Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Danny Meyer, Ruth Reichl, Nancy Silverton, Vivian Howard, and Daniel Boulud all on CHS W+F guest list

Name dropping

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 10:20 AM

Tickets for the 2017 Charleston Wine + Food festival go on sale Thurs. Sept. 15 - PROVIDED
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It's the 12th year for Charleston Wine + Food and they're not playing around in the big name guest department this year. Today the full schedule went live on the festival's site and an initial scan reveals that Danny Meyer, Ruth Reichl, Nancy Silverton, Vivian Howard, and Daniel Boulud will all be in attendance.

The first three make a stop at the Business of Food event. For $70 on Thurs. March 2, you can hear Indigo Road's Steve Palmer interview Union Square Hospitality Group's (of Shake Shack and Gramercy Tavern fame) CEO Danny Meyer; listen to Park Cafe and Lee Lee's Hot Kitchen owner Karalee Fallert grill the esteemed cookbook author and baker Nancy Silverton; then watch Charleston Mag's EIC Darcy Shankland talk shop with renowned food critic and author Ruth Reichl. 

Reichl-ites can get even more facetime with her and other power women chefs at the $225 Stories from Her Kitchen event. Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner and Death & Taxes, Vivian Howard of Chef & the Farmer and PBS’s A Chef’s Life, FISH Pastry Chef Jessica Grossman, and biscuit badass Carrie Morey of Callie’s Biscuits will provide a coursed lunch with pairings of Veuve Clicquot and a selection of Moët Hennessey. And to top it all off, Reichl will be interviewed by Kerry Diamond, co-founder and editorial director of Cherry Bombe Magazine.

Superstar chef Daniel Boulud makes his return to Charleston as well for the $70 Descendants of Daniel: Impact of an Icon event. For this one, recent Charleston visitor Gail Simmons of Top Chef will interview Boulud and some of his best pupils including Michael Anthony of NYC's Untitled, Gavin Kaysen of Minneapolis' Spoon and Stable, Jean-Francois Bruel, executive chef of Boulud's Daniel, and Andrew Carmellini of NYC's Lafayette.

Of course, if you really want to get up close and personal with Boulud, it'll cost you — $1,500 to be exact. That's the price tag of W+F's People's Building penthouse dinner with the chef. 

The Signature Dinners are all there as well. This year tickets to those will cost you $175 a pop. Or you can skip the formal meal and for $90 hop on your hog to join the Chefs Who Ride event. According the festival's website, "On this particular Sunday, we’re inviting the chopper congregation to trade in their aprons for leather. The ride will end at Charleston’s pub grub hub, The Royal American, and we’ll have a healthy spread of palate-pleasing flavors, including incredible bites, craft beer, red wine, cocktails, and music by Whiskey Diablo."

Another event I'd strongly encourage people to attend is the $135 Fresh Future Farm Lunch. Fresh Future Farm CEO Germaine Jenkins has worked tirelessly to bring locally grown fresh produce to the food desert of North Charleston, and at this luncheon, guests will get a chance to talk to the people helping her cause. 

Each year we complain about how the festival never quite seems to put together an event that appreciates and celebrates African-American contributions to Charleston's culinary heritage, but it looks like this year they're doing a better job of it. On Sun. March 5, guests can take a deep dive into the life of former slave and famed caterer Nat Fuller who, you may remember, was honored in Charleston last year at an historic reconciliation dinner. For this $135 event, participants will tour the Aiken-Rhett House Museum to begin the discussion of 19th century life. From there they'll visit Fuller's home, the Gatewood House, to get a picture of Fuller's life as a butler before enjoying food prepared by Chef Matthew Raiford and Jovan Sage of Brunswick, Ga.'s The Farmer and the Larder, Kevin Mitchell, as well as locals Chef BJ Dennis, and Chef April Robinson of Butter Tapas.

Tickets for the 2017 Charleston Wine + Food Festival (March go on sale tomorrow, Sept. 15, at 8 a.m. The official Grand Slam Jam ticket release party is tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. at The Citadel's College Park Field (735 Rutledge Ave.) Tickets are $65 and include food and drink. To purchase a ticket, visit

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Pounce Cat Cafe + Wine Bar has found a fur-ever home on Meeting Street

Paw-don the puns

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 2:48 PM

Ashley Brooks and Annaliese Hughes will open Pounce Cat Cafe + Wine Bar on Meeting Street - PROVIDED
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  • Ashley Brooks and Annaliese Hughes will open Pounce Cat Cafe + Wine Bar on Meeting Street
Claw-some news, y'all. Pounce Cat Cafe + Wine Bar, the most anticipated feline-friendly restaurant to hit Charleston in ever, has a location. Pounce will open its doors in the space next to Trunk Show at 283 Meeting St. 

"We're going through with a contractor this week and hopefully getting started on construction either this weekend or next week," says Pounce co-owner Ashley Brooks. 

Brooks and her business partner Annaliese Hughes have been working on their cat cafe concept since this time last year. The goal of Pounce is to not only give cat lovers a place to relax and enjoy food around cats, but encourage people to adopt a kitty too. Hughes and Brooks will partner with the Charleston Animal Society and be trained in adoption services so potential owners can adopt on the spot. To make their dream a reality, the two launched a $20,000 Kickstarter last March and received $23,022 from 318 backers — proof pawsitive that anything is possible.

Once open, Pounce will have, well, cats in addition to a menu featuring local pastries, beer, tea, and wine for sale. 

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Revelry's new rooftop tasting room opens Thursday

Sippin' on top of the world

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 2:09 PM

Revelry Rooftop Bar from Jay Wayne Productions on Vimeo.

Remember how just a few short weeks ago we told y'all that Revelry's new rooftop tasting room may be open soon? Today the brewery announced that the rooftop will indeed open tomorrow, Wed. Sept. 14, just in time for their beer week event, Where the Wild Things R

Revelry has slowly been releasing the beers for tomorrow's event on its Facebook page, with wild and sour ales that include Holy City Brewing's petite sour blonde saison with Brett, a sour chardonnay barrel aged double IPA from Switzerland, Jolly Pumpkin Brewery's Rojzilla sour ale, Bell's Brewery's Brett Berliner, and more. Head here to stay up-to-date with the ever-growing list. Props to Jay Wayne Productions for the video of the rooftop above.
A roof with a bridge view is pretty sweet. - CONNELLY HARDAWAY
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  • A roof with a bridge view is pretty sweet.

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Nate Whiting out, Josh Keeler in at 492

Chef shakeup

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Josh Keeler takes over 492 next week - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • Josh Keeler takes over 492 next week
Two Boroughs Larder's doors have only been closed for a little over a month and already owner and chef Josh Keeler has found a new kitchen. Beginning Mon. Sept. 19, Keeler will start at 492 replacing Chef Nate Whiting.

In an email, Relish Group owner CEO Mark Hendley says, “We are immensely grateful for all of the hard work that Chef Whiting has done for 492 and The Relish Group, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.” 

Whiting had been with the Relish Group since his time at Tristan where he served as the executive chef from 2010-14. After Tristan closed, Whiting was instrumental in the dramatic construction of 492 built in the decaying 1800s Leon's Men's clothing store. In a 2014 interview, Whiting explained how the look of 492 was designed as an effort to shift to a come-as-you-are environment — a departure from his former style at Tristan.

But while the space wowed diners, the menu left some wanting. Former City Paper restaurant critic Eric Doksa took issue with 492's meticulous, albeit tiny, plates.

"I was truly excited to hear that 492 has no dish over $17, but after sharing eight or more plates with one other person and leaving the restaurant hungry after each and every visit, I realized price is not everything. In theory, small plates allow diners the opportunity to share and explore a variety of dishes, but one stellar full-sized entrée will always trump a table full of bank breaking mediocrity in my book," Doksa wrote. 

Under James Beard-nominated Keeler's watch, 492 will receive a new menu. “I’m thrilled to be coming into this gorgeous restaurant and having the opportunity to focus on my true passion, cooking,” says Keeler.

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Charleston Wine + Food festival rolls out Snapchat sneak peek today

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 10:37 AM

According to the American Marketing Association, the age of Snapchat users is going up. While 46.8 percent of its users are between the ages of 18 and 24, older users are growing, and perhaps that's why the Charleston Wine + Food fest — whose average attendee is 48 — decided to roll out a sneak peek of events via the app. 

Tickets to fest officially go on sale Thursday Sept. 15 at 8 a.m., but now through 6 p.m. today, Snapchat users can get a teaser of highlights.

If that's too advanced for your techie skills, you can log on to tomorrow to see the full 2017 schedule.

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