiters’ race victory, may not have to wait an entire year to avenge the loss: There’s another waiters’ race on the schedule for the first-ever Savannah Food & Wine Festival.

But for prospective attendees who don’t have any interest in maneuvering an obstacle course while grasping a serving tray, the Nov. 11-17 festival also features plenty of less-energetic events, including wine dinners, tastings and cooking demonstrations. Chefs scheduled to participate include Hugh Acheson, Chris Hastings, Steven Satterfield, Anthony Lamas and Kent Rathbun.

According to a release, the event is “poised to set the bar high.”

Ticket prices vary by session; the complete schedule is posted here.

Les Dames Raises Funds for Culinary Scholarships

Les Dames d’Escoffier is now selling tickets for its annual fundraiser, an evening eat-and-drink sampling which benefits the groups’ scholarship fund.

The 36-year old philanthropic organization of female leaders in the food-and-beverage industry in 2005 established a Charleston chapter, which is hosting An Autumn Affair for the third time. The Oct. 3 event at Lowndes Grove Plantation will feature live music, wine tasting, member book sales and silent auction. The food lineup includes Callie’s Charleston Biscuits, Cacao’s Artisan Chocolates, Celia’s of Charleston and Empanada Mama.

Tickets to the event, which runs from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., cost $55 and are available at ldeicharleston.com.

New Tasting Event Near Market

For tourists who can’t choose which restaurant near the City Market should get their weekend dining dollars, the new monthly Taste of the Market event should be a boon.

Starting this Thursday, 10 restaurants will set up sampling tents and tables in the Palmetto Carriage Company Lot from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Neighborhood stores will also be represented, and organizers are planning chef demos and live music.

Presented by the City Market Hospitality Association and Charleston Culinary Tours, the event features food from Lowcountry Bistro, The Peanut Shop of Charleston, Noisy Oyster, Mad River, AW Shucks, Wild Wing Café, Tabbuli, Charleston Crab House, Henry’s and Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill. A sample from each vendor is included in the $10 adult ticket price.

Taste of the Market will return on the third Thursday of every month.

Wine Pro Puts Clients to the Test

emersonReality television thrives on wardrobe makeovers, in which professional stylists assess bewildered women’s contours and devise dressing plans to flatter them. With his latest venture, advanced sommelier Patrick Emerson is proposing to do the same for wine drinkers and their palates.

“One of the things I enjoy doing is working with individuals and giving them tests,” says Emerson, the former Maverick Southern Kitchens wine and beverage director who transitioned to freelance consulting earlier this year. “Most people know what they like in terms of taste, but they have a hard time describing it.”

Under the auspices of Communion Wine Club, “for a couple of hundred bucks,” Emerson will conduct a personalized tasting designed to reveal exactly how much fruit, body and residual sugar the subject prefers in a wine, ideally simplifying future purchases. Continue reading

Tickets on Sale for Charleston Food + Wine Ticket Launch

Bocce and badminton are the newest additions to the Charleston Wine + Food Festival’s annual Ticket Launch party, scheduled for the Mixson Bath & Racquet Club on Sept. 18. Tickets to the evening event — priced at $40 apiece — are now on sale.

In addition to participatory sports, the kick-off will feature local chefs, artisans and bartenders, offering up samples of their food and drink. Other cast members include local cookbook authors and Charleston Symphony Orchestra members, who will provide the event’s musical accompaniment.

To purchase tickets or learn more about the event’s line-up, visit the festival’s website.