I've been back a few times lately, and my opinion of the place has changed. The new guy cooking the oysters has no idea what he is doing. He overcooks them and only puts out tiny portions, which are scoffed up by the fat ladies waiting like hyenas at a road kill. They steal all the bivalves and hoard them in their little plastic baskets. I waited two times for over 15 minutes for oysters, only to be able to eat about 4-5 dried up little things that resembles old shoe leather. I won't return until they get someone there who knows what they are doing, and someone from the management to reign in those pigs along the side.
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Oh, and in case you have not noticed, Charleston is becoming a "go to " place for good food. Notice the dozens of new restaurants that have been opening up lately? This event is one of the best and most economical ways to tout the new and existing eateries in Charleston. Try out some of the good ones, vs. your favorite McD's or Burger King, and see why this festival has become so successful. And before you jump on my butt, please edit your thoughts and complaints so they read a bit better. I am open to any complaints or challenges you may have, but please make them relevant and time worthy.
FairGayme: You are a moron. If you had any ideas, at all, what it takes to run this incredibly successful event you would not show your ignorance as you have. This event started 9 years ago and was, in the words of many, a little tiny event that lasted for a day or two,, had a few events, and was crowded. Nothing much happened off of Marion Square. Today we have one of the premier food events on the East Coast. The foodie magazines compliment us every year. We have had some of the best cooks and stars in the food business come and participate. Ever heard of a guy named Bobby Flay? I didn't think so, as you probably spend your TV hours watching Honey Poo Poo. There are professionals in the cooking industry every year that try and come and participate, as well as many, many food distributors and wine merchants, that are on a waiting list to be able to join in. You have absolutely no idea as to the time and energy it takes for Randi to do her job, nor anyone else on the staff. She had to pretty much be the director last year, and was very successful because of the dedicated staff that was already on board and helped her immensely. When your director leaves, and another person comes in and takes over, it is not unusual for others on staff to move on. They are professionals from some other successful venue that probably have some different ideas as to how the event will succeed. Happens in business all the time. And this festival is a business, believe me. It is a 501, but it has to make money to pay the staff and fullfill it's responsibility to support other food related educational venues. I seriously doubt that anything you do in life makes such an impression on the Charleston entertainment scene, nor brings in the millions of dollars, that this event does. This even starts off the tourist year for Charleston. The SEWE comes a few weeks later. So...please consider how important this event is, what it takes to pull it off, and give some thanks, not critique, to this amazing woman. She doesn't need an article in the CP to get a job. And, no, I am not on the staff. I am a volunteer for 8 years who has had the pleasure of working with her and all the former and current staff. We will put on another great show next year, believe me. Just watch the ticket sales, the sold out events, that occur once the opening day ticket sales start. And try and attend next year, and maybe your opinion will change. I certainly hope so.
Is this EVERY Saturday, or only when they have a band playing. Or do they have bands? I can't imagine a cover fee just to eat or drink there. I usually go to the Chas. Grill in Northwoods. Can someone clarify this one?
I was so ashamed of Baptist College for firing that prof. Yes, I said Baptist College, where I graduated in 1971. I had hoped that the college had grown up a little, and when Dr. John retired, a little less emphasis on the "baptist" side of the name would happen. Well, I was wrong. I don't tell folks I graduated from there any more. I wish this prof. many years of tolerance and good times at the new venue. And, Baptist College, just crawl back into your little hole and enjoy your small minds. This is 2014, not the Middle Ages.
And when they "need to talk to a lawyer" of course they should call your firm, yes? The police are trying to clean up the problems that are obviously recurring in the bar district. How about that if you have had too much to drink, you call a cab? The cost in time and trouble is well worth the price of a ride in one of our yellow limos. Oh, so you say, it is the principle of it all. Well, get over it and realize the enforcement efforts are going to increase, not decrease.
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