Tickets are still available to the Charleston Wine + Food Festival’s dinner honoring Frank Lee, the chef who sits atop Charleston food tree.
The festival on Dec. 9 is assembling 11 chefs (six from Charleston; five from out-of-town) to pay tribute to Lee with a five-course dinner at The Grocery. The chefs will be joined by two “culinary experts,” longtime Columbia chef Malcolm Hudson – who festival events director Randi Weinstein credits with converting Lee from “vegetarian to a meat-loving fool” – and Justin Hammerstrom, a former sous chef and mixed martial arts fighter who now serves as corporate trainer for a kickboxing franchise.
Although Hammerstrom last cooked professionally in a high school cafeteria, his participation in the program is fitting, since the featured chefs say they’re indebted to Lee for much more than kitchen know-how. Continue reading “Frank Lee’s Band of Tamed Male Chefs Gathers for Tribute Dinner” »
If the newly-hired executive director of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival brings with her just one thing from her previous festival, Cypress’ Craig Deihl is hoping it’s the transportation set-up.
As director of Euphoria Greenville, Gillian Trimboli-Zettler secured the sponsorship of car manufacturers with factories in the upstate, so participating chefs and VIP guests are ferried around by on-call BMWs.
“I love being able to pick up the phone and say, ‘can you get me from point A to point B?’,” Deihl says of his experience at Euphoria, where he’s cooked the past two years. Continue reading “Deihl Looks Forward to CWF Rolling On Under New Director” »
BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival
Remember earlier this week, when I advised you snatch up tickets to the Charleston Wine + Food Festival’s Perfectly Paired dinners at Two Boroughs Larder and The Macintosh? If not, you’ve (possibly) already missed your chance.
As of noon today, tickets to the Two Boroughs Larder dinner featuring Atlanta’s Ryan Smith and Ryan Hidinger were listed as available in “limited quantity.” And tickets to The Macintosh dinner co-starring Jeremiah Bacon and Houston’s Chris Shepherd were flat out “not available.”
But here’s the catch: Just because tickets aren’t available, it doesn’t mean the event’s sold out. As spokesperson Ashley Zink explains, “some events have tickets held back for hotel packages or sponsors, and if they are not needed, those tickets will be released and available to the general public again at a later date.” Dinners, though, rarely fall into that category: If tickets aren’t available, it’s usually because the small stock of seats has already been claimed. Continue reading “CWF Ticket Buyers Apparently Gravitate Toward Xiao Bao, The Macintosh and Hash Browns” »
Tickets to the Charleston Wine + Food Festival go on sale tomorrow, and they have a tendency to sell out quickly, which means planning your purchase is essential. While the schedule‘s crammed with lots of intriguing events, here are the five tickets I’d buy if I had the extra cash.
1. Two Boroughs Larder Perfectly Paired Dinner, Thursday, 7 p.m. $175
I fear this ticket could be a hard sell, since the supper conflicts with the extraordinarily popular Opening Night party. But you know what? Sample plates are for amateurs. The real culinary fireworks are bound to fly at the splendid Two Boroughs, where James Beard-nominee Josh Keeler is teaming up with Ryan Smith and Ryan Hidinger, the duo behind Atlanta’s long-planned (and eagerly-awaited) Staplehouse. Smith’s known for his willingness to smartly bend Southern cooking conventions, and the dining room’s likely to be crowded with Atlantans wondering what the Empire State South alum’s planning for his new restaurant. Continue reading “Five Must-Buy Charleston Wine + Food Festival Tickets” »
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 “Charleston Wine + Food Festival Releases Complete Schedule” »
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.