Charleston Wine + Food Festival Releases Complete Schedule

BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival

BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival

The complete schedule for the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival wasn’t available when today’s food section went to press, but prospective ticket buyers can now find the entire agenda on the festival’s website.

Among the new events offered are breakfasts at Basico, Callie’s Kitchen and the Rarebit; a pair of events featuring Atlanta chef Kevin Gillespie; dinners at Edmund’s Oast, Xiao Bao Biscuit; a Poogan’s Porch dinner starring pioneering cocktail revivalist Dale DeGroff and a demo by Thai food champion Andy Ricker of the ever-growing Portland/NYC Pok Pok empire. In keeping with current beverage trends, there’s also a sherry seminar on the schedule. Continue reading

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

Woodlands Mansion Releases Menu for Restaurant Reunion

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Woodlands Mansion

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.

ChaseAfterACureMenu