Sarah Simmons has established herself as a quintessential hostess and accomplished chef, throwing dinner parties in New York City at City Grit, her venue that’s become known as sort of an off-Broadway James Beard House. Each night a different menu is offered, from a Southern Shabbat to a fish fry to an authentic Lowcountry lineup cooked with Sean Brock and his Chef de Cuisine Jeremiah Langhorne from McCrady’s. A native Southerner, Simmons returned South for the Charleston Wine + Food Festival to cook at the New + Notables Dinner that featured a roster of hot shot young chefs. Her dish was shrimp and grits with an Asian flair. You might see that dish again when she brings City Grit to Butcher & Bee. For this special event, she’s recreating the “Obanzai Omakase,” a Japanese tapas tasting menu she recently prepared for a sold-out dining room in New York. Expect the food to have Southern soul and an Asian twist. Visit citygritnyc.com to purchase tickets.